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February 19th - February 25th

In This Issue

Congratulations to the Recipients of CLACS Spring 2018 Faculty Awards

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the CLACS Spring 2018 Faculty Awards:

  • Dr. Juan Andrade (Food Science and Human Nutrition) - Food Environments in Urban Rural Ecuador
  • Dr. Augusto Espiritu (History) - In Defense of Spain: The Politics of Race, Gender, and National Identity in US Insular Empire
  •  Dr. Antonio Sotomayor (Library/History) - Playing with Fire: Sport in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Dr. Silvia Soto (American Indian Studies) - The Interminable Wound: Reading Rebellion in Contemporary Mayan Literature of Chiapas
  • Dr. Edna Viruell-Fuentes (Latino/Latina Studies) - The Ripple Effects of the U.S. Immigration Policy Environment: Health and Well-Being in Migrant-Sending Communities in Mexico

Patterns through Time: An ethnographer's quest and journey by Dr. Norm Whitten now available.

Congratulations to Dr. Norm Whitten (Anthropology) on the release of his memoir, Patterns through Time: An ethnographer's quest and journey.  For well over a half-century, Norman Whitten has spent a third of his professional life undertaking ethnography with Afro-Latin American and Indigenous peoples living in tropical forest-riverine environments of northern South America. He has spent the other two-thirds engaged with theory construction in anthropology in institutional settings. In this memoir, he tells of his contributions to ethnography as a theory-constructive endeavor, and depicts an academic and practical environment in which strong support exists, but where obstacles and strong resistance
must also be navigated.  To learn more about this book, please click here.

CLACS Announces RFP for Upcoming Department of Ed Title VI Grant Proposal

CLACS is seeking project proposals from our affiliated faculty and community college partners to incorporate into our upcoming Title VI re-application proposal.  Projects can be research-oriented or directed towards curriculum development or community outreach.  The online application form can be found here.


Highlighted Talks
Events This Week
Monday, February 19th at 5:00 pm
Please join our colleagues at Northwestern University for "Not One Woman Less in Argentina: Collective Intelligence and Political Friendship, a conversation with Ximena Espeche".  The event will take place on Monday at 5:00 pm at Northwestern University in Wirtz Seminar Room 235 (1949 Campus Drive, Evanston).
Tuesday, February 20th at 2:00 pm
Please join the Lemann Institute in welcoming Dr. Zeuler Lima (Washington University) who will be presenting a talk entitled, "On Writing [about] Lina Bo Bardi".  The talk will take place on Tuesday at 2:00 pm in 101 ISB.
Wednesday, February 21st at 5:00 pm
Please join the Department of Spanish and Portuguese for Bate Papo - Portuguese Conversation Table.  The event will take place at La Casa Cultural Latina from 5:00 - 6:00 pm on Wednesday.
Wednesday, February 21st at 6:15 pm
Please join the School of Music for "A Composer's Voice in the Cuban Diaspora", a lecture and performance by Tania Leon, founder of Composer's now and a founding member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem.  The lecture and concert will take place on Wednesday at 6:15 pm in the Foellinger Great Hall at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Thursday, February 22nd at 7:00 pm
Please join CLACS and the Department of Physics in welcoming Dr. Alberto Rojo, esteemed physicist and musician.  In this solo concert, Alberto Rojo will alternate solo guitar pieces with songs from the folk tradition of Northern Argentina.  While including some standards of the Argentine folklore, the concert will focus on his own compositions, some of them included in duo recordings with Mercedes Sosa, and composed in collaboration with Pedro Aznar, Luis Gurevich, Victor Heredia and Luis Pescetti.  The concert will take place at 7:00 pm in the Music Building Auditorium (room 1030).
Wednesday, February 28th, at 12:00 pm
Please join Women and Gender in a Global Perspective for a presentation by Dr. Faye Harrison (Anthropology).  Dr. Harrison will present a talk entitled, "Afro-Diasporic Women Navigating Dangerously Uneven National and Global Terrain".  Lunch will be provided, please RSVP by February 23rd.  Click here to RSVP.
Events Calendar
Announcing the MarĂ­a Elena Moyano Fellowship Fund

For over half a century the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has established an outstanding record as one of the most distinguished universities in the United States for research and education on Latin America. In this context, the presence of Latin Americanists from Latin America, in particular graduate students, provides an essential diversity of viewpoints and life experiences that allow for a more vital intellectual and cultural ferment and enrichment at our university. Because financial considerations do not enable many Latin American students to enroll in programs of study that we offer, even when they bring stellar academic preparation, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is launching an endowed fellowship fund, the María Elena Moyano Fellowship Fund.  This fellowship will provide funds for study and research for students from Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America who are pursuing a graduate degree in any field of Latin American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This will be the first fellowship at our Center that is geared towards helping newly arriving students from Spanish-speaking Latin America to offset tuition and living expenses while at our campus.

María Elena Moyano (1958-1992) was a fearless and exemplary Afro-Peruvian fighter for the civil rights of women, Afro-descendants, Indigenous people, and the poor in her native Peru. In 1986, at the age of 28 she became President of the Women’s Federation of Villa El Salvador, a very large pueblo joven (shanty town) in the outskirts of Lima formed in 1973 which was internationally recognized as an exemplary model due to the active role of its inhabitants in its governance and development.  In 1990, Moyano became Villa El Salvador’s Deputy Mayor and she strove to protect her community against the violence of the Shining Path, a radical Maoist movement that sought to impose its own vision of cultural revolution.  For her defiance against the violence of the Shining Path, Moyano was savagely and cowardly murdered by the insurgent group in 1992 at the young age of 33.  Due to her commitment and sacrifice, María Elena Moyano represents all those who search social justice in their own communities.

It is CLACS’ long-term goal to build an endowment for the María Elena Moyano Fellowship Fund such that it can offer an annual stipend for students from Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America to defray most of their expenses while studying at the University of Illinois. Our short-term goal is for the Fund to reach a minimum endowment of $25,000 so that we can begin offering small fellowships to help students defray some of their living and research expenses. With your help, we hope to reach that short-term goal within two years. In these times, it becomes vital that the affiliates and friends of Latin American Studies and CLACS at the University of Illinois step forward to help assure the vibrancy of our field of studies at this great university. Creating a critical funding source for one of our core constituencies – graduate students from our region of study – is an important building block to assure a vibrant future for Latin American Studies on campus. Please consider helping us to reach that goal.

We invite you to make any size donation that you can, whether it is a one-time donation, a monthly payroll deduction, or other. Any amount is appreciated, and your gift is tax deductible. If you are interested in making a donation to the "María Elena Moyano Fellowship Fund", go directly to the University of Illinois Foundation ( to select your method of donation (online, mail, or by electronic transfer).  When donating online, please select “I would like my donation allocated to the following specific fund(s)” and enter “María Elena Moyano Fellowship Fund” in the space provided.We thank you in advance for your generosity.


Anna María Escobar, Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Nils Jacobsen, Professor Emeritus of History, Ex-Director of CLACS

Norman Whitten, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Ex-Director of CLACS

News from the Library


 Join us for 50 minute, hands-on workshops that will help you improve your research and information management skills.

 Upcoming sessions include:

  • The Latin American and Caribbean Research Workshop (March 13, 2018, 11:00 am)
  • Revamping Your Research Plan: Citation Chasing, Keyword Searching, and More
  • Do You Know Your Fair Use Rights?
  • Tidy Your Data!
  • GIS for Research II: GIS Research, Data Management, and Visualization
  • Smart and Simple Data Management
  • Messy Data? Clean it up with OpenRefine!
  • Using the DPLA (Digital Public Library) Primary Resources for Research

 And much more! For more details and registration:

All sessions held in the Main Library, Room 314 unless otherwise noted.

For more information, please contact Prof. Antonio Sotomayor,

The American Library at Tulane is pleased to announce the call for proposals for the Richard E. Greenleaf Fellowships at the Latin American Library, Tulane University, for researchers from Latin America and the Caribbean, for 2018-2019.

Research fellowship information & forms:

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