GTF Announcement: CLLAS Event Coordinator and Research Assistant Needed

May 1, 2014

The deadline to apply for this position is May 1, 2014. Please go to the above link for full information about how to apply for CLLAS Event Coordinator and Research Assistant for AY 2014-15.

Erin Beck: Development or Debt? The Long-term Effects of Microcredit for Guatemalan Women

April 17, 2014
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

Erb Memorial Union
Walnut Room

Erin-Beck-Poster_WEBCLLAS Faculty / Collaborative Grantee Presentation

by Erin Beck, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Since its introduction in Latin America in the 1970s, microcredit quickly became a powerful force across the region. Today microcredit accounts for 45 percent of all lending in Latin America, reaching 18 million people, the vast majority of them poor women. And yet, there is surprisingly little systematic information about microcredit’s long-term economic and social effects. Instead, most microfinance institutions (MFIs) look at their repayment rates to evaluate their success and often lack the resources or will to keep track of their beneficiaries after they have left the organization, inhibiting their ability to determine their long-term effects. As a corrective, Erin Beck partnered with Fundación Namaste Guatemaya (Namaste) to study the long-term effects of a microcredit “plus” approach, with generous support from the Center of Latino/a and Latin American Studies’ (CLLAS) Seed Grant for Faculty and Collaborative Research.

What is Documentary? Conference April 24 – 26

April 24, 2014toApril 26, 2014

cropped-WiDLogo21What is Documentary? will explore the past, present and future of documentary in all its forms. The conference will feature a unique coalescing of media scholars and students, media professionals, independent media producers, government and community officials, as well as interested community groups and the public.

Conference website:

The Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies is a cosponsor of this conference.

Collin Eaton: “Bridging the Affordability Gap: Strategies for Lower-Cost Housing in Guatemala”

April 24, 2014
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

Eaton_IMG_0522Erb Memorial Union
Walnut Room
1222 E. 13th

CLLAS Graduate Research Grantee presentation

by Collin Easton, Master’s in Environmental Studies

Among the designs currently promoted by housing lenders serving low-income populations in Guatemala, there is a preference for steel-reinforced concrete block. These designs respond to the high demand for block homes on the part of aspiring home-owners across a broad income range. A commodity itself, block and its system components are tied to the fluctuating prices of the global market. The rising cost of materials has fueled a widening affordability gap between the price of the home and the financial capacity of the targeted population of low-income homeowners served by housing organizations.

This research project examines the position of lower-cost, lower-energy building technologies relative to concrete block within the building culture of Guatemala. › Continue reading

Special Collections Open House Showcasing the PCUN Collection

May 7, 2014
4:00 pmto6:00 pm

open-house-pcun_WEBPaulson Reading Room
Special Collections
Knight Library
University of Oregon
1501 Kincaid St.

UO Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to invite you to an Open House event showcasing the Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) collection. The collection has material of interest in history, environmental studies, urban studies, and law, among other disciplines. It also touches on issues of transnationalism, race and ethnicity, immigration, news and the media, Latinos in Oregon, and many other topics.

See also: The Story of PCUN and the Farmworker Movement in Oregon

Carrión concert/ Burgos Centenary

May 8, 2014
3:30 pmto5:30 pm

Location TBA

An event to celebrate the centenary of the renowned Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos (1914-1953), with a performance of Burgos’s poetry set to original music by the Puerto Rican musician Alberto Carrión. Carrión will also participate in a question and answer session about his composition process and his relationship to Burgos’ poetry. Simultaneous translation to English will be provided.

Julia de Burgos has been recognized as one of the most important voices of the Latin American avant-garde, and is also a foundational figure in feminist and African Puerto Rican writing. Alberto Carrión is one of the most well known Puerto Rican composers and singers from the seventies, and he has previously set to music the poetry of Luis Palés Matos. His CD on Julia de Burgos is being launched this coming March. This event will recognize and celebrate the contributions of one of Latin America’s greatest poets of the twentieth century to the Latin American canon.

The Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies is a co-sponsor for this event.

Giving to CLLAS

Follow the link below for instructions on how to give to the University of Oregon. If you want your gift to directly support CLLAS, please enter “Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies” under “Other."

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Event Calendar

April 2014