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Study finds microfinance can help, even if goals aren’t met | Around the O

Erin Beck

Editor’s Note: Erin Beck is a member of the CLLAS Executive Board.

Source: Study finds microfinance can help, even if goals aren’t met | Around the O

August 7, 2017—UO political scientist Erin Beck thinks development organizations aren’t asking the right questions if they want to truly understand what the money they spend trying to help lift poor people out of poverty around the globe is actually doing.

Her new book, How Development Projects Persist, outlines her takeaways from researching nongovernmental microfinance organizations for poor rural women in Guatemala and challenges standard ways of measuring the success of development projects. She argues that organizations rely too much on numbers and often overlook critical human interactions, which are not as easily measured but are central to understanding how development projects function and persist.

“We can’t just think about what the projects are doing for people but should also examine what people do for projects,” Beck said. “We need to look at how policies get transformed on the ground.” › Continue reading

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Conversation & poetry reading in Spanish with Chilean poet Raúl Zurita

September 26, 2017
12:00 pmto1:30 pm
September 27, 2017
4:00 pmto5:30 pm

Raul Zurita

 

 

 

CONVERSATION IN SPANISH/EN ESPAÑOL with Chilean poet, Raúl ZURITA
TUESDAY Sept 26, 12-1:30pm
Lease Crutcher Lewis room, EMU 023
* Contact Prof. Cecilia Enjuto Rangel (enjuto@uoregon.edu) for a reservation for the Q/A session. We will meet at noon, so if you want to bring a brown bag lunch, you can.

POETRY Reading (in SPANISH)
WEDNESDAY SEPT 27, 4pm-5:30pm
Browsing Room, Knight Library (Q/A in Spanish and English) › Continue reading

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Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 Art, Music & Culture, Books, Events No Comments

Jesús Sepúlveda Poetry Reading: Espejo de los detalles 

November 21, 2017
4:30 pmto6:00 pm

Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
Mills International Center
1222 E. 13th Ave.
UO campus

LAS Book Presentation Series

Jesús Sepúlveda

Poetry Reading. Espejo de los detalles (forthcoming)

Jesús Sepúlveda

Jesús Sepúlveda teaches at the University of Oregon in the Department of Romance Languages. Jesús Sepúlveda is the author of eight poetry collections and three books of essays, including his green-anarchist manifesto El jardín de las peculiaridades (2002) and his book of literary criticism Poets on the Edge (2016).  His selected poems were collected in Poemas de un bárbaro, published in Santiago de Chile in 2013, and his most recent book of poetry Secoya was published in New York in 2015.  Sepúlveda’s work has been published in more than fifteen countries and partially translated into eight languages, leading him to participate in international poetry festivals and poetry readings throughout the world.

Sponsored by Latin American Studies. This event is free & open to the public.

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Ruth Vargas book presentation: Pewmas / Sueños de Justicia

November 9, 2017
4:30 pmto6:00 pm

Yamada Language Center
175 McKenzie Hall, University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1236

Latin American Studies is pleased to invite you to the presentation of the book Pewmas / Sueños de Justicia: Lonkos y Dirigentes Mapuche versus Chile en la Corte Interamericana (Pewmas/Dreams of Justice: Chiefs and Mapuche leaders versus Chile in the Inter-American Court)

Testimonies and evidence of the effects of antiterrorist law

By Dr. Ruth Vargas

The book and author will be introduced by Ellen McWhirter, PhD., Ann Swindells Professor in Counseling Psychology, University of Oregon and will continue with a presentation and discussion with the author, Dr. Ruth Vargas.

This book presents the trajectory of the case “Chiefs and Mapuche leaders versus Chile” in the Inter-American Court System of Human Rights. It explores the sanctions against Chile from the Inter-American Court for the wrongful application of the anti-terrorist law to the Mapuche leaders. The book reviews the testimonies of the leaders before the international tribunal, as well as offers aspects of the psychosocial expert testimony to unveil the harmful effects of the application of the Anti-terrorist law on members of the Mapuche people. › Continue reading

Erin Beck’s book now out

How Development Projects Persist: Everyday Negotiations with Guatemalan NGOs
by Erin Beck. Duke University Press (May 2017)

Erin Beck is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Oregon and a member of the CLLAS Executive Board.

Publisher’s Synopsis

“In How Development Projects Persist Erin Beck examines microfinance NGOs working in Guatemala and problematizes the accepted wisdom of how NGOs function. Drawing on twenty months of ethnographic fieldwork, she shows how development models and plans become entangled in the relationships among local actors in ways that alter what they are, how they are valued, and the conditions of their persistence. › Continue reading

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Monday, May 1st, 2017 Advisory Board, Books, Research No Comments

Colloquium “Farm Worker Futurism: Speculative technologies of resistance,” with author Curtis Marez

May 15, 2017
4:00 pmto6:00 pm

146 Crater Lake North
Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
1222 E. 13th Ave.
UO campus

Please join the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) and the Department of Ethnic Studies in this conversation with the author, Curtis Marez.

Farm Worker Futurism reveals that the historical role of technology has had much to do with depicting the lives of farm laborers—Mexican migrants in particular—in the United States. This book explores the friction between agribusiness and farm workers through the lens of visual culture. Here is a link to the introduction of his book:
https://www.academia.edu/31074624/_Introduction_Farm_Workers_in_the_Machine_Farm_Worker_Futurism_Speculative_Technologies_of_Resistance

Light refreshments will be available. Please contact CLLAS at cllas@uoregon.edu if you have questions.

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Sunday, January 15th, 2017 Books, Events, Farmworker Rights No Comments



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