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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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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

Roberto Rodríguez: “In Pursuit of Sacred Justice”

May 16, 2017
4:00 pmto5:30 pm

145 Straub Hall
1451 Onyx St.
UO campus
Free & Open to all

In Pursuit of Sacred Justice
an upcoming talk by Roberto Rodríguez (Dr. Cintli)
Professor of Mexican American and Raza Studies at the University of Arizona

Roberto Rodríguez (Dr. Cintli)

Dr. Cintli will discuss his latest book, Our Sacred Maíz is Our Mother, on maíz culture and food colonization, migration, and storytelling among Indigenous, Mexican and Central American peoples of the Americas.

He interweaves these “Sacred Maíz Narratives” with reflections on his acclaimed journalistic work on the topic of Red-Black-Brown Communities in Resistance to U.S. Law Enforcement and Military Violence as well as his latest collaborative project, Smiling Brown: Gente de Bronce – People the Color of the Earth, a book, play, and series of video dialogues which explore color consciousness and light-skin privilege. › Continue reading

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Monique Balbuena’s book “Homeless Tongues” a finalist for the 2016 National Jewish Book Awards

Monique Balbuena

Congratulations to CLLAS executive board member Monique Rodrigues Balbuena, whose book Homeless Tongues: Poetry and Languages of the Sephardic Diaspora is a finalist for the 2016 National Jewish Book Awards in the category of Sephardic Culture, sponsored by the Jewish Book Council. The books was published by Stanford University Press in 2016.

Monique Rodrigues Balbuena is an associate professor of literature in the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. › Continue reading

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Thursday, January 12th, 2017 Advisory Board, Books, Research No Comments

Book Celebration with Michelle McKinley: Fractional Freedoms

May 25, 2017
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Knight Law Center
1515 Agate St.
UO campus

On May 25, the Center for the Study of Women in Society and the Knight School of Law will celebrate the release of CSWS director Michelle McKinley’s book, Fractional Freedoms: Slavery, Intimacy, and Legal Mobilization in Colonial Lima, 1600-1700 (Cambridge University Press, October 2016). This event includes a panel discussion starting at 10 a.m., with a roundtable at 2 p.m., and lunch in between. The book explores domestic slavery and what Professor McKinley terms “fractional freedoms” in the context of colonial Peru.

Professor McKinley, in addition to running CSWS, is a CLLAS faculty affiliate and the Bernard B. Kliks Associate Professor of Law at the University of Oregon School of Law. She received the Surrency Prize in 2011 for her article of the same title and completed this book while a fellow in residence at Princeton University’s Program in Law and Public Affairs.

Panelists include: › Continue reading

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Monday, January 2nd, 2017 Affiliated faculty, Books, Events No Comments


2017 Latino Roots Celebration


Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies Gift Fund

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