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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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A Talk by Walescka Pino-Ojeda “The Dissident Homo Economicus: Neoliberal Chile and the Films of Pablo Larraín” 

November 7, 2017
4:30 pmto5:45 pm

Global Scholars Hall
Room 131
1710 E. 15th Ave.
UO campus

Presented by Latin American Studies

“The Dissident Homo Economicus: Neoliberal Chile and the Films of Pablo Larraín”

A Talk by Walescka Pino-Ojeda

Walescka Pino-Ojeda is a visiting scholar from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

 This presentation is free & open to the public. Light refreshments will be available. 

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Cultural Adaptation of Career Development Intervention for Latina Immigrant Partner Violence Survivors

November 30, 2017
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
Diamond Lake Room
Room 119

CLLAS Faculty Research Series

“Cultural Adaptation of Career Development Intervention for Latina Immigrant Partner Violence Survivors”  

Dr. Krista Chronister, Professor, Counseling Psychology, School of Education, and Yolanda Valenzuela, doctoral student, Counseling Psychology, will present on their research in their talk “Cultural Adaptation of Career Development Intervention for Latina Immigrant Partner Violence Survivors.”

Chorister and Valenzuela have found that partner violence occurs among couples from diverse gender, economic, racial, ethnic, national, and other cultural backgrounds. However, the particular types of marginalization and oppression that Latino families, and U.S.-born and immigrant Latinas specifically experience place them at greater risk. This study evaluates the effects of a work and vocational support group intervention with Latina survivors of partner violence and addresses the intersection of women’s experiences of partner violence and work in an innovative, culturally relevant manner to advance their healing and vocational and economic development.

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Reuben Zahler, History workshop: “Why did you kill your baby?”

October 27, 2017
10:30 amto11:30 am

History Workshop

“Why did you kill your baby?” Infanticide, Motherhood, and the Courts in Venezuela, 1811-1863

Dr. Reuben Zahler, UO History,
Friday, October 27, 10:00-11:30 am,
McKenzie Hall 375

In the Andean region of Venezuela, Professor Zahler uncovered a cache of court cases about infanticide that occurred shortly after Venezuela became an independent country. The defendants were overwhelmingly the infant’s mother — working class women of indigenous or mixed-race background. These cases offer a number of surprising insights into gender, race, moral codes, and how locals and the authorities sought to manage this most heinous of crimes.

 

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Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 Academics, Affiliated faculty, Events, Research No Comments

New book by Leonardo García Pabón

November 29, 2017
3:30 pmto4:30 pm
 
 
 
Browsing Room
Knight Library
1501 Kincaid St.
UO campus 
 
Mark your calendars for the presentation of a new book by Leonardo García Pabón, professor of Spanish, Department of Romance Languages. El cuento sentimental romántico en Bolivia (siglo XIX) is a 400-page anthology of short stories of the romantic period in Bolivia (19th century).
 
Mayra Bottaro, assistant professor of Spanish, Department of Romance Languages, will offer opening remarks.
 
The anthology is preceded by an extensive introductory study (100 pages) that analyses the articulations of love, nation building, and narratives in the short stories. This anthology recuperates six representative short stories of the so-called sentimental romantic mode, which had been thus far overlooked by scholars and historians. These texts were originally published in journals, magazines, and newspapers in Bolivia and Peru, and this is their first modern edition.

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Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 Affiliated faculty, Books, Events, Research No Comments

Two CLLAS affiliated faculty members receive Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards

Gerardo Sandoval

June 9, 2017—CLLAS executive board member Gerardo Sandoval (PPPM) and affiliated faculty member Jessica Vasquez-Tokos (sociology) are among 16 recipients of UO’s 2017-18 Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards, announced June 9 by Provost Scott Coltrane.

From Around the O: “Established in 2006 with the generous support of Lorry Lokey, the Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards aims to increase the academic quality and reputation of the University of Oregon by highlighting and supporting world-class research and teaching.

Jessica Vasquez-Tokos

“‘Since its inception the award has been bestowed on 137 outstanding faculty members,’ Coltrane said. “These faculty members are recognized for their enduring commitment and contribution to our shared institutional spirit of learning, intellectual inquiry and service.’  

“Candidates are nominated by deans, with input from faculty and unit heads, and nominations are reviewed by the Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards review committee before a final determination is made by the provost. The award provides faculty members with a $20,000 salary supplement or $30,000 for research support.” 

For a full list of recipients: http://around.uoregon.edu/content/provost-announces-recipients-faculty-excellence-awards

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