2014 Bartolomé de las Casas Lecture in Latin American Studies — “The Right to Resist Development: Ethnocide and Ecocide in Amazonia

May 28, 2014
2:00 pmto3:00 pm

2014_Las_CasasFord Lecture Hall
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
1430 Johnson Lane

The 2014 Bartolomé de las Casas Lecture in Latin American Studies presents

The Right to Resist Development: Ethnocide and Ecocide in Amazonia, with Professor Stefano Varese

Professor Stefano Varese is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Native American Studies, University of California, Davis. He was the recipient of the 2013 LASA / Oxfam American Martin Diskin Memorial Lectureship. His publications include Witness to Sovereignty: Essays on the Indian Movement in Latin America (2006) and Salt in the Mountain: Campa Ashaninka History and Resistance in the Peruvian Jungle (2004). › Continue reading

Deadline Extended: 2014 CLLAS Seed Grant Competition for Faculty & Collaborative Research Groups

May 30, 2014
12:00 pm

Deadline
2014 Call for Faculty Grants Extended
Proposals generated within CLLAS Research Action Projects (RAPS) will be given priority. › Continue reading

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.

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

April 24, 2014
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

Eaton_PosterErb 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

Huerto de la Familia: 15th Anniversary Celebration

May 31, 2014
4:00 pmto11:00 pm

Festival_LatinoHuerto de la Familia is celebrating its 15th Anniversary !

Where: Sprout ! Food Hub 418 A. Street Springfield, Oregon
Admission: $5

4pm-8pm: music, local food and drink, games, tamale sale, salsa cook off, silent auction

8pm-11pm: salsa, dancing, performances, drinks
Hope we see you there !

To learn more about Huerto de la Familia:http://huertodelafamilia.org

 

Documenting Dignity: Farmworker Testimony & Collaborative Research

May 8, 2014
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

Scher_Daria_Poster_WEBErb Memorial Union
Walnut Room
1222E. 13th Ave.

CLLAS Faculty / Collaborative Research Grantee Presentation

with Phil Scher, associate professor, UO Department of Anthropology, and James Daria, graduate student

Oregon’s farmworkers are subject to powerful economic, political, spatial, and discursive practices that render them invisible, thus facilitating their exploitation and reproducing the structures of symbolic violence that furthers their social suffering. In spite of their invisibility, farmworkers demonstrate enormous political agency and collectively organize to defend their rights. A worker-led movement of striking mushroom pickers in Salem, Oregon in 2001 demonstrates this. Through collaborative research with workers who led the movement and the Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) union, this investigation brings the voices of these workers to the forefront through the documentary medium. Collaborative research and new and participatory forms of social media offer exciting avenues for documenting and disseminating farmworker testimony.



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