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 !

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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.

A concert by Alberto Carrión to celebrate Julia de Burgos centenary

May 8, 2014
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

Burgos_Carrion_PosterGerlinger Lounge
1468 University St.
UO campus

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.

Sponsored by Romance Languages, the Center for the Study of Women in Society Women of Color Project, Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, LAS, OHC, CAS, and English.

“The Role of Public Art in the Oaxaca Rebellion of 2006”— César Chávez Victoria, Oaxacan artist

March 5, 2014
2:00 pmto3:00 pm

asaro_JSMA_flyerJordan Schnitzer
Museum of Art
Ford Lecture Hall
1430 Johnson Lane
UO campus

César Chávez Victoria, artist and member of the ASARO collective, will discuss the founding of the group and its role in the 2006 Oaxaca Rebellion.

César Chávez Victoria is a graphic artist from Oaxaca, Mexico who specializes in wood, linoleum, glass, and other forms of engraving and print-making. Trained in the fine arts school of Oaxaca (Bellas Artes), César has worked with ASARO, Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca (The Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca, ASARO) since its founding in 2006. He has worked with youth in a wide range of contexts producing large public art works and murals and has also experimented with animation. César’s images have appeared on T-shirts, walls, installations, and even on buttons. › Continue reading

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