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Lynn Stephen and Erin Beck among those to receive OVPRI 2018 Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives awards

Erin Beck & Lynn Stephen

July 16, 2018—Lynn Stephen and Erin Beck, two members of the CLLAS Executive Board, are among those whose research will receive 2018 Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives awards from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. The program will award up to $50,000 to four UO research teams, described in an article in Around the O: UO researchers awarded grants for interdisciplinary projects

Lynn Stephen, founding director of CLLAS and professor of anthropology, and Erin Beck, associate professor of political science, were selected for “Gendered Justice: Addressing Violence Against Women in Guatemala and the U.S.”

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Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 Advisory Board, Awards, Funding, Research No Comments

Carlos Aguirre coedits new book of essays on the history of libraries in Latin America

Bibliotecas y cultura letrada en América Latina. Siglos XIX y XX
coedited by Carlos Aguirre and Ricardo D. Salvatore

(Lima: Pontificia Universidad Católica, 2018

Bibliotecas y cultura letrada en América Latina. Siglos XIX y XX—a new volume of essays coedited by UO history professor Carlos Aguirre—has just been published in Lima.

The essays in this volume shed light on the history of various types of libraries in Latin America and, in particular, their role in social and cultural conflicts, processes of nation-state formation, efforts towards bringing education and literacy to different types of populations, and the accumulation of cultural and symbolic capital. This volume seeks to contribute to the cultural and political history of libraries and lettered culture in the region and to open lines of conversation with other disciplines and forms of knowledge interested in the preservation of cultural patrimony, the circulation of knowledge, and the tensions and debates they generate. For more, go to Fondo Editorial

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 Advisory Board, Books, Research No Comments

Long-time CLLAS employee Tamara LeRoy now at SASS

Tamara LeRoy

June 28, 2018—We are pleased to announce that Tamara LeRoy has been hired with Sexual Assault Support Services of Lane County (SASS) as their Trafficking Intervention Coordinator. Tamara will be developing this new, grant-funded position by coordinating direct services between community partners and other advocates providing services to survivors of human trafficking.

SASS is a non-profit organization providing outreach, advocacy and support to survivors of sexual violence and their partners, families, and friends throughout Eugene-Springfield and the rest of Lane County.

Tamara will continue her work as a consultant for the Latino Roots Traveling Exhibit until further notice, and expresses her gratitude for all of the support from everyone at Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Center for the Study of Women in Society over the years. 

She has been the Latino Roots Project Coordinator at CLLAS going back several years.

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Thursday, June 28th, 2018 Human Rights, News, staff No Comments

Erin Beck wins book award

Erin Beck

Congratulations to CLLAS Executive Board member Erin Beck, whose book, How Development Projects Persist: Everyday Negotiations with Guatemalan NGOs, was selected as co-winner of the Book Award of the Sociology of Development section of the American Sociological Association.

Professor Beck was recently promoted to associate professor in the UO Department of Political Science.

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 Advisory Board, Awards, Books No Comments

Brenda Garcia Millan wins prestigious fellowship & teaching award

2017 Tinker Fellow Brenda Garcia Millan (MA International Studies, 2018) has been selected to participate in the prestigious Latino Mental Health International Research Training Program (MHIRT), sponsored by the University of Southern California Department of Psychology. As a MHIRT fellow, Brenda will spend her summer working alongside her faculty mentor, Dr. Shoshana Berenzon Gorn, at the National Psychiatric Institute in Mexico City, where her research will focus on improving access to mental health care for underserved communities. MHIRT is funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, and is designed to train the next generation of researchers focused on reducing mental health disparities for U.S. Latinx communities. Kristin Yarris, assistant professor of international studies, is also an MHIRT Faculty Mentor.

Brenda was also awarded the distinguished and extremely competitive Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Award to teach in Madrid, Spain. Starting Fall 2018, Brenda will be working at an instituto (secondary school), where she will prepare students for the Global Classrooms (Model UN) project. Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, or other multilateral body, which introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making.

Brenda’s Fulbright ETA award is funded by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Institute of International Education (IIE), and the Community of Madrid.

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Monday, April 23rd, 2018 Awards, Funding, Graduate students, News, Research No Comments

Eye of the storm: UO students reach out to hard-hit Puerto Rico

Alai Reyes-Santos

From Around the O

April 13, 2018—UO ethnic studies professor Alaí Reyes-Santos made a major revision to the curriculum for her “Race, Ethics, Justice” course last fall: She added a trip to Puerto Rico.

It was week three of the term and Reyes-Santos, a native Puerto Rican, was frustrated with the lack of federal aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. It had been weeks since the storm devastated the island and there were still widespread power outages and severely limited access to potable water and medical care.   

She saw an opportunity to have her students consider how the overarching questions they were examining about race, ethics and justice were applicable to the crisis, and to use that analysis and knowledge to create resources to help educate the public and spur conversations about those issues. The resources the class created were just published on a new website, “The UO Puerto Rico Project: Hurricane Maria and its Aftermath.” › Continue reading

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