«PROGRAM IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES NEWSLETTER LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR 2012–13 Dear Colleagues and Friends of PLAS: 2012–13 was another great year ...»
Before joining USP he worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago’s Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy. Professor Rangel holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and M.A.’s in economics both from UCLA and PUC-Rio (Brazil). His research focuses on development and population economics issues, and his articles have been recognized with prizes by the Royal Economic Society (2006) and the Brazilian Econometric Society (2008). Professor Rangel was a visitor at the London School of Economics’ Department of International Studies in 2010 and the Woodrow Wilson School during the 2012-13 academic year.
ARCADIO DÍA Z QUIÑONES (Fall 2013) Emeritus, Princeton University Fall 2013 Course: LAS 401/SPA 412/LAO 401 Latin American Studies Seminar: Islands, Literature, and History in Latin America and the Caribbean Arcadio Díaz Quiñones taught at the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras (1970-82) before joining the Princeton University faculty in 1983 and served as director of PLAS for six years. Díaz Quiñones teaches Spanish-American literature, with special emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century intellectual and cultural history, including fiction, essay, and poetry. He has taught as a visiting professor at the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras; the University of Pennsylvania; Rutgers University; the University of Washington, Seattle; the Universidad de Buenos Aires; the Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia; and Swarthmore College. Díaz Quiñones transferred to emeritus status in 2009.
SERGE GRUZINSKI (Spring 2014) École de Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris Fall 2013 Course: LAS 402 Latin American Studies Seminar: Economic Analysis of Latin American Development Serge Gruzinski, first class Research Director at the National Scientific Research Center (CNRS, Paris) and Director of Studies at EHESS, is one of the most distinguished historians of Hispanic-American cultures. Gruzinski has been recognized for his fruitful and significant contribution to the progress of American history. Some of his publications include The Aztecs: Rise and Fall of an Empire (1992), Images at War: Mexico from Columbus to Blade Runner (with Heather MacLean, 2001), and The Mestizo Mind: The Intellectual Dynamics of Colonization and Globalization (with Deke Dusinberre, 2002). Gruzinski was most recently at Princeton as a visiting professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures.
PROGRAM IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES NEWSLETTERENRIQUE K R AUZE (Fall 2013) Historian; Founder and editor, Letras Libres, Mexico City Fall 2013 Course: LAS 501/SPA 588 Latin America: Literature and Power Mexican historian, author, and publisher Enrique Krauze is the director of Letras Libres, the most prestigious literary journal in Latin America. He is also the founder and president of the publishing company Editorial Clío.
Krauze has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Premio Comillas de Biografía in Spain (1993) and Gran Cruz de la Orden de Isabel la Católica, granted by the King of Spain (2008). Enrique Krauze is the author of documentaries and television series about Mexican history and most recently published Redeemers, Ideas, and Power in Latin America (2011).
EF R AÍN K RISTAL (Fall 2013) University of California, Los Angeles Fall 2013 Courses: LAS 329 The Literary Works of Mario Vargas Llosa in their artistic, intellectual and political contexts (co-taught with Mario Vargas Llosa) LAS 404/COM 428 Latin American Studies Seminar: Jorge Luis Borges in Comparative Contexts Efraín Kristal is professor and chair of UCLA’s Department of Comparative Literature. He specializes in Latin American literature in comparative contexts, translation studies, and aesthetics. He has published over ninety scholarly articles and prologues, and the following books: The Andes Viewed from the City. Literary and Political Discourse on the Indian in Peru (1987); Temptation of the Word. The Novels of Mario Vargas Llosa (1998); and Invisible Work. Borges and Translation (2002). He is editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Latin American Novel (2005), the Penguin edition of Jorge Luis Borges’ Poems of the Night (2010), and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Mario Vargas Llosa (2012). He is also one of three associate editors of The Blackwell Photo of Rangel by Jorge Takeshita, Díaz Quiñones by Frank Wojciechowski; Schwarcz by Adriana Vichi; Vargas Llosa by Brian Wilson Encyclopedia of the Novel (2010).
LILIA MORIT Z SCHWARCZ (Spring 2014) University of São Paulo, Brazil Lilia Moritz Schwarcz is a professor in anthropology at the University of São Paulo. Her main interests are history of the slaves; racial theories; history of the Brazilian court; academic art; and history of anthropology in Brazil.
She has published several books, including two in English: Spectacle of Races: Scientists, Institutions and Racial Theories in Brazil at the End of the XIXth Century (1999) and The Emperors Beard: D. Pedro II a Tropical King (2004). She was a fellow at the Guggenheim Foundation and John Carter Brown Library; a visiting professor at Oxford, Leiden, Princeton, and Brown Universities; and a Tinker Professor at Columbia University. Schwarcz was also a member of the advisory group for the Harvard Brazilian office, from 2006 to 2012. Additionally, she holds a Commend of the Brazilian Order of Scientific Merit presented by the Presidency of the Republic (2010).
MARIO VARG AS LLOSA (Fall 2013) Recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature Fall 2013 Course: LAS 329 The Literary Works of Mario Vargas Llosa in their artistic, intellectual and political contexts (co-taught with Efraín Kristal) Born in Peru, Mario Vargas Llosa is one of Latin America’s most influential writers. Dr. Vargas Llosa, who holds a doctorate from the Universidad de Madrid (1959), has asserted that “reading is an essential part of being a citizen.” He has taught at Princeton, Harvard, and the Sorbonne—among numerous other institutions—and is a member of the Real Academia Española. In fall 2010, while at Princeton as the PLAS Distinguished Fellow, Vargas Llosa won the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Report from the Field:
Ryan Elliot ’14, 2012 Sigmund Scholar During the summer of 2012, I had the tremendous opportunity of travelling to Honduras and serving as a Global Impact Fellow at Unite for Sight’s partner clinic, Centro de Salud Integral ZOE, thanks entirely to a Sigmund Scholars Award from PLAS. Unite For Sight (UFS) is a non-profit global health delivery organization that empowers communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness, and its Global Impact Fellow program is renowned as one of the highest quality global health immersion and volunteer abroad programs worldwide. My role at the ZOE clinic as a Global Impact Fellow was two-fold: volunteering and researching.
First, the volunteer aspect of my trip consisted of providing assistance to the local medical professionals at the eye clinic in all aspects of the eye care programs. This included taking patient histories, assisting with eye exams, and distributing eyeglasses. In addition, I was able to observe approximately 20 cataract surgeries in the operating room and see the miracle of sight-restoration firsthand. Although most of my time was spent at the ZOE clinic, I also was able to take part in multiple outreach programs (brigadas) to schools and remote rural areas to provide much-need eye care Elliot overlooking Tegucigalpa from El Picacho, Honduras and eye health education. During my time at the clinic, most of our brigadas were to the southern part of Honduras (Choluteca), (CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 )
PROGRAM IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES NEWSLETTERCongratulations to the Class of 2013!
On Monday, April 29, 2013 PLAS hosted a dinner in honor of the graduating 2013 LAS concentrators. The dinner was attended by the graduating seniors and their advisers, Sigmund Scholars, class of 2014 senior thesis research grantees, PLAS faculty, and our visiting scholars.
Erika Smith ‘13 with her thesis adviser Christina Halperin (Lec- Monica Beltran ‘13 and Ambassador Ricardo Luna (Visiting Lecturer in the turer in the Council of the Humanities and Art and Archaeol- Program in Latin American Studies and the Woodrow Wilson School) ogy. Latin American Studies-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows.) During the evening, Carly De La Hoz '13 gave a brief presentation about her thesis on Brazilian favelas. Her thesis was the winner of the Kenneth Maxwell Senior Thesis Prize in Brazilian and Portuguese Studies. Below are floor plans she drew of the favelas, along with photos taken on her thesis research trip in Brazil.
Briyana Clarel Davis Sociology (Re)defining The Activist Occupation: Identity, Intersectionality, and LGBT Activism in Salvador da Bahia
Andrea de Sá Woodrow Wilson School Brazil’s Nuclear Submarine Program: Navigating The Uncharted Waters Of The Non-Proliferation Treaty
Grecia Abigail Rivas Comparative Literature From the Page to the Screen: An In-Depth Analysis of Representations of Race in Fernando Meirelles’ “City Of God”
Kaya Leigh Ten-Pow Woodrow Wilson School Are We Fighting the Wrong War? Cocaine Consumption in Latin America and the Global Drug Policy Paradigm
James Bailey Williams Politics Security Cooperation in the Americas: Explaining the Institutionalization of the Inter-American Security Regime †Major research paper in addition to departmental thesis, to fulfill the writing requirement for the Program in Latin American Studies ‡Certificate in Latin American Studies, Brazilian Track
PROGRAM IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES NEWSLETTER
PLAS 2013 SENIOR THESIS PRIZES AWARDEDOn June 3, 2013 PLAS held its annual Class Day Ceremony during which the winners of the Stanley J. Stein Senior Thesis Prize in Latin American Studies and the Kenneth Maxwell Senior Thesis Prize in Brazilian and Portuguese Studies were announced by Rachel Price, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures. All of the awardees completed the certificate program in Latin American Studies.
STANLEY J. STEIN THESIS PRIZE
Flora Thomson-DeVeaux ’13, a major in Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures, for her thesis Sex, Death, and the Aristocracy:* The Universal History of Santiago Badariotti Merlo (*Although Not Necessarily in That Order) Thomson-DeVeaux’s adviser, Pedro Meira Monteiro, found her thesis to be “a sophisticated, extremely well-written and well-researched thesis about the distance that separates the subject itself from those anguished writers who spare no effort to bring subjectivity into light.” Professor Arcadio Díaz Quiñones notes that her thesis “is a remarkable achievement, a delight for the level of writing and the quality of the observation....This is a truly outstanding senior thesis. It was a great pleasure to read.”
KENNETH MAXWELL THESIS PRIZE
Carly De La Hoz ’13, a major in the School of Architecture, for her thesis The Favela Typology: Architecture in the Self-Built City “Carly De La Hoz’s thesis is a remarkable accomplishment. She delves into the complicated territory of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas and does not get lost in the more-or-less common tropes of others that studied these spaces. Her thesis neither romanticizes favelas, nor does it overlook their potential to provide viable urban and architectonic typologies,” writes second reader Bruno Carvalho.
HONORABLE MENTIONS:Andrea De Sá ’13, a major in the Woodrow Wilson School, for her thesis Brazil’s Nuclear Submarine Program: Navigating the Uncharted Waters of the Non-Proliferation Treaty According to second reader Harold A. Feiveson, Andrea De Sá’s thesis “represents a work of originality and one that is very well executed and engagingly and clearly written with a wealth of sources drawn upon, including several in Portuguese. The sources are also much deepened by Andrea’s many interviews with key persons.” Thomas Irby ’13, a major in History, for his thesis Military Rule in Brazil: Narratives Concerning Human Rights and Development (1961–1978) Of Irby’s thesis, adviser Robert Karl writes “In this expertly researched and persuasively argued thesis, Thomas Irby explores the Brazilian military regime’s discourses around rights and development. Rather than concentrating on the obvious question of how the Brazilian military resisted the Carter administration’s human rights campaign...Irby engages in a wide-ranging, thoroughly presented argument about the intersection of sovereignty, race, and development in Brazilian foreign policy.”