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Bienvenidos a otro Enlace! Welcome to one more Enlace! Over the last few months, as you must have noticed, surely, Latin America has been extremely visible in the national and international spheres. Truly, the cultural, political, social and scientific happenings in the region are numerous and diverse. The myriad of events of relevance which recently have been taking place in the region can be classified into categories ranging from promising and hopeful, to challenging and grim. What all this means though, from the perspective of this year’s Enlace, is that Latin America continues to be a study area of great magnetism, both of local and global concern, as well as an academic laboratory of great promise as far as the social sciences, humanities, and natural and physical sciences are concerned, and, even more importantly, in regards to the interface that of all of these approaches offer. This, of course, makes Latin America a rich and truly interdisciplinary laboratory for scholarly work—in happy synchrony with the mission of CLAS! Furthermore, Latin America’s academic attraction is considerable, not only as a study area per se, but also in a comparative manner in relation to other major study areas of the world. In sum, Latin America (sensu lato) remains an excellent topic for global studies! It is hard to resist the temptation of at least enumerating the plethora of recent events and relevant news of the region in previous months. However, because the space is limited, and at the risk of showing my biases, I wish to briefly share a few that, because of their broad significance, drew my attention. High on my list, in the realm of culture, is the organization of international cultural events occurring in different cities/countries in Latin America. A recent spectacular example of this is the 27th edition of the Guadalajara FIL—the


FROM THE DIRECTOR International Book Fair, held annually in that important Latin American city. During the last few days of November and the first few of December, an impressive 751,000 participants (including 160,000 children!) representing 44 nations, with the contribution of close to two thousand major editorial houses, gathered to celebrate culture, art and even science. The FIL featured 552 book presentations, 83 literary or academic fora, 93 artistic/musical performances, 14 award/recognition ceremonies and, during the 9 days of the event, received over 4 million website visits! Prominent in this celebration was the presence of three Nobel laureates, including one from Latin America, Mario Vargas Llosa. As is always the case, the FIL featured a “guest” country, in this case Israel. Naturally, the Israeli delegation was numerous and included Mr. Shimon Peres (another Nobel laureate), and a prominent Mexican scientist of Israeli origin, Prof. Jerzy Rzedowski, a plant scientist specialized in the study of the vegetation of Mexico. At this FIL, Prof. Rzedowski received a special recognition for his tireless study and advancement in the scientific knowledge of one of the most diverse floras of the planet. On this same tenor of awards, the great poet—initially a mathematician—Ives Bonnefoy received the FIL’s 2013 Award in Romance Languages. During the award ceremony he was introduced, at length, and with amazing eloquence, by the Mexican poet Homero Aridjis, leaving those in attendance with no doubts as to why Bonnefoy received this recognition. From what I could see, following the media, the FIL was an exuberant fiesta of culture in the broadest sense of the word! As I reflect on this spectacular event, I cannot help but think how rewarding it might be to establish a program that annually supports at least one student of Latin American studies to attend such a singular and inspiring event.Although there is much more to say in the area of culture, in the interest of space I will close this section by mentioning that Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska was the 2013 winner of the prestigious Cervantes Award. Congratulations Sra. Elena!

Moving on to the area of politics, sociology, and economics, it is worth mentioning that the 23rd Ibero American Summit took place in October, in Panama City. Now, what happened there certainly provides much food for thought. On the one hand, it is of note that nine out of 22 expected presidents or heads of state did not attend—it being no hard task to predict which ones—and only one among these, King Juan Carlos from Spain, presented his apologies via a recorded message—although President Mariano Rajoy did attend representing Spain. Beyond this type of colorful vignettes, one of the discussions that drew my attention was that on urbanization, and the need to address the issue of the megalopolis of Latin America. Though there doesn’t seem to have been much in the way of specific and long-term actionable plans, the mere fact that this critical issue was at least brought to the table is somewhat encouraging. Undoubtedly, this is a critical agenda, given that in the inertia of the global population transiting from the current 7 billion to a dramatic 9 billion by year 2050, this region is becoming urbanized at a very high rate while, at the same time, those expanding megalopolis are currently overwhelmed with formidable environmental, inequality and security issues. These relationships make it evident that an effort to conceptualize, plan and implement a program for Latin American sustainable cities—addressing both the existing megacities, and the intermediate/emergent cities—is an urgent technical, ecological, social and political priority for Ibero America. Interestingly, and moving back to the realm of culture for a moment, it is worth noting that, immediately after the Summit, Panama organized and hosted the International Congress of the Spanish Language (October 20-23). A number of interesting aspects were addressed in this remarkable event. For example, with a total of 500 million native speakers, Spanish is, as a native language, the second most important language; currently, some 18 million persons are students of Spanish. Statistical data even suggests that by the year 2050, USA will be the first

FROM THE DIRECTOR Spanish-speaking country in the world (in terms of the number of speakers). Furthermore, Spanish is already recognized as one of the top four languages that drive international relationships. Again, and well worth the reiteration, all of this serves to highlight the significance of the Latin American region as a subject of great academic, political, and social importance in national, regional, and global studies. As I have mentioned before, CLAS is motivated and committed to operate as a platform to support, in any way possible, the established scholars as well as the new generation of scholars interested in Latin American and Latin American Studies within the university and beyond. Finally, closer to home, I want to mention that over the months, since our previous publication of Enlace, CLAS has served as a strong instrument for developing “enlaces” (linkages, connections, engagements, partnerships). You can see the massive evidence of this in the report that follows, but I wish to share a few points now. Our second year of the SAAGE program—our outreach and partnership program aimed at engaging young students from underserved communities in the area was a remarkable success, this time even expanding to an additional partnership, the Puente de la Costa and Pescadero High School, in addition to our previous-year partner, East Palo Alto Academy. As in the previous year, our program was composed of the three modules that follow the structure and concept of our MA program (Culture, and Society, Political Science and Economics, and Ecology and Sustainability). As a new element, the last session of each module (i.e., academic quarter) focuses on the arts in relation to the main theme of the quarter; this new element allows students to showcase their learning via final student projects. For the module on Ecology and Sustainability, students were asked to engage in a mock discussion of two opposing social groups of the Amazon, one

interested in the exploitation of the forest for oil extraction, the other one advocating the preservation of the forest and the indigenous cultures present therein. The debate was fabulous and it was impressive, even emotional, to see the engagement of the students in this exercise! This leads me to mention that SAAGE was selected to receive the Stanford’s 2013 Community Partnership award, thanks to the efforts of our generous faculty and, of course, our partners, especially the students. Still within the realm of outreach and service, this last quarter, Biology graduate student Sid Krishna Kumar and I developed a new enlace-partnership: The CLAS-Cesar Chavez Academy of Palo Alto, “Stanford Science”. This new partnership focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), in which students from this Palo Alto school came, weekly, for the entire fall quarter, to learn science in several Stanford science laboratories and in the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, and we also toured the rain forest ecosystem of the California Academy of Sciences. The experience was, again, a stimulating and encouraging success. It is our hope now to be able to secure funds to continue with this new Stanford Science for Kids Initiative. In closing, as I invite you to read our newsletter, let me come back to my opening line: ¡Bienvenidos a otro Enlace! [I hope you got my Spanish game of words here. I am saying two things: “welcome to reading one more issue of our Enlace newsletter”; and “welcome to being another enlace” (i.e, “to being linked”). I hope you will remain connected and help us to expand our CLAS Enlaces!].

Rodolfo Dirzo




The Center for Latin American Studies brings leading Latin American scholars to Stanford University to teach, conduct research, and advise students in their particular areas of expertise. Roberto J. Blancarte is a full-time professor of the Center of Sociological Studies of El Colegio de México and former dean from the same Center (20062012). He is also an associate professor of the “Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités” (GSRL), a research group of the Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France, related to the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE) in the Sorbonne (Paris). He is founder and adviser of the Interdisciplinary Program of Religious Studies at El Colegio Mexiquense and a member of the National System of Researchers in its highest level. He has been a Board member of the National Council on Bioethics and the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (CONAPRED). Blancarte is author of numerous book chapters and academic articles that have been published in some of the most prestigious sociological and historical journals, such as Social Compass (Great Britain), Journal of Church and State (USA), Problèmes d’Amérique latine (France), Religioni e società (Italy), International Sociology, and Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions (France). He has been director of publications and journals, including Religiones y sociedad, and a columnist in several national newspapers and magazines. Currently, he has a weekly column in Milenio Diario and Noroeste. During fall quarter 2012, Professor Blancarte taught POLISCI 244P: Religion and Politics in Latin America.

television, and radio, and been commissioned and participated in festivals in Europe, USA, Mexico, and other Latin-American countries. As an interpreter, Morales-Manzanares has participated on his own and with other composers in forums of Jazz, Popular, Folkloric, and New Music in Latin America, USA, and Europe. As a researcher, he has participated in different national and international conferences such as International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), International Join Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), and Symposium on Arts and Technology. He has received awards from the Bancomer-Rockefeller Foundation, University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS), Canada Council for the Arts, and Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA). During fall quarter 2012, Professor MoralesManzanares taught MUSIC 223T: Computer Music Improvisation and Algorithmic Performance. Andrés Laguens (Ph.D. 1995, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina) is the academic director of INDACOR (Institute of Anthropology Córdoba, Argentina) and senior researcher at the National Council for Science and Technology of Argentina. He is professor of Archaeology at the Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades of the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, where he also coordinates the Doctorate Program in Anthropological Sciences, with the support of the Wenner-Gren Foundation. His research focuses on social inequality in past societies and the relationships between people, things, and nature. He has been conducting a research project in the Andes of Argentina since 1996, analyzing the emergence of social differences and their reproduction and persistence as multidimensional phenomena. At the present time, he is interested in past ontologies and material culture in Andean societies. Since 2002, he has collaborated with Argentine Justice in the archaeology of clandestine detention centers of the last military dictatorship in Argentina. He is also interested in the public communication of archaeology and has been curator of the permanent exhibition of the Museo de Antropología of Córdoba and other temporary ones. During winter quarter 2013, Professor Laguens taught ANTHRO 111A/211A: Archeology of the Andes of Argentina.

Professor Morales-Manzanares is currently the director of the Laboratorio de Informática Musical (LIM) at Guanajuato, Mexico, where he teaches composition, electronic music, digital art, and music and mathematics. MoralesPablo Andrés Neumeyer is professor of Manzanares is a member of the National Economics and current chair of the System of Creators. He started his musical training in national Department of Economics at Universidad folkloric music, learning harps from Veracruz, Michoacán, and Torcuato di Tella. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chiapas, as well as different kinds of flutes from several regions. economics from Columbia University in Morales-Manzanares completed a Ph.D. in composition at UC 1992 and studied economics as an Berkeley. At the music school Escuela Superior de Música, he undergraduate at Universidad de Buenos finished his professional studies on flute, piano, and composition. As Aires. He worked as a professor at the University of Southern a composer, he has written music for theatre, dance, movies, California and has taught courses (mainly in international

BOLIVAR HOUSE VISITORS macroeconomics and finance) at Stanford University, Universidad de Montevideo, Universidad de los Andes, University of Chicago, Universidad Pompeu Fabra, New York University, and Universidad Carlos III. His research is in the fields of macroeconomics, international finance, and development. He has published theoretical and applied papers in several journals, including American Economic Review, Econométrica, and Journal of Monetary Economics. He is associate editor of Economía Chilena and former associate editor of Macroeconomic Dynamics. He is a fellow of Guggenheim and Econometric Society. He has received grants and awards from Tinker Foundation, Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica, Commission of the European Communities, the Institute for the Study of World Politics, and Columbia University. He has worked as a consultant for the Inter American Development Bank, the World Bank, and the Federal Reserve. He has delivered seminars, public lectures, and private talks at numerous universities, central banks, and financial institutions throughout the Americas, Europe, and Japan. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Global Development Network and head of The Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association Network on International Finance. He is former chair of the Latin American Chapter of the Econometric Society and served in the Consejo de Administración Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. During winter quarter 2013, Professor Neumeyer taught ECON 217:  Topics in Latin American Macroeconomics: Theory and Evidence for Latin America. Liliana Suárez-Navaz holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. She is a professor at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), where she funded and directed the Graduate Programs on Migration and Ethnic Relations (since 2000) and on Public Anthropology (since 2010). She has been visiting professor at the University of Florida, UC Berkeley, Michigan University, New York University, City University of London, Manchester University, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS), and the University Autonomous of Mexico-Iztapalapa. She coordinates a research group on Migration, Identity, and Citizenship and has conducted fieldwork in the Americas (California, Mexico, Chile, Ecuador), Southern Europe (Spain and Romania), and Western Africa (Senegal). She has received numerous grants and awards in Spain, the European Union (EU), and the US for her research work. She has published Rebordering of the Mediterranean: Boundaries and Citizenship in Southern Europe (Berghahn Books 2004), The fight of the ‘Sans Papiers’ and the Extension of Citizenship. Critical Perspectives  from the EU and USA (TS, 2007) and Postcolonial

Feminisms: Theory and Practice from the Margins, (Cátedra 2008), as well as many academic articles on topics such as transnationalism and new political practices, gender and feminist studies, migration of undocumented children, and shifting experiences of belonging in a globalized world. Suárez-Navaz is currently engaged with two interrelated research projects: the first focuses on diasporic media and Latin American journalists in Spain and the transformation of the European public sphere while the second is a collaborative venture to explore from a comparative perspective the making and marketing of Latin@s identities in the EU and USA. During winter quarter 2013, Professor Suárez-Navaz taught ANTHRO 108A/208A: Latin Americans in the Diaspora: Citizenship and Belonging Across Transnational Migration Regimes. Dr. Leonor Arfuch is a professor at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), both at the Social Sciences School and the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism. She is also director of research on Cultural Studies at the Gino Germani Research Institute (UBA), where she has led several projects since 1992. She works on questions dealing with subjectivity, identities, memory, and narrative in the fields of literature, arts, and the media, taking a multidisciplinary approach, which combines discourse analysis, literary critique, semiotics, and aesthetics. She has been a Visiting Professor at Essex University (England), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Universidad Iberoamericana (México), Universidad Pedagógica (Colombia), Pontificia Universidad Católica, and Universidad Diego Portales (Chile), among others. She was awarded with the UBA Thalmann Scholarship in 1998, the British Academy Professorship Award in 2004, and the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. She is also the author of several books, amongst others: La entrevista, una invención dialógica (1995, 2nd edition 2010); Diseño y Comunicación. Teorías y enfoques críticos (co-author, 1997); El espacio biográfico. Dilemas de la subjetividad contemporánea (2002); O Espaço Biográfico - Dilemas da Subjetividade Contemporânea (translated into Portuguese by Paloma Vidal, 2010); Crítica cultural entre política y poética (2008). As an editor, she has participated in the compilation of the following collective volumes: Identidades, sujetos y subjetividades (2002); Pensar este tiempo. Espacios, afectos, pertenencias (2005); with G. Catanzaro Pretérito Imperfecto. Lecturas críticas del acontecer (2008); with V. Devalle, Visualidades sin fin. Imagen y diseño en la sociedad global (2009). Additionally, she has published numerous articles in specialized books and journals and is a member of various international editorial boards. During spring quarter 2013, Professor Arfuch taught ILAC 320: The Biographical Space in Contemporary Culture.



BOLIVAR HOUSE VISITORS Vidal Romero holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University. He is a professor in the Political Science Department at ITAM in Mexico City. He was a visiting professor at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University (August 2012-March 2013), and Tinker Visiting Professor at the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford University during Spring 2013. Romero’s research includes work on presidential decision-making, political economy, and crime and violence topics. He has collaborated on different research projects with the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. His work has been published in journals such as Política y Gobierno, Latin American Research Review, and in multiple edited volumes. His current research is focused on drug-related crime and violence. Romero investigates into citizens’ perceptions of crime and violence and how a climate of insecurity affects individuals’ wellbeing, their support of crime fighting efforts, and their assessment of authorities’ performance. His work also investigates into the determinants of violence and the type of relationship between criminal organizations and citizens. Much of his work is based on econometric and experimental methods implemented in different surveys. During spring quarter 2013, Professor Romero taught POLISCI 248L: Political-Economy of Crime and Violence in Latin America.

Over spring break, Latin American Studies student Alenjandro Gramaglia took this picture of Stanford’s eShip as it anchored in Puerto Williams, Chile.


In 1996, while visiting Stanford University, Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso announced the establishment of the Joaquim Nabuco Chair. Patrícia Galvão Ferreira holds a doctorate (S.J.D.) in Law and Development from the University of Toronto Law School, which she earned after nearly twenty years of working in the fields of human rights and international development. Her professional experience ranges from litigating major Brazilian human rights cases before international bodies to leading grassroots NGOs to grant making with the Open Society Initiative in Southern Africa. She holds an L.L.M. (Masters) degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Notre Dame’s Law School and a J.D. from the Law School at the Federal University of Bahia, in her native Brazil. Ferreira earned her S.J.D. concurrently with an interdisciplinary doctorate in Dynamics of Global Change, from the Munk School of Global Affairs, also at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled “Breaking the Weak Governance Curse: Global Regulation and Governance Reform in Resource-Rich Developing Countries,” was awarded the Alan Marks Medal for outstanding thesis of the academic year. The dissertation examines how public and private policy actors are using an expanding menu of traditional and innovative global regulatory instruments to address the domestic governance deficit in resource-rich developing countries. Ferreira is a research associate at the Institute for Studies on Labor and Society (IETS), in Rio de Janeiro, and her research interests include law and development, political economy of development, global governance, international law, the management of natural resources, and corporate social responsibility. During the 6-month period she was in residence at Stanford, Ferreira tapped into the extensive work on natural resources management, governance, and development led by fellows of the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) to investigate whether or not the newly found significant pre-salt oil deposits offshore the Brazilian southeast coast could negatively affect Brazilian democratic institutions. Her other on-going research projects include the theoretical and policy implications of recent transnational public private partnerships such as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and the Open Government Partnership (OGP) to the evolving global governance field.


The Center for Latin American Studies sponsors visas and privileges at Stanford University Libraries for senior scholars conducting research on Latin America. An assistant professor at Institute of Public Affairs (University of Chile), Professor Verónica Figueroa holds degrees in Management Sciences (Ph.D.) from the ESADE-Universidad Ramón Llull and Public Management (B.A.) from the University of Chile. Her research focuses on multiculturalism, public policy process, and indigenous development, with special focus on Mapuche people.  Her dissertation project focused on indigenous migration in Santiago of Chile and their effect on networks and social capital in urban areas, and resulted in the publishing of her book “Social Capital and Urban Indigenous Development.”  During her visiting scholarship at CLAS, she conducted a research project on multiculturalism applied to public policies aiming to improve indigenous development opportunities. She is directing a study of two inclusive policies on language and identity, namely a linguistic revitalization policy in Bolivia and a language and social cohesion policy in Catalonia, and their application to the case of indigenous public policy in Chile.  Jorge Ramón Gonzalez Ponciano holds degrees in Anthropology from Stanford University (M.A.) and the University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D.), and is a professor at the Institute of Anthropological Research of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). His current research focuses on the history of tourism and the construction of the exotic in the Mayan region. He is also working on a book about socio-racial formation in Guatemala, which analyzes the dilemmas of Whiteness and Indigenismo, and the politics of racism and anti-racism in Mesoamerica. Many of his publications examine the formation of the Mexico-Guatemala border, the interplay between territorial and symbolic borders in transnational migration, public policies aimed at indigenous people, and the role of racial ideologies in authoritarianism and nation building in Mesoamerica. His recent publications include the co-edited volume México y Guatemala: Entre el liberalismo y la democracia multicultural (2009) and “The Shumo Challenge: White Class Privilege and the Post-Race, Post-Genocide Alliances of Cosmopolitanism from Below” (McAllister and Nelson, eds., 2013).

Gonzalez Ponciano was previously a full-time researcher at UNAM’s Centro de Estudios Mayas and a tenured professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas. He has been an invited researcher at the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamerica (CIRMA) in Antigua, Guatemala and FLACSOGuatemala. He has also served as a professor with the University of California’s Education Abroad Program, UNAM’s Graduate Program in Mesoamerican Studies, and the Graduate Program of Social Sciences and Humanities at the Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas. Naci Yorulmaz trained in Economics (B.A.) and Economic History (M.A.) at the University of Marmara, Turkey. He completed his Ph.D. in Historical Studies with a focus on German arms sales operation in the Ottoman Empire before the First World War at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, in 2011. Based on extensive archival research in Germany, Turkey, England, Austria, and the United States, his doctoral dissertation  revealed the politics of personal diplomacy and its dramatic impact on the international arms trade in the light of Germany’s state-supported private arms trade in the Ottoman Empire. Prior to his doctoral studies, Yorulmaz also studied Economics and Economic History at the University of Heidelberg and Freie Universität Berlin in Germany. Before joining CLAS, Dr. Yorulmaz carried out his post-doctoral research at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. During his stay at Stanford University, he conducted a comparative research on Germany’s state-backed private arms sales operations in the Latin American countries and the Ottoman Empire (1880-1914). His forthcoming book, an extended and revised version of his doctoral dissertation, “Arming the Sultan: German Arms Trade and Personal Diplomacy in the Ottoman Empire before World War I,” has been scheduled to be published by I. B. Tauris Publishing House (London) in 2013.



BOLIVAR HOUSE LIBRARY REPORT In 2012, Adán Griego, Curator for Latin American, Mexican American & Iberian Collections, attended international book fairs in Guadalajara and Santiago to acquire research materials in various formats, ranging from printed books to DVDs and alternative/independent publications. “The Chilean Student Protest Movement” is an example of political ephemera from the recent demonstrations in Santiago and Valparaiso. The handbills, stencils, posters, flyers, and photographs from a rich collection of primary sources supplement the more than 300 books published in Chile acquired by the Cecil H. Green Library every year. Digital content shows a growing Spanish-language presence, and Stanford users can access the Ebrary and Digitalia platforms and find more than 5,000 texts covering a wide variety of topics in the humanities and social sciences. The ephemeral and the digital joined the artistically unique as the Library participated in a traveling exhibit of artist books. This collection of handmade materials from Mexico and the United States were on display at a very successful exhibit in Washington’s Mexican Cultural Institute.

Stanford’s Curator for Latin American collections, Adán Griego, is always seeking opportunities to enhance the Library’s holdings, sometimes as far away as Spain, Colombia, Chile, and Mexico. Book hunting opportunities also happen much closer to Stanford, San Francisco, and Berkeley. Recent works by Adán Griego: • Bogota’s 2013 Book Fair: A Brief “Recorrido” ( • Bandits, Rebels and Other Subversives at an Antiquarian Book Fair ( • Latin America at the 2013 International Codex Artist Book Fair ( • Todos somos lectores: Reporting from the 2012 Guadalajara International Book Fair ( • Dispatch from the South: Santiago’s International Book Fair-2012 (



2012 SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 Dr. William H. Durham We Should Call Him Carlos! The Influence of Darwin’s Findings in South America on his Path to Evolution

NOVEMBER 27, 2012 Dr. Paul Wise Health and Justice in Indigenous Guatemala

FEBRUARY 15, 2013 Dr. Jason Bush Danza de las Tijeras, Spectacular Indigeneity, and the New Peru

DECEMBER 4, 2012 Dr. Roberto Blancarte Secularization and Laicity in Latin America: How do Religion and Politics Work?

FEBRUARY 22, 2013 Dr. Patrick Iber Painters, Politicians and Spies in Post-Revolutionary Mexico: Building Latin America’s Cultural Cold War from the 1920s to the 1940s


EL ARTE Y LOS DESAFÍOS DE LA EPOCA: IDENTIDAD, VIOLENCIA Y MEMORIA Leonor Arfuch, Profesora, Universidad de Buenos Aires y Profesora Tinker (ILAC), Stanford **En Español**

OCTOBER 2, 2012 Dr. Ignacio Chapela Science and Policy over Transgenesis: Mexico as a Local Key to the Global History OCTOBER 9, 2012 Dr. Héctor Perla Si Nicaragua Venció, El Salvador Vencerá: Central American Agency in the Creation of the U.S.-Central American Peace and Solidarity Movement OCTOBER 16, 2012 Nadejda Marques The Long and Winding Road: Brazil’s Unique Path to a Truth Commission and the Hopes for Justice in the Future OCTOBER 23, 2012 Sebastián Calderón Bentin Video Rituals: The Return of Baroque Politics in Latin America OCTOBER 30, 2012 Dr. Paulo Blikstein The Other Side of the Flipped Classroom: Reinventing Hands-on Learning in the Developing World NOVEMBER 6, 2012 Dr. Carter Hunt The Ecotourism Diaries: In Search of Critical Success Factors in Latin America NOVEMBER 13, 2012 Dr. Roberto Morales-Manzanares Electronic Music and Digital Art in Mexico: Origins and Current Directions

MARCH 1, 2013 Dr. Liliana Suárez-Navaz Migrantes Indígenas Kichwas en la Diáspora: ¿Nuevas Prácticas Políticas para una Nueva Ciudadanía Cosmopolíta? MARCH 8, 2013 Dr. Eliane Karp-Toledo Does Democracy Work for Indigenous Peoples?: The Case of Peru

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MARCH 15, 2013 Dr. Kim Williams-Guillen Conservation Beyond Protected Areas in Latin America: Bats, Bugs, and Coffee in Chiapas, Mexico

JANUARY 11, 2013 Dr. Stephen Haber The Agrarian Origins of Democracy and Human Capital

APRIL 5, 2013 Dr. Gonzalo Sebastián Paz The Expansion of China-Latin America and Caribbean Relations

JANUARY 18, 2013 Dr. Carlos Leite Innovation for Inclusion Through Design: São Paulo Megacity Sustainability Indicators

APRIL 12, 2013 Pamela Fitzpatrick and Paul Dix Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy

JANUARY 25, 2013 Dr. Thomas Sheehan Salvador’s Civil War: The Murder of the Jesuits FEBRUARY 1, 2013 Dr. Andrés Laguens Archaeology and Human Rights: Solving Crimes of State Terrorism in Argentina (1976-1983) FEBRUARY 8, 2013 Dr. Flora Lu Indigenous People, Amazonian Forests, and Crude Oil: A Case Study of Northeastern Ecuador

APRIL 19, 2013 Manlio Argueta Manlio Argueta Northern California Tour “Memorias, Puentes y Caminos”

APRIL 26, 2013 Dr. Alejandro Toledo Former President of Peru, Alejandro Toledo: “Latin America’s Unique Opportunity to Leap Forward to the Developed World Economy: Challenges for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth and Democracy” MAY 3, 2013 Dr. Sandra Kuntz Ficker The Contribution of Exports to the Mexican Economy During the First Globalization (1870-1929) MAY 10, 2013 Dr. Vidal Romero The Mexican War on Drugs: Crime and the Limits of Government Persuasion MAY 17, 2013 Dr. Leonor Arfuch El Arte y los Desafíos de la Época: Identidad, Violencia y Memoria MAY 24, 2013 Dr. Ximena Briceño Franciscanism and Poverty in 1920s Peru: The Case of María Wiesse and José Sabogal MAY 31, 2013 Dr. Rodolfo Dirzo The Bio-Cultural Diversity of Latin America in Light of the Threats to the Planet’s Life Support Systems


EVENT HIGHLIGHTS During the academic year 2012-2013, a number of events were organized, sponsored, cosponsored, or financed by the Center for Latin American Studies. Following are a couple of highlights. For a complete list of events please visit

“LATIN AMERICA’S UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAP FORWARD TO THE DEVELOPED WORLD ECONOMY” On Friday, April 26, 2013, former President of Peru Alejandro Toledo presented on the topic of “Challenges for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth and Democracy” in Latin America during a CLAS lecture series.

SPRING FIESTA 2013 On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, CLAS hosted its annual Spring Fiesta at the Bolivar House gardens. Themed “Rumba Colombiana,” the fiesta showcased traditional food, a Colombian dance performance, and The Stanford Latin Jazz Ensemble. Professor Héctor Hoyos, from ILAC, provided comments on Colombian culture.

FACULTY CONFERENCES FORUM OF BRAZILIAN LITERATURE, CULTURES & PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE HOSTED THE FOLLOWING EVENTS: Faculty Chair(s): Marília Librandi Rocha and Lyris Wiedemann November 9, 2012 “In the Bank of the River: In Between Fiction and History” A Conversation with Godofredo de Oliveira Neto (in Portuguese) February 13, 2013 Munus and Communitas: The Negotiated Identity and the Absent Community in João Guimarães Rosa’s Fiction June 5, 2013 “Through the looking-glass of language: Clarice Lispector meets Guimarães Rosa” Faculty Chair(s): Marília Librandi-Rocha and Lyris Wiedemann The aim of these Lecture Series and Forum was to bring scholars and writers to discuss their work with the Stanford community so as to generate dialogue upon the salient issues in contemporary Brazil.

COLLOQUIUM: VISUALIZANDO EL CARIBE / VISUALIZING THE CARIBBEAN April 11, 2013 Faculty Chair: Jorge Ruffinelli The colloquium celebrated the historical significance of this region in the foundation of Latin American identity and the engagement of Caribbean cultural studies. While showcasing the wide array of arts having roots in the Caribbean region, it featured presentations by representatives of the literary, film, and art worlds. Their artistic production was an expression of the internationalizing effect of the Caribbean Diasporic movements and illustrated retrospectively the region’s historic, economic, and social significance. Featured guests included prominent Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando, whose work is devoted to the African ancestry, traditions, and history of Cuba (1912: Breaking the Silence, 2012; Pasajes del corazón y la memoria, 2007; Roots of my Heart, 2001; My footsteps in Baragua, 1996; Oggun, 1991), Dominican writer Pedro Antonio Valdéz, who won the Dominican National Novel award for Bachata del ángel caído; renowed artist Antonio Fernandez “Tonel,” joining us from Mexico City; and literary critic Jerry Carlson (CUNY), presenting on Dominican film. Presented by the Center for Latin American Studies, the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, the Humanities Center, and the Center for African Studies at Stanford University, in collaboration with the City University of New York.




A Working Group consists of a group of students, in collaboration with a faculty advisor, who wish to organize events such as lectures, speaker series, symposia, exchange of working papers, and collaborative research efforts. The Center for Latin American Studies awarded grants to the following working groups during the 20122013 academic year: Dialogues Between Brazilian History and Literature The central aim of this working group was to promote and discuss dialogues between Brazilian history and Brazilian literature within a conductive and interdisciplinary environment. Student Coordinators: Frederico Freitas, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History and Victoria Saramago Pádua, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures. Faculty Sponsor: Zephyr Frank, Associate Professor of History Forum for Cooperation, Understanding and Solidarity: US-Mex FoCUS The main goal of this working group was to develop and strengthen a network of young leaders committed to fostering academic, cultural, technological, and diplomatic exchange between the United States and Mexico. Student Coordinators: Jorge Olarte Blanco, Undergraduate, Department of Political Science, Gustavo Robles, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, Francisco Garfias, Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, and Maria del Carmen Barrios, Undergraduate, Department of History and International Relations. Faculty Sponsor: Beatriz Magaloni, Associate Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) Learning Science in the Forest The purpose of this group was to create a multidisciplinary conversation amongst students and faculty interested in human-environment interactions in Latin America. Student Coordinator: Ciara Wirth, Ph.D. Student, Department of Anthropology. Faculty Sponsor: William H. Durham, Bing Professor in Human Biology and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment

CLAS congratulates all working groups members for an outstanding job during the academic year. FLAS FELLOWS

Stanford University’s Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) administers the FLAS fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students pursuing language training in advanced Portuguese and beginning or intermediate Quechua. ACADEMIC YEAR 2012-2013 Anaïs Berland, M.A. student, Latin American Studies, Quechua Austin Cruz, M.A. student, Latin American Studies, Brazilian Portuguese Drew Foreman, M.A. student, Latin American Studies, Brazilian Portuguese Elizabeth Glass, M.A. student, Latin American Studies, Quechua Maika Nicholson, Ph.D. student, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Brazilian Portuguese Olivia Smarr, B.A. student, Iberian and Latin American Cultures, Brazilian Portuguese SUMMER 2013 Luis Carlos Garcia, Undergraduate, Brazilian Portuguese Maron Estelle Greenleaf, Graduate, Brazilian Portuguese Sarah R. Hansen, Undergraduate, Brazilian Portuguese Patricia Valderrama, Graduate, Quechua Victoria Virasingh, Undergraduate, Brazilian Portuguese



Thanks to a generous gift from Stanford alumna Monica Miller Walsh and her husband, David Walsh, CLAS was able for the ninth year in a row to award Monica Miller Walsh grants to support Stanford undergraduates in summer internships in Latin America. Marcus Alvarez – Freshman | Internship: Fundación AFOS/La Luciernaga, Argentina Marcus Alvarez interned at La Luciérnaga, a non-profit Magazine in Córdoba, Argentina, that adheres to primarily adolescents who work on the street. There, he helped underserved youth write articles about their lives, assisted in the kitchen making daily meals and helped with distribution of the magazine in the community. Andrew Liao – Sophomore (Human Biology) | Internship: Rostros Felices, Ecuador Andrew Liao interned at Fundación Rostros Felices (FRF), a local foundation that addresses cleft lip and palate by providing free reconstructive surgery in the rural area of Ecuador where specialized care is most scarce. Andrew was responsible for filling out pre-operation surveys and taking vitals of the patients, in addition to shadowing the doctors and observing surgery. Brian Miranda – Junior (Civil and Environmental Engineering) | Internship: blueEnergy, Nicaragua Brian Miranda interned with blueEnergy in Nicaragua, an internationally recognized, but locally based, non-governmental organization (NGO) working on the country’s Caribbean coast to expand community access to clean water, sanitation practices, and renewable energy. Brian worked primarily with the Energy team to design and conduct the group’s first quantitative followup study that assessed the performance and efficiency of two off-grid, stand-alone solar systems. Edith Preciado – Junior (International Relations) | Internship: Common Hope, Guatemala Edith Preciado interned at Common Hope, a Guatemalan non-governmental organization that focuses on providing high-needs families from around Antigua, Guatemala, with housing, medical services, and education. There, Edith assisted a teacher at the homework center on a variety of duties related to the kids’ activities. PESSOA-TREJOS GRANT RECIPIENTS FOR SUMMER 2013

Thanks to a generous gift from Stanford alumna Ana PessoaTrejos and her husband, Raul Trejos, CLAS was able for the fourth year in a row to award Pessoa-Trejos grants to support Stanford undergraduates in summer internships and graduate field research in Latin America. Undergraduate: Clementine Jacoby – Sophomore (Symbolic Systems) | Internship: Crescer e Viver, Brazil Clementine Mackenzie Jacoby interned at Crescer & Viver (C&V) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. C&V runs both a social circus and a professional training program. The social program, which offers free training to youth ages six-to-twenty-four, is part of Cirque du Monde—Cirque du Soleil’s international organization of social circuses. Clementine wanted to work at C&V in order to understand the social circus movement in Brazil, as well as to contribute her time and energy to an organization that provides a valuable skill set and an important support system to marginalized youth in Rio’s favelas. Tanaka Mawindi – Senior (Comparative Literature) | Internship: Casa Cor, Brazil Tanaka Mawindi interned at Grupo Abril’s Casa Claudia subsidiary in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Grupo Abril is Brazil’s second largest media conglomerate, providing information, entertainment, and the education to the public sphere and partnerships with other media. Tanaka’s internship consisted of a variety of tasks, from translation to event coordination, which would ultimately ensure the success of Design Weekend in Sao Paulo. Graduate: Michael Thomas Winterbottom – Ph.D. Candidate (ILAC) for field research in Brazil. Winterbottom traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to study the rapid urban transformation taking place in order to ready the city for hosting both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Ana Paula Pessoa and Raul Trejos attended Stanford’s Reunion Homecoming in fall 2013 and honored us with a visit to Bolivar House. During their visit, Latin American Studies students and professors met with the Pessoa-Trejos family to share their research and academic interests in Brazil. In response to students/ faculty presentations, Ana Paula and Raul offered interesting feedback and suggested ways to strenghten our partnership regarding Brazilian studies at Stanford University. The Center for Latin American Studies is grateful for Ana Paula and Raul’s invaluable support.


PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT STANFORD ACADEMIC ALLIANCE FOR GLOBAL ENRICHMENT (SAAGE) The second year of CLAS’ Stanford Academic Alliance for Global Enrichment (SAAGE) program, a community-based academic partnership between Bay Area high schools and Stanford University, was an overwhelming success. The program brings highly motivated high school students to Stanford’s Center for Latin American Studies to take part in multi-disciplinary academic training. Through a variety of pedagogical tools, including field visits, multi-media presentations, literature, film, and current-event cases, students gain significant knowledge of various aspects of Latin American studies and the importance of the Latin American region for the world at large. Such knowledge is intended to facilitate students’ future academic and community-based work. After a successful first year partnering with East Palo Alto Academy, CLAS expanded the SAAGE partnership to include Puente de la Costa Sur and Pescadero High School, bringing a total of 18 students to this year’s program. Originally 3 sessions per quarter, the program was increased to 4 sessions per quarter to add a focus on the arts and allow for the students to showcase their learning through final student projects. The year-long course is taught by Stanford faculty and follows the conceptual content of the tracks taken by Stanford students in the Latin American Studies M.A. program: Culture and Society (fall), Political Economy (winter), and Environment, Ecology, and Sustainability (spring). This year, the fall sessions (Culture and Society) explored Latin America’s multifaceted identity and diverse ethnic heritage, including the analysis of national stereotypes; 19th and 20th century Mexico, the birth of Liberalism, and the cultural and political shift from the collective to the individual; the contributions, identity, and misperceptions of indigenous groups in Latin America; and Latin American identity as represented in 20th and 21st century paintings. Winter sessions (Political Economy) explored the purpose and responsibilities of government on the local and national levels; interactions between religion and politics in Latin America during the era of conquest and today; supply,

demand, and violence with relation to the drug trade in presentday Latin America; and protest music from Chile and Mexico during the 1960-70s and today. Spring session (Environment, Ecology, and Sustainability) started with a visit to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, where students engaged in a discussion of biodiversity throughout the history of the earth and learned about Latin American ecosystems in the rainforest exhibit and other areas of the Academy. The remaining classes were taught at Stanford’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, offering an optimal environment for students to learn about the importance of Latin America’s flora and fauna in the context of global biodiversity as well as the Latin American perspective on the goals and challenges of global change and nature conservation. Sessions explored the meaning of ecology, factors contributing to environmental change, and a debate on the use and abuse of environmental resources, which tied together the three tracks. Taken together, the three tracks of this course have facilitated and increased the students’ understanding of how Latin American issues affect Latino youth in the Bay Area and provided the students with an increased ability to analyze college-level academic materials and integrate the concepts into their own lives. SAAGE was selected as a recipient of Stanford’s 2013 Community Partnership Award, which honors partnerships between Stanford and neighboring communities in order to tackle real-world problems and advance the public good. We are honored and humbled to be the recipient of such an award. The program is the result of a great team effort, the most important elements of which are our school partners, particularly the students, and our contributing faculty. (See also the “Community Partnership Award” section page 23.)

We extend our deepest appreciation to the 2012-13 SAAGE instructors: Fall Sessions Marília Librandi-Rocha (Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures) Zephyr Frank (Department of History) Eliane Karp-Toledo (School of Education Visiting Scholar) Winter Sessions Vidal Romero (CLAS Tinker Visiting Professor) Roberto Blancarte (CLAS Tinker Visiting Professor) Beatriz Magaloni (Department of Political Science) Spring Sessions Rodolfo Dirzo (Department of Biology) Teaching Assistant Drew Foreman, M.A. in Latin American Studies

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT STANFORD HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION INITIATIVE (SHREI) CLAS enjoyed its third year with the Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative (SHREI), a four-year collaborative project between California-based community college educators and Stanford University’s Division of International, Comparative and Area Studies (ICA); Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE); and Program on Human Rights (PHR). At the start of the 2012-13 academic year, the third cohort of SHREI fellows, community college instructors representing northern and southern California, were selected to develop curricular resources designed to integrate human rights education into a wide range of community college courses, encouraging students to be more informed and engaged global citizens. During the year, the 8 fellows developed curricular materials in two areas: one on human trafficking and the other on the use of media in teaching human rights education. The curricular materials focus on international human rights issues, including Latin America. SHREI also collaborated with the Program on Human Rights and UCLA in producing an online course on the International Criminal Court (ICC), hosted on the SHREI website and available to the public. The course was co-taught by UCLA Professor of Law and Stanford Visiting Scholar Richard Steinberg and Stanford Program on Human Rights Director Helen Stacy. The fellows’ curricular materials and the ICC online course (both published through SPICE) are available on the SHREI website: http://shrei. The year culminated in the third annual SHREI Symposium on June 8, 2013. The symposium drew over 60 attendees, mostly community college educators, to discuss human rights education pedagogy in today’s community colleges. Betty Ann Boeving, Founder and Executive Director of Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition, presented the keynote address, “Anti-Human Trafficking Approaches for the Academic Community.” Plenary sessions also included “Meet the Fellows” talks in which the SHREI fellows presented their work and closing remarks by Helen Stacy, Director of the Program on Human Rights. During breakout sessions, the SHREI fellows and 10 additional community college educators presented their experiences with human rights education. In addition, the symposium provided the venue for the presentation of the second annual Outstanding Student Project Award for community college students. The award, which highlights the exceptional work of a community college student or student organization dedicated to raising awareness of human rights, particularly in an international context, was presented to West Valley College student Tebe (pen name), for his project, “Respect for “Others” - Beyond the Gender Binary,” a positive social cause blog post project that promotes equal human rights for transgender and gender queer individuals through educational awareness and recognition. More information about the award can be found on the SHREI website.

The 2014 SHREI Symposium will take place on June 7, 2014. To receive more information about the symposium or the Outstanding Student Project Award nomination process, please contact Molly Aufdermauer at

The Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford University is a Title VI National Resource Center that supports the Américas Book Award. The Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) founded the Américas Award in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators, and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States; and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use. The Américas Award reaches beyond geographic borders, as well as multicultural-international boundaries, focusing instead upon cultural heritages within the hemisphere. This year’s award recipient was The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano. For more information, including honorable mentions and past award recipients, visit




Stanford Professor of Art & Art History Enrique Chagoya

Center for Latin American Studies Director Professor Rodolfo Dirzo

MA in Latin American Studies recipient Oana Butnareanu

The 122nd Commencement of Stanford University was held on Sunday, June 16, 2013. The Center for Latin American Studies recognized eight graduates of the Master of Arts degree, two graduates of the undergraduate Minor in Latin American Studies, and one graduate of the undergraduate Honors in Latin American Studies. The keynote speaker for the CLAS Commencement ceremony was Dr. Enrique Chagoya, Professor of Art & Art History at Stanford. Two of the 2013 M.A. graduates, Oana Butnareanu and Alejandro Gramaglia, also gave speeches to commemorate the occasion. Families and friends joined us in the BoHo garden to celebrate with this year’s graduates. Congratulations Class of 2013!

Master of Arts in Latin American Studies Graduates: Anaïs Berland Capstone: Justice Delayed: Trying the Guatemalan Genocide Oana Butnareanu Capstone: Defying the Odds: Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo and Their Impact on Traditional Gender Roles in Argentine Society Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society 2013 Award of Excellence from the Stanford Alumni Association Austin R.S. Cruz Capstone: Contracorriente: Towards a Case Against Hydroelectricity in Chilean Patagonia Andrea da Motta Calvo Capstone: China’s “Visible Hand” in Brazil’s Commodity-Led Growth Drew Whitney Foreman Capstone: Eu Sou o Samba, A Voz Do Morro Sou Eu Mesmo, Sim Senhor: The Changing Relationship Between Samba, Citizens and the City in 20th Century Rio de Janeiro Elizabeth Anne Glass Capstone: Making the Dream Reality: Latino Youth Activism and the Dream Movement Megan Goulding Capstone: Gendered Violence: What Makes Ciudad Juárez “The Best City in the World to Kill a Woman”? Certificate of Excellence for outstanding achievement in the study of Latin America Alejandro Gramaglia Capstone: Indigenous Ecotourism in Honduras’ Río Plátano Man and the Biosphere Reserve: A Sustainable Triple Bottom Line?

Undergraduate Honors in Latin American Studies Recipient: Hayden Miles Rodarte (B.A. in International Relations; B.A. in Classics) Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society 2013 Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Minor in Latin American Studies Recipients: Bjorn Javier Roach (B.S. in Engineering: Atmosphere/Energy) Jesús Alberto Salas (B.S. in Science, Technology and Society)




FACULTY AND ALUMNI UPDATE FACULTY NEWS James Cavallaro, Professor in the School of Law, Director of Stanford Law School’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic and the Stanford Human Rights Center, was elected to be one of the seven members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) at the 43rd General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Antigua, Guatemala. The IACHR was created in 1959 and is a principal and autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (“OAS”), whose mission is to promote and protect human rights in the American hemisphere. In addition to organizing talks and panels, the Center works with human rights student groups, the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, and faculty to encourage the critical examination of pressing human rights issues and to foster a closer collaboration between practitioners and scholars. In addition to other nominating bodies, the United States Department of State put forward Professor Cavallaro’s nomination as an independent candidate. Professor Cavallaro will begin to serve as Commissioner on January 1, 2014. On September 9, 2013, the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic jointly with Harvard Law School, the Universidad Diego Portales, and the Universidad de Los Andes released a Spanish-language book entitled “No Nos Toman en Cuenta” (“They Don’t Consider Us”) about the consultation rights of indigenous peoples in Chile. The book examines several ways that the Chilean government has failed to guarantee indigenous peoples’ right to free, prior, and informed consultation, including the government’s failure to implement international norms within its domestic legal system. The book also features in-depth case studies that document specific rights violations caused by salmon farming projects in indigenous territory in the south of the country. Clara Long, Clinical Teaching Fellow at the Stanford Human Rights Clinic, was in Santiago to help present the book. Fernanda Consoni, Lecturer, Language Center, received a prize from the American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese for outstanding contributions to the teaching of Portuguese Language in the United States of America. Héctor Hoyos, Assistant Professor, Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, took a year of research

leave during 2012-2013 as an Internal Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. He worked on a new project, entitled “The Commodity as Prism: One Hundred Years of Latin American Things,” which examines literary works from the point of view of new materialisms. His book “Beyond Bolaño: The Global Latin American Novel” is scheduled for publication with Columbia University Press in 2014. During that period, he also co-edited with professor Marília Librandi-Rocha a special dossier for Revista de Estudios Hispánicos on theories of the contemporary in South America. He recently participated in the Institute for World Literature at Harvard University. Marília Librandi-Rocha, Assistant Professor of Brazilian Literature and Culture, Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, has been re-appointed for another term as Assistant Professor at ILAC and is spending her sabbatical as fellow at the Humanities Center at Stanford. Her new publications include “Becoming Natives of Literature: Towards an Anthropology of the Mimetic Game.” Culture, Theory & Critique, 54:2, 2013: pp.166-182 and “In the Meantime. A Dialogical Literary Experience.” Mantis. A Journal of Poetry, Criticism, and Translation. DLCL, Stanford University, 2013, pp.128-133.  Jorge Ruffinelli, Professor, Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, has edited and published a new issue of NUEVO TEXTO CRITICO (2011-2012). Entering its 26th year, Nuevo Texto Crítico continues the diversity of opinion and its role as purveyor of state of the art criticism that make it an obligatory and much sought after publication on 2011-2012 literary cultures in the Nuevo Texto Crítico Americas and Europe. True to that mission, its most recent issue is largely devoted to Roberto Bolaño’s beginnings as a poet in Mexico, with unpublished material. Other articles examine polemics between canonical critics, Ángel Rama and Emir Rodríguez Monegal, a variety of literary histories and problems (including Borges as translator), an interview with Juan Gabriel Vásquez, and a dossier on Ana María Barrenechea; a major critic of the May 1, 2013 University Hall 8 pm Lorem ipsum dolor

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FACULTY AND ALUMNI UPDATE last fifty years, and mentor to important scholars in the U.S. and Latin America. Issue 47-48 concludes with reviews of a dozen important recent publications. Agripino Silveira, Lecturer, Language Center, earned full certification as a Portuguese Language OPI interviewer/rater, becoming only the 4th person in the USA with such credentials. Silveira taught for the second year in the prestigious Middlebury Portuguese Summer Language School. Claret Vargas, Academic Research & Program Officer, Stanford Law Clinics, has been appointed the new deputy director of the Stanford Human Rights Center. In her career, Claret has focused on human rights, social justice, ethics, and violence in scholarly work and in direct advocacy. Claret, originally from La Paz, Bolivia, earned her Ph.D. in Latin American and Brazilian literature from Harvard University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. As a scholar with regional expertise in Latin America, Claret has researched, published, and taught on indigenous rights movements in Guatemala and Bolivia, ethics in Brazilian and South American literature, public intellectuals’ human rights advocacy during and after dictatorships in the Americas, and on the influence of Spanish Colonialism and the development of International Humanitarian Law and Just War. Lyris Wiedemann, Senior Lecturer, Language Center, was granted full certification as an ACTFL OPI and WPT interviewer/rater for the fourth time, and she is co-editing a thematic issue on Portuguese for Spanish Speakers of the Portuguese Language Journal, as she continues to be active in professional organizations.

ALUMNI NEWS Carlos Gervasoni (M.A. ’95) won the 2012 University of Notre Dame´s Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Award, the highest honor bestowed on Notre Dame graduate students. Gervasoni, who received his Ph.D. in political science in August 2011, garnered the award for social science. More information at http://kellogg.nd. edu/students/grad/gervasoni_f.shtml . Alejandro Gomez (M.A. ’80) just returned from attending La Rural de Palermo, Argentina’s premier agricultural and cattle fair, in the middle of Buenos Aires. This was quite a show! Gomez went on to Mendoza for wine tastings that rival Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, and Los

Altos Hills. He suggests trying Doña Paula, Kaiken, Pulenta, and many more. According to Gomez, the Malbecs (red) and Torrontes (white) can’t be beat. If anyone passes through Bogotá (Gomez’s place of residence), he is happy to put you to the test! Best regards to all from Gomez. Mariana de Heredia (M.A. ’12) has started her Ph.D. in Iberian and Latin American Cultures in fall 2013 and is very happy to be returning to Stanford! Ricardo G. Huerta Niño (M.A. ’96) is happy to announce that he will be receiving his Ph.D. in December 2013 in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley, where he also received his dual M.C.P. (City Planning) and M.A. (International and Area Studies) in 2009. Jessica Ernst Powell (M.A. ’00). After earning her M.A. with CLAS, Powell went on to earn her Ph.D. in Spanish Languages and Literatures from UC Santa Barbara. Powell has been working as a literary translator (Spanish to English) and has published over 30 works by numerous Latin American writers, including Jorge Luis Borges, César Vallejo, Ernesto Cardenal, Edmundo Paz-Soldán, Mario Bellatin, and Carmen Boullosa. She was also the recipient of a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for her translation of Antonio Benitez Rojo’s novel, Woman in Battle Dress (Mujer en traje de batalla). Her most recent translation (with Suzanne Jill Levine) of Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo’s novel, Where There’s Love, There’s Hate (Los que aman, odian), was just published (May 2013) by Melville House Press. Michael Stone (M.A. ’86). Earlier this year Stone took up the post of Executive Director of Princeton in Latin America, a Princeton, NJ, nonprofit that partners with NGOs throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to match them with recent college graduates for full-year fellowships in development work. Stone is also teaching a course on Latin American music at The College of New Jersey.



CLAS STAFF NEWS The Center for Latin American Studies is thrilled to announce that Professor Rodolfo Dirzo has accepted to serve another three years as the Center’s Director. Professor Dirzo has been an instrumental leader with CLAS and the community is honored to continue under his leadership. Rodolfo Dirzo, Bing Professor in Environmental Science, teaches ecology courses and leads the Dirzo Lab in the Department of Biology. He holds masters and doctoral degrees in ecology from the University of Wales (UK), and a B.S. in biology from the Universidad de Morelos. He has published numerous refereed articles and scientific chapters in books mostly on tropical ecology, plant-animal interactions and on biodiversity and conservation science, and written or edited ten books, as well as a great number of research reports and publications for wider publics. He joined Stanford after a long career at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and he has lectured in many universities in Latin America and beyond. His fieldwork has focused in particular on tropical forest ecosystems of Mexico, Costa Rica, and Amazonia, and East Africa. Within conservation science he is interested in the extinction of biological diversity, ecological processes, and cultural diversity. He has deep interests in the traditional knowledge of forest peoples of Mexico. He is passionate about environmental education at all levels and he is engaged in bringing science education to under-served children in the Bay Area, California. Awarded the Presidential Medal in Ecology in Mexico in 2003, he is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the California Academy of Sciences.

Welcome Mateo! Angela Doria-La, CLAS Program Coordinator, was on maternity leave through January 2014. Please join us in welcoming Mateo Vinh Doria-La and congratulating his proud parents, Angela and Tung! Born at 2:19 a.m. on 8/16/13, 6 lbs, 13 oz, and 20 inches.

The Center for Latin American Studies was pleased to welcome Christelle Sheldon into the role of Interim Program Coordinator from July 2013 through January 2014. Christelle grew up in the Chicago area where she earned her B.A in Political Science from DePaul UniversityChicago and her Ed.M. in Global Studies in Education (with a specialization in Educational Policy Studies) from the University of Illinois-Champaign. She has been passionately involved in higher education for the past eight years, serving in various capacities and departments in both traditional and online universities. Prior to coming to Stanford University, Christelle worked with an educational start-up company called HotChalk, Inc., which partners with on-ground universities to build and implement online programs and services. At HotChalk, Christelle was the Senior Student Services Advisor and advised students in the Master’s of Education program. She served in a leadership role as the interim Director and worked heavily on devising a system to monitor and assist the “at-risk” student population, as well as creating and implementing policies and S.O.P.s for the Student Services department. Prior to this, Christelle served as an Assistant Director in the Student Records department of DePaul University-Chicago. Her primary role was to manage placement testing and the awarding of diplomas, and she served on a cross-departmental committee focused on improving the overall experience for incoming students. Christelle enjoys learning about other cultures and completed her master’s degree in Global Studies in Education while studying abroad in Istanbul, Turkey. Having recently moved to the Bay Area, she has been eagerly exploring her new surroundings and enjoys attending local festivals, participating in eco-adventures, and is a very active cyclist. At CLAS, Christelle served as the interim Program Coordinator while Angela Doria-La was on maternity leave, and was primarily assisting the department by coordinating events, communications, and student academic advising.



We at CLAS were honored and humbled to learn that the Stanford Academic Alliance for Global Enrichment (SAAGE) program was chosen as one of three 2013 recipients of Stanford’s Community Partnership Award. The Office of Public Affairs award honors the valuable partnerships that exist between Stanford and its neighbors and celebrates community efforts that successfully tackle real-world problems and advance the public good. CLAS was honored at the Community Partner and Volunteer Service Awardee Luncheon on April 11, 2013. CLAS personnel were joined by SAAGE partners from East Palo Alto Academy (Mayra Garcia, student; Jeff Camarillo, Vice Principal; and Jessica Salinas, Office Manager), Pescadero High School (Aldo Flores, student, and Wayne Johnson, Science Teacher), and Puente de la Costa Sur (Suzanne Abel, Academic Director), as well as Latin American Studies graduate student Drew Foreman and CLAS Visiting Scholar Eliane Karp Toledo. SAAGE is the result of a great team effort, the most important element of which is our school partners, particularly the students, who provide the encouragement, motivation, and energy to engage in this sort of effort. This recognition motivates us to continue working and improving our outreach programs. (See also the “PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT” section page 16.)


AFFILIATED FACULTY The Latin American Studies curriculum at Stanford benefits from the wide-ranging expertise of affiliated faculty from a variety of disciplines. DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY

Clifford Barnett, Professor Emeritus George Collier, Professor Emeritus Lisa Curran, Professor Carolyn Duffey, Lecturer William Durham, Professor James Fox, Associate Professor Angela Garcia, Assistant Professor John Rick, Associate Professor Ian Robertson, Assistant Professor DEPARTMENT OF ART & ART HISTORY

Enrique Chagoya, Professor DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY

Gretchen Daily, Professor Rodolfo Dirzo, Professor and CLAS Director Harold Mooney, Professor Emeritus Peter Vitousek, Professor Virginia Walbot, Professor CARNEGIE INSTITUTION FOR SCIENCE

Gregory Asner, Faculty Scientist, Department of Global Ecology DEPARTMENT OF COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

Roland Greene, Professor José David Saldívar, Professor Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Professor SCHOOL OF EARTH SCIENCES


Héctor Hoyos, Assistant Professor Marília Librandi-Rocha, Assistant Professor Michael Predmore, Professor Joan Ramon Resina, Professor Jorge Ruffinelli, Professor Lisa Surwillo, Assistant Professor Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano, Professor FREEMAN SPOGLI INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

Rosamond Naylor, Professor and Senior Fellow LAW SCHOOL

James Cavallaro, Professor Jonathan Greenberg, Lecturer Thomas Heller, Professor Emeritus DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS

John Rickford, Professor SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Michele Barry, Professor Gabriel Garcia, Professor Grant Miller, Associate Professor Paul Wise, Professor DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE

Stephen Haber, Professor Terry Karl, Professor Beatriz Magaloni, Associate Professor Robert Packenham, Professor Emeritus Gary Segura, Professor Mike Tomz, Professor DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Thomas Sheehan, Professor

Pamela Matson, Professor



Tomas Jimenez, Assistant Professor Michael Rosenfeld, Associate Professor

Roger Noll, Professor Emeritus GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Paulo Blikstein, Assistant Professor Martin Carnoy, Professor Amado Padilla, Professor Guadalupe Valdés, Professor DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

Ramon Saldivar, Professor DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

Zephyr Frank, Associate Professor Ana Raquel Minian Andjel, Assistant Professor Mikael Wolfe, Assistant Professor HOOVER INSTITUTION

Herbert Klein, Senior Fellow PROGRAM IN HUMAN BIOLOGY

Anne Firth Murray, Consulting Professor


Jenna Davis, Associate Professor Leonard Ortolano, Professor STANFORD LANGUAGE CENTER

Fernanda Consoni, Lecturer Jose Carlos Fajardo, Lecturer Alice Miano, Lecturer Ana Maria Sierra, Lecturer Agripino Silveira, Lecturer Lyris Wiedemann, Senior Lecturer STANFORD UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES

Adán Griego, Curator, Latin American and Iberian Collections Sergio Stone, Foreign, Comparative and International Law Librarian Robert Trujillo, Curator, Special Collections


ADVISORY BOARD Martin Carnoy, Professor of Education, School of Education

Stephen Haber, Professor, Departments of History and Political Science; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

Jenna Davis, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Center Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment

Marília Librandi-Rocha, Assistant Professor of Iberian and Latin American Cultures

Bill Durham, Bing Professor of Human Biology, Department of Anthropology

Beatriz Magaloni, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Zephyr Frank, Associate Professor of Latin American History, Department of History

Hal Mooney, Paul S. Achilles Professor of Environmental Biology, Department of Biology. Professor Mooney is now Emeritus and has culminated his responsibilities as board member. CLAS is grateful for his contributions throughout the years.

Adán Griego, Curator for Latin American and Iberian Collections, Stanford University Libraries

John Rick, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology Jorge Ruffinelli, Professor, Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures Paul Wise, Richard E. Behrman Professor in Child Health and Society, School of Medicine

CLAS STAFF Director Dr. Rodolfo Dirzo

Program Coordinator Angela Doria-La

Associate Director Elizabeth Sáenz-Ackermann

Business Administrator Laura Quirarte

Public Engagment Coordinator Molly Aufdermauer

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Enlace, Year in Review 2012-2013  

Year in Review for the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at Stanford University.

Enlace, Year in Review 2012-2013  

Year in Review for the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at Stanford University.