CLAS: Center for Latin American Studies

Past Events


  Thursday, September 5, 2013

Modern Art Meets Modern History in the Americas: A K-12 Teacher Training Workshop
A professional development workshop combining the disciplines of art and history 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Lowe Art Museum


How does art both reflect and promote social change? Using the exhibition "Pan-American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States," this teacher training workshop exposes participants to artistic and social movements throughout the Americas from 1919-1979. By exploring modernist genres and subjects such as Mexican Muralism, The Female Muse, Abstract Expressionism, and Modernist Photography, this workshop ties the evolution of art during the 20th-century to its coinciding social movements throughout the Americas. Using art as both a medium of expression and as a catalyst for change, this workshop demonstrates how art can be utilized as both an aesthetic and an historical tool.

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  Tuesday, August 13, 2013

K-12 STEM Outreach: IMPACT, Shark Research, and LAC Ecosystems
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Miami Science Museum


UM's Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS), and the Miami Science Museum partner to present Upward Bound students with opportunities to conduct cutting-edge marine biology research. Upward Bound , a program designed to promote low-income, first generation youth to pursue college degrees in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), accompany researchers to Biscayne Bay to assist with shark tagging and other field activities. These excursions provide students with the opportunity to learn the interconnectedness of ecosystems and conduct firsthand research as they tag and track sharks throughout the Caribbean Basin and Gulf of Mexico.



  Thursday, August 8, 2013

Migration Trends and Policies: Social Studies Data Practices
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Howard McMillan Middle School


The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) partners with Miami Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) to administer teacher training workshops. CLAS works with MDCPS to introduce Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) themed content to K-12 teachers and find ways to incorporate this material into their classrooms. Using instructional resources, CLAS affiliates introduce grade-appropriate content, activities, and materials for teachers to use with their students.

Using the topic of migration from Latin America and the Caribbean, Data Practices will provide both an historical overview as well as legal implications of these demographic trends and their positioning for data analysis.



  Wednesday, August 7, 2013

K-12 STEM Outreach: IMPACT, Shark Research, and LAC Ecosystems
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Miami Science Museum


UM's Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS), and the Miami Science Museum partner to present Upward Bound students with opportunities to conduct cutting-edge marine biology research. Upward Bound , a program designed to promote low-income, first generation youth to pursue college degrees in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), accompany researchers to Biscayne Bay to assist with shark tagging and other field activities. These excursions provide students with the opportunity to learn the interconnectedness of ecosystems and conduct firsthand research as they tag and track sharks throughout the Caribbean Basin and Gulf of Mexico.



  Monday, August 5, 2013

K-12 STEM Outreach: IMPACT, Shark Research, and LAC Ecosystems
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Miami Science Museum


UM's Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS), and the Miami Science Museum partner to present Upward Bound students with opportunities to conduct cutting-edge marine biology research. Upward Bound , a program designed to promote low-income, first generation youth to pursue college degrees in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), accompany researchers to Biscayne Bay to assist with shark tagging and other field activities. These excursions provide students with the opportunity to learn the interconnectedness of ecosystems and conduct firsthand research as they tag and track sharks throughout the Caribbean Basin and Gulf of Mexico.



  Thursday, August 1, 2013

New Teacher Academy: Primary Resources and International Trade
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
School of Communication


The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) partners with Miami Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) to administer teacher training workshops. CLAS works with MDCPS to introduce Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) themed content to K-12 teachers and find ways to incorporate this material into their classrooms. Using instructional resources, CLAS affiliates introduce grade-appropriate content, activities, and materials for teachers to use with their students.

Via the topic of international trade in Latin America, New Teacher Academy will focus on the State of Florida's requirements for Common Core Standards and primary resource analysis for social studies classrooms.



  Monday, July 8, 2013

The Real Deal: Migration and its Multi-Faceted Challenges
A collaborative event on migration from Latin America and the Caribbean 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, Building 2, Room 2106, 400 NE 2nd Ave, Miami


In the midst of immigration reform, it is both necessary and difficult to weigh all of the numerous causes and effects of various factors on policy formulation. Differing populations, political and economic objectives, domestic and international concerns, and humanitarian and social considerations all contribute to the way that migrants are incorporated into their receiving society, as well as how they relate to their home communities. By presenting a few of the multi-disciplinary perspectives on migration from Latin America and the Caribbean, this panel seeks to address the challenges facing the current migration paradigm and their implications for modern societies.

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  Thursday, June 13, 2013

Enhancing Access to Health Care in Latin America through Technology and Innovation
A CLAS forum on health care policy in Latin America in partnership with the Americas Society/Council of the Americas
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
UM's Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL


Over the past few decades, Latin America has made significant strides to improve health care access. The region now leads the developing world in various health statistics including life expectancy at birth, health expenditure as a percentage of GDP, and tuberculosis detection rate. In fact, according to the World Bank, between 1990 and 2011, the under-five mortality rate was more than halved from 5.3 percent to 1.9 percent, representing remarkable progress towards meeting U.N. Millennium Development Goal targets.

This progress can be partly attributed to the implementation of basic universal health care policies such as Seguro Popular in Mexico and the Sistema Unico de Saude in Brazil. However, key challenges remain to ensure equal quality of health services and delivery to rural and indigenous populations. Increasingly, telemedicine and other innovative medical solutions have been proven to reduce cost of health care and broaden reach, generating attention and becoming the subject of many public-private partnerships in the region. Important innovations in the logistics sector are also enhancing reach of impactful drugs and other medical supplies across Latin America.

Please join the Americas Society/Council of the Americas for a June 13 forum focused on how technology is maximizing health care in Latin America, and how business and government can collaborate to distribute these innovative solutions more widely and efficiently. This program will convene a diverse audience comprised of private sector representatives from the pharmaceutical, logistics, and technology sectors in addition to representatives from NGOs, media, government, and academia.

Confirmed speakers*:

David Fox, Vice President, Head of Business Development (Former Head of Life Sciences, Healthcare, and Chemicals), DHL Global Forwarding Americas

James Hogan, President, Medtronic Latin America

Gustavo Menendez-Bernales, Managing Director, Internet Business Solutions, Cisco Systems

Scott C. Simmons, Director of TeleHealth, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (moderator)

*additional speakers to be confirmed

Click here to Register. Registration is complimentary. A reception will follow the discussion.

This event is produced in collaboration with the Americas Society/Council of the Americas.



  Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Public Opinion in the Americas: Self-Perceptions and Social/Ethnic Identities
This panel addresses the themes of inequality, race, ethnicity, and perceived discrimination throughout the region. 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Miami Dade College - Wolfson Campus, Building 7 Room 7128, 500 NE 2nd Ave, Miami


Perhaps the most fundamental social, political, and ethical problem in the Americas is that of inequality. Contributing to and further compounding this problem are the elements of race and ethnicity. Utilizing data from the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP), this panel addresses the themes of inequality, race, ethnicity, and perceived discrimination throughout the region.

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  Monday, June 3, 2013

The Genomic Era in Latin America: Ethical, Legal, and Social Complexities
A lecture and discussion with the CLAS/HIHG Interdisciplinary Working Group 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, Biomedical Research Building, 1501 NW 10th Ave., Miami


Join the Center for Latin American Studies and the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics for a lecture and discussion on the Genomic Era in Latin America. Members of the Interdisciplinary Working Group and guest speaker Carolina Martin will be on hand to guide and inform the discussion.

Agenda

12:00-1:00 p.m. Guest Lecture - Carolina Martin BRB 381
1:00-2:00 p.m. Subgroup discussions (lunch provided) BRB 409
2:00-2:30 p.m. Break
2:30-3:30 p.m. General discussion BRB 409
3:30-4:30 p.m. Wrap up and delivery BRB 409

Guest Lecture
Genomics and Public Policy in L.A.: what is still missing? - Carolina Martin, LLB, MA

Carolina Martin has a Masters degree in Bioethics from the University of Montreal, with a background in law followed by a Certificate in Ethics and Public Policies. Her interests are primarily centered on the analysis of socio-ethical issues raised by new reproductive technologies and their integration into the process of Health Technology Assessment. She has been involved in research ethics teaching and has been a member of research ethics committees since 2007. Carolina Martin will provide an introduction to the concept of Genomic Medicine (what is genetic information and how can we use it). Her talk will focus on opportunities for bringing genomic medicine to Latin American countries, including the current status of knowledge and practice of genomic research in LA countries and ethical and social implications.

Discussants

Dr. Evadnie Rampersaud - Director, Division of Genetic Epidemiology, John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, UM
Dr. Katherina Walz - Acting Director, Center for Models of Human Disease, John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, UM
Dr. Juan Young - Director, Division of Epigenetics in the Center for Human Molecular Genetics, John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, UM
Dr. Ariel Armony - Director, Center for Latin American Studies, UM



  Saturday, May 11, 2013

Public Health in Latin America and the Caribbean
A workshop for Upward Bound students on public health in Latin America and the Caribbean
11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Miami Science Museum


The Miami Science Museum, in collaboration with University of Miami's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and University of Miami's Center for Latin American Studies, presents Public Health in Latin America and the Caribbean: Talk About Taboo! This event is held in collaboration with the Miami Science Museum's Upward Bound Program, providing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educational outreach to first-generation college-bound students.

Talk About Taboo! seeks to address important contemporary trends in the LAC region related to sexual health and resulting epidemics, understanding these trends from a cultural perspective and recognizing how they affect those of us living in South Florida. This event emphasizes the importance of sexual education by examining HIV/AIDS epidemics within the Latin American region and exploring cultural taboos surrounding this topic.

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  Thursday, April 25, 2013

The China-Latin America Connection: Political Impact and Economic Trends
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Building 8, Room 8501


China and Latin America are two of the most prominent emerging regions in the world and their collaborations are compounding rapidly. The increased presence of China in the Americas and the growing relevance of South‐South relationships also presents a new outlook on hemispheric relations to the United States. This panel of experts seeks to explore the political implications of China‚Äôs increased presence in Latin America as well as depict the overall macro‐trends resulting from this growing integration.

Opening Remarks:
Dr. Ana M. Cruz, Chair, School of Business , Wolfson Campus

Panelists
Ariel Armony, Director, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Miami
Ana Corrales, Professor of Economics, Miami Dade College
Gonzalo Paz, Professor, School of International Service, American University

Facilitator
Dr. Juan Antonio Blanco‐Gil, Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives at Miami Dade College

Presented in collaboration with the School of Business and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives (CLACI) at Miami Dade College.

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  Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Liberals, Leftists, and Populists: The Future of Latin American Democracies
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Whitten University Center, Flamingo Ballroom A


Dr. Enrique Peruzzotti, our guest speaker, is a professor in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is also a resident fellow at the Center for Hemispheric Policy at UM.

Dr. Peruzzotti will discuss several topics, including:

- Closing the gap between Democracy's promise and performance;
- Liberals and the road to strengthening democracy;
- Populists and the call for strong executive powers; and,
- Reformists and the empowerment of marginalized sectors through participation.

This event is free and open to the public and a buffet lunch will be served.
Please RSVP to umclas@miami.edu or at (305) 284-1854 by Monday, April 22nd.

CLAS presents this lecture in collaboration with UM's Center for Hemispheric Policy.

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  Monday, April 22, 2013

Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America
A discussion with Dr. Peter Andreas, the author of this fascinating new book
3:30 PM
Faculty Lounge, School of Law, UM


America is a smuggler nation. Our long history of illicit imports has ranged from West Indies molasses and Dutch gunpowder in the 18th century, to British industrial technologies and African slaves in the 19th century, to French condoms and Canadian booze in the early 20th century, to Mexican workers and Colombian cocaine in the modern era. Contraband capitalism, it turns out, has been an integral part of American capitalism.

Dr. Peter Andreas, author of the new book Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America, will lead a discussion on the role of smuggling in the history of the US and the American continent as a whole.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Department of International Studies, and the American Studies Program at UM.

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  Friday, April 19, 2013

11th Annual South Florida Latin American and Caribbean Studies Graduate Student Conference
"Visions of Latin America and the Caribbean: Engaging Interdisciplinary Angles"
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wesley Gallery, UM


The South Florida Latin American and Caribbean Studies Graduate Student Conference is a collaborative effort between the University of Miami, Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University. The interdisciplinary conference, entitled "Visions of Latin America and the Caribbean: Engaging Interdisciplinary Angles" will highlight graduate student research related to Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Latino U.S.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to sfsconference2013@gmail.com by February 28, 2013.

Submissions are open to all disciplines and may be submitted in English or Spanish. For inquiries about submitting in another language, please email sfsconference2013@gmail.com

Students will be notified of their selection by March 10, 2013. Selected final papers (15-25 double-spaced pages) will be due by April 10, 2013.

For more information and application form please click here

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