Research Lunch Series | Mexico's Nobodies: The Cultural Legacy of the Soldadera and Afro-Mexican Women | March 7, 2017

Mexico's Nobodies examines two key figures in Mexican history that have remained anonymous despite their proliferation in the arts: the soldadera and the figure of the mulata. B. Christine Arce unravels  the stunning paradox evident in the simultaneous erasure and ongoing fascination with these nameless people who define and fall outside of traditional norms of national identity. This study is the first of its kind to draw attention to art's crucial role in bearing witness to the rich heritage of blacks and women in contemporary Mexico. RSVP HERE> VIEW FLYER>

 

Gender and Social Development Series | Symposium Gender Equality Post-Millennium in Latin America: Achievements and Challenges | March 2, 2017

The University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas invites you to a Symposium that will tackle issues related to socio-economic changes and women's empowerment, gender equality in government, gender equality in policies: violence and reproductive rights, and achievements and challenges on gender equality. RSVP HERE> VIEW FLYER>

 

Research Lunch Series | Rusty Pipes and Broken Toilets: The Water Crisis in Cuba | February 27, 2017

Cuban water issues stem from an obsolete and deteriorating infrastructrure. The original water and sewage systems on the island were installed prior to the Cuban Revolution in 1959. Daily water shortages, leaky pipes, non-working toilets and contaminated water are common. A large part of the problem in Havana is due to the aquifer underneath the Almenares River. The river receives all the sewage and the water infiltrates into the aquifer, putting the drinking water at risk. RSVP HERE> ‌VIEW FLYER>

Colloquium Spanish Legacies: The Coming of Age of the Second Generation | February 21, 2017

Much like the United States, the countries of Western Europe have experienced massive immigration in the last three decades. Spain, in particular, has been transformed from an immigrant-exporting country to one receiving hundreds of thousands of new immigrants. Today, almost 13 percent of the country’s population is foreign-born. Spanish Legacies, written by internationally known experts on immigration, explores how the children of immigrants—the second generation—are coping with the challenges of adaptation to Spanish society, comparing their experiences with those of their peers in the United States.  VIEW FLYER>

Special Presentation | A Sugarcane Immigration Status: The History of Statelessness in the Dominican Republic | February 20, 2017

In 2013 the highest court in the Dominican Republic ruled to retroactively strip citizensip from those born to Haitian parents after 1929, effectively rendering hundreds of thousands of Haitian-Dominicans stateless. This talk will explore the interconnected histories of Haitian-Dominicans communities, the sugar industry, and anti-Haitian racism, and in so doing explain the historical roots of the contemporary Statelessness crisis in the Dominican Republic. VIEW FLYER>

 

Research Lunch Series | Hurricane Risks, Direct Foreign Investment and Sustainable Tourism in the Caribbean: A Case Study of the Bahamas | February 9, 2017

Rapid coastal land cover change through to tourism development has had devastating and costly impacts on coastal ecosystems globally. Small islands need better tools to evaluate coastal development in terms of ecological sustainability, especially with rising sea level. A simple conceptual model combined with real field assessments of flooding and hurricane impacts on island development illustrates important trends linking ecosystem services to economic viability. VIEW FLYER>

 

Distinguished Fellows Series | Graduate Symposium and Field Research Grant Symposium | January 27, 2017
The University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas invites you to the first graduate symposium and field research grant workshop, and to the presentation of the winners of the 2016 Tinker Foundation and Field Grants. The workshop provides hands-on advice from faculty about how to apply for grants and  turn field research into important publications. Details on the 2017 Summer Grant Competition will also be provided.‌ VIEW FLYER >

Research Lunch Series | History of Drug Trafficking in Colombia during the 1930s and early 1980s | January 24, 2017
Dr. Eduardo Sáenz Rovner, Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, Professor at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and author of The Cuban Connection; Drug Trafficking, Smuggling, and Gambling in Cuba from the 1920s to the Revolution will talk about the ‘History of Drug Trafficking in Colombia between the 1930s and early 1980s’ at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24, at Albert Pick Hall, located at 1541 Brescia Avenue. This presentation is part of the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas Research Lunch Series, and will be delivered in Spanish. ‌

Becoming Black Political Subjects-Movements and Ethno-Racial Rights in Colombia and Brazil | January 23, 2017
The University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas presents a book by Tianna S. Paschel Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. After decades of denying racism and underplaying cultural diversity, Latin American states began adopting transformative ethno-racial legislation in the late 1980s. In addition to symbolic recognition of indigenous peoples and black populations, governments in the region created a more pluralistic model of citizenship and made significant reforms in the areas of land, health, education, and development policy. Becoming Black Political Subjects explores this shift from color blindness to ethno-racial legislation in two of the most important cases in the region: Colombia and Brazil. 

Open House at Pick Hall | December 2, 2016
The University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas is proud to open the doors to its new home at Albert Pick Hall. All are welcome to attend and learn more about the Institute’s vision for the space and how it will be a new hub for convening and catalyzing research and initiatives related to the Americas. The Open House will be held on Friday, December 2, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. There will be a display of art work from students, live music, salsa lessons, piñatas, appetizers and more.

Research Lunch Series | Problematization of Immigration in U.S. Election News Coverage | November 29, 2016
All are cordially invited to join Dr. Juliana Fernandes, Assistant Professor in the Department of Strategic Communications at the University of Miami for a timely discussion about the Problematization of Immigration in U.S. election News Coverage from 2006 to 2016. The event is part of the Research Lunch Series hosted by the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, located at Pick Hall, across the street from UV6 and the Alumni Center. Join us November 29 at 12:00 noon. Lunch will be provided.

Hemispheric Crossings Series | Gisèle Pineau in conversation with Aleksandra Perisic | November 16, 2016
Pineau is a French-born Guadeloupian writer and former psychiatric nurse. She writes novels, children's literature, essays, and coffee table books. Her works often deal with issues of racism and intolerance from the perspective of Caribbean women. Her work has been translated into multiple languages. She will talk about postcolonial French writing with Aleksandra Perisic (Assistant Professor, MLL). This conversation will take place in collaboration with the Consulate Generals of France and of Guadeloupe in Miami, and be co-sponsored by the Program in American Studies and Hemispheric Caribbean Studies.

Research Lunch Series | Journalism vs. Journalisms: Is there a Latin American Journalism Culture? | November 15, 2016
Dr. Martin Oller, Worlds of Journalism Study coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Worlds of Journalism Study (WJS) and professor in the master of journalism at the University of La Havanna, provides a descriptive and multivariate examination of Latin America journalists’ practices, ethics and worldviews based on survey data in seven countries.

Distinguished Fellows Series | Graduate Writing and Support Group | Meets every Thursday
Write in a quiet and supportive collective setting. Every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Miami Institute for the Americas (Pick Hall). Open to graduate students working on Latin America and the Caribbean. Faculty allies also invited to join. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

Research Lunch Series | Does Democracy Breed Relief? Participatory Governance, Mosquito Abatement, and Zika in Brazil |November 10, 2016
The rapid spread of the Zika virus is a public health emergency that extends beyond the developing world to Miami and the United States. Michael Touchton addresses the need for local democratic governance and mosquito abatement in Brazil and explores how democratic institutions, local state capacity, and expert-designed social policies affect public health performance.

Hemispheric Crossings Series | Mayra Santos-Febres in conversation with Chrissy Arce | November 14, 2016
Puerto Rican novelist, poet, and radio and television personality Mayra Santos-Febres is Professor in the humanities division of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. She specializes in African, Caribbean, and feminist literature. Her most recent collection of short stories, El exilio de los asesinos y otras historias de amor was published by Miami’s Pereza Ediciones. Her work has been translated into English, French, German, and Italian. She will read selections from her new book and discuss diasporic identity, female sexuality, and language use in the Caribbean with Chrissy Arce (Assistant Professor, MLL). This conversation will take place in collaboration with Miami’s Pereza Ediciones, and be co-sponsored by the Program in American Studies and Hemispheric Caribbean Studies.

 

Hemispheric Crossings Series | Abosede George and Aimee Meredith Cox in conversation with Donette Francis | November 7, 2016
Historian Abosede George (Barnard College) and anthropologist Aimee Meredith Cox (Fordham University) will discuss their recently published books on Black Girlhood in Lagos, Nigeria and Detroit, USA with Donette Francis (Associate Professor of English, and Director of the American Studies Program). Black girlhood has emerged as a distinct analytical focus of recent social science scholarship. Creative writers and literary critics have historically attended to writing about black girlhood. Within a black feminist genealogy, how does this renewed emphasis depart from or extend earlier framings? What is the analytical distinction that black girlhood marks and why does the category matter? And, all the more so, why now?  This conversation will be moderated by Professor Francis with attention to how the Caribbean and literary studies complement these new works. The American Studies Program will secure funding for this event and Hemispheric Caribbean Studies will co-sponsor.

Research Lunch Series | A Conversation with Dr. Shumow: Venezuelan Journalism Revolution, Populism and Polarization | November 2, 2016
“It is easy to attribute the fracturing of Venezuelan society and its media system to the rise of President Hugo Chávez. But this case of extreme media polarization emerges from a confluence of social and political events that have played out over decades… and cannot be attributed solely to the rise of Chávez and the ideology that has come to be known as chavismo more broadly.” Join U-MIA and the Department of Journalism and Media Management for a conversation with Dr. Shumow on the causes of the current crisis in Venezuelan journalism.

Distinguished Fellows Series | Graduate Student Meetup | October 19, 2016
The University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas is hosting a graduate student meetup on October 19 (5-7 pm @ Albert Pick Hall). The event will allow you to connect with students from all disciplines working on Latin America, the Caribbean, immigrant populations, and Miami as a regional hub. Information will also be provided on MIA programs for doctoral students, such as grant competitions, brown bags, and more. A light dinner will be served. For any questions, please contact Yulia Vorobyeva (y.vorobyeva@umiami.edu). We hope to see you there!

Symposium Women's Cancers in the Americas: Strategies for Synergy | October 5, 2016
Breast and cervical cancer are leading killers of women throughout the world. In most of Latin America and the Caribbean, breast and cervical cancer are among the most common causes of death for younger women. Both diseases are preventable or curable if diagnosed and treated early, yet responses have been fragmented, missing the tremendous opportunities for collective, hemispheric action agrees countries, disciplines, governmental and non-governmental actors, academia, clinicians and civil society.  FIND OUT MORE >

The State and the Grassroots | March 30, 2016
The State and the Grassroots: Immigrants Transnational Organizations in Four Continents, examines, based on data from 18 countries, the organizations created by immigrants to protect themselves in their receiving states. The book explores the internal structure and activities of the organizations and how they relate to developmental activities.

Chile's Foreign Policy in a Changing World | April 4, 2016
The event speaker was His Excellency Heraldo Muñoz, Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile. Dr. Felicia Marie Knaul, Director, University of Miami Institute for the Americas, moderated the discussion, while Dr. Susan Kaufman Purcell, Former Director of the Center for Hemispheric Policy, University of Miami, served as commentator.

The Odd Couple: Bank Regulation and Human Rights in Peru | April 20, 2016
Bank regulators primarily deal with arcane matters related to ensuring adequate capitalization of banks, suitable provisioning for bad loans and, more often now, consumer protection in the face of stonewalling by institutions. But bank regulators can also have a surprisingly active role in promoting human rights and financial democracy. The event was the second of the Distinguished Lecture Series of the University of Miami Department of International Studies. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Daniel Schydlowsky, President of the Association of Bank Supervisors of the Americas.

The Jamaica 1960s: A Symposium | October 29-30, 2015
The symposium addressed some of the challenges of Jamaica in the 1960s, including independence, identity in transnational formation, late colonial state formation, housing institutions in the making of the Jamaican nation, and intimate architecture and the feeling of sovereignty.

World Bank Report: Haiti-Towards a New Narrative | October 14, 2015
Years after the devastating earthquake and as the country is carrying out its first election, the World Bank launched a Systematic Country Diagnosis “Haiti: Towards a new narrative” which examines key opportunities and constraints to faster sustainable and inclusive growth in the country. WATCH VIDEO >

Lancet Women and Health Commission Report: Presentation and Panel Discussion | October 2, 2015
The Commission on Women and Health aims to foster greater understanding of the biological and social factors that affect women’s health across the lifecycle, the part they play in global health systems, and the value that is given to their health-related work. The groundbreaking report resulting from the work of the Commission explores several major themes, including: recent global shifts in economics, society, and demography and how they affect women’s health and the empowerment of women and girls; efforts of national health systems to address women’s health needs across the lifecycle, from non-communicable diseases to reproductive health; the influence of sex and gender on access to quality health care, and the role of the health workforce support in alleviating such disparities; women’s paid and unpaid contributions to the health care sector; and the impact that is possible when the world is accountable to women and girls and ensures that they are valued, counted and compensated.