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  • Jeremy Mumford, Lecturer in History, is the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Concentration Advisor. His office is located in Room 222 in CLACS at the Watson Institute, and he holds office hours every Thursday from 9am-11am and Friday from 1pm-4pm or by appointment.

New Course in Latin American and Caribbean Studies!

Join us in the spring 2016 semester for this exciting new course in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor Marcelo Leiras (Universidad San Andrés, Buenos Aires) will teach Representation and Governance in the Federations of Latin America. The course focuses on issues of stability, economic development, democratic representation, and equality in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.












The Political Economy of Subnational State-Society Relations in Argentina 

Jacqueline Behrend, Professor of Political Science at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) will present on Monday, February 8 in the Watson Institute McKinney Conference Room (111 Thayer Street, third floor) at 12 pm. Lunch will be provided.

Professor Behrend is the first visitor of the Brown-UNSAM Academic Collaboration, a program of faculty and graduate student exchange between the two universities. Professor Behrend specializes in comparative Latin American politics. Her current work examines relationships between economic structures, political institutions, and the resilience of illiberal practices at the subnational level. 


Concentration Open House: Latin American and Caribbean Studies 

The Departmental Undergraduate Group of Latin American and Caribbean Studies is hosting an open house for interested students and affiliated faculty! 

The reception will be held on Wednesday, February 10 in the Watson Institute South Common Room (111 Thayer Street, second floor) from 11:30 am - 12:30 pmRefreshments will be served. This event is for undergraduates and faculty.

Zika Virus: Separating Fact from Fiction

CLACS presents a panel on the Zika virus, featuring Brenna L. Hughes, M.D., M.Sc. (The Warren Alpert Medical School), Mark Lurie, Ph.D. (Brown University School of Public Health), Maria D. Mileno, M.D. (The Warren Alpert Medical School), and Rebecca Reece, M.D. (Rhode Island Department of Health).

The event will take place on Wednesday, February 10 in the Watson Institute Joukowsky Forum (111 Thayer Street, first floor) at 12:30 pm

The aim of this panel discussion is to separate “fact from fiction” about the Zika virus, especially as public fear rises in tandem with increasing media coverage. The discussion will focus on the epidemiology of the Zika virus, as well as appropriate public health policy responses based on what we know about Zika from medical science and public health research. For example, does it make sense to advise women not to get pregnant until 2018, as the government of El Salvador has done? We encourage members of the Brown community - faculty, staff, and students - as well as the general public to attend. The panel discussion can also be viewed via livestream here. Follow the discussion on twitter at #Zika. 

Book Presentation: Latin America and the Global Politics of Climate Change

Authors Guy Edwards (Research Fellow, Institute at Brown for Science & Society) and J. Timmons Roberts (Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology, Brown University) will present their book Latin America and the Global Politics of Climate Change (MIT Press, 2015) on Thursday, February 11 in the Watson Institute Joukowsky Forum (111 Thayer Street, first floor) at 11 am

The event will feature commentators Isabel Cavelier (Minister Council, Permanent Mission of Colombia to the UN), Natalie Unterstell (Environmental Leadership Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government), Camila Bustos (Brown Student, CLACS Fellow & Lead Researcher, Nivela), and Ximena Carranza (Brown Student & Latin America Researcher, Nivela). Light lunch following the presentation. 

Study Abroad in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain!

CLACS is thrilled to host a special information session for students interested in studying abroad in Latin America, the Caribbean, or Spain. This event will feature current Brown students who have recently studied abroad in the region Katherine Grusky (Santiago, Chile), Elizabeth Montoya (Barcelona, Spain), Emma Phillips (Havana, Cuba), and Eve Woldemikael (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

The event will be held on Friday, February 12 in the Watson Institute Kim Koo Library (111 Thayer Street, third floor) at 12 pm. Lunch will be served. 

Accepting Applications for CLACS Fellowships

CLACS is currently accepting applications to the following fellowships for 2016-2017: The Honorable Domingo Faustino Sarmiento Fellowship for Visiting Scholars to Brown University, the Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professorship in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Craig M. Cogut Dissertation Fellowshipin Latin American and Caribbean Studies. You can read more about these opportunities on our CLACS Fellowships and Professorships page. 

CLACS Undergraduate Research Awards

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is pleased to release our application for CLACS Undergraduate Research Awards! The purpose of this programis to provide financial support—with grants up to $500— for undergraduate research on Latin America and the Caribbean. 

You can view the application here for details. Review of applications for the spring 2016 semester begins February 1st. 


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