Updates from 2011

Sam was presented a Volunteerism Award for International Outreach by the American Council of Surgeons. The national award, given to one surgeon a year, is in recognition of Sam’s remarkable and longstanding surgical work at Konbit Sante in Cap Haitien, Haiti.

Chip just received tenure and promotion at Ohio State University-Lima.  His monograph, The Vigorous Core of Our Nationality:  Race and Regional Identity in Northeastern Brazil, has just been published by the University of Pittsburgh Press (for more, see Alum Bookshelf section).   

RENIERS, MAGGIE who spent three years at Bowdoin during the mid 1990s is currently teaching ESL, and is the owner of this lovely B&B in Otavalo, Ecuador: http://www.posadaquinde.com/

“I received tenure at George Mason University and am now Associate Professor of Art History and Latin American Studies. I’m currently working on a book on Latin American artists in Paris between the world wars. Lectures given in 2010 include: “Transatlantic Encounters: Latin American Artists in Paris between the Wars” at the Miami Art Museum; “Indigenism as a Modernist Strategy in Andean Art” at Georgetown University; and “César Moro’s Transnational Surrealism” at the “Surrealism and the Americas” Conference, Rice University, Houston.”

Associate Professor of Political Science, Davidson College has published two articles this past year, “The Post-American Hemisphere:  Power and Politics in an Autonomous Latin America,” Foreign Affairs 90:3 (May-June 2011), 83-95; and, with Caroline McDermott, “City on a Hill:  A Letter from Medellín,” The American Interest 6:5 (May-June 2011), 117-122.  He is returning to the classroom this fall after serving in the Obama administration as Director for Andean Affairs in the National Security Council.

A correspondent and editor for The Associated Press in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the last ten years, recently has been named administrative correspondent for the news cooperative in Hartford, Connecticut, where he will oversee news operations.  While in San Juan, he covered the Haiti earthquake, corruption in Puerto Rico and terrorism trials at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Since completing a Master's Degree program in Latin American Studies at Indiana University, Richard has been working in the Admissions Office of California University of Pennsylvania. One of his chief responsibilities is improving access to higher education for Hispanic/Latino students. He and his wife live near Pittsburgh, and welcomed their first child in July, 2010.

“I have been practicing law in Miami for a few years and now I am about to wrap up a Masters in International Legal Studies at NYU School of Law in May 2011.”

“I work for the legal department of the United Farm Workers Union. My husband and I live in Tehachapi, CA – 5 minutes away from UFW headquarters…[The UFW] has summer internships and spring break opportunities [for those interested in] organizing college students.  Both are great opportunities for students to learn about César Chávez, dig through some of the historic documents that need to be organized at the UFW headquarters, practice their Spanish, and learn more about farmworkers' rights and struggles.” 

While finishing up his dissertation research thanks to a Fulbright-Hayes grant on the transport sector in Mexico during the mid twentieth century (at UC-San Diego), Mike created this stunning blog filled with beautiful images of el verdaderoMexico, UC-San Diego), Mike created this stunning blog filled with beautiful images of el verdadero México,  ¡Disfruten!http://todoescuautitlan.blogspot.com/
The title of the blog refers to the expression, “Fuera de México, todoesCuautitlán,” which chilangos—residents of Mexico City—use when they want to poke fun on those who live in the sticks.

“I’m still in law school in Seattle, but now I have been able to focus my studies on something a little more stimulating than Contracts and Civil Procedure.  In addition to serving as the Associate Editor in Chief for University of Washington’s International Law Journal, this January I was awarded a month-long travel grant to research a controversial proposed hydroelectric dam project in Chilean Patagonia … I met with environmental lawyers, project officials, local government officers, and affected members of the community to gauge the dams’ environmental and social impacts in Aysen, a pristine but economically depressed region.  I’m currently writing ... a legal analysis of Chile’s newly minted environmental ministry and regulatory structure to see whether it will exercise meaningful enforcement power over this project.  Otherwise, I’m just enjoying a rainy Seattle winter and looking forward to seeing the sun again soon.”
“This summer I am studying for my comprehensive exams for my PhD program in Cultural Anthropology at the University of North Carolina. I received a grant from the Social Science Research Council to conduct my dissertation research on the impacts of oil exploration on human health and environment in the Ecuadorian Amazon. I will be travelling there in November.”

From the April 2011 issue of the Bowdoin Magazine:  “I recently left investment banking to join a Spanish-speaking microfinance institution that provides small loans to women in Latin America.”

GOULDER, SHELLEY ’07 writes while on the road:  “I'm on a two-month travel break through Peru and Bolivia … Last summer, I worked at Experiment in International Living, the high school branch of SIT. I led a group of 12 students through Argentina with a long home-stay component in Posadas. It would be a great travel opportunity for rising seniors (as you have to be 21 to lead). I had a great experience and am planning on leading again this summer.”

“I graduated from Columbia Law School in May 2010 and started at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) where I am a consultant in their Haiti Response Group.  This group was created to plan and execute all of the Bank's activities in Haiti.  The Bank has committed to spending 2.2 billion dollars in Haiti over 11 years.  Projects that I am involved with include the construction of the largest industrial park in the area, and an education reform project that will provide free universal education in Haiti, among other changes.”

“I am the Entrepreneurship Advisor/Asesora de Emprendimiento and work within the Adult Literacy Program at Safe Passage (Guatemala City, Guatemala).  My principal focus (since I arrived in June 2010) has been supporting the women's recycled jewelry collective, CREAMOS (Creaciones con Reciclaje Esperanza y Amor por Madres Organizadas y Solidarias). Over the past three years, the company has grown from a small workshop for Safe Passage mothers to now a thriving company with 25 women that sells jewelry throughout Guatemala and is beginning to export to the US (soon to be in the Bowdoin Bookstore!) Most importantly, almost all of women have been able to leave working in the city garbage dump and now support their families through jewelry sales--on average earning about 40 percent more than they would in the dump. To offer opportunities for more mothers, we just launched a sewing initiative and already have orders pouring in…Last fall, the Adult Literacy Program completed an impact assessment that showed while education for parents has significant positive impact on their children, it has had relatively small outcomes in terms of better employment opportunities…Consequently, we have redoubled our efforts to develop self-sustaining economic opportunities for parents as they continue their education.”

“I am in my second year of the PhD program in Latin American history at the University of California, Los Angeles. This year I’ve been writing up my dissertation proposal, which connects socioeconomic changes during turn-of-the century Brazil to women’s reproductive practices, while focusing on the structural inequalities inherent in a class- and race-based society. My thesis will address three questions:  what was the scope, reach, and timing of changes in women’s birth control practices before modern methods became available; how did demographic changes—in particular rural to urban migration and increased numbers of women in wage labor—affect women’s reproductive choices; and, how and why did the state monitor, control, and ultimately, criminalize these practices? I plan to begin my thesis research in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next fall.”

 “After graduation, I led wilderness trips in New Mexico and then taught environmental education at Ferry Beach Ecology School in Saco, Me. Then I interned for the public radio show “Living on Earth” in Boston. I then moved to Portland where I became a freelance journalist and waitress at a Latin American restaurant. I’m now a reporter for The Forecaster newspaper covering Brunswick and Harpswell.”

“After four months in Washington, DC writing about Latin America for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), I began an 8-month Fulbright grant in Uruguay. Though I (still) don't know all the details, I'll be spending my first three months in the interior (either Salto or Paysandu), and my last five months in Montevideo. While I'm there, I'll be teaching English, volunteering, and drinking as much mate as possible. I hope to have some time to explore Brazil and Argentina, and revisit Chile (where I studied abroad in '08) before I return to the U.S.  Bowdoin visitors and traveling companions are welcome!”