On June 3, 2013 PLAS held its annual Class Day Ceremony during which the winners of the Stanley J. Stein Senior Thesis Prize in Latin American Studies and the Kenneth Maxwell Senior Thesis Prize in Brazilian and Portuguese Studies were announced by Rachel Price, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures.
Article from Princeton University’s News at Princeton; by Morgan Kelly, Office of Communications
In some ways, both of the theses Princeton University senior Sofia Quinodoz took on pertain to an unseen and not fully understood action that is nonetheless felt by those it afflicts, be it in the form of an infection or the void of a loved one suddenly erased.
As a molecular biology major, her primary thesis involves uncovering how bacteria communicate to coordinate group behaviors, such as their activity inside a host organism.
Three Princeton University seniors have been awarded the Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Prize to spend one year pursuing international civic engagement projects after graduation. The $30,000 prize will support a joint initiative by Shirley Gao and Raphael Frankfurter in Sierra Leone, and a project by Courtney Crumpler in Brazil.
The award to Gao and Frankfurter will aid their work to develop a maternal health coordination center in eastern Sierra Leone. Crumpler’s prize will support her efforts to bolster community organizing in underserved communities in Rio de Janeiro in advance of the 2014 World Cup finals and 2016 Olympics there.
The Labouisse Prize enables graduating seniors to engage in a project that exemplifies the life and work of Henry Richardson Labouisse, a 1926 Princeton graduate who was a diplomat, international public servant and champion for the causes of international justice and international development. The prize was established in 1984 by Labouisse’s daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Martin Peretz.
Dear PLAS friends,
I’d like to share with you the link to an article that appeared this weekend in Ñ, the cultural supplement of the Argentine daily Clarín. It’s titled “La memoria de la literatura latinoamericana” and highlights Firestone Library’s extensive collection of archives, correspondence, manuscripts and other materials by Latin American and Caribbean authors and intellectuals.
Also in the issue is a text by Rubén Gallo about Severo Sarduy in Princeton, entitled “Un cubano en Princeton.”
For additional information about Latin American special collections at Princeton, please visit http://libguides.princeton.edu/latinam_iberian_primary.
Fernando Acosta Rodriguez
Librarian for Latin American Studies, Firestone Library
João Biehl, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology, has been selected to receive the 2013 J.I. Staley Prize for his book “Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment.” The prize is given annually by the School for Advanced Research for a book that represents the best writing and scholarship in anthropology. The Staley Prize panel called the work “a landmark of anthropological writing, humanizing in the most literal sense.” Biehl, who also co-directs the Program in Global Health and Health Policy, will receive the prize, which is accompanied by a $10,000 award, on Nov. 21 at the meetings of American Anthropological Association in Chicago.
Princeton University graduate students Angéle Christin, Laura Gandolfi, George Young and Jiaying Zhao have been named co-winners of the Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship, Princeton’s top honor for graduate students. The fellowships support the final year of study at Princeton and are awarded to students whose work has exhibited the highest scholarly excellence.
On the eve of Dec. 20, 2012, while the international news media were reporting on the alleged “end of the world” predicted by the ancient Maya calendar, six Princeton students and their professor were in Guatemala to experience the phenomenon firsthand.
James N. Green is Professor of History and Brazilian Studies and a specialist on modern Brazilian history. As a young adventurer he traveled to Latin America with the plan to stay in Brazil for six months and ended up staying six years. There he participated in the opposition to the military regime and was a founder of the LGBT movement. After many other careers, he returned to academia to get a doctorate in Latin American history at UCLA. He has published two award-winning books, Beyond Carnival: Male Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Brazil and We Cannot Remain Silent: Opposition to the Brazilian Military Dictatorship in the United States. He has served as the President of the Brazilian Studies Association and is currently working as a consultant with the Brazilian National Truth Commission that is investigating the State’s violation of human rights during the military dictatorship. He is currently working on a biography of Herbert Daniel (1946-92), a former guerrilla fighter, alongside Brazil’s current president Dilma Rousseff, political exile, and AIDS activist.
In Spring 2013 he will be teaching:
LAS 403 Latin American Studies Seminar – Politics/Culture During the Brazilian Military Dictatorship
This seminar focuses on the political, social, economic, and cultural changes that took place in Brazil during the civilian-military dictatorship that ruled the country from 1964-85. Using primary and secondary sources, as well as films and documentaries, we will examine why and how the generals took power, the role the U.S. government played before and after the coup d’etat in Brazilian affairs, the multiple political and cultural forms of opposition that emerged to challenge authoritarian rule, the process that led to democratization, and Brazil’s new role as a global player and an economic powerhouse. Prerequisites and Restrictions: This course is open to undergraduate students and graduate students who fulfill one of the following requirements: (a) the student has intermediate knowledge of Portuguese; (b) the student has taken at least one previous course in modern Latin American history or a class related to Brazil; (c) the student has spent time in Brazil; (d) the student is convincingly motivated to learn about recent Brazilian history.
Schedule: S01 1:30pm-4:20 Th.
De Mauricio Artinano y Ubaldo Escalante
Durante nuestra breve estadía en Costa Rica, logramos reunirnos y conversar con más de 60-65 personas relacionadas con el parque en el barrio de León XIII donde esperamos desarrollar nuestra propuesta de intervención urbana. Entre las personas con las que nos reunimos estaban la Vicealcaldesa de la Municipalidad de Tibás, el Comandante de la Fuerza Pública de León XIII, el Padre Raschid de la Iglesia Católica de León XIII, personal de la Municipalidad de Tibás, personal del Hogar de Adultos Mayores de León XIII, personal de la Cruz Roja de León XIII, niños(as), jóvenes, adultos mayores… De estas conversaciones logramos entender de primera mano la realidad de los vecinos y vecinas del parque y con base a estos insumos vamos a desarrollar nuestra propuesta. La intención nuestra es además de una propuesta trabajar con todos estos actores, así como con el Profesor Mazzanti, para lograr hacerla realidad.
Princeton University has established a strategic partnership with the University of São Paulo that will offer faculty and students at both institutions increased access to research and learning opportunities across disciplines and across borders.
The move comes on the heels of the signing of a similar agreement with Humboldt University in Berlin, and Princeton also is finalizing an agreement with the University of Tokyo. The University is establishing these strategic partnerships with peer institutions around the world as it continues its internationalization efforts, outlined in the 2007 “Princeton in the World” report. These strategic partnerships are in addition to the many institutional relationships that Princeton already has in place including faculty fellowships, student exchanges and study abroad programs.