Aron Muci
Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies

KU CLACS to host graduate symposium of interdisciplinary research in Latin America and the Caribbean

Fri, 03/31/2017

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (CLACS), Institute of Haitian Studies (IHS) and Latin American Graduate Organization (LAGO) will host a graduate symposium showcasing innovative interdisciplinary research from Latin America and the Caribbean from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 3, at The Commons.

Through their research, graduate students make significant contributions to the field that support CLACS’ efforts to be a leading resource center for people across Kansas, the country and the world in the study of the cultures, politics, and economies of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Graduate students from fields as diverse as the departments of Psychology, Architecture, Linguistics, Psychology, Film & Media Studies, Theatre, Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, Geography and Atmospheric Science, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies will present research in short, slide-based talks that explore themes of culture, identity, art, economy, environment, politics, international aid and more. Presenters include:

Sara Estrada-Villalta, Doriane Andrade Meyer, Jonah Bates, Nadia Jessop, Courtney Sanchez, Pamela Rodríguez-Montero, Matthew Fahrenbruch, Diana Restrepo-Osorio, João Batista Nascimento Gregoire, Rachel Denney, Ryan Daugherty, Silvia Sánchez, and Luis Gonzalez.

Graduate students exemplify CLACS’ tradition of interdisciplinary research that places this university in global conversations. The students’ travels and studies also promote multiculturalism in communities at home and abroad, and bring attention to bold ideas, aspirations and actions.

The Graduate Symposium is meant to be an informal opportunity to learn and socialize. Organized into panels, speakers have approximately five minutes for each presentation and another five minutes for questions and comments from the audience. Brief intermissions will divide panels, and light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. 

The presentations:

  • 3:10 p.m. Culture, Nation, and Identity
  • 4 p.m. Cultural Production and the Arts
  • 4:20 p.m. Economy, Environment, and Resource Management
  • 5 p.m. Politics, the State, and NGOs

More information and a full schedule of topics, panels and speakers is available online, or contact Aron Muci at 785-864-4213 or

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