The Center for Latin American Studies held its 13th Annual Tinker Research Symposium last week, where graduate students from a variety of departments presented their summer field research from Latin America.
Students presented research on topics ranging from the experiences of transgender Central American and Mexican migrants, to the history of street organs and sound in revolutionary Mexico. They spent the summer in Honduras, Paraguay, Chile, and many other countries. Faculty discussants from LAS, Journalism and other departments provided feedback on their projects.
History PHD candidate Osciel Salazar presents his reseach in Mexico City
LAS was honored to have Peter T. Johnson, a supporter of the center and believer in the importance of fieldwork in Latin America, in attendance. Several students had the opportunity to talk with him about their projects.
Dr. Andrew Rajca answers a question following his keynote address
Dr. Andrew Rajca, an alumni of LAS and the current director of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of South Carolina, gave an intriguing and thoughtful keynote lecture on memory, visual imagery, and human rights in Latin America.
Thank to all of our wonderful faculty, staff, and students for making the event possible, especially Dr. Margaret Wilder, who served as faculty advisor, and graduate students Philip Rody and Alyssa Dormer, who headed the student committee. Thanks also to senior program coordinator Clea Conlin, assistant director Colin Deeds, and student workers Mia Guimaraes, Juan Zozaya, and Bianca Cortez for all their hard work. It was a great event, and we look forward to next year's!
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