Monday, November 18, 2013

Nov. 18-24, 2013



The Center for Latin American and Caribbean studies invites faculty and graduate students (in the last stage of their dissertation writing) to present at the Lecture Series Spring 14

Lecture presentations take place in an informal, friendly, and supportive setting where you share any selected aspect of your academic research with graduate and undergraduate students and faculty. Our aim is not only to promote students but also to involve faculty to participate and share their work.

Typically the presenter speaks for 40 to 50 minutes and then invites audience for questions, comments and discussion.

Brown Bags presentations at CLACS are held on Thursdays from noon to 1:30pm in 101 International Studies Building, 910 South Fifth Street in Champaign.

CLACS can provide a lap top and a projector.

I schedule presenters on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested you can sign up for any of the following dates:

If interested contact Angelina Cotler (

Available Dates:
- January 30
- February 6,13, 20, 27
- March 6, 13, 20
- April 4, 11, 18, 25
- May 1





Dr. Guimarães is professor titular in sociology at the University of São Paulo. He will join the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies as Distinguish Visitor during Spring 2014. He completed his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin in 1988 and conducted a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University in 1994. He will be teaching “A Historical Sociology of Brazil”, focusing on a reading of major elements of the literature on Brazilian social and national experiences.

   MWF 10-10:50 am
A source of profit, a source of life. Mother Earth and the savage wilds. El Dorado and Montezuma’s revenge. Apocalypse and Paradise. This course will explore diverse ways that Latin Americans have portrayed the relationships between humans and the environment in literature and film. What is “nature” and what is the place of our species within it? How is environmentalism related to racism, sexism, and imperialism? Can fiction promote environmental justice? Readings and class discussion will be in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 250 or consent of the instructor

         TU 11:00 am-1:50pm 
This course examines the dynamics of identity construction of the black subject in colonial Spanish America and its intrinsic relations to issues of race, gender, sexuality, spatiality, and ecology. We will explore the racial politics of Church and State and the evolution of racial constraints as seen through legal documents, chronicles, piracy accounts, religious literature, poetry, newspapers, and visual documents. The course focuses on how black bodies were categorized and constructed within specific political and cultural contexts by colonial authorities and other intellectual sectors of the population, such as creoles and mestizo writers. On the other hand, we also study how these subaltern subjects destabilized and contested the colonial order in their search for freedom and power. Works to be studied date from the early sixteenth century to the late eighteenth century. Part of the class will be devoted to the study of theoretical articles on the concept of race and issues of subjectivity, identity, space, and ecocriticism. We will conclude our readings with Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá’s novel, La noche oscura del niño Avilés (1984), which narrates an eighteenth-century black revolt in the city of San Juan and the subsequent seize of the city by black slaves. Our reading of this novel will center on the novel’s metacritical nature, specifically the manner in which colonial historiography is re-written and re-invented with blacks being protagonists at the center of historical “facts”. Spanish reading knowledge is required.
        MWF 2-2:50
Aliens. Foreign governments. Dolphins. Terrorists. In this class we will explore narratives of conspiracy and paranoia across national contexts to investigate how conspiracy works. How do we tell stories of conspiracy? How do these stories construct plausible explanations of the world around us? How do these stories differ across countries? Why do conspiracy narratives sometimes just feel right? Why is paranoid thinking at the center of how we relate to technical progress and political systems? These are some of the questions that will guide our class. Readings and films from Argentina, the United States, Russia, and Mexico. Latin American authors that will be considered: Jorge Luis Borges, Roberto Bolaño, Rodolfo Walsh, Rafael Bernal. 

  • HIST 396 (section C) HISTORY OF “BLACK” MUSIC 


JENNIFER BURRILL, Associate Professor. Department of Anthropology. University at Albany SUNY


101 International Studies Building

Following the end of the thirty-six year civil war in Guatemala, Mayan migration to the United States surged.  Over the past decade, the character and patterns of border crossing have profoundly changed in response to the increasing militarization of the border, post-9/11 concerns with security, and the rise of the deportation regime.  In this talk, I outline some of the shifts that have occurred in transnational community life, probing interconnections between economics and rights, and ethnographically demonstrating some of the clusters of meanings that develop around politicized legal discourses and practices like security.  These have come to redefine priorities for migrants and home communities in ways that reshape transnational landscapes and migratory patterns and lives.
Jennifer Burril  is a sociocultural political anthropologist broadly interested in questions of power, structural and political violence, political economy, and the construction of inequalities.  She conducts  research in Guatemala, Mexico and the United States, on migration, security, human rights and the state.

 Her monograph, Maya After War:  Conflict, Power and Politics (University of Texas Press 2013), is based on two decades of fieldwork in Guatemala.  From the back cover:  Guatemala’s thirty-six-year civil war culminated in peace accords in 1996, but the postwar transition has been marked by continued violence, including lynchings and the rise of gangs, as well as massive wage-labor exodus to the United States. For the Mam Maya municipality of Todos Santos Cuchumatán, inhabited by a predominantly indigenous peasant population, the aftermath of war and genocide resonates with a long-standing tension between state techniques of governance and ancient community-level power structures that incorporated concepts of kinship, gender, and generation. Showing the ways in which these complex histories are interlinked with wartime and enduring family/class conflicts, Maya After War provides a nuanced account of a unique transitional postwar situation, including the complex influence of neoliberal intervention.
 Her  current research examines the nexus of migration and security-making practices and considerations among migrants in the US and the communities from which they hail in Central America and Mexico, and how concepts of rights and generation figure in these.  Another research interest is the contemporary state and modes of belonging and citizenship.

 Her research has received external support from Fulbright, Wenner Gren, Programa de Investigación de Migración y Salud (PIMSA) and the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

She has published Maya After War:  Conflict, Power and Politics in Guatemala, University of Texas Press (2013)  and Central America in the New Millennium:  Living Transition and Reimagining Democracy, edited with Ellen Moodie, Berghahn (2013)




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HERNAN HORNA, Professor of History, Emeritus. Uppsala Universitet, Sweden


101 International Studies Building

One of the Latin American geographic conditions is its proximity to the United States.  Both the United States and Latin America were former European colonies whose post independence periods would continue to diverge in the emerging global system.  Their asymmetric power relations have not yet created a win-win relationship between the two sides of Rio Grande.  It is a challenge for the leaders of the Western Hemisphere who claim to defend democracy.  Although the first native school of development economics (Dependency) in the Third World was created by Latin Americans, the region remains underdeveloped.  Latin America has the historic ills of Third World underdevelopment; that is, extreme poverty of the masses and the utmost affluence of socio-economic elites. Moreover, the ineffectiveness of political institutions led many Latin Americans to support individual leaders (caudillos).  Certainly, the road to democracy is an uphill endeavor for the peoples of Latin America. 
Prof Horna is the author of “La Indianidad: The Indigenous World Before the Making of Latin Americans,”  “Five Essays on Post Colonial Latin America History”, and his latest book “People’s History of Latin America.”


4:00-5:00 pm, FLB 1080
Lucy Ellis Lounge

SANDRA M. CYPESS, University of Maryland

Sandra Cypess will present her last book, Uncivil Wars: Elena Garro, Octavio Paz, and the Battle for Cultural Memory. Uncivil Wars places the works of Elena Garro (1916–1998) and Octavio Paz (1914–1998) in dialogue with each other, and evokes the lives of two celebrated literary figures who wrote about many of the same experiences and contributed to the formation of Mexican national identity but were judged quite differently, primarily because of gender.

While Paz’s privileged, prize-winning legacy has endured worldwide, Garro’s literary gifts garnered no international prizes and received less attention in Latin American literary circles. Restoring a dual perspective on these two dynamic writers and their world, Uncivil Wars chronicles a collective memory of wars that shaped Mexico, and in turn shaped Garro and Paz, from the Conquest period to the Mexican Revolution; the Spanish Civil War, which the couple witnessed while traveling abroad; and the student massacre at Tlatelolco Plaza in 1968, which brought about social and political changes and further tensions in the battle of the sexes. The cultural contexts of machismo and ethnicity provide an equally rich ground for Sandra Cypess’s exploration of the tandem between the writers’ personal lives and their literary production. Uncivil Wars illuminates the complexities of Mexican society as seen through a tense marriage of two talented, often oppositional writers. The result is an alternative interpretation of the myths and realities that have shaped Mexican identity, and its literary soul, well into the twenty-first century.

 This event is sponsored by the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese
For information, please check the SIP Calendar:
Or contact the Lectures and Arrangements Committee: Javier Irigoyen-García (, Jill Jegerski (, Emanuel Rota (, Mandy Rector (



ANTONIO SOTOMAYOR CARLO, Assistant Professor. Latin American and Caribbean Studies Librarian and Adjunct Professor Department of Recreation, Sport & Tourism


101 International Studies Building

Puerto Rico’s Olympic representation at the Central American and Caribbean Games serves as a window not only to see nationalism, but also to observe and analyze colonial, imperial, and regional political interests. For Puerto Ricans in the 1930s, at stake in Central American and Caribbean Olympism was the meaning of the nation, the terms of colonialism, the uses of Olympic diplomacy, and the limits of insular authority. The political, economic, and social instability of the 1930s occurred alongside accomplishments in Puerto Rican Olympism, allowing, along the way, a brief but profound moment of national pride and colonial compliance. That is to say, the success on the athletic field fed the growing belief in the nation, and since this occurred under a colonial relation it portrayed the U.S. regime as a “benevolent empire.” Therefore, what is special about the Puerto Rican construction of national identity is that it was carried out in a colonial context. In fact, these early “national” delegations ambivalently represented both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Puerto Rican delegations were sent to represent the U.S. in order to foster Good Neighbor policy and as a bridge between Anglo and Latin America. To be sure, Puerto Rico is not the only place where sport and colonial politics collide. C.L.R. James’ classic Beyond a Boundary (1963) pioneered this process for his native Trinidad and British imperialism.  Yet, Puerto Rico presents a different case, one that is pertinent to the Spanish Caribbean in its relation to Latin America and to the U.S. Empire. 



Title VI Application 2014-18
Deadline: December 20, 2013 

Application Information:
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) invites current and prospective CLACS affiliated faculty and units to submit proposals for possible consideration in its application to the U.S. Department of Education Title VI for renewal its status as National Resource Center (NRC) for the AY 2014-1018 period.
CLACS has been a NRC for the past 50 years and received money to cover program expenses, language fellowships, and programming. With over 100 faculty representing all colleges and professional schools across the campus, CLACS fosters knowledge and engagement with Latin American issues. The Center prides itself on its uniquely interdisciplinary and inclusive approach, reflected in all areas of the Center’s engagement and support to faculty, academic programs, and in outreach and public engagement.
CLACS encourages projects from any discipline and fields of study that support research, teaching, and outreach activities that focus upon understanding the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Potential Activities:
  • Course development (including study abroad and direct support for the instruction of Less Commonly Taught Languages)
  • Organizing activities (conferences, symposia) that will deepen our understanding of policies and problems affecting the region
  • Public engagement and outreach
  • Developing teaching resources, professional training opportunities, and public programs for researchers, educators, students, business leaders, media, governmental agencies, civic organizations and members of the community
  • Encouraging interdisciplinary proposals, linking faculty from across campus in collaborative partnerships to encourage research, course and degree development, and outreach
  • Collaborative projects with other institutions including, but no limited to other universities, community colleges, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies
Funding requests may include support for travel; hosting of lecture series, workshops; service learning initiatives and student research

Applicants are strongly encouraged to propose activities that meet the invited priorities of the Title VI grant. While those priorities have not yet formally announced, through technical meetings and conversations with program officers CLACS anticipates the following priorities to be articulated in the sponsor for proposals:
  • Foreign language training, foreign language instruction across disciplines, and innovative approaches to foreign language pedagogy development
  • Diversity and engagement with underrepresented minorities
  • Fostering and supporting a K-12 pipeline of foreign language and area studies expertise for teachers and students
  • Engagement with professional schools
  • Strategic partnerships with other countries
  • Outreach to business, media and policymakers
Evaluation criteria
All proposals must broadly address and support CLACS mission. Preference will be given to interdisciplinary projects across campus and partnerships; expecting lasting outcomes, broad-impact; potential for leveraging internal or external resources.

Applicants may propose activities for a single year during the cycle or annual/recurring activities across 4 years. In the past cycles, the following amounts have been awarded to faculty-led initiatives under Title VI:
  • Lecture series, symposia and conferences: up to $3,000 per year
  • Course development grants: up to $3,000 
Proposal Requirements
The project should not exceed three pages (on single PDF) Each proposal should include
  • Project goal
  • Rationale for the approach pursued
  • Description of implantation plan, including a timeline
  • Specific outcomes
  • Budge 
Proposals must be received by Friday, December 20, 2013 for full consideration. Awards to be included in the Title VI application will be announced as soon as thereafter possible. Proposals should be submitted to Angelina Cotler in one sigle PDF to
What can NOT be funded under Title VI Grant:
  • Alcohol and food
  • Direct support for research (although conferences, graduate and professional seminars are permissible)
  • Student travel (Faculty travel is allowable. Note that international faculty travel is allowable only with prior approval from the US Department of Education and compliance with government regulations. 
For more information on CLACS’s mission and programs visit our website at

  • Lemann Institute Research Grants for UI Faculty
To support the professional development of tenured and tenure-track faculty researching Brazilian topics, the Lemann Institute offers competitive research grants. Applications are due December 2nd, 2013. The Institute normally offers up to two awards per years, paying up to $20,000.00 each. However, the value of each award is dependent on the type and scope of the project as well as the budget approved by the Lemann Institute. Some expenses may not be covered.

Eligibility: The Lemann Research Grants are available to all University of Illinois tenured or tenure-track faculty members who are developing research about Brazil. Applicants must submit evidence of a sufficient command of Portuguese to successfully execute the proposed project.
Restrictions: Awards can be used for on-campus research, airfare, in-country transportation expenses, living expenses and other research-related expenses. Comparative studies between Brazil and other countries are permissible; however, only the Brazilian portion of the research will be considered for funding. Released time for write-ups will not be considered.
Evaluation: Applications will be ranked by an interdisciplinary committee of Brazilianists appointed by the Institute. Announcement of awards will be made within three weeks of the deadline.
Reporting: Grant winner must submit a 1,000-word report no later than six weeks after the tenure of their fellowship. Grant winners must also acknowledge support received from the Lemann Institute in publications flowing from the grant, and must agree to discuss their Institute-supported research in a seminar format.
The competition will take place annually, the 2014 Research Grants for UI Faculty deadline is Monday, December 2nd, 2013. Completed applications and proposals must be submitted in electronic format to Camila Fuhr Diel, Lemann Institute Program Coordinator at
Proposals will not be accepted without all application materials, listed below. Candidates should submit application as one single PDF file.

Applicants must submit the following information in a single PDF file:
  1. A double-spaced 1,000-word proposal, plus bibliography. The proposal should discuss hypotheses, relevant theories and methods, and the data employed.
  1. A brief descriptive title and a 200-word summary of the project.
  1. A detailed budget for the research, and the amount requested from the Lemann Institute.
  1. A current curriculum vitae of the Principal Investigator (faculty member) and of other members of the research team, if any.
  1. An itinerary for any travel.
  1. Evidence of a sufficient command of Portuguese to conduct the project.
  1. A list of previous awards for the project, the dates of the awards, and a list of any publications that have resulted from such awards.
The Grant Proposal
Applicants should explain in the proposal what they plan to do and why, making clear the relevance of the project to their professional experience and the significance of the project within their field of scholarship. They should bear in mind that the selection committee is inter-disciplinary, composed of scholars who are not necessarily specialists in the applicants’ area.
Candidates should give a brief summary of the progress already made on the project, and explain how it contributes to the present research. If the project is part of a cooperative undertaking, the relationship should be explained. Finally, candidates should include information on any publication arrangements already made.
The bibliography should be no longer than two pages and should be attached to the project description. Each page of the proposal and budget should be consecutively numbered, with the P.I.’s name in the upper right-hand corner of each page. The proposal should be headed with a brief descriptive title.
For more information please check the page or contact Camila Fuhr Diel, Lemann Institute Program Coordinator, at the International Studies Building, Room 207. She can be reached via e-mail at or by telephone (217) 333-3182.

  • Lemann Institute Collaborative Research Grants
The Collaborative Research Grants have the objective of supporting research proposals between UIUC and Brazilian faculty members. Proposals should focus on Brazilian topics. These grants are for one year. Applications are due December 2nd, 2013. If resources permit and the quality of proposals is high, up to two awards will be offered per year, paying up to a total of $20,000.00 each. The value of each award depends on the type and scope of the project as well as the budget approved by the Lemann Institute. Some expenses may not be covered.
Eligibility: The Lemann Collaborative Research Grants are available to all UIUC tenured or tenure-track faculty members who are developing a research project with an academic in Brazil. The application must include one faculty member at UIUC and one or more Brazilian academic(s).

Restrictions: Awards can be used for on-campus research, airfare, in-country transportation expenses, living expenses and other research-related expenses. Comparative studies between Brazil and other countries can be considered; however, only the Brazilian portion of the research will be funded. Released time for write-ups will not be considered.

Evaluation: Applications will be ranked by an interdisciplinary committee of Brazilianists appointed by the Institute. Announcement of awards will usually be made within two weeks of the deadline.

Reporting: Grant winners must submit a 1-2 page report no later than six weeks after the tenure of their Grant. Successful applicants must also acknowledge support received from the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies in publications flowing from the grant, and must agree to discuss their Institute-supported research in a seminar format.
The competition will take place annually, and the next deadline is Monday, December 2nd, 2013.
Completed applications and proposals must be submitted in electronic format to Camila Führ Diel, at
Proposals will not be accepted without all application materials listed below. Please submit application as one single PDF file.


IPRH is pleased to announce that the 2014–15 IPRH Fellowship year will be a themeless one. IPRH occasionally suspends its fellowship theme, as was the case for the 2010–11 academic year. IPRH welcomes applications from scholars in all disciplines and departments with an interest in humanities and humanities-inflected research. The projects proposed to IPRH for 2014–15 Fellowships may investigate any subject, and the proposals will be evaluated on their scholarly excellence. IPRH is especially interested in fostering interdisciplinary work.
 All Fellows are expected to maintain residence on the U of I campus during the award year, and to participate in IPRH activities, including the yearlong Fellows Seminar. 
Complete fellowship application guidelines for 2014–15 will be posted on the IPRH website in summer 2013. Applications must be submitted through an online portal. No paper or emailed applications or letters of recommendation will be accepted.
Applications are invited from full-time, tenured or tenure-track U of I faculty members, and advanced graduate students engaged in dissertation/thesis preparation.
Faculty Fellows receive release time for one semester in residence, and $2,000 in research funds to be transferred to the faculty member’s departmental research account. (The department will be compensated $12,000 for releasing the faculty member; in the case of faculty members with two percentage appointments, these funds will be distributed in accordance with the department that holds the course offering/s).
Graduate Student Fellows receive a $10,000 stipend and a tuition and fee waiver.
All application materials, including letters of reference, must be submitted by midnight, Friday, December 6, 2013, when the submission portal will close. IPRH strongly recommends, however, that submissions be made prior to 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline, as IPRH staff will not be available to assist with troubleshooting after close of business on Friday, December 6.
For more information about the IPRH Faculty and Graduate Student Fellowship program, please visit IPRH on the web at

International Programs & Studies (IPS) is happy to announce the call for proposals for the IPS International Grants Program (formerly the Hewlett International Grants Program).  As you may know, each year International Programs & Studies disburses a limited amount of money to sponsor international conferences on the Champaign-Urbana campus as well as international research travel by Illinois faculty and staff.  The program grants were generated from funds originally from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, matched by our campus and private donors. You can find out all the pertinent details and requirements at the websites listed below:

IPS International Conference Grants

IPS International Research Travel Grants

.  The deadline for proposals this year is December 15, 2013.  Proposals should be submitted electronically (.pdf preferably) to:

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE FELLOWSHIPS (FLAS) INFORMATION SESSION (support study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies and international studies) 

FLAS Fellowships support undergraduate and graduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. The following languages, classified by Center, are approved by the U.S. Department of Education for FLAS fellowships at Illinois. Undergraduate fellowships are only available for intermediate to advanced study of less commonly taught languages, which are defined as modern languages other than Spanish, German or French.
Information Sessions: December 4th @ Noon & December 5th @ Noon @ Room 126, GSLIS Bldg., 501 E. Daniel, Champaign
For more details on information sessions and how to apply visit the FLAS website for UIUC:
The Drugs, Security and Democracy (DSD) Program provides support for research across a variety of disciplines—anthropology, sociology, criminology, history, political science, international relations, economics, journalism, public policy, legal studies, public health, and other related fields—to create a network of scholars interested in developing alternative approaches to drug policy. The competition is open to PhD candidates and recent PhD recipients worldwide.

The program strives to create a stronger, more systematized knowledge base on drugs, security and democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean; to build capacity—both institutional and individual—by supporting relevant research; and to encourage policy-relevant, evidence-based research that could lead to the development of alternatives to present-day drug policies. To watch a video about the program featuring DSD fellows, click here.

The online application is now available at

For information on proposal development for this competition, please view the video of our webinar from 2012 here [video in Spanish].

DSD funded research must address the primary theme of drugs in relation to security and/or democracy in Latin America or the Caribbean. These topics may include, but are not limited to, the following issues and areas of study: the relationship of drugs to crime and violence, the impact of drug policy innovations (decriminalization, etc.), and the impact of drug markets on public health and human rights. Proposals must demonstrate the potential of the research to contribute to a sound and credible knowledge base for informed advocacy and decision making for drug policy. Projects that do not have a primary focus on the theme of drugs will be eliminated from the competition.
The program encourages interdisciplinary and comparative projects and those that address transnational and trans-regional issues. We encourage research in or about countries or themes that have been underrepresented in the program’s previously funded projects. Please click here for a list of previously funded projects.

Applications are welcome from PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers conducting research that addresses the primary theme of drugs in relation to security and/or democracy in Latin America or the Caribbean. Eligible applicants will fall into one of the following two categories:
•          Dissertation Fellowship: This competition is open to PhD and JSD candidates worldwide who have an approved dissertation prospectus by July 1,  2014, but have not completed writing for final submission.
•          Postdoctoral Fellowship: The competition is open to PhD and JSD recipients worldwide who have completed their degree within 7 years of the application deadline (on or after January 20, 2007).
If you are proposing to conduct research in your  non-native language, you should provide evidence of the necessary proficiency to carry out the project. The program strongly encourages citizens and residents of Latin America and the Caribbean to apply.

            The DSD Program provides support for a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 12 months of research. Candidates based outside of Latin America or the Caribbean must spend at least three months conducting research in the region. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan; however, support will be provided for travel and living expenses as well as associated research costs based on a budget reviewed by the SSRC. The fellowship is intended to support an individual researcher, regardless of whether that individual is working alone or in collaboration with others.
Recipients of the DSD Fellowship are expected to devote themselves full-time to their DSD research during the tenure of the fellowship. Dissertation fellows must complete the fellowship within a continuous block of time and may not take classes or teach during the fellowship. Postdoctoral fellows need not schedule their fellowship in a continuous block of time. The fellowship includes mandatory participation in two interdisciplinary workshops, one preceding fellowship research and one upon completion of the fellowship tenure. Workshops will be organized by the SSRC and held in Latin America in July or August. Travel and accommodations will be provided.
DSD is funded by the Open Society Foundations and the International Development Research Centre. The program is a partnership between OSF, IDRC, the SSRC, Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas in Mexico.
For more information please visit our program webpage and contact with any questions.

Amazonian Indigenous Development and Eco-Tourism

June 1-July 1, 2014
Appalachian State University (UNC)

6 Credits (Ethnographic Field School [3] and Introduction to Kichwa [3])

Program cost includes:
Roundtrip airfare from Charlotte, NC to Quito, Ecuador
Housing for one month
All in-country transportation
Entrance fees to tourist sites
Three meals per day (vegetarian options available)
End of program excursion to Cotopaxi National Park

Not included:
Undergraduate tuition (approximately $792 in-state $912 out-of-state)
Now in its sixth year, this program will give students the opportunity to travel to Ecuador for one month where they will study indigenous development and eco-tourism in the Amazon. The majority of the program will be spent on the shores of the Napo River. This is an anthropological-based program in which students will take two courses. In the first, Ethnographic Field School, students will learn how to construct a research project, learn interviewing techniques, and gain valuable experience in ethnographic methods and analysis. We will be studying indigenous activism in Ecuador (focusing upon the impact of oil, eco-tourism, and rainforest management on identity and representation), working with Kichwa (Quichua)-speakers of the upper Amazon. The program also strongly focuses upon an engaged and applied anthropology through which students will develop collaborative partnerships with local community members with regards to activism and tourism initiatives. For the second course, students will have the opportunity to undergo intensive study of indigenous language of Kichwa with native speakers and teachers, while learning methods in language documentation and analysis. In addition, there will be numerous excursions for students to learn about forestry conservation, biodiversity, and environmental citizenship.
Students have come from Pennsylvania State University, Cornell University, Indiana University, Tufts University, Louisiana State University, University of New Mexico, University of Alabama, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Georgia State University.
Alumni of this program have been accepted for graduate study at the University of Michigan, University of Chicago, and the University at Albany-SUNY, while others have used this experience to land internships and work with NGOs after graduation such as The Carter Center for Human Rights, AmeriCorps, Université de Lausanne, Yellowstone National Park, Cornell University BABY Lab, North Carolina One Health Collaborative, and Latino Health Program of the High Country (and many others).

NOTE: This program is limited to 20 students. Please consider applying early ($300 deposit)

Isla Mujeres, Mexico  

Summer 2014

 Culture & Environment • Latin America & Caribbean
Medical Anthropology • Gender & Identity
History, Space & Meaning

Two 6 Week (43 day) Advanced Sessions

May 17 to June 28
July 5 to August 16
Two 3 Week (22 days) Practicum Sessions
May 31 - June 22nd
July 19th - August 10th
(Session dates can be modified for specific groups)

NOTE: The First Summer Session of the Methods Practicum Course and The Advanced Methods Course will include a special series on Medical Anthropology and HIV Prevention.  Dr. Cabrera (see Faculty page) will guest lecture and lead an HIV outreach effort along with Dr. Pierce.  Students should indicate if they are interested in this medical anthropology training in their application.

We are writing to inform you of the Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School, located on a small Caribbean island off of the coast of Cancun in Quintana Roo, Mexico.  For our summber 2014 program we are offering two six-week Advanced Methods sessions, as well as two three-week Methods Practicum sessions.  We will also offer a special three-week Medical Anthropology session on Health and Nutrition in September of 2014.  

We would greatly appreciate it if you could pass the information about the field school onto your students and others who may be interested.  Our website goes in to greater detail regarding what the field school offers, and also has an informational flyer that can be easily printed to pass out to students or post to your department’s bulletin board.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.


Todd G. Pierce, PhD
Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School

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Newcastle University, 20 and 21 June 2014

In the past few decades, popular Anglo-Saxon genres such as the graphic novel and the so called new journalism or chronicle have had a very powerful development in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America. This effervescence builds on a centuries-old tradition of chronicles, and matches a vibrant growth in other various fiction narrative formats in Spain, Portugal, Latin America and the Hispanic USA. Thus, versatile chroniclers use gripping fiction-writing techniques to narrate the roughest realities, not concerning themselves with hard facts or statistics, but the way these worlds are lived by those immersed in them, with rich contextual descriptions and well developed characters. In turn, fiction writers introduce social commentary in their stories, aiming at informing and startling their audiences as well as to entertain them.  New formats are being tried out and independent publishing houses and vibrant online platforms are disseminating the work of writers from different countries, who have in turn attracted a wide and avid transnational audience, traversing North and South America and Europe.

This two day international conference invites papers examining any of the following issues or others relevant to this explosion of genres and narrative production:
-          Exploration of the different genres analysing one of several authors, one or several examples of graphic novels, chronicles, short or long stories. 
-          The formats or platforms of choice supporting the circulation of this form of production; technical and financial aspects of these operations.
-          Social Media, collaborative story-telling and journalism as process
-          Local chroniclers and community sustainability
-          Storytelling and collective memory
-          Giving a voice to the voiceless? Challenging dominant narratives
-          Testimonial writing and new journalism
-          Journalism and football: fact, fiction and fanaticism
-          The tension/collaboration between social sciences and journalism, particularly on the reporting and analysing current violence and corruption in Latin America.
-          Formal and aesthetic borrowing between genres
-          Contributions of literary analysis to the study of chronicles
-          The importance of place paired with the global nature of themes, where migration, traveling, bi-nationality, or the experience of the other are central part of the stories.
-          Performative aspects of the relationship between writers and their audiences
-          The arts of story-telling and the creation of spaces for critical reflection and denunciation of social and political issues. 

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Daniel Alarcón (1977) writer, journalist and radio producer is author of the story collection War by Candlelight, and Lost City Radio, named Best Novel of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post. His fiction, journalism and translations have appeared in Granta, McSweeney’s, n+1, and Harper’s, and in 2010 The New Yorker named him one of the best 20 Writers Under 40. Alarcón is co-founder of Radio Ambulante, a Spanish language storytelling podcast, and currently serves as a Fellow in the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism. He lives in San Francisco, California. His most recent novel, At Night We Walk in Circles, was published by Riverhead Books in October 2013.
Javier de Isusi  (1972) is author of comics or graphic novels. Among other series, he is the creator of the acclaimed Los viajes de Juan sin Tierra, the story of Vasco, a postmodern traveller in Latin America, where de Isusi reflects on his extensive travels sharing his observations of the complexities of life, hardships and hopes   of Latin Americans of all walks of life. Translations of his work have been published in Italy, France, Portugal and Finland.
Gabriela Wiener (1975) is a prolific, versatile and controversial writer, journalist, poet and performer who lives in Madrid. She contributes with the most renowned online platforms for the New Chronicle: Etiqueta Negra, Orsai, Anfibia and contributes with columns in  Esquire, Paula, El Pais, La Vanguardia, La Republica, among many others.  She is head editor of Marie Claire in Spain. Her chronicles have been published in collected editions of New Journalism Mejor que ficción. Crónicas ejemplares (Anagrama, 2012) y Antología de la crónica latinoamericana actual (Alfaguara, 2012).  She is the author of Sexografias, Nueve Lunas and Mozart, la iguana con priapismo y otras historias  all acclaimed examples of gonzo journalism.
Guest to be confirmed: Jose Luis Peixoto.

Please send a 200 word abstract to by 15 January 2014. 
This conference is organised by the Americas Research Group, and is part of the ¡Vamos! Festival programme 2014

CALACS 2014 Congress
16-18 May 2014
Quebec City, Canada

The Americas are in the process of reconstruction and restructuring. The voices of civil society movements can no longer be silenced as they are calling for a cleaner environment, better living conditions, justice for all as well as respect towards indigenous people and cultural/ethnic minorities. This is also true for the demands of young people who want to explore new avenues for a better future. In order to free themselves from the influence of external powers, the people of Latin America and the Caribbean are redefining their models of society and asserting their independence. Regional solidarities—whether in the Caribbean, Central America or South America with the foundation of UNASUR—as well as contributions from different social and cultural groups reflect these important changes. The main challenge, however, is to make sure that all levels of society benefit from the progress made by these societal and political forces.

In this vein, CALACS Congress invites participants to submit proposals on the theme “Environments, Societies and Imaginaries: The Americas in Motion” in all its variations. The aim is to focus on societal dynamics, political struggles and also artistic approaches which address issues such as a safe environment, sustainable cities, sustainable development, equality, peace, democracy, justice, and social stability.

In 2014, CALACS wishes to include the environmental sciences and thus addresses a special call to researchers/teachers/activists/officials and diplomats who work for the protection of natural resources—water, forests, soil, air—and biodiversity. The growing interest in sustainable development has generated new ideas, innovations, and participation of youth leaders, community organisations, educational institutions and other agents. The congress aims to portray the social actors and their strategies which put the Americas in motion. In keeping with the multi- and interdisciplinary spirit of the congress, we strongly encourage submissions from scholars working in all disciplines as well as practitioners in all fields and sectors.
We especially encourage submissions from scholars and other participants from Latin America and the Caribbean.

CALACS congress will be held at Laval University – Canada’s oldest institution of higher education and the first institution in North America to offer higher education in French. The university is located in Quebec City, one of the oldest cities in North America. The historic district of old Québec was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. Come and experience the old city’s heritage, culture, food and beautiful surroundings.
Selected panels and papers will be organized in the following program tracks:

1. International relations
2. Sustainable development
3. Migration
4. Indigenous peoples
5. African diaspora
6. Health, education, social policy
7. Industry/extraction of natural resources
8. Forests, oceans, biodiversity and environmental services
9. Water resources: natural hazards and vulnerability
10. Human rights, citizenship, democracy
11. Art and Memory
12. Decolonization
13. Human security and peace process
14. City, urbanization, population
15. Valorisation of immaterial cultural heritage and cultural tourism
16. Information workshops for students

Note: It is possible to submit proposals outside these program tracks.
We strongly encourage submissions panel proposals of three to four papers (plus chair and/or discussant), and up to five participants for roundtables and workshops. Individual papers are welcome. Proposals can be submitted in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Proposals and Deadlines
Please download submission form from the congress website: and send by December 7, 2013 to
We will review submissions and applicants will receive confirmation by January 31st, 2014.
Registration for congress will start in January. Please see our website for more details
Funding for Congress participation is limited; only graduate students can apply. See our website for application details and deadline.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for funding at their own institutions.
Please note: All presenters must be members of CALACS and be registered in order to participate in the congress.
For more information about membership fees and payments, see
For further information, please contact us at:

13-14 February, 2014
University of Tübingen, Germany

“Framing Dictatorship in Latin American Cinema” enfocará la temática de las dictaduras en América latina en un importante momento de proliferación de los discursos de la memoria debido a que en los años 2013 y 2014 se cumplen respectivamente 40 años del golpe militar de estado en Chile y 50 años del golpe de estado en Brasil.

Queremos aprovechar este momento en cuya formación y desarrollo el cine desempeña un papel central para entablar un diálogo académico que toma en cuenta la representación audiovisual de los fenómenos de la represión en la década de los 60, 70 y 80 desde una perspectiva comparativa, interdisciplinaria y transnacional.

El tema da lugar a abordar el papel de la cinematografía desde una gran variedad de perspectivas. Cineastas como p.e. Raúl Ruiz, Fernando Solanas o Patricio Guzmán han creado películas bajo régimenes dictatoriales así como desde el exilio; obras que muestran el importante rol que ha jugado el cine con respecto a la denuncia de las violaciones de los derechos humanos y que dan cuenta tanto de la resistencia como de la desterritorialización vivida por los cineastas. Junto con estos filmes, existen además numerosas producciones cinematográficas ficcionales, documentales y ensayísticas que abarcan temas como la propaganda y la censura y que desempeñan un papel historiográfico. Asimismo en las sociedades postdictatoriales el cine ha impulsado un trabajo de memoria y ha contribuido a las demandas de justicia.

Al mismo tiempo hay que constatar que en ciertos contextos la industria cinematográfica también ha desempeñado un papel importante en la evasión de las realidades opresivas y en afirmar la hegemonía política. Finalmente cabe destacar que recientemente se han estrenado películas de índole más comercial que han llegado a un público más amplio.
Junto con el canon establecido queremos explorar el cine que sigue siendo invisible haciendo hincapié en acercamientos que enfoquen el medio como expresión estética y trabajen también desde el aspecto de la innovacion formal.
En el marco del simposio proponemos los siguientes núcleos temáticos:

• La imagen de la dictadura en las industrias cinematográficas
• Violencia y corporalidad
• El cine como medio de la memoria
• Dictadura y exilio
• Condiciones de producción y recepción
• Experimentación formal y lo ineffable

El simposio se dirige a especialistas en el campo como a estudiantes de posgrado. A lo largo de dos días se organizarán presentaciones realizadas por parte de especialistas, talleres para estudiantes de posgrado y proyecciones fílmicas.
Para participar en el simposio rogamos que nos envíe un abstract de 200 palabras como resumen del tema de su charla (en inglés, español o portugués) antes del día 31 de noviembre de 2013.

Comité organizador:
Sebastian Thies
Madalina Stefan
Daniel Vázquez Villamediana
Institución organizadora: Cátedra de filología y estudios culturales iberoamericanos, Universidad de Tübingen.

The 5th Conference on Immigration to the US South
October 23-25, 2014
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Proposals due March 31, 2014

The 5th Conference on Immigration to the US South (formerly Conference on Immigration to the Southeast) calls for papers/panels for a multidisciplinary meeting on immigration to the US South. We also invite papers/panels that engage in comparative analysis of other regions and/or bring in transnational and global perspectives. Now that comprehensive immigration reform is back on the legislative agenda, we especially welcome presentations that promote an understanding of short-term and long-term challenges of immigration reform with an emphasis on finding practical and realistic policy alternatives. Because one of this conference's goals is to heighten the exchanges between our academic and community participants, we encourage presentations/panels that include interactive strategies to support this aim.

For proposals, submit abstracts online at:
The conference is co-sponsored by the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies and the Program for Immigration, Religion, and Social Change (PIRSC); Kennesaw State University Center for Conflict Management; the Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI) of Loyola University; and the Centro de Investigaciones Sobre America del Norte of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico.
  • ·         Zemurray-Stone Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellows in Latin American Studies
The Stone Center for Latin American Studies invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years.  Applications from social scientists, especially working in the areas of political development, economic analysis and policy, social policy, environmental studies, urban studies, and communication/media studies are encouraged.  Experience with Community Based Research or Service-Learning instruction a plus.  Fellows will be selected following two criteria: (1) intellectual merit and (2) the potential impact that their research, teaching, and experience would have on the strategic advancement of Latin American Studies at Tulane.

The fellowship carries an annual stipend of $47,500 plus benefits and requires teaching two courses per semester, with at least one course for each Spring Semester designated as a Service-Learning course.  Fellows will also be expected to assume responsibility for leading at least one new Center initiative and/or will participate in mentoring the Center’s undergraduate and graduate students.  Applicants who are ABD must complete their Ph.D. by June 2014 and absolutely must have the Ph.D. in hand by the start of the Fall 2014 semester.  Preference will be given to those who have not had recent access to Tulane University’s resources and whose research would benefit from such access.

Please send a current curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing your research interests and teaching philosophy, a graduate transcript, a writing sample, detailed proposals for at least one content course or seminar, and three letters of recommendation to: Zemurray-Stone Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellows Search, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, 100 Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA  70118-5698.

For additional information on the Stone Center and its programs, please visit our website: . For more information on the Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship program, please contact James D. Huck, Jr., Assistant Director and Graduate Advisor, Stone Center for Latin American Studies at 504-865-5164 or  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on January 15, 2014, until the position is filled.
Tulane University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/ADA employer committed to excellence through diversity.  All eligible candidates are invited to apply for position vacancies as appropriate.
  • ·         Lecturer of Spanish- Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for a full-time Lecturer position in Spanish language with administrative responsibilities pertaining to placement of incoming students in French, Italian, and Spanish. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2014. Classes begin in August. Minimum: MA in Spanish; PhD in related field preferred, with preference given to candidates with a strong background in applied linguistics or language pedagogy. The successful candidate will be expected to teach elementary, intermediate, and conversation classes in Spanish. Knowledge of HTML as well as JAVA script is essential, as is the ability to assess the reliability of on-line placement exams and to make modifications to existing exams as necessary. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but priority will be given to those received by March 31, 2014. Email applications to; telephone inquiries to  314 935-5180 . Washington University in St. Louis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and particularly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to apply. Employment eligibility is required upon appointment.
Deadline: March 31, 2014
Minimum Requirements: M.A. in Spanish
Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in related field with background in applied linguistics or language pedagogy; knowledge of HTML as well as JAVA script
Documents Required: Cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and supporting teaching materials, including course syllabi and teaching evaluations.
Contact Information:
  •   Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Spanish in Latin American Studies -Princeton University

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures announces an open rank, tenured or tenure track position in Latin American Studies, in any of its subfields. The successful candidate will have a deep engagement with undergraduate and graduate education; strong background in literary and cultural theory; clear evidence of scholarly excellence; and an ongoing commitment to advancing the field.
Deadline: December 6, 2013
Minimum Requirements: Native or near-native fluency in Spanish is required. Ph.D. completed or near completion at start of hire.
Documents Required: For full consideration, applications should be received by December 6, 2013. Applicants should apply on line at Please provide a cover letter, CV, and the names of and contact information for three references.
Contact Information: Should you have any questions about this position, please contact Gabriela Nouzeilles, Chair of the Department by email (gnouzeil@Princeton.EDU).
  • ·         Assistant Professor - Spanish -CUNY College of Staten Island

Description: ID# 9359
Deadline: December 2, 2013
Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. degree must have been conferred at the time of appointment. Candidates should demonstrate native/near-native fluency in English and Spanish, a commitment to undergraduate education, competence in foreign language pedagogy, and the ability to participate in a number of interdisciplinary programs on campus. A candidate should demonstrate a concrete commitment to research and publication, excellence in teaching, and the performance of department and college service. A transatlantic approach is highly desirable.
Preferred Qualifications: The College of Staten Island is committed to a diverse work environment that reflects the multicultural makeup of our student body. The successful candidate will be committed to inclusion and excellence. The Search Committee is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity of the academic community. Women and applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

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The Department of World Languages and Literatures at The College of Staten Island (CSI), a senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY), invites applications for a tenure-track position in Spanish at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2014. The area of specialization is Hispanic performance studies (film/ media/theater) with an emphasis on the 20th-21st or pre-19th century. The successful candidate will teach courses ranging from introductory Spanish language to upper-level literature, film, and culture courses in his/her area of specialization from a multidisciplinary perspective. Responsibilities include advising and mentoring students, performing departmental and college service, coordinating multi-section courses, and developing initiatives for program growth. The successful candidate will present credentials appropriate for possible appointment to the doctoral faculty of the CUNY Graduate School.

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development. Salary range is commensurate with experience.

CLOSING DATE : December 2, 2013

  • ·         Associate or Full Professor in Latin American Development- University of Florida

As part of the University of Florida’s “Preeminence Initiative,” the Center for Latin American Studies and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Florida invite applications for multiple tenure-track nine-month positions at the rank of associate or full professor in the social sciences with a focus on Latin American development to begin in August 2014. These hires are part of a new initiative intended to extend the University of Florida’s long history of internationally recognized excellence in Latin American Studies. The Center for Latin American Studies, which dates back to 1930 and is the oldest Latin American Studies program in the US, has been designated as a National Resource Center under the US Department of Education’s Title VI program continuously since 1961.

We seek applicants with a demonstrated record of rigorous field research and scholarship and sustained record of external grant funding, excellence in teaching as well as graduate student mentoring across a broad range of topics and regions. Candidates also should demonstrate an interest in program building and the ability to work collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries with faculty and students in various departments and disciplines. Research interests should focus on Latin American development issues from a combination of approaches involving theory, policy and practice.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin 15 December 2013, and continue until an applicant pool has been established.
Minimum Requirements: PhD in relevant field or equivalent professional experience; Recognized nationally or internationally and /or an outstanding teacher in his/her field; Distinguished record of achievement beyond assistant professor level.
Documents Required: Cover Letter, curriculum vitae, list of references.
Contact Information: Professor Stephen Perz, Chair of the Search Committee:

Additional Information: Applicants should apply through the University of Florida’s GatorJobs on-line applicant tracking system at and submit: a letter of interest (indicating research and teaching interests), curriculum vitae, and a list of three references. Applicants for these positions are encouraged to also apply for the position of Professor/Associate Professor in Latin American Studies/Social Sciences (; review of applications for this position will begin on 15 November 2013.

  •    Assistant or Associate Professor - Latin American Studies - Lehman College of the City University of New York

The Department of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College, City University of New York, seeks to make a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin in fall 2014. This is a joint appointment with the Department of African and African American Studies. We are seeking a specialist on Latin America whose research centers on the role of Africans in the making of the Americas; a specialist in the Black Atlantic; or a specialist in Afro-Latino Diasporas. Preferred areas are art history, visual culture (including digital and new media), performance studies, and the colonial period, but candidates in all areas will be considered.
Deadline: Open until filled.
Minimum Requirements: Ph. D. degree in area(s) of experience or equivalent. with a strong teaching record with an ability to communicate their specialty to a diverse student body.
Preferred Qualifications: Also required are the ability to teach successfully, demonstrated scholarship or achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

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At the request of indigenous people in Canelos Quichua territory, Amazonian Ecuador, Sibby and Norman Whitten established this foundation in Urbana, Illinois, in 1975 and gained IRS not-for-profit status as a publicly supported institution in 1976. Every year we hold a sale in the Whittens' home (507 E. Harding Drive, Urbana) and the proceeds are used for a medical-care delivery program for participants in the program in Amazonian Ecuador. We offer very high quality indigenous arts together with handicrafts and other objects of interest.
You are cordially invited to join us this December 7 and/or 9. Here is the advertisement that is circulated in hard copy to people who have visited our sale before, or who have asked to be on our mailing list. If you would like to be on the mailing list please send a note to
 Saturday, 7 December, 1:00-5:00 P.M.
Sunday, 8 December 1:00-4:00 P.M.
507 E. Harding Drive, Urbana, Illinois
from Amazonian Ecuador
from Andean Ecuador
from Panama
 AND NEW: INDIGENOUS BEAD WORK (necklaces, bracelets, headbands, earrings, keychain attachments) from Amazonian Ecuador
 The Sacha Runa Research Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, supports a medical-care delivery program and scholarships in Amazonian Ecuador
For more information call: 217-344-1828 or email

Artist Ana Ortega from Dominican Republic will be displaying her work at La Casa Cultural Latina from Nov 12, 2013 to January 31, 2014. The exhibit will open on Tuesday Nov 12 at 4:00 pm at La Casa. Ana will join us on Tuesday. If you want to see samples of her work visit  


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Angelina Cotler, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
201 International Studies Building
910 S. Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Ph: (217) 333-8419
Fax: (217): 244-7333

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