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March 12, 2008

Annual Latin American Studies Symposium at Birmingham-Southern offers unique opportunity for collaborative undergraduate research

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Amy Shelton, a board member with Witness for Peace which is a politically independent, grassroots organization committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience, will be the guest speaker at the 16th Annual Latin American Studies Symposium March 14-15 at Birmingham-Southern College.Annual Latin American Studies Symposium at Birmingham-Southern offers unique opportunity for collaborative undergraduate research

Shelton will speak on Friday, March 14, at 1 p.m. in the college's Norton Campus Center Bruno Great Hall. The mission of Witness for Peace is to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and corporate practices which contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The interdisciplinary two-day conference will showcase original research by undergraduate students from 17 colleges and universities including four from the Birmingham Area Consortium of Higher Education (BACHE) and nine from the Associated Colleges of the South.

All symposium sessions, which will cover such issues as Latin American culture, politics, literature, religious beliefs, education, ecology, gender and healthcare, will take place in the Harbert Building, first floor Stephens Conference Center, Room A and the Auditorium. Areas of discussion include topics related to the pre-Columbian era to current issues facing Latin America. The sessions will be conducted both in English and Spanish.

The symposium was established at Birmingham-Southern in 1992 to increase awareness of Latin America, foster undergraduate research in the area, and help students and faculty interested in Latin America to establish contacts with colleagues in other disciplines.

All symposium sessions are free and open to the public. Reservations are required for both luncheons at a cost of $10 each. To register for the luncheons, or for other event details, call 226-4975.

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