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March 25, 2011

Annual Latin American Studies Symposium at BSC offers students an opportunity to become immersed in a research-based collaborative learning experience

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern will host Verónica Leyva, a grassroots organizer from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and a member of the Mexico-U.S. Solidarity Network Team, April 8 as part of its 19th annual Latin American Studies Symposium.

Leyva will speak at 12:15 p.m. in the college’s Norton Center Theatre. For her presentation, she will highlight the grassroots struggle to confront militarization, violence against women, increased migration, and the ties between the narco-conflict and neoliberalism. She also will address the challenges associated with President Felipe Calderόn’s war on drugs and the United States’ Mérida Initiative.

The inter- and multi-disciplinary symposium will showcase original research and creative projects that were conducted during the preceding year by undergraduate students from more than 30 colleges and universities—including four from the Birmingham Area Consortium of Higher Education (BACHE) and nine from the Associated Colleges of the South. Papers will be read in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

All symposium sessions, which will cover such issues as Latin American politics and culture, the global economy, literature, environment, service, education, food, gender, and health, will take place in the Harbert Building’s first floor Stephens Conference Center (rooms 106A and B) and the auditorium/lecture hall (room 128) along with classroom 325 on the third floor. Areas of discussion will range from the pre-Columbian era to current issues facing Latin America.

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. Nearly 30 colleges and universities participated last year.

All symposium sessions are free and open to the public. Reservations are required for the luncheon at a cost of $35. To register for the luncheon or for other event details, call 226-4836.

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