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April 2, 2013

Annual BSC symposium explores Latin American issues through student research

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Claire Davis, a graduate student who is studying international development at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C., will be the guest speaker at the 21st annual Latin American Studies Symposium set for April 5-6 at Birmingham-Southern College.

Davis will deliver the keynote address “How to Start a Career in International Service” on Friday, April 5, at 1 p.m. in the Norton Campus Center Theatre. She is a 2010 BSC graduate.

Davis will share advice on how college students can translate their love of travel, desire to help others, language skills, or interests in topics such as the environment or public health into careers in international service. She also will tell of her experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador and as a young professional breaking into the international development field in D.C.—career choices which were influenced by studying Latin America in college.

The BSC LAS Symposium is an annual interdisciplinary undergraduate research conference on Latin America that will showcase original research and creative projects that were conducted during the preceding year by undergraduate students from some 30 colleges and universities—including 4 from the Birmingham Area Consortium of Higher Education (BACHE) and 5 from the Associated Colleges of the South. Papers will be read in Spanish, English and Portuguese.

The symposium sessions will cover such issues as Latin American politics and culture, the global economy, literature, the environment, gender, and art, and will take place in the Harbert Building’s first floor Stephens Conference Center (rooms 106A and B) and the auditorium/lecture hall (room 128), excluding the keynote address. All symposium sessions are free and open to the public.

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

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Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Ala., founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,200 students from more than 30 states and 16 foreign countries. Learn more online at www.bsc.edu.