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Consumer taste for high altitude beans shifts opportunity to small farmers

Apr. 29, 2013—Economic prospects improved for small mountain farmers in Guatemala when consumers developed a taste for coffee brewed with beans grown at high altitude, according to a new study from the Vanderbilt Institute for Coffee Studies.

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Vanderbilt Guatemalan field station new interdisciplinary hub

Apr. 18, 2013—Vanderbilt University’s expanded commitment to research and sustainable development in Guatemala is reflected in this spring’s opening of a Guatemala City field station that is home to 13 projects.

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The accordion: the Rodney Dangerfield of instruments

Apr. 5, 2013—Helena Simonett, associate director of the Center for Latin American Studies and adjunct assistant professor at the Blair School of Music, both at Vanderbilt University, believes that the saga of the “the little man’s piano” can tell us something aboutAmerica, especially in terms of class.

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Upcoming Frist events to feature Vanderbilt anthropologists

Feb. 26, 2013—Several events planned in conjunction with an upcoming exhibition at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts will feature lectures by Vanderbilt anthropologists and be co-sponsored by Vanderbilt's Center for Latin American Studies.

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Celebrate Brazil Week with music, movies and futebol

Aug. 31, 2012—Multiple opportunities to experience Brazilian art and culture and learn about outstanding research collaborations between faculty at the University of São Paulo and Vanderbilt are all part of this year’s expanded Brazil Week celebration, Sept. 3 through 7 on campus.

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Two Vanderbilt humanities professors named Guggenheim fellows

Apr. 24, 2012—Two humanities professors in Vanderbilt University’s College of Arts and Science have been named 2012 Fellows by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

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Former visiting artist’s grape hyacinth project now in bloom

Mar. 27, 2012—Acclaimed Cuban artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, in collaboration with the Vanderbilt senior art majors and other volunteers, participated in a campus art project last October, when they planted 4,400 grape hyacinth bulbs, mapping out Campos-Pons’ hometown. The flowers are now in bloom at the northeast corner of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human...

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Apocalypse Now? Modern Maya and Ancient Prophecies

Mar. 20, 2012—Watch video of Mareike Sattler, senior lecturer, Anthropology Department, and Avery Dickins de Girón, assistant director of the Center for Latin American Studies, speaking at the Osher Lifelong Learning class, “Apocalypse Now? Modern Maya and Ancient Prophecies”. This seminar introduces students to Maya culture from ancient to modern times. Maya people and culture have been featured...

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Preserving endangered slave records focus of Vanderbilt conference

Jan. 31, 2012—Renowned experts on preservation of African and Afro-descended slave records will gather at Vanderbilt Feb. 2 - 4 to launch the university's new Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies digital archive and website.

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Significant Mexican capital investment in Tennessee, VU study shows

Nov. 16, 2011—A recent study by Vanderbilt’s Center for Latin American Studies suggests that a key to bringing more jobs to Tennessee might lie in recruiting investment from emerging markets such as Mexico.

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China conference gets virtual greeting from chancellor

Nov. 16, 2011—Vanderbilt scholars gathered with colleagues in the People’s Republic of China recently to discuss folklore and build relationships within the Southeast provinces. The conference, the First China-U.S. Forum on Intangible Cultural Heritage: Comparative Policies, took place on Nov. 6 and 7 at a conference center about 30 miles outside Guangzhou. The discussions centered on comparative...

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Scholarship established in honor of retiring Norma Antillón

Nov. 4, 2011—Norma Antillón, who colleagues say has been “the heart” of the Center for Latin American Studies for the past 25 years, received a delightful shock at her recent retirement party. Professor of History Marshall Eakin announced that faculty, students, alumni and others whose lives have been touched by the longtime manager in International Programs have...

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