Post Tagged with: "Center for Latin American Studies"

Genetic anthropologist Jada Benn Torres works with a team of faculty members across various disciplines—using both historical documents and ancient DNA samples—to help fill in the gaps of our knowledge about the African diaspora and bring a fresh perspective to its present-day consequences. She has written, for example, about how genetics might affect Caribbean countries’ claims for reparations from former colonizers. (Vanderbilt Magazine/Joe Howell)

History Unshackled: Jada Benn Torres is part of a multidisciplinary effort to uncover new details about the African slave trade

Benn Torres is joined by a team of faculty across a range of disciplines, from anthropology and history to Latin American studies and literature, who are filling in the gaps of our knowledge about the African diaspora and bringing a fresh perspective to its present-day consequences.

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Beyond Borders: New immigration law clinic gives Vanderbilt students hands-on experience assisting immigrants facing deportation

As immigration policy sparks national debate, Vanderbilt students are on the front lines, making a difference where their knowledge and insight are needed most.

Costa Rica native Jose Sibaja, associate professor of trumpet

Musical Exchange: ‘¡BLAIR!’ expands the Blair School’s Latin American Efforts

Building connections with Latin American musicians has been a major focus for the Blair School’s Thomas Verrier since first traveling to Central America in 2009. Now he and a group of like-minded Blair faculty members are formally focusing their Latin American efforts under the label “¡BLAIR!” An acronym for “Blair’sRead More

The Power of the Peanut: Nutritional Supplement Serves Vital Need for Malnourished Children in Guatemala

The Power of the Peanut: Nutritional Supplement Serves Vital Need for Malnourished Children in Guatemala

Malnutrition is defined as a lack of food and calories. But really, it’s a symptom of far more profound problems. “The real causes of malnutrition are poverty and inequality,” says Ted Fischer, professor of anthropology and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Latin American Studies. For the past five years,Read More