March 25-26, 2014
2014 Costa Rica Study Visit
*Registration is $175 for one seminar and $325 for both.
*A team of 4+ attending the SAME seminar is $150 per person.
Co-sponsored by the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (UNC & Duke), the 2014 Latin America and North Carolina Seminar offers insights into Latin America and support for K-12 and community college educators facing the challenges and opportunities of our growing immigrant student population. Help your Hispanic/Latino students succeed in school by learning more about the region, critical issues facing Latino students, and new teaching strategies to support students and their families. This seminar will also offer valuable breakout sessions to educators from all grade-levels and subject areas.
Paul Cuadros. Paul Cuadros is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Cuadros is an investigative reporter and author whose work has appeared in Time magazine, the New York Times, Salon.com and the Huffington Post. In 1999, Cuadros won a fellowship with the Alicia Patterson Foundation to report on emerging Latino communities in rural poultry-processing towns in the South. The culmination of his reporting was his book, A Home on the Field, How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America, which tells the story of Siler City, NC as it copes and struggles with Latino immigration through the lives of a predominantly Latino high school soccer team. Cuadros continues to write about the Latino community and immigration and is currently working on another book about Latinos in the American South.
Lou Perez. Louis A. Pérez, Jr. is the J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History and the Director of the UNC Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA). His most recent books include On Becoming Cuban: Identity, Nationality, and Culture, winner of the 2000 Bolton-Johnson Prize, The War of 1898: The United States and Cuba in History and Historiography, Winds of Change: Hurricanes and the Transformation of Nineteenth-Century Cuba, winner of the 2001 George Perkins Marsh Prize, and To Die in Cuba: Suicide and Society, winner of the 2007 Elsa Goveia Prize. Pérez’s principal research interests center on the nineteenth and twentieth-century Caribbean, with a research emphasis on Cuba.
MariaRosa Rangel. MariaRosa Rangel is Senior Administrator for Family and Community Engagement in the Wake County Public School System. She works with families who speak limited English and helps them navigate the school system, coordinates the system’s parent academy, and serves as the liaison for Latino media. She has previously served as a third grade Bilingual teacher, a GED instructor, Spanish / ESL Teacher, an assistant principal, district wide LEP/ Dual Language Coordinator, Senior Administrator for Latino Outreach and Senior Administrator for LEP Family Outreach. In October 2013, Rangel received the Latino Diamante Award in the education category, a statewide awards program created to recognize outstanding achievement and to honor those making significant contributions to the Hispanic community of North Carolina. Rangel also works with the Hispanic/Latino Advisory Group at NC State’s Department of Multicultural Student Affairs.
Charles Thompson. Charles Thompson, Professor of the Practice of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University, is the director of Duke’s Benjamin N. Duke Scholarship Program as well as the undergraduate program at the Center for Documentary Studies. Thompson holds a Ph.D. in Religion and Culture from UNC-Chapel Hill. An author and filmmaker, Thompson’s latest works are the 2010 film Brother Towns, and the 2011 book Spirits of Just Men. He is currently at work on a book and companion website: Border Odyssey: Traveling the US/Mexico Divide.