2014 Latin America and North Carolina Seminar

March 25-26, 2014


Program Flyer

Schedule at a Glance

Emailed Readings, Video, and Study Guides

Concurrent Sessions Descriptions

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.

Featured Speakers

Paul-CuadrosPaul 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 PerezLou 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 RangelMariaRosa 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. 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 Townsand the 2011 book Spirits of Just MenHe is currently at work on a book and companion website: Border Odyssey: Traveling the US/Mexico Divide


Schedule At-A-Glance*

Tuesday, March 25 Wednesday, March 26
8:00 Check In and Registration
Coffee, Juice and Pastries 
8:00 Coffee, Juice and Pastries
9:00 Welcome
Dwayne Pinkney, Vice Provost
Finance and Academic Planning
UNC at Chapel Hill
8:30 FILM
Brother Towns / Pueblos Hermanos
Charles Thompson,
Center for Documentary Studies
Duke University
9:15 Understanding the Next Generation of Latino Students
Paul Cuadros, School of Journalism and
Mass Communication
UNC Chapel Hill
10:30 BREAK
10:30 BREAK
and Book Signing with Paul Cuadros
A Home on the Field: How One Championship Soccer Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America
10:45  PANEL
Rising through the NC Educational System: A Latino Experience
Student Panel – Estela Torres, Juan Ortega Ruiz, Vanessa Guzman, Andrea Paz-Melgar, Melissa Stella, and Yannia Fernandez Cuenca
Forsyth Technical Community College
10:45 Concurrent Sessions I: Understanding and Teaching Latin America 12:00  Next Steps and Adjournment
Charlé LaMonica, World View
UNC at Chapel Hill
1. Costa Rica’s National Institute of Learning (INA) – An Educational Empowerment Model
Odilie Calvo
Immersion Abroad Costa Rica
2. The African Diaspora in Latin America: Art, Politics, and Beyond
Joseph Jordan, Sonja Haynes Stone Center
UNC at Chapel Hill
3. Teaching the Haitian Revolution
Laurent Dubois, Departments of Romance Studies and History
Duke University
4. Recent Events and Politics in Mexico
Cecilia Martinez-Gallardo,
Department of Political Science
UNC at Chapel Hill
5. Health Issues in Central America
Clare Barrington,
Health Behavior and Health Education
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
12:00 LUNCH
Costa Rica Study Visit participants meet for orientation and lunch.
1:15 Cuba and the United States: Images of Empire Most images linked appear in:
Louis A. Pérez, Jr., Cuba in the American Imagination: Metaphor and the Imperial Ethos. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008.
Louis A. Pérez, Department of History
UNC at Chapel Hill
2:15 Concurrent Sessions II: Teaching Latin America and Latino Students
1. Reaching Beyond Borders: Exploring Border Odyssey
Emily Chavez, The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
UNC at Chapel Hill and Duke University
2. Cultural Competency and Culturally Responsive Teaching
Christine Kellogg and Larry Logan
ESL Student Education,
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
3. Understanding the Latino Culture of New Immigrant Students and How this Impacts their Academic Achievement
MariaRosa Rangel, Wake County Public Schools
4. Cultural Awareness and SIOP
Sue Kummerer & Heather Whitehead,
Wake County Public Schools
5. Globalization in Latin America
Odilie Calvo, Immersion Abroad Costa Rica
3:30 BREAK
3:45 Concurrent Sessions III
1College Access for Latino Students in North Carolina
Daniela Hernández Blanco, Adelante Education Coalition
Raúl F. Gámez, Student Action with Farmworkers
2. Paving the Way for LEP Student Success through Differentiation
Amanda B. Miller, Wake County Public Schools
3. NC State Led Initiatives for Supporting English Language Learners
Lindsey Fults
North Carolina Department of Instruction
4. How to Start Your Latino Parent Academy
MariaRosa Rangel, Wake County Public Schools
5. Traveling to Cuba: New Policies and Possibilities
Handout 2
Sharon Sullivan Mujica
Consortium in Latin American Studies at UNC at Chapel Hill and Duke University, Retired