News & Events
- CLACS 50th ANNIVERSARY
- CLACS / Lemann Cinema Series
- Joint Area Centers Symposium (JACS)
- Intenational Week
- International Careers Workshop Series
This year, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. We are very proud of our half century of commitment to promoting understanding of and engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean. At the same time, we recognize that such milestones are only reached with the contributions of and support of many people. We therefore would like to encourage you to join us as we highlight the Center's accomplishments, its contributions to the University of Illinois and to the field, and our plans for the future.
CLACS - 50 Years and Counting! A Symposium Commemorating the Past, Present, and Future of the Center
Friday, October 11
Levis Faculty Center
- Thursday, October 3rd
- 6:30 PM
- Lucy Ellis Lounge, 707 South Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
Spain, Cuba, 2008
- Thursday, November 7th
- 6:30 PM
- Lucy Ellis Lounge, 707 South Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
According to a newspaper article, more than 25,000 Cubans maintain they
are the heirs to an unclaimed multi-million dollar fortune held in the
coffers of a British bank and all those with the family name of
Castiñeiras will receive a juicy inheritance. All the people with that
family name begin proceedings to get their part, but as one can imagine,
many obstacles arise along the way.
Cartagena Film Festival 2009 - Special Jury Prize
Havana Film Festival 2008 - Best Screenplayer
Lima Latin American Film Festival 2009 - Audience Award
Mar del Plata Film Festival 2009 - Best Film
Watch the trailer: http://www.latidofilms.com/proyectos.catalogo.do?genero=-1&ano=-1&director=&titulo=horn+of+plenty
Tuesday, December 3rd
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 707 South Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
-Drama- 2 November 2006 (Brazil)
-Director: Cao Hamburger
-Running time: 110 minutes
-MPAA rating: PG
Joint Area Centers Symposium (JACS)JACS 2013: The Future of Waste
March 1 & 2, 2013
The Illini Union, Room 314 A
Free and Open to the Public
by Zsuzsa Gille
Though we don't know how much waste the world produces exactly, we know that the average per capita waste generation in the most developed countries is close to 880 pounds annually, and we also know that we produce more and more every year. According to our keynote speaker, Martin Medina, 15 million people on Earth find their livelihoods by scavenging. In the U.S. though we waste 30-50% of our food, we also have more people who recycle than vote. Furthermore, (read full introduction)
Prof. Zsuzsa Gille discusses the "The Future of Waste" on Illinois International
FRIDAY MARCH 1, 2013
3:00 pm - Welcome (Zsuzsa Gille, Sociology, UIUC)
Film Screening: Waste Land by Lucy Walker, Karen Harley and João Jardim, 2010
5:00 pm - KEYNOTE SPEECH
WASTE GOVERNANCE: Can Less be More? Harnessing the Power of the Informal Sector in Malé, Maldives, and Guangzhou, China.
Keynote by Martin Medina Sr. (International Relations Specialist atthe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington, DC.)
- 6:30 pm - Dinner reception by invitation only (Illini Union room 314 B)
SATURDAY MARCH 2, 2013
9:30 am - THEORIES AND PRACTICES OF WASTE
Economies of Recycling. Catherine Alexander (Anthropology, University of Durham, UK)
Enviroblogging: Making Green Space in the Virtual World. Stephanie Foote (English and Gender Studies, UIUC
10:45 am - THE DIVERSITY OF WASTE
Clean and Green - or Dirty Work? Recycling Labour in the EU. Nicky Gregson (Geography, University of Durham, UK)
Nuclear Waste Disposal: Public Engagement but Global Disengagement?. Darrin Durant (Science and Tech. Studies, York University)
Purification or Profit-- Sewage Recycling and the Contradictions of Sludge. Daniel Schneider (Urban and Regional Planning, UIUC)
12:15 pm - Lunch break and Screening:
Garbage Dream by Mail Iskander, 2009
1:45 pm - THE FUTURE OF FOOD WASTE
The Food Not Eaten. Jonathan Bloom (Independent investigative journalist)
Freeganism as an Alternative to a Wasteful System. Janet Kalish (freegan.info, New York City)
Respect and Humiliation: Mopan Conceptions of Food Waste in San Jose, Belize. Michelle Schmidt (Sociology, UIUC)
3:30 pm - Roundtable Discussion: FOOD LOOS OR FOOD WASTE?
Participants: Steven Sonka (Director of ADM Institute on Postharvest Loss, UIUC)
Zsuzsa Gille (Sociology, UIUC)
Catherine Alexander has carried out fieldwork in Turkey, Kazakhstan and Britain on: changing relations between state, market and the third sector; the built environment; migration; and technology. Her most recent topic has been how the wasted lands and people of Kazakhstan's former nuclear test site are trying to re-connect to broader economies. Research into wastes has brought together many of these themes. She has worked with engineers and published on community and third sector recycling organisations, public housing and recycling and how local government carries out / outsources waste management.
JONATHAN BLOOM, Independent Investigative Journalist
Jonathan Bloom is a journalist and food waste expert who wrote the book American Wasteland and created the blog Wasted Food. Jonathan has spoken on food waste from Santiago to South Bend to Singapore. He also consults on food waste reduction, most recently working with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization and several startups. For the 2012-13 school year, he is the O.V.W. Hawkins Expert-in-Residence at Bucknell University. A Boston native, Jonathan now lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife, two sons and many, many containers for leftovers. http://www.wastedfood.com
DARRIN DURANT, Science & Technology Studies, York University
Darrin Durant is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at York University, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Durant’s theoretical research focuses on debates about the roles experts and publics can and should play in democratic decision-making about controversies involving technical knowledge (including articles in Social Studies of Science (41 (5), 2011) and Perspectives on Science (18 (2), 2010). Dr. Durant’s empirical research focuses on debates over high-level radioactive waste disposal, both as a Canadian project (including his edited volume Nuclear Waste Disposal in Canada (UBC Press, 2009), along with articles in Technology in Society 31 (2) 2009, Journal of Risk Research 12 (7&8) 2009, and Scientia Canadensis 30 (1) 2007)) and as part of the global project to reinvent nuclear power (including articles in Science & Public Policy 34 (7) 2007 and 33 (3) 2006)).
STEPHANIE FOOTE, Associate Professor of English and Gender & Women's Studies, University of Illinois
Stephanie Foote is Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women¹s Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Regional Fictions: Culture and Identity in Nineteenth -Century American Literature (University of Wisconsin Press), the editor of two reprints of Ann Aldrich¹s classic 1950s lesbian pulps for the Feminist Press, and the co-editor of Histories of the Dustheap (MIT Press, 2012).She is currently at work on several projects that bring together her interests in American Studies and environmentalism, and with Stephanie LeMenager is the coeditor and cofounder of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities from the University of Nebraska Press.
ZSUZSA GILLE, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois
NICKY GREGSON, Professor in Human Geography at Durham University, UK
Nicky Gregson directed The Waste of the World programme, funded by the ESRC, and has published widely on global recycling economies, the economisation of waste, consumption as disposal, and second-hand cultures. http://www.dur.ac.uk/geography/staff/geogstaffhidden/?id=9776
JANET KALISH, freegan.info, New York City
MARTIN MEDINA, International Relations Specialist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
For nearly 20 years, Martin Medina has been involved in waste management projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East for academic organizations, development banks and the United Nations. He is particularly interested in the linkages between waste and poverty, the informal sector, and sustainable consumption and production. He has published widely in these areas and has received several international awards. Martin received a Ph.D. from Yale and a Master's from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is originally from Mexico.
MICHELLE SCHMIDT, doctoral student in the department of Sociology here at the University of Illinois
Her areas of interest include: local and transnational development, waste studies, sociology of health and illness and environmental sociology. In 2010 she conducted fieldwork in Southern Belize, primarily amongst the Mopan Maya of San Jose Village. From this experience she wrote a Thesis entitled Respect and Humiliation: Mopan Conceptions of Food Waste in San Jose, Belize,on which this presentation is based. She will continue studying food use practices and environmental relationships as part of her upcoming dissertation work in Belize.
DANIEL SCHNEIDER, Professor and Interim Head, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois
Daniel Schneider is Professor and Interim Head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his PhD in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is both a freshwater ecologist and environmental historian. His book Hybrid Nature: Sewage Treatment and the Contradictions of the Industrial Ecosystem (MIT Press) won the 2013 George Perkins Marsh Prize from the American Society for Environmental History. He has also won the Price/Webster prize from the History of Science Society, for his work on the importance of local knowledge in the history of ecology . http://www.urban.illinois.edu/faculty/schneider/index.html
- Cites and Inequalities in a Transitional World
- March 1 to Saturday March 3, 2012
- Iran at Large: The Global Emergence of a Regional Power? April 2, 2011
The recordings of the presentations from Iran at Large: The Global Emergence of a Regional Power? are available online from the Joint Area Study Centers.
- A New Green Revolution? Meeting Global Food and Energy Demands
- From Food Crisis to Sustainable Food Security: Can we get there from here?
- 2009 JACS Videos
Geographies of Risk Sept.23-24, 2010
International Week 2013: Bringing together our campus, our community, our world
April 8-14, 2013
International Week at Illinois is comprised of a series of educational, cultural, and recreational events designed to foster interest in our global community.Coordinated by International Programs and Studies and a cross-campus organizing committee, the goal of International Week is to raise awareness about the breadth of international education, activities, and resources at Illinois. We draw both of existing programming /activities and encourage units & RSOs to develop new events during IW.
There is no fee, please register online at: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/6958781