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News: 2011

UNM Student Wins ASCE First Prize for Graduate Paper on Cuban Political Signs

Thursday, December 1, 2011 -- The Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce that Max Fitzpatrick, PhD candidate in the UNM Department of Sociology, has earned first prize in the graduate student category in the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) 2011 student paper competition.

Dr. Richard E. Greenleaf

Thursday, November 10, 2011 -- Dr. Richard E. Greenleaf, a distinguished scholar of colonial Latin America, passed away on November 8, 2011. An alum of the University of New Mexico and a generous friend of the Latin American & Iberian Institute, Greenleaf was born on May 6, 1930. With an extensive career in teaching, research, and service, he has been called "one of the most influential historians of colonial Latin America" (Schwaller, 2008) with a sphere of influence that extends across international borders.

LAII Director Appointed to IAF Advisory Council

Thursday, October 13, 2011 -- Susan Tiano, Director of the Latin American & Iberian Institute and Professor of Sociology, has been appointed for a three-year term to the Inter-American Foundation's (IAF) Advisory Council.

Indigenous Planning Student Exchange (IPEX) Program Begins Final Year

Friday, August 26, 2011 -- For four years the University of New Mexico has been among several universities in Canada, Mexico, and the US that have participated in the trinationally funded Indigenous Planning Student Exchange (IPEX) program.

LAII Partners with Anderson School of Management to Help Support Cross-Border Business and Trade

Friday, August 19, 2011 -- On June 16, 2011, the 2011 NAFTA Institute Supplier Meet the Buyer Trade Conference took place in Sunland Park, New Mexico. Amid the many sponsors who supported the event, the UNM Anderson School of Management (ASM) and the LAII came together to collaboratively offer their support as well.

LAII Sends Journalists to Learn About Latin America's Energy Future

Thursday, July 14, 2012 -- In May, 2011, two New Mexico journalists received support from the Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) to attend the 29th Annual Journalists and Editors Workshop on Latin America and the Caribbean sponsored by Florida International University. The workshop took place May 5-6, 2011 at the Hotel Sofitel in Miami, Florida, and addressed topics related to "Latin America's Energy Future."

Dr. Jeremy Lehnen Hired as Assistant Professor of Portuguese

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 -- With support from the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI NRC program, the Latin American and Iberian Institute and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese collaborated on a new hire in the language, literatures, and cultures of Brazil. Dr. Jeremy Lehnen comes on board as a new Assistant Professor in August 2011. Dr. Lehnen contributes an exciting research agenda to a burgeoning program in Brazilian Cultures and Literatures.

Field Immersion in Nicaragua Leads to Hands-on Learning

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 -- Dr. Matías Fontenla, Assistant Professor in the UNM Department of Economics, along with Benjamin Waddell, PhD Candidate in the UNM Department of Sociology, led students into the field as part of a newly-developed course, "Sustainable Development in Central America: Growth, Poverty, and Inequality in Nicaragua."

Faculty Member Honored as Outstanding Alumnus

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 -- The UNM Alumni Association has recently honored Dr. Nelson P. Valdés, BA '70, and PhD '78, with the Bernard S. Rodey Award for 2010. The Bernard S. Rodey Award recognizes persons who have devoted an unusual amount of time in a leadership capacity and whose efforts have contributed significantly to the field of education.

New Publication Edited by Faculty Member

Monday, February 14, 2011 -- Dialectical Conversions: Donald Kuspit's Art Criticism (Liverpool University Press, 2011), recently published, is co-edited by Dr. David Craven, Distinguished Professor of Art History at the University of New Mexico, and Brian Winkenweder, Associate Professor of Art History at Linfield College. Dr. Craven is affiliated with the Latin American and Iberian Institute.