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Natalia Deeb-Sossa

Natalia Deeb-Sossa is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at UCD.  She is passionate in her advocacy for women's reproductive rights and is committed to decreasing sexism, heterosexism, racism, and class inequality.

As a long-term volunteer in the Latina/o community, she has accompanied poor Latinas as they seek and obtain abortions. She has observed the barriers Latinas face in accessing services, including lack of money, lack of information about the legality of abortion, who to talk to, and where to go; lack of Spanish-speaking abortion providers and assistants, and lack of information about alternative sources of funds. Additionally, she has worked in the area of reproductive rights by teaching hundreds of students about the importance of maintaining and improving women’s reproductive rights in the U.S. and in Latin America.  Her interest in advocacy has also led her to volunteer at the Davis’ migrant camp. She is also a Spanish language translator for Latina/o clients at clinics and hospitals.

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Photo Exhibition

The Hemispheric Institute on the Americas is showcasing Professor Natalia Deeb-Sossa’s collection of photographs “Reproductive Oppression.” The collection complements her research which focuses on the multiple difficulties Latinas in North Carolina have in gaining access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH).

While celebrating life through the pictures of children and multigenerational families, Natalia’s work challenges the perception that there is a cultural preference among Latinas to maintain pregnancies. She also documents the obstacles placed by the North Carolina health and legal system and the concomitant use of homemade remedies and clandestine abortions.  Teenage mothers and older women were told that not getting pregnant (like motherhood) is a woman’s obligation and responsibility.

Erna Martinez is also showcasing an altarpiece.

The photographs and altarpiece are on display in the Social Science and Humanities Building, on the 5th floor (above the office of the Dean of Letters and Sciences) for the Winter and Spring quarter 2008.

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Claudia Darrigrandi

Claudia Darrigrandi es Licenciada en Historia por la Universidad Católica de Chile y candidata a doctor en Literatura Latinoamericana en la Universidad de California, Davis. Actualmente está terminando su tesis doctoral sobre representaciones de figuras urbanas y ciudades del Cono Sur durante 1880-1935.   Dentro de sus publicaciones destacan su libro Dramaturgia y género en el Chile de los sesenta (2001), su artículo “Storni y Borges: experiencias de flânerie en Buenos Aires” publicado en la revista Estudios. Revista de Investigaciones Literarias y Culturales (2005-2006) y la edición del quinto volumen de la revista arbitrada Brújula: Revista Interdisciplinaria sobre Estudios Latinoamericanos (2006) dedicado al estudio de las ciudades.

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HIA SUMMER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS

The recipients and the titles of their research projects are:

Summer Allen (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences), “Possibilities of Poverty Alleviation through Agriculture Intensification and Water Management”
Carlos Andres Barragan (Anthropology), “New genetics in old colonial settings: knowledge politics, race, and ethnic minorities in Colombia”
Raven Carper (Anthropology), “Human Behavioral Responses to Middle Holocene Climate Changes in Argentina”
Lawrence Mark Elbroch (Biological Sciences), “Pilot Study: The Influence of Cougar (Puma Concolor) Predation on Endangered Huemul”
Tania Garcia (History), “Slavery and Society: Culture and Economics of the Córdoba Sugar Plantations, 1618-1824”
Tiffany Gilmore
(English), “Stations of the Cross: New Urban Religious Cartographies”
Paul Haverkamp (Geography), “Landscape and human factors influencing guanaco (Lama guanicoe) distribution in the Patagonian steepe of Argentina”
James Ketchum (Biological Sciences), "Shark Movements and Biological Hotspots: Implications for Managing Marine Resources in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador"
Ingrid Lagos
(Cultural Studies), "Cultural Capital: the Salvadoran Ministry of Foreign Relations' Transnational Nationalism"
Tania Garcia (History), “Slavery and Society: Culture and Economics of the Córdoba Sugar Plantations, 1618-1824”
Tiffany Gilmore
(English), “Stations of the Cross: New Urban Religious Cartographies”
Paul Haverkamp (Geography), “Landscape and human factors influencing guanaco (Lama guanicoe) distribution in the Patagonian steepe of Argentina”
James Ketchum (Biological Sciences), "Shark Movements and Biological Hotspots: Implications for Managing Marine Resources in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador"
Ingrid Lagos (Cultural Studies), "Cultural Capital: the Salvadoran Ministry of Foreign Relations' Transnational Nationalism"
Jennie Luna
(Native American Studies), “Señora Cobb: A Living Codice of the Danza Mexica Tradition”
Nicholas Magnan (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences), “An Experimental Approach to Understanding Technology Diffusion: The Case of No-Till Agriculture in Mexico”
Timothy Murphy (Anthropology), “Poti Cosmopolitans: Maintaining a Global Identity in a Provincial Brazilian Capital”
Adriana Parra
(Geography), “The Resurgence of the Women’s Movements in Colombia in the 1990s”
Isabel Porras (Cultural Studies), “Performance and Afro-Colombian Identity in Mapale”
Juan Manuel Portillo (Spanish), “Lyrical and Critical Voices: Interviews with Eduardo Milan and Coral Bracho and Responses to their Poetry”
Anna Rodas (Spanish), “Roque Dalton: Poet, Guerrillero, Martyr and Historian”
Nicholas Sanchez (Comparative Literature), “The Science of Freedom: Autopoiesis, Cybernetics, and Chilean Socialism”
Silvia Soto (Native American Studies), “Between the self and the community: indigenous organizing in Mexico Profundo
Valentina Velazquez Zvierkova (Spanish), “From the Tango Salon to the Big Screen: The Transculturation of Libertad Lamarque in Mexico’s Golden Age Cinema”
Karina Zelaya (Spanish), “Indians, Intellectuals and literature in the Salvadoran imaginary (1890-1910): prevailing perceptions of indigeneity”
Maxine Zylberberg (Biological Sciences), “Introduced disease in Galápagos Songbirds: Evaluating and Mitigating the Threat”



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The Hemispheric Institute on the Americas is an interdisciplinary group bringing together faculty and graduate students that focus on the study of transnational processes in the American Hemisphere.

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