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Rhodes Represented at Latin American Studies Symposium

Publication Date: 4/15/2011

Three Rhodes students made research presentations at the 19th Annual Latin American Studies Symposium held at Birmingham Southern College April 8. They are: Carly Agre ’11, Rachel Robinson ’11, and Emily Sellers ’11. Only the best proposals were accepted for the symposium showcasing original research and creative projects by students from more than 30 colleges and universities. Papers were read in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

“This symposium provided a great opportunity for our students to share their research with students and faculty at other institutions,” says Henager, associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Rhodes. “Latin American Studies is a field that is approached very differently across institutions so it’s essential that our students interact early with peers who are coming at the discipline from those diverse angles.”

Rhodes students made the following presentations:

Carly Agre–“Juárez y la guerra sucia: Casos de desaparecidos e impunidad en México” (“Juárez and the Dirty War: Cases of Disappearance and Impunity in México”)
Rachel Robinson–“Los inmigrantes bolivianos en Argentina: ¿Qué influencia tiene la cultura argentina de inmigración en su experiencia?” (“Bolivian Immigrants in Argentina: What Influence Does Argentine Immigration Culture Have on Their experience?”)

Emily Sellers–“La soja transgénica en Paraguay y la lucha contra los agrotóxicos: Dependencia y CONAMURI” (“Genetically Modified Soy in Paraguay and the Fight Against Agrotoxins: Dependence and CONAMURI”)

“As in previous years, I was impressed by how well this group performed in the question-and-answer phase of the sessions,” adds Henager. “They were skilled at articulating their research in the presentations, but where they truly stood out is in their ability to extend their commentary across disciplines and expand on their conclusions, even in response to questions that would be very difficult to anticipate.” 

Henager, who too was on program, served as discussant for a panel on immigration in Latin America. First-year student John Menz also attended the symposium after being selected by Latin American Studies faculty as this year’s beginning-level delegate.


Tags: Faculty, Honors, Students


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