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WEEK OF FEB. 20th - FEB. 27th

* Table of Contents *

Latino Happy Hour
Caribbean Club - Vitamin S
Racial Disparities in Health Care (IOP)
La Vida
Project Literacy
US Latinas & US Foreign Policy Toward Latin America
Cultural Citizenship: Varieties of Being
Latino Bridge Builders Conference
Education Across the Americas: Bridging Latinos & Latin Americans
31st National Association of Chican@ Studies
Statewide Latino Public Policy Conference 2004
Three Decades of Puerto Rican Studies
Native American & Hispanic Spirituality, Religious Arts & Healing
Hispanic Journalism
National Puerto Rican Coalition
Mass General Hospital minority summer research

Please note that the Spring 2004 Visiting Scholars at the David
Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies have arrived at
Harvard. The scholars and their respective bios are below. These
scholars can be great resources for your academic projects. With
further questions, please contact the DRCLAS Visiting Scholars
Coordinator, Neida Jimenez (njimenez@fas.harvard.edu).


Questions, Comments, Suggestions?
Contact: Martha at casillas@fas.harvard.edu
Philip DeChavez phildechavez@yahoo.com
Maribel at mhernand@fas.harvard.edu
Ed Rocha rocha@fas.harvard.edu
Check out our wonderful web-site at http://hcs.harvard.edu/~concilio


Come join us...

Latino Happy Hour

Friday February 20, 2004


UNO'S PIZZERIA (downstairs)

22 JFKStreet Cambridge, MA 02138

KSG students invite you to an informal get-together which we hope will be
a monthly tradition. The idea is that a different graduate school will
sponsor a Happy Hour at a bar of their choice the third Friday of every month.

Who's down?

Contact Xochitl (617) 680-4679 or Jeannette (562) 842-7177 for more information.

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"Vitamin S"

FEB 21st
9 PM
Mather House Dining Hall
Harvard College
$5 or $4 with filled Vitamin S prescription

*Music Provided by King Ilabash of http://www.kingilabash.com
...spinning the latest DANCEHALL, REGGAE, SOCA, HIP HOP, and R&B

**$50 Prize to the couple with the most chemistry while Vitamin S is
played! ;-)

***VIEW http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~lee47 FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THE

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Hello everyone,
We would love to rally support from minority students, residents, and
faculty for an important debate against Sally Satel, a physician who
questions the validity and findings of health disparities research. In
she feels that disparities may not really exist...

Hope to see you all there!




7:00 PM


A Panel Discussion With:
JOSEPH BETANCOURT, M.D., Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School;
Principal Investigator, Hispanic Health Services Utilization: Defining and
Exploring Disparities
JOAN REEDE, M.D., Dean for Diversity and Community Affairs, Harvard
SALLY SATEL, M.D., Medical Columnist, The Wall Street Journal; W.H. Brady
Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; Author, How Political Correctness
Corrupting Medicine
DAVID BLUMENTHAL, M.D., (Moderator), Professor, Harvard Medical School;
Director, Institute for Health Policy and Physician, The Massachusetts
General Hospital/Partners HealthCare System

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Attention all budding writers and creative minds of any kind, as well as
any and all Harvard undergrad and grad students:

La Vida at Harvard, the Latino Guide is accepting student submissions.
The guide is looking to publish any and all kinds of student work: essays,
artwork of any kind, poems, short stories, meditations on life, anything
relating to being Latino generally or at Harvard. Any submissions relating
to latino/chicano/latin american/ibero american life are welcome, even
those written for classes. Please send submissions by email to
agilbert@fas.harvard.edu Deadline: Feb 23rd. Don't miss this chance to be
a part of a grassroots guide, and don't be afraid to speak your mind. We'd
love to hear it.

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I am the director of a program, project literacy, that works with
the Latino population in Chelsea, MA. It is an ESL program that meets once
a week and volunteers work one-on-one with an adult or late teen to teach
them the necessary English skills to obtain jobs and citizenship here in
the United States. It is a PBHA sponsored program. It would be great if
you could pass this on to members in your organizations. I appreciate any
help that you can provide. Please contact me if you have any advice or
questions about the program.

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Project Literacy, A PBHA program, is looking for new volunteers.

Are you interested in teaching ESL? Do you like to work with teens and
adults? Do you enjoy Latino culture, and have an interest in learning more
about the greater Boston area?

Then Project Literacy is a program for you. It is a three hour commitment
once a week in Chelsea, MA. The program runs Mondays and Thursdays from6
until 9. All transportation is provided. We tutor one-on-one adults and
teens the necessary skills to work and function in an English speaking
environment. No experience is necessary and no previous knowledge of
Spanish is required.

Please contact Project Literacy if you are interested!!

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U.S. Latinos and U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Latin America
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
DRCLAS, Harvard University, 61 Kirkland St., Cambridge
Jorge I. Domnguez, director of the Weatherhead Center for
International Affairs, will discuss "U.S. Latinos and U.S. Foreign
Policy Toward Latin America". Tuesday Seminar Series. 12 noon - 2
p.m. Contact: Jeanne Alberts, jeanne_alberts@harvard.edu.

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Cultural Citizenship: Varieties of Belonging
Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
February 19-20, 2004
Is citizenship today as much a cultural responsibility as a political
This Radcliffe Institute conference brings together philosophers,
artists, historians, and scholars to explore the vocabularies of
belonging and exclusion that are crucial to understanding the quest
for equality and community.

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Join us at the Kennedy School, Feb. 23-27 and meet activists, social
entrepreneurs and change-makers from around the globe.
The conference brings together grassroots leaders from Brazil, Nepal,
China, South Africa, El Salvador, Zambia and the United
States to share their skills, successes, and struggles in community
organizing and economic development.

Our Latino Bridge Builders are:

Amanda Victoria Gonzalez Women's Rights Educator

Despite never having finished elementary school, Amanda Victoria Gonzalez
has dedicated her life to educating the women in
her poor Salvadoran community about their civil and cultural rights. A
dedicated community organizer and educator, Amanda
leads village-level workshops to promote awareness of womens rights. She
is also her communitys midwife, and uses this role
to help educate expectant mothers and to promote gender equity by charging
equal amounts for the births of both boys and
girls (contrary to the common practice of charging more for boys). As the
president of the board of directors of her
villages communal association, a group composed of both men and women, she
builds bridges between diverse groups in her
community, ensuring a broader understanding of womens rights and needs.

Ronaldo Lacerdo Housing Advocate

A native of one of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns =
"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Sao Paulo, Brazil's large
urban slums, Ronaldo is a case study in determination. One of nine
children, he spent his youth in poverty, helping his
family pay the rent by selling metal scraps in the streets. At 18, Ronaldo
became involved in the "roofless" movement, a
movement that advocates for the housing rights of the urban poor. Today,
at the age of 29, he is the founder and president of
a citywide organization, which unites over forty neighborhood
organizations in the fight for improved urban services and
housing. Using a combination of protest and dialogue, Ronaldo and his
coalition have worked with the Brazilian government to
find new ways to provide housing and financing alternatives for low-income

**Selected conference events**


Mon., Feb. 23rd, Taubman ABC, KSG, 6-8pm.

RSVP for lottery by emailing kickoff@bridgebuilding.org


Tues., Feb. 24th, Weiner Auditorium, Taubman, KSG, 4:10-5:30pm


Wed., Feb .25th, The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett Street, 2:40-4pm



Thurs., Feb. 26th, Taubman B, 5th Floor, KSG, 6-7:30pm

And much more!

For the complete conference schedule, visit www.bridgebuilding.org


Teachers College at Columbia University invites proposals for its
2nd Annual Graduate Student Conference entitled "Education Across
the Americas: Bridging Latinos and Latin America," to be held March
26-27, 2004 at Teachers College in New York City. The proposal
submission deadline is Friday, February 13. Papers will be
considered for presentation if they relate to education in Latin
America or of Latinos in the United States. Examples of topics are:
Access and Equity, Educational Policy, Bilingual and Multicultural
Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Finance, Education
and Economic Development, Education of Minority Groups, Curriculum
and Teaching, education and Human Rights, education and exclusion,
transnational learning (immigration, communication and
multiculturalism), Gender and Race, Educational Policy, education
and Non-profits. Proposal title, 50-100 words abstract and 3 paper
descriptors must be submitted via e-mail to Milagros Nores at
mn2058@columbia.edu, Mariana Alfonso at ma567@columbia.edu, AND
Julieta Garcia Hamilton at jg2244@columbia.edu.

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The National Association of Chicana/Chicano Studies invites all to
their 31st Annual National Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico,
March 31-April 4, 2004, at the Downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel. For
more info, visit the website at:

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The Statewide Latino Public Policy Conference 2004
Advancing the Latino Agenda:
Perspectives from Policymakers and the Community
April 23, 2004 | JFK Library and Museum, Boston
For more detailed information see www.gaston.umb.edu/conf2004/, or
contact Gissell Abreu at 617-287-5793.

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The Puerto Rican Studies Association and El Centro announce their
6th Conference entitled "Three Decades of Puerto Rican Studies,"
October 21-23,2004 at the CUNY Graduate Center. For more info on
this conference, consult the website for the Latina/o Studies
Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at

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Native American and Hispanic Spirituality, Religious Arts and Healing
We are extending a special invitation to members of academic
communities to join us for a retreat in mystical Santa Fe, New
Mexico for 10 days/9 nights May 21-May 30. The SPIRIT (Southwestern
Program in Rituals and Interfaith Traditions) retreat focus is on
Native American and Hispanic Spirituality, Religious Arts and
Healing. This is a wonderful opportunity for students, health and
human service practitioners, and life long learners alike to expand
their knowledge of cross-cultural spiritual and religious practices,
perceptions of health, illness and healing. Continuing Education
Credits through the New Mexico Chapter of Social Work and College
Credits are also available. Please call 617-642-8281 with any
questions you may have or to register by phone.The retreat has been
very modestly price to assure accessibility, but if the cost will
prevent anyone from attending, please call about partial
scholarship/work exchange opportunities, and group leadership


One year paid fellowships

The Hispanic Journalism Foundation offers reporting fellowships on a
continuing basis. We include a one-year fellowship for an aspiring
Hispanic print journalist to train as a reporter in the nation's capital.
We offer a stipend of $20,800, plus benefits.

Applicants are judged on their potential to become skilled leaders in the
field of journalism. In making its selection, the judging panel will weigh
applicants' commitment to a career in the field of journalism, their
ability to express themselves in writing, and their analytical skills.
There are no specific educational or experience requirements.


Other paid and unpaid internships, including work-study, are available
throughout the year. Hispanic Link, established in 1980, has provided
training for reporters through paid fellowships and collegiate work-study
programs since 1982.

The Hispanic Link Journalism Foundation provides high-quality learning
experiences to enhance participants' academic, civic, and professional
development. Each placement is designed to provide a challenging work
environment in which individuals can expand their expertise and develop
new skills.

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National Puerto Rican Coalition

Washington DC Internship Program

NPRC encourages Puerto Rican/Latino college students from all majors to
intern or volunteer their time at the Coalition. In the past, students
have found that their college careers are greatly enhanced by applying
what they are learning in college to a real life setting.

NPRC's Internship Program provides college students the unique and
wonderful opportunity to work in the nation's capital on behalf of the
Puerto Rican/Latino community. Students gain valuable work experience
within the nonprofit sector, and are also exposed to a vast network in
Washington, DC.

During the summer NPRC hires Program Associates to assist in formulating
outreach and communication strategies, developing the student agenda for
the annual National Student Leadership Summit, and researching and writing
a policy article for Adelante!, NPRC's student newsletter.

Students interested in volunteering or interning at NPRC may e-mail a
cover letter and resume to jtorres-lewis@nprinc.org.

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The Multicultural Affairs Office at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
sponsors a fabulous summer research experience that the minority Harvard
students may be interested in.

SRTP, which began in 1990, attracts college and medical students from
around the nation. The goal of this program is to inspire minority
students to become physicians and scientists by immersing them in
cutting-edge research opportunities. Twelve to 15 students, selected from
a nationwide competition, join SRTP each summer. Students are assigned to
specific MGH laboratories or clinical sites where they undertake original
research projects under the mentorship of an MGH investigator. Research
opportunities exist over a broad range of disciplines, encompassing
clinical, basic science, and health policy projects alike. Assignments to
clinical sites and research laboratories are carefully considered and are
made with the student's career interest in mind. In addition to research
experience, students will gain knowledge through weekly seminars, both at
the MGH and at Harvard Medical School. The seminar series will place
particular emphasis upon issues in science and medicine as they relate to

Program requirements The program is a mandatory eight weeks in length and
has a starting day of Monday, June 14, 2004, and ending Thursday, August
5, 2004. Students will be paired with a preceptor who will work closely
with them, providing guidance and instruction in techniques necessary to
address current problems in science and medicine. The student will be
expected to participate in a new or ongoing project and assume increasing
independence during the course of the program. Each student will be
expected to prepare an oral or written presentation of his/her work at the
completion of the eight-week program. Students are required to attend the
weekly seminars as well as an introductory course in
clinical/physiological research that surveys the theoretical, practical
and applied aspects of clinical investigation.

Eligibility The program is open to underrepresented minority students who
have completed at least three years of college and first and second year
medical students. Exceptions are possible for sophomores with advanced
laboratory experience. Minorities, for the purpose of this program, are
those individuals belonging to a particular ethnic or racial group which
has been considered by the National Institute of Health to be
underrepresented in biomedical research; these include Hispanics, Blacks,
Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, and Alaskan Natives. Applicants must
be US citizens or permanent residents. No prior research experience is

Application process The deadline for completed applications is Monday,
March 15, 2004. Each application must include a personal statement, three
letters of recommendation, a resume and an official transcript.
Applicants will be notified of their selection by Monday, April 12, 2004.

Housing Dormitory housing has been arranged in Vanderbilt Hall, at Harvard
Medical School and will be available on a limited basis.

Stipend A $3,500 stipend (includes housing and travel costs) will be
provided to students participating in the program.

The 2004 application for SRTP can be found in our website link:
<http://www.mgh.harvard.edu/mao/srtp.html> .

If you have any questions, please contact me via e-mail
vvargas1@partners.org <mailto:vvargas1@partners.org> or by phone at (617)


Dear Students,

Please note that the Spring 2004 Visiting Scholars at the David
Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies have arrived at
Harvard. The scholars and their respective bios are below. These
scholars can be great resources for your academic projects. With
further questions, please contact the DRCLAS Visiting Scholars
Coordinator, Neida Jimenez (njimenez@fas.harvard.edu).

DRCLAS Visiting Scholars:

Antonius Robben, Cultural Anthropology
Spring 2004
Antonius Robben has worked as a Professor of Anthropology at Utrecht
University in the Netherlands since 1993. His interests cover a
large spectrum in the field of cultural anthropology and his proposed
research topic is entitled Southern Sorrrows: Trauma, Memory and
Reconciliation in Post-Authoritarian Latin America. Robben received
his M.A. in Sociology in 1976 and his M.Phil. in Anthropology in 1979
from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He then
received his M.A. in 1980 and his Ph.D. in 1986, both in Anthropology
and from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been awarded
the Central American Visiting Scholar position for the Spring of 2004.

Mara Clemencia Ramrez de Jara, Anthropology
Full Year
Mara Clemencia Ramrez works as a Senior Researcher at the Instituto
Colombiano de Antropologa e Historia, Bogot. Her interests center
around Colombia affairs and she will spend her time at the DRCLAS
writing on the issue of Plan Colombia in the Colombian Amazon.
Ramrez received her B.A. in Anthropology from the Universidad de los
Andes in 1977, her M.A. in History from the Universidad Nacional de
Colombia in 1994, and her A.M. and Ph.D. in Social Anthropology in
1996 and 2001, respectively, from Harvard University. She serves as
the Santo Domingo Fellow at the DRCLAS for the full academic year

Orlandina De Oliveira, Sociology
Spring 2004
Orlandina de Oliveira is a Professor of Sociology at the Center for
Sociological Studies, El Colegio de Mxico. Her sociological
interests have led her to propose a research project entitled
Transition to Adulthood and Gender Relations in Urban Areas of Mexico
and Brazil. De Oliveira received her B.A. in Sociology and Political
Science from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1966,
her M.A. in Sociology from the Latin American Faculty of Social
Science, Santiago de Chile, in 1968, and her Ph.D. in Sociology from
the University of Texas, Austin, in 1975. She joins the DRCLAS as
the Madero/Fundacin Mxico Visiting Scholar for the Spring of 2004.

Soledad Loaeza, Political Science
Full Year
Soledad Loaeza holds a joint appointment as an honorary DRCLAS Madero
Visiting Scholar and a Radcliffe Fellow. She is Professor of
Politics at El Colegio de Mxico. Her research while at Harvard,
will focus on a project entitled: Mexican Presidency in the XXth
Century: The Gustavo Daz Ordaz Administration. Loaeza received her
B.A. in International Relations from El Colegio de Mxico in 1972,
her M.A. from Geschwister Scholl Institut, Luwig-Maximilien
Universitat Munchen in 1974, and her Ph.D. in Political Science from
the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris in 1984. Her office will be
at the Radcliffe Institute.

Paula Alonso, Political Science
Spring 2004
Paula Alonso is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of
Humanities, Universidad de San Andrs, Buenos Aires and a Researcher
at the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tcnica, Argentina. Her
research focuses on National Politics in Modern Argentina (PAN).
Alonso received her B.A. in Politics from the Catholic University of
Argentina, Buenos Aires, and her Ph.D. in Politics from Oxford
University. She joins the DRCLAS as the Peggy Rockefeller Visiting

RFK Professors:

Domingo F. Cavallo (Fall 03 - Spring 2004)

Domingo F. Cavallo is currently Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor
of Latin American Studies at the Department of Economics, Harvard
University. He is also Honorary President of the Fundacin
Mediterrnea. Dr. Cavallo has been Minister of Foreign Affairs and
later Minister of Finance of Argentina (1989-1996). He created the
political party Accin por la Repblica in 1997 and was elected
National Congressman, post that he held until 2001. In March 2001 he
was appointed Minister of Economy of Argentina again, position that
he held until December 2001.

Dr. Cavallo is the author of several books, including Economa en
Tiempos de Crisis, La Argentina Que Pudo Ser, El Desafo Federal, El
Peso de la Verdad, Pasin por Crear and many articles and specialized
finance publications. He has been named "Economist of the Year", "Man
of the Year" by Latin Finance Magazine among numerous international
awards. He has received honorary doctorates from several leading and
prestigious universities around the world (Milan, Genoa, Ben Gurion,
Paris 1-Sorbonne, Bologna). He is also Correspondent Member of the
Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences of Spain. Dr. Cavallo
holds a PhD from Harvard University and a doctorate in Economics from
Cordoba National University.

Simon Schwartzman (Spring 2004)

Simon Schwartzman is a Brazilian academic with extensive scholarship
in the areas of sociology, political science and public
administration. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the
University of California, Berkeleym and currently works and teaches
at the Fundao Getlio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro. Schwartzman's
research deals with questions of political change in a historical and
comparative perspective, with special emphasis on Brazil. More
recently, he has worked with the sociological and political
dimensions of the production of knowledge in science, technology and
education. Schwartzman has held visiting appointments at various
prominent institutions including the Woodrow Wilson International
Center for Scholars, the University of California, Berkeley, the
Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences and most
recently at Stanford University and the Centre for Brazilian Studies
at Oxford. He is former President of the Brazilian Sociological
Association. Recent publications include The New Production of
Knowledge (with Michael Gibbons, Camille Limoges, Helga Nowotny,
Peter Scott and Martin Trow) (Sage, 1994), El futuro de la educacin
superior en America Latina (Organization of American States in
Washington, 1996); A Redescoberta da Cultura (Editora da Universidade
de So Paulo, 1997). In spring 2004, Schwartzman will be the Robert
F. Kennedy Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at Harvard
University in the Sociology Department.
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