Faculty Making the News
Posted: November 2, 2011
Luis Carcamo-Huechante, Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Fernando Lara, Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, have been elected to the Society for Teaching Excellence, launched in fall 2011 by the School of Undergraduate Studies, with the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.
Their purpose of the body is to sustain a fellowship of newer faculty dedicated to excellence in teaching and to provide them with regular opportunities for discussion and interaction with members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Dr. Carcamo-Huechante is a scholar of Mapuche origin who came to UT in 2009 after teaching at Harvard for eight years. His focus at UT is teaching Latin American and indigenous cultures and literature. He is author of Tramas del mercado: imaginación económica, cultura pública y literatura en el Chile de fines del siglo veinte (Editorial Cuarto Propio, 2007) and a coedited volume, El valor de la cultura: Arte, literatura y mercado en América Latina with Alvaro Fernández-Bravo and Alejandra Laera (Beatriz Viterbo Editora, 2007). Dr. Lara is a Brazilian architect with degrees from the Federal University of Minas Gerais and the University of Michigan. His interests focus on Latin American twentieth-century architecture with emphasis on the dissemination of its values beyond the traditional disciplinary boundaries. Dr. Lara is author of The Rise of Popular Modernist Architecture in Brazil (UT Press, 2008).
Ariel Dulitzky, Clinical Professor and Director of the Human Rights Clinic at the School of Law, has been working for several years with students and faculty on the case of environmental pollution and violation of human rights in Abra Pampa, Argentina. In the making of the recently released documentary Sangre en el plomo (Blood in Lead), director Miguel Pereira, a renown filmmaker and native of Jujuy Province in Argentina, has drawn in part on their research and policy reports on the human rights violations faced by the indigenous community there. Due to environmental pollution caused by irresponsible mining practices, the population, especially children, suffer from increased levels of lead in the blood, adversely affecting their health. Argentinean authorities continue to ignore the problem.
Among the graduate students who have worked with Professor Dulitzky on the case, including several from LLILAS, are Danielle Nasr, Emily Spangenberg, Meghan Vail, Christopher Willett, Matthew Wooten, Leticia Aparicio, Allison Ramirez, and Jessica Osorio.
For more information, see The Abra Pampa Report and the trailer for Sangre en el plomo.
LLILAS congratulates Karen Engle and Richard Graham for their recent book awards. Dr. Engle, Cecil D. Redford Professor in Law, was awarded the 2010 Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association's Section on Human Rights for The Elusive Promise of Indigenous Development: Rights, Culture, Strategy, which examines the international legal frameworks and strategies used to pursue indigenous peoples’ claims to heritage, territory, and economic development, focusing primarily on the Americas. Dr. Graham, Frances Higgenbotham Nalle Centennial Professor of History Emeritus, received the University Co-op's Hamilton Book Award for Feeding the City: From Street Market to Liberal Reform in Salvador, Brazil, 1780–1860 (UT Press, 2010), a highly original study of how day-to-day behavior of those engaged in food marketing in Salvador during this period led to questions about the government's role in regulating the economy and thus to notions of justice and equity.
Frank Guridy, Associate Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies, is the new director of the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies (WCAAAS), which through its focus on research, community engagement, and programming, is committed to scholarship that fosters social justice for black people around the world. Daniel Brinks, Associate Professor of Government, has become the first Associate Director for Academics of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the School of Law. In his new job, he will promote human rights research and scholarship on campus and foster collaboration with faculty and students outside the School of Law by coordinating interdisciplinary working groups, faculty outreach, and curriculum development.