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Info Session: Global Scholars Program 2017- Undergraduate Summer Research Workshop

November 14, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Please Join the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University for an informational session on the exciting summer research workshop titled “Global Scholars Program 2017-  Undergraduate Summer Research Workshop“!

This program is open for credit to rising juniors and seniors in all Columbia schools. Generous financial aid is available.

Instructor: José C. Moya, Professor of History, Barnard College and Director, Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University

Description of the Program: Latin America, where four out of five residents today live in cities, is the most urbanized region in the world. This Global Scholars Program will explore the historical origins and contemporary realities of urban life in the region through research and travel in five cities that capture Latin America’s cultural diversity.

This is a summer course from May 16-June 19, 2017and will take place in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Panama City, and Havana.

Applications due in early December 2016.



During our class meetings and travels, we will explore the evolution of the built environment, public architecture, economies, social and ethno-racial ecologies, and music and art in these five cities. Through readings, maps, recordings, photographs, films, and site visits, students will learn about the urbanscape and life in these cities and produce a research paper (or project in other medium) that will be due a week after the end of the course. This is a 4 point course that will meet the requirement for majors and concentrators of LAS Studies as well as a Global Core requirement.


In preparation for the summer trip, students are required to take HIST 2661 Latin American Civ. II, TR 11:40-12:55 during the spring 2017 semester. If a student has already taken that course, s/he should enroll in a 4 point independent study course with Prof. Moya in which all students going on the trip will meet biweekly to discuss readings, videos/films, and other sources relevant to the topics of the summer class. By the end of the spring semester students will have a draft of the research project that they will continue during the summer travel.


We will start in Buenos Aires, a city that became the largest in the Southern Hemisphere by the early twentieth century thanks to European immigration, which gave it the largest Italian and Spanish populations outside of Italy and Spain, one of the largest Jewish communities in the world, and a plethora of other groups, including more recently arrivals from Korea, China, and Bolivia.

We then cross the River Plate to Uruguay, which by the early 1900s was the most urbanized country in the world after England, visiting Colonia de Sacramento, a well-preserved colonial town designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and Montevideo, the capital of a country that developed the first welfare state in the Western Hemisphere, and perhaps not coincidently, a city that has been consistently rated as having the highest quality of life in Latin America.

Our next stop sits on a spectacular natural setting and has become synonymous with samba, carnival, beach culture, and other markers of hedonism. But Rio de Janeiro was also the largest slave port in the New World, the entry point for swells of poor Portuguese immigrants, and is today a place of both opulent neighborhoods and favelas, ethno-cultural fusions and socioeconomic rifts.

Panama City has long been an economic crossroads. During colonial times the silver of Peru crossed the pirate-infected isthmus on its way to Spain. The Panama Canal turned it into a link between the Pacific and Atlantic worlds. More recently, the city has become a global hub of banking and finance, a perfect site to study the local effects of globalization.

Havana, like Rio, was long associated with tropical hedonism and it is one of the main and most vibrant sites of African-derived culture in the Americas. But it is also the capital of one of the last communist countries in the world, one that was isolated from the United States and global capitalism for more than half-a-century and that thus offers a drastic contrast to the other cities, and particularly to Panama City.


November 14, 2016
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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