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By a conservative count, approximately forty members of the Columbia faculty devote substantial or exclusive teaching and research efforts to the Latin American region. Latin Americanist scholars make important contributions to departments throughout the Arts and Sciences and professional schools in the Columbia community. At Teachers College, Leslie Bartlett’s research focuses on race, class, and education in Latin America. Her recent research project is titled “Literacy, Shame, and Social Structure in Brazil.” John Dinges, at Columbia’s Journalism School, is a distinguished writer on the Latin American region. His latest book is titled “The Condor Years: How Pinochet and his Allies Brought Terrorism to Three Continents” (The New Press 2004). Pablo Piccato, of Columbia University’s Department of History, specializes in social and political history of the Porfiriato and the Mexican Revolution. He was recently named among the winners of the 2007-2008 Lenfest/Columbia Distinguished Faculty Awards. Charles Calomiris, Professor of Finance and Economics, focuses on emerging financial markets; his recent research includes “Blueprints for a New Global Financial Architecture.” Miguel Urquiola, in Columbia University’s economics department, has published many works on the role of education and development with a particular focus on South America. Frances Negrón-Muntaner of the Departments of Latino/a Studies and English and Comparative Literature is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and scholar. Her book “Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture” was named 2004 Choice Outstanding Book and her latest film is “For the Record: Guam and World War II” (2007).