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The project is expected to be completed in fall 2018, and the footbridge will be closed from late May to late August in both 2017 and 2018.More information
What happens when you gather brilliant and diverse faculty representing multiple academic departments and assemble them all to instruct under the umbrella of Latin American Studies?
Evidently magic happens.
What is the overwhelming response from Latin American Studies alumni when asked what the best thing about LAS at UW-Eau Claire? It's simple — the faculty make the program. From the initial discussions about why this program might be right for a student, through degree planning, leading intercultural immersion programs, and mentoring collaborative research, the talented and expert faculty give the LAS courses the credibility that has helped it stand out in the region.
*top photo by Mark Aumann
LAS graduate survey, '16The best thing about the program is the deep cultural learning gained from the diverse professors. With their wide range of backgrounds, they each bring something additional to the classes in their own ways.
I'm originally from Haiti and I have been teaching in the Department of Economics at UWEC since the fall of 1987. I teach courses on the economies of the developing world (Econ 355), the economies of Latin America (Econ 356), and women in the developing world (Econ/Wmns 357).
Courtney coordinates the fall promotional events, supervises the Peer Adviser program, organizes the International Classroom Speaker program, and has served as the general advisor for all study abroad programs. In addition, Courtney does the program coordination and student advising for the following programs:
Courtney began working in the CIE as Peer Adviser in September 2013. She graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a B.A. in English, Latin American Studies, and Spanish. As a student, Courtney spent a semester abroad in San Isidro de Heredia, Costa Rica, and a summer in Stellenbosch, South Africa. She returned to UW-Eau Claire in September 2015 to begin working as a Study Abroad Coordinator. In her free time, Courtney loves to read, ride her horse, go camping, and travel.
During the summers of her college and graduate school years, Dr. DeGrave worked with Latino/a migrant communities in rural Minnesota at Migrant Head Start, Title I and Migrant Health Services. Her ties to the Midwest also led her to volunteer in León, Nicaragua through Project Minnesota/León. She is a proud member of Farmer to Farmer, a Wisconsin-based non-profit organization, and serves on the Board of Directors for Witness for Peace-Midwest.
DeGrave focuses on the geography of Latin America and recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. DeGrave's dissertation, titled "Microturbines and 'Cost-Free' Electricity in Rural Honduras: But for whom... and for how long? A Spatial Analysis of Marginalization and Empowerment," examined power structures and issues of marginalization as they related the proliferation of micro-hydroturbines used to create electricity in the cloud forest of Central Honduras. DeGrave also recently led students on faculty-led study abroad programs to Argentina and Ecuador.
Dr. Fuentes teaches Latin American literature and civilization and Spanish language courses.
“Artistic Exploration and Subjective Transformation in Mario Mendoza’s Narrative.”Latin American Literary Review. Vol. 43 No. 86 July – December 2015 pp. 101-116
“Psychotic Determination in Delirio by Laura Restrepo” Revista de Estudios Colombianos. Number 46 July - December 2015 pp. 25-32
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