UA Grad Students to Exhibit Field Research in Latin America

University Communications
Oct. 31, 2005

The University of Arizona funded more than 40 graduate students who conducted their original research in Latin America during the summer just ended. Students were able to fund their work thanks to grant money from the Tinker Foundation, the UA Vice President of Research, College of Humanities, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Latin American Studies.

Their work explores areas such as women's reproductive health, the role of African cultural studies in Brazil, social mobilization, housing, fair trade and coffee cooperatives, Mexico's allocations from the Colorado River during drought and social criticism embedded in soap operas.

The University and Tucson communities are invited to come and listen to their experiences and the outcomes of their research at the Tinker Symposium on Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Student Union Memorial Center.

The symposium is organized by the UA Center for Latin American Studies. The Tinker Foundation was created in 1959 with the focus on providing funding for research possibilities in Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Renate Rennie, president of the Tinker Foundation, will be attending the symposium as a distinguished guest.

The keynote speaker is Suzana Sawyer, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Davis. Sawyer's lecture, "Suing ChevronTexaco: Capitalism, Contamination and 'Class' in the Ecuadorian Amazon" is at 4:15 p.m. in the Student Union, Tucson Room.

Her talk will examine the unanticipated alliance between two marginalized groups in Ecuador, the indigenous population and the Spanish-speaking peasants, who joined in a class action lawsuit against the world's fourth largest oil corporation, ChevronTexaco.

Sawyer is the author of "Crude Chronicles; Indigenous Politics, Multinational Oil and Neoliberalism in Ecuador," as well as many articles.

A list of student presentations is online at

Extra info


UA Graduate Student Field Research in Latin America


Student Union Memorial Center, Tucson/Rincon/Catalina Rooms


Thursday, Nov. 10 Student panels: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Keynote address: 4:15 p.m.


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