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University of Florida Celebrates 80 Years of Latin American Studies

Gainesville, FL – The University of Florida (UF) proudly celebrates 80 years of teaching, research and service in Latin American Studies. The anniversary will be marked by a series of public events from March 24-26, 2011. The events include the dedication of a historical marker on the Plaza of the Americas, an academic conference, a Latin American career symposium, several art and cultural exhibits, and a gala reception. Full details can be found online at: http://www.latam.ufl.edu/News/conference.stm.

At UF’s commencement ceremonies on June 2, 1930, President John J. Tigert announced the creation of the Institute for Inter-American Affairs (IIAA), the first research center in the United States to focus on Latin America. Interest in Latin America at UF was, and still is, a natural result of Florida’s geographical proximity to the Caribbean and South America, its Spanish heritage, and its large Spanish-speaking population.

The IIAA’s inaugural conference was held in 1931 as part of the celebratory events marking the university’s 25th year in Gainesville. UF’s Plaza of the Americas was dedicated at the closing ceremony by planting 21 live oaks on the university quadrangle, one for each of the republics of the Americas at the time. Over the subsequent decades the IIAA evolved into what is known today as the Center for Latin American Studies. In 1961, UF’s Latin American program was among the first in the country to be designated a National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) under its new Title VI program. It has been funded through Title VI ever since.

UF faculty members have been a force behind the development of the field of Latin American Studies nationally. The Handbook of Latin American Studies, the premier bibliography on the region, was published by the University Press of Florida from 1949-1978. The inaugural meeting of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Library Materials (SALALM) was hosted by UF in 1954. Also, three UF faculty members have served as president of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), the largest professional association in the world for individuals studying Latin America.

The mission of the Center for Latin American Studies is to advance knowledge about Latin America and the Caribbean and its peoples throughout the hemisphere. With over 170 faculty from colleges across UF, the Center is one of the largest institutions internationally for interdisciplinary research, teaching and outreach on Latin America, Caribbean, and Latino Studies.

This press release was reprinted with permission.

Hannah Covert
University of Florida Libraries

 

The UWI Renames Library

 

(Left to right) Jennifer Joseph, University and Campus Librarian, Professor Clement Sankat, Campus Principal, and Dr. Alma Jordan. Photograph courtesy of Mark Bradshaw.

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES

ST. AUGUSTINE, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, WEST INDIES

THE ALMA JORDAN LIBRARY

Telephone: (868) 645-3232 Ext. 2132  Fax: (868) 662-9238  e-mail: almajordanlibrary@sta.uwi.edu
PRESS RELEASE

THE UWI RENAMES LIBRARY
The Main Library at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine which has been the intellectual hub of the campus for many years, has been renamed The Alma Jordan Library in recognition of the exemplary service and pioneering work of its first Campus Librarian, Dr. Alma Jordan. A ceremony to mark the occasion was held on Monday February 28, 2011 on the quadrangle in front of the Library and was attended by Dr. Jordan herself, the Campus Principal and other senior administrative staff, many of her former colleagues, library staff, information professionals from the national community, her relatives and friends. This iconic building with its distinctive pyramid shape was actually conceptualized by Dr. Jordan and was opened in October 1969. Dr. Jordan served as the St. Augustine Campus Librarian from 1960 to 1989 and the University Librarian from 1982 to her retirement in 1989. She has written extensively on Caribbean librarianship, and was a foundation member of the Library Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) as well as the Association of Caribbean University Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL). Dr. Jordan has served on boards and committees nationally, regionally and internationally and is the recipient of many medals and awards, including the Hummingbird Medal (Gold) in 1989.  In 2001 she was inducted into the Hall of Excellence of her alma mater, St Joseph’s Convent, Port of Spain.

Dr. Jordan can be justly proud that those who have followed have built upon her legacy, creating a state of the art academic library. Moving beyond its imposing physical structure, The Alma Jordan Library is now a knowledge portal, providing a gateway to a vast digital storehouse of the intellectual output and information assets of The University of the West Indies.

This press release was reprinted with permission.

Elmelinda Lara
The University of the West Indies

 

Victor F. Torres publica

Víctor F. Torres published the essay “Del escarnio a la celebración” in México se escribe con J. Una historia de la cultura gay (Planeta, 2010).

David Dressing, New Librarian at Notre Dame

I am delighted to announce that David Dressing has been appointed to the position of Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian at the Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame. David is coming to us from the Latin American Library at Tulane. He brings with him considerable experience in curating exhibits, collection building, and collection management. He received a PhD in History from Tulane University, and has also worked at The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Library of Congress. David will begin work at Notre Dame on April 1st, and can be reached at 1201A Hesburgh Library, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556.

Aedín Ní Bhróithe Clements
Notre Dame

 

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