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NASP students present their work at the Latin American Studies Conference in Bowling Green, Ohio

May 2/10

The North American Studies program, the North American Mobility Grant and Laurier International sponsored six undergraduate students to attend the 2010 Latin American and Latino Studies Conference at Bowling Green State University this past April.

Kathryn Marcella, Katie Cuthbert, Andrew Henderson, Barbara Ciochon, Casey de Graaf and Kyle Gerow presented original research on issues ranging from governance of water resources, environmental relations, Canadian-Latin American relations and post 9-11 Canada-US trade relations.

The Laurier Students travelled to Ohio with graduate and undergraduate students from Mount Allison University, accompanied by Laurier International Director, Peter Donahue, and Mount Allison Dean Robert Summerby-Murray.

The daylong conference was organized by BGSU’s Institute for Cultural Studies Latin American and Latino/a Studies research cluster with the aim to contribute to an understanding of the interdependencies, commonalities and differences across the Americas. The conference featured a keynote address by Dr. Martha Garcia (Chetumal) and artists Nicolas de Jesus entitled “Representations of Migration in Nahua Art”.

For North American Studies student Barbara Ciochon, the conference was a great learning experience. “It allowed me to present my own ideas on a topic of personal interest to an audience that was happy to listen. Although there were many graduate students and professors there, I was not at all intimidated to discuss a controversial topic such as Canada/US trade relations; it generated a lot of discussion”.

Katie Cuthbert, vice-president of the North American Studies Student Association, appreciated the interdisciplinary, comparative focus of this conference. “I overheard an American Professor say how good he thought it was for his students to hear what Canadians thought of Americans; I think this was equally true for us. It was interesting to see what the BGSU students chose as their research topics." Cuthbert also enjoyed the keynote speaker and the exhibit of Mexican art. “There were a couple of amazing works on the effects of 9/11 on Mexico; I was just in awe.”

Related Information Title Type
2010 2nd Annual Latin American and Latino Studies Conference Document
May 26/10 Latino Studies Conference 2010 (Bowling Green, Ohio) Photo Gallery

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