Brigham Young University

Latin American Studies

SALAS Presents

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SALAS Presents

BYU’s President Kevin J. Worthen will address Latin American studies majors and faculty as he relates his personal and professional experiences in Latin America on Thursday, 15 January at 4:30 p.m. in 3380 WSC.

After serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Monterrey, Mexico, Kevin J. Worthen finished an associate degree at the College of Eastern Utah and worked summers in a local coal mine. He graduated from BYU summa cum laude with both his bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees and left in 1982 to clerk for Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey of the D.C. Circuit Court and then for Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1984, Worthen joined the respected law firm Jennings Strouss & Salmon in Arizona, but his promising law-firm career proved to be short lived. In 1987, BYU came calling with an opportunity to return to the J. Reuben Clark Law School as a faculty member, and he jumped at the chance. As the Hugh W. Colton Professor of Law, Worthen specialized in federal Indian law and the rights of indigenous peoples. And as a Fulbright scholar, he studied the cultural and ethnic assimilation of Chile’s native populations.

Understanding South America through the Lens of Brazil

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Understanding South America through the Lens of Brazil

Julio De Amo, Jr., a major general (ret.) in the Brazilian Army, will share his keen insights on  Wednesday, 3 December at noon in 238 HRCB.

Major General Julio has the distinction of being the team coordinator for the first Brazilian Defense White Paper (“Livro Branco de Defesa Nacional,” 2012).

Julio retired in March after a distinguished military career that began at Agulhas Negras Military Academy (AMAN), the largest military school in Brazil. In addition, he received training from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and completed the UN Force Commander Course in Berlin, Germany. Julio also served as a UN military observer in Angola.

He resides in Resende, Brazil, where he is establishing a center for team work and leadership capacitation, which trains teams from companies and organizations to achieve their goals.

Study Abroad Funding Sources

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Study Abroad Funding Sources

Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Alfred Russell Wallace Grants
Operation Wallacea (a network of academics from European and North American universities, who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research programmes)
U.S. undergraduate students looking to join one of the Operation Wallacea biodiversity teams
1 grant of $1500, 1 grant of $750, and 3 grants of $500
February 27, 2015 for summer 2015
http://opwall.com/about-us/alfred-russel-wallace-grants/

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Applicants must be Pell Grant recipients and are encouraged to select underrepresented destinations and study critical-need languages
up to $5,000; Critical Need Language Awards up to $8,000
October 7 for spring and summer (early application)
March 3 for summer (regular application), fall semester, and academic year
http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program Read More…

Jointly Inventing Language: Why, How, and What?

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Jointly Inventing Language: Why, How, and What?

John B. Haviland, the Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of California—San Diego, will explore his research on language on  Friday, 14 November at 3:00 p.m. in 238 HRCB.

Haviland is a linguistic anthropologist who has conducted groundbreaking work on the social life of languages. Having conducted intensive ethnographic research in Mexico, Australia, and Italy, among other places, his research on the relations of language and ritual has been pivotal in the field of linguistic anthropology and in anthropology more broadly. Read More…

The Role of Religion in Conflict Dynamics

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The Role of Religion in Conflict Dynamics

James Patton, executive vice president and COO of the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy, will be speaking on campus twice this week. Patton’s first lecture will be at the Wheatley Forum in International Affairs on Wednesday, 5 November at 4:00 p.m. in the HBLL auditorium.

The second lecture will be Thursday, 16 November at 4:00 in 238 HRCB for the Political Affairs Lecture Series on the topic of “Career Reflections: International Strategy and Diplomacy.”

Patton brought management skills and expertise in conducting conflict dynamics analysis, mediation, and conflict transformation programming to the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy (ICRD). He has worked designing, implementing, and monitoring multi-stakeholder programs to promote economic development and mitigate violent conflict since 1994 in nine countries on three continents.

Previous to ICRD, he was assigned to support the work of USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation in Washington, having spent seven months in Sudan as a Foreign Affairs officer with the Special Envoy, as one of the first members of the expeditionary diplomacy teams sent to analyze potential conflict and to support stability in southern Sudan. Read More…