Latin American Studies
Raspando Coco is an award-winning film about the culinary and medicinal traditions of Afro-Ecuadorians. Since its premiere in 2018, it has been screened in three different languages to audiences in Latin America, the United States, Europe, and Japan. The film documents the health impacts and culinary traditions surrounding coconut as remembered and experienced by Afro-Ecuadorians on the coast of Ecuador. The movie positions communities of color as important knowledge bearers about health and food and shows the tensions that can arise when development and public health authorities label staple foods, like coconuts, unhealthy.
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National award-winner and member of the prestigious System of Art Creators of Mexico (Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte), Mexican-born American Poet Manuel Iris held a conversation and performed a poetry reading on March 2. His visit to Ohio University continued on March 3, and included a class visit and a lunch to meet with students, faculty and community members.
Manuel Iris holds a BA in Latin American Literature from the Autonomous University of the Yucatan (Mexico), an MA in Spanish from the New Mexico State University, and a PhD in Romance Languages from the University of Cincinnati, the city in which he lives and where he served as poet laureate from 2018 to 2020.
Spring Break news! LAS were welcomed to Latin American Working Group, that advocates for policy changes towards Latin America.
LAS program had a visit to the Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation of the Organization of American States (OAS) on the 10th of March. Students learned about the electoral observation and peculiarities of the process in the region.