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Dr. Ralph R. Watkins Lecture Series - Fall 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Alden Room, Milne Library
7:00 p.m.

FALL 2013 Dancing with Death: The Politics of Race and Life in the Andes

Dr. O. Hugo Benavides, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Fordham University

Dr. O. Hugo Benavides, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Fordham UniversityO. Hugo Benavides is currently director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Institue (LALSI) and associate professor of Anthropology, Latin American and Latino studies, and, International Political Economy and Development, at Fordham University, where he has also directed the M.A. program in Humanities and Sciences Hugo was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, but grew up in New York City, and it is this double cultural life that has nourished his anthropological research on the politics of representation, identity and domination. His initial interest in the past provided him an extensive archaeological practice excavating both Inca sites in the Andes and the Roman site of Pompeii in Italy. This initial interest in the politics of the past is present in his first book, Making Ecuadorian Histories: Four Centuries of Defining the Past, (University of Texas Press, 2004), which is a study of the role of history in legitimizing the transnational concerns of Latin American social movements, including the state. His second book, The Politics of Sentiment: Remembering and Imagining Guayaquil, is a case-study of Raymond William’s hypothesis of structures of feeling as a tool of internal domination (UT Press, 2006). His third book, Drugs, Thugs and Divas: Latin American Telenovelas and Narco-Dramas, (UT Press, 2008) investigates the cultural dynamics of melodrama as it is used to re-signify the changing legacy of Latin American identity in a transnational context. He currently lives with his partner and their cats in Brooklyn, New York

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Alden Room, Milne Library
7:00 p.m.

FALL 2013 Food Security vs Food Sovereignty: GMOs and Africa’s Moral/Ethical Dilemma

Dr. Naomi Shanguhyia
, Lecturer, Geography Department, SUNY Oneonta

Dr. Shanguhyia’s research work focuses on the political, economic, environmental and socio-cultural dimensions of rural change in sub Saharan Africa.



March 2013 From Cape Town to Kabul: Reflections on Global Women's Advocacy and Law
Dr. Penelope Andrews, Dean and President of Albany Law School
Monday, March 4, 5:30 p.m.
Otsego Grille, Morris Hall, FREE admission

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