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1999/2000, Issue 27
Editor: Carla Rocha

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CARIBBEAN FOCUS
NEWS OF FELLOWS
GRADUATE STUDENT NEWS
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LAST WORD
 

Judith Adler Hellman in Profile 

CERLAC Fellow, Judith Adler Hellman, first became passionate about the LAC region when roused to political activism by the 1965 U.S. invasion of the Dominican Republic.  Her interest only intensified when, as an undergraduate student in Government at Cornell University, she was a research assistant on a land reform project in Mexico under the supervision of sociology Professors Henry Landsberger and Cynthia Hewitt. 

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CERLAC's New Director: Viviana Patroni 

York alumnus, Viviana Patroni, will be returning to campus this fall as a Professor of Latin American and Caribbean studies in the Division of Social Science.  As of July 1st 2000, she has also served as the new CERLAC Director for a three-year term.

Originally from Argentina, Viviana completed her Ph.D. in Social and Political Thought at York in 1994 with the thesis: The Long March to Neoliberalism: History Crisis, Change, and the History of Development in Mexico and Argentina.

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The Grinspun Legacy 
Looking Back on the Directorship of Ricardo Grinspun

August 31, 1999 marked the end of an era at CERLAC as Ricardo Grinspun formally completed his five-year term as Director.  Ricardo’s tenure was characterized by his unflagging and infectious energy, his sterling integrity and his inclusive directorial style.  The activities and projects that he unleashed represented a veritable renaissance for the Centre. 

In quantitative terms, through the period of Ricardo’s  Directorship, CERLAC obtained over $3 million in external funding for project activities and membership increased significantly.  Ricardo brought in important new projects oriented towards the advancement of civil societies and institutional capacity in the South, in which Southern partners played an equal role. Ricardo also sustained and defended the Centre’s reputation for disinterested work, while significantly broadening its Latin American connections.

Major CERLAC projects developed and directed by Ricardo during his tenure as Director include: 

  •  The AUCC/CIDA Tier II project on Strengthening an Institute for Sustainable Rural Development in Chile, $750,000, 2000-2005.
  •  CIDA’s Central American Program for Regional Support project on Leadership and Impact of Women in Central American Integration, based at the Women’s Forum for Central American Integration, San José, Costa Rica, $234,000, 1998-1999. 


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