Annual Newsletter
CERLAC Newsletters

April 1997, Issue 25
Editors: David Gairdner, Jo-Ellen Parry and Katherine Reilly

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Citation - Herbet "Betinho" de Souza Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa, November 2, 1996

York University used the occasion of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies Congress to confer an honorary doctorate on Brazilian scholar and activist Herbet "Betinho" de Souza, and the Congress was dedicated in his name.

De Souza, who studied at York during the 1970s, is a hemophiliac who was diagnosed as being HIV positive more than a decade ago. Despite his poor health he continues to be one of Brazil's most high profile social activists, recently leading a national campaign against hunger and poverty. Much of de Souza's work has been focused on the fight to increase awareness of AIDS. 

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CERLAC Hosts CALACS Congress 

President Cheddi Jagan of Guyana was among those in attendance at the 27th Annual Congress of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS), held at York University October 31 to November 3, 1996. The Congress drew a significant number of scholars from across Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as from Canada, the United States and Europe. "Delegates commented that the Congress was one of the largest and most intellectually stimulating CALACS events they had attended," says Patrick
Taylor, deputy director of CERLAC and co-chairperson of the Congress. 
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York -URACCAN Linkage Project is Underway 

In the fall of 1996, the Linkage Proposal between CERLAC and the University of the Autonomous Regions of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua (URACCAN) was granted $750,000 in funding to carry out a five-year institutional development project. 
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