The University of San Francisco: College of Arts & Sciences

CELASA and MAIS present Chris Loperena

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture with Chris Loperena

When: Thursday, October 4, 2012 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Where: Kalmanovitz 167


Center for Latino Studies in the Americas (CELASA) and
Masters of Arts in International Studies (MAIS)

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture with Chris Loperena
October 4, 2012, 12:15-1:30pm, Kalmanovitz 167

In this talk, Loperena will analyze Garifuna women's political agency and their role in resisting land privatization in Triunfo de la Cruz, a Garifuna community destined to assume a position on the margins of major tourist enclave in Tela Bay.

Christopher Loperena received his Ph.D. from the African Diaspora Program in Social Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas- Austin and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Chicago. His scholarship investigates struggles over land and cultural resources against the backdrop of neoliberal tourism development on the north coast of Honduras, the native territory of the Afro-indigenous Garifuna people. He has collaborated on numerous studies with OFRANEH (Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña) and CCARC (Caribbean and Central America Research Council) in support of Garifuna territorial rights in Honduras. He was the César Chávez Fellow in Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at Dartmouth College before assuming his position at the University of San Francisco. He has also received research support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Inter-American Foundation.