In Memoriam: Dr. Henry Landsberger

Renown sociologist of Latin America Henry Landsberger passed away on February 1, 2017 at the age of 90.  Professor Landsberger graduated First Class Honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1948.  The following year he enrolled at Cornell University, where he completed his PhD in 1954 at the School of Industrial and Labor relations. Prior to his appointment to the faculty of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Professor Landsberger taught at the Latin American Studies Center in Zurich and the University of Manchester. A scholar of known for his wide-ranging research interests, Professor Landsberger examined such varied themes as rural protest and peasant movements in Latin America, trade union movements, and the church and social change.  He served as President of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) between 1973 and 1974.

Professor Landsberger enjoyed a long and distinguished career at Carolina until his retirement in 1994.

The Latin Americanist community at Carolina mourns and laments his passing as we celebrate his life.

Call for Proposals | Deadline August 14 for Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies Interdisciplinary Working Groups

Deadline: August 14

Would you like to collaborate or keep collaborating with faculty and graduate students from different disciplines who share your passion for a focused research topic related to Latin America and/or the Caribbean? Would you like to participate in seminars, conferences, and professional development workshops with colleagues from both Duke and UNC campuses? Would you like to invite cutting-edge intellectuals and/or practitioners in your field of study to your campus/courses, complete a group publication, or present your own graduate work for feedback from your peers and professors? All of these possibilities exist in the interdisciplinary Working Groups sponsored by the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. The competition is open to Duke and UNC faculty and graduate students from all disciplines.
The UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2015-2016 Working Groups Program. The Working Groups provide one of the principal means by which the Consortium discharges its missions to promote interdisciplinary research and innovative scholarship, enhance the experience of graduate education, and disseminate knowledge of Latin America and the Caribbean to the wider university community. The program supports collaboration among faculty and graduate students from different departments, professional schools, and curricula on both campuses.
The Consortium will consider proposals that promote interdisciplinary collaborative and creative projects among Latin American and Caribbean faculty and graduate students at UNC and Duke University. Successful proposals will need to demonstrate strong faculty leadership and involvement. Please note that under this program, the same Working Group will be funded for a maximum of three years – however, an annual evaluation will take place (working groups can lose funding). Proposals will be considered in the following priority order:
• Joint Duke-UNC: Led by 2 faculty members (one from each campus) with at least 4 graduate student participants (some from each university). Or
• 2-campuses: Led by 1 faculty member (from either campus) with at least 4 graduate student participants (some from each university). Or
• 1-campus proposal: Led by 2 faculty members representing different disciplines at one campus and a minimum of 4 graduate student participants from either university. Every effort will be made to maintain parity for single-campus proposals between UNC and Duke.
In all cases, at least two disciplines must be represented.
Funds will be awarded competitively to no more than four (4) Working Groups on an annual basis within a budgetary framework up to $5,000 per year. We accept proposals that extend the range of work up to two years and envision a community / academic / exhibit / performance / publication event in the second cycle of the grant.
Proposals must include:
(1) Application Form
(2) Proposal narrative (see instructions and outline to be followed on application form)
(3) Itemized budget request (see sample budget)
(4) Groups that were funded in 2014-2015 and are requesting funding for 2015-2016 must also complete a reporting form.
Please submit your proposal as an e-mail attachment (Word documents and/or PDF files are preferred) to Miguel Rojas-Sotelo (mlr34@duke.edu) no later than Friday, August 14, 2015.
*Note that this is an absolute deadline, and late submissions will not be considered. Applicants should be aware that there will be a delay in notifications compared to previous years. Therefore any proposed activities that require travel arrangements should be planned for mid-Fall semester or later.
If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to contact mlr34@duke.edu. General information about working group guidelines can be found on the Consortium Web site
Note: Working Group events must be open to the public and thereby serve as a way to increase public awareness of Latin America and the Caribbean, past and present.