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Catalyzing Support for Caribbean Studies


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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 29, 2017) – Faculty members whose research focuses on the Caribbean came together at the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas on Wednesday to share current initiatives, evaluate possibilities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, and discuss how the institute can support these efforts.

“There is great potential to do interdisciplinary work and we are very happy to catalyze support,” said Dr. Felicia Marie Knaul, the institute’s director.

Kate Ramsey

Kate Ramsey

The discussion was moderated by Kate Ramsey, associate professor of history and faculty lead for Hemispheric Caribbean Studies at the institute. “Extending cross-disciplinary communication among faculty and graduate students working in Caribbean studies may lead to new collaborative possibilities,” Ramsey noted.

Faculty members from Educational and Psychological Studies, Biology, Modern Languages and Literatures, History, the Cuban Heritage Collection at the UM Libraries, International Studies, English, Musicology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology shared ideas on how to support each other’s work and achieve better communication.

“What does it really mean for us to have an interdisciplinary conversation and produce something that is uniquely UM?” asked Donette Francis, associate professor of English.

Kathleen Sealey, associate professor of biology, added, “We have an obligation and an opportunity to help the Caribbean countries and be their resource.”

As the discussion evolved, Knaul asked the group for a “dashboard of projects” to forge a more robust Caribbean-focused scholarly community at UM. “What we are doing here is reaching out to the Caribbean in a very strong way,” she said.

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Open Discussion on Caribbean Studies at UM


CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 29, 2017) – UM faculty members whose research focuses on the Caribbean came together at the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas on Wednesday to share current initiatives, evaluate possibilities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, and discuss how the Institute can support these efforts.

“There is great potential to do interdisciplinary work and we are very happy to catalyze support,” said Dr. Felicia Marie Knaul, the institute’s director.

The discussion was moderated by Kate Ramsey, associate professor of history and faculty lead for Hemispheric Caribbean Studies at the institute. “Extending cross-disciplinary communication among faculty and graduate students working in Caribbean studies may lead to new collaborative possibilities,” Ramsey noted.

Faculty members from Educational and Psychological Studies, Biology, Modern Languages and Literatures, History, the Cuban Heritage Collection at the UM Libraries, International Studies, English, Musicology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology shared ideas on how to support each other’s work and achieve better communication.

“What does it really mean for us to have an interdisciplinary conversation and produce something that is uniquely UM?” asked Donette Francis, associate professor of English.

Kathleen Sealey, associate professor of biology, added, “We have an obligation and an opportunity to help the Caribbean countries and be their resource.”

As the discussion evolved, Knaul asked the group for a “dashboard of projects” to forge a more robust Caribbean-focused scholarly community at UM. “What we are doing here is reaching out to the Caribbean in a very strong way,” she said.

 

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How Female Business Leaders Succeed



A conversation with Belén Garijo and Felicia Marie Knaul

By Alexandra Bassil
UM News

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Belén Garijo, left, and Felicia Marie Knaul share a laugh at the inaugural Women’s Leadership Forum.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 23, 2017)—During Women’s History Month, the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas and the School of Business Administration’s Center for Health Sector Management and Policy and Women in Business Group presented real-world tips and advice at the institute’s inaugural Women’s Leadership Forum. The topics ranged from career success and work/life balance to other issues affecting women globally.

During his welcoming remarks to over 50 students, faculty, staff, and guests, School of Business Interim Dean Anuj Mehrotra highlighted the importance of the forum. UM President Julio Frenk said that women are at the heart of the University’s education and engagement efforts, and introduced Belén Garijo, CEO of healthcare and executive board member for Merck KGaA in Darmstadt, Germany. Frenk also mentioned Garijo’s leadership and her corporation’s support of “Healthy Women, Healthy Economies,” an initiative designed to promote good practices to enhance women’s economic participation by improving women’s health.

Institute Director Felicia Marie Knaul, also a professor at the Miller School of Medicine, started the Q&A session by asking Garijo to share advice after her long career as a physician-scientist in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and life sciences industry, and as CEO of Merck KGaA over the past six years. At Merck, Garijo is responsible for the health care business sector, comprising the biopharma, consumer health, allergopharma, and biosimilars businesses.

“From day one you are in charge of your career and must be willing to take the challenges and make them opportunities,” said Garijo. As an example, she said after earning her medical degree in Spain, a surplus of physicians made it difficult to begin a practice. With that realization, she decided to take an opportunity to start as a clinical researcher in the pharmaceutical industry. Garijo also advised the attendees not to let others influence their desire to achieve career success and to network as much as possible.

Knaul also brought up work/life balance, to which Garijo advised seeking employers that have flexible working models, telecommuting, and parental leave so having a family life is possible. In addition, they discussed Garijo’s commitment to increase gender diversity in management and emphasized that success is usually driven by a top-down approach.

Garijo also shared Merck’s role as the only private sector company to join the “Healthy Women, Healthy Economies” initiative. The socially responsible company chose the project to impact women’s lives in developing countries in an effort to address access to health care, gender-based violence, birth control and the safety of women.

Closing remarks and a recap were offered by the founder of the Women in Business Group, Ann M. Olazábal, vice dean of Undergraduate Business Education and professor of business law. In her remarks, Knaul mentioned that future Women’s Leadership Forum guests will include singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman Gloria Estefan, a UM alumna; Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo; and Kathleen Sebelius, former U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services.

 

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Closing the Gap on Gender Equity in Latin America


CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 2, 2017)—The challenges of indigenous women, women’s political representation, and reproductive rights were among the topics discussed last week at a symposium on post-millennium gender and equality in Latin America, hosted by the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas.

The symposium brought together scholars from different countries, disciplines, and perspectives, including Fernando Filgueira, the former deputy minister of education of Uruguay. He discussed the interactions between gender and class inequality in Latin America and its impact on the possibilities and patterns of women’s economic empowerment. “Education favors women, though educational career segregation does not,” he said.

Another speaker, Jennifer Piscopo from Arizona State University, explored the question: “Did Latin America’s left turn improve women’s representation in government?”

The event organizer, Merike Blofield, associate professor in the Department of Political Science, and the institute’s faculty lead of Gender and Social Development, led the conversation on gender equality in policies in relation to violence and reproductive rights. Fellow speakers Christina Ewig, from the University of Minnesota, and Caroline Beer, from the University of Vermont, joined the discussion. “We had a great opportunity to share recent academic work on gender equality in Latin America,” said Blofield.

The symposium is part of the institute’s activities centered on the United Nations International Women’s Day on March 8. This year’s theme is Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030. “I am convinced that we will be able to move this discussion forward in the context of Latin America and the Caribbean,” Dr. Felicia Marie Knaul, the institute’s director, said.

 

 

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Spanish Legacies: Children of Spain’s Immigrants Provide a Window to Adaptation

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Spanish Legacies: Children of Spain’s Immigrants Provide a Window to Adaptation


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From left are  Felicia Marie Knaul, President Julio Frenk, Alejandro Portes, and Cándido Creis, honorary  consul of Spain in Miami.

From left are Felicia Marie Knaul, President Julio Frenk, Alejandro Portes, and Cándido Creis, honorary consul of Spain in Miami.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 22, 2017)— A unique effort by UM Research Professor Alejandro Portes to produce the first reliable and representative study of the condition and future prospects of second-generation immigrants in Spain—where almost 13 percent of the country’s population is foreign-born—was the subject of last week’s colloquium at the Cuban Heritage Collection of the Otto G. Richter Library.

Written by Portes and two co-authors, ‘’Spanish Legacies: The Coming of Age of the Second Generation’’ explores how the children of immigrants—the second generation—are coping with the challenges of adapting to Spanish society, comparing their experiences with those of their peers in the United States. For the book, Portes, Rosa Aparicio, and William Haller used a groundbreaking data set based on both survey and ethnographic material collected from a sample of almost 7,000 second-generation students who were interviewed in Madrid and Barcelona in 2008 and then followed and re-interviewed four years later.
“Very seldom does one have the opportunity to work with such a rich set of data,” said moderator Dr. Felicia Marie Knaul, director of the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, which co-hosted the event with the Department of Sociology in the College or Arts and Sciences, and the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries.

Introduced by Dean of Libraries Charles D. Eckman, President Julio Frenk lauded lauded Portes, who holds appointments in sociology and law at UM and is professor emeritus of Princeton University, for his life’s work: “We are privileged to have Alejandro Portes as our leading scholar on immigration. Having this kind of scholarship helps elevate the social discussion on an issue of growing policy importance.”

Also participating in the panel discussion were Jennifer Lee, chancellor’s fellow and professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine; and UM’s George Wilson, professor of sociology and David Abraham, professor of law.

“Thank you for both reviving and elevating the scholarship on immigrant and second-generation assimilation with Spanish Legacies,” Lee told Portes.

During his commentary, Portes highlighted the size and complexity of the data set, adding a touch of humor: “It is impossible to lie without statistics,” he said.

The longitudinal study, which was complemented by qualitative interviews, enabled a better examination of existing theories and hypotheses of immigrant adaptation, providing not only a solid base for comparative studies elsewhere, but also inspiration for future policies.

As Abraham noted, “The book makes a compelling case for conducting cross-national research on immigration.”

 

 

 

 

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