March 08 2017
Two Elmira College seniors, Meredith Rector ’17 and Vanessa Baunch ’17, recently presented papers at a research symposium organized by the Latin American Studies Program at Cornell University.
Meredith, an international studies and Spanish double major, presented a paper titled, “The Control Of Commodities: Drug Trade and Extractivism in Mexico,” which focused on the challenges facing mango farmers in Mexico with illegal drug traffickers.
Vanessa, also an international studies and Spanish double major, shared her research on the importance of organizing immigrant indigenous communities who face the potential disappearance of language and culture. Her presentation, titled “Globalization, Migration, and Organizing for Migrant Indigenous Solidarity in Los Angeles,” focused on the work of Odilia Romeroan, an activist in the Frente Indigena de Organizaciones Binacionales.
Research from both presentations was also included in articles each student contributed to the Winter/Spring 2017 Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations (CUSLAR) newsletter.
CUSLAR, also a Cornell University-based organization, was founded in 1965 and seeks to promote justice and mutual understanding among the people of the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. The newsletter features articles written in English and Spanish from students, CUSLAR members, professors, journalists, and others.
Click here to read the articles by Meredith and Vanessa.