Lina Del Castillo has earned honorable mention

Lina Del Castillo of the University of Texas has earned honorable mention from the Sturgis Leavitt Award for Best Article committee for her article entitled “Entangled Fates: French-Trained Naturalists, the First Colombian Republic, and the Materiality of Geopolitical Practice, 1819-1830,” published in the Hispanic American Historical Review.

The committee found her article a fascinating and truly transatlantic history that brought together French science, Colombian independence, and even Ecuador.

Nesvig has earned honorable mention for Promiscuous Power

Martin A. Nesvig of the University of Miami earned an honorable mention for his book entitled Promiscuous Power: An Unorthodox History of New Spain from the Alfred B. Thomas Book Award Committee.

The committee said of his book, “Nesvig employs archival research to construct a narrative of local politics in early colonial Mexico. In contrast to many authors that discuss either colonial power or indigenous resistance, he brings to light the resistance of Michoacán’s Spanish residents to the imposition of power by both the state and the church. With chapter titles such as ‘I Shit on You, Sir; or rather, An Unorthodox Lot of Catholics Who Didn’t Fear the Inquisition,’ Nesvig provides a humorously irreverent portrait of New Spain beyond Tenochtitlán.”

Congratulations from SECOLAS.

Members Rita Palacios and Paul Worley’s book is published

Congratulations to SECOLAS members Rita Palacios and Paul Worley on the release of their book entitled Unwriting Maya Literature: Ts’íib as Recorded Knowledge, published by the University of Arizona Press.

Lily Pearl Balloffet has won the 2019 Sturgis Leavitt Award

Lily Pearl Balloffet has won the 2019 Sturgis Leavitt Award for Best Article from the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies for her article entitled “Argentine and Egyptian History Entangled: From Perón to Nasser” published in the Journal of Latin American Studies.

The Sturgis Leavitt Award given annually for the best article or book chapter on a Latin American or Iberian subject published by a SECOLAS member in the previous calendar year.

The committee, which included Dr. Aaron Coy Moulton, Dr. Steven Hyland, and Dr. Paul Worley, said of Dr. Balloffet’s article “The Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies Sturgis Leavitt Award Committee is delighted to announce the winner of the 2019 Sturgis Leavitt Award for Best Article, Lily Pearl Balloffet of the University of California at Santa Cruz for “Argentine and Egyptian History Entangled: From Perón to Nasser” in the Journal of Latin American Studies. Balloffet finds that Argentines frequently bridged their own experiences under Peronism with Egypt’s early decolonization. Tapping into an array of sources including government documents, regional newspapers, and more from Arabic speaking immigrants as well as non-Arab Argentines, the author reveals that Argentina often debated its political direction simultaneous with events in another part of the Global South. The Committee’s members were impressed at an examination that tied South America and the Middle East.”

Alison J. Bruey wins the 2019 Alfred B. Thomas Book Award

Alison J. Bruey’s book entitled Bread, Justice, and Liberty: Grassroots Activism and Human Rights in Pinochet’s Chile has won the 2019 Alfred B. Thomas Book Award for the best book on a Latin American subject published by a SECOLAS member in 2018.

The selection committee was composed of Dr. Corrie Boudreaux, Dr. Stephen Bunker, and Dr. Beau Gaitors.

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Students – submit your conference paper!

Students who presented at the 2019 annual meeting in Oaxaca may submit their conference paper for the Richmond Brown Graduate Student Travel Grant and the Edward H. Moseley Student Paper Award.

The top three submissions will receive the Richmond Brown Graduate Student Travel Grant, which includes a complimentary registration and banquet ticket for the 2020 meeting in Austin, Texas. The winner of the Moseley Award is chosen from the three Brown recipients.

Please send an electronic version of your paper to the selection committee by 5pm EST, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Papers should not be longer than 25 pages including notes, tables, and citations.

Award Committee:

Melissa Birkhofer (2019)
Department of English
Western Carolina University

Joe Lenti (2020)
Department of History
Eastern Washington University

Liz Moran (2021)
Department of Fine Art and Art History
Christopher Newport University

Oaxaca 2019 – The official program is live!

¡Vamos a Oaxaca!

Mitla & Hierve el Agua

Trip information!

This excursion is on Sunday, March 31.

The ruins at Mitla consist of 5 “ruin clusters”. Archaeologists speculate that some of the ruins were used for ceremonial and religious purposes, while others served as palaces for the elite. Unique to Mitla are the greca decorations found on ruin walls.

Hierve el Agua is renowned for its natural springs and surrounding mountain beauty. Although the springs perpetually appear on the point of eruption, the natural temperature of the water fluctuates between 22 and 25 degrees Celsius (72 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit) allowing visitors to comfortably enjoy a refreshing dip in the springs. Furthermore, Hierve el Agua was a sacred spot for the ancient Zapotecs, thus archaeological investigations have discovered important information concerning the lives of the original inhabitants of the region. Archaeologists have recently discovered an irrigation system more than 2,500 years old. At Hierve el Agua, visitors may enjoy the option of swimming in one of its fabulous springs, or in a recently constructed pool.

Hierva el Agua

Monte Alban and Arrazola

Trip information!

This trip takes place on Tuesday, March 26.

Monte Alban served as the ancient capital of the Zapotecs between 500 B.C. and 800 A.D. At its height the city was inhabited by more than 40,000 residents. Today, visitors can explore the site. Points of interest on the Grand Plaza include: temples and palaces; bas-reliefs of human figures known as the danzantes; a ball court; an observatory; and tombs that once held gold, silver, jade, alabaster and turquoise treasures (now housed at the Centro Cultural de Santo Domingo in Oaxaca City).

Arrazola, known for its alebrijes, or colorful hand-carved and painted animals that are seen in markets and tourist shops in and around Oaxaca. Students have the opportunity to visit local homes where the wooden creatures are produced.

The west side platform at the Monte Alban pyramid complex. By Nsaum75 at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Oaxaca 2019 – Day Trips are now open for registration and payment

If you arrive in Oaxaca early or stay late, we have some excursion opportunities for your consideration.

Check out the following day trip options:

Click here for further information about Fundación En Vía.

Registration for these excursions will close on Friday, March 8, 2019.

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