The director of the Center for Brazilian Studies receives the Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography on March 24. In honor of the occasion, Hecht answers questions about the award, her research and the current state of Amazon rainforest.
“‘Bad Mexicans' tells the story of how the magonistas built their social movement here in the United States... [and the] cross-border counterinsurgency campaign that tried to stop them,” said historian Kelly Lytle Hernández at a recent Center for Mexican Studies event.
“It was a really great first-hand experience to see how a public health program is implemented in a country with limited resources and hard-to-reach communities,” said Mia Giordano of her fieldwork in Guatemala last summer.
Under the leadership of literary scholar Jorge Marturano, the Program on Caribbean Studies has explored the region through the web of relationships that connect Carbibbean nations with Central and South America, including their shared Afro Descendant culture.
Six centers of the institute have been awarded Title VI funding for area and/or language studies at UCLA.