Latin America / Caribbean News

Maya from the Margins Program Creates Cultural Connections

May 30, 2017

Fourteen high school students listened attentively as University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill anthropologist Gabrielle Vail invited them to examine letters, drawings, photos, diaries, codices, newspapers and other Maya materials from the Southern Historical Collection in Wilson Library. “Start thinking about these materials in terms of ‘how can I tell the story of Maya… Read more »

Elizabeth Olson Builds Support for Youth Caregivers

May 19, 2017

For Elizabeth (Betsy) Olson, living an internationalized life was not unusual. Although she grew up in Denver, Colorado, Olson has lived in many places around the world—from spending her college summers in the Philippines, where her father was country director of the Peace Corps, to living in Guatemala and small pueblos in Peru while conducting… Read more »

Ruiz Studies South American Volcano Cotopaxi

May 11, 2017

On a warm morning in mid-October, Ecuador’s colorful capital, Quito, buzzes with activity. Throngs of people move through the market in the Mariscal, Yaraví music emanates from cars stuck in traffic, and street vendors sell fragrant salchipapas and empanadas to tourists and locals alike. The equatorial city basks in the abundant sunshine and crisp air of the Andes mountain range.

Cardiologists from UNC Provide Care in Nicaragua

May 11, 2017

For many Nicaraguans, a diagnosis of a heart condition such as mitral valve stenosis – a debilitating complication that can be the end result of untreated strep throat – is grim news that offers little in the way of hope. “If patients have the money, they can travel to another country to receive care,” said… Read more »