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Final Projects: Graciela Lopez

Graciela wrote her final essay as a letter home, reflecting on her intentions for her time in Bolivia. Excerpts from her letter: In this picture you can see my host mother, host sister and I. Although we may not agree … Continue reading

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Final Projects: Benjamin Hartheimer

Through my ethnographic fieldwork, I was able to observe and analyze four different food locations: a supermarket, a large outdoor market, a street vendor, and a restaurant. More specifically, I compared the supermarket (I C Norte) to the outdoor market … Continue reading

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Final Projects: Cecil Brooks

For his final project, Cecil wrote and performed these pieces about the Bolivian economy, identity and social struggles. ExportaciĆ³n del Cuerpo” (to “Mash” by J Dilla – START AT 00:17) [Verse 1] (24 Bars) El concepto de un territorio aislado, … Continue reading

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Final Projects: Peter Barkey-Bircann

Vacant Spaces & Defense Systems: Cochabamba, Bolivia Peter’s photo essay draws his reflections on conversations with his family, his walks through the city, and the work of Brazilian anthropologist Teresa Caldeira, and her analysis of urban space, fear of crime … Continue reading

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Despedida: the Goodbye Party

On the last Friday of class, students presented their final projects. They were amazing! Then, a final lunch with their host families, packing and a goodbye party before most headed to the airport to fly to La Paz. We enjoyed … Continue reading

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Travel

One of the buses we have traveled in, to the Chapare: As we have gone around the country in bus trips, we have a chance to see some of rural life. On the road to Torotoro: On the road to … Continue reading

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Trip to the Chapare: Fun Times

We spent a lot of time thinking about and debating drug policy, political participation and the current predicaments of the Morales administration. But we also spent time hanging out, enjoying the intense heat of the tropico, and the lush grounds … Continue reading

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Trip to the Chapare: the Coca Industrialization Factory

We also had a chance to visit a coca industrialization factory, that makes coca liquor, coca cookies, coca candies, and coca flour. Unfortunately, because of the international prohibition on coca leaf in the UN Single Prohibition on Narcotic Drugs, developing … Continue reading

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Trip to the Chapare: The Cato of Coca

On Monday, we left for the Chapare region, with Kathryn Ledebur, director of the Andean Information Network. We learned about Bolivia’s drug policy, which has legalized the coca leaf and allowed for limited legal coca leaf production. After a five … Continue reading

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Weekend Fun: Sunday

On Sunday, some of us went on a tour of the small towns of the Valle Alto (high valley), learning about local heroes of the independence movement, presidents born in the region, and seeing local sites. The plaza of a … Continue reading

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