United Fruit Company New Orleans

CLAS Summer Institute for Teachers
"The Octopus and the Banana:
United Fruit in Latin America"
Thursday, July 9, 2009

Regina Janes, Professor of English at Skidmore College, is the author of Gabriel García Márquez: Revolutions in Wonderland (1981), One Hundred Years of Solitude: Modes of Reading (1991), Edmund Burke on Irish Affairs (2002) and Losing Our Heads: Beheadings in Literature and Culture (2005). She writes frequently for Salmagundi.

Jeff Kaloustian is a University of San Francisco School of Law student and a Global Exchange Graduate Student Summer Fellow. He recently visited Fair Trade banana farms in the Dominican Republic.

Dan Koeppel is a Los Angeles writer and journalist whose most recent book, Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World, was twice recommended by Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman for readers seeking to understand globalization. In 2008, he received a National Geographic Society grant to study bananas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Koeppel is a contributing editor at National Geographic Adventure Magazine and was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 2003. 

Alex Saragoza is Associate Professor of History in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. His current research investigates the privatization of the Mexican economy in general in light of its relationship to that of the U.S., and that of the tourism industry in particular. He formerly served as the Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies and was subsequently Director of the UC Study Center in Mexico.

Anne Toepel is the author of Global Exchange’s Fair Trade Cocoa Unit (http://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/fairtrade/cocoa/ChocolateCurriculum.pdf) and a member of Global Exchange’s Fair Trade Team. Toepel is a certified teacher in elementary and linguistically diverse education. She has led student groups in taking action for a variety of causes, both locally and globally, for social justice, peace and the environment.

Other Outreach Events

2008 Summer Institute for Teachers

"Empire to Empire: The Americas in the Age of Exploration"

2007 Summer Institute for Teachers

"From Crude to Cane: Energy Policy in Latin America"

2006 Summer Institute for Teachers

"Remembering Alta California, Remaking the Past "

2004 Summer Institute for Teachers

"The Making of Modern Cuba"

2003 Summer Institute for Teachers

"Ten Years After NAFTA: How Has Globalization Affected Mexico?"

2002 Summer Institute for Teachers

"Mexico in the 20th Century:
Themes of the History Curriculum








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