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CLACS Libarian creates new World Book and Copyright Day Exhibition in Wells Library
4/6/16 - During the month of April, a new poster exhibition celebrating World Book and Copyright Day (April 23) will be on display in the lobby of the Herman B Wells Library. April 23 marks the date when three of the world's most celebrated literary figures - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Spain), William Shakespeare (England), and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (Peru) - all died. Established by UNESCO in 1995, World Book and Copyright Day is an international commemoration that honors the literary and cultural heritage of these three influential writers.

This year, the observance has special significance because 2016 is also the 400th anniversary of the deaths of Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Vega. This special anniversary is being celebrated around the world through conferences, cultural festivals, and exhibitions, such as this one in the Wells Library.

The exhibition will also feature a stand-alone slide show presentation with information about this international celebration and about Abril de Cervantes, a month-long cultural festival dedicated to Miguel de Cervantes in his birth place, Alcalá de Henares. The festival highlight is the presentation of the Cervantes Prize for Literature, considered the top honor for Spanish-language writers.

Established in 1975 by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the Cervantes Prize is presented on April 23 in the Great Hall of the University of Alcalá de Henares.

Mexican novelist, essayist, and poet, Fernando del Paso (1935-) is the most recent recipient of the Cervantes Prize.

Submitted by Luis A. González, Librarian for Latin American Studies, Spanish & Portuguese, Latino Studies, and European Studies, IUB.


CLACS Affiliated Faculty tapped to lecture on Climate Change Policy at the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute
3/22/16 - Kalim Shah, an assistant professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Northwest will be giving a series of guest lectures at the George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Washington D.C. The center trains U.S. State Department and other federal employees who are often deployed abroad. Shah's lectures are part of the center's Caribbean/Central American Area Studies program.

Shah noted that, "one focus of the lectures will be climate change's impact on poor and vulnerable populations in the region, particularly the fact that climate could adversely impact the economies of these closely bordering neighbors to the United States, increasing the demand for aid and conceivably resulting in the rise of new immigrants, known as climate refugees." According to Shah, "we also can't ignore the possible link between climate change and the increase in insect-borne diseases, including the Zika virus which the region is currently struggling with."

Anton Edmunds, Chair of the program at the NFATC says, "we tapped Shah because of his expertise on climate change policy in the Caribbean. He brings to the table an important and nuanced perspective on the challenges facing both policy makers as well as the private sector community."

Shah is also lead policy expert for the Latin American and Caribbean assessment of the upcoming United Nation's 6th Global Environment Outlook report. He says that some of the themes of his lectures such as intensified extreme weather events including hurricanes and droughts, increasing already harsh socio-economic stresses in the region, will be reflected in that report carded for release later this year.

Shah has been on the faculty at IUN's School of Public and Environmental Affairs since 2013. He is a well regarded expert on environmental policy and management in small emerging economies. He is a Fulbright Scholar with his doctorate from George Mason University.