is an important activity in my academic life. Currently, I am working with
the Fundacion CEFOCAL, the educational branch of the HOGAR DE CRISTO, and
the Ministry of Labor from Chile in the creation of training programs and
projects for people living in extreme poverty. These training programs allow
poor women, men and young people with opportunities to insert themselves
within the most dynamic areas of the Chilean productive apparatus. I am
also responsible for the production of video-documentaries about these training
experiences as well as the preparation of audio-visual materials for the
classes. During the spring of 2003, these training activities will be reinforced
with 30 students from the Evergreen State College who will travel to Chile
for ten weeks to help with the trainings.
Until the year 2001, I worked on a study about Population Growth
and Poverty. In this research I worked with the Global Programme of
Training in Population and Development, from the United Nations, which was
located in Chile, and the Center for Latin American Studies, in Olympia,
Washington. I was also researching and filming in the region of Ayacucho,
Peru, on the same topics. In addition, I was a member of a team working
in curriculum development for schools on different topics related to Latin
America, and Latinos in the United States. This work required extensive
research and filming of many cultural, political and socio-economic aspects
of Latin America. During the Spring quarters of 1997, 1998 and 2000, I traveled
to Chile with students from the Evergreen State College to research and
film about these and other subjects. The materials produced was mostly bi-lingual
and it is used by schools in Chile, Mexico, and the United States. The content
of these programs were also aired through TCTV 22 (Panorama Latino Americano),
Thourston County, Washington. Similar projects were carried out in Chile
during the academic year 2001-2002 and will continue in the spring of 2003.
Between 1994 and 1995, I did extensive research on The New
World Economic Order and Latin America. This study was supported by
the Center for Latin American Studies, from Olympia, Washington. The main thesis of this research is that the great confrontation
between capitalism and socialism, that started in 1914 and continued beyond
the Great Depression,WWII and throughout the Cold War, between the 1950's
to the 1980's, ended in 1989. The conflict between East and West ended in
1989 with the toppling of the Berlin Wall and the dismantling of the Soviet
Union. Today, the conflict between East and West is over. The world has
now entered the 21st century with another crisis and confrontation on the
way, within the same context. The conflict is now between Northern, industrialized
and wealthy nations, and Southern, underdeveloped and poor nations; that
is, between the First and the Third World. In this context we are no longer
talking about the Third World, but the lost world, the damned world, the
world of the marginalized, of the condemned.
From 1988 until the year 2000 I worked in a project entitled, Chile:
the Struggle for Power. This is a study of the history of Chile, from
prehistory to the present day. The research and writing for the final draft
for this work are almost completed. This work is used as text for the students
participating in my Study Abroad Progran in Chile.
During the summer of 1991, I worked with a group of teachers from
Seattle in Proyecto Saber. The team produced three video documentaries
highlighting the music and culture of South America for use in elementary
and high school education for the State of Washington. The documentaries
were filmed at TCTV, Olympia Washington, aired on Panorama
Latino Americano and produced by Two Thirds Productions.
The following is a summary of my most important
research in the past:
--1987/1994. Popular and Alternative Communication. Production
of video documentaries. Centro de Estudios Simón Bolívar and
--1983/1989. Usos de la Tecnicas de Comunicación Popular.
Centro Latino Americano de Comunicaciones (CELACO), Mexico.
--1987/1992.The Political Role of the Church in Latin America and
the Option for the Poor Also, research and production of two video documentaries:
Nicaragua: Testimony of and Aggression and La Misa Campesina.
Centro Ecuménico Antonio Valdivieso, Managua Nicaragua.
--1981/1983. The national Unified School in Allende's Chile: 1970-1973
Research Assistant to Dr. J. Farrell on a 3 year project, funded by the
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA. This research was published
by the University of British Columbia Press. Department of Educational Planning
and Adult Education. The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).
University of Toronto.
--1978/1980. Educational Programs for Latinos in Chicago. Latin
American Studies Program. University of Illinois.
--1974/1978. Comparative Literacy Cruzades in Latin America
and Dental Prevention Curriculum in Dental School. Sociology Department.
--1972/1973. Influence of Mass Media on Family Life. Also, Studies
of Samall Families in Northern Chile. Sociology Department. Universidad
--1971/1973. Welfare and Educational programs for Peasants and Workers.
Ministry of Education and Ministry of Agriculture and ICIRA, (Institute
for Land Reform).
--1971/1973. Telecourses and Educational Programs. Channel 9
T.V & Univ. of Chile
--1971/1973. Supervisor of several researches of a socio-political
anthropological nature in Chilean rural areas. Planning Department. Ministry
2002. National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute,
University of Ohio, Columbus: Brazil
1998. Plato Royalty Committee (TESC), grant to acquire video equipment
(MX1 Videonic, Video Mixer), video monitors, and other video materials for
the Field School to Chile.
1995. National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute,
Center and Perisphery in New Spain: 16th and 17th Century Spanish and
Indigeneous Cultures in Mexico and New Mexico.
1992 - 1995. The Washington Commission for the Humanities (a
state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities). Three grants
to produce weekly T.V. shows of Panorama Latino Americano, aired on channel
3 (TCTV), Olympia, WA.
Summer/92. The Evergreen State College. Grant-in-aid. Two months
paid leave to work on my book, The Political Role of the Church in Latin
1991/1992. The Evergreen Foundation. Grant to produce a video-documentary
about Dances of Mexico.
Fall/1991. Public Services and TESC. Latin American Community
1990 & 1991. Grant to assess racial issues at TESC (team of four
Summer/89. The Evergreen State College. Grant-in-aid. Two months
paid leave to complete my book, Edgardo Enriquez Frodden and to produce
a video-documentary about Chile.
1986. United Church of Canada. Travel allowance to Latin
1985. Awarded, Second Prize in a National Literary contest for
Spanish speaking authors (Testimonies Category), organized by the Department.of
Literature & Romance Languages, University of Alberta and the Spanish
Summer/85. Secretary of State (Canada). Grant to produce an
educational text about Latin America: The Bridge Between Canada and Latin
1982/1985. Social Sciences Humanity Research Council (Canada).
Grants to facilitate international collaboration: researching & filming
in South America.
Summer/80. Member of a Canadian Fact FindingCommission researching
the results of the Nicaraguan Literacy Campaign.
1976-1979. Canada Council Fellowship.
1978 & 1979.Canada Council allowance to travel to Latin
1976 & 1977. Canada Council allowance to Latin America (filming
Summer/79. University of Illinois travel allowance to Europe
to dictate several conferences on Latin America.
1974-1976. The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Graduate
1989/2001 Producer of Panorama Latino Americano (a weekly biligual
television program aired at TCTV Channel 29. Thurston County).
1992/1994 Editor of the Center for Latin American Studies Newsletter
(a monthly publication with current information about Latin America).