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What do migration and meteorology have to do with Latin American studies? Bridges across disciplines at the United States Naval Academy

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Silvia M Peart ,

United States Naval Academy, US
About Silvia

Silvia M. Peart is an Associate Professor of Spanish/ Second Language Acquisition at the United States Naval Academy. Her research interest includes two focus areas: (1) second language acquisition (SLA), and pedagogy; and (2) identity construction in second-generation migrants. She has published her research in Journal of Culture, Language and International Security, Lenguaje y Textos, Estudios de Linguística Aplicada, Diálogo de la Lengua. Revista de Investigación en Filología y Lingüística, Latin American Essays. 

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Sharika Crawford,

United States Naval Academy, US
About Sharika

Sharika Crawford is an Associate Professor of Latin American history at the United States Naval Academy. Her research focuses on migration, the circum-Caribbean, and the experiences of Afro-Latin Americans. She has published in the Historia Critica, New West Indian Guide, The Global South, International Journal of Maritime History, and World History Connected. Her book The Last Turtlemen: Labor, Conservation, and Boundary Crossing in the Maritime Caribbean is currently contracted for publication by the University of North Carolina Press. 

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Bradford S Barrett

United States Naval Academy, US
About Bradford

Bradford Barrett is an Associate Professor of Meteorology at the United States Naval Academy. His research focuses on precipitation and climate-weather interactions. He has published in several of the leading journals in meteorology, including Journal of Climate, Monthly Weather Review, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, and International Journal of Climatology. He has also led groups of students on short-term culture and science learning trips to countries in the southern Andes and Southeast Asia.   

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Abstract

This essay explores how faculty from three different disciplines (applied linguistics, history, and meteorology), all with expertise in Latin America, have promoted an interdisciplinary approach toward Latin American studies through their study of migration and climate. The essay begins by reviewing the history and significance of the U.S. Department of Defense’s LREC initiative on tertiary Spanish language education. The essay then describes how climate and human interests in Latin America can be integrated into undergraduate courses and research projects to leverage students’ intellectual interests (in their major subject) with other academic pursuits (via a minor in Spanish). Finally, the essay discusses how demographic changes in the U.S. have impacted higher education in Spanish. The essay concludes by reviewing some of the guidelines that professional organizations and universities have put in place in response to these challenges, and offers some suggestions for how academics might respond in their institutional contexts.
How to Cite: Peart, S.M., Crawford, S. and Barrett, B.S., 2019. What do migration and meteorology have to do with Latin American studies? Bridges across disciplines at the United States Naval Academy. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies, 3(1), pp.1–14. DOI: http://doi.org/10.23870/marlas.219
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Published on 29 Jun 2019.
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