Department of Anthropology
The Nuevo South Action Research Collaborative




  • On October 29 2010, The NSARC had a very successful round-table discussion on university-community collaboration under the sponsorship of ECU's Art without Borders.  Representatives from several grassroots organizations and service providers joined university faculty and students to discuss ways in which the current collaboration could be enhanced and strengthened.                                                                                                                            
  • Round-table Oct. 29 2010-2

  • The NC Council of Churches, the Nuevo South Collaborative, the Association of Guatemalan from North Carolina (AGIACAN), and AMEXCAN, invite you to the screening of Brother Towns/Pueblos Hermanos.  The film is directed by Charlie Thompson from the Duke Center for Documentary Studies. It will be screened on November 4 at 7 pm, at Bates 11031, ECU campus.  Watch the trailer here.
  • Watch the community TV program La Voz Presenta, produced by Luis Guzman.  The program is at the service of the Latino community of eastern North Carolina.
  • In partnership with the group Mujeres sin Fronteras, AMEXCAN, and the Hispanic Community Development Center, an interdisciplinary group of faculty has received funding form the ECU Center for Health Disparities Research to implement a project to enhance family and community health of Latino families.  The project will focus on nutrition and physical activity.  The PI is Ricardo B. Contreras. (October 2010).
  • Visit the website of Arts without Borders, a project at ECU to celebrate Hispanic Heritage. Click here.
  • Watch here a trailer the film Which Way Home, which depicts the experience of Central American children and youth as they travel across Mexico bound to the United States. The film is directed by Rebecca Cammisa and distributed by bullfrogfilms. It is a great film, worth watching and considering as course material.
  • On August the 14th, the Kinston Community Health Center will be hosting a "Cultural Awareness/Health Fair" day at the Center (click here for map).  Everyone is invited. 
  • On August 25th, from 9 am to 12:00 pm, the Kinston Community Health Center and the Lions Club will be a the Pink Hill IGA store (click here for map) conducting free eye screenings for the migrant/seasonal farmworkers and their families and the Hispanic community as a whole. 
  • The Association of Mexicans from North Carolina (AMEXCAN), the Red de Veracruzanos en Carolina del Norte, NALACC-NC, and the Patronato de Familiares Aguadulceños are holding the migration forum Oportunidades y Retos de la Migración Mexicana: Veracruzanos en Carolina del Norte.  The forum will take place on July 31, 2010, in Agua Dulce, Papantla, Veracruz.  Click here for the announcement.
  • Collaborative members David Griffith, Ricardo Contreras, and Juvencio Rocha Peralta, will participate in The School for Advanced Research (SAR) seminar "Managing and Mismanaging Migration:  Lessons from Guestworkers' Experiences".  The seminar will bring together ten multidisciplinary researchers and practitioners from Mexico, Canada, and the United States, to discuss managed migration (or guestworker) programs from practical, theoretical, and policy perspectives.  Chairs of the seminar are David Griffith (ECU) and Diane Austin (Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, U. of Arizona).  For more information, please click here. (August 2010).
  • The North Carolina Field Coalition and the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) are hosting the advocacy/fund raising event "Holy Mole! The Spirit of Food and the People Behind it" in Durham on September 17 and 18.    Click here for a poster announcing the event.
  • Under the leadership of Dr. Sarah Colby (Department of Nutrition and Dietetics), an interdisciplinary group of faculty met with two visitors from the College of Public Health and Nutrition (FASPyN) of the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, México.  The purpose of the meeting was to assess the potential for cross-border research collaboration.  (July 2010).
  • The youth group New Latin Generation (Nash, Edgecombe, and Wilson counties) has started a project to give out used clothes to farmworkers.  The NSARC will support the project by collecting clothes from Collaborarive members and the university community. (July 2010).
  • On Saturday November 7, five students and three faculty members volunteered with Mujeres Sin Fronteras, a group of migrant women from Mexico, in helping them build greenhouses and chicken coops for their new organic farm. In this volunteering day, the group joined members of Student Action for Farmworkers, staff from the Lenoir County Migrant Education Program, and several farmworkers.  It was a great day for all participants and a particularly enlightening experience for students.  Paraphrasing the president of the community group, this was an opportunity for others to know about the reality of the farmworkers who put food on our dishes. (November 2009).
  • Partnering with AMEXCAN, John Pierpont submitted a grant proposal to the Unitarian Universalist Association Fund for a Just Society for a human rights education project. The project, if funded, will have two components. In the first component, 10 to 15 community lay advisors will learn about human rights as well as legal rights and responsibilities, and will pass along this knowledge to others in their communities, and in particular to immigrant workers. In the second component, a community “Solidarity Committee” will be developed to advocate regarding specific issues that are important to immigrant Latino workers and to provide support for individuals as needed. This project will be evaluated using a participatory process methodology. (October 2009).
  • Ricard Viñas de Puig, NSCRI's newest affiliated faculty, is starting an exciting project with Mujeres sin Fronteras, a grassroots organization of migrant women  from Mexico located in Greene County.  Through a participatory methodology,  Ricard will create a multilingual dictionary of indigenous languages from Chiapas and other Mexican states.  This project inaugurates the Language and Community focus area of the NSCRI. (September 2009).
  • In partnership with AMEXCAN, Ricardo Contreras and David Griffith submitted a grant proposal to the North Carolina Humanities Council for an oral history project.  If funded, the project -"Cellebrating Latino Leadership in Eastern North Carolina: An Oral History Project"- will elicit oral histories of 15 Latino grassroots leaders, entrepreneurs, and people working in social services.  These oral histories will be given back to the community in the form of community forums and through a web-based exhibit. (September 2009).
  • AMEXCAN and the NSCRI have been awarded a new grant by the Pitt Memorial Hospital Foundation to develop a pilot community health advisor program to promote healthy nutrition and physical activity in the Latino community of Pitt County.  The project will be implemented through a collaborative that includes AMEXCAN, Jóvenes Latinos en Acción, and faculty and students from Anthropology, the School of Social Work, and the College of Nursing.  This implementation project will be evaluated using an ethnographic process evaluation methodology. (July 2009).
  • David Griffith was the Invited Speaker at the Second Latino Leadership Summit on June 5 2009.  He presented the paper "Calidad y Confianza: Latino Entrepreneurship in North Carolina and Beyond."  For a description of the summit visit News and Events.  For a copy of Griffith's Power Point presentation, visit Publications. (June 2009).
  • The project Jóvenes Latinos en Acción has created a site in Pitt County.  This site joins the groups already existing in Nash/Wilson/Edgecombe and Lenoir/Greene/Duplin Counties. (June 2009).