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Tracing the Movement of Populations in Latin America

About the Project

The project entails planning and creating 2 exhibits in the Central lobby relating to population movements in (1) North America and (2) Latin America and the Caribbean based primarily on our special collections. The Latin American component will be integrated into the research methods course taught by Covington and Robinson (History). Schultz will collaborate with available history faculty. The position will be split between two Fellows, each working 10 hours/week. Fellows will assist in the research, selection, preparation and construction of the exhibit. For the Latin American portion the fellow will work with students in the course assisting in overseeing their research, selection, and creation of metadata, Omeka, etc. Skills needed include: historical research experience/basic knowledge of library resources; organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines; an interest in US or Latin American history and culture; strong writing skills; knowledge of Spanish preferred for Latin American component; Skills Needed or To Be Developed;research in our primary resources;scanning;Omeka training

Websites: Tracing the Movement of Populations in Latin America, Vanderbilt’s Colombiana
Fellowship: Project Proposal  Project Presentation


Paula Covington; Jason Schultz


Adelstein Janna Adelstein is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences from New York City majoring in American History and Art History. Currently, she is working on her history honors thesis on refugees from the Iranian Revolution who sought asylum in the United States. She is a congressional intern for Congressman Jim Cooper (TN - 05) and an editor for the Vanderbilt Historical Review.






Saclarides Dora Saclarides is from Northfield, Illinois, and attended Vanderbilt University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies and is currently a candidate in the 4+1 master's program at the Center for Latin American Studies. Her passion for languages led to her participation in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program during the 2016 academic year, where she worked as an English Teaching Assistant at the Federal University of Paraíba in João Pessoa and the Federal University of Campina Grande. She has an ongoing interest in inter-American literature and the sociology of literary translation. For her thesis, she is researching the proliferation of translated texts about Eastern Orthodox Christianity in the United States and Brazil and will examine how translated texts have contributed to the formation of "American" and “Brazilian” Orthodox identities in an eastern tradition. Dora worked with librarian Paula Covington to curate an exhibition on Colombian documents for a global conference and worked with student curators in LAS 4901/5901 to help them curate the exhibition, “Tracing the Movement of Populations in Latin America.”





  • Kathy Smith, Associate University Archivist, Associate Director of Special Collections
  • Carla Beals, Coordinator, Digital Exhibits & Projects
  • Jodie Gambill, Librarian
  • Sara Sterkenberg, Cataloging & Exhibition Services Librarian

Dates of Employment: spring 2017 semester

Please follow the Application Process to apply for this fellowship. Applications will be accepted through October 21, 2016.