The Reconstruction of El Oro: An Experiment in History and Animation Presentation

Friday, April 22, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
Venue: CN 1.112
Admission: Free
Season: 2015-16

History and animation faculty, including CUSLAI Director Dr. Monica Rankin, have teamed up to created an animated short that tells the story of the 1941 Peruvian invasion of the El Oro province of Ecuador and the U.S. effort to rebuild the remote coastal province and the U.S. effort to rebuild the remote coastal province under the auspices of the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (OCIAA). U.S. leaders hoped to use the El Oro emergency mission to make an immediately practical and valuable contribution not just to the situation in Ecuador, but also more broadly to hemispheric unity.

Informed by a variety of sources—reports, photographs, literature, and video—the animation provides a historical narrative and also communicates the underlying scholarly arguments in the project. It focuses in particular on themes of modernization and cultural understanding. It also offers a platform for discussing the intersection of technology and culture both through the content of the study and through the use of digital media in the presentation. 

Following a showing of the animation, the authors will provide some additional insight into the scholarship behind the project and the intellectual implications of the digital format. The authors of the project hope to stimulate a lively Q & A exchange as part of the session.

Scheduled to present: Monica Rankin (A&H), Ben Wright (A&H), Eric Farrar (ATEC), Todd Fechter (ATEC) Sean McComber (ATEC), and Phillip Hall (ATEC)

Please join us Friday, April 22nd, at 10 am in CN 1.112 (The Clark Conference Center). 

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Please contact us with any questions you may have. 

Sponsored by the Center for US-Latin America Initiatives in conjunction with ATEC and Phi Alpha Theta.



For more information contact:
Monica Rankin
[email protected]


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