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Laurie Frederik Meer

Associate Professor
2810 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park, MD 20742
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Laurie Frederik is associate professor of performance studies in TDPS and is director of the Latin American Studies Center.  She is also an active affiliate faculty member in the Department of Anthropology.  Her book, Trumpets in the Mountains: Theater and the Politics of National Culture in Cuba, published by Duke University Press, received Honorable Mention for Outstanding Book of 2012 by ATHE.  It is based on over a decade of ethnographic research, including two and a half years living in some of Cuba’s most remote mountainous areas called “zones of silence.” She continues to conduct research in and about Cuba.  Her second book project focuses on genres of true storytelling performance, especially in legal culture and courtroom testimony in the United States and Puerto Rico.  Dr. Frederik teaches classes on the role of artists and intellectuals in society, political ritual, subversive culture, national identity, censorship, creativity, and ethnographic method.

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Cuba, Caribbean, Latin America, African Diaspora, South Africa, anthropology of art, performance studies, ethnography, politics, nationalism, subversive culture, artistic and cultural narrative, law and legal testimony

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Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Chicago, 2007 B.A. Honors (MA equiv), Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town 1993 B.A., Anthropology, University of Virginia 1990 School for International Training, Kenya/Tanzania, 1990