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Conferences, Symposia & Series

The LAII regularly sponsors conferences, symposia, and series. Topics vary from year to year. When possible, the LAII provides comprehensive information regarding these events and makes it available here. Please see below for details concerning upcoming and recent activities.

2017

A Richard E. Greenleaf Symposium on Latin America

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Taking place April 14-15, the Richard E. Greenleaf Symposium on Latin America, “Practicing Asylum: Expert Witness Testimony in Latin American Asylum Cases,” works to create a network of experienced attorneys and expert witnesses to respond to the fundamental barrier to effective asylum representation.

The Granados Project: Canto de las Estrellas

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Friday, March 3, 2017 -- The LAII proudly partners with the UNM Department of Music and the UNM Department of Spanish and Portugeuse in The Granados Project, a 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Life and Music of Enrique Granados (1867-1916), one of Spain's most significant and influential composers of the modern period.

CNM●UNM Latin American Studies Speaker Series - Spring 2017

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Monday, March 28, 2017 -- In Spring 2017, the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) are partnering once more to produce an exciting Latin American Studies Speaker Series for CNM students.

LAII Lecture Series - Spring 2017

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Friday, March 3, 2017 -- The Latin American & Iberian Institute's (LAII) Lecture Series for Spring 2017 offers engaging lectures provided by UNM faculty and invited speakers. Topics are diverse, showcasing the interdisciplinary nature of Latin Americanist scholarship at the University of New Mexico and in the field more broadly.

Musicology Colloquium - Spring 2017

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Friday, March 3, 2017 -- In collaboration with the UNM Department of Music, the LAII is pleased to support the Spring 2017 Musicology Colloquium series. The Colloquium reflects the diverse scholarship of the Musicology program itself, which offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of music and encourages students to intellectually engage with richly contextualized music scholarship.

2017 Sin Fronteras Film Festival

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Monday, March 28, 2017 -- The Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS) hosts the 2017 Sin Fronteras Film Festival March 25-27 at the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque, NM. As in years past, the film festival is entirely FREE and open to the public thanks to the generous contributions of community and campus partners.

2016

CNM●UNM Latin American Studies Speaker Series - Fall 2016

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Monday, March 28, 2016 -- In Spring 2016, the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) are partnering once more to produce an exciting Latin American Studies Speaker Series for CNM students.

LAII Lecture Series - Fall 2016

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Monday, August 22, 2016 -- The Latin American & Iberian Institute's (LAII) Lecture Series for Fall 2016 offers engaging lectures provided by UNM faculty and invited speakers. Topics are diverse, showcasing the interdisciplinary nature of Latin Americanist scholarship at the University of New Mexico and in the field more broadly.

Musicology Colloquium - Fall 2016

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Monday, August 22, 2016 -- In collaboration with the UNM Department of Music, the LAII is pleased to support the Fall 2016 Musicology Colloquium series. The Colloquium reflects the diverse scholarship of the Musicology program itself, which offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of music and encourages students to intellectually engage with richly contextualized music scholarship.

Conducting Fieldwork Under Complicated Circumstances

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Monday, April 18, 2016 -- Taking place April 21-22, the interdisciplinary conference "Conducting Fieldwork Under Complicated Circumstances" brings together faculty, graduate students, and invited scholars from within and beyond UNM who are interested in improving approaches to fieldwork.

2016 Sin Fronteras Film Festival

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Monday, March 28, 2016 -- SOLAS is the Student Organization for Latin American Studies at the University of New Mexico. The organization represents both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Latin American studies as well as those conducting research in the region. As an independent student-run entity, SOLAS advocates for the interests of its members along with our student affiliates before the university administration. Their mission is to increase awareness about Latin American issues and cultural happenings through the facilitation of intellectual dialogue by supporting engaging events and hosting interactive programming. The Sin Fronteras Film Festival is among the highlights of their outreach efforts each year.

Genius You Can't Refuse: Recovering the Story and Music of Manuel Areu (1845-1942)

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Monday, March 28, 2016 --As part of the Manuel Areu Project, the UNM Honors College presents a series of activities honoring the work of Manuel Areau (1854-1942). From a dumpster in Jerome, Arizona, to UNM Zimmerman Library’s collections, the music scores and documents of Manuel Areu tell us about his creative work in Spain, Cuba, Mexico, and the United States in times of important social and political change. This rare treasure is now part of our heritage. UNM Honors College students and faculty present in this symposium on recovering this historical and musical legacy.

LAII Lecture Series - Spring 2016

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Monday, March 28, 2016 -- The Latin American & Iberian Institute's (LAII) Lecture Series for Spring 2016 offers engaging lectures provided by UNM faculty and invited speakers. Topics are diverse, showcasing the interdisciplinary nature of Latin Americanist scholarship at the University of New Mexico and in the field more broadly.

CNM●UNM Latin American Studies Speaker Series - Spring 2016

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Monday, March 28, 2016 -- In Spring 2016, the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) are partnering once more to produce an exciting Latin American Studies Speaker Series for CNM students.

Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Linguistics - Spring 2016

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Monday, March 28, 2016 -- The Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Linguistics is organized each term by a consortium at UNM, including the Department of Linguistics, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the LAII, among others. The series includes presentations by local and invited speakers who address the broad diversity of linguistic scholarship related to languages of the Americas.

 

2015

Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Linguistics - Fall 2015

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Thursday, November 4, 2015 -- The Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Linguistics is organized each term by a consortium at UNM, including the Department of Linguistics, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the LAII, among others. The series includes presentations by local and invited speakers who address the broad diversity of linguistic scholarship related to languages of the Americas.

CNM/UNM Latin American Studies Speaker Series - Fall 2015

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015 -- In Fall 2015, the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) have partnered together to produce an exciting Latin American Studies Speaker Series for CNM students.

LAII Lecture Series - Fall 2015

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015 -- The Latin American & Iberian Institute's (LAII) Lecture Series for Fall 2015 offers engaging lectures provided by UNM faculty and invited speakers. Topics are diverse, showcasing the interdisciplinary nature of Latin Americanist scholarship at the University of New Mexico and in the field more broadly.

The Fight for Social Justice in Tough Times

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Thursday, April 09, 2015 -- Join the LAII for a remarkable opportunity to hear from three of the editors behind the nonprofit organization Rethinking Schools. Bill Bigelow, Linda Christensen, and Wayne Au will present hands-on workshops, presentations, and panel discussions alongside UNM faculty Shiv Desai, Glenabah Martinez, Tyson Marsh, Nancy López, Katherine Crawford-Garrett, Ricky Lee Allen, and Ruth Trinidad Galván.

LAII Lecture Series - Spring 2015

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Monday, August 31, 2015 -- The Latin American & Iberian Institute's (LAII) Lecture Series for Spring 2015 offers engaging lectures provided by UNM faculty and invited speakers. Topics are diverse, showcasing the interdisciplinary nature of Latin Americanist scholarship at the University of New Mexico and in the field more broadly.

 

2014

LAII Lecture Series - Fall 2014

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Friday September 19, 2014 -- The Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Linguistics is organized each term by a consortium at UNM, including the Department of Linguistics, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the LAII, among others. The series includes presentations by local and invited speakers who address the broad diversity of linguistic scholarship related to languages of the Americas.

LAII Lecture Series - Fall 2014

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Thursday, October 16, 2014 -- The Latin American & Iberian Institute's (LAII) Lecture Series for Fall 2014 offers engaging lectures provided by UNM faculty and invited speakers. Topics are diverse, showcasing the interdisciplinary nature of Latin Americanist scholarship at the University of New Mexico and in the field more broadly.

43rd John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 -- An unprecedented collaboration between internationally acclaimed Mexican and United States-based creative artists led the events at the 2014 UNM John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium.

A Richard E. Greenleaf Symposium on Latin America: "1920s to 2020s: To Hollywood and Back: Latin American Cinema & Gender in a Global Context"

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Thursday, February 6, 2014 -- "1920s to 2020s: To Hollywood and Back: Latin American Cinema & Gender in a Global Context" is a two-day, interdisciplinary symposium focused on stimulating cross-disciplinary dialogue among UNM faculty and invited scholars from across the country whose work involves Brazilian Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Cuban and Caribbean Studies, International and Area Studies, Language and Linguistics, and Spanish and Portuguese.

Testimonios de una Guerra

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Thursday, January 30, 2014 - March 31, 2014 -- The exhibition Testimonios de una Guerra is part of an extended cultural project for the community, one focused on the Mexican Revolution. Project components include an extensive photography exhibition, a film screening focused on El Cine de la Revolución Mexicana, and a professional development workshop for K-12 educators. The project opens on January 30, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. with a reception which is free and open to the public.

LAII Lecture Series - Spring 2014

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 -- The Latin American & Iberian Institute's (LAII) Lecture Series for Spring 2014 offers engaging lectures provided by UNM faculty and invited speakers. Topics are diverse, showcasing the interdisciplinary nature of Latin Americanist scholarship at the University of New Mexico and in the field more broadly.

 

2013

Cultures of Exile

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013 -- Sponsored by the International Studies Institute, the conference "Cultures of Exile: Conversations on Language and the Arts" was inspired by the music of Georges Moustaki (1934-2013), especially his song "Le Métèque" (1969). In "Le Métèque" Moustaki dealt with outsiders, strangers, and all those who do not share one homogeneous place of origin.

Realidades Indígenas Contemporáneas: Miradas a Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador y Venezuela

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013 -- "Realidades Indígenas Contemporáneas: Miradas a Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador y Venezuela" is a LAII documentary film series spanning three consecutive evenings, with each night offering different insights into the contemporary realities and experiences of indigenous peoples of Latin America.

LAII Lecture Series - Fall 2013

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013 -- The Latin American & Iberian Institute's (LAII) Lecture Series for Fall 2013 offers engaging lectures provided by UNM faculty. Topics are diverse, showcasing the interdisciplinary nature of Latin Americanist scholarship at the University of New Mexico and in the field more broadly.

A Richard E. Greenleaf Symposium on Latin America: Authority and Identity in Colonial Ibero-America

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 -- "Authority and Identity in Colonial Ibero-America" is a two-day, interdisciplinary conference that brings together eight of the foremost scholars of colonial Ibero-America. The panel sessions draw upon disciplinary backgrounds in History, Modern Foreign Languages, and Art & Art History, with scholars from across the nation...

Got Rights? Human Ecologies of Ethnicity, Race, and Memory in Human Rights Discourse

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Thursday, March 7, 2013 -- "Got Rights? Human Ecologies of Ethnicity, Race, and Memory in Human Rights Discourse" is the first annual Human Rights Symposium held by the UNM Department of Spanish and Portuguese. The symposium will confront three pivotal issues in contemporary human rights: memory and transitional justice; indigenous and environmental rights and race and human rights.

LAII Lecture Series - Spring 2013

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Thursday, January 31, 2013 -- The Latin American & Iberian Institute's (LAII) Lecture Series for Spring 2013 offers engaging lectures provided by UNM faculty and invited speakers. Topics are diverse, showcasing the interdisciplinary nature of Latin Americanist scholarship at the University of New Mexico and in the field more broadly.

 

2012

Borderline Slavery: Contemporary Issues in Border Security and the Human Trade

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Thursday, October 18, 2012 -- Across the world, more people are living in slavery today than at any time in human history - even in the United States, which prides itself on being a free society. Each year, thousands of people are trafficked within and across our borders to...

Festival Cervantes, Writing Art

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Thursday, April 19, 2012 -- Instituto Cervantes, in partnership with the LAII and other community organizations, presented the first annual Festival Cervantes: strengthening cultural diversity through contemporary literature, art and music...



2011

The Latino Literary Imagination

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Thursday, April 14, 2011 -- In a collaborative initiative of faculty, the University of New Mexico and Rutgers University in New Jersey partnered to produce a teleconference which focuses on an East Coast/South West Dialogue on Narrative Voices and the Spoken Word..."

The 58th Annual Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies (RMCLAS) Conference

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Thursday, April 7, 2011 -- The Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies (RMCLAS) is the oldest Latin American academic organization in the world. Formation of the organization began in 1953 at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and the first annual meeting was held in 1954. Other regional organizations soon followed RMCLAS' lead...

Africans and Their Descendants in the Early Modern Ibero-American World

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Monday, April 18, 2011 -- A two-day, interdisciplinary conference titled "A Richard E. Greenleaf Colonial Studies Conference: Africans and Their Descendants in the Early Modern Ibero-American World" provided a forum for eight of the foremost scholars of the Afro-Ibero Atlantic world to join UNM faculty members to explore..."

Community Summit on Citizen Diplomacy

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 -- The Albuquerque Council for International Visitors (ACIV), in partnership with the University of New Mexico presented a Community Summit on Citizen Diplomacy to bring to the community a better understanding of the critical importance of citizen diplomacy and to enhance skills for personal and cultural diplomacy. The Summit promoted an understanding of diverse values and cultures, educate participants about global perspectives and further mutual understanding...

2010

Grassroots Development and Artisanal Production in Indigenous Communities: Celebrating 40 Years of the Inter-American Foundation

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010 -- In celebration of the indigenous arts of the Americas and of the 40th anniversary of the passage of the IAF's founding legislation, a commemorative photo exhibit traveled to Albuquerque in November, along with artisans representing IAF grantees in Mexico, Panama, Peru and Bolivia. Hosted by the University of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the artisans spoke at meetings, seminars and other events on and off campus and displayed their crafts...

2009

Modern-Day Slavery in the Americas: A Regional Approach to a Global Epidemic

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009 -- Human trafficking is a form of slavery in which people - most women and children - are bought, sold, and transported against their will...

Animal Symbolism in the Mesoamerican Codex Tradition

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Thursday, November 19, 2009 -- A symposium on the pre-Hispanic meaning of animals from the perspectives of language, archaeology, and art. Nine speakers will represent research institutions in the United States and Mexico...