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Events: Upcoming

Sept. 1

Film Screening & K-12 Discussion: Even the Rain / También la lluvia

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Wells Fargo Theater, 1701 4th St. SW
Description: Join us for a free, public screening of the feature film Even the Rain / También la lluvia. The film depicts how "a Spanish film crew helmed by idealistic director Sebastian (Gael García Bernal) and his cynical producer (Luis Tosar) come to Bolivia to make a revisionist epic about the conquest of Latin America - on the cheap. Carlos Aduviri is dynamic as 'Daniel,' a local cast as a 16th century native in the film within a film. When the make-up and loin cloth come off, Daniel sails into action protesting his community's deprivation of water at the hands of multi-national corporations."
Educators are invited to stay after the screening to join us as we discuss how to introduce topics of colonization and resistance in middle and high school classrooms.
Sponsors: LAII, Cine Magnífico Albuquerque's Latino Film Festival, Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque, National Hispanic Cultural Center
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. No refreshments will be provided, but individuals can purchase food and drink from Pop Fizz, which is located on the NHCC campus.
Sept. 6

Journalist Alex Cuadros - The Olympics, Boom and Bust in Brazil

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Zimmerman Library, Willard Room
Description: In the run-up to the 2016 Olympics, much of the U.S. media coverage played up fears over the Zika virus, terror attacks, and the general safety of athletes and tourists in Rio de Janeiro. But it gave short shrift to the most urgent problems underlying the games, such as wasteful spending, demolitions of poor neighborhoods, and the ongoing violence in the areas of Rio where most outsiders rarely travel. For a deeper understanding of Rio's Olympic legacy, and of the larger context of Brazil's most recent cycle of boom and bust, join us for a talk with the journalist and author Alex Cuadros, who spent six years based in Brazil.
Cuadros is the author of Brazillionaires: Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country (Spiegel & Grau, 2016), which is based on his experience covering the ultra-rich as a full-time job for Bloomberg News in Sõo Paulo. He has also written for The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time, The Washington Post, and others. Now based in New York, he grew up in Albuquerque.
Sponsors: Bookstore, Global Education Office (GEO), Center for English Language and American Culture (CELAC), University Libraries & Learning Sciences, and LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the lecture. For reference, see the flyer or join the event on Facebook.
Sept. 8

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Rethinking Columbus

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: With Columbus Day on October 10th, this time of year provides the opportunity both to reconsider not only how and what we teach about Christopher Columbus, but also more generally how conquest, colonization and the continued struggles of indigenous peoples are taught in the classroom. The workshop will focus on curriculum that encourages teachers and students to think more deeply about Columbus’ encounter with the Americas from multiple points of view. The book Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years (Rethinking Schools, Ltd, 1998) is the foundational resource for this discussion. This is a great opportunity for all teachers or teacher education students.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: Copies of Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years will be provided for the first 20 registered participants! Registration is required. Please RSVP by visiting our event registration website. Participants may request certificates of professional development. Dinner will be provided.
Sept. 9

Historian Elaine Carey - Doing Drugs in the Archive: Facts, Fictions, and Histories of Women Traffickers

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Zimmerman Library, Willard Room
Description: Join us for a presentation with Dr. Elaine Carey, Professor and Chairperson of the Department History at St. John's University in Queens, New York. She will draw from her recent book, Women Drug Traffickers(University of New Mexico Press, 2014). Beginning with the passage of the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act of 1914, men and women trafficked drugs in, through, and into the United States. For over a century, these nimble organizations easily responded to technological, criminological, cultural, and market shifts with greater sophistication. In this presentation, Carey will discuss the historical methods of researching women drug traffickers whose entire business practices and successes depended on anonymity.
Sponsors: New Mexico Historical Review, Department of History, LAII, University Libraries & Learning Sciences
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
Sept. 12

LAII Vamos a Leer Book Group

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tractor Brewing, 1800 4th St. NW
Description: Each month educators, teachers, librarians and community members from around Albuquerque come together to discuss young adult books related to Latin America. All of the books featured in the Vamos a Leer book group are chosen for their representations of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the United States. In September, we'll read "Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal," a novel-in-verse by Margarita Engle which looks at the history of the Panama Canal.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the book group and relevant resources, visit our related blog, Vamos a Leer: Teaching Latin America Through Literacy.
Sept 15-18

Film Festival: ¡Cine Magnífico!

Time: Varies
Location: Varies
Description: The LAII is pleased to support the fourth annual ¡Cine Magnífico! Albuquerque Latino Film Festival, whose vision is to present the newest films by and about Latinos to promote our culture through film and enrich our local art community. Through an educational partnership, the LAII proudly co-sponsors the free screening of The Landfill Harmonic, a film that will be of interest to educators and the general public alike. This film follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical youth group of kids that live next to one of South America's largest landfills. This unlikely orchestra plays music from instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. With the guidance of their music director, they must navigate this new world of arenas and sold out concerts. However, when a natural disaster devastates their community, the orchestra provides a source of hope for the town. The film is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.
The festival as a whole showcases a diverse set of films, from award-winning to local and up-and-coming filmmakers. The festival's team has selected a lineup of films which perfectly illustrates enriching points of view about emerging issues and topics that shape the current Hispanic-Latino cultures and landscapes. This years' screenings will take place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, UNM, and the Guild Cinema.
Sponsors: Organized by Instituto Cervantes and Bernalillo County in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, LAII, and Guild Cinema, and supported by a host of community partners.
Notes: For complete details, visit the ¡Cine Magnífico! website.
Sept. 21

LAII Fall Reception

Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Bow & Arrow Brewing Company, 608 McKnight Ave. NW
Description: The Latin American & Iberian Institute hosts its annual fall reception to celebrate our community of faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community partners. Anyone and everyone with an interest in Latin America and Iberia are encouraged to attend. Join us for mingling and refreshments!
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested. Please RSVP by September 1st.
Oct. 10

LAII Vamos a Leer Book Group

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tractor Brewing, 1800 4th St. NW
Description: Each month educators, teachers, librarians and community members from around Albuquerque come together to discuss young adult books related to Latin America. All of the books featured in the Vamos a Leer book group are chosen for their representations of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the United States. In October, we're reading the 2016 Américas Award-winning title, Out of Darkness, by Ashley Hope-Pérez, a YA historical fiction novel that offers a gripping and mesmerizing account of small town racial tension and love in 1930s Texas.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the book group and relevant resources, visit our related blog, Vamos a Leer: Teaching Latin America Through Literacy.
Nov. 14

LAII Vamos a Leer Book Group

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tractor Brewing, 1800 4th St. NW
Description: Each month educators, teachers, librarians and community members from around Albuquerque come together to discuss young adult books related to Latin America. All of the books featured in the Vamos a Leer book group are chosen for their representations of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the United States. In November, we'll read The Book of Unknown Americans by Christine Henríquez, an accessible adult novel that weaves together characters' stories as "testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Central and Latin America. Their journeys and their voices will inspire you, surprise you, and break your heart."
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the book group and relevant resources, visit our related blog, Vamos a Leer: Teaching Latin America Through Literacy.
Dec. 12

LAII Vamos a Leer Book Group

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tractor Brewing, 1800 4th St. NW
Description: Each month educators, teachers, librarians and community members from around Albuquerque come together to discuss young adult books related to Latin America. All of the books featured in the Vamos a Leer book group are chosen for their representations of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the United States. In November, we'll read The Farming of Bones, a young adult novel by Edwidge Danticat, an acclaimed Haitian writer who explores the history of the island of Hispaniola as she offers this "sobering novel about 'two different peoples trying to share one tiny piece of land.'"
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the book group and relevant resources, visit our related blog, Vamos a Leer: Teaching Latin America Through Literacy.