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Events: Upcoming

Dec 1

LAII Vamos a Leer Book Group

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Description: Each month educators, teachers, librarians and community members from all over Albuquerque come together at our wonderful local bookstore, Bookworks, 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 December, we're reading Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña.
Sponsors: LAII, Bookworks
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the book group and relevant resources, visit the LAII's blog, Vamos a Leer: Teaching Latin America Through Literacy. For a reference, see a list of 2014-2015 Selected Titles.
Dec 3

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Information and Help Session

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Please join us at the LAII to learn the details about the FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowship application process. This help session will provide valuable information regarding application instructions and FLAS expectations, and will answer frequently asked questions.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Dec 3

Presentation with Afro-Dominican Writer Loida Maritza Pérez: "Beyond the Pale: The Demonization of Quisqueya's Marginalized and Their Haunting of the Collective Imagination"

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Ortega Hall, Room 335
Description: The 2014 Latino Literary Imagination Emerging Voices Residency Program at UNM presents this lecture with Afro-Dominican writer Loida Maritza Pérez, author of "Geographies of Home," a book which has been called "a magnificent debut novel, filled with graceful prose and searing detail...offer[ing] a penetrating portray of the American immigrant experience as [Pérez] explores the true meanings of identity, family--and home" (Penguin Books).
Sponsors: National Endowment for the Humanities and UNM's Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, Office of the Provost, Division of Student Affairs, and Latin American & Iberian Institute, as well as Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque.
Notes: This lecture is free and open to the public.
Dec 3

Information Session: Arts & Culture of Cuba

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: UNM Continuing Education, South Building, Room 107
Description: Please join us for an information session to learn more about how to participate in the LAII's upcoming trip Arts and Culture of Cuba, to be offered March 21-28, 2015. An ample question and answer period will allow for discussions concerning any and all aspects of the program. This 7-day trip will feature discussions with working artists and leaders in community-led dance, music, environmental and agricultural programs. Participants will experience museums, the beautiful architecture of Old Havana, and the biosphere reserve of Pinar del Rio.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see the Arts and Culture in Cuba guide.
Dec 4

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Mesoamerica Resiste

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join the LAII for its last professional development workshop of the term as it invites artists and community activists from The Beehive Design Collective to discuss their illustrated piece, "Mesoamérica Resiste," which is the third and final image in the Beehive's trilogy about globalization in the Americas, focusing on resistance to mega-infrastructure projects that are literally paving the way for free trade agreements that devastate local economies and communities. The stories in the graphic come from current struggles, but are also rooted in the legacies of over 500 years of colonialism in the Americas. A banner across the top reads, "Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up" - reminding us that we are in an era of extreme loss of cultural and ecological diversity and rapid climate change. Through the lens of Mesoamerica, the graphic tells the big picture story of what's at stake across the globe with the neoliberal model of "development," and what we've already lost.
Sponsors: LAII, The Beehive Design Collective
Notes: This event is free and open to the public, but with priority given to K-12 educators. All educators in attendance will be provided with free materials and certificates of professional development. Please register by contacting Keira Philipp-Schnurer at 505.277.7047 or Dinner will be provided (with food from Mujeres en acción). For reference, please see the event flyer.