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Events: Upcoming

Jan 28

¡SOLAS Presents! UNM Graduate Students: Holly Brause and Lean Sweeney

Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: "Contraband and Spatial Negotiation on the Chiapas-Guatemala Border, 1840-1880"
Lean's presentation will focus on cases of contraband trade, specifically contraband's policing, the processing of cases, and the outcomes of litigation, which suggest that contrabandists were as often colluding with state officials as they were undermining them, and that defense and denunciation of contraband served the political ends of local communities as much or more than those of centralized authorities. Her examination of contraband cases on the Chiapas-Guatemala border reveals the ways in which the criminalization of certain activities, groups, and networks of trade and alliance proved useful sources of local power.
"Norteña Music, Public Space, and Representations of Rurality in Northern Mexico"
Holly's presentation will focus on norteña music, a musical genre with roots in Northern Mexico that has achieved greta popularity on both sides of the US/Mexico border. Holly's research asks: What is the social significance of norteña music on the Mexican side of the border? In her presentation, Holly will discuss her findings, with a particular emphasis on the role of norteña music in intervening in contested public space and as an important representation of rural life as government support for rural livelihood dwindles.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please see event flyer.
Jan 29

Lecture: Frances Berdan - Aztec Daily Life: From the Everyday to the Spectacular

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: UNM Hibben Center, Room 105
Description: Join the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology and the LAII for a presentation with Dr. Frances Berdan, Professor Emerita of Anthropology and Co-director of the Laboratory for Ancient Materials Analysis at California State University San Bernadino. She specializes in the ethnohistory and archaeology of Aztec-period and Colonial Mexico. Berdan has authored or co-authored more than a dozen books and over 100 articles. Her solely authored books include Aztec Archaeology and Ethnohistory (2014) and The Aztecs of Central Mexico (2nd ed., 2005); her co-authored books include The Codex Mendoza (4 vols., 1992), Ethnic Identity in Nahua Mesoamerica (2008), Aztec Imperial Strategies (1996), and The Postclassic Mesoamerican World (edited, 2003). She is currently co-authoring a book on Aztec daily life and continues her research on Aztec-period feather and stone mosaics. In this presentation, she will consider the complicated world of the Aztecs: "There were rulers and farmers, priests and artisans, merchants and courtesans, scribes and slaves, and on and on. Indeed, Aztec life was a mosaic of different types of people engaging in different activities, living in specialized places, enjoying different rights, and experiencing different obligations. How did people wend their way around this varied world? Through artifacts and historical documents we will take a look at three Aztec lives: a spinner and weaver of cotton cloth, a featherworker, and a temple priest.
Sponsors: Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer. For more information, contact (505) 277-1400 or visit maxwellmuseum.unm.edu.
Feb 2

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 February, we're reading The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph.
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.
Feb 4

Field Research Grant 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 for a session to review application guidelines, learn tips for writing research proposals, and ask questions about the LAII's field research grants.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Please see the Call for Applications flyer for reference.
Feb 10

Information Session: Spanish Language & Culture Assistants

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: The LAII is pleased to partner with the Spanish Resource Center of Albuquerque and the UNM Department of Spanish & Portuguese to offer an information session for all individuals interested in applying to become a Language & Culture Assistant in Spain during academic year 2015-2016. There are around 2,000 positions available all over Spain for university graduate and undergraduate students who have completed at least two full years of college. Positions are offered in the K-12 public school system and public language schools. Assistants will get a minimum monthly allowance of 700€ ($870, as of Dec. 2014). The duration of the grant is eight months: October 2015-May 2016. Assistants will also be provided with medical insurance. Grants will be given on a first-come, first-served basis among eligible candidates; therefore it is important to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted online. The tentative application period is January 7 through April 7, 2015. However, candidates can initiate their registration as of now.
Sponsors: LAII, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Spanish Resource Center
Notes: For reference, please see the information flyer, or visit the Cultural Ambassadors website.
Feb 12

Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar: Cristina Soriano - Revolutionary Tides: Early Information Societies and Political Mobilization in Latin Colonial Venezuela, 1789-1810

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Zimmerman Library, Waters Room
Description: Join the LAII and University Libraries for a presentation with Dr. Cristina Soriano, an Assistant Professor of History at Villanueva University. Soriano visits UNM this term as a Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar to conduct research involving UNM's Ibarra collection, a unique resource which makes available to the scholarly community a rare and unusual collection of documents from one of Caracas' leading families, thereby offering a novel glimpse into 18th, 19th, and 20th century Venezuelan history and politics. Soriano's research involves an analysis of the relationship between literary practices, dynamics of circulation of information, configuration of social networks for insurgency, and political mobilization in Venezuela during the Age of the Revolutions (1789-1810).
Sponsors: LAII, University Libraries
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
Feb 26

LAII Lecture Series: Joseph Kolb - The Santa Muerte Enigma

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join the LAII for a presentation with Joseph K. Kolb, a journalist and LAII Research Associate. Kolb has studied and reported extensively on social and legal issues in Mexico for Americas Quarterly, FoxNews.com, Journal of Counter Terrorism, and Homeland Security. He has also developed the undergraduate and graduate certificate in Border Security Studies in the Criminal Justice Program at Western New Mexico University. This presentation will draw upon his research of the Santa Muerte phenomenon in both Ciudad Juarez and the United States: "The inexplicable phenomenon of Santa Muerte that has evolved throughout Mexico and the Mexican diaspora in the US has seen an exponential increase in believers searching for a spiritual alternative to conventional religions. Because of the tenets of the self-admitted cult, Santa Muerte has been denounced by the Catholic Church and has been associated with the violent Mexican narco culture by law enforcement. Yet, belief in Santa Muerte, or the "Boney Lady" continues to grow. This seminar will discuss the pre-Columbian origins of worship among the indigenous populations in southern Mexico, how it remained a relatively personal expression for centuries, then its publication introduction at the turn of the new millennium and its continuously growing mass appeal. Kolb will discuss how believers pray to the icon and for what purposes from home altars to weekly misas held in public temples. He has traveled to these places of worship in the US and in Mexico, spoken to believers, priests, and priestesses, and opponents, to obtain a balanced perspective."
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
Mar 2

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 March, we're reading He Forgot to Say Goodbye by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
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.
Mar 5

Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar: George Klaeren - Rational Inquisitors and Pious Scientists: Medical Discourse, Empiricism, and Catholic Epistemological Debates in the Inquisitions of Eighteenth Century Colonial Latin America

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Zimmerman Library, Waters Room
Description: Join the LAII and University Libraries for a presentation with George Klaeren, a recipient of a Greenleaf Visiting Library travel grant. The travel grants, funded by a generous gift to the LAII from Dr. Richard E. Greenleaf, provide faculty and graduate students the opportunity to visit UNM to work with one of the largest and most complete Latin American library collections in the United States.
Sponsors: LAII, University Libraries
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
Mar 19

LAII Lecture Series: Ana Alonso-Minutti

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join the LAII for a presentation with Dr. Ana Alonso-Minutti, Assistant Professor in the UNM Department of Music and faculty affiliate of the LAII. Alonso-Minutti's research focuses on late twentieth-century music. Her main interests are avant-garde expressions, interdisciplinary artistic intersections, intellectual elites, and cosmopolitanism. She was born in Puebla, México, where she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in music from the Universidad de las Américas. She continued her studies at the University of California, Davis, where she received MA and PhD degrees in musicology. Her doctoral research was assisted by a UC Davis Dissertation Year Fellowship and a UC MEXUS Dissertation Research. Her dissertation "Resonances of Sound, Text, and Image in the Music of Mario Lavista" focuses on the work of Mexican composer Mario Lavista (b. 1943), addressing issues of tradition, avant-garde, text-music relationships and collaboration. Using music analysis, oral history and aesthetic discourses, Alonso-Minutti takes Lavista's music as a point of convergence where resonances arise, understanding resonance as the quality of evoking responses charged with meaning by a multiplicity of voices.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
Apr 6

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 April, we're reading Serafina's Promise by Ann Burg.
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.
Apr 9

Symposium with Rethinking Schools

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: UNM Student Union Building, Rooms TBD
Description: Join the LAII for a remarkable opportunity to hear from three of the editors behind the nonprofit organization Rethinking Schools. Bill Bigelow, Linda Cristenson, and Wayne Au will join us on campus to discuss the importance of including regional and global studies in the standard curriculum. Panel discussions will consider the topic through the lens of social justice, critical literacy, and multicultural education.
Rethinking Schools began as a local effort to address problems such as basal readers, standardized testing, and textbook-dominated curriculum. Since its founding, it has grown into a nationally prominent publisher of educational materials, with subscribers in all 50 states, all 10 Canadian provinces, and many other countries. While the scope and influence of Rethinking Schools has changed, its basic orientation has not. Most importantly, it remains firmly committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy. While writing for a broad audience, Rethinking Schools emphasizes problems facing urban schools, particularly issues of race. Throughout its history, Rethinking Schools has tried to balance classroom practice and educational theory. It is an activist publication, with articles written by and for teachers, parents, and students. Yet it also addresses key policy issues, such as vouchers and marketplace-oriented reforms, funding equity, and school-to-work. Brazilian educator Paulo Freire wrote that teachers should attempt to "live part of their dreams within their educational space." Rethinking Schools believes that classrooms can be places of hope, where students and teachers gain glimpses of the kind of society we could live in and where students learn the academic and critical skills needed to make that vision a reality. Rethinking Schools attempts to be both visionary and practical: visionary because we need to be inspired by each other's vision of schooling; practical because for too long, teachers and parents have been preached at by theoreticians, far-removed from classrooms, who are long on jargon and short on specific examples.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to all educators, but registration is required for all participants. Visit the event registration website to reserve tickets.
April 16

LAII Lecture Series: Catherine Murphy - The Cuban Literacy Project

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join the LAII for a lecture with invited scholar Dr. Catherine Murphy, a San Francisco-based filmmaker who has spent much of the last 10 years working in Latin America. She is founder and director of The Literacy Project, a multi-media documentary project on adult literacy in the Americas. As an independent producer, Murphy's work has largely focused on social documentaries. She has field produced films like Saul Landau's Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?, Eugene Corr's From Ghost Town to Havana, served on the production crew of Gay Cuba; and subtitled Stealing America by Dorothy Fadiman, Jaime Kibben's The Greening of Cuba, and Out and Refusenicks by Sonja de Vries. She also served an archival researcher for Susanne Rostock's recent biography of Harry Belafonte, Sing Your Song. While in Caracas in 2009, she founded Tres Musas Producciones, a collaborative production house of independent women producers working in film, music and literature. Four short stories based on her interviews were published in Eduardo Galeano's most recent book, Espejos. Murphy served as senior staff producer at the TeleSur TV Washington bureau in 2006 and has produced content for PBS, TeleSur, Avila TV, Pacifica Radio National, WBAI and KPFA.
In this presentation, Murphy will take about her acclaimed documentary, Maestra, which focuses on the Cuban Literacy Project. As Howard Zinn wrote, "The Cuban Literacy Campaign is an important but little-known chapter in the history of the Americas. Catherine Murphy has created a project with rare and intimate access to this history. Her documentary MAESTRA brings together moving interviews with living witnesses, beautiful archival film footage, and Catherine's compelling storytelling. Based on personal testimonies of teachers and students from the campaign, her film will preserve the oral histories of a generation that will soon be gone. The historical significance of this archive -and its lessons for the present- cannot be overstated."
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.