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Events: Upcoming

Apr 30

Presentation with Fernando Arenas: Lisbon Stories: Migration, Citizenship, and Intercultural Relations in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema and Literature

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: This lecture focuses primarily on the experiences of Brazilian migrants in Portugal since the economic boom of the 1990s to the economic crisis of the early 21st century, as they are the object of symbolic representation in film and literature. The analysis will center on several Brazilian texts: Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas’ film Terra estrangeira (Foreign Land) (1995), Luiz Ruffato’s novel Estive em Lisboa e lembrei de você (I Went to Lisbon and Thought of You) (2009), and Sérgio Tréfaut’s film Viagem a Portugal (Voyage to Portugal) (2011), while critically exploring the dynamics of intercultural relations, identity, community, and citizenship.
Fernando Arenas is a Professor of Lusophone Studies (including Brazil, Portugal, and Portuguese-speaking Africa) at the University of Michigan with a dual appointment in the departments of Afro-American and African Studies and Romance Languages and Literatures. His work centers on cultural expressions such as literature, film, and popular music, which he studies through an interdisciplinary and theoretical prism centering on the dyad of post-colonialism and globalization. He is the author of Lusophone Africa: Beyond Independence (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) (forthcoming in Portuguese, África lusófona: além da independência (Almedina)) and Utopias of Otherness: Nationhood and Subjectivity in Portugal and Brazil (University of Minnesota Press, 2003). He is also co-editor, together with Susan C. Quinlan, of Lusosex: Gender and Sexuality in the Portuguese-Speaking World (University of Minnesota Press, 2002). His current research focuses on migratory flows throughout the Portuguese-speaking world and dynamics of intercultural relations, identity, community and citizenship.
Sponsors: Department of Spanish & Portuguese, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
May 4

LAII Vamos a Leer Book Group

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tractor Brewery 1800 4th St 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 May, we're reading The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer.
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.