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Sept 19

Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Linguistics: Fernando Melero García - Acoustic Analysis of Spanish Trills among Native Speakers from Valencia, Spain

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join the LAII, Department of Linguistics, and Department of Spanish & Portuguese for the first presentation in this term's Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Linguistics. Fernando Melero García, a graduate student in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, will present on his research which provides an acoustic analysis of the production of the Spanish trill in spontaneous speech among native speakers from Valencia. A total of 14 interviews were analyzed. The Spanish trill was analyzed accordingto several variables. Two dependent variables were considered: number of occlusions and duration of the trill. The independent variables analyzed for this study were of two types: linguistic and extra-linguistic. The results revealed a considerable number of non-canonical variants containing less than two occlusions. Regarding linguistic factors, more canonical trills were found in stressed syllables and in word-initial position. As for social factors, the younger group produced more innovative and noncanonical trills. On the other hand, women produced trills with a greater number of occlusions and more duration as compared to men. Finally, the level of education of the speakers seemed to have no significant effect on the production of the trill.
Sponsors: LAII, Department of Linguistics, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. An ASL interpreter is available by request. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Sept 22

Information Session: Religious Diversity in Cuba

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Please join us for an information session to learn more about how to participate in the LAII's upcoming trip "Religious Diversity in Cuba," to be offered February 7-14, 2015. An ample question and answer period will allow for discussions concerning any and all aspects of the program. This 7-day non-denominational tour (February 7-14, 2015) will feature discussions with Catholics, Jews, Protestants, Santeros, and others. The trip is open to anyone, regardless of their religious background or affiliation. Participants will visit churches and cemeteries, and will explore Habana Vieja, the oldest and most historical district of Havana and a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.
Sponsors: LAII, UNM
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Please see the trip webpage for more information and the event flyer for reference.
Sept 24

¡SOLAS Presents! UNM Graduate Students: Sam Johnson and Julia Youngs

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: "Oligarchy and Urban Anxieties: Fear and Isolation in 'O som ao redor'"
Sam Johnson graduated with a M.A. in Latin American Studies from UNM this past spring. Currently, Sam is a M.A. student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UNM whose focus is on modern Latin American Literature and Film.
Sam's presentation will focus on the 2012 Brazilian film "O som ao redor" directed by Kleber Mendoça Filho. Sam examines how Filho's debut feature film portrays portrays class-based anxieties concerning crime and violence of an upper-class community in the northeastern metropolis of Recife. Drawing on the work of cultural critic Susana Rotker and urban anthropologist Tersea Caldeira, Sam's paper illustrates how the class-based discourses of security and crime portrayed in "O som ao redor" illustrate the contemporary crisis in sociability within the Brazilian elites and between the upper-class and other socio-economic sectors.
Filho's adept selection of sound and cinematography draws viewers into the private homes of his upper-class protagonists and high-rises looming over the lower income sectors. An analysis of the class-based discourse of crime and urban development in "O som ao redor" is illustrative of the social ramifications of Brazil's historical and contemporary pattern of unequal development.
"(Dis)Ordering Space: Brazil's 'Garantia da Lei e Ordem' and the Rolezinho"
Julia Youngs is a dual M.A. student in Latin American Studies and Community and Regional planning at UNM.
In December of 2013 Brazil's Ministry of Defense published a document entitled "Garantia da Lei e Ordem," that serves as a manual for assuring public security by combating social mobilization by groups considered to be "forças oponentes." The Garantia permits limited use of force under special circumstances with the nebulous goal of maintaining social order. That same month at the Itaquera shopping mall in São Paulo nearly 6000 young Brazilians organized the first rolezinho. The rolezinhos are a digitally-mobilized social movement in which large groups of (generally) lower-income teenagers occupy upscale commercial centers to socialize in these traditionally exclusionary spaces. News media has suggested a variety of reasons behind the rolezinhos including speculation about mass robbery, but the primary aim seems to be simply to reclaim increasingly segregated urban public (malls are not public) spaces. This work analyzes the concurrent publication of the "Garantia da Lei e Ordem" and the creation of the rolezinho to explore how they seek to redefine what public space is and who has the right to occupy it. This examination will show how the perception of insecurity derived from socio-economic segregation and the privatization of public space reinforced through acts like the Garantia perpetuate a system of social and racial inequality in Brazil, and as consequence individuals must seek alternative ways of reclaiming space as seen through the rolezinhos.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
Oct 1

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Día de los Muertos - Cultural and Historical Roots

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Please join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) for this free professional development workshop for K-12 educators. We will explore the history of Día de los Muertos by hearing a special presentation with local community organizer and activist Rusita Ávila, who for many years has served as codirector of the annual South Valley Día de los Muertos y Marigold Parade. After the lecture, LAII staff will discuss ways to meet Common Core reading and writing standards while exploring this meaningful celebration in the classroom.
Sponsors: LAII
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 curriculum materials and certificates of professional development. Please register by contacting Keira Philipp-Schnurer at 505.277.7047 or kphilipp@unm.edu.For reference, please see the flyer specific to this event or our series flyer.
Oct 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 October, we're reading La Línea by Ann Jaramillo.
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.
Oct 7

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Día de los Muertos - Papel Picado

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Please join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) for this free professional development workshop for K-12 educators. We will begin with a private tour of the National Hispanic Cultural Center's stunning exhibit of papel picado artwork; then meet with community artists Chris and Mary C. Baca, who will explore the history of papel picado and demonstrate multiple, hands-on techniques for creating it in the classroom; as we conclude, participants will have the opportunity to create their own papel picado to take home.
Sponsors: LAII
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 curriculum materials and certificates of professional development. Please register by contacting Keira Philipp-Schnurer at 505.277.7047 or kphilipp@unm.edu.For reference, please see the flyer specific to this event or our series flyer.
Oct 11

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Día de los Muertos - Contemporary Adaptations

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Central New Mexico Community College (525 Buena Vista SE; Max Salazar Bldg, Room 405)
Description: We will briefly explore the history of Día de los Muertos before delving into a discussion of how contemporary communities (including Abq.) have adapted the holiday. This special presentation will be offered by Rusita Ávila, a community organizer and activist who for many years has served as co-director of the annual South Valley Día de los Muertos y Marigold Parade. We will end the workshop by sharing how to meet Common Core reading and writing standards while exploring this meaningful celebration in the classroom.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public, but with priority given to K-12 educators and administrators, and faculty and students in the UNM College of Education and CNM Teacher Education programs. All educators in attendance will be provided with free curriculum materials and certificates of professional development. Please register by contacting Keira Philipp-Schnurer at 505.277.7047 or kphilipp@unm.edu.For reference, please see the flyer specific to this event or our series flyer.
Oct 15

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Día de los Muertos - Sugar Skulls

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Domenici Education Building, 1701 4th St. SW
Description: Please join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) for this free professional development workshop for K-12 educators. We will explore the history of Día de los Muertos; review hands-on techniques for creating sugar skulls (alfeñiques) in the classroom; discuss ways to meet Common Core reading and writing standards while exploring this meaningful celebration with students; and, finally, participants will have the opportunity to decorate their own sugar skulls to take home.
Sponsors: LAII
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 curriculum materials and certificates of professional development. Please register by contacting Keira Philipp-Schnurer at 505.277.7047 or kphilipp@unm.edu.For reference, please see the flyer specific to this event or our series flyer.
Oct 16

LAII Lecture Series: Les Field - In Colombia, Peace Will Never Come: The (Trans) Nationality of the National Security State

Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us for a presentation with Dr. Les W. Field, who received his PhD from Duke University in 1987 and is a Full Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico (UNM), as well as a faculty affiliate of the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute. His first book, The Grimace of Macho Ratón: Artisans, Identity and Nation in Late Twentieth Century Western Nicaragua (1999: Duke University Press) derived from work in that country in both the 1980s and '90s. From 1989 to 1991, Field carried out post-doctoral research with indigenous farmers in Colombia and Ecuador, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Field's research with Native peoples in California has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and resulted in the 2008 publication of Abalone Tales: Collaborative Explorations of California Indian Sovereignty and Identity (Duke University Press). Field's current research in Colombia, which focuses upon archaeology, illicit excavation, indigenous communities, and museums, has been funded by a Fulbright Fellowship and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. In South, Central, and North America, Field's research has hinged upon establishing relations of collaboration with communities concerning the goals, methods, agendas and products of anthropological work, and is reflected in his co-edited volume (with Richard Fox), entitled Anthropology Put to Work. (2007, Berg Publishers). Field is the Director of UNM's Peace Studies Program and in that capacity co-organized (with Alexander Lubin, UNM American Studies) a field school of seventeen UNM undergraduates and graduate students in the occupied West Bank in 2011.
In this presentation, Field draws upon his research in Latin America and in Israel/Occupied Palestine. In In Colombia, on the one hand, and in Israel/Occupied Palestine on the other, two apparently distinct sets of phenomena co-exist in extensive contemporary time: peace talks, national reconciliation, restorative justice, and mediation workshops compose one set; waves of intensive violence, displacement of communities and minority populations, unaccountability for human rights violations, and exacerbated polarization of political and ideological positions compose the other set. This is the scenario for the National Security State (NSS), a global feature that has become the most "developed" in Colombia and Israel, although many of the characteristic traits of the NSS also permeate everyday life in the United States. What are the substantive links between the development of the NSS in Israel and Colombia- i.e. what corporate, technological, and foreign policy relationships have co-created the NSS in the two countries? What are the ideological innovations that resonate in the two? The paradigm of the never-ending peace talks that never produce peace, but instead produce and re-produce the conditions for an evermore powerful NSS in the two countries lies at the center of this paper's descriptive analysis.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
Oct 20

Information Session: Religious Diversity in Cuba

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Please join us for an information session to learn more about how to participate in the LAII's upcoming trip "Religious Diversity in Cuba," to be offered February 7-14, 2015. An ample question and answer period will allow for discussions concerning any and all aspects of the program. This 7-day non-denominational tour (February 7-14, 2015) will feature discussions with Catholics, Jews, Protestants, Santeros, and others. The trip is open to anyone, regardless of their religious background or affiliation. Participants will visit churches and cemeteries, and will explore Habana Vieja, the oldest and most historical district of Havana and a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.
Sponsors: LAII, UNM
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Please see the trip webpage for more information and the event flyer for reference.
Oct 24

35th Anniversary Celebration of Latin American & Iberian Institute

Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Description: Save the date for a special evening in which the Latin American & Iberian Institute celebrates its 35th anniversary. Further details will be announced as they become available.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
Nov 3

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 November, we're reading The Tequila Worm by Violeta Canales.
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.
Nov 5

LAII Lecture Series: Manuel Montoya: Enchantment Economies: The Role that Magic Realist Modes Play in Defining a Political Economy

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us for a presentation with Dr. Manuel Montoya, Assistant Professor in the Anderson School of Management, and faculty affiliate with the Latin American & Iberian Institute, at the University of New Mexico. Montoya is a professor of global structures, an interdisciplinary scholar of globalization and the factors that produce a global political economy. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a Rhodes Scholar and Truman Scholar. He is the CEO of his own global consulting firm, In Medias Res Consulting, which has provided support to global NGOs and INGOs, including the United Nations and UNESCO. A native from Mora, New Mexico, he has returned to UNM because of his interest in New Mexico as a global emerging economy. He has taught a broad array of coursework from global culture and the history of economic thought to international management. His interdisciplinary training has positioned him to think critically about the circumstances that produce globalization and how nation-states interact with new global challenges. His research focuses on the interdisciplinary origins of global culture and its impact on economic and management issues including work on human security, expeditionary and conflict economics, global culture as an intangible firm resource, expeditionary economics, global export analysis, international trade, emerging economies, and global economic sustainability.
In this presentation, Montoya will present the concept of "enchantment economies" in the context of contemporary political economy. Magic is often associated with being primitive, superstitious, or uncivilized. As a result, global relations have often encountered the literary modes that employ magic and the fantastic as quaint and unsophisticated. However, magic realism is an extremely sophisticated literary mode, and its applications have not yet been fully expressed, especially the way that it is able to contain and create new vocabularies for complex problems. The literary boom of the mid-20th century in Latin America, propelled largely by magic realism, now has a very special role in the 21st century. How do we narrate the world around us when the world is changing so fast? How does magic realism help define a non-linear history? What is the effect of this mode of storytelling on very real global threats? Dr. Montoya will provide a brief summary on the mode of magic realism followed by an application of this problem on several current geo-political issues including the recent Ebola outbreak.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
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.