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Aug 22

Multimedia Presentation: Eric "El Cubanito" Freeman - The Evolution of Salsa Throughout the World

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: LAII Conference Room
Description: Like the human species, the evolution of salsa dancing is a long and complex story. Many separate dance cultures and communities have formed, developed, and changed over time. Cuba, New York, and the Caribbean Spanish-speaking parts of Latin America contained the original salsa dancing societies. But this virus has now spread around of the world, helped largely by modern airline travel, the internet, and the particularly virulent transmission vector known as YouTube. It also controls a large army of salsa devotees, who uncontrollably but knowingly continue to help its further global infection, and has now taken over most of the large population centers on this planet.
In this short 40-minute audio, video and dancing presentation, Eric "El Cubanito" Freeman will first explore the principal styles of salsa and what distinguishes them from one another in order to safely identify what strain of the virus one is dealing with. Then, we will take a quick trip around the world to explore how each of these strains has infected various population centers from Europe, to Asia and even back to Latin America. Freeman is an internationally recognized salsa instructor and videographer. Based in Colorado, he has taught salsa in the U.S., all over Europe, Latin America, and at the Puerto Rican Salsa Congress. Eric's 15 instructional and demonstrational salsa videos have sold over 20,000 copies in 75 countries worldwide.
Sponsors: LAII, Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer. For more information about the other free and ticketed activities involved in the festival, visit the Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival website.
Aug 28

LAII Welcome Back Reception

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: The Latin American & Iberian Institute hosts its annual welcome back reception for faculty, students, and staff from across campus. Anyone and everyone with an interest in Latin America and Iberia are encouraged to attend. Join us for mingling and refreshments as we kick off the fall term!
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required.
Sept 8

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 September, we're reading Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick You're A** by Meg Medina.
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.
Sept 12-14

¡Cine Magnífico! Albuquerque's Latino Film Festival

Time: Varies
Location: Varies
Description: Join the Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque, National Hispanic Cultural Center, and the LAII as we celebrate the second annual presentation of ¡Cine Magnífico!, New Mexico's only film festival presenting the voice and vision of Latin@ cinema. ¡Cine Magnífico! celebrates Spanish and Latin American culture through presentation of some of the best of modern cinema in a weekend-long program, featuring work by first-time filmmakers and established masters alike. The subject matter runs the gamut from comedies, action, romances and documentary films, to dramatic masterpieces. Some of the riskiest and most innovative films of recent years will be included. With this festival, we are at the forefront of the movement to increase cultural opportunities for the entire New Mexico community and to bring Latinos and non-Latinos together to share common experiences through film.
Sponsors: Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque, National Hispanic Cultural Center, LAII
Notes: This festival is primarily a ticketed event, though several free programs will be offered. For more information, please visit the film festival website.
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 26

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.
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 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.
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.