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Oct 23

2014 Rudolfo & Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest: Ana Castillo

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: UNM School of Architecture and Planning, George Pearl Hall Auditorium
Description: The UNM Department of English will host the distinguished writer Ana Castillo as the featured speaker for the fifth annual Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest. Thanks to a generous contribution from the renowned fiction writer Rudolfo Anaya and his late wife Patricia Anaya, the UNM English Department established the Rudolfo & Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest in 2010. The annual lecture series brings together students, faculty, and community members to address the rich traditions of Southwest literature and new directions in literary and cultural scholarship for our dynamic region. Ana Castillo is one of the leading figures in Chicana and contemporary literature. A celebrated poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, editor, playwright, translator and independent scholar, Castillo is the author of the novels So Far From God and Sapogonia, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year, as well as The Guardians, Peel My Love like an Onion, and many other books of fiction, poetry, and essays. Her most recent novel is Give it to Me, and the 20th-anniversary, updated edition of her groundbreaking book The Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma will be published this October by the University of New Mexico Press.
Sponsors: UNM Department of English, Center for the Southwest, Chicana and Chicano Studies Program, Feminist Research Institute, Department of American Studies, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow. Please see the Department of English website for more information.
Oct 24

Book Presentation & Signing: Spanish Author Felipe Fernández-Armesto - Remapping the Territory, Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: UNM Dane Smith Hall, Room 125
Description: Join us for a book presentation and signing with Spanish author Felipe Fernández-Armesto as he shares his recent publication, "Remapping the Territory, Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States." According to Julio Ortega from the New York Times, "Felipe Fernández-Armesto, a British historian of Spanish heritage at the University of Notre Dame, recasts the pilgrimage of Hispanics in the United States as a rich and moving chronicle for our very present. His book navigates five centuries of painful documents, atrocious statements and dubious literature to argue that the United States was, from its beginning, as much a Spanish colonial southern enterprise as an unending march westward. After long periods of migration, deportation and accommodation, the next United States could well be a pluricultural bilingual power, updating the American dream. 'Our America' is perhaps the first history to make the case for this nation's becoming a bright Latin American country."
Sponsors: Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque, Rael del Pino Foundation, UNM LAII, and UNM Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to adxabq@cervantes.es. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Oct 24

35th Anniversary Celebration of Latin American & Iberian Institute

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Salón Ortega & Patio, 1701 4th St. SW
Description: Join the LAII in a celebration of the LAII's 35th anniversary. The evening will include historical reflections, hors d'oeuvres, musical performances, and dancing. This will be a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends, meet current cohorts, and learn about what new opportunities lie ahead for the LAII. We hope you can join us!
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Charla Henley by October 17th: cehenley@unm.edu or (505) 277-6842. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Oct 29

¡SOLAS Presents! Honduran musician and activist: Karla Lara

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, 202 Harvard Dr. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Description: "Respect, Dignity, and Resistance Tour 2014" Karla is a political activist, singer/songwriter, and women's rights advocate from Honduras. She tells the story of many women, and it is her intention for women to see reflections of themselves in her work. Her music portrays the tension between the harsh realities that women face and the hope and persistence required to fight for human rights. She began singing in 1985 with the Choir of the National Autonomous University of Honduras and with the musical group "Rascaniguas." In 1988 she left Honduras to join the musical group "Cutumay Camones" from El Salvador, a musical group that was very important in the revolutionary music scene during the war of liberation in El Salvador. Karla is part of the National Network of Human Rights Defenders in Honduras and has been a prominent voice in the Honduran Resistance Movement that arose in opposition to the 2009 military coup d'état. Karla returned to Honduras in 2002, but continues to travel the world performing and raising awareness for social justice issues in Honduras and beyond.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please see event flyer.
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.