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Events: Upcoming

Nov 21

LAII Lecture Series: María L. Cruz-Torres: The Local Dimensions of a Global Commodity: Women and Work in the Mexican Shrimp Industry

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: [NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED AND WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21] Join us for a presentation with Dr. María L. Cruz-Torres, an LAII Visiting Scholar in Fall 2014. Cruz-Torres, an Associate Professor at Arizona State University, is a cultural anthropologist whose areas of teaching and research include: political ecology; impact of globalization upon local communities and households; gender and work; gender, sustainability and the environment; and the environmental and social aspects of natural resource management. She earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University, and has conducted anthropological ethnographic research in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and southern Florida. She is the author of Lives of Dust and Water: An Anthropology of Change and Resistance in Northwestern Mexico (University of Arizona Press); and co-editor of Gender and Sustainability: Lessons from Asia and Latin America (University of Arizona Press). In this presentation, Cruz-Torres will analyze the manner in which women in southern Sinaloa, Mexico, were able to carve out their own space within the male-dominated fishing industry. It focuses on the many struggles and challenges that women encountered in their path towards unionization, and the many dimensions of their work as shrimp traders. Based on long-term anthropological ethnographic fieldwork and framed within a Feminist Political Ecology Approach, this presentation illustrates a case study that connects women's relations to natural resources, labor production, the economic and social reproduction of households, and their location within global, and transborder processes.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer.
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. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Dec 3

Information Session: Arts & Culture of Cuba

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: UNM Continuing Education, South Building, Room 107
Description: Please join us for an information session to learn more about how to participate in the LAII's upcoming trip Arts and Culture of Cuba, to be offered March 21-28, 2015. An ample question and answer period will allow for discussions concerning any and all aspects of the program. This 7-day trip will feature discussions with working artists and leaders in community-led dance, music, environmental and agricultural programs. Participants will experience museums, the beautiful architecture of Old Havana, and the biosphere reserve of Pinar del Rio.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see the Arts and Culture in Cuba guide.