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Feb 23

CNM•UNM LAS Speaker Series: Ana Alonso-Minutt: Performing Resistance: Quanta and the Experimental Music Scene of 1970s Mexico

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), Main Campus, Max Salazar (MS) Building, Room 201
Description: Join the CNM and UNM Latin American Studies programs for a jointly sponsored lecture with Dr. Ana Alonso-Minutti, Assistant Professor of Musicology and faculty affiliate of the Latin American & Iberian Institute at UNM. In this presentation, Alonso-Minutti will discuss how Quanta, a collective improvisation group, became a pioneering ensemble by holding daily street performances in Mexico City. Performing on the streets opened sites of contradiction, where social expectations and musical traditions collided. Alonso-Minutti argues that Quanta performed experimentalism by negotiating an ambivalent place in the official discourses of the musical avant-garde and at the same time by adopting a subversive attitude that echoed that of a youth counterculture thirsty for social change.
Sponsors: LAII, CNM Latin American Studies Program
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the flyer for this lecture or the whole Spring 2016 Speaker Series flyer. For information concerning parking, please see the CNM's Visitor Parking guidelines.
Feb 24

Film Screening and K-12 Educator's Workshop: Who is Dayani Cristal?

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Bank of America Theater
Description: The LAII is pleased to present this free, educational screening of the award-winning documentary Who is Dayani Cristal? in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes' ¡Cine Magnífico! Albuquerque Latino Film Festival. As the educational partner for the film festival, the LAII proudly supports educational programming throughout the year to support learning about Latin America through film. For this screening, we bring you a documentary that humanizes the otherwise dehumanizing depictions of immigration from Central America to the United States.
Sponsors: LAII, Instituto Cervantes and the ¡Cine Magnífico Film Festival, National Hispanic Cultural Center, and the Spanish Resource Center of Albuquerque
Notes: This event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you RSVP in advance. Please visit our registration site to confirm your space.
Mar 2

LAII Lecture Series: Ricky Lee Allen: Transforming the Loveless Society: Psychoanalysis in the Work of Paulo Freire

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us for a presentation in which education scholar Dr. Ricky Lee Allen discusses psychoanalysis in Paulo Freire's work. Allen contends that the psychoanalytic dimension of Freire's work is understudied, and this must be remedied to realize the fuller potential of critical pedagogy. Oppressive societies are loveless arrangements caught up in psychosocial cycles of abuse, terror, surveillance, and violence. Allen seeks to disrupt this reality through an amplification of the psychoanalytic theory at the heart of Freire's work. He will look at the links to Frantz Fanon, Albert Memmi, and Erich Fromm. Finally, he will suggest a transformation of the loveless society through a critical pedagogy of healing.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This is a free event open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Mar 3

Musicology and the Exhausted Nation: Leonora Saavedra

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Zimmerman Library, Waters Room
Description: Join the Department of Music for a presentation in which Dr. Leonora Saavedra discusses how, in the 1990s, Rogers Brubaker decried the new popularity of nationalism as an academic topic within musicology, where "analytical primitivism has been introduced through the highly selective appropriation of the historical and social scientific literature on nationalism." Was Brubaker's criticism warranted? Taking the case of Mexico as a test ground, Saveedra will take stock of some of the results of musicology's brief infatuation with nationalism, and address the gains made as well as the opportunities lost.
Saavedra is Associate Professor of Music at the University of California Riverside. Her research centers upon Mexican music of the late-19th and 20th centuries, exoticism, nationalism and modernism, and the relations between Mexico and the United States. Recent publications include "Carlos Chávez's Polysemic Style: Constructing the National, Seeking the Cosmopolitan" (Journal of the American Musicological Society, 2015) and "El nuevo pasado mexicano: estrategias de representación en Atzimba de Ricardo Castro" (Resonancias, 2014). She is the editor of Carlos Chávez and His World (Princeton University Press, 2015).
Sponsors: Department of Music, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
Mar 7

LAII Lecture Series: James McGuire - Politics, Gender, and Health: Insight from Argentina's Provinces

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us for a presentation in which Dr. James W. McGuire will discuss the intersection of politics, gender, and health in Argentina’s provinces. The association between women’s legislative representation and health outcomes is of long-standing interest in comparative politics. In Argentina, provincial governments administer most health care delivery, schooling, water provision, sanitation, and other services that affect health care utilization and population health status. The obtained associations between women’s legislative representation and health outcomes are remarkable in view of the length and complexity of the causal chain linking women’s legislative representation to health status.
James W. McGuire is Professor and Chair in the Department of Government at Wesleyan University. He specializes in the comparative politics of developing countries, with a particular focus on democracy, social welfare policies, and public health. He is the author of Peronism without Perón: Unions, Parties, and Democracy in Argentina (Stanford University Press, 1997) and of Wealth, Health, and Democracy in East Asia and Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2010), which won the 2011 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research. McGuire is a recipient of Wesleyan's Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This is a free event open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer.For other events focused on similar themes, see the speaker series flyer for Emerging Politics of Latin America.
Mar 9

Film Screening and K-12 Educator's Workshop: Pelo Malo

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Bank of America Theater
Description: The LAII is pleased to present this free, educational screening of the award-winning Venezuelan feature film Pelo Malo in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes’ ¡Cine Magnífico! Albuquerque Latino Film Festival. As the educational partner for the film festival, the LAII proudly supports educational programming to support learning about Latin America through film. As NPR wrote in its review, this film "is a rare look into identity politics among Latin Americans, where racism is often a taboo topic." By presenting a panorama of intimate stories set in the heart and urban grittiness of Caracas, this film brings Latin American issues of race, racism, and identity to the forefront. Following the film, we invite all K-12 educator to stay on for a discussion about the film and how it can be used in the classroom.
Sponsors: LAII, Instituto Cervantes and the ¡Cine Magnífico Film Festival, National Hispanic Cultural Center, and the Spanish Resource Center of Albuquerque
Notes: This event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you RSVP in advance. Please visit our registration site to confirm your space.
Mar 24

LAII Lecture Series: Alfred P. Montero – Brazilian Democracy at the Crossroads: The Normalization of Crisis or the Democratization of the Normal?

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us for a presentation in which Dr. Alfred P. Montero discusses the state of Brazilian democracy in the face of corruption accusations. Brazil has been a democracy for over thirty years (1985-present), the longest period it has been so in its history. Yet, once again, national corruption scandals involving elected officials, including the presidency, have engulfed the political system. Foreign and domestic observers have concluded that Brazilian democracy is imperiled by decaying and obsolete political institutions badly in need of reform. At the same time, investigations into corruption have strengthened networks of accountability, thereby enhancing the quality of the country’s democracy. Brazilian democracy will remain at a crossroads but it may also enjoy the emergence of new norms and institutions that will deepen democratic forms and prevent future corrupt practices by politicians and big business.
Alfred P. Montero is the Frank B. Kellogg Chair of Political Science at Carleton College. His main research areas are the political economy of South American countries and the quality of democracy. He is the author of Brazil: Reversal of Fortune (Polity Press, 2014), Brazilian Politics: Reforming a Democratic State in a Changing World (Polity Press, 2006), Shifting States in Global Markets: Subnational Industrial Policy in Contemporary Brazil and Spain (Penn State University Press, 2002), and he is co-editor with David J. Samuels of Decentralization and Democracy in Latin America (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004). Montero’s research has been published in several scholarly journals and he is the new senior editor of the refereed journal, Latin American Politics and Society.
Sponsors: LAII, Department of Political Science
Notes: This is a free event open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer.For other events focused on similar themes, see the speaker series flyer for Emerging Politics of Latin America.
Mar 25

LAII Lecture Series (Workshop): Alfred P. Montero– Strategies for Publishing in Peer-Reviewed Journals in Political Science: Insights from the Editor of Latin American Politics and Society

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Social Sciences Building (SSCO), Room 2069
Description: Join us for a workshop with Dr. Alfred P. Montero in which he discusses insights gained as an author published in several scholarly journals and as the new senior editor of the refereed journal, Latin American Politics and Society. Graduate students in particular are encouraged to attend.
Sponsors: LAII, Department of Political Science
Notes: This is a free event open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer.For other events focused on similar themes, see the speaker series flyer for Emerging Politics of Latin America.
Mar 29

CNM•UNM LAS Speaker Series: Beau Murphy: Exploring the Origins and Backwaters of the Inka Empire: Imperial Activity in the High Andes, Low Jungles, and Hyper-Arid Atacama Desert

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), Main Campus, Max Salazar (MS) Building, Room 201
Description: Join the CNM and UNM Latin American Studies programs for a jointly sponsored lecture with graduate student Beau Murphy, whose research involves archaeological field studies of the Inka in Peru and Chile. Murphy will discuss the emergence and expansion of the Inka Empire in the 15th century AD, which culminated in control of much of western South America prior to Spanish contact. Highlighted in this discussion is archaeological evidence of imperial activity in two challenging and antithetical environments: the overgrown jungles of the eastern Andean slopes and the hyper-arid Atacama Desert of distant northern Chile.
Sponsors: LAII, CNM Latin American Studies Program
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the Spring 2016 Speaker Series flyer. For information concerning parking, please see the CNM's Visitor Parking guidelines.
Mar 31

LAII Lecture Series: Carmen Julia Holguin Chaparro – Benedetti, en persona (en español)

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us for a presentation with Dr. Carmen Julia Holguín Chaparro of the UNM Department of Spanish & Portuguese as she discusses Uruguayan author Mario Benedetti (1920-2009), whose politically-informed and diverse writings appeared during the Latin American Boom generation.
Professor Holguín Chaparro was born in Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua, México. She graduated from UNM in 2011 with a PhD in Latin American Literature. Her dissertation's focus is on Mario Benedetti's novel Primavera con una esquina rota, in which she analyzed specific topics of political prisoners under the Uruguayan dictatorship of 1973. From her research, she developed a strong interest in the literature and art representing the phenomenon of Latin America's dictatorships.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This is a free event open to the public.
Apr 7

LAII Lecture Series: Santiago Anria – The Rise of Movement-Based Parties in Latin America: Lessons from the Bolivian MAS in Comparative Perspective

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Location: Dane Smith Hall, Room 329
Description: Join us for a presentation in which Dr. Santiago Anria discusses one of the most puzzling developments in Latin America: the recent emergence and ascendance to power of movement-based parties that represent the interests of the politically and socially marginalized. The Bolivian MAS (Movement Toward Socialism) is one of the most successful of these parties, and one that stands out for its novelty and exception in both Bolivian and Latin American politics. In this presentation, Anria discusses the empirical findings and arguments of his research in Bolivia, where he conducted extensive fieldwork that involved more than 150 interviews with political elites, as well as with leaders of social movements allied with the MAS. The story that emerges from the analysis is that the MAS does not operate under a purely bottom-up logic, but rather as a hybrid model that combines top-down leadership and significant opportunities for bottom-up influence and impact. Anria discusses how this has affected Bolivian politics, as well as its possible legacies in comparative perspective.
Anria is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Tulane University’s Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR). He has published articles and chapters on social movements, political parties, and democracy in Latin America. His current research examines the organizational attributes of movement-based parties and their interaction with different environments.
Sponsors: LAII, Department of Political Science, Tulane University Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies
Notes: This is a free event open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer.For other events focused on similar themes, see the speaker series flyer for Emerging Politics of Latin America.
Apr 8

LAII Lecture Series (Workshop): Santiago Anria – Field Work Strategies in the Social Sciences

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Social Sciences Building (SSCO), Room 2069
Description: Join us for a workshop with Dr. Santiago Anria as he shares insights and observations based on extensive field research in Bolivia. Graduate students and faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to attend.
Sponsors: LAII, Department of Political Science, Tulane University Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies
Notes: This is a free event open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer.For other events focused on similar themes, see the speaker series flyer for Emerging Politics of Latin America.
Apr 15

LAII Ph.D. Colloquium

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Each year the LAII awards up to ten fellowships to Ph.D. students whose research focuses on Latin America or Iberia. This year, join the LAII for the first annual Ph.D. Colloquium in which fellowship recipients will present their respective research experiences and findings in a series of presentations.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This is a free event open to the public.
April 18

LAII Vamos a Leer Book Group

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Clair Winery, 901 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 April we're reading Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat.
Sponsors: LAII
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 2015-2016 Selected Titles.
Apr 26

CNM•UNM LAS Speaker Series: Erin Debenport: Pueblo Invisibilities in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), Main Campus, Max Salazar (MS) Building, Room 201
Description: Join the CNM and UNM Latin American Studies programs for a jointly sponsored lecture with Dr. Erin Debenport, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and faculty affiliate of the Latin American & Iberian Institute at UNM. In this presentation, Debenport discusses the consequences of being indigenous in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Using ethnographic and linguistic examples from Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, Texas, a federally recognized tribe whose reservation is located within the city of El Paso and also abuts the international border fence, she shows how the dominance of the border often erases the visibility of Native residents of the region, and the resulting political and economic consequences of this erasure. Focusing on the tribe's language revitalization program as a case study, this presentation considers how promoting the use of Native language on and off the reservation serves as a resource for asserting sovereignty and difference.
Sponsors: LAII, CNM Latin American Studies Program
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the Spring 2016 Speaker Series flyer. For information concerning parking, please see the CNM's Visitor Parking guidelines.
Apr 28

LAII Lecture Series: Candelaria Garay: Social Policy Expansion in Latin America

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Location: Dane Smith Hall, Room 329
Description: Join us for a presentation with invited speaker Dr. Candelaria Garay as she discusses her research concerning social policy expansion in Latin America. Garay is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government. Her research focuses on social policy, collective action, and party politics in Latin America. She received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Currently, she is working on a book manuscript that seeks to characterize and explain the recent expansion of and cross-country variation in social policy programs (income transfers, pensions, and health-care services) to populations historically excluded from social protection in Latin America.
Sponsors: LAII, Department of Political Science, Tulane University Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For other events focused on similar themes, see the speaker series flyer for Emerging Politics of Latin America.
May 2

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 May we're reading Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos.
Sponsors: LAII
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 2015-2016 Selected Titles.
May 13

LAS Convocation

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: UNM Hibben Center Atrium
Description: The Latin American Studies (LAS) program will hold its Spring 2016 Convocation, honoring those undergraduate and graduate students who will receive LAS degrees in May and August. Keynote speaker TBD.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This is a free event open to the public.