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Events: Upcoming

Feb 28

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Baile & Música & Drama in Multicultural Bilingual Early Childhood Education

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: CNM South Valley Campus, Room SV-10
Description: Join the LAII and community partners for a special workshop focused on multicultural bilingual early childhood education. The first half of the workshop be led by Ms. Eva Núñez, who will discuss "The Importance of Music in the Kindergarten Classroom: Techniques for Reading, Writing, and Singing Songs." The latter half will be led by Ms. Noelia Bellido-Salvatier, who will discuss "The World Through Drama, Music, and Dance: Language Acquisition and Development Skills."
Sponsors: Spanish Resource Center of Albuquerque in partnership with Central New Mexico Community College, New Mexico Public Education Department, National Hispanic Cultural Center, UNM Continuing Education, and the LAII.
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to kphilipp@unm.edu. Note that the workshop will be held in Spanish. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Mar 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 March, we're reading He Forgot to Say Goodbye by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
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.
Mar 5

Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar: George A. Klaeren - 'Our Holy System': Consilience and the Unity of Knowledge in the Mexican Counter-Enlightenment, 1680-1815

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Zimmerman Library, Waters Room
Description: Join the LAII and University Libraries for a presentation with George A. Klaeren, a doctoral student in the department of history at the University of Kansas. He visits the University of New Mexico as a Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar in Spring 2015. His thesis, "Encountering the Enlightenment: New Science, Religion, and Catholic Epistemologies across the Iberian Atlantic, 1680-1815," examines the way that traditional modes of thinking intersected with the new philosophies of the enlightenment in the Spanish empire. He is particularly interested at the history of the dialogue between religion, science, and magic and is currently working on the history of the philosophy of science in eighteenth-century Spain.
In his presentation, Klaeren will consider how, throughout the eighteenth century, drastic changes were occurring in the intellectual climate of New Spain. Commonly referred to collectively as the "new philosophy" or the "new science," these new methods of thought impacted the sphere of the religious and intellectual thinkers of the Spanish empire on both sides of the Atlantic. To many thinkers and writers, these changes were not only direct challenges to established certainties, but represented calls for radical methodologies that would lead to materialism, atheism, and the ultimate ruin of Catholic society. This presentation assesses the reactionary position of many Mexican intellectuals to an "enlightenment epistemology," particularly in response to ilustrado publications during the mid-eighteenth century. Often labeled antiilustrados (anti-enlightened) or traditionalista/casticista (traditionalist), these reactionary thinkers have been portrayed as dogmatic, irrational, and one-dimensional figures. Emphasizing the theme of consilience, or the unity of knowledge, this research demonstrates why these traditionalistas argued against a "Catholic Enlightenment" of eighteenth-century Spanish Empire, what their specific objections were, and how these objections were rationalized and seen as legitimate arguments at the time. It demonstrates how criollo, Mexican religious intellectuals contested for epistemological hegemony in the mid-eighteenth century, proposing alternative, and at times, mutually exclusive, systems for understanding and the pursuit of truth.
Sponsors: LAII, University Libraries
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Mar 18

K-12 Educator's Film Screening & Workshop: Colonization and Resistance in Latin America

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Bank of America Theater, 1701 4th St. SW
Description: Join us for a free screening of the film Even the Rain / También la lluvia. We'll discuss its usefulness for middle and high school classrooms and how to engage students in its depictions of colonization, both present and past. We will focus our attention on the present-day resistance strategies that have been developed by many of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, with particular attention paid to the case of the Aymara in Bolivia who have resisted water privatization.
Sponsors: LAII, ¡Cine Magnífico Albuquerque's Latino Film Festival, Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque, National Hispanic Cultural Center
Notes: Participants will receive copies of relevant curriculum materials and a certificate of professional development. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Visit our registration site to reserve a space.
Mar 19

LAII Lecture Series: Ana Alonso-Minutti

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join the LAII for a presentation with Dr. Ana Alonso-Minutti, Assistant Professor in the UNM Department of Music and faculty affiliate of the LAII. Alonso-Minutti's research focuses on late twentieth-century music. Her main interests are avant-garde expressions, interdisciplinary artistic intersections, intellectual elites, and cosmopolitanism. She was born in Puebla, México, where she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in music from the Universidad de las Américas. She continued her studies at the University of California, Davis, where she received MA and PhD degrees in musicology. Her doctoral research was assisted by a UC Davis Dissertation Year Fellowship and a UC MEXUS Dissertation Research. Her dissertation "Resonances of Sound, Text, and Image in the Music of Mario Lavista" focuses on the work of Mexican composer Mario Lavista (b. 1943), addressing issues of tradition, avant-garde, text-music relationships and collaboration. Using music analysis, oral history and aesthetic discourses, Alonso-Minutti takes Lavista's music as a point of convergence where resonances arise, understanding resonance as the quality of evoking responses charged with meaning by a multiplicity of voices.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
Apr 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 April, we're reading Serafina's Promise by Ann Burg.
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.
Apr 9

Symposium with Rethinking Schools

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: UNM Student Union Building, Rooms TBD
Description: Join the LAII for a remarkable opportunity to hear from three of the editors behind the nonprofit organization Rethinking Schools. Bill Bigelow, Linda Cristenson, and Wayne Au will join us on campus to discuss the importance of including regional and global studies in the standard curriculum. Panel discussions will consider the topic through the lens of social justice, critical literacy, and multicultural education.
Rethinking Schools began as a local effort to address problems such as basal readers, standardized testing, and textbook-dominated curriculum. Since its founding, it has grown into a nationally prominent publisher of educational materials, with subscribers in all 50 states, all 10 Canadian provinces, and many other countries. While the scope and influence of Rethinking Schools has changed, its basic orientation has not. Most importantly, it remains firmly committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy. While writing for a broad audience, Rethinking Schools emphasizes problems facing urban schools, particularly issues of race. Throughout its history, Rethinking Schools has tried to balance classroom practice and educational theory. It is an activist publication, with articles written by and for teachers, parents, and students. Yet it also addresses key policy issues, such as vouchers and marketplace-oriented reforms, funding equity, and school-to-work. Brazilian educator Paulo Freire wrote that teachers should attempt to "live part of their dreams within their educational space." Rethinking Schools believes that classrooms can be places of hope, where students and teachers gain glimpses of the kind of society we could live in and where students learn the academic and critical skills needed to make that vision a reality. Rethinking Schools attempts to be both visionary and practical: visionary because we need to be inspired by each other's vision of schooling; practical because for too long, teachers and parents have been preached at by theoreticians, far-removed from classrooms, who are long on jargon and short on specific examples.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to all educators, but registration is required for all participants. Visit the event registration website to reserve tickets. For more information, please see event flyer.
April 9

Alejandro L. Madrid - "Singing from the Other Side: Juan Gabriel, Performance, and the Margins of Mexicanidad"

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Zimmerman Library, Waters Room
Description: Alejandro L. Madrid received his PhD in musicology and comparative cultural studies from the Ohio State University. His research focuses on the intersection of modernity, tradition, and globalization in music, dance, and expressive culture from Mexico, the U.S.-Mexico border, the Circum-Caribbean, and among Latinos in the U.S. Madrid's publications have received numerous awards; among others, the Robert M. Stevenson and Ruth A. Solie awards from the AMS, the Béla Bartók Award from the ASCAP Foundation, the Woody Guthrie Award from IASPM, and the Premio Casa de las Américas. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at Cornell University. In this presentation, Madrid focuses on Juan Gabriel's songs about the U.S.-Mexico border to explore the notion of "the other side" -a label for the land on "the other side" of the Rio Grande and a synonym of "homosexuality"- in relation to the borders of the nation-state and of Mexican masculinity.
Sponsors: UNM Department of Music, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
April 16

LAII Lecture Series: Catherine Murphy - The Cuban Literacy Project

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join the LAII for a lecture with invited scholar Dr. Catherine Murphy, a San Francisco-based filmmaker who has spent much of the last 10 years working in Latin America. She is founder and director of The Literacy Project, a multi-media documentary project on adult literacy in the Americas. As an independent producer, Murphy's work has largely focused on social documentaries. She has field produced films like Saul Landau's Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?, Eugene Corr's From Ghost Town to Havana, served on the production crew of Gay Cuba; and subtitled Stealing America by Dorothy Fadiman, Jaime Kibben's The Greening of Cuba, and Out and Refusenicks by Sonja de Vries. She also served an archival researcher for Susanne Rostock's recent biography of Harry Belafonte, Sing Your Song. While in Caracas in 2009, she founded Tres Musas Producciones, a collaborative production house of independent women producers working in film, music and literature. Four short stories based on her interviews were published in Eduardo Galeano's most recent book, Espejos. Murphy served as senior staff producer at the TeleSur TV Washington bureau in 2006 and has produced content for PBS, TeleSur, Avila TV, Pacifica Radio National, WBAI and KPFA.
In this presentation, Murphy will take about her acclaimed documentary, Maestra, which focuses on the Cuban Literacy Project. As Howard Zinn wrote, "The Cuban Literacy Campaign is an important but little-known chapter in the history of the Americas. Catherine Murphy has created a project with rare and intimate access to this history. Her documentary MAESTRA brings together moving interviews with living witnesses, beautiful archival film footage, and Catherine's compelling storytelling. Based on personal testimonies of teachers and students from the campaign, her film will preserve the oral histories of a generation that will soon be gone. The historical significance of this archive -and its lessons for the present- cannot be overstated."
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
Apr 16

K-12 Educator's Film Screening & Workshop: The Cuban Literacy Project

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join the LAII for a lecture with invited scholar Dr. Catherine Murphy, a San Francisco-based filmmaker who has spent much of the last 10 years working in Latin America. She is founder and director of The Literacy Project, a multi-media documentary project on adult literacy in the Americas. As an independent producer, Murphy's work has largely focused on social documentaries. In this presentation, Murphy will take about her acclaimed documentary, Maestra, which focuses on the Cuban Literacy Project. As Howard Zinn wrote, "The Cuban Literacy Campaign is an important but little-known chapter in the history of the Americas. Catherine Murphy has created a project with rare and intimate access to this history. Her documentary MAESTRA brings together moving interviews with living witnesses, beautiful archival film footage, and Catherine's compelling storytelling. Based on personal testimonies of teachers and students from the campaign, her film will preserve the oral histories of a generation that will soon be gone. The historical significance of this archive -and its lessons for the present- cannot be overstated."
Sponsors: LAII, ¡Cine Magnífico Albuquerque's Latino Film Festival, Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque
Notes: Participants will receive copies of relevant curriculum materials and certificates of professional development. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Visit our registration site to reserve a space.
Apr 18

K-12 Workshop: Mexican Traditions - Rethinking Cinco de Mayo and Beyond

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: CNM Main Campus (Room TBD)
Description: Join us as we anticipate and critique the impending flood of stereotypical and misleading celebrations focused on Cinco de Mayo. We'll learn a more accurate understanding of what the holiday recognizes, and expand that view by discussing a range of other Mexican traditions that speak to the country's cultural diversity and historical complexity. Mary Carmen Sanchez (MA, Bilingual Special Education) will present with the assistance of Chris R. Baca (MA, Multicultural Special Education).
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: Participants will receive copies of relevant curriculum materials and certificates of professional development. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Visit our registration site to reserve a space.