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Events: Upcoming

Feb 21

LAII Open House – Churros y Café

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Please join us for the next LAII Open House, an informal opportunity to get to know the LAII better. This is your chance to meet our staff (we’re here for you!) and faculty, and to meet other undergraduate and graduate students who are in the Latin American Studies program, who are thinking about joining the program, or who just have an interest in Latin America. For this open house we’ll have delicious churros and hot café to warm you up.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free.
Feb 24-26

Sin Fronteras Film Festival hosted by SOLAS

Time: Varies.
Location: The Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Avenue
Description: The Sin Fronteras Film Festival is a student organized event devoted to films about Latin America and by Latin American filmmakers. Each year the festival is organized by a group of students from various departments who are members of UNM's Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS). The festival has been generously funded by a variety of UNM groups and academic departments. Thanks to the time and money donated by various students, staff, faculty, and community members 2017's festival is a COMPLETELY FREE event open to the UNM and greater Albuquerque community.
All screenings will be held at the Guild Cinema, and space is limited so arrive early to get a seat! If you have any questions please contact us at SOLAS@unm.edu. We hope you can join us!
Sponsors: The Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS) in partnership with many other departments and organizations.
Notes: For more information, please visit the SOLAS website
Feb 24

Sin Fronteras Film Festival: Dauna. Lo que lleva el río.

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Guild Cinema
Description: Join for the opening film of the SOLAS Sin Fronteras Film Festival, Dauna, Lo que lleva el río. Dauna dared to be different. She faced the ancestral practices of her culture and she paid the price. She made decisions which made herself suffer and others as well. Without giving up before defeats and loses, these led her to reconcile and become part of a legend herself. – Mario Crespo.
Sponsors: UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute, UNM Graduate and Professional Student Association – GPSA, UNM Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC)
Notes: This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please visit: http://www.solasunm.org/2017.html
Feb 25

Sin Fronteras Film Festival: Con mi corazón en Yambo.

Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: The Guild Cinema
Description: “Con mi corazón en Yambo” is a documentary about two young Restrepo brothers in Ecuador and the mystery of their disappearance by the Ecuadorian National police.
Sponsors: UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute, UNM Graduate and Professional Student Association – GPSA, UNM Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC)
Notes: This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please visit: http://www.solasunm.org/2017.html
Feb 25

Sin Fronteras Film Festival: No Manches Frida.

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Guild Cinema
Description: “No Manches Frida” is the story of Zequi, a recently released bank robber who goes to recover stolen money buried by his ditzy accomplice before going to jail. They return to the site only to find that Frida Kahlo High has built a gymnasium over the loot. To get the money, he poses as a substitute teacher for a school that can't seem to keep any teachers around. Zequi comes in ready to lay down the law - but he quickly finds out that life on the inside may have been easier to deal with than a school full of wild and rebellious teenagers. - Pantelion Films.
Sponsors: UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute, UNM Graduate and Professional Student Association – GPSA, UNM Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC)
Notes: This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please visit: http://www.solasunm.org/2017.html
Feb 26

Sin Fronteras Film Festival: Sunú & Conversation with Director Teresa Camou.

Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: The Guild Cinema
Description: SUNÚ reveals how maize and everything it gives life to could be lost forever, and shares a generous tapestry of simple, heartfelt messages for the farmers of the world and the city dwellers who could lose the capability to make important choices unless they act soon.Please join us after the film for a discussion with director Teresa Camou.
Teresa is a critically acclaimed filmmaker. She directed and produced two short documentaries about issues related to Tarahumara communities and two short animated films “El Entierro” (2008) and “Tewe Chiva Nesero” (2007) which received honorable mention at the Chihuahua International Film Festival. SUNÚ (2015) is her first feature film.
Teresa is passionate about teaching art at the Center for Education for the Blind (CEIAC). She recently collaborated with blind artists and installed two art exhibitions, one of which strives to communicate to people what it’s like to be blind in Chihuahua.
Sponsors: UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute, UNM Graduate and Professional Student Association – GPSA, UNM Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC)
Notes: This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please visit: http://www.solasunm.org/2017.html
Feb 26

Sin Fronteras Film Festival: Neon Bull.

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Guild Cinema
Description: Iremar works at the "Vaquejadas", a rodeo in the North East of Brazil where two men on horseback try bring down a bull by grabbing its tail. It's dusty and back-breaking work, but Iremar is a natural vaqueiro, feeding, prepping and taking care of the bulls. Home is the truck used to transport the animals from show to show which he shares with his coworkers; Galega, an exotic dancer, truck driver and mother to her spirited and cheeky daughter Cacá, and Zé, his rotund compadre in the bull pen. Together they form a makeshift but close-knit family. But Brazil and the Northeast are changing and the region's booming clothing industry has stirred new ambitions in Iremar. Swinging in his hammock in the back of the truck, his head is filled with dreams of pattern cutting, sequins and exquisite fabrics as he mentally assembles his latest sexy fashion designs. – LouKiev.
Sponsors: UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute, UNM Graduate and Professional Student Association – GPSA, UNM Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC)
Notes: This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please visit: http://www.solasunm.org/2017.html
Feb 27

LAII Lecture Series: Teresa Camou: Sunú: Stories from a Threatened Rural World.

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Join us for a presentation with Director Teresa Camou who will discuss her most recent film, Sunú. Seen through the eyes of small, midsize, and large Mexican maize producers, Sunú knits together different stories from a threatened rural world. It journeys deep into the heart of a country where people realize their determination to stay free, to work the land and cultivate their seeds, to be true to their cultures and forms of spirituality, all in a modern world that both needs them and despises them. Sunú reveals how maize and everything it gives life to could be lost forever, and shares a generous tapestry of simple, heartfelt messages for the farmers of the world and the city dwellers who could lose the capability to make important choices unless they act soon.
Born and raised in México, Teresa has always first considered herself to be a puppeteer. From 1996 to 2011, she joined the Bread and Puppet Theatre in Vermont, and continues to collaborate with them to this day. After earning a BA in Visual Arts and Social Science from Bennington College, in 2004, she returned to Mexico and founded El Indígena de la Sierra Taraumara Theatre, an indigenous Mexican puppet theater company based in northern Mexico’s Sierra Madre.
Teresa is also a critically acclaimed filmmaker. She directed and produced two short documentaries about issues related to Tarahumara communities and two short animated films “El Entierro” (2008) and “Tewe Chiva Nesero” (2007) which received honorable mention at the Chihuahua International Film Festival. Teresa is passionate about teaching art at the Center for Education for the Blind (CEIAC). She recently collaborated with blind artists and installed two art exhibitions, one of which strives to communicate to people what it’s like to be blind in Chihuahua.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
Feb 27

Steven Butterman: Tracing the Trenches of the Travesti Travesty: Translating Trans in Brazilian Culture

Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Ortega Hall, room 335
Description: The presentation shares the ethical concerns and imperatives raised in Viviane Namaste’s work on Sex Change, Social Change, but is also interested in breaking through the stereotype that would hold sex work as the only viable form of gainful employment for Brazilian travestis. One of the most salient criticisms Namaste launches in her book is the need to acknowledge and integrate the daily lives of transsexual (or transgendered) prostitutes into our theoretical considerations and challenges in political activism. What are the ways in which NGOs in São Paulo, such as the Casa de Apoio Brenda Lee and S.O.S Dignity restore or minimize human dignity, both individually and collectively as part of a specific community of sexual and gender minorities as well as a larger community of Brazilian and international human rights, with the at-risk populations they purport to serve. Does photographing “femininity” develop dignity for Brazilian Travestis? Organizations like S.O.S. Dignity and the Casa de apoio Brenda Lee, which strive to “humanize” or bring integrity to individuals tread a fine line between exploitation and objectification and the purported goal of humanization. The simultaneous creative arts outreach and legal work of an organization like S.O.S Dignity brings us squarely into the center of the tension between objectification / exploitation through the camera versus normalization by de-eroticizing sex workers with the attempt to restore their humanity / dignity as individuals. But do these photos project sensual poses or familiar faces? Finally, how is photography utilized as a means to insert trans identities within both heteronormative and homonormative conceptualizations of the face of “the human family”?
Sponsors: Department of Spanish and Portuguese, LAII, Feminist Research Institute
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
Mar 1

LAII Lecture Series: Marifeli Pérez-Stable: Cuba After Fidel

Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: In this presentation, Dr. Marifeli Pérez-Stable will offer a presentation that examines a post-Castro Cuba and the legacy of Fidel. Fidel Castro (1926-2016), el Comandante, has long been at the center of Cuba. Yet if his passing in 2016 signals the end of an era, that period of change had already begun some eight years earlier, when he had formally relinquished the government and allowed his brother, Raúl Castro, to assume the presidency in 2008. Raúl's period of leadership has been characterized as institutional rather than revolutionary: he followed through on modest economic reforms, held party congresses regularly, and led the National Assembly. In 2009, Raúl told Cubans and the world that he would step down from the presidency in 2018. If so - and it is likely that it will be - Cubans will for the first time in nearly 60 years have a president whose last name is other than Castro. While it is not foreseeable that Havana will then respect human rights or hold free elections, the symbols of power will have changed. For most Cuban citizens, the key question will continue to be "breakfast, lunch, and dinner" - a reasonable demand that has not been predictably met in nearly six decades. In a post-Castro administration, the ruling elite will also have to face the growing socioeconomic inequalities that endanger the revolution's ethos.
Pérez-Stable is a professor of sociology at Florida International University. She is the author of The Cuban Revolution: Origins, Course, and Legacy (Oxford University Press, 2012) and The United States and Cuba: Intimate Enemies (Routledge, 2011). She is currently working on "Cuba's Long Twentieth Century," a book manuscript.
Sponsors: Florida International University, Kimberly Green Latin American & Caribbean Center, and UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII)
Notes: This event is supported with additional funding from U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center funding.
March 2

CNM-UNM Latin American Studies Lecture Series: Marifeli Pérez-Stable: Cuba After Fidel

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Central New Mexico Community College, Max Salazar Building, Room 201
Description: In this presentation, Dr. Marifeli Pérez-Stable will offer a presentation that examines a post-Castro Cuba and the legacy of Fidel. Fidel Castro (1926-2016), el Comandante, has long been at the center of Cuba. Yet if his passing in 2016 signals the end of an era, that period of change had already begun some eight years earlier, when he had formally relinquished the government and allowed his brother, Raúl Castro, to assume the presidency in 2008. Raúl's period of leadership has been characterized as institutional rather than revolutionary: he followed through on modest economic reforms, held party congresses regularly, and led the National Assembly. In 2009, Raúl told Cubans and the world that he would step down from the presidency in 2018. If so - and it is likely that it will be - Cubans will for the first time in nearly 60 years have a president whose last name is other than Castro. While it is not foreseeable that Havana will then respect human rights or hold free elections, the symbols of power will have changed. For most Cuban citizens, the key question will continue to be "breakfast, lunch, and dinner" - a reasonable demand that has not been predictably met in nearly six decades. In a post-Castro administration, the ruling elite will also have to face the growing socioeconomic inequalities that endanger the revolution's ethos.
Sponsors: Central New Mexico Community College, Florida International University, Kimberly Green Latin American & Caribbean Center, and UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII)
Notes: This event is supported with additional funding from U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center funding.
March 7

CUBA TRIP: "A Revolutionary Perspective on Education" Information Session

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room (801 Yale Blvd NE)
Description: The LAII is pleased to announce a special international program designed specifically for educators: "Cuba: A Revolutionary Perspective on Education." The trip will begin on July 14, 2017 in Miami, Florida for a one-day training session and then will spend July 15-23,2017 in Havana, Cuba! We are offering a special rate to educators, which makes this one of the least expensive programs to Cuba offered anywhere in the country. An INFORMATION SESSION will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. to share more details and answer questions.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be provided in the gravel parking lot labeled "J" immediately adjacent to the LAII. Please plan to be prompt, as we will start right at six!
March 13

LAII Vamos a Leer Book Group

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tractor Brewing, 1800 4th St NW
Description: Each month educators, teachers, librarians and community members from all over Albuquerque come together at the welcoming Tractor Brewing Co. on 4th St. 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 Dancing in the Rain by Lynn Joseph.
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 reference, see the PDF of Spring 2017 Vamos a Leer titles.
Mar 29

LAII Open House – Nacho Usual Wednesday

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Please join us for the next LAII Open House, an informal opportunity to get to know the LAII better. This is another chance to meet our staff and faculty, and to meet other undergraduate and graduate students who are in the Latin American Studies program, who are thinking about joining the program, or who just have an interest in Latin America. This month we will have nachos for lunch, it’s Nacho Usual Wednesday, indeed!
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free.
April 10

LAII Vamos a Leer Book Group

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tractor Brewing, 1800 4th St NW
Description: Each month educators, teachers, librarians and community members from all over Albuquerque come together at the welcoming Tractor Brewing Co. on 4th St. 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 The Head of the Saint by Socorro Acioli.
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 reference, see the PDF of Spring 2017 Vamos a Leer titles.

May 22

LAII Vamos a Leer Book Group

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tractor Brewing, 1800 4th St NW
Description: Each month educators, teachers, librarians and community members from all over Albuquerque come together at the welcoming Tractor Brewing Co. on 4th St. 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 Echo by Pam Muñoz-Ryan.
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 reference, see the PDF of Spring 2017 Vamos a Leer titles.