Events: Upcoming

Apr 22

Presentation: Junot Díaz: A Conversation with the Author

Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Woodward Hall
Description: Join us for a special presentation with author Junot Díaz. Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the cofounder of Voices of Our Nation Workshop.
Sponsors: Department of Spanish and Portuguese, American Studies, Chicano/a studies, Dean of Students Office, El Centro de la Raza, English Department, Honors College, Latin American & Iberian Institute, Office of the Provost, Spanish & Portuguese Graduate Student Association, Student Organization for Latin American Studies, UL Indigenous Nations Library Program, and UL Inter-American Studies
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. For reference, see the event flyer.
Apr 23

LAII Lecture Series: Celia López-Chávez - Land Upon Which No Christian Set Foot: Empire and Frontier in the Spanish Colonial Epic Poetry

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us for a presentation with Dr. Celia López-Chávez, a faculty affiliate with the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) and an Associate Professor in the Honors College, where for eighteen years she has taught interdisciplinary seminars to honors students. Her scholarship has focused in colonial Latin American history. She is the author of Con la cruz y con el dinero; los Jesuitos del San Juan colonial; editor of Mujeres rescatadas del olvido; and has published articles on colonial Latin American history and Honors Education in Spain and the United States.
The presentation will focus on an interdisciplinary study that attempts to analyze the historical discourse about the Spanish American empire included in the epic poetry written by two soldiers who participated in the conquest of the Spanish America's Southern and Northern frontiers. Based, in part, on a larger study that examines and compares two poems written about the conquest of Chile (1540s) and New Mexico (1590s), this talk will offer specific examples in which concepts of geographical space, power, and time are present in the analysis of Western imperialism, specifically the case of Spain. Hopefully the presentation and subsequent discussion with the audience will help to provide more information for questions such as: how can a historian learn to combine history and literature in the most effective way to answer historical questions and even offer some answers to some current issues related to regional and national cultural identities? How can some concepts such as time, geographical space, and power be analyzed from a historical perspective using epic poetry? How can a historical analysis of Spanish American epic poetry contribute to the most recent new models that insist in the importance of studying imperialism from an interdisciplinary and Braudelian long durée perspectives?
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For reference, please see the event flyer.
May 5

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 In Darkness by Nick Lake.
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 and Literacy. For a reference, see a list of 2013-2014 Selected Titles.
May 7

¡SOLAS Presents! FRG Recipient Elizabeth Halpin: "Voces Alternativas : La Radio como un Micrófono Comunitario"

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Elizabeth Halpin, a Masters student in Community & Regional Planning and Latin American Studies, will present her thesis research on community radio in Guatemala. The presentation will consider how community radio is used as a tool for social development that builds the human capital necessary to enact decolonization. Halpin will also describe how the radio is a conduit for community knowledge production, a platform for Indigenous rights, a pillar for community solidarity, and an arena for the empowerment of all community members. Using an asset-based approach to development, the presentation will frame radio as a facilitator of collaborative civic engagement networks at the local, national, and international levels. It is this creative appropriation of technology by which these communities operationalize ideologies of decolonization.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please see event flyer.
May 16

Latin American Studies 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 2013 Convocation, honoring those undergraduate and graduate students who will receive LAS degrees in May and August. The keynote speaker will be announced as details are confirmed.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: Light refreshments will be provided.