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March 22

Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar: Robert Franco - Imagining Socialismo Sin Sexismo: Visualizing Gender, Erasing Sexuality, and Constructing Militancy in the Mexican Communist Party

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Zimmerman Library, Waters Room
Description: Please join us for a presentation with Robert Franco, a Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar, as he presents on his research in the UNM library archives. Issues of the sex and sexuality have been in an uneasy, if not antagonistic, relationship with the revolutionary politics of the Mexican Communist Party (PCM) and other parties of the Marxist and nationalist left since their foundation. In this talk, Franco interrogates how this antagonism was related to the intimate politics and practices in the Mexican Left. He argues that the surveillance and policing of sexuality by Mexican Communists were constitutive of a broader set of debates within the PCM about the relation of militancy to private life, morality, and behavior.
Robert Franco is a PhD student in History at Duke University whose work is concerned with the politics of gender, sexuality, and the family in Latin@ America. His dissertation project, titled "Revolution in the Sheets: The Sexual Politics & Intimate Practices of the Mexican Left, 1901-1981" examines the antagonism of the Mexican Left towards sexual politics. In particular, he is interested in the prevalence of homophobia throughout the history of leftist politics in Mexico, and how moments of visceral intolerance cannot solely be explained through notions of plain conservatism or subconscious repugnance. Focusing on various episodes of moral panic in the left regarding sexuality and sexual diversity, his dissertation shows how the contingent, and often strategic, deployment of intolerance as a political tool encapsulated larger political and social anxieties and carried symbolic weight in the face of broader political upheavals.
Sponsors: LAII, University Libraries
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.

March 23

Musicology Colloquium Series: Walter Aaron Clark - Spain the 'Eternal Maja': Goya, Majismo, and the Reinvention of Spanish National Identity in Granados' Goyescas

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Zimmerman Library, Waters Room
Description: Join us as invited scholar Dr. Walter Aaron Clark offers a presentation exploring the influence of artist Francisco Goya (1746-1828) on one of the greatest masterpieces of Spanish music, the Goyescas suite for solo piano by Enrique Granados (1867-1916). Goya and Granados helped redefine the Spanish nation during a period of imperial decline and culture florescence ca. 1900.
Walter Aaron Clark is a professor of musicology and director of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of groundbreaking Oxford biographies of Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, and Federico Moreno Torroba, and he is currently conducting research on a biography of Joaquín Rodrigo. In recognition of his contributions to the study and promotion of Spanish music and culture, King Felipe VI of Spain conferred on him the title of Comendador de la Orden de Isabel la Católica (Commander of the Order of Isabella the Catholic), a Spanish knighthood.
Sponsors: The University of New Mexico Department of Music, the Latin American and Iberian Institute, and the Center for Southwest Research
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. It is offered as part of the ongoing Musicology Colloquium Series and in conjunction with the five-day festival The Granados Project. The festival offers a 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Life and Music of Enrique Granados (1867-1916), one of Spain's most significant and influential composers of the modern period. For reference specific to this presentation, please see the event flyer.

March 24

Student Organization for Latin American Studies Presents: Jessica Davine - "Creating Community in Displacement"

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Please join the Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS) for a presentation with Jessica Davine, a current Rotary Global Grant Recipient living and conducting research in Barranquilla, Colombia with internally displaced women. Jessica's presentation, titled "Creating Community in Displacement" will highlight her research on mental health and community well-being of internally displaced persons and the film Las Mujeres Fuertes.
Jessica received a master's degree in Drama Therapy from Kansas State University in 2015 and was a graduate of UNM's Creative Arts for Social Justice program in 2013. For the past year Jessica has been conducting therapeutic interventions with internally displaced females and developing a sustainable program that can address the mental health and community well-being of displaced populations, not only in Colombia, but across the globe with the use of group drama therapy. For more information, please see the event flyer.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Mar 30

LAII Open House – Nacho Usual Thursday

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 Thursday, indeed!
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free.
March 31

College of Education Symposium - Teaching in Contentious Times: Strategies for Successful Practice

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Travelstead Hall
Description: Join the UNM College of Education Departments of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies (LLSS) and Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, and Policy (TEELP), alongside the LAII, for a timely half-day conference for pre-service teachers. Teaching in the current political and social context poses a unique set of challenges- especially to new teachers who find themselves facing both obstacles and opportunities. Join us in a series of interactive workshops as we consider how to address the following issues in productive and meaningful ways: stress and poverty, gender and sexual identity, creative expression during oppressive times, meeting the needs of a diverse student body, high-stakes testing and accountability, popular culture, refugee students, families and communities, and more! This conference will offer in-depth discussions and practical classroom tools.
Sponsors: UNM College of Education Departments of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies (LLSS) and Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, and Policy (TEELP), and LAII
Notes: This event is free, but registration is required. Visit the event registration site to confirm your space. For reference, please see the event flyer.
March 31

LAII PhD Fellows Colloquium

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Join the LAII and its research community for its first PhD Fellows Colloquium as we highlight the research initiatives of current LAII PhD Fellows, a distinction conferred upon meritorious UNM doctoral students whose research focuses on Latin America or Iberia. Fellows will draw upon their dissertation research to discuss their most recent findings:
José R. Bucheli, Department of Economics: Effects of Remittances on Child Education in Ecuador; Ana Gabriela Hernández González, Department of Spanish & Portuguese: Diversas de sí, entre el hoy y el ayer: (Re)memoria de tres íconos femeninos mexicanos, de los textos coloniales a las novelas postcoloniales; Rebeca Martínez Gómez, Department of Spanish and Portuguese: Fresas and Nacos: Stereotypes and Language in Mexico; and Andrés Mauricio Sabogal, Department of Linguistics: Voice Alternatives in Wayuunaiki.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
April 4

CNM-UNM Latin American Studies Lecture Series: William Stanley - The Violence Driving Central Americans to the US and What We Can Do About It

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Central New Mexico Community College, Max Salazar Building, Room 201
Description: In this presentation, Dr. William Stanley, Associate Professor in the UNM Department of Political Science, will discuss the push and pull factors resulting in the increased immigration to the United States from Central America, focusing on the potential policies which the United States could adopt in response.
Sponsors: Central New Mexico Community College, UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII)
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see the Spring 2017 Speaker Series flyer.
April 5

LAII Lecture Series: Dolores Calderón - Unpacking Colonial Logics in Social Studies Curriculum through an Engagement of U.S.-Mexico Relations

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Description: Join the LAII for this presentation with invited scholar Dr. Dolores Calderón, Associate Professor of Youth, Society, and Justice at Western Washington University's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies. This talk will center a land based approach to consider how the history of the borderlands shapes the contemporary moment. To unpack colonial logics, Calderon will offer a historical overview of how the multiple competing colonial powers left an imprint that is felt today in the Southwest and offer suggestions on how to engage such thinking through social studies curriculum in secondary education.
Calderón's research interests include coloniality, land education, indigenous epistemologies, and border issues as they manifest themselves in educational contexts. Some of her research projects include examining how settler colonial ideologies manifest themselves in attitudes around Title XI American Indian programs (formerly Title VII). As a firm believer that theory is best illuminated by engagement she values the work educators do to concretize critical perspectives.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public, but may be of particular interest to pre- and in-service K-12 educators.
April 5

LAII Lecture Series: Holly Barnet-Sánchez - 'Give Me Life': A Journey through the Murals of East LA

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Join the LAII for this author presentation with Dr. Holly Barnet Sánchez, Professor Emerita in the UNM Department of Art and Art History, as she discusses the process of co-authoring the recent work, "Give Me Life: Iconography and Identity in East LA," published by UNM Press (2016). Chicanismo, the idea of what it means to be Chicano, was born in the 1970s, when grassroots activists, academics, and artists joined forces in the civil rights movimiento that spread new ideas about Mexican American history and identity. The community murals those artists painted in the barrios of East Los Angeles were a powerful part of that cultural vitality, and these artworks have been an important feature of LA culture ever since. This book offers detailed analyses of individual East LA murals, sets them in social context, and explains how they were produced. The authors, leading experts on mural art, use a distinctive methodology, analyzing the art from aesthetic, political, and cultural perspectives to show how murals and graffiti reflected and influenced the Chicano civil rights movement.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
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.
April 14-15

A Richard E. Greenleaf Conference on Latin America: Practicing Asylum: Expert Witness Testimony in Latin American Asylum Cases

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: UNM Student Union Building, Lobo A & B
Description: On April 14-15, 2017, the LAII will hold its annual Greenleaf Conference on Latin America. This year, the conference focuses on Latin American immigration, asylum, and representation, and emphasizes the need for effective representation in asylum cases. The two-day conference will pull together attorneys and academics engaged in these issues in order to expand the network of trained expert witnesses available to attorneys and to strengthen best practices in the creation of country condition affidavits. Panel presentations will address technical and academic subjects critical to asylum work, as well as explore policy and political conditions for asylum work. Presenters combine academics and attorneys from New Mexico and beyond.
Sponsors: LAII, Reed Smith LLP
Notes: This event is free and open to the public, but registration is kindly requested. For more information, please see the conference website. To register directly, please see the event registration site.
April 19

LAII Open House - Ice Cream Social

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 ice cream and sunday toppings to celebrate the warm weather and end of the semester.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free.
May 12

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 2017 Convocation, honoring those undergraduate and graduate students who will receive LAS degrees in May and August.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This is a free event open to the public.

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.