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Events: 2012

Sept 5

SOLAS Brown Bag with Kathryn Peters: Field Research in Paraguay

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Kathryn Peters, MALAS/MCRP '13, will speak on her summer thesis research on community perceptions of the changes within the local economic system in the 500 person community of Pindoyu, Paraguay. A short film (13 minutes; Spanish subtitles) in Guaraní, the indigenous language of Paraguay, will be shown following the presentation.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Sept 12

SOLAS Brown Bag with Ashley Valenzuela-Ruesgen: LAII Field Research Grant Help Session

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join LAII staff as they review application guidelines and share tips for writing field research grant proposals. This help session is encouraged for all students interested in applying for an LAII/Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant (FRG) Fall 2012 FRGs are available to fund student research conducted between November 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Sept 18

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Día de los Muertos: History, Insight, and Contemporary Relevance

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Domenici Education Center (1701 4th St. SW), Room 122-124
Description: Join the National Hispanic Culture Center and the LAII as we collaborate to explore and celebrate the customs of Día de los Muertos. This workshop gives insight into the Mesoamerican origins of Día de los Muertos and its evolution in contemporary society. This long-standing tradition is a cultural reflection of reverence and time of comfort to Hispanos and non-Hispanos alike.
Sponsors: LAII, NHCC
Notes: This class is open to the public. Free to K-12 educators; $10 general admission. To register, contact Erica García at the NHCC (Erica.garcia@state.nm.us or 505.246.2261, ext. 150). For reference, please see the workshop flyer.
Sept 19

SOLAS Brown Bag with Sylvie Larimore de Lara: Guanacolía

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Sylvie Larimore de Lara will speak about her recently published novel, Guanacolía. The story unfolds in Paris and El Salvador during the Salvadorian civil war (1979-1992). Guanacolía weaves tales of love and friendship, exile, and redemption as recounted by women who suffered the harsh realities of war. A native Parisian, Sylvie Larimore de Lara spent her youth in Europe and Asia. She has also traveled at length in the United States, Mexico, and Central America, most notably Guatemala and El Salvador. She holds degrees from the Sorbonne, as well as a PhD in French Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently lives in New Mexico.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Sept 22

ISEA 2012: Latin American Forum

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 4th St. SW)
Description: The Eighteenth International Symposium on Electronic Art, ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness, is a symposium and series of events exploring the discourse of global proportions on the subject of art, technology and nature. The Latin American Forum in ISEA2012 is an entire day devoted to showcasing some of the recent and historical production of Latin American Digital Culture, Critical Theory and Media Arts. The fresh contributions coming from the south will insure that contemporary discourse from and about the Americas is an integral part of ISEA2012. Some of the conceptual nodes of the Latin American Forum are, but not limited to: the history of cybernetics in Latin America, balloons and collaborative mapping, open labs in post digital times and the history of Native American Code Talkers.
Sponsors: The LAII is pleased to co-sponsor this event alongside other UNM entities and numerous community supporters. See the complete list of Regional Fall Collaboration/Program Partners for details.
Notes: For more info, including conference registration fees, please visit the ISEA2012 Latin American Forum website.
Sept 25

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Día de los Muertos: The Art of Papel Picado

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Domenici Education Center (1701 4th St. SW), Room 122-124
Description: Join the National Hispanic Culture Center and the LAII as we collaborate to explore and celebrate the customs of Día de los Muertos. Delicate, colored tissue with intricate cut-out designs flapping in the breeze over thoughtful and heartfelt altars. Think you can't make them yourself? Think again! Artist Catalina Delgado Trunk will take you through the steps to create your own, and then you will be ready to teach others!
Sponsors: LAII, NHCC
Notes: This class is open to the public. Free to K-12 educators; $10 general admission. To register, contact Erica García at the NHCC (Erica.garcia@state.nm.us or 505.246.2261, ext. 150).For reference, please see the workshop flyer.
Sept 26

SOLAS Brown Bag with Peace Corps Volunteer & Community Development Worker

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join SOLAS and the LAII for a conversation with Doug, a former Peace Corps volunteer and community development worker who will share some experiences, memories, perspectives, and stories of life in Guatemala and other parts of Central America in the 1970's, '80's, and 90's.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Sept 27

Masters of Mexican Nationalism with César Reyes

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Keller Hall
Description: Mexican Pianist and Musicologist César Reyes is one of the leading performers of Latin American music in the United States. An active member of the Society for American Music, he has presented lecture-recitals on the piano music of Mexico in the most prestigious conferences of the United States and Europe, including important halls such as Carnegie Halls in the USA and the Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City.
Sponsors: UNM Department of Music, LAII. This presentation is part of the Latin American Concert and Speaker Series coordinated at UNM by Professor José Luis Hurtado.
Notes: For more information, please visit the Department of Music's website.
Sept 28

Palabra Sobre Palabra: Simposio / Homenaje a Ángel Gonzólez

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Symposio / 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Homenaje
Location: UNM Ortega Hall 3rd Floor Lounge and Reading Room
Description: The UNM Department of Spanish & Portuguese celebrates the accomplishments of past and present professors and students with its annual Alumni Reunion. Poetry, memories, tapas and vino will be shared alongside special performances by Luis Muñoz, poeta español, and Pedro Ávila.
Sponsors: UNM Department of Spanish and Portuguese, LAII
Notes: The proceeds of this event will benefit research and scholarship in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.
Oct 1

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 October, we're reading The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sís.
Sponsors: LAII, Bookworks
Notes: Feel free to join us. There's no registration or cost involved. It's even okay if you haven't read the book!
Oct 2

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Día de los Muertos: Mini-Shrines and the Ritual of Remembrance

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Domenici Education Center (1701 4th St. SW), Room 122-124
Description: Join the National Hispanic Culture Center and the LAII as we collaborate to explore and celebrate the customs of Día de los Muertos. Día de los Muertos is a reverent and sincere time for all to remember those who have passed. Memories of loved ones that have marked our lives and enriched who we are can be expressed through the creation of an altar with ofrendas to honor those we love. During this workshop we will briefly discuss the Mexican tradition of ofrendas and shrines, and then Arturo Olivas and Christopher Gibson will lead us in creating mini-shrines. Participants are invited to bring a copy of a photo of someone they want to honor.
Sponsors: LAII, NHCC
Notes: This class is open to the public. Free to K-12 educators; $10 general admission. To register, contact Erica García at the NHCC (Erica.garcia@state.nm.us or 505.246.2261, ext. 150).
Oct 3

SOLAS Brown Bag with Michael Buttram: Bilingual Education in Central America (BECA)

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us to learn about the pioneering education program, Bilingual Education in Central America (BECA). Michael Buttram, Director of Program Development for BECA, will come to discuss the organization: "Bilingual Education For Central America (BECA) exists to promote cultural exchange and affordable bilingual education. Our volunteer-driven bilingual school model creates an environment in which Central American students learn from dedicated volunteer teachers, and those volunteers learn from the community in which they are immersed. BECA aims to provide its volunteers with a challenging, transformative experience that gives an in-depth understanding of grassroots international development, under-served Central American communities, bilingual teaching strategies, and community capacity building techniques. BECA works in a truly equal investment partnership with our three Honduran school communities in order to open the doors of opportunity for over 400 at-risk Honduran students. Every year, BECA assembles a team of committed volunteers who want to dedicate themselves to the difficult but rewarding work that we do."
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Oct 3

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Rethinking Colombus and the Colonization of the Americas

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us for a professional development workshop that will consider the intertwined history of colonization and ongoing struggle for human rights for Indigenous peoples of the Americas.The first part of the workshop, led by LAII staff, will encourage teachers to reconsider the traditional or standard history of Christopher Columbus and the ramifications that Columbus' explorations had on the Americas and its people. The second part will consider issues related to the Pueblo People of New Mexico since 1912, and is based on a curriculum created through the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. This latter part will be presented by Dr. Glenabah Martinez (LLSS, UNM professor) and Natalie Martinez (Principal, Laguna Middle School). Together they will address the topic of the Pueblo People of New Mexico since 1912, looking at how they have been engaged in struggles to maintain the integrity of cultural life, pre-Christian religious traditions and ceremonies, and political sovereignty. A key component that characterizes this struggle is the infringement on civil rights of Pueblo People as individuals and as sovereign entities. This unit plan will provide students with an opportunity to examine the concept of civil rights within the context of Pueblo history between 1912 and 2012. The emphasis is two-fold: one, to examine primary sources and two, how we continue to not only address present day manifestations of infringements of our civil rights, but how we persevere and flourish as nineteen sovereign nations.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This class is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The first 20 teachers to register for this event will receive a free copy of the teacher resource book, Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years. To register for this event, email kphilipp@unm.edu. Please see the event flyer for reference.
Oct 5

Symposium: Hemisphere - Visual Cultures of the Americas

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: UNM Student Union Building (SUB), Fiesta A & B
Description: Please join us for a symposium in celebration of the fifth issue of Hemisphere, an annual publication edited and produced by graduate students in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico. Speakers include Matthew Q. Breatore (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University), Tatiana Reinoza (University of Texas at Austin), and Amy Hamman (University of Arizona). An artist's spotlight will take place from 4-4:30p.m. with Annick Benavides.
Sponsors: UNM Department of Art and Art History, LAII
Notes: Copies of Hemisphere will be available for purchase.
Oct 6

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Día de los Muertos: Vamos al Museo with Sugar Skulls

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Domenici Education Center (1701 4th St. SW), Room 122-124
Description: Join the National Hispanic Culture Center and the LAII as we collaborate to explore and celebrate the customs of Día de los Muertos. On the first Saturday of the month, the NHCC Education Program invites families and educators for a short tour of the Art Museum, followed by a hands-on, artist-led art-making session inspired by the tour. Always thought making sugar skulls with the family would make a mess of the kitchen? Make a mess of ours instead!
Sponsors: LAII, NHCC
Notes: This class is open to the public. Free to K-12 educators; $10 general admission. To register, contact Erica García at the NHCC (Erica.garcia@state.nm.us or 505.246.2261, ext. 150). For reference, please see the workshop flyer.
Oct 9

Faculty Lecture with Cristóbal Valencia: Threatening Democracies: Political subjectivity among grassroots actors in Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us for a presentation with Dr. Cristóbal Valencia, who recently joined the UNM Department of Anthropology. Valencia's presentation will explore how "characterizations of Latin America's poor as the popular masses elide grassroots political actors' participation in state formation processes and in establishing democracy. In this talk he will discuss the relationship of subjectivity to culture and power by looking at how race, class, and gender exclusion of Venezuela's Chavistas is the basis for both structural constraint as well as political subjectivity. Furthermore, he will show how the Venezuelan case challenges current populist analysis of the region."
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Oct 9

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Día de los Muertos: Pan de Muerto and Chocolate

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Domenici Education Center (1701 4th St. SW), Room 122-124
Description: Join the National Hispanic Culture Center and the LAII as we collaborate to explore and celebrate the customs of Día de los Muertos. Día de los Muertos celebrations wouldn't be complete without the taste of pan de muerto and hot chocolate. Join us for this hands-on workshop, where you'll learn how to make the sweet roll that in Mexico is typically baked in the weeks leading up to the holiday. Come and enjoy the aromatherapy that comes from cooking with anise and orange peels!
Sponsors: LAII, NHCC
Notes: This class is open to the public. Limited scholars available for K-12 educators; $25 general admission. To register, contact Erica García at the NHCC (Erica.garcia@state.nm.us or 505.246.2261, ext. 150). For reference, please see the workshop flyer.
Oct 16

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Día de los Muertos: Cultural Literacy for K-12 Classrooms

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Domenici Education Center (1701 4th St. SW), Room 122-124
Description: Join the National Hispanic Culture Center and the LAII as we collaborate to explore and celebrate the customs of Día de los Muertos. Staff from the LAII will present practical and inspiring ways to develop cultural literacy in the classroom. Come learn how to connect the cultural and artistic activities of Día de los Muertos to reading and writing activities for your students.
Sponsors: LAII, NHCC
Notes: This class is free and open to the public. To register, contact Keira Philipp-Schnurer at the LAII (kphilipp@unm.edu or 505.277.7047). For reference, please see the workshop flyer.
Oct 17

SOLAS Brown Bag with Annick Benavides: Field Research in Peru

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us to hear Annick Benavides share about her recent experiences conducting field research on Art and Art History in Peru. Annick Benavides is an M.A. student in the Department of Art & Art History at UNM. Her current ersearch focusese on viceregal Peruvian visual culture under the supervision of Dr. Ray Hernández-Durán. As a recipient of a Tinker/LAII Field Research Grant, she spent the summer of 2012 investigating rural Andean Hybrid Baroque chapels in Peru. Her presentation will discuss "17th and 18th centuy decorative murul programs in Peruvian rural chapels. The murals in these small, often difficult to access chapels, are significant cultural artifacts." Her research explores "the decorative programs of the chapels which best preserved their murals, indicating where the murals evidence a hybrid iconographic program and artistic style distinct to viceregal Peru. She will also broach the continuities and ruptures present in viceregal murals in relation to previous wall decorative programs in both medieval Iberia and the Inca Empire."
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Oct 17

Faculty Lecture and Book-Signing with Susan Tiano: Borderline Slavery

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Borderline Slavery: Mexico, United States, and the Human Trade, will be released by Ashgate Publishing in October, 2012. The volume is co-edited by LAII Director Susan Tiano and colleague Dr. Moira Murphy-Aguilar (University of Texas at El Paso). The edited volume is the outcome of the LAII's 2009 conference, "Modern-Day Slavery in the Americas: A Regional Approach to a Global Epidemic." By "exploring human trafficking in the US - Mexico borderlands as a regional expression of a pressing global problem, Borderline Slavery sheds light on the contexts and causes of trafficking, offering policy recommendations for addressing it that do justice to border communities' complex circumstances. This book focuses on both sexual and labor trafficking, proceeding thematically from global to regional levels to provide an empirically grounded, theoretically informed, and policy-relevant approach, which examines the problem through the eyes of scholars and researchers from various fields, as well as journalists, public officials, law enforcement personnel, victims' advocates and NGO representatives."
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: Book-signing and reception will follow presentation. This event is free and open to the public. Please see the event flyer for reference.
Oct 18

LAII Symposium: Borderline Slavery: Contemporary Issues in Border Security and the Human Trade

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: UNM Student Union Building, Ballroom A
Description: The LAII is pleased to sponsor a full-day symposium on the topic of human trafficking and immigration in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Scholars from around the country will collaborate on panel sessions to explore the different dimensions and implications of border security and the human trade. A special luncheon keynote speech will be offered by Timothy Dunn, Professor of Sociology, Salisbury University.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: Light refreshments will be served throughout the day, and an open luncheon will be held from 12:30-1:30p.m. in SUB Lobo A & B. This event is open and free to the public; no registration required. See the symposium webpage for more information, or download the symposium event flyer and symposium agenda.
Oct 19

Guest Lecture with Marjorie Agosín: Stitching Resistance: The History of Chilean Arpilleras

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: UNM University Libraries, Zimmerman Library, Willard Reading Room
Description: Join us for a special presentation with guest lecturer Dr. Marjorie Agosín. Agosín, herself a native of and exile from Chile, has spent more than thirty years interviewing the arpilleristas and following their work. Nearly forty years ago, the armed forces of Chile overthrew the administration of Salvador Allende. That day, September 11, 1973, created the necessary conditions in which this art form known as arpilleras was born. Soon after, these textiles became the most visual, poignant, and widespread manifestation of violations of human rights, the disappearance of loved ones, opposition to authoritarianism, all things associated with the military government that ruled Chile until 1990. Marjorie Agosín will present on her research, collection, and poetry related to the practice and theory of arpilleras -- a powerful art form composed of layers of sackcloth or burlap fabric (arpillera) which are joined, principally through appliqué, to create multi-dimensional (in layers and meaning) works of protest and resistance. Agosín is an award-winning poet, human rights activist, literary critic, and professor. She currently teaches at Wellesly College, where she is the Luella LaMer Slaner Professor of Spanish.
Sponsors: LAII, NHCC
Notes: Book-signing will follow presentation. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer and press release.
Oct 24

SOLAS Brown Bag with William Maxwell: Field Research in Brazil

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us to hear graduate student William Maxwell present on his recent experiences conducting field research on the Movimiento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra (MST, or Landless Workers' Movement) in Brazil.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Oct 25

Faculty Lecture with Lawrence Guy Straus: The Old Stone Age of Iberia: From Homo antecessor to Homo sapiens sapiens, 1 million to 10 thousand years ago

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: UNM Hibbens Center
Description: Join us for a special presentation with Lawrence Guy Straus, the Leslie Spier Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Editor of the Journal of Anthropological Research at UNM. Straus' presentation will explore: "The human settlement of Europe began in the Iberian Peninsula, about 1.4 million years ago. Over the course of time, successive species-- Homo antecessor, Homo heidelbergensis, Homo sapiens neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens sapiens--have adapted to the diverse and changing landscapes of what are today Spain and Portugal. Indeed humankind in Europe has survived repeated Ice Ages by seeking refuge in Iberia, as well as in the two other Mediterranean peninsulas. The Neanderthals evolved from populations of early Homo--very well represented in the Castilian sites of Atapuerca--about 300,000 years ago and some of the last Neanderthals survived until about 30,000 years ago in southern Portugal and Spain (including Gibraltar). It was in northern Spain that cave art (in Altamira) was first recognized some 125 years ago as the work of anatomically modern Upper Paleolithic people (about 40,000-13,000 years ago) and some of the oldest and most spectacular cave and open-air rock art in the world is now known at hundreds of sites there and in eastern and southern Spain and Portugal. The ways of life based on hunting, fishing and gathering gradually came to an end across the Peninsula during a transition that spanned the end of the Last Glacial and beginning of the present Interglacial, culminating with the adoption of agriculture and animal husbandry between about 7000-6000 years ago." Professor Straus will describe the long, rich record of Stone Age humans in Iberia in this illustrated lecture. He has done archeological research in Spain and Portugal (as well as in France and Belgium) for 40 years, and since 1996 he has been directing excavations in El Miron Cave (Cantabria, Spain) together with Prof. M.R.Gonzalez Morales, uncovering a cultural sequence ranging from the late Middle Paleolithic to the Bronze Age, 41,000 BP-AD 1400.
Sponsors: LAII, UNM Department of Anthropology, Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque
Notes: Reception will follow presentation. This event is free and open to the public. Please see the event flyer for reference.
Oct 31

SOLAS Brown Bag with Professor Baker Morrow: Whatever Happened to Cabeza de Vaca?

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us for a presentation with Landscape Architect Professor Baker Morrow as he shares about his recently published work of translation, "Whatever Happened to Cabeza de Vaca? The South American Expeditions, 1540-1545, by Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca: "The great explorer Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, who was born in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, about A.D. 1478, was the earliest European to visit New Mexico and the Southwest in the 1520s. Cabeza de Vaca and his three companions were the first people to walk across North America from east to west, beginning in Florida and ending their journey on the coast of the Sea of Cortes in 1535. But few people know of his "second act," his time as royal governor from 1540-1545 in the Rio de la Plata, South America, where he saved the nascent Spanish colony, continued his endless explorations, and discovered Yguazu Falls." Mr. Baker Morrow's new book, Cabeza de Vaca: The South American Explorations, 1540-1545, is the first complete English translation of Cabeza de Vaca's own memoir in 500 years. His comments on the early American landscape and its peoples and customs paint a wonderful portrait of the New World of half a millennium ago." Mr. Morrow is the founder of the Master of Landscape Architecture Program at UNM's School of Architecture and Planning, where he currently serves as the University's first Professor of Practice.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Nov 3

K-12 Educator's Workshop: El cine en la clase de Español como lengua extranjera (ELE): Bienvenido Mr. Marshall y Un Montón de animales

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Domenici Education Center (1701 4th St. SW), Room 122-124
Description: Join presenter Inmaculada Martín, profesora ELE y de Lengua y Literatura Castellanal, for this special workshop for K-12 educators.
Sponsors: Centro Español de Recursos de Albuquerque, LAII, NHCC, UNM Continuing Education, NMPED.
Notes: This class is free to K-12 educators. To register, contact cer.albuquerque.mecd.es.
Nov 5

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 November, we're reading The Circuit by Francisco Jiménez.
Sponsors: LAII, Bookworks
Notes: Feel free to join us. There's no registration or cost involved. It's even okay if you haven't read the book!
Nov 7

Public Lecture with John Nichols: From Anaya to Zollinger: A Personal Journey through Southwest Literature

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Garcia Auditorium - George Pearl Hall, UNM School of Architecture and Planning
Description: Please join us for the third annual Rudolfo & Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest with writer John Nichols. A resident of New Mexico since 1969, John Nichols is the distinguished author of 12 novels and 8 works of non-fiction. His most recent novel, On Top of Spoon Mountain, was published by the University of New Mexico Press in October of this year. Nichols has written the "New Mexico Trilogy" of novels - his classic The Milagro Beanfield War, The Magic Journey, and The Nirvana Blues - as well as a non-fiction trilogy about the Southwest - If Mountains Die, The Last Beautiful Days of Autumn, and On the Mesa.
Sponsors: UNM English Department, Division of Student Affairs, Institute for American Indian Research (IFAIR), University Libraries, Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies, Honors College, Center for the Southwest, Feminist Research Institute, Department of History, and the Latin American & Iberian Institute.
Notes: The lecture is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Nov 7

SOLAS Brown Bag with Kent Swanson: Community-based River Restoration in Mexico

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us to hear graduate student Kent Swanson present on his recent experiences involving community-based river restoration projects in rural communities in Mexico. Kent Swanson holds a Master's degree in Natural Resources Planning from the Community and Regional Planning Program of the University of New Mexico. He spent over five years working in Mexico and Central America on a variety of environmental projects. He was also a Peace Corps volunteer in western Honduras from 2002-2004. He is currently working as a Planner for the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division, focusing on agricultural Major Public Open Spaces and organizing community conservation projects on public lands around the city.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Nov 14

Guest Lecture with Felipe Horta: Máscaras de Michoacán

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us for a unique presentation with guest lecturer Felipe Horta. Felipe Horta, an internationally-renowned mascarero from Tocuaro, Michoacán, Mexico, has dedicated himself since the age of 12 to producing masks for the pastorela (Shepherd's Tale) danzas, which are performed in his community and throughout Michoacán. Blending venerable allegory with symbols and scripts from popular culture, these dynamic performances that discuss and depict faith, sin, and salvation, also comment upon the joys and struggles of everyday life in contemporary Mexico. Felipe has introduced innovative, fine sculpting techniques into the thriving, vibrant art of mask making, and his exquisite masks are embraced and sought after by dancers and others in his community. Join us as Felipe discusses artesanía, his work as a contemporary artist in the community and the marketplace, and the role that his masks play in the danzas of Michoacán.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: Presentation will be in Spanish with English interpretation; masks will be available for sale; and, light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. Please see the event flyer for reference.
Nov 14

K-12 Educator's Workshop with Felipe Horta: Máscaras de Michoacán

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Domenici Education Center (1701 4th St. SW), Room 122-124
Description: Come join us for this free, unique opportunity to participate in a hands-on mask-making workshop created specifically for teachers. Felipe Horta has been hand carving pastorela masks since the age of 12. His allegorical masks represent devils, hermits, viejitos, fantastic creatures and characters from popular culture, all of which are hand-carved for the danzantes who perform in the local pastorelas. In addition to exploring Felipe's artesanía, this workshop will also provide curriculum materials for maskmaking in K-12 settings.
Sponsors: LAII, NHCC
Notes: Presentation will be in Spanish with English interpretation; masks will be available for sale; and, light refreshments will be served. This event is open to the public, but registration is required and educators will be given priority admittance. To register, please contact Keira Philipp-Schnurer at the LAII (kphilipp@unm.edu or 505.277.7047). Please see the event flyer for reference.
Nov 17

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Gramática de la Fantasía: Animación a la escritura

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Domenici Education Center (1701 4th St. SW), Room 122
Description: Join presenters Inmaculada Martín and Laura Caravaca for a special workshop for K-12 educators.
Sponsors: Centro Español de Recursos de Albuquerque, LAII, NHCC, UNM Continuing Education, NMPED.
Notes: This class is free to K-12 educators. To register, contact cer.albuquerque@mecd.es.
Nov 28

SOLAS Brown Bag with Kim Covill: From Books to Brilliance: A Library Endeavor in Rural Nicaragua

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us to hear Kim Covill, President and Founder of From Books to Brilliance, as she discusses this unique library endeavor in Nicaragua. From Books to Brilliance "promotes literacy in impoverished communities by providing access to books and literacy materials. By creating community lending libraries, the program provides access to literacy oppoprtunities - placing books in hands that previously had none."
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Dec 1

K-12 Educator's Workshop: United Nations Model in Spanish

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Domenici Education Center (1701 4th St. SW), Room 122
Description: Join presenters Claudio Perez (Sandia Prep) and Maria Clara Rekow (Bosque School) for an informational presentation on the United Nations Model in Spanish - a project designed to develop and practice skills for debate, analysis, discussion, conflict resolution and negotiation among advanced Spanish level high school students of New Mexico. Join us and learn how to inspire young people to become leaders in the global effort to support peace, development, and human rights in countries around the world.
Sponsors: Bosque School, Sandia Prep, LAII, Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque, and the Spanish Resource Center of Albuquerque.
Notes: This class is free to K-12 educators. To register, contact cer.albuquerque.mecd.es. For reference, please see the event flyer (Spanish version / English version).
Dec 3

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 December, we're reading The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzales.
Sponsors: LAII, Bookworks
Notes: Feel free to join us. There's no registration or cost involved. It's even okay if you haven't read the book!
Dec 5

SOLAS Brown Bag: FLAS Fellowship Information and Help Session

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Please join us at the LAII to learn the details about the FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowship application process. This help session will provide valuable information regarding application instructions and FLAS expectations, and will answer frequently asked questions.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Please see the event flyer for reference.