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Events: 2014

Jan 13

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 January we're reading Colibrí by Ann Cameron.
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.
Jan 28

LAII Lecture Series: Tey Diana Rebolledo - Banned in Arizona: Dark Gifts, Taboos, Secrets and Transformations in Chicana Literature

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us for a special presentation with Dr. Tey Diana Rebolledo, Distinguished Professor Emerita with the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and faculty affiliate with the Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) at UNM. She is the author/editor of many books, book chapters, and articles, including The Chronicles of Panchita Villa and Other Guerrilleras: Essays on Chicana/Latina Literature and Criticism, (University of Texas Press, 2005), Women's Tales from the New Mexico WPA: La diabla a pie (Arte Público Press, 2000), and Women Singing in the Snow: An Analysis of Chicana Literature (University of Arizona Press, 1995). She has been named a Distinguished Professor, a UNM Regents' Professor and a New Mexico Eminent Scholar. She has been the recipient of an NEH Fellowship, a Bogliasco Institute Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship and a Danforth Fellowship. Her current research focuses on Chicana/o literature and contemporary Southwest Hispano/a literature and culture.
This lecture will discuss the issues of banned books, beginning with the banning of Chicano Studies books in Tucson, Arizona, several years ago. Among the books banned was Rebolledo's anthology, Infinite Divisions: An Anthology of Chicana Literature (co-edited by Eliana Rivero) (University of Arizona Press, 1995). Why ban Chicano books? What do these writers discuss that is so dangerous? The lecture will be accompanied by PowerPoint illustrations.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer. A special reception will follow from 5-6:00 p.m.; it, too, is free and open to the public. All are encouraged to attend.
Jan 29

¡SOLAS Presents! FRG Recipient: Daniel Cozart

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: "Abolition and its Malcontents: The Sale of a Freed Slave in Piura, Peru."
Daniel Cozart is a graduate student studying Latin America in the History department at UNM. His research focuses on the social and political history of Afro-descendants in northern Peru and Lima from the abolition of slavery in 1854 through the mid-twentieth century. Inspired by recent activism promoting Afro-Peruvian rights and a renewed emphasis to distinguish their role in the nation's history, Daniel traveled to the northern city of Piura to research the experiences of the region's aristocracy and their African slaves during the process of abolition.
Drawing from the notarial records of the Regional Archive of Piura, this presentation will highlight one civil-turned-criminal court case, where in 1855 a Piuran aristocrat was taken to court for "knowingly" selling a former slave under the pretext that she was the legal owner. The former owner denied any knowledge of her slave's freedom and was pressed for documentation of ownership. Neither the prosecuting attorney nor the defense mentioned President Ramón Castilla's decree, which effectively abolished the institution of slavery in Peru. These absences as well as the content of the legal battle reveal a great deal about a local reality and practice in contrast to nationally sanctioned legal and economic policy.
The court case that ensued offers a window into understanding the social conditions in northern Peru's transition from slavery to a wage-labor economy. It additionally suggests that the social attitudes toward Afro-descended Peruvians and even a slave's status itself did not coincidentally change with Castilla's decree. The fact that Mariana Raygada was unaware of her freedom only begins to explain the continued constitutional legality of slavery and the Peruvian government's ability to enforce the change. Additionally, it will examine the extent to which the case can be considered representative of the social realities of post-abolition Peru. By analyzing the language of the court documents, the presentation considers the multiple possibilities of the actors' motivations in the broader context, and concludes with a discussion of the theoretical challenges of historical silence.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please see the event flyer.
Jan 30

Book Presentation: Martha E. Heard - "Salir del silencio, voces de Cálig (1900-1938)

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Domenici Education Building (1701 4th St. SW)
Description: Join us for a book presentation with author Martha E. Heard, a historian, professor and teacher who recounts her research into the oral history of Cálig, an agricultural village in Valencia. Her work documents the villagers' recollections of experiences from the Republic and the Revolution within the Spanish Civil War.
Sponsors: Spanish Resource Center, National Hispanic Cultural Center, UNM Continuing Education, New Mexico Public Education Department, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public; it will be held in English and Spanish. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Jan 30

Exhibition: Testimonios de una guerra. Photographs of the Mexican Revolution and El Cine de la Revolución Mexicana

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center - Domenici Education Building (1701 4th St. SW)
Description: The Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque and Mexican Consulate of Albuquerque, in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the LAII, announce the opening reception for a cultural project featuring the photography exhibition Testimonios de una guerra. The opening reception will feature live mariachi music, a sampling of food of Mexico, and introductory comments by Dr. Linda Hall, a Distinguished Professor of History at UNM whose published works have focused principally on the Mexican Revolution. With almost 60 photographs, many never before published, and an authoritative text that delves into the motivations and aesthetics of the photographers who took them, the photography exhibition represents the most ambitious and historically accurate visual record of the Mexican Revolution. The exhibit will be on view from January 30 through March 31, 2014, and will be accompanied by periodic free film screenings as part of a series on "El Cine de la Revolución Mexicana."
Sponsors: Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque, Mexican Consulate of Albuquerque, National Hispanic Cultural Center, LAII
Notes: The exhibit is free and open to the public. It is on view during the regular operating hours for the National Hispanic Cultural Center. For more information about the exhibit and related programming, visit the LAII's exhibit webpage. For reference, see the press release and event flyer.
Feb 3

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 February we're reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 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 and Literacy. For a reference, see a list of 2013-2014 Selected Titles.
Feb 5

SOLAS Brown Bag: Field Research Grant (FRG) 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 for a session to review application guidelines, learn tips for writing research proposals, and ask questions about the LAII's field research grants.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please see the FRG Call for Applications.
Feb 6-7

A Richard E. Greenleaf Symposium on Latin American Studies | 1920s-2020s: To Hollywood and Back:: Latin American Cinema and Gender in a Global Context

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: UNM Student Union Building, Ballroom A
Description: FRIDAY AGENDA UPDATE: Dr. Ana López's keynote presentation has been rescheduled from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Regular panel presentations will begin at 10:15 with "Neoliberal and Necropolitical Embodied Aesthetics in Mexican Film."
Please join the Latin American & Iberian Institute for the third annual "A Richard E. Greenleaf Symposium on Latin America." This year the symposium focuses on "1920s to 2020s: To Hollywood and Back: Latin American Cinema and Gender in a Global Context." "1920s to 2020s: To Hollywood and Back: Latin American Cinema & Gender in a Global Context" is a two-day, interdisciplinary symposium focused on stimulating cross-disciplinary dialogue among UNM faculty and invited scholars from across the country whose work involves Brazilian Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Cuban and Caribbean Studies, International and Area Studies, Language and Linguistics, and Spanish and Portuguese. The symposium will consider the ebbs and flows of actors, directors, films and ideas between Hollywood and Latin America. The focus of the panelists will be on questions of gender, be it in the form of appropriation of actors and actresses from Latin America by Hollywood, the socio-political positioning of gender rights vis-á-vis an international cinematic stage, the growth of other directorial voices that challenge -- or not -- the traditional heteronormative male gaze, or the use of film and its growing accessibility as a socio-political forum that traverses borders. Keynote presenters Robert Irwin and Ana López will discuss, respectively, "El cine mexicano se impone: Foreigners, Gender, Social Hierarchies in Mexican Golden Age Cinema" and "Beyond the Retomada: Contemporary Woman Filmmakers in Brazil." Additional panels will consider "The Evolution of Mexican Film in the 20th Century," "Hollywood, Exoticism, and Nationalism: Women and Stardom Across Borders," "Neoliberal and Necropolitical Embodied Aesthetics in Mexican Film," and "Matrices of Domination: Gender, Race and Politics in Contemporary Brazilian Film." Afternoon sessions will be followed by an opportunity for extended dialogue with the panelists.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This symposium is free and open to the public; no registration required. For reference, please see the event flyer. Additional information is available on the symposium webpage.
Feb 11

Help Session on Guanajuato Summer Law Institute

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Please join us for a presentation on the Guanajuato Summer Law Institute. UNM Professors Kimberly Gauderman (Department of History) and Antoinette Sedillo López (School of Law) will share information about the Guanajuato Summer Law Institute, which will be held at the Universidad de Guanajuato from June 1-29, 2014, in beautiful Guanajuato, Mexico. This will be the 25th anniversary of the program and to commemorate this anniversary, we are expanding the program. Traditionally limited to Law students and legal courses, this year the program will also be open to Latin American Studies students and History students. As part of the expanded program, Dr. Gauderman will teach a course on Comparative Equality and Human Rights alongside Dr. George Bach, UNM Shool of Law. The course will be available to undergraduate students as LTAM 400 (3 credits) and also as upper-division History credits. While at Guanajuato UNM students can also take courses at the Universidad de Guanajuato's Escuela de Idiomas, for which students can earn up to 6 credits of Spanish - all of which will transfer to UNM.
Sponsors: LAII, School of Law
Notes: Please see the flyer, brochure, or course description for more information.
Feb 13

¡SOLAS Presents! Learning From the Zapatistas About Democracy, Land, and Dignity

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join SOLAS at the Latin American & Iberian Institute for a special presentation by Bill Bradley on his experience observing Zapatista autonomy in Chiapas, Mexico. Bill, an union organizer in Albuquerque, recently attended la Escuelita Zapatista, a weeklong program where he lived and learned from a Zapatista family. Over 5,000 students from Mexico, Italy, Argentina, USA and other countries attended the three schools, which allowed the world to observe and learn about Zapatismo. Bill will speak about his experiences as well as show photos and Zapatista textbooks on their laboratory of democracy.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please see event flyer or visit the SOLAS website.
Feb 17

LAII Lecture Series: Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui - Strategic Ethnicity, Colonialism, and Environmental Struggles in Latin America

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM FEBRUARY 13, 2014. Join us for a presentation with Professor Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, Visiting Andrés Bello Chair of Latin American Literature and Culture at New York University and Professor Emeritus in the Department of SociologyDepartment at Universidad Mayor de San Andrés. Professor Rivera is a renowned Bolivian sociologist, historian, theorist, and activist of Aymara descent that has been extensively involved in indigenous social movements. A recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and a prolific author, Professor Rivera has written ten books, numerous articles for journals and magazines, and has produced documentaries and feature films. She was recently named as one of the three most influential writers of Bolivia in the last thirty years.
The massive popular protests and rallies that took place in Bolivia between 2000-2005, which eventually led to the rise of MAS (Movimiento al Socialismo) and Evo Morales to State power in 2006, have stirred a wave of expectations and hopes for change in the anti/globalization scene around the world, and specially among the popular and indigenous movements in Latin America. Nevertheless, the continuity of a policy of State centralization, classic developmental schemes and elite management of State affairs have soon led to a frustrating sense of cosmetic changes; meanwhile the pervasive influence of transnational corporations and predatory capitalism has remained unchallenged. The presentation will focus in the potentialities and limits of the discourse of ethnicity in Bolivia, with comparative remarks with the cases of the Reservas Extractivistas in the northern Amazonian region of Brazil and the Asambleas Ciudadanas against environmental depredation in Argentina.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Feb 18

Presentation & Discussion with Oscar Martínez Bonastre - Cultura de la Costa Blanca

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Domenici Education Building, Rm 122-124 (1701 4th St. SW)
Description: Please join us for a cultural presentation with Dr. Martínez, Head of International Relations and Study Abroad Coordinator at the Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche in Elche, Spain. Prof. Martínez will visit Albuquerque to promote exchanges between the Albuquerque community and the communities of Elche and surrounding in the Valencian region of Spain. This presentation will explore the Costa Blanca region of Spain, addressing its architectural wonders, history, art and culture, gastronomy and wines, and abundant coastal resources. Prof. Martínez will specifically emphasize the unique elements of the area around his university in Elche, a modern-day city whose rich culture alludes to the region's history of Iberian, Roman, and Arab influences. This city is home to both an UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as an UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The former designation recognizes "El Palmeral of Elche," the largest palm grove in the world and one which has been cultivated and nurtured for centuries. The latter recognizes "El Misteri", or "Mystery Play," sacral-lyric medieval drama dating back to the 1st century. The built environment of the region is remarkable, with magnificent buildings, temples, Roman Baths, and a profusion of sculptures. Its natural environment is equally enticing, with expanses of mostly virgin beaches, ecosystems of sand dunes and pine forests, and some of the region's most important wetlands. Come learn about Spanish culture and practice your speaking skills at the same time!
Sponsors: LAII, Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque
Notes: The presentation and discussion will be primarily in Spanish. This event is jointly listed as a meeting for the Albuquerque Spanish Language Meetup Group. All are welcome and invited to attend.
Feb 19

Gourmet Galician Dinner with Anthony Cárdenas-Rotunno

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: MÁS - Tapas y Vino
Description: In celebration of the Carlos Núñez concert on February 26, AMP concerts has declared February as Galician appreciation month. They have partnered with a number of local organizations, including the LAII, to provide some extra cultural experiences to give local residents both a taste and insight into Galician culture in the weeks leading up to the concert. Located in the historic Hotel Andaluz, MÁS, by Chef James Campbell Caruso, is a full-service restaurant and tapas bar. Inspired by the bold flavors, rich history and exuberance of Spanish cooking, MÁS offers fresh reinventions of traditional Spanish cuisine with an emphasis on locally-sourced foods and high quality imported ingredients and spices. James Campbell Caruso has been nominated 5 times for the prestigious James Beard Award for "Best Chef of the Southwest." He is the chef and owner of La Boca and Taberna restaurants in Santa Fe, which have been acclaimed by the New York Times, the Food Network, Travel & Leisure and Esquire. He is the author of Espana: Exploring the Flavors of Spain and El Farol: Tapas and Spanish Cuisine.For this evening, we asked Chef Caruso to create a special Galician menu. He really outdid himself, creating a 5-course dinner that will provide you a magnificent culinary tour of northern Spain.
  • Course 1: Grilled octopus with potatoes and pimenton (Polbo á fiera, practically the national dish of the region.)
  • Course 2: Seared sea scallops in saffron broth with Jamon Serrano and blistered green peppers
  • Course 3: Slow braised pork shoulder empanada, sweet peppers, chorizo and kale
  • Course 4: Queso tetilla with pears
  • Course 5: Almond cake with oranges and fig syrup
Joining us for the evening will be Anthony Cárdenas, Chair of UNM's Spanish & Portuguese Department, to share some insights and background on Galicia.
Sponsors: AMP Concerts, LAII, MÁS
Notes: This dinner is $75 plus tax & gratuity. A $40 wine pairing will be available. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Make your reservations through MÁS at 505.923.9080. For those interested in learning more about Galician cuisine, Instituto Cervantes will be offering a Galician cooking class on February 21.
Feb 20

LAII Reception to Honor Faculty Book Publications

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American and Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join the LAII for a reception to recognize all faculty affiliated with the LAII who have published books in the past year. Nearly 200 faculty members from 15 departments and 7 schools/colleges across campus are affiliated with the LAII. The breadth of research and teaching of these affiliated faculty members reinforces the LAII's mission to create a stimulating environment for the production and dissemination of knowledge of Latin America and Iberia at the University of New Mexico (UNM). To honor this expertise, the LAII is initiating a new tradition of holding an annual reception in their honor. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are all encouraged to attend and learn more about the exciting scholarship happening at UNM.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This is a free event open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Feb 21-22

Sin Fronteras Film Festival hosted by SOLAS

Time: 7:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21; 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22
Location: The Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Avenue NE Albuquerque, NM, 87106
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 2014's festival is a COMPLETELY FREE event open to the UNM and greater Albuquerque community.
This year's Sin Fronteras is comprised of documentary, dramatic, and comedic films whose topics span from social justice, race, class, and identity to a satirical look at corruption and violence.
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 Latin American and Iberian Institute, Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Student Association, Guild Cinema, Weekly Alibi, National Hispanic Cultural Center and Instituto Cervantes, Department of History, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, International Studies Institute, Department of Political Science, Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media, Department of Sociology, Graduate and Professional Student Association
Notes: For more information, please see the festival flyer and visit the SOLAS website.
Feb 24

Testimonios de una guerra: Photographs of the Mexican Revolution

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Domenici Education Building, 1701 4th St. SW
Description: This free professional development workshop will consider the Mexican Revolution through photographic and historical perspectives inspired by the exhibition "Testimonios de una Guerra" currently on display (through March 31, 2014) at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The first half of the workshop will be led by special guest lecturer Dr. Linda Hall, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of New Mexico, whose published scholarship has focused principally on the Mexican Revolution and the U.S.-Mexico border. The second half will be led by LAII staff, who will present curriculum materials and suggested techniques for incorporating this topic into middle and high school classrooms.
Sponsors: LAII, Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque, Mexican Consulate of Albuquerque, Spanish Resource Center of Albuquerque, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center
Notes: Certificates of professional development and copies of relevant certificate materials will be provided. Given limited space and resources, all educators must pre-register by contacting Keira Philipp: kphilipp@unm.edu or (505) 277-7047. For reference, please see the event flyer or visit the workshop webpage.
Feb 27

K-12 Educator's Workshop: El romance entre América, Asia y Europa: El galeón de Manila / The Romance between America, Asia, and Europe: The Manila Galleon

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Domenici Education Building (1701 4th St. SW)
Description: Join the Spanish Resource Center and partners for a special workshop led by María Verónica Iglesias-Ramos, who will discuss the Manila Galleons, Spanish trade ships which sailed between Manila and Acapulco for 250 years between 1565 and 1815, and which were of great important to the Philippines, as well as America and Europe. This workshop will explore how this commercial trade route began and explore the cultural, linguistic, political and social ramifications it had on the countries involved.
Sponsors: Spanish Resource Center of Albuquerque, National Hispanic Cultural Center, UNM Continuing Education, New Mexico Public Education Department, LAII
Notes: Attendance is free, but please confirm in writing beforehand by emailing cer.albuquerque.mecd.es. Note that the workshop is offered primarily in Spanish. For reference, please see the event flyer or visit the workshop webpage.
Feb 27

Latin American Concert and Speaker Series: Nueva Música Dúo with Miguel Ángel García on violin and José-Luis Hurtado on piano

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Keller Hall, UNM
Description: Join the UNM Latin American Music Center and LAII, and other community partners, for a special concert with the Nueva Música Dúo (NMD), formed by violinist Miguel Ángel García and pianist José-Luis Hurtado, is one of the most important rising Mexican new music groups. Their repertoire includes works written by the most renowned contemporary composers, many of which have been performed by NMD in Mexico for the first time, as well as pieces rarely played or specially written for them. Nueva Música Dúo has performed at many important festivals around Mexico and is the ensemble-in-residence of the cycle of concerts Morelia Nueva Musica.
Sponsors: UNM Latin American Music Center, LAII, other community partners
Notes: For more information about the concert, visit the UNM Department of Music webpage or see the website for the Nueva Música Dúo.
Feb 28

Exhibit: Getting Up Pa 'l Pueblo: Tagging ASAR-Oaxaca Prints and Stencils

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum (1701 4th St. SW)
Description: Join UNM University Libraries, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC), and the LAII, for the opening reception for the exhibit "Getting Up Pa 'l Pueblo: Tagging ASAR-Oaxaca Prints and Stencils," which will be on view at the NHCC Art Museum.
"Getting up" is slang for posting and applying images in public places. Generally, the expression refers to street art. This exhibit features block prints and stencils from the Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca (ASARO) collection in the College of University Libraries' and Learning Sciences, Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR) at Zimmerman Library at the University of New Mexico. ASARO is a contemporary Mexican artists' collective working in block prints, stencils and graffiti murals. The group was formed in 2006 after riot police repressed annual teachers' demonstrations in the state capital of Oaxaca.
In a localized adaptation of ASARO's commitment to visual and verbal exchange, Getting Up Pa 'l Pueblo: Tagging ASAR-Oaxaca Prints and Stencils invites audience participation in the exhibition by labeling or #tagging the images presented. Visitors will be encouraged to physically tag or label the works as they view them or to virtually label them on the exhibit website. The labels will be collected and digitized, eventually becoming a permanent part of the CSWR collection at UNM. In addition, there will be five public forums where participants' comments and ideas will be recorded for inclusion in the collection.
Curated by Suzanne M. Schadl (Assistant Professor and Curator of Latin American Collections in the UNM libraries) with help from MALAS student Mike Graham de la Rosa, this exhibit is a memorial to Distinguished Professor of Art History, David Craven (1951-2012) whose infectious enthusiasm for Latin American Art, theory and popular movements are reflected in this project.
Sponsors: University Libraries, National Hispanic Cultural Center, LAII
Notes: The opening reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.
Mar 1

World Language Expo 2014: Building Bridges of Words to the World - K'iche' Maya

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Ortega Hall, Room 217
Description: Join the LAII at UNM's World Language Expo for special presentations on K'iche' Maya by Prof. James Mondloch and María Tahay Carrillo. The former will present on the K'iche' language and the latter will offer a demonstration of traditional K'iche' Maya weaving techniques. The World Language Expo brings hundreds of New Mexicans together to share their experiences of the world. Past expos have offered presentations in over 40 languages, from Afghan culture to French truffle-making, from Tahitian dance to Japanese tea ceremonies and polyglot zoos.
Sponsors: The University of New Mexico
Notes: Contact Marina Peters-Newell at mpnewell@unm.edu for more information or see the UNM event calendar.
Mar 3

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 The Lightning Dreamer by Margarita Engle.
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.
Mar 6

Presentation and Discussion: Marjorie Agosín - Weaving Resistance: Women, Creativity, and Social Change

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mitchell Hall, Room 122
Description: Join us for a special presentation with guest lecturer Dr. Marjorie Agosín. Agosín, poet, author and human rights activist, is the Luella LaMer Slaner Professor of Latin American studies at Wellesley College. She is the recipient of the Dr. Fritz Redlich Global Mental Health and Human Rights Award at the Harvard Medical school (2013) for the Healing Power of her Poetry, the U.N. Leadership Award for Human Rights, and the Gabriela Mistral Medal of Honor (for lifetime achievement) from the Chilean government. She is considered one of the foremost Latina writers in the United States today. Agosín's lecture on "Weaving Resistance: Women, Creativity, and Social Change" will be followed by a panel discussion with Margaret Randall, Margo Chávez, and Iktemal Jaber. Margaret Randall is a feminist poet, writer, photographer and social activist; Margo Chávez teaches interdisciplinary classes at the University Honors College at UNM, using history and literature to create classes revolving around issues of peace, social justice, and intercultural communication; Iktemal Jaber is a Fine Arts student whose work (mostly involving photography, printmaking and the visual arts) focuses on themes of Palestinian identity/subjects of women in exile.
Sponsors: International Studies Institute (ISI), LAII, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University College, Department of Art & Art History, National Hispanic Cultural Center, and Women & Creativity 2014.
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please see the event flyer or visit the ISI website.
Mar 7

Presentation and Discussion: Marjorie Agosín - The Exile Writer and the Literary Imagination in the Americas

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Ortega Hall, Reading Room
Description: Join us for a special presentation with guest lecturer Dr. Marjorie Agosín. According to Voices from the Gap, "Coming from a South American country and being Jewish, Agosín's writings demonstrate a unique blending of these cultures. Agosín is well known as a poet, critic, and human activist. She is also a well-known spokesperson for the plight and priorities of women in Third World countries. Her deep social concerns and accomplishments have earned her many awards and recognitions, and she has gained an international reputation among contemporary women of color. Agosín, a passionate writer, has received critical acclaim for her poetry collections, her close reflections on her parents and family, and her multi-layered stories. Within every novel, story, or poem, she captures the very essence of Jewish women at their best. Agosín's works reveal the experiences of pain and anguish of Jewish refugees. She writes about the Holocaust as well as anti-Semitic events that occurred in her native land." Agosín currently teaches at Wellesly College, where she is the Luella LaMer Slaner Professor of Spanish.
Sponsors: International Studies Institute (ISI), LAII, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University College, Department of Art & Art History, National Hispanic Cultural Center, and Women & Creativity 2014.
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please see the event flyer or visit the ISI website.
Mar 8

Book Reading and Signing: Marjorie Agosín - I Lived on Butterfly Hill

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Salón Ortega, 1701 4th St. SW
Description: Join us for a special reading and signing with guest lecturer Dr. Marjorie Agosín. Agosín will discuss her most recent book, a young adult novel titled "I Lived on Butterfly Hill." The book is described as follows according to the publisher: "An eleven-year-old's world is upended by political turmoil in this searing novel from an award-winning poet, based on true events in Chile. Celeste Marconi is a dreamer. She lives peacefully among friends and neighbors and family in the idyllic town of Valparaiso, Chile - until the time comes when even Celeste, with her head in the clouds, can't deny the political unrest that is sweeping through the country. Warships are spotted in the harbor and schoolmates disappear from class without a word. Celeste doesn't quite know what is happening, but one thing is clear: no one is safe, not any more."
Sponsors: International Studies Institute (ISI), LAII, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University College, Department of Art & Art History, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Bookworks, and Women & Creativity 2014.
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please see the event flyer or visit the NHCC website.
Mar 13

LAII Lecture Series: Allison M. Borden - La Sembradora de la Paz: Educating for Democracy at Colegio Naleb'

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us for a presentation with Dr. Allison M. Borden, an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, and Policy (TEELP) in the College of Education, and faculty affiliate with the Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII), at UNM. During the 25 years prior to her work in higher education, she served as a K-12 teacher and principal in the US and Honduras. She has consulted on national education reform projects in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Paraguay. Her research agenda focuses on leadership preparation and professional development for principals in the US and Latin America and democratic schooling in Guatemala.
In the summer of 2011, Borden began collecting data for a book project about Colegio Naleb', an independent school located in Fraijanes, Guatemala (a suburb of Guatemala City). She is interested in the implications of its approach to education in the efforts to "sow peace" and contribute to increased civility. This school, with its explicit emphasis on the practice of democratic processes, has sent 26 groups of graduates into civil society in Guatemala. It is one of only seven schools in the entire Latin American region that is a member of the Alternative Education Resource Organization, an "international network of educational alternatives" that "have in common a learner-centered approach to education." This book project will be situated in the empirical and historical literature on democratic and progressive education. There are many profiles of democratic schools in the United States, England, and other countries, but we have virtually none from schools in Latin America. There are few profiles that examine the impact of democratic practices on students, teachers, and learning. Borden believes this work will offer a unique and invaluable perspective on democratic schooling and add significantly to that literature. In this presentation, she will share the findings to-date based on three summers of data collection.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please see event flyer. Light refreshments will be provided.
Mar 19

Information Session: Mexican Cuisine and Culture

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: UNM Continuing Education, South Building, Room 105
Description: Please join us for an information session to learn more about how to participate in the LAII's upcoming trip "Mexico Cuisine and Culture," to be offered June 15-22, 2014. An ample question and answer period will allow for discussions concerning any and all aspects of the program. This 7-day trip (June 15-22, 2014) will explore the food landscape of Mexico, focusing on its incredible variety, complexity, and historical richness. Join us on this journey to learn about Mexican cuisine. Learn about the history and culture of Mexican foods from the Pre-Hispanic period to today as we study at La Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, a university housed in an old convent in the historic center of Mexico City. Faculty from the nationally acclaimed gastronomy program will provide lectures and hands-on culinary instruction each morning. Afternoons will be spent not only dining at restaurants that feature exemplary food and dishes that represent the various historical periods discussed in class, but also touring local museums, food markets, and nearby archaeological sites. We'll stay at the Hampton Inn Centro Histórico, located in a former 18th century monastery that is registered with UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.
Sponsors: LAII, UNM Continuing Education
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Please see the trip webpage for more information and the event flyer for reference.
Mar 20

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Scientific and Mathematical Vocabulary in Spanish: Understanding and Using a Scientific Language

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Domenici Education Building (1701 4th St. SW)
Description: Join the Spanish Resource Center and partners for a special workshop led by Paloma Ramírez, biology teacher at Nuestros Valores Charter School, and Noé Carrero, math teacher at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School. This workshop will discuss "Vocabulario científico y matemático en español: entendiendo y utilizando el lenguaje de las ciencias." The gradual comprehension of language relevant to scientific concepts is one of the targeted objectives within the Common Core Standards. With the help of this workshop, participants will explore a series of techniques and strategies intended to help understand and interpret a scientific vocabulary.
Sponsors: Spanish Resource Center of Albuquerque, National Hispanic Cultural Center, UNM Continuing Education, New Mexico Public Education Department, LAII
Notes: Attendance is free, but please confirm in writing beforehand by emailing cer.albuquerque.mecd.es. Note that the workshop is offered primarily in Spanish. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Mar 25

LAII Lecture Series: Robert Carmack and James Mondloch - The Popol Wuj: Historical, Sociocultural, and Linguistic Considerations

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us for a joint presentation by Drs. Robert Carmack and James Mondloch as they discuss the Popol Wuj, the sacred book of the K'iche' Maya which narrates the origins, history, and traditions of their people. Carmack is an ethnohistorian with an area specialization in Mesoamerica, and especially in the K'ichee' Maya region. Currently Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York at Albany, he is the author of numerous books and articles on the subject. Carmack will lead the first half of the presentation to discuss "Historical and Sociocultural Highlights from a New Look at the Popol Wuj." Mondloch is a linguistic anthropologist whose areas of specialization include the K'ichee' Maya language and culture. Currently an adjunct professor at UNM, where he teaches courses in the K'ichee' language at the LAII, Mondloch is the author of several books and articles on the subject. Mondloch will lead the second half of the presentation to discuss "The K'ichee' Language of the Popol Wuj: Challenges It Presents to Translators and Students of This Document."
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please see event flyer.
Mar 25

LLSS GSA Critical Lecture Series: Christina A. Sue - Colorblindness, Anti-Racism, and Education: Lessons from Mexico

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: UNM SUB, Ballroom A
Description: Please join the Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies (LLSS) Graduate Students Association (GSA) for a presentation, discussion, and booksigning with Dr. Christina Sue, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Sue's research focuses on immigration and comparative race/ethnicity (specifically identity formation, multiracialism, intermarriage, race, relations, and racial ideology), with a focus on the United States and Latin America. In this talk, Sue will discuss findings from her recent book, Land of the Cosmic Race: Race Mixture, Racism, and Blackness in Mexico, to inform the current debate over colorblindness. Colorblindness, which emerged in the latter half of the twentieth century, has become the dominant racial ideology in the United States. Supporters view colorblind ideology and related practices as an important antidote to race-conscious data gathering, affirmative action, and racial identity politics, which they perceive as fueling racism. However, opponents argue that the race-evasiveness of colorblindness is detrimental and has led to the further entrenchment of racism. As this debate continues to rage in the United States, little attention is being paid to its neighbor to the south - Mexico - which has adopted and institutionalized practices of colorblindness for nearly a century. The lack of attention to the Mexican case is unfortunate since the United States could learn a great deal from Mexico's long-standing social experiment with colorblindness.
Sponsors: LLSS GSA, LAII, SOLAS
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Dinner will be served. Please RSVP to kdillon@unm.edu. For more information, please see event flyer.
Mar 26

¡SOLAS Presents! Field Research Grant Recipient Corey Ragsdale - Who Makes the Cut? What the Skull Masks and Skulls of the Templo Mayor Tell Us About Aztec War and Sacrifice

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join the UNM Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS) for a presentation by FRG recipient Corey Ragsdale, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology. Corey's research focuses on the effects of cultural relationships on population structure and interaction during the Postclassic period (AD 900-1520) in Mexico. Using dental morphological features as a proxy for genetic information, his research compares the biological distinctions between sacrificial victims by examining geographic distance, migration history, trade, and political interaction. The research investigates these relationships at the group and individual levels. Corey will discuss the information provided by the skulls from the Templo Mayor, located in the Aztec capital city of Tenochtitlan. Using available cranial/dental data among the sacrificial victims, he will evaluate how war and status effect the treatment of human remains in the Late Postclassic period (AD 1300-1520) at Tenochtitlan.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For reference, please see the SOLAS website.
Mar 27

LAII Lecture Series: Rosa Vallejos Yopan - A Collaborative Approach to Lexicographic Documentation: A Case Study from the Amazon

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us for a presentation with Dr. Rosa Vallejos Yopan, an Assistant Professor jointly appointed to the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and a faculty affiliate of the Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII), at UNM. Since 1997, her research has centered in Amazonia, and integrates functional syntax, documentary fieldwork and Spanish in contact with Amazonian languages. Her interest in Spanish in contact with Amazonian languages derives from her work with bilingual speakers in a number of language development projects, such as orthography design, teacher-training, production of school materials, among others. This talk shares experiences and challenges regarding the lexicographic documentation of Kokama, an endangered language of Peru. The Kokama people live in settlements on the upper reaches of the Amazon River proper and several of its major tributaries, including the Marañon, Ucayali, and Nanay Rivers. Although the ethnic population is estimated at 20,000, their ancestral language is seriously endangered: most of the remaining fluent speakers are older than 60 years, and the natural process of language transmission was interrupted about five decades ago. Since the early 1980s, there have been several community-based language revitalization efforts to preserve the language, the development of a dictionary being one of them.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please see event flyer.
Mar 27

Information Session: Arts and Culture in Cuba

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: UNM Continuing Education, South Building, Room 105
Description: Please join us for an information session to learn more about how to participate in the LAII's upcoming trip "Arts and Culture in Cuba," to be offered July 19-26, 2014. An ample question and answer period will allow for discussions concerning any and all aspects of the program. This 7-day trip (April 19 - 26, 2014) will feature discussions with working artists and leaders in community-led dance, music, environmental and agricultural programs. Participants will experience museums, the beautiful architecture of Old Havana, and the biosphere reserve of Pinar del Rio.
Sponsors: LAII, UNM Continuing Education
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Please see the trip webpage for more information and the event flyer for reference.
Mar 28

Book Presentation & Discussion: Clifton Ross - Until the Rulers Obey: Rethinking Solidarity in a Post-Revolutionary Era

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join the LAII for a special presentation with Clifton Ross, co-editor of the book Until the Rulers Obey: Voices from Latin American Social Movements, recently released by Oakland-based PM Press. Social movements powered a wave of change in Latin America at the beginning of the 21st century. They swept progressive governments to power after decades of dictatorship and austerity; occupied factories, housing, and land for people who lacked work and living space, and they continue to agitate, organize and advocate on a broad spectrum of issues. The new book, Until the Rulers Obey: Voices From Latin American Social Movements, brings together interviews with more than 70 people in 15 countries who embody the upsurge of change in Latin America today. Ross will discuss and offer highlights of what we can learn from these leaders, scholars and activists, with an emphasis on how to rethink solidarity in a post-revolutionary era.
Sponsors: LAII, UNM Peace Studies, Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Mar 28

Lecture: Roberto Vélez Grajales and Dr. Juan Enrique Huerta Wong - ¿Nos Movemos? Report on Social Mobility in Mexico

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: UNM Department of Sociology, Common Room
Description: Join the UNM Department of Sociology and Latin American & Iberian Institute for a lecture with Roberto Vélez Grajales and Dr. Juan Enrique Huerta Wong as they discuss their recent findings regarding social mobility in Mexico. This report analyzes the existing options for intergenerational social mobility among Mexicans, in order to propose public policy recommendations. Specifically, the study focuses on analyzing relative options for social mobility among generations. In other words, the goal is to observe whether the position that Mexicans hold in the socioeconomic structure is determined by the position that their parents held. The study is based on results from the 2011 ESRU Survey on Social Mobility in Mexico (EMOVI-2011) and is supported by testimonies obtained from the qualitative study on Life Histories in Social Mobility (HIMOVI). It is worth mentioning that the EMOVI-2011 is one of the first surveys in the world on intergenerational social mobility that, in addition to having national representativeness, helps in analyzing mobility patterns not only for men but also for women. The report is published by the Centro de Estudios Espinoza Yglesias (CEEY) in Mexico, a private, non-partisan, and nonprofit organization whose mission is to generate research and ideas which enrich the discussion, debate, and decision-making process related to current economic, social, educational, legal, and political issues which are of importance to the people of Mexico.
Sponsors: LAII, UNM Department of Sociology
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Apr 1

Presentation: Jesús Ruiz Flores and Sergio Sandoval Lorenzo Aragón - Latin American Studies: A Mexican Perspective on Contemporary Issues and Debates

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us for a presentation which will address the scope of current Latin American Studies programs and discuss contemporary issues and debates within the field. Latin American Studies considers Latin America as a region of countries which have shared a common history since the colonial periods of domination by Spain and Portugal. Current studies of this field address the region's history, politics, and culture, and involve global and national levels of analysis. Scholars in this field must consider historical implications, contemporary issues, and future projections. This presentation will explore these issue from the Mexican perspective, paying special attention to how scholars in the field propose and contribute to a better future for the region.
Dr. Jesús Ruiz Flores is a Research Professor in the Department of Policy and Society at the University of Guadalajara, Ciénega campus. He is the president of the Observatorio Ciudadano de la Educación, an Executive Council Member of the International Conference on Social and Regional Studies, and the Latin American Studies Coordinator of the Western Social Science Association. His areas of interest include educational policy in Latin America, social (in)justice, and labor markets in Latin America.
Dr. Sergio Sandoval Lorenzo Aragón is a Research Professor at the University of Guadalajara. He is the director of the Center for Social and Regional Studies (CESOR) at the University of Guadalajara, Ciénega campus. He is a member of the Mexican National System of Researchers (SNI), and is ranked Level I. His areas of interest include sociology and economics in Latin America, and education and society.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.
Apr 2

LAII Lecture Series: Emily Jones - The Mighty Rabbit Hunters: Understanding Human-Environment Interactions in Upper-Paleolithic Iberia

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us for a presentation with Dr. Emily Jones, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and faculty affiliate with the Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) at UNM. Her research focuses on human-environment interactions, particularly human responses to climate change and landscape variability. Her work has been funded by the Embassy of France, the National Institute for Health, the National Science Foundation, and Sigma XI, and has been published in a number of academic journals and edited volumes, including the Journal of Archaeological Science and Quaternary Research.
The people who inhabited Southwestern Europe from 22,000 to 13,000 years ago are often portrayed as big game hunters - and indeed, in some locations (Cantabrian Spain, the Pyrenees, the Dordogne) the archaeological record supports this interpretation. But in other places, notably Mediterranean Iberia, the inhabitants focused their hunting efforts on smaller game, such as rabbits, fish, and birds. Were they less effective hunters? Were these environments depleted of red deer and other large game? Or is this evidence of Paleolithic people's adaptability? This talk will explore what archaeological evidence can tell us about the glacial environments of Iberia - and what prehistoric people's interactions with those environments can tell us about the human capability to adapt to and engineer environmental change.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Apr 3

¡SOLAS Presents! Field Research Grant Recipient Michael Graham - Getting Up For The People: The Visual Revolution of ASAR-Oaxaca

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Michael Graham, a M.A. student in Latin American Studies and recipient of a LAII and Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant will discuss the research he conducted in Oaxaca, Mexico, on the potential that art has in instigating social change.
Michael's research focuses on the contemporary Mexican artist collective known as Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca (ASARO). His presentation will highlight how ASARO utilizes aesthetic production to diffuse knowledge and thus challenge dominant political paradigms embedded in Mexican society. As a result, the collective of Mexican youths seeks to open spaces in their community (and Oaxaca's subculture) by providing a dissenting perspective vis-ã-vis dominant state discourse. ASARO brings to the fore socio-political issues they deem important to the region, Mexico and the globe that the state tends to overlook.
Nicholas Vandiver, an undergraduate of Latin American Studies will present on his experience with grassroots business development in Guatemalan highland communities.
This presentation will take the viewer on a chicken bus ride into the heart of the Ixil triangle, where Nicholas worked with women's weaving cooperatives and artisan communities to help promote their beautifully intricate textiles. Additionally, Nicholas, along with noted social entrepreneur Greg Van Kirk, aided ex-guerrillas in the organization of a trekking eco-tourism business. This photo exposition hopes to portray the strength of a highland culture that has proudly survived the harshest aspects of Guatemala's forty-year civil war. In addition to a slide show, there will be a collection of huipiles and weavings on display dating back to the 1920s.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please see event flyer.
Apr 3

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Teaching Strategies for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Domenici Education Building (1701 4th St. SW)
Description: Join the Spanish Resource Center and partners for a special workshop led by Pilar Lara Burgos, Spanish teacher at La Promesa Charter School and Sign Language Interpreter, on "Estrategias educativas con alumnado sordo." This workshop will explore questions concerning deaf and hearing-impaired students, discuss sign language, and learn how to address a deaf or hearing-impaired person in the classroom.
Sponsors: Spanish Resource Center of Albuquerque, National Hispanic Cultural Center, UNM Continuing Education, New Mexico Public Education Department, LAII
Notes: Attendance is free, but please confirm in writing beforehand by emailing: cer.albuquerque@educacion.es. Note that the workshop is offered primarily in Spanish. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Apr 7

UNM 2014 John Donald Robb's Composers' Symposium - Cuatro Corridos

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: South Broadway Cultural Center (1025 Broadway Blvd SE)
Description: The centerpiece of the UNM 2014 John Donald Robb Composer's Symposium, will be an exciting new chamber opera that brings important social and political issues to the stage. The symposium will take place from April 6-9 on the UNM campus. An unprecedented collaboration between internationally acclaimed Mexican and United States-based creative artists Cuatro Corridos is a one-woman show, based on true events, that tells the story of women trapped in a cycle of prostitution and slavery across the U.S.-Mexico border. The opera, a tour-de-force showcase of Grammy-winning soprano Susan Narucki, will be performed at 7 p.m. April 7 at the South Broadway Cultural Center, starting with a short panel discussion on the local realities of trafficking with Lynn Sanchez, director of Human Trafficking Victim Services for Life Link, Maria Sanchez-Gagne, border violence division director for the New Mexico Attorney General's Office and Susan Tiano, director of the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute. The opera, about one hour in length, will follow.
Sponsors: Robb Musical Trust, College of Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media, Chicana & Chicano Studies Department, and the LAII
Notes: For more complete information, visit the Robb Trust website. This event on April 7 and all UNM campus events are free. Reservations are recommended for Cuatro Corridos and can be made by calling 505.848.1320.
Apr 7

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 What the Moon Saw by Laura Resau.
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.
Apr 10

Presentation: Film Director Alex Rivera - Engineering the Border: Reimagining America

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hibben Center, Room 105
Description: Join us for a special presentation with Sundance award-winning director Alex Rivera. In this presentation, Rivera details the ways in which science, technology, and the law have been used during the first one hundred years of American border enforcement to "grow" the border, transforming it from a line in the sand to a vast legal matrix that now covers the entire country. As a new techno-legal network of border enforcement has grown, so have new forms of resistance to it. This lecture includes clips from his films, including Sleep Dealer, Why Cybraceros?, The Sixth Section, and The Borders Trilogy, and addresses themes of immigration, globalization, and technology. Rivera has been widely recognized for using digital media to explore issues of immigration and Latino identity. He is a Rockefeller Fellow, a Sundance/Annenberg Fellow, a USA Artists Fellow, and the 2012 Rothschild Lecturer in the History of Science Department at Harvard University. He has presented at Harvard, Brown, UCLA, University of Texas at Austin, New York University, Rutgers, Duke University, and many other universities and colleges across the United States.
Sponsors: Presented by the American Studies Department and the Chicana/o Studies Program, with support from the Department of Art and Art History, Foreign Languages and Literature, Communication and Journalism, Southwest Hispanic Research Institute, Latin American and Iberian Institute, El Centro de la Raza, and the Office for Student Affairs.
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Please see the event flyer for reference. For more information, please contact Rebecca Schreiber (rschreib@unm.edu) or Irene Vasquez (ivasquez@unm.edu).
Apr 15

Information Session: La Cultura Blanca de Spain

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Please join us for an information session to learn more about how to participate in the LAII's upcoming trip "La Cultura de la Costa Blanca," to be offered August 8-16, 2014, in the Mediterranean region of Spain. An ample question and answer period will for discussion concerning the trip. Through a partnership with the Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, the LAII is offering this unique 7-day trip featuring presentations by faculty on the arts, culture, architecture, history, and language of the region, as well as tours of local landmarks.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Please see the trip webpage for more information or contact laii@unm.edu with questions. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Apr 17

Presentation: Mônica Nador - Sharing Authorship

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Tamarind Institute (2500 Central Ave)
Description: Join the Tamarind Institute and the LAII for a special presentation with invited artist and lecturer Mônica Nador. Nador is an accomplished and inventive Brazilian artist who lives and works in the favelas on the periphery of São Paulo, Brazil. In 2003 she founded the Jardim Miriam Arte Club (JAMAC), a nonprofit organization, in response to the lack of options for art and cultural centers in the southern outskirts of São Paulo. It started as an open studio dedicated to the local population where free art workshops were offered with the intent of promoting an actual transformation in the community. The idea followed up on Nador's ongoing project Paredes Pinturas, created in 1998, which proposes the artistic painting of houses in the city outskirts. Nador is internationally recognized for her work in the community, both for the efforts of JAMAC as well as for her publicly-gripping large, colorful stenciling on the public walls of the favelas. Her work has appeared in public and private venues around the world.
Sponsors: Tamarind Institute, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. To confirm the most recent event details, please contact the Tamarind Institute. For reference, please see the event flyer and press release.
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 1

Language and Art are One: Art, Life, and Politics As Action in Space: Marcus Vinícius Faustini

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Ortega Hall, Room 335
Description: Join us for a presentation with author, artist, and community activist Marcus Vinícius Faustini. Faustini is the author of Guia afetivo da periferia (Sentimental Guide of the Periphery 2009) and co-author of O novo carioca (The New Carioca 2012), which he co-edited with Jaílson de Souza e Silva and Jorge Luiz Barbosa. He is also a renowned documentary filmmaker and theater director, having received the Academia Brasileira de Letras (Brazilian Academy of Letters) prize for his work on Capitu (1999), an adaption of Machado de Assis' novel Dom Casmurro. Mr. Faustini is also a well-respected social activist who uses culture as means of obtaining social justice and agency. He was the Secretary of Culture of the municipality of Nova Iguaçu (Rio de Janeiro). In 2010 he founded the Agência de Redes da Juventude (Organization of Youth Networks). This project, sponsored by Petrobrás, combines social, cultural and political activism. The goal of the Agência de Redes da Juventude is to help develop the ideas and talents of young cariocas from Rio de Janeiro's favelas in order to implement socio-cultural initiatives that will positively impact their communities. In June of 2013, Mr. Faustini's project was awarded the prestigious Calouste Gulbenkian Prize to facilitate implementing the same methodology in London and in Manchester.
Sponsors: Spanish & Portuguese Department, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. 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 2014 Convocation, honoring those undergraduate and graduate students who will receive LAS degrees in May and August. Our keynote speaker will be an LAS alumnus, Dr. Benjamin Waddell. Dr. Waddell received his B.A. in 2005 from the University of Colorado-Boulder in International Affairs. During his time at CU, he studied abroad in Managua, Nicaragua, via the School for International Training. Upon graduating from CU, he moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he lived and studied at La Universidad de Buenos Aires for eight months before undertaking a journey (via bus, train, car, small plane and boat) from the Rio de Plata in Buenos Aires to the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, NM. He began graduate school at the University of New Mexico (UNM) shortly thereafter, graduating with an M.A. in Latin American Studies in 2009. Most recently, he received his Ph.D. in Sociology from UNM (2013). He has taught university-level courses since the fall of 2007; instructing a wide variety of courses, including: Intro to Sociology; Latin American Culture; Poverty and Inequality; Race, Culture and Ethnicity; Sociology of Education; Social Problems; Social Psychology; Spanish (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced); and Sustainable Development. Dr. Waddell is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Adams State University, which is located in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: Light refreshments will be provided.
May 28

Information Session: Religious Diversity in Cuba

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Please join us for an information session to learn more about how to participate in the LAII's upcoming trip "Religious Diversity in Cuba," to be offered August 16-23, 2014. An ample question and answer period will allow for discussions concerning any and all aspects of the program. During this 7-day non-denominational tour, we'll meet with Catholics, Jews, Protestants, Santeros, and others, learning about the history and evolution of religion in Cuba, while experiencing the island and its people. The trip is open to anyone from any walk of life who has an interest in religion, regardless of their religious background or affiliation. We'll dialogue with religious leaders, visit community organizations, and meet with seminary students. We'll visit churches and cemeteries, and will visit Habana Vieja, the oldest and most historical district of Havana and a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. The tour will be led by UNM Professor Emeritus Dr. Nelson Valdés, well-known Cuban scholar, who led many trips to Cuba between 1980 and 2004, and who is well acquainted with the island.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This information session is free and open to the public. For questions, please contact Robyn Coté at rcote@unm.edu. For more information, please see event flyer.
Jun 7

Exhibition, Symposium, Block Party: Digital Latin America

Time: Varies
Location: Varies
Description: 516 ARTS and partners announce Digital Latin America, an outgrowth of the Latin American Forum for the award-winning International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA2012) produced by 516 ARTS in 2012. It will explore the North/South axis of cultural development and exchange between South America, Central America and the United States. Presenting partners are the UNM Art Museum, the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Digital Latin America looks at the ways in which artists negotiate the complex terrain between global and local, virtual and real, and political and private, in the creation of work that proposes alternative understandings of technology, art and cultural exchange. Connecting individuals, cultures, traditions and social histories to a rapidly expanding global network remains not only a pressing challenge, but a profound opportunity and necessity. The utopian notion of closing the "digital divide" represents a paradigm shift that encourages the participation of all communities and cultures to express themselves through contemporary methods and continue a progressive existence in today's technology dependent society. Digital Latin America runs from June 7 to August 30, 2014.
Sponsors: Organized by 516 Arts in partnership with the UNM Art Museum (among other UNM partners), the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Notes: Please see the 516 Arts website for complete information. For reference, see the program guide.
Jun 26

Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar: Breanne Robertson - Pan-Americanism (Dis)Unity: Culture & Diplomacy in UNM's "Good Neighbor" Murals

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 Breanne Robertson, a recipient of the Greenleaf Visiting Library travel grant. The travel grants, funded by a generous gift to the LAII from Dr. Richard E. Greenleaf, provide faculty and graduate students the opportunity to visit UNM to work with one of the largest and most complete Latin American library collections in the United States. Her research addresses the following: In the late 1930s and early 1940s, university president James Fulton Zimmerman invited American muralist Kenneth Adams and Mexican modernist Jesús Guerrero Galván to work as artists-in-residence at the University of New Mexico. As part of this agreement, each artist designed and executed a mural to adorn a new campus building. Adams painted The Three Peoples Mural (1938-1940) for the west wing of Zimmerman Library, and Guerrero Galván completed Union of the Americas (1942-1943) for the corridor of Scholes Hall. Both murals address the theme of pan-American solidarity, a key diplomatic aim of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Good Neighbor Policy. This paper examines Adams' and Guerrero Galván's murals to reveal divergent national conceptions of and strategies for attaining inter-American unity. By situating these works within the international context of World War II and by analyzing the local circumstances surrounding their commissions, their distinct styles and iconography, and, where possible, their public reception, Robertson unpacks the competing intercultural attitudes expressed in these two murals in order to elucidate prevailing racial ideologies and to explain the limited transformative effect of this diplomatic endeavor.
Breanne Robertson is an Assistant Professor of American Art, Art History, and American Studies at Wesleyan University in Middleton, CT. She visits the University of New Mexico as a Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar during the summer of 2014. Her research interests focus on cross-cultural exchange between the United States and Mexico in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American art. Her current book project, titled "Pan-Americanism, Identity, and Ideology: Mexican Antiquity in the Art of Hemispheric Defense," examines the disparate treatment of Maya and Aztec subject matter in U.S. art in order to elucidate the intersection of U.S.-Latin American foreign policy and U.S. domestic race relations under the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration.
Sponsors: LAII, University Libraries
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please see the event flyer.
Aug 11

Information Session: Religious Diversity in Cuba

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Please join us for an information session to learn more about how to participate in the LAII's upcoming trip "Religious Diversity in Cuba," to be offered February 7-14, 2015. An ample question and answer period will allow for discussions concerning any and all aspects of the program. This 7-day non-denominational tour (February 7-14, 2015) will feature discussions with Catholics, Jews, Protestants, Santeros, and others. The trip is open to anyone, regardless of their religious background or affiliation. Participants will visit churches and cemeteries, and will explore Habana Vieja, the oldest and most historical district of Havana and a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.
Sponsors: LAII, UNM
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Please see the trip webpage for more information and the event flyer for reference.
Aug 22

Multimedia Presentation: Eric "El Cubanito" Freeman - The Evolution of Salsa Throughout the World

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: LAII Conference Room
Description: Like the human species, the evolution of salsa dancing is a long and complex story. Many separate dance cultures and communities have formed, developed, and changed over time. Cuba, New York, and the Caribbean Spanish-speaking parts of Latin America contained the original salsa dancing societies. But this virus has now spread around of the world, helped largely by modern airline travel, the internet, and the particularly virulent transmission vector known as YouTube. It also controls a large army of salsa devotees, who uncontrollably but knowingly continue to help its further global infection, and has now taken over most of the large population centers on this planet.
In this short 40-minute audio, video and dancing presentation, Eric "El Cubanito" Freeman will first explore the principal styles of salsa and what distinguishes them from one another in order to safely identify what strain of the virus one is dealing with. Then, we will take a quick trip around the world to explore how each of these strains has infected various population centers from Europe, to Asia and even back to Latin America. Freeman is an internationally recognized salsa instructor and videographer. Based in Colorado, he has taught salsa in the U.S., all over Europe, Latin America, and at the Puerto Rican Salsa Congress. Eric's 15 instructional and demonstrational salsa videos have sold over 20,000 copies in 75 countries worldwide.
Sponsors: LAII, Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer. For more information about the other free and ticketed activities involved in the festival, visit the Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival website.
Aug 28

¡SOLAS Presents! UNM Graduate Students: Serda Yalkin and Ailesha Ringer

Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: "Violeta Parra at the Louvre: Constructing Authenticity and Contesting the Naïve"
Serda Yalkin is a M.A. student in Art History at UNM with an emphasis on 20th century Latin American art and visual culture.
Serda's presentation will focus on the understudied visual arts produced by Violeta Parra, renowned Chilean musical icon and folklorist during the 1960s. Her talk, connected to a larger thesis project, deals with the French artistic milieus' reaction to Parra's 1964 exhibition at the Louvre museum in Paris, as she was the first Latin American artist to attain an individual show at the preeminent European institution. Specifically, her research challenges the European classification of Parra's art as "naïve" and "primitive," and attempts to restore that artist's agency and control of her career by exposing what Serda believes to be a carefully constructed performance of an "authentic" rural Chilean identity that allowed for a successful response to Parra's work in Europe.
A close evaluation of the exhibition's reception in France allows for a more nuanced reading of Parra's work abroad than has been discussed in scholarship thus far. More often than not, the assessment of her embroidered tapestries, oil paintings, and sculptures are relegated to a small chapter within the many extant biographies written on the musical icon.
"Communicating the Intersection of Nation, Race, Patriarchy and Sex through Craigslist Personal Ads in São Paulo, Brazil."
Ailesha Ringer is a PhD student in Communication and Journalism at UNM.
When people think of Craigslist, images of cheap couches, CRT TVs, and new job opportunities generally come to mind. In the years before the existence of Internet dating sites like match.com, eharmony.com and okcupid.com, Craigslist may have conjured up images of seedy hookups in pay-by-the-hour motels. Most likely patriarchy, power and racism, as it takes place across international lines, do not come to mind. But what happens when businessmen and those travelling for pleasure use Craigslist to search for love or sex? What can personal advertisements tell us about relationships and interactions of power, patriarchy and racism?
By blending methodologies and theoretical lenses, Ailesha's presentation will analyze the personal advertisements of men and women on Craigslist in order to unpack the ways in which patriarchy, power, racism and desire are expressed and used internationally. Ailesha's findings suggest that normalized views of America 'The Great' and Brazilian (and Latina) women as hypersexual/hypersexy are salient identity markers and racialized assumptions. These views are expressed both literally and metaphorically, couched in the meanings and assumptions associated with the word choices of the advertisers. Using critical discourse and feminist theories, the presentation will unearth what is truly being said about the power dynamics between men and women. By doing so, Ailesha's presentation will explicate a(nother) way Brazilian women are coded and racialized through the continual reproduction of a patriarchical system of micro and macro (global) power.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please see event flyer.
Aug 28

LAII Welcome Back Reception

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: The Latin American & Iberian Institute hosts its annual welcome back reception for faculty, students, and staff from across campus. Anyone and everyone with an interest in Latin America and Iberia are encouraged to attend. Join us for mingling and refreshments as we kick off the fall term!
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required.
Sept 3

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Rethinking Conquest and Colonization

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Please join us for a free, unique professional development opportunity for K-12 educators. With Columbus Day on October 8th, this time of year provides the opportunity both to reconsider not only how and what we teach about Christopher Columbus, but also more generally how conquest, colonization and the continued struggles of indigenous peoples are taught in the classroom. This workshop will provide the opportunity to engage in a discussion of these topics with special presentations by Dr. Glenabah Martinez, Associate Professor, and Dr. Vincent Werito, Assistant Professor, both from the UNM Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public, but with priority given to K-12 educators. All educators in attendance will be provided with free curriculum materials and certificates of professional development. Please register by contacting Keira Philipp-Schnurer at 505.277.7047 or kphilipp@unm.edu.For reference, please see the event flyer.
Sept 8

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 September, we're reading Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick You're A** by Meg Medina.
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.
Sept 10

Indigenous Culture in the Village of Cañar, Ecuador

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us for a multimedia presentation and discussion with five representatives (Dr. José Luciano Velasquez Guamán, Mario Gustavo Campoverde Saeteros, Mary Transito Doncon Morocho, Martha Maribel Lema Loja, Narcisa Jesus Granda Pizha) from the indigenous community of Cañar in the highland region of Ecuador. The speakers will discuss their community's indigenous culture and common community development issues. Their discussion will be informed by their backgrounds in law, ecology, eningeering, women's rights, indigenous rights, agriculture and organic food production, art, music, and bilingual education.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see event flyer.
Sept 10

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Día de los Muertos - The Significance of Death in Mexican Culture

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Please join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) for this free professional development workshop for K-12 educators. We will explore the history of Día de los Muertos; tour the intriguing exhibit on "Skulls and Sickles" on display at the UNM Zimmerman Library (which considers the visual rhetoric of death in Mexican art); hear a special lecture on the topic from Dr. Suzanne Schadl, curator and coordinator of UNM's Latin American library collections; and discuss ways to meet Common Core reading and writing standards while exploring this meaningful celebration.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public, but with priority given to K-12 educators. All educators in attendance will be provided with free curriculum materials and certificates of professional development. Please register by contacting Keira Philipp-Schnurer at 505.277.7047 or kphilipp@unm.edu. For reference, please see the flyer specific to this event or our series flyer.
Sept 12-14

¡Cine Magnífico! Albuquerque's Latino Film Festival

Time: Varies
Location: Varies
Description: Join the Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque, National Hispanic Cultural Center, and the LAII as we celebrate the second annual presentation of ¡Cine Magnífico!, New Mexico's only film festival presenting the voice and vision of Latin@ cinema. ¡Cine Magnífico! celebrates Spanish and Latin American culture through presentation of some of the best of modern cinema in a weekend-long program, featuring work by first-time filmmakers and established masters alike. The subject matter runs the gamut from comedies, action, romances and documentary films, to dramatic masterpieces. Some of the riskiest and most innovative films of recent years will be included. With this festival, we are at the forefront of the movement to increase cultural opportunities for the entire New Mexico community and to bring Latinos and non-Latinos together to share common experiences through film.
Sponsors: Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque, National Hispanic Cultural Center, LAII
Notes: This festival is primarily a ticketed event, though several free programs will be offered. For more information, please visit the film festival website.
Sept 19

Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Linguistics: Fernando Melero García - Acoustic Analysis of Spanish Trills among Native Speakers from Valencia, Spain

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join the LAII, Department of Linguistics, and Department of Spanish & Portuguese for the first presentation in this term's Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Linguistics. Fernando Melero García, a graduate student in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, will present on his research which provides an acoustic analysis of the production of the Spanish trill in spontaneous speech among native speakers from Valencia. A total of 14 interviews were analyzed. The Spanish trill was analyzed accordingto several variables. Two dependent variables were considered: number of occlusions and duration of the trill. The independent variables analyzed for this study were of two types: linguistic and extra-linguistic. The results revealed a considerable number of non-canonical variants containing less than two occlusions. Regarding linguistic factors, more canonical trills were found in stressed syllables and in word-initial position. As for social factors, the younger group produced more innovative and noncanonical trills. On the other hand, women produced trills with a greater number of occlusions and more duration as compared to men. Finally, the level of education of the speakers seemed to have no significant effect on the production of the trill.
Sponsors: LAII, Department of Linguistics, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. An ASL interpreter is available by request. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Sept 20

Demonstration and Discussion: Ivan and Ivan from the Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center
Description: Join the LAII, and the NHCC for this special presentation exhibit "Getting Up Pa 'l Pueblo: Tagging ASAR-Oaxaca Prints and Stencils," on view at the NHCC Art Museum.
Ivan and Ivan from Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Ozaca will be painting and stenciling with community members on the National Hispanic Cultural Center Campus during the FREE Global Fiesta.
Following at 2 p.m., Ivan and Ivan will host an exhibit walk. "Getting up" is slang for posting and applying images in public places. Generally, the expression refers to street art. This exhibit features block prints and stencils from the Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca (ASARO) collection in the College of University Libraries' and Learning Sciences, Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR) at Zimmerman Library at the University of New Mexico. ASARO is a contemporary Mexican artists' collective working in block prints, stencils and graffiti murals. The group was formed in 2006 after riot police repressed annual teachers' demonstrations in the state capital of Oaxaca.
Sponsors: UNM University Libraries, UNM LAII, National Hispanic Cultural Center
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information about this specific event, please view this flyer; or, for more information concerning the exhibit, please see the exhibit webpage.
Sept 22

Information Session: Religious Diversity in Cuba

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Please join us for an information session to learn more about how to participate in the LAII's upcoming trip "Religious Diversity in Cuba," to be offered February 7-14, 2015. An ample question and answer period will allow for discussions concerning any and all aspects of the program. This 7-day non-denominational tour (February 7-14, 2015) will feature discussions with Catholics, Jews, Protestants, Santeros, and others. The trip is open to anyone, regardless of their religious background or affiliation. Participants will visit churches and cemeteries, and will explore Habana Vieja, the oldest and most historical district of Havana and a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.
Sponsors: LAII, UNM
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Please see the trip webpage for more information and the event flyer for reference.
Sept 24

¡SOLAS Presents! UNM Graduate Students: Sam Johnson and Julia Youngs

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: "Oligarchy and Urban Anxieties: Fear and Isolation in 'O som ao redor'"
Sam Johnson graduated with a M.A. in Latin American Studies from UNM this past spring. Currently, Sam is a M.A. student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UNM whose focus is on modern Latin American Literature and Film.
Sam's presentation will focus on the 2012 Brazilian film "O som ao redor" directed by Kleber Mendoça Filho. Sam examines how Filho's debut feature film portrays portrays class-based anxieties concerning crime and violence of an upper-class community in the northeastern metropolis of Recife. Drawing on the work of cultural critic Susana Rotker and urban anthropologist Tersea Caldeira, Sam's paper illustrates how the class-based discourses of security and crime portrayed in "O som ao redor" illustrate the contemporary crisis in sociability within the Brazilian elites and between the upper-class and other socio-economic sectors.
Filho's adept selection of sound and cinematography draws viewers into the private homes of his upper-class protagonists and high-rises looming over the lower income sectors. An analysis of the class-based discourse of crime and urban development in "O som ao redor" is illustrative of the social ramifications of Brazil's historical and contemporary pattern of unequal development.
"(Dis)Ordering Space: Brazil's 'Garantia da Lei e Ordem' and the Rolezinho"
Julia Youngs is a dual M.A. student in Latin American Studies and Community and Regional planning at UNM.
In December of 2013 Brazil's Ministry of Defense published a document entitled "Garantia da Lei e Ordem," that serves as a manual for assuring public security by combating social mobilization by groups considered to be "forças oponentes." The Garantia permits limited use of force under special circumstances with the nebulous goal of maintaining social order. That same month at the Itaquera shopping mall in São Paulo nearly 6000 young Brazilians organized the first rolezinho. The rolezinhos are a digitally-mobilized social movement in which large groups of (generally) lower-income teenagers occupy upscale commercial centers to socialize in these traditionally exclusionary spaces. News media has suggested a variety of reasons behind the rolezinhos including speculation about mass robbery, but the primary aim seems to be simply to reclaim increasingly segregated urban public (malls are not public) spaces. This work analyzes the concurrent publication of the "Garantia da Lei e Ordem" and the creation of the rolezinho to explore how they seek to redefine what public space is and who has the right to occupy it. This examination will show how the perception of insecurity derived from socio-economic segregation and the privatization of public space reinforced through acts like the Garantia perpetuate a system of social and racial inequality in Brazil, and as consequence individuals must seek alternative ways of reclaiming space as seen through the rolezinhos.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
Sept 25

A Conversation with Diego Fonseca: Crecer a golpes - A cuarenta años de Allende y Pinochet

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: UNM Student Union Building (SUB), Acoma Room A & B
Description: Please join us for a conversation with Argentinian writer, editor and journalist Diego Fonseca, who will talk about his recent book "Crecer a golpes: Crónicas y ensayos de América Latina a cuarenta años de Allende y Pinochet." The book is a compilation of of essays written by internationally recognized authors and journalists who describe the decades of unresolved conflict in Latin America and their implications and impact on the region's citizens.
Sponsors: UNM LAII, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Centro de la Raza, Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS), and the Spanish & Portuguese Graduate Student Association (SPGSA).
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer. Questions may be directed to (505) 277-5907.
Oct 1

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Día de los Muertos - Cultural and Historical Roots

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Please join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) for this free professional development workshop for K-12 educators. We will explore the history of Día de los Muertos by hearing a special presentation with local community organizer and activist Rusita Ávila, who for many years has served as codirector of the annual South Valley Día de los Muertos y Marigold Parade. After the lecture, LAII staff will discuss ways to meet Common Core reading and writing standards while exploring this meaningful celebration in the classroom.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public, but with priority given to K-12 educators. All educators in attendance will be provided with free curriculum materials and certificates of professional development. Please register by contacting Keira Philipp-Schnurer at 505.277.7047 or kphilipp@unm.edu.For reference, please see the flyer specific to this event or our series flyer.
Oct 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 October, we're reading La Línea by Ann Jaramillo.
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.
Oct 7

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

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Please join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) for this free professional development workshop for K-12 educators. We will begin with a private tour of the National Hispanic Cultural Center's stunning exhibit of papel picado artwork; then meet with community artists Chris and Mary C. Baca, who will explore the history of papel picado and demonstrate multiple, hands-on techniques for creating it in the classroom; as we conclude, participants will have the opportunity to create their own papel picado to take home.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public, but with priority given to K-12 educators. All educators in attendance will be provided with free curriculum materials and certificates of professional development. Please register by contacting Keira Philipp-Schnurer at 505.277.7047 or kphilipp@unm.edu.For reference, please see the flyer specific to this event or our series flyer.
Oct 11

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Día de los Muertos - Contemporary Adaptations

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Central New Mexico Community College (525 Buena Vista SE; Max Salazar Bldg, Room 405)
Description: We will briefly explore the history of Día de los Muertos before delving into a discussion of how contemporary communities (including Abq.) have adapted the holiday. This special presentation will be offered by Rusita Ávila, a community organizer and activist who for many years has served as co-director of the annual South Valley Día de los Muertos y Marigold Parade. We will end the workshop by sharing how to meet Common Core reading and writing standards while exploring this meaningful celebration in the classroom.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public, but with priority given to K-12 educators and administrators, and faculty and students in the UNM College of Education and CNM Teacher Education programs. All educators in attendance will be provided with free curriculum materials and certificates of professional development. Please register by contacting Keira Philipp-Schnurer at 505.277.7047 or kphilipp@unm.edu.For reference, please see the flyer specific to this event or our series flyer.
Oct 13

Presentation & Reading: Irene Martinez - Memorias Con Palabras

Time: 11:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Student Union Building (SUB), Sandia Room
Description: Please join the LAII, Spanish & Portuguese Graduate Student Association, and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese for this special presentation with Dr. Irene Martinez, who will read and discuss a few of her writings. Martinez is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County and Rush Medical College in Chicago, IL. She received her doctoral degree from the National University of Córdoba, Argentina; her residency in Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital; and a Fellowship in Medical Ethics from the University of Chicago. Martinez, a "desaparecido," a political prisoner during Argentina's "dirty war," was adopted by Amnesty International as a Prisoner of Conscience. Martinez is a human rights activist who has advocated for the treatment of torture survivors. She was one of the founding members of the Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture where she continues to serve as a volunteer clinician. Martinez has developed training programs for primary care providers that focus on human rights in medicine and the screening and care for survivors of torture. Her innovative clinical programs have enhanced human resilience and human dignity, which she views as central to wellness. In 2006, her work was recognized by the Jeanne and Joseph Sullivan Leadership in Human Rights Award. She is co-author of several Latin American women's anthologies, including "You Can't Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exile" (Cleis Press, 1988) and "Huellas: Memoria de resistencia argentina, 1974-1983" (Nueva Editorial Universitaria San Luis Argentina, 2008), among others.
Sponsors: LAII, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Spanish & Portuguese Graduate Student Association
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Please see the event flyer for reference.
Oct 14

Cuba Hoy: Ocho Años sin Fidel

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: South Broadway Cultural Center (1025 Broadway Blvd SE, Albuquerque)
Description: Please join us for a special presentation by Nelson P. Valdés, professor Emeritus, UNM Dept. of Sociology. Dr. Valdés, a well-known Cuban scholar, will give an overview of recent events in Cuba since Fidel Castro renounced power in July 2006. After the presentation Dr. Valdés will answer questions from the audience. Questions may be asked in English or Spanish; presentation will be in Spanish.
Sponsors: LAII, the Instituto Cervantes, and the Albuquerque Spanish Language Meetup Group
Notes: The event is free and open to the public. The presentation will be in Spanish, but questions may be asked in English or Spanish. For more information please contact Robyn Côté at the UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute, rcote@unm.edu.
Oct 15

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Día de los Muertos - Sugar Skulls

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Domenici Education Building, 1701 4th St. SW
Description: Please join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) for this free professional development workshop for K-12 educators. We will explore the history of Día de los Muertos; review hands-on techniques for creating sugar skulls (alfeñiques) in the classroom; discuss ways to meet Common Core reading and writing standards while exploring this meaningful celebration with students; and, finally, participants will have the opportunity to decorate their own sugar skulls to take home.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public, but with priority given to K-12 educators. All educators in attendance will be provided with free curriculum materials and certificates of professional development. Please register by contacting Keira Philipp-Schnurer at 505.277.7047 or kphilipp@unm.edu.For reference, please see the flyer specific to this event or our series flyer.
Oct 16

LAII Lecture Series: Les Field - In Colombia, Peace Will Never Come: The (Trans) Nationality of the National Security State

Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us for a presentation with Dr. Les W. Field, who received his PhD from Duke University in 1987 and is a Full Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico (UNM), as well as a faculty affiliate of the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute. His first book, The Grimace of Macho Ratón: Artisans, Identity and Nation in Late Twentieth Century Western Nicaragua (1999: Duke University Press) derived from work in that country in both the 1980s and '90s. From 1989 to 1991, Field carried out post-doctoral research with indigenous farmers in Colombia and Ecuador, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Field's research with Native peoples in California has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and resulted in the 2008 publication of Abalone Tales: Collaborative Explorations of California Indian Sovereignty and Identity (Duke University Press). Field's current research in Colombia, which focuses upon archaeology, illicit excavation, indigenous communities, and museums, has been funded by a Fulbright Fellowship and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. In South, Central, and North America, Field's research has hinged upon establishing relations of collaboration with communities concerning the goals, methods, agendas and products of anthropological work, and is reflected in his co-edited volume (with Richard Fox), entitled Anthropology Put to Work. (2007, Berg Publishers). Field is the Director of UNM's Peace Studies Program and in that capacity co-organized (with Alexander Lubin, UNM American Studies) a field school of seventeen UNM undergraduates and graduate students in the occupied West Bank in 2011.
In this presentation, Field draws upon his research in Latin America and in Israel/Occupied Palestine. In Colombia, on the one hand, and in Israel/Occupied Palestine on the other, two apparently distinct sets of phenomena co-exist in extensive contemporary time: peace talks, national reconciliation, restorative justice, and mediation workshops compose one set; waves of intensive violence, displacement of communities and minority populations, unaccountability for human rights violations, and exacerbated polarization of political and ideological positions compose the other set. This is the scenario for the National Security State (NSS), a global feature that has become the most "developed" in Colombia and Israel, although many of the characteristic traits of the NSS also permeate everyday life in the United States. What are the substantive links between the development of the NSS in Israel and Colombia- i.e. what corporate, technological, and foreign policy relationships have co-created the NSS in the two countries? What are the ideological innovations that resonate in the two? The paradigm of the never-ending peace talks that never produce peace, but instead produce and re-produce the conditions for an evermore powerful NSS in the two countries lies at the center of this paper's descriptive analysis.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Oct 17

Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Linguistics: Naomi Shin and Jackelyn Van Buren - Bilingual and Monolingual Children's Spanish Subject Pronouns: No Evidence of English Influence

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join the LAII, Department of Linguistics, and Department of Spanish & Portuguese for the second presentation in this term's Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Linguistics. The presentation will be jointly offered by Dr. Naomi Shin, Assistant Professor in the Spanish & Portuguese Department and Linguistics Department, and Jackelyn Van Burn, a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics. This joint presentation will consider their research on bilingual and monolingual children's Spanish subject pronouns. In Spanish, subject pronouns can be expressed or ommitted (yo voy ~ voy, both meaning 'I go'), while in English they are almost always expressed. Language acquisition scholars have claimed that bilingual children who speak Spanish and English tend to overproduce subject pronouns in Spanish, resulting in "pragmatically inappropriate" usage (e.g., Sorace 2011:4, see also Silva Corvalán 2014:163). But while some researchers have found evidence that knowledge of English influences Spanish subject pronoun use (e.g. Otheguy & Zentella 2012), others have not (e.g. Torres-Cacoullos & Travis 2011). The current study examines subject pronoun expression in sociolinguistic interviews conducted with a) 11 English-Spanish bilingual children of Mexican-descent residing in the U.S. Pacific Northwest (ages 6-8), and b) 37 monolingual Spanish-speaking children in Mexico (ages 6-8). Results show that the bilingual children produced higher rates of subject pronouns than monolingual children did. Nevertheless, logistic regression analyses investigating contexts that favor either pronoun expression or omission lend no support to previous claims that bilingual children use pronouns in pragmatically infelicitous ways.
Sponsors: LAII, Department of Linguistics, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. An ASL interpreter is available by request. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Oct 20

Information Session: Religious Diversity in Cuba

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Please join us for an information session to learn more about how to participate in the LAII's upcoming trip "Religious Diversity in Cuba," to be offered February 7-14, 2015. An ample question and answer period will allow for discussions concerning any and all aspects of the program. This 7-day non-denominational tour (February 7-14, 2015) will feature discussions with Catholics, Jews, Protestants, Santeros, and others. The trip is open to anyone, regardless of their religious background or affiliation. Participants will visit churches and cemeteries, and will explore Habana Vieja, the oldest and most historical district of Havana and a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.
Sponsors: LAII, UNM
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Please see the trip webpage for more information and the event flyer for reference.
Oct 23

2014 Rudolfo & Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest: Ana Castillo

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: UNM School of Architecture and Planning, George Pearl Hall Auditorium
Description: The UNM Department of English will host the distinguished writer Ana Castillo as the featured speaker for the fifth annual Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest. Thanks to a generous contribution from the renowned fiction writer Rudolfo Anaya and his late wife Patricia Anaya, the UNM English Department established the Rudolfo & Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest in 2010. The annual lecture series brings together students, faculty, and community members to address the rich traditions of Southwest literature and new directions in literary and cultural scholarship for our dynamic region. Ana Castillo is one of the leading figures in Chicana and contemporary literature. A celebrated poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, editor, playwright, translator and independent scholar, Castillo is the author of the novels So Far From God and Sapogonia, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year, as well as The Guardians, Peel My Love like an Onion, and many other books of fiction, poetry, and essays. Her most recent novel is Give it to Me, and the 20th-anniversary, updated edition of her groundbreaking book The Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma will be published this October by the University of New Mexico Press.
Sponsors: UNM Department of English, Center for the Southwest, Chicana and Chicano Studies Program, Feminist Research Institute, Department of American Studies, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow. Please see the Department of English website for more information.
Oct 24

Book Presentation & Signing: Spanish Author Felipe Fernández-Armesto - Remapping the Territory, Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: UNM Dane Smith Hall, Room 125
Description: Join us for a book presentation and signing with Spanish author Felipe Fernández-Armesto as he shares his recent publication, "Remapping the Territory, Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States." According to Julio Ortega from the New York Times, "Felipe Fernández-Armesto, a British historian of Spanish heritage at the University of Notre Dame, recasts the pilgrimage of Hispanics in the United States as a rich and moving chronicle for our very present. His book navigates five centuries of painful documents, atrocious statements and dubious literature to argue that the United States was, from its beginning, as much a Spanish colonial southern enterprise as an unending march westward. After long periods of migration, deportation and accommodation, the next United States could well be a pluricultural bilingual power, updating the American dream. 'Our America' is perhaps the first history to make the case for this nation's becoming a bright Latin American country."
Sponsors: Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque, Rael del Pino Foundation, UNM LAII, and UNM Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to adxabq@cervantes.es. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Oct 24

35th Anniversary Celebration of Latin American & Iberian Institute

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center, Salón Ortega & Patio, 1701 4th St. SW
Description: Join the LAII in a celebration of the LAII's 35th anniversary. The evening will include historical reflections, hors d'oeuvres, musical performances, and dancing. This will be a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends, meet current cohorts, and learn about what new opportunities lie ahead for the LAII. We hope you can join us!
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Charla Henley by October 17th: cehenley@unm.edu or (505) 277-6842. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Oct 29

¡SOLAS Presents! Honduran musician and activist: Karla Lara

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, 202 Harvard Dr. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Description: "Respect, Dignity, and Resistance Tour 2014" Karla is a political activist, singer/songwriter, and women's rights advocate from Honduras. She tells the story of many women, and it is her intention for women to see reflections of themselves in her work. Her music portrays the tension between the harsh realities that women face and the hope and persistence required to fight for human rights. She began singing in 1985 with the Choir of the National Autonomous University of Honduras and with the musical group "Rascaniguas." In 1988 she left Honduras to join the musical group "Cutumay Camones" from El Salvador, a musical group that was very important in the revolutionary music scene during the war of liberation in El Salvador. Karla is part of the National Network of Human Rights Defenders in Honduras and has been a prominent voice in the Honduran Resistance Movement that arose in opposition to the 2009 military coup d'état. Karla returned to Honduras in 2002, but continues to travel the world performing and raising awareness for social justice issues in Honduras and beyond.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please see event flyer.
Nov 3

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 November, we're reading The Tequila Worm by Violeta Canales.
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.
Nov 5

LAII Lecture Series: Manuel Montoya: Enchantment Economies: The Role that Magic Realist Modes Play in Defining a Political Economy

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join us for a presentation with Dr. Manuel Montoya, Assistant Professor in the Anderson School of Management, and faculty affiliate with the Latin American & Iberian Institute, at the University of New Mexico. Montoya is a professor of global structures, an interdisciplinary scholar of globalization and the factors that produce a global political economy. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a Rhodes Scholar and Truman Scholar. He is the CEO of his own global consulting firm, In Medias Res Consulting, which has provided support to global NGOs and INGOs, including the United Nations and UNESCO. A native from Mora, New Mexico, he has returned to UNM because of his interest in New Mexico as a global emerging economy. He has taught a broad array of coursework from global culture and the history of economic thought to international management. His interdisciplinary training has positioned him to think critically about the circumstances that produce globalization and how nation-states interact with new global challenges. His research focuses on the interdisciplinary origins of global culture and its impact on economic and management issues including work on human security, expeditionary and conflict economics, global culture as an intangible firm resource, expeditionary economics, global export analysis, international trade, emerging economies, and global economic sustainability.
In this presentation, Montoya will present the concept of "enchantment economies" in the context of contemporary political economy. Magic is often associated with being primitive, superstitious, or uncivilized. As a result, global relations have often encountered the literary modes that employ magic and the fantastic as quaint and unsophisticated. However, magic realism is an extremely sophisticated literary mode, and its applications have not yet been fully expressed, especially the way that it is able to contain and create new vocabularies for complex problems. The literary boom of the mid-20th century in Latin America, propelled largely by magic realism, now has a very special role in the 21st century. How do we narrate the world around us when the world is changing so fast? How does magic realism help define a non-linear history? What is the effect of this mode of storytelling on very real global threats? Dr. Montoya will provide a brief summary on the mode of magic realism followed by an application of this problem on several current geo-political issues including the recent Ebola outbreak.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Nov 19

LAII Lecture Series: Nancy López and Ricky Lee Allen - Interrogating Inequality: The Construction of Racial Politics in Education

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: UNM Student Union Building (SUB), Santa Ana B
Description: Join us for the last presentation in the Fall 2014 LAII Lecture Series. Dr. Nancy López and Dr. Ricky Lee Allen will offer a joint presentation which collectively considers the construction of racial politics in education. López, an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, will address this through a presentation titled "Interrogating Inequality? The Politics of Mapping and Interrupting Intersecting Race, Gender and Class Inequalities in U.S. Schools." Dr. Allen, an Associate Professor in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies, will address this through a presentation titled "Whiteness, Race, and the 'Good' School."
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference (and to read complete abstracts of both presentations), please see the event flyer.
Nov 20

¡SOLAS Presents! UNM Graduate Student: Carson Morris

Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: "Striptease, Respectability, and Shame: The Politics of Sexual Performance in Cold War Chile"
Carson Morris received her M.A. in Latin American Studies from UNM in 2006, and is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) in History at UNM.
Carson's presentation will focus on striptease and other sexual performance. She contends that they are critical to both challenging and reinforcing gender and sexuality in state and society. Her findings suggest that the dearth of histories of sexual performance in Latin America clouds our understanding of sexuality in this region and serves to further normalize the heterosexual gender binary. Scholars have examined different types of sexual performance as masochistic phenomena of dictatorship in Argentina and Chile, explaining Chile's booming sexual performance market as a result of Pinochet's neoliberal opening of the market. Focusing on 1950-1990, Carson's paper traces continuities and ruptures in Chile's long history of sexual performance under democracy and dictatorship, exposing sexual performance's emancipatory power as well as its heteronormative functions. Examining cabaret show books, photographs, business advertisements, nude magazines, press coverage, state and city level laws regulating such businesses, and testimonies of photographers, dancers, and artists, Carson shows that sexual performance in Chile transcends both state level politics and changes in political regimes, and that striptease was imbued with different degrees of respectability and shame at different historical moments. Specifically highlighting queer and transgender sexual performance throughout the period, Carson demonstrates the emancipatory power of performance, allowing space for expressions of bodies, genders and sexualities that challenged normative regulations.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please see event flyer.
Nov 21

LAII Lecture Series: María L. Cruz-Torres: The Local Dimensions of a Global Commodity: Women and Work in the Mexican Shrimp Industry

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: [NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED AND WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21] Join us for a presentation with Dr. María L. Cruz-Torres, an LAII Visiting Scholar in Fall 2014. Cruz-Torres, an Associate Professor at Arizona State University, is a cultural anthropologist whose areas of teaching and research include: political ecology; impact of globalization upon local communities and households; gender and work; gender, sustainability and the environment; and the environmental and social aspects of natural resource management. She earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University, and has conducted anthropological ethnographic research in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and southern Florida. She is the author of Lives of Dust and Water: An Anthropology of Change and Resistance in Northwestern Mexico (University of Arizona Press); and co-editor of Gender and Sustainability: Lessons from Asia and Latin America (University of Arizona Press). In this presentation, Cruz-Torres will analyze the manner in which women in southern Sinaloa, Mexico, were able to carve out their own space within the male-dominated fishing industry. It focuses on the many struggles and challenges that women encountered in their path towards unionization, and the many dimensions of their work as shrimp traders. Based on long-term anthropological ethnographic fieldwork and framed within a Feminist Political Ecology Approach, this presentation illustrates a case study that connects women's relations to natural resources, labor production, the economic and social reproduction of households, and their location within global, and transborder processes.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Dec 1

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 December, we're reading Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña.
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.
Dec 3

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) 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: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Dec 3

Presentation with Afro-Dominican Writer Loida Maritza Pérez: "Beyond the Pale: The Demonization of Quisqueya's Marginalized and Their Haunting of the Collective Imagination"

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Ortega Hall, Room 335
Description: The 2014 Latino Literary Imagination Emerging Voices Residency Program at UNM presents this lecture with Afro-Dominican writer Loida Maritza Pérez, author of "Geographies of Home," a book which has been called "a magnificent debut novel, filled with graceful prose and searing detail...offer[ing] a penetrating portray of the American immigrant experience as [Pérez] explores the true meanings of identity, family--and home" (Penguin Books).
Sponsors: National Endowment for the Humanities and UNM's Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, Office of the Provost, Division of Student Affairs, and Latin American & Iberian Institute, as well as Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque.
Notes: This lecture is free and open to the public. For reference, please see event flyer.
Dec 3

Information Session: Arts & Culture of Cuba

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: UNM Continuing Education, South Building, Room 107
Description: Please join us for an information session to learn more about how to participate in the LAII's upcoming trip Arts and Culture of Cuba, to be offered March 21-28, 2015. An ample question and answer period will allow for discussions concerning any and all aspects of the program. This 7-day trip will feature discussions with working artists and leaders in community-led dance, music, environmental and agricultural programs. Participants will experience museums, the beautiful architecture of Old Havana, and the biosphere reserve of Pinar del Rio.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see the Arts and Culture in Cuba guide.
Dec 4

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Mesoamerica Resiste

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute Conference Room
Description: Join the LAII for its last professional development workshop of the term as it invites artists and community activists from The Beehive Design Collective to discuss their illustrated piece, "Mesoamérica Resiste," which is the third and final image in the Beehive's trilogy about globalization in the Americas, focusing on resistance to mega-infrastructure projects that are literally paving the way for free trade agreements that devastate local economies and communities. The stories in the graphic come from current struggles, but are also rooted in the legacies of over 500 years of colonialism in the Americas. A banner across the top reads, "Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up" - reminding us that we are in an era of extreme loss of cultural and ecological diversity and rapid climate change. Through the lens of Mesoamerica, the graphic tells the big picture story of what's at stake across the globe with the neoliberal model of "development," and what we've already lost.
Sponsors: LAII, The Beehive Design Collective
Notes: This event is free and open to the public, but with priority given to K-12 educators. All educators in attendance will be provided with free materials and certificates of professional development. Please register by contacting Keira Philipp-Schnurer at 505.277.7047 or kphilipp@unm.edu. Dinner will be provided (with food from Mujeres en acción). For reference, please see the event flyer.
Dec 5

Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Linguistics: David Paez and Karol Ibarra - Rhythm in Colombian Languages: Embera-Chamí, Kamsá, Koguí, and Wayuú

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Ortega Hall, Reading Room
Description: Join us for this last presentation in the Fall 2014 Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Linguistics. Spanish & Portuguese graduate students David Paez and Karol Ibarra will jointly present on their research regarding "Rhythm in Colombian Languages: Embera-Chamí, Kamsá, Koguí, and Wayuú." Research on indigenous languages in Colombia has described their segmental components (Cf. Landaburu 2000, Aguirre Licht 1999, and Gonzalez de Perez & Rodriguez de Montes 2000) and a few have offered qualitative characterizations of their rhythmic patterns (Cf., Keels 1985 and Gralow 1985). However, suprasegmental information and analysis based on acoustic measurements is scarce. In this study we provide a description of the rhythm of four typologically and geographically diverse languages: Kogi, Kamsá, Embera-Chamí and Wayuú. The data used in the project comes from two different sources: audio files of Kogi, Wayuú and Embera-Chamí collected and reproduced by GlobalRecodings.com. We have analyzed this data. Our work also relied on a narrative available in Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA) which dealt with Kamsá. This study indicates that all four Colombian languages are distributed farther apart from the more widely known languages (e.g., English, Spanish, French, among others as reported by Grabe & Low 2002, and Romano & Mairano 2010) in the rhythm continuum. These four Colombian languages could serve as reference points on the continuum. In summary: Our study provides the first rhythmic patterns measurements of four Colombian languages and contributes to the understanding of their phonological patterns. It also adds to our knowledge of typological tendencies of rhythm.
Sponsors: LAII, Department of Linguistics, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. An ASL interpreter is available by request. For reference, please see the event flyer.