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Events: February 2017

Feb 1

Field Research Grant Help Session

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: LAII, 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. All first-time applicants are encouraged to attend.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to all.
Feb 2

Musicology Colloquium Series: Dr. Mary Quinn: “The Soundscape of Metamorphosis: Ovid, Calderón de la Barca, and Zarzuela”

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Zimmerman Library, Waters Room
Description: Join the UNM Department of Music, the Center for Southwest Research, and the LAII for a presentation with Dr. Mary Quinn, as she discusses the first zarzuela ever written, El laurel de Apolo (1658), by Calderón de la Barca. Though largely ignored by musicologists due to its lack of surviving music, Dr. Quinn will show that a focus on its soundscape reveals a critique of the governance of the Hapsburg Empire.
Mary Quinn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, specializing in pre-modern Spanish literature. Her book, The Moor and the Novel: Narrating Absence in Early Modern Spain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) engages both literature and history to uncover fundamental connections between nationalist violence, religious identity, and the birth of the novel. She has published articles on Cervantes, Ginés Pérez de Hita, and the music of early modern Spain. She is currently working on an array of projects, including a book-length comparison of the empire-wide celebrations (literary, theatrical, and musical) surrounding the birth of the Hapsburg Prince, Felipe Próspero (1657).
Sponsors: UNM Department of Music, Center for Southwest Research, and LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information, see the event flyer.
Feb 7

Student Presentation: Denisse Vasquez-Guevara: Nostalgic Inca Heritage: Power and Oppression Among Street Vendors in Cuenca, Ecuador

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Cuenca, Ecuador is uniquely demarcated culturally, sociologically, and ideologically by the combined influence of Inca-Cañari, Western, and Latin American forces. Consequently, its economy and its people's practices have become nuanced as they respond to a complicated marketplace. In this presentation, Denisse Vasquez-Guevara will discuss the experiences of immigrant street vendors in this Andean city, examining how small businesses owners and entrepreneurs have adapted their ancestral knowledge to sustain and grow their businesses and preserve their family's way of life. The presentation draws upon qualitative case study research involving participant observation and mapping. The study suggests that street vendor practices are informed by historical and cultural relationships of power and oppression. In short, contemporary urban planning policies have continued to reinforce the status quo initially formed through colonization, leading street vendors to face ongoing discriminatory urban practices that marginalize and segregate based on the vendors' class, gender, and race.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please see the event flyer.
Feb 13

DEADLINE: FLAS Fellowship Application

Time: 5:00 p.m.
Description: Please note that all FLAS Fellowship applications are due on this date by 5:00 p.m.. For questions or concerns, contact Amanda Wolfe at akwolfe@unm.edu.
Feb 13

LAII Vamos a Leer Book Group

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tractor Brewing, 1800 4th St NW
Description: Each month educators, teachers, librarians and community members from all over Albuquerque come together at the welcoming Tractor Brewing Co. on 4th St. to discuss young adult books related to Latin America. All of the books featured in the Vamos a Leer book group are chosen for their representations of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the United States. In February, we're reading Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the book group and relevant resources, visit the LAII's blog, Vamos a Leer: Teaching Latin America Through Literacy. For reference, see the PDF of Spring 2017 Vamos a Leer titles.
Feb 15

LAII Lecture Series: Anna M. Nogar - The Challenge of National Literary Historiography: The Case of Mexican Literature

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Join us for the first presentation in the Spring 2017 LAII Lecture Series as Dr. Anna M. Nogar discusses the challenges posed by the project of writing a history of Mexican literature for the 21st century. This discussion follows the publication of A History of Mexican Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2016), a collaborative publication that involved pulling together authors from across Mexican literary studies. Nogar will discuss the complex work of framing and populating the sections on colonial Mexican literature, Indigenous literature, and Mexican American literature.
Nogar is associate professor of Hispanic Southwest Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico. She is the author of Colonial Itineraries of Contemporary Mexico: Literary and Cultural Inquiries (University of Arizona Press, 2014), A History of Mexican Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2016), Sisters in Blue/Hermanas de azul (University of New Mexico Press, 2017) and the forthcoming Quill and Cross in the Borderlands: Sor María de Jesús de Ágreda, 1628-2015 (University of Notre Dame Press). She specializes in colonial Mexican literature and culture, and Mexican American literature and culture, with an emphasis on New Mexico.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please see the event flyer.
Feb 21

LAII Open House – Churros y Café

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

Sin Fronteras Film Festival hosted by SOLAS

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

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

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Guild Cinema
Description: Join for the opening film of the SOLAS Sin Fronteras Film Festival, Dauna, Lo que lleva el río. Dauna dared to be different. She faced the ancestral practices of her culture and she paid the price. She made decisions which made herself suffer and others as well. Without giving up before defeats and loses, these led her to reconcile and become part of a legend herself. – Mario Crespo.
Sponsors: SOLAS in partnership with the Guild Cinema, UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute, UNM Graduate and Professional Student Association-GPSA, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Instituto Cervantes, and the Associated Students of UNM-ASUNM.
Notes: For more information, please visit the SOLAS website.
Feb 25

Sin Fronteras Film Festival: Con mi corazón en Yambo

Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: The Guild Cinema
Description: “Con mi corazón en Yambo” is a documentary about two young Restrepo brothers in Ecuador and the mystery of their disappearance by the Ecuadorian National police.
Sponsors: SOLAS in partnership with the Guild Cinema, UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute, UNM Graduate and Professional Student Association-GPSA, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Instituto Cervantes, and the Associated Students of UNM-ASUNM.
Notes: For more information, please visit the SOLAS website.
Feb 25

Sin Fronteras Film Festival: No Manches Frida

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

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

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

Sin Fronteras Film Festival: Neon Bull

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

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

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

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

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