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Events: March 2017

March 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 March, we're reading Dancing in the Rain by Lynn Joseph.
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.
March 20

LAII Lecture Series: Michael Weintraub - Securing Peace in Colombia: Beyond the Failed Referendum

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Zimmerman Library, Willard Room
Description: Please join us for a presentation with invited scholar Dr. Michael Weintraub as he discusses the difficulties of securing peace in Colombia. On October 2, 2016, Colombian voters opted to reject the final agreement painstakingly negotiated between the government and the FARC, the country's largest and oldest rebel group. While the bargaining that followed ultimately resulted in a revised agreement, which was ratified by Congress and is in the process of being implemented, a number of questions remain. Why did Colombian voters reject the best hope for ending nearly 50 years of civil war? What role do historical legacies of violence play in explaining why some communities rejected the deal while others voted in favor? What are the principal challenges for the successful implementation of the new agreement? What security challenges will Colombia likely face in the coming years? This talk will confront these questions, drawing on original research and with a view towards delineating specific public policy alternatives for the short, medium, and long-term.
Michael Weintraub is an Associate Professor at the Escuela de Gobierno at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and an Assistant Professor (on leave) in the Department of Political Science at Binghamton University (SUNY). Weintraub's research focuses on armed group behavior in civil war, politically-motivated violence, organized criminality, long-run historical legacies, electoral mechanisms in divided societies, and state-building. He has articles published or forthcoming in the Journal of Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Terrorism and Political Violence, Research & Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Critical Review. Weintraub received his Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University in May 2014 and has been a Predoctoral Fellow at Yale University's Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence (2013-2014) and a Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace (2012-2013).
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.

March 20

The Granados Project: A Festival Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Life and Music of Enrique Granados

Time: Varies
Location: Varies
Description: The LAII proudly partners with the UNM Department of Music and the UNM Department of Spanish and Portugeuse in The Granados Project, a 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Life and Music of Enrique Granados (1867-1916), one of Spain's most significant and influential composers of the modern period. This five-day festival will include: a collaborative lecture between a Granados scholar-performer and a Spanish literature scholar; academic talks by two noted Granados scholar-performers; a lecture by the Granados scholar for the monthly musicology colloquium for the Department of Music; a collaborative lecture between the Granados scholar and a leading astrophysicist; and to conclude, a concert featuring Granados' long-lost masterpiece Canto de las estrellas (Song of the Stars) which features three choirs (UNM women's choir Las Cantantes; Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico; and the Choir from the Cathedral of St. John), the Cathedral assistant organist, and an internationally renowned performer.
Sponsors: UNM Department of Music, UNM Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and, among many other community and campus partners, the Latin American & Iberian Institute
Notes: The events included in this festival are both free and ticketed. For more information, please see the program guide or complete festival website.

March 22

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

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

March 23

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

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

March 24

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

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

LAII Open House – Nacho Usual Thursday

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Please join us for the next LAII Open House, an informal opportunity to get to know the LAII better. This is another chance to meet our staff and faculty, and to meet other undergraduate and graduate students who are in the Latin American Studies program, who are thinking about joining the program, or who just have an interest in Latin America. This month we will have nachos for lunch, it’s Nacho Usual Thursday, indeed!
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free. For reference, see the event flyer.
March 31

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

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

LAII PhD Fellows Colloquium

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