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Events: April 2017

April 1

24th Annual César Chávez Day March and Fiesta

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Dolores Huerta Gateway Park and the National Hispanic Cultural Center
Description: Join in a celebration honoring Cesar Chavez with a march beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Dolores Huerta Gateway Park (Isleta Blvd. & Bridge SW) and a fiesta from 12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The keynote speaker will be Dolores Huerta and she will be joined with a free concert by Kiko Villamizar and Calle 66.
Sponsors: Recuerda a César Chávez Committee, Bernalillo County, City of Albuquerque, National Hispanic Cultural Center, McCune Charitable Foundation, Center of Southwest Culture, Latin American & Iberian Institute
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Visit the Recuerda a César Chávez Committee website for more complete information.
April 4

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

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

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

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Join the LAII for this author presentation with Dr. Holly Barnet Sanchez, Professor Emerita in the UNM Department of Art and Art History, as she discusses the process of co-authoring the recent work, Give Me Life: Iconography and Identity in East LA, published by UNM Press (2016). Chicanismo, the idea of what it means to be Chicano, was born in the 1970s, when grassroots activists, academics, and artists joined forces in the civil rights movimiento that spread new ideas about Mexican American history and identity. The community murals those artists painted in the barrios of East Los Angeles were a powerful part of that cultural vitality, and these artworks have been an important feature of LA culture ever since. This book offers detailed analyses of individual East LA murals, sets them in social context, and explains how they were produced. The authors, leading experts on mural art, use a distinctive methodology, analyzing the art from aesthetic, political, and cultural perspectives to show how murals and graffiti reflected and influenced the Chicano civil rights movement.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.
April 6

LAII Lecture Series: Kimberly Nolan García - Mexico-US Trade Negotiations in the Shadow of Trump

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Zimmerman Library, Waters Room
Description: Join the LAII for this presentation with Dr. Kimberly A. Nolan García, Assistant Professor of International Relations at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City. In the first four days of his administration, President Trump set the stage for a new chapter in US-Mexican relations by prefacing a meeting in Washington on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with an Executive Order guiding the federal government to seek funding for a wall to seal off the US-Mexico border. In response, President Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled the leadership summit, elevating the standoff. Given the rocky start to this new chapter of US-Mexico relations, the negotiating position adopted by Mexico is still evolving. Using US-Mexico economic relations as a key negotiation area, this paper first traces the economic effects of NAFTA on the US economy. Using these trends as context, the paper then discusses how points of the US-Mexican trade relationship can serve as leverage for Mexico in the upcoming negotiations, to resist both the cancellation of NAFTA and the imposition of a Border Value Tax (BAT). The paper ends with alternative scenarios for Mexico in reconsidering the terms of cooperation with the US on both political and trade issues.
Dr. Nolan García's specialization is in International Political Economy and the politics of international trade, with a substantive focus on labor rights protection through international trade accords. She holds a Ph.D. (2009) in Political Science and an MA in Latin American Studies with concentrations in Latin American Politics and Economics from the University of New Mexico. Recent papers include "Union Affiliation and Socialization Processes in the Formation of Political Identities," with María Inclán, forthcoming from Latin American Politics and Society, "Regionalism and Interregionalism: The Beginning or the End of Latin America's 'Continental Integration'?," with Paul Isbell for the European Commission (2016), and she recently completed the labor impact statements for the modernization of the EU agreement with Chile for DG Trade, in conjunction with the CASE think tank in the EU (2017). She is a Level I member of Mexico's National System of Investigators (SNI), and member of the Mexican Council for International Affairs (COMEXI).
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.
April 6

Dr. Greg Mullins: "Lixo dá lucro": Literature, Paradox, and Discourses of Human Rights

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Ortega Hall, Room 335
Description: Human rights discourse is riddled with paradox; literary criticism offers conceptual tools capable of unraveling how meaning is both produced and forestalled by paradox. When human rights and literature are brought into conversation with each other, the field of paradox is a particularly rich meeting ground. Marcelino Freire, Luiz Ruffato, and Amilcar Bettega Barbosa write within a specific context of this meeting: neoliberalism, human rights, and the urban crisis in Brazil. In their fiction, the dichotomous construction of "security/insecurity" and "public/private" begins to unravel under the pressure of paradox weighted down by human rights.
Dr. Greg Mullins is the Academic Dean for Instructional Support and Library & Media Services at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and is the author of Colonial Affairs: Bowles, Burroughs and Chester Write Tangier, 2002 from the University of Wisconsin Press.
Sponsors: Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Latin American & Iberian Institute
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
April 6

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

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: UNM Continuing Education Building, 1634 University Blvd NE
Description: Join the LAII for this presentation with invited scholar Dr. Dolores Calderón, Associate Professor of Youth, Society, and Justice at Western Washington University's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies. This talk will center a land based approach to consider how the history of the borderlands shapes the contemporary moment. To unpack colonial logics, Calderon will offer a historical overview of how the multiple competing colonial powers left an imprint that is felt today in the Southwest and offer suggestions on how to engage such thinking through social studies curriculum in secondary education.
Calderón's research interests include coloniality, land education, indigenous epistemologies, and border issues as they manifest themselves in educational contexts. Some of her research projects include examining how settler colonial ideologies manifest themselves in attitudes around Title XI American Indian programs (formerly Title VII). As a firm believer that theory is best illuminated by engagement she values the work educators do to concretize critical perspectives.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public, but may be of particular interest to pre- and in-service K-12 educators. For reference, see the event flyer. Please note that parking is free and public at UNM Continuing Education.
April 10

LAII Vamos a Leer Book Group

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tractor Brewing, 1800 4th St NW
Description: Each month educators, teachers, librarians and community members from all over Albuquerque come together at the welcoming Tractor Brewing Co. on 4th St. to discuss young adult books related to Latin America. All of the books featured in the Vamos a Leer book group are chosen for their representations of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the United States. In April, we're reading The Head of the Saint by Socorro Acioli.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the book group and relevant resources, visit the LAII's blog, Vamos a Leer: Teaching Latin America Through Literacy. For reference, see the PDF of Spring 2017 Vamos a Leer titles.
April 14-15

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

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: UNM Student Union Building, Lobo A & B
Description: On April 14-15, 2017, the LAII will hold its annual Greenleaf Conference on Latin America. This year, the conference focuses on Latin American immigration, asylum, and representation, and emphasizes the need for effective representation in asylum cases. The two-day conference will pull together attorneys and academics engaged in these issues in order to expand the network of trained expert witnesses available to attorneys and to strengthen best practices in the creation of country condition affidavits. Panel presentations will address technical and academic subjects critical to asylum work, as well as explore policy and political conditions for asylum work. Presenters combine academics and attorneys from New Mexico and beyond.
Sponsors: Organized by the LAII in partnership with: Department of History, Department of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Honors College, International Studies Institute, Feminist Research Institute, Office of Academic Affairs, Robert Wood Johnson Center Foundation, Dr. Tom Davies, Peace and Global Justice Studies Program, Reed Smith LLP, Women's Resource Center, Women Studies Program.
Notes: This event is free and open to the public, but registration is kindly requested. For more information, please see the conference website. To register directly, please see the event registration site.
April 19

LAII Open House - Ice Cream Social

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Please join us for the next LAII Open House, an informal opportunity to get to know the LAII better. This is your chance to meet our staff (we're here for you!) and faculty, and to meet other undergraduate and graduate students who are in the Latin American Studies program, who are thinking about joining the program, or who just have an interest in Latin America. For this open house we'll have ice cream and sunday toppings to celebrate the warm weather and end of the semester.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free. For reference, see the event flyer.
April 19

RESOLANAS (Spanish as a Heritage Language Student Organization) Presents: Spencer Herrera and Levi Romero - Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homelands

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Mitchell Hall 122
Description: Join RESOLANAS (Spanish as a Heritage Language Student Organization) as they host Spencer Herrera and Levi Romero discussing Sagrado: A Photopoetics ACross the Chicano Homeland, a recent publication of the UNM Press Querencias series. Sagrado: A Photopoetics across the Chicano Homeland is a book about Chicana/a culture and the idea of culture as sacred. A sacred place is where two or more gather in the name of community. It can be found almost anywhere and yet it is elusive: a charro arena behind a rock quarry, on the pilgrimage trail to Chimayó, NM, a curandero's shrine in South Texas, or at a bi-national Mass along the border. Sagrado is neither a search for identity nor a quest for a homeland but an affirmation of an ever-evolving cultural landscape. The presentation includes a reading from the book accompanied by a photo-slideshow. Rudolfo Anaya writes that "Sagrado's three talented artists represent the best in contemporary Chicano poetry, art and history. One of the most important books I've read recently," while Sandra Cisneros writes "These poems are photos, these photos are poems, and together with the historical testimony that reads delicious as cuento, they are prayers said on behalf of others. A book to teach with or to teach ourselves things we forgot. Wise, heartfelt, generous, grace-filled, and, above all, created with love. And everybody knows whatever is made with love siempre sale bonito. A thousand and one blessings to the artists for this labor from el corazón."
Sponsors: RESOLANAS, Spanish as a Heritage Language Program, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, LAII, Southwest Hispanic Research Institute, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.
April 19

Music of the Américas Concert Series: Iracema de Andrade - Cello, Electronics, and Video

Time: 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: College of Fine Arts, Keller Hall
Description: Join the Music of the Américas Concert Series as it presents Brazilian cellist Iracema de Andrade, a performer strongly committed to the music of our time. Her repertory includes pieces for solo cello, cello and electronics, as well as multimedia and improvisation. She is constantly touring Latin America and recording works that were written specially for her. De Andrade holds degrees from the University of São Paulo, the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the London College of Music.
Sponsors: Department of Music, College of Fine ARts, La Fundación, and LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.
April 20

Musicology Colloquium Series: Susan Thomas: Sounding Transnational: Hearing an Embodied Musical Response to the Cuban Transition

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Zimmerman Library, Waters Room
Description: Join us as invited scholar Dr. Susan Thomas offers a presentation concerning musical responses to the Cuban tradition. Since the 1990s, Cuban popular music has become increasingly transnational. As highly visible and audible participants in the Cuban diaspora, musicians have been key players in the transterritorial reshaping of Cuban identity, and their professional and artistic activities have impacted state policy surrounding the meaning of citizenship. This presentation examines how changes in sound of the music itself, particularly vocal practice, accompany this shift in political identity.
Susan Thomas is Associate Professor of Musicology and Women's Studies at the University of Georgia. A researcher of Cuban and Latin American music, her interests include musical manifestations of and reactions to transnationalism, migration, and diaspora; and embodiment and performativity. Her book, Cuban Zarzuela: Performing Race and Gender on Havana's Lyric Stage, was awarded the Robert M. Stevenson Prize from the American Musicological Society and the Pauline Alderman Book Award from the International Alliance of Women in Music. The recipient of residential fellowships in the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University, she is currently completing her second book, The Musical Mangrove: The Transnationalization of Cuban Alternative Music, for Oxford University Press.
Sponsors: Department of Music, Center for Southwest Research, Latin American and Iberian Institute
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.
April 26

SA+P Student Presentation: #ThisIsNotAWall Architecture Students Propose Alternatives to Trump's Wall

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: George Pearl Hall, Room P133
Description: Please join us to hear from SA+P students as they speak about their research developing alternatives to the new wall that President Trump is proposing between the US and Mexico. A product of the entire semester, the research shows a wide array of approaches and ideas. The students, who are enrolled in the course ARCH402: Border Studio taught by Dr. Ane Gonzalez Lara, would like to share their results with the rest of the campus and open up a conversation to see how architects, designers, and scholars in general can contribute to the matter.
Sponsors: SA+P, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.