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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.
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.
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.
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: LAII, 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.
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: TBD
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.
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: LAII, Reed Smith LLP
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.