Events Archives


Friday, January 24, 2020 | 12:00 pm

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LAII Field Research Grant Info Session

Join us for an information session about the LAII Field Research Grants! These grants provides graduate students the opportunity to conduct pilot studies and preliminary investigations in Latin America for a thesis or dissertation proposal, as well as faculty the opportunity to begin fieldwork on new projects or to add a comparative dimension to field research conducted previously.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 | 07:30 pm

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Music from the Americas Concert Series: Low Frequency Trio

Low Frequency Trio: Antonio Rosales, Juan José García, José Luis Hurtado


Thursday, February 13, 2020 | 02:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Nación Genízara: Ethnogenesis, Place, and Identity in New Mexico

R. Moises Gonzales and Enrique R. Lamadrid , University of New Mexico

Join the LAII for a presentation with R. Moises Gonzales, Associate Professor of Urban Design in Community and Regional Planning at the School of Architecture and Planning at the UNM, and Enrique R. Lamadrid, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Spanish from UNM, who taught folklore, literature, and cultural history there since 1985. Nación Genízara is the first book solely dedicated to the detribalized Native experience in New Mexico, a story of conquest, trans-culturation survival, and resilience. Topics as diverse as Genizaro ethnogenesis, slavery, early settlements, expressive culture, poetics, religion, gender, family history, and mestizo genetics are addressed.

Friday, February 14, 2020 | 02:00 pm

History Colloquium: The Police-Military Continuum: How World War II Transformed US Police

Stuart Schrader , Johns Hopkins University

Join the UNM Department of History and the LAII for a workshop session with Stuart Schrader, Associate Director of the Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship and Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University. Schrader’s paper will discuss the transformations in U.S. policing attendant to World War II. First, the paper highlights an investigation of the war’s dramatic shift for civilian police employment, as thousands of cops entered the military. Then, it explores the efforts to solve post-WWII personnel deficits within police departments by turning veterans into cops. The relatively smooth transfer of police into military roles and soldiers into police roles suggests a practical and ideological continuum and connection between police and military developed in this period. Overall, as will be argued, the war and the overseas occupations immediately after the war reconfigured US empire and increased the centrality of policing to it.

Thursday, February 20, 2020 | 03:30 pm - 06:00 pm

Film Screening: The Resurrection of Victor Jara

Dr. Juan Carlos Vallejo , Associate Producer of the film

This film documents the extraordinary life and legacy of iconic Chilean singer-songwriter, Victor Jara, executed in 1973 following a right-wing military coup. Join the LAII for a special film screening followed by a Q+A with the Associate Producer of the film, Dr. Juan Carlos Vallejo.

Friday, February 28, 2020 | 06:30 pm

Language Concordance, Heritage Language Health Professionals, and Latino Health

Glenn Martínez, PhD

Health communication researchers agree that language concordant (LC) health care encounters significantly impact health care quality, health outcomes and health care relationship for language minority populations in the United States. While the health protective benefits of LC care have been well documented, relatively few studies have sought to describe the discourse characteristics of LC encounters. These studies point to significant differences between LC encounters with an L2 Spanish-speaking provider and with an HL Spanish-speaking provider. In this presentation, I will present the results of a study that compares LC interactions between L2 and HL providers, point out the discourse features of these interactions and demonstrate the impact of these interactions on health and behavioral outcomes of Spanish-speaking patients. Finally, I will consider the implications of this research for the teaching and testing of Spanish heritage language health professionals in the United States.

Monday, March 02, 2020 | 10:00 am

Cultural Appropriation and Assimilation in the New Global Context

Loga Roman Torkian and Azam Ali (from Niyaz)

Having an understanding of Cultural Appropriation, Assimilation and Appreciation will help us to contextualize the way we interact with other cultures. Tourism, business practices, food, fashion, festivals, concerts and consumption on social media have far-reaching consequences on global communities due to America's cultural and economic dominance in the world. We will address the delicate balance between the need for commercial viability, community impact, and representation when choosing artists and promoting events. The panelists will discuss the differences between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation as a way to understand the various stakes involved in selecting an International artist. As diaspora becomes a more common lived experience for people around the world, the importance of using terminology that reflects the nuances of cultural fluidity, becomes tantamount when categorizing music and artists.


Tuesday, March 03, 2020 | 03:00 pm

Car Trunk: A Multimodal Migration

Melisa Garcia

"Car Trunk: a Multimodal Migration" is an exhibition of the reconstruction of the car trunk that Melisa’s mother, as a young child, migrated to the United States inside of. The installation utilizes multimodality, testimonio, art, and storytelling to reconstruct the memory and experience of her journey to the United States in the late 1970’s when she escaped the civil war in El Salvador with her mother and two sisters. The nature of the art project is so that through the model of the testimonio others are able to also interact, engage with the art pieces at a technological intimacy. This means that participants will be able to read about the emotional, political, and traumatic history of El Salvador through QR codes that will be on the car trunk. As well, social media will be utilized to have the participants experience surpass the installation state and reach others.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020 | 02:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Fideicomiso Archivos Plutarco Elias Calles y Fernando Torreblanca Digital Collection

Fátima Del Angel Guevara

Join the LAII for a presentation on The University of New Mexico’s Center for Southwest Research Fideicomiso Archivos Plutarco Elias Calles y Fernando Torreblanca Digital Collection. The collection is is part of a collaborative preservation and access project designed to create, secure and provide open access through New Mexico Digital Collections to digital surrogates of documents held physically at the FAPECFT in Mexico City.

Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 02:00 pm - 03:30 pm

Musicology Colloquium Series: Arab Musicking on the US Mexico Border

Dr, Andrea Shaheen Espinosa , University of Texas, El Paso

This talk explores the relationship between trauma and identity by examining Arab music performance on the U.S.–Mexico border. Drawing on the musicking of Syrian and Mexican migrant communities, I interrogate theories of cultural and psychological trauma and borderland epistemologies to explore how border tensions influence the often-fraught views of identity.


Wednesday, July 01, 2020 | 02:00 pm

Thursday, July 23, 2020 | 11:30 am


Tuesday, September 08, 2020 | 03:00 pm

Researching Paraguayan Guarani: The Minoritized Language of the Majority

Josefina Bittar , PhD candidate and LAII PhD fellow

Paraguayan Guarani, one of the native languages of Paraguay, is spoken by more than 80% of the country’s population. However, despite government and societal efforts, Spanish remains the language of prestige, required for education opportunities and social mobility. In this presentation, Josefina Bittar will discuss the characteristics of Guarani-Spanish bilingualism in Paraguay, the importance of documenting linguistic practices in the country, and the role of researchers in challenging the population’s internalized prejudices about languages and their speakers.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | 03:00 pm

Apply Your Skills to a Career in Diplomacy: Meet UNM Diplomat in Residence Laura Gritz

UNM Diplomat in Residence Laura Gritz will hold a discussion about internships and careers in the Foreign Service with the U.S. Department of State and how the skills you develop with Latin American coursework could lead to an exciting career in diplomacy. The U.S. Department of State is dedicated to protecting and strengthening America’s interests abroad and right here at home. You can make a difference with the U.S. Department of State. The Department offers internships, fellowships for graduate school, funding for study abroad, jobs, and careers. All majors and backgrounds are welcome.

Friday, September 18, 2020 | 02:00 pm

A Class that Does (not) Matter: Rethinking Cold War Latin America from the Middle

Dr. A. Ricardo López-Pedreros , Western Washington University

Join the LAII for a presentation with Dr. A. Ricardo López-Pedreros, professor of History at Western Washington University. This presentation seeks to bring together recent interdisciplinary scholarship to initiate a critical conversation on how to rethink the historical formation of the middle classes—as a social category, a political project, a subjectivity, and a material reality—in Latin America during the second half of the twentieth century.

Friday, September 25, 2020 | 02:00 pm

Writing, Researching and Reading Bilingual, Regional Children's Literature

Dr. Anna M. Nogar , Department of Spanish & Portuguese,The University of New Mexico

Do you remember reading or being read children's books?  Were they about leyendas y mitos, historias or places you had been near home?  ¿Was there a vaivén between languages? In this talk, Dr. Anna M. Nogar will discuss the research involved in creating illustrated, bilingual books with a regional focus for children; how such books are written; and what is involved in their reading for young audiences. Teaching and working with current students in an online undergraduate class on "La vida juvenil bilingüe" in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Dr. Nogar shares that experience and helps us think about what these books mean for their audiences and for us.

Friday, September 25, 2020 | 03:00 pm

Border South: A Documentary Film and Q & A

Directed by Raúl O. Paz Pastrana and Produced by Jason De León , Presented by the Undocumented Migrant Project in conjunction with Hostile Terrain 94

To stem the immigration tide, Mexico and the U.S. collaborate to crack down on migrants, forcing them into ever more dangerous territory. Every year hundreds of thousands of migrants make their way along the trail running from southern Mexico to the US border. Gustavo’s gunshot wounds from Mexican police, which have achieved abundant press attention, might just earn him a ticket out of Nicaragua. Meanwhile anthropologist Jason painstakingly collects the trail’s remains, which have their own stories to tell. Fragmented stories from Hondurans crossing through southern Mexico assemble a vivid portrait of the thousands of immigrants who disappear along the trail. Border South reveals the immigrants’ resilience, ingenuity, and humor as it exposes a global migration system that renders human beings invisible in life as well as death.