Events Archives


Friday, January 20, 2023 | 06:00 pm

UTAMA Film Screening

In the arid Bolivian highlands, an elderly Quechua couple has been living a tranquil life for years. While he takes their small herd of llamas out to graze, she keeps house and walks for miles with the other local women to fetch precious water. When an uncommonly long drought threatens everything they know, Virginio and Sisa must decide whether to stay and maintain their traditional way of life or admit defeat and move in with family members in the city. Their dilemma is precipitated by the arrival of their grandson Clever, who comes to visit with news. The three of them must face, each in their own way, the effects of a changing environment, the importance of tradition, and the meaning of life itself. This visually jaw-dropping debut feature by photographer-turned-filmmaker Alejandro Loayza Grisi is lensed by award-winning cinematographer Barbara Alvarez (Lucretia Martel’s The Headless Woman) and won the Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema Dramatic) at the Sundance Film Festival.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 | 03:00 pm

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Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Q&A Session

Summer and Academic Year (AY) FLAS Fellowships are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students to study less-commonly taught languages, including Nahuatl, Quechua, Portuguese, and Yucatec Maya, in combination with area-studies, international studies or international aspects of professional studies

Thursday, January 26, 2023 | 03:00 pm

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Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Info-Session for CNM, NMSU, and Other Minority-Serving Institutions

Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students to study less-commonly taught languages, including Nahuatl, Quechua, Portuguese, and Yucatec Maya. The Summer FLAS Fellowship provides up to $5,000 in tuition and fees and a $2,500 stipend to both undergraduate and graduate students for intensive language training in the U.S. or abroad.


Thursday, March 02, 2023 | 03:00 pm - 04:30 pm


Wednesday, March 01, 2023 | 02:00 pm

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Working With Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Training Opportunities and Career Advice

Dr. Jessica Goodkind, Dr Kimberly Gauderman, Alli Wheeler

Learn about training opportunities, valuable skills, and career advice that will prepare you to work effectively with migrant and refugee communities.

Tuesday, March 07, 2023 | 01:00 pm

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Working With Immigrant and Refugee Communities in Albuquerque

Rodrigo Gechem, Fiore Bran Aragon, Dr. Cris Elder

Learn about volunteering opportunities in ABQ that will help you prepare and gain valuable experience to work with migrants from Latin America and other parts of the world.

Thursday, March 09, 2023 | 08:30 am

Latinx Visions: Speculative Worlds in Latinx Art, Literature, and Performance

Latinx artists, writers, and performers are envisioning speculative worlds, including dystopias, utopias, apocalyptic lands, fantastic futures, and horrifying worlds, at a greater rate than ever before. This creative renaissance raises the following questions: Why are Latinx creators drawn to the speculative genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and why now? What is aesthetically exceptional about these new Latinx speculative worlds? With these questions in mind, the Latinx Visions project is gathering, for the first time, some of the most prominent scholars working on this topic for a conference at the University of New Mexico on March 9-11, 2023. The members of the project team, Matthew David Goodwin, Cathryn Merla-Watson, and Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez, have each been guiding the development of this field for over a decade, and are uniquely prepared to bring together the various threads of scholarship from across the Humanities. The conference will be free and open to the public, both virtual and in person. Approximately seventy professors will give presentations at the conference, and we expect that there will be at least a hundred students attending over the course of the conference. Following the conference, the project team will arrange the conference papers into a volume of revised and peer-reviewed chapters. The edited volume, Latinx Visions, is slated to be published in September of 2024 through the Ohio State University Press for their book series “New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality.” In addition to the publication of an edited volume, the conference will result in the creation of a multimedia archive accessible to academics and the larger public that will be housed at the website In sum, the Latinx Visions project will forge a vital arena for understanding Latinx speculative worlds, significantly advancing the state of this rapidly growing field.

Thursday, March 09, 2023 | 03:00 pm

Land-Based Organizing in Caño Martín Peña Community Land Trust, San Juan, Puerto Rico - A Community Control Model for Informal Settlements in Latin America and Beyond

Miles Nowlin

As informal settlements face increasing threats of dispossession, residents, and planners are looking to the Community Land Trust (CLT) model as a tool to promote community control and affordable housing preservation. The Caño Martin Peña Community Land Trust (CMP-CLT) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was the first CLT designed from within an informal settlement in Latin America and has become a beacon model for similar land-based struggles

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 | 02:00 pm

Thursday, March 23, 2023 | 03:00 pm

Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 02:00 pm

Musicology Colloquium: Musical Representation and Advocacy Through Mariachi Consultancies

Lauryn Salazar , Texas Tech University

This presentation explores how Salazar's research on mariachi music has been used in terms of the musical and visual representation of the mariachi tradition through her consultancies with Disney Pixar’s Coco and the 2022 USPS Mariachi Stamps.

Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 03:00 pm

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1960s Colombia: Cold War & Culture

Dave Corcoran, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Friday, March 31, 2023 | 03:00 pm

PhD Fellows Colloquium

Josue Aciego, Caitlin Ainsworth, Carter Barnwell, Daniel Clayton, Valerio Di Fonzo, Daven Hobbs, Edrea Mendoza, & Jens Van Gysel


Thursday, April 06, 2023 | 02:00 pm

Musical Pastiche, Nostalgia, and the Shaping of Latinx Identity in Popular Streaming Media

Jacqueline Avila , University of Texas, Austin

This presentation examines the soundscapes and compositional techniques utilized by the EDM group the Mexican Institute of Sound (MIS) and its founder Camilo Lara in the 2021 album DF and in Netflix’s Latinx-focused dramady Gentefied (2020-21). The music created for both the album and the series feature musics of the past either sampled or referenced into a modern musical pastiche that evokes various forms of nostalgia.

Thursday, April 13, 2023 | 12:00 pm - 01:30 pm

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The Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) Movement: Perspectives from the U.S., Spain and Latin America

Dr. Santiago Eizaguirre Anglada, Yvonne Yen Liu, Euclides Mance, & Dr. Eric Griego Montoya

Saturday, April 15, 2023 | 07:30 pm - 07:00 pm

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 | 12:00 pm

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What Color is my identity?

Dr. Linda García Merchant

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 | 07:30 pm

Low Frequency Trio's Nueva Músicas Latinoamericanas

José Luis Hurtado, Associate Professor of Music Theory, University of New Mexico; Antonio Rosales, Professor of Bass Clarinet, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Juan José García, Professor, Anáhuac University and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | 02:00 pm - 03:15 pm

Brazilian Writers Speaker Series, Discussion 3

Natalia Borges Polesso , Brazilian author and journalist

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Thursday, April 20, 2023 | 06:00 pm

Saturday, April 22, 2023 | 07:00 pm

Warriors of Afro-Peruvian Music, AfroMundo Festival 2023

Charo Goyonehe, Rosa Guzmán, Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón, Yuri Juárez


Friday, May 12, 2023 | 01:30 pm

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Latin American Studies Spring 2023 Convocation

The LAII 2023 convocation will take place on May 12th at 1:30 pm in the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology - Hibben Center Room 105 (auditorium), followed by a reception in the Hibben Atrium. Please contact for any questions.


Wednesday, July 12, 2023 | 03:00 pm

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People and Forests of Costa Rica: Writing Political Ecology

Pablo Arias-Benavides , MA Latin American Studies

At this event, Pablo will talk about the relationships between people and the forest in his home country, Costa Rica. Pablo will talk about his fieldwork experience in the summer of 2022 and share what it is like to learn about the place you are from through academic research. As an anthropologist and geographer, Pablo uses interviews, history, political and economic analysis to understand the ways people use, manage, and feel about forests in a rural Southwest region of Costa Rica, Coto Brus.


Thursday, August 17, 2023 | 11:00 am

The Sentimentalization of La Maestra Rural: Race, Gender and Violence in the Taller de Gráfica Popular

Marina M. Álvarez , Ph.D. student in Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 2023 Richard E. Greenleaf Library Scholar

This lecture will present a series of images created by various artists of the Taller de Gráfica Popular (T.G.P. – People’s Graphic Workshop) meant to depict post-revolutionary-Mexico’s literacy campaign, and nationalized, rural education. Early artists, upon its founding in 1937 in Mexico City were concerned with education of the masses, and in turn, converted the rural schoolteacher into a visual trope in their portfolios. By nuancing these images, this lecture will analyze how they have articulated and disarticulated nationalism, gender-based violence, and notions of racialization.


Thursday, September 14, 2023 | 02:00 pm - 03:30 pm

Despedidas con Mariachis: Examining COVID-19's Impact on Mexican Americans in Southern California

Jessie M. Vallejo, PhD - Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at Cal Poly Pomona

Thursday, September 14, 2023 | 05:30 pm

GLORY GONE. An Immersive Opera

Nathan Felix (composer) and local artists

Sunday, September 17, 2023 | 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

Examining the Human Rights Legacy in Chile

Pascale Bonnefoy, School of Journalism, University of Chile

Monday, September 18, 2023 | 03:30 pm

Chile after Pinochet: The Limits of Post-Dictatorship Transition

Pascale Bonnefoy, School of Journalism, University of Chile

Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 04:00 pm

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Friday, September 22, 2023 | 01:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | 03:00 pm

International Indigeneity

Dr. Manuela Picq , Senior Lecturer of Political Science and Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies at Amherst College

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 | 03:00 pm

Monday, October 02, 2023 | 05:30 pm


Wednesday, October 04, 2023 | 04:00 pm

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Thursday, October 12, 2023 | 05:30 pm

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El Once: Enseñando historias difíciles en la primaria

Marisol Benavides Parra , Teacher at Colegio Montessori Antillal in Chile

Tuesday, October 17, 2023 | 02:00 pm

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Careers in Library Sciences and Museum Studies

Dr. Margie Montañez, Giselle Lydia Salgado, Luis Martínez, and Jonathan Wright

Thursday, October 19, 2023 | 02:00 pm

Gender, Sexuality, Race and Early Music in New Spain

Dr. Cesar D. Favila , Assistant Professor of Musicology at UCLA

Thursday, October 19, 2023 | 03:00 pm

The Meaning of 'Found' Objects by Contemporary Maya Ritual Practitioners

Dr. Linda Brown , Adjunct Research Assistant Professor (LAT)

Monday, October 23, 2023 | 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Monday, October 23, 2023 | 02:00 pm

Thursday, October 26, 2023 | 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Thursday, October 26, 2023 | 06:00 pm

Listening to Latin America

Daniel Alarcón , Executive Producer of Radio Ambulante


Thursday, November 02, 2023 | 12:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Tuesday, November 07, 2023 | 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Wednesday, November 08, 2023 | 12:00 pm

Thursday, November 09, 2023 | 03:00 pm

The Maya Health Alliance (Wuqu'Kawoq) in Guatemala

Anne Kraemer , Executive Director and CEO of Maya Health Alliance | Wuqu'Kawoq

Friday, November 10, 2023 | 02:00 pm

Cooking in Nahuatl

Sabina Cruz de la Cruz and Guadalupe Avilés

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | 03:00 pm

Foreign Language and Study Abroad Funding Opportunities

Todd Karr and Lenny Ureña Valerio , GEO and LAII

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | 04:00 pm

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | 04:30 pm - 06:30 pm

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 | 03:00 pm

Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 02:00 pm - 03:30 pm

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 | 02:00 pm

Yucatec Maya Workshop

Edber Dzidz Yam , Third Year Ph.D. Student at UNM

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 | 03:00 pm

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 | 03:00 pm


Wednesday, December 06, 2023 | 04:00 pm

Reclaiming Indigenous History: Pyroepistomology and Social Justice

Dr. Paulette Steeves (Cree-Métis) , Associate Professor Sociology- Anthropology| Department Chair Sociology-Anthropology Canada Research Chair | Tier II Healing and Reconciliation.

Thursday, December 07, 2023 | 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm