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News: 2012

UNM Research on Disintegration of Maya Political Systems and Climate Change Featured in "Science"

Thursday, November 15, 2012 -- The cover story in the journal "Science" this week features long-term research by an international group of anthropologists and earth and climate scientists, including researchers from the University of New Mexico, who took a careful look at the impact of climate change on Maya political systems.

Internationally-renowned Maskmaker Felipe Horta Tera Visits LAII

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 -- On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, internationally-renowned maskmaker Felipe Horta Tera visits the Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) to present on "Máscaras de Michoacán" from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the LAII conference room. Felipe will exhibit his masks as he discusses his artesanía, his work as a contemporary artist in the community and the marketplace, and the role that his masks play in the danzas of Michoacan.

MALAS Student Presents Exhibit on "Street Art of Oaxaca"

Tuesday, November 1, 2012 -- Molly Nelson, a Master's student in the LAII's Latin American Studies program, has curated an exhibition, "Street Art of Oaxaca: Photos + Narratives from the Streets," in conjunction with University Libraries' Inter-American Studies Program.

SOLAS and LAII Partner to Present "Whatever Happened to Cabeza de Vaca?" with Professor Baker Morrow

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 -- The Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS), in partnership with the LAII, presents "Whatever Happened to Cabeza de Vaca? The South American Expeditions, 1540-1945, by Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca" with Professor Baker Morrow.

Professor Lawrence Guy Straus Presents on "The Old Stone Age of Iberia"

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 -- The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute, in partnership with the UNM Department of Anthropology and Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque, will host a lecture with Professor Lawrence Guy Straus, the Leslie Spier Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and long-time editor of UNM's Journal of Anthropological Research.

Marjorie Agosín Presents "Stitching Resistance: The History of Chilean Arpilleras"

Friday, October 19, 2012 -- The LAII is pleased to welcome poet, human rights activist, and literary critic Marjorie Agosín to campus for a lecture on "Stitching Resistance: The History of Chilean Arpilleras" and a book-signing for the reprinted edition of "Tapestries of Hope, Threads of Love: The Arpillera Movement in Chile, 1974-1994."

LAII Hosts Symposium on "Borderline Slavery: Contemporary Issues in Border Security and the Human Trade

Thursday, October 18, 2012 -- Today (Thursday, Oct. 18) the Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) hosts a one-day symposium to promote scholarship, public awareness, and effective public policy to combat human trafficking in Mexico, the United States, and our shared border region.

LAII Presents Lecture, Book-Signing, and Symposium on "Borderline Slavery"

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 -- This week, the Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) has organized several events to promote scholarship, public awareness, and effective public policy to combat human trafficking in Mexico, the United States, and our shared border region.

LAII Hosts Lecture With Cuban Scholar Armando Nova

Saturday, October 13, 2012 -- The LAII is pleased to host a presentation with Dr. Armando Nova on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 12:00 noon, at the LAII. This presentation, titled "The Impact of the Economic and Social Policy Guidelines on the National Production of Food in Cuba," looks at the interesting and significant process of economic transformation that has begun in Cuba...

Latin Americanist Among First to Receive Ph.D. at UNM

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 -- Because of the geographic location and unique cultural history of New Mexico, the University of New Mexico (UNM) has emphasized Latin American Studies since the early 1930s. It should come as no surprise, then, to learn that a Latin Americanist, Marie Pope Wallis, was among the first to receive a Ph.D. at UNM.

Dr. David Craven, Distinguished Professor of Art and Art History

Monday, February 27, 2012 -- Dr. David Lee Craven, Distinguished Professor of Art and Art History, passed away on February 11, 2012.

LAII Co-Sponsors Intensive Summer K'iche' Maya Program

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 -- The University of Chicago Center for Latin American Studies, in partnership with Vanderbilt University Center for Latin American Studies, University of New Mexico Latin American and Iberian Institute, and the University of Texas Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, is accepting student applications for a summer intensive immersion language program in K'iche' Maya that will take place on site in Nahualá, Guatemala. From June 18-July 27, 2012, the program will provide instruction at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels..