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News: 2013

The Year in Review: Faculty Publications

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Monday, December 16, 2013 -- The Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) is affiliated with nearly 200 faculty members from 15 departments and 7 schools/colleges across campus. The breadth of research and teaching of these affiliated faculty members reinforces the LAII's mission to create stimulating environment for the production and dissemination of knowledge of Latin America and Iberia at the University of New Mexico (UNM).

The Chile Reader Co-Edited by UNM Historian

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Monday, December 16, 2013 -- In Fall, 2013, Dr. Elizabeth Q. Hutchison, Associate Professor in the UNM Department of History, announced the release of "The Chile Reader: History, Culture, Politics." This anthology is co-edited by Dr. Hutchison, alongside Dr. Thomas Miller Klubock of the University of Virginia, Dr. Nara B. Milanich of Barnard College, and Dr. Peter Winn of Tufts University.

Save the Date for LAII Latin American Film Symposium

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Monday, December 16, 2013 -- From February 6 to 7, 2014, the LAII will hold its third annual Richard E. Greenleaf Symposium on Latin America. In 2014, the symposium focuses on "1920s to 2020s: To Hollywood and Back: Latin American Cinema and Gender in a Global Context." We invite our friends and colleagues to save the date, and hope you will be able to join us for this remarkable two-day symposium.

Biology Internships in Spain: Summer 2014

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Monday, December 16, 2013 -- In Summer, 2014, students will have the opportunity to study biology through an immersive, for-credit program in Spain.

Bio-Cultural Diversity Courses in Ecuador: Summer 2014

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Monday, December 16, 2013 -- In Summer, 2014, for the second year in a row, students will be able to participate in a unique intensive program of natural history, cultural history, and language study at field sites in Cuenca and Quito, Ecuador.

MALAS Student Profile: Amie Belmont

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Monday, December 2, 2013 -- 2013-2014 shows the MALAS program with a strong and diverse array of students. Among these students is Amie Belmont, whose concentrations are Anthropology (Ethnology) and Spanish Linguistics. Amie brings a diverse background to the program, with understanding and enthusiasm gained from diverse academic and personal experiences.

LAII Lecture Considers Banned Chicana Literature

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Monday, December 2, 2013 -- The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce the seventh and final presentation in its Fall 2013 Lecture Series: "Banned in Arizona: Dark Gifts, Taboos, Secrets and Transformations in Chicana Literature" with Dr. Tey Diana Rebolledo, Distinguished Professor Emerita with the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and faculty affiliate with the LAII.

Explore Sustainable Development in Nicaragua

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Monday, November 18, 2013 -- In Spring-Summer 2014, Dr. Matías Fontenla, Associate Professor in the UNM Department of Economics and faculty affiliate with the LAII, will once again lead a group of students abroad as part of a course on "Sustainable Development in Nicaragua." Students interested in participating should apply by December 6, 2013, for priority consideration.

Experience the Art and Culture of Cuba with the LAII

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Monday, November 18, 2013 -- The LAII is thrilled to announce its first trip to Cuba, made possible through its People-to-People license which allows community members to participate in educational trips to Cuba.

Multimedia Performance Celebrates 103rd Anniversary of Mexican Revolution

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Monday, November 11, 2013 -- On November 19 and 20, 2013, the UNM Latin American Music Center (LAMC), alongside community partners, will celebrate the 103rd anniversary of the Mexican Revolution by presenting a multimedia presentation of Silvestre Revuelta's "La Coronela."

LAII Lecture Focuses on Colonial City

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Monday, November 11, 2013 -- The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce the sixth presentation in its Fall 2013 Lecture Series: "Towards an Architectonics of the Colonial City: Performance, Space, and Meaning " with Dr. Ray Hernández-Durán, Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History, and faculty affiliate with the LAII.

LAII Builds Online Community

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Monday, November 11, 2013 -- The LAII is dedicated to building a vibrant and thriving community of Latin Americanists at the University of New Mexico and in the broader state. As such, we are continuously expanding our efforts to bring together faculty, students, staff, and community. We are excited to announce that as part of this effort we are holding a campaign to build our online community through Facebook.

Guatemala Images and Artifacts on Display

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Monday, November 11, 2013 -- The LAII, in partnership with Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque and the Los Griegos Public Library, is sponsoring an exhibition on Guatemala throughout the month of November. The exhibit explores Guatemalan culture through vivid photography of Día de los Muertos in Guatemala and hands-on artifacts produced in or focused on the country.

New LAS Course Reimagines the City Through Film and Architecture

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Monday, November 4, 2013 -- "Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Rio: Imagination in Film and Architecture" is a new Latin American Studies (LAS) course that will be offered by Prof. Jorge Colón, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, during Fall Intersession (December 16-20, 2013).

MALAS Student Profile: Roxanne Blair

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Monday, November 4, 2013 -- 2013-2014 shows the MALAS program with a strong and diverse array of students. Among these students is Roxanne Blair (MALAS '14), whose concentrations are International Business and Community and Regional Planning. As a student deeply invested in her community, Roxanne has taken part in numerous initiatives while at the University of New Mexico.

LAII Lecture Considers Migrant Lives at the Border

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Monday, November 4, 2013 -- The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce the fifth presentation in its Fall 2013 Lecture Series: "Refusing Disposability: Collaboration and Representational Strategies in Maquilápolis: City of Factories" with Dr. Rebecca Schreiber, Associate Professor in the American Studies Department and faculty affiliate with the LAII.

Call for Applications for FLAS Fellowships

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Monday, November 4, 2013 -- The LAII announces a call for applications for U.S. Department of Education Academic Year and Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. FLAS Fellowships are highly competitive awards which recognize and assist meritorious undergraduate and graduate students seeking intensive language training in less-commonly-taught languages of Latin America, including K'iche' Maya, Quechua, and Portuguese. The deadline for applications is February 10, 2014.

Alonso-Minutti Joins Department of Music

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Monday, November 4, 2013 -- In Fall 2013, Dr. Ana Alonso-Minutti joined the University of New Mexico as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Music. The LAII is pleased to welcome Alonso-Minutti to campus and to recognize her as a new faculty affiliate. Affiliated faculty of the LAII engage in research and teaching that is key to UNM's overall dedication to Latin American studies.

UNM Offers Homage to Renowned Mexican Composer Mario Lavista

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Monday, October 28, 2013 -- The UNM Latin American Music Center has arranged a series of public events in homage to renowned Mexican composer Mario Lavista, honoring him on his seventieth birthday.

New Issue of Portuguese Language Journal Available

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Monday, October 28, 2013 -- Volume 7 of the Portuguese Language Journal (PLJ) is now available online. The PLJ is an initiative to promote and improve the teaching of Portuguese as a foreign language. The journal aims to provide a venue to encourage collaboration, research, and exchange of ideas among Portuguese language faculty.

Call for Applications for Field Research Grants

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Monday, October 28, 2013 -- The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) announces the Call for Applications for its Field Research Grants (FRGs) for UNM faculty and graduate students. The deadline is March 19, 2014. For reference, see the Call for Applications flyer.

SOLAS Lecture Highlights Plight of Los Chileros

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Monday, October 21, 2013 -- The Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS) announces a presentation with photographer and journalist Joseph Sorrentino, who will discuss "Los Chileros: The Chile Pickers" on Thursday, October 24, 2013, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the LAII Conference Roomp

LAII Partners with National Hispanic Cultural Center for Día de los Muertos

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Monday, October 21, 2013 -- Each fall the Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) partners with the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) to celebrate and promote K-12 and community awareness of Día de los Muertos, the important cultural celebration that takes place November 1-2 in many countries throughout Latin America, with particular resonance for many communities in Mexico.

LAII Lecture Focuses on Oaxacan Mezcal

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Monday, October 21, 2013 -- The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce the fourth presentation in its Fall 2013 Lecture Series: "Oaxacan Mezcal and the Making of a Transnational Prestige Commodity" with Dr. Ronda Brulotte, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and a faculty affiliate with the LAII.

Building a Library of the Americas

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Monday, October 21, 2013 -- UNM University Libraries announces the exhibition, "Building a Library of the Americas," developed in honor of the early individuals, James F. Zimmerman, Joaquin Ortega, Wilma L. Shelton, and George P. Hammond, who envisioned Zimmerman Library as a true library of the Americas. Curated by Michael Hoopes (MALAS '15), the exhibit is on view through December 15 in the Herzstein Latin American Gallery on the second floor of Zimmerman Library. The exhibit is free and open to the public during normal library operating hours.

A. Gabriel Meléndez Discussion & Book Signing at UNM Bookstore

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Monday, October 14, 2013 -- LAII faculty affiliate A. Gabriel Meléndez is at the UNM Bookstore Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. to speak about and sign copies of his book, Hidden Chicano Cinema (Rutgers University Press). Included in the presentation is commentary by Paul Espinosa, award-winning filmmaker and producer.

UNM, NMSU and UTEP Collaborate through Border Research Network

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Monday, October 14, 2013 -- The University of New Mexico has entered into a memorandum of understanding with New Mexico State University and the University of Texas at El Paso to create the Border Research Network, designed to advance research and scholarship on border-related topics collaboratively.

Panel Presentation Focuses on Spanish Literature in Translation

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Monday, September 30, 2013 -- On Friday, October 4, 2013, the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) will partner with Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque to welcome Spanish author Ignacio Martínez de Pisón and translator Anne McLean (who has handled translations of Cortázar, Enrique Vila-Matas, and Javier Cercas, among others) to the University of New Mexico. These two literary figures were critical contributors to the book Spain's Great Untranslated, an anthology of twelve contemporary Spanish masters whose dazzling work has been unavailable in the English-language world, until now.

MALAS Student Profile: Samuel Johnson

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Monday, September 30, 2013 -- 2013-2014 shows the MALAS program with a strong and diverse array of students. Among these students is Samuel Johnson (MALAS '14), whose concentrations are History and Spanish American Literature. As one of the students who reorganized the Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS), Sam has imparted new energy into both the returning and new Latin American Studies cohorts.

SOLAS Launches Digital Platform for Communications

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Monday, September 23, 2013 -- A month into the Fall 2013 semester, the Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS) has announced a new, dedicated website that will serve as a digital platform for all of the organization's communications: www.solasunm.org.

Straus Has Good Field Season at El Mirón Cave in Spain

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Monday, September 23, 2013 -- UNM Leslie Spier Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Lawrence Straus recently returned to UNM after spending eight weeks digging at El Mirón Cave in Cantabria, Spain. Working with UNM graduate students Lisa Fontes, C.L. Kieffer, students from the Universidad de Cantabria, other Spanish universities and Memorial University of Newfoundland, as well as Straus's long-time colleague and project co-director, Professor Manuel González Morales, director of the Prehistoric Research Institute, they continued their excavation of the cave.

LAII Lecture Explores Water, Land, and Empire in the Ancient Andes

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Monday, September 23, 2013 -- The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce the third presentation in its Fall 2013 Lecture Series: "Water, Land, and Empire in the Ancient Andes" with Dr. Frances Hayashida, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and a faculty affiliate with the LAII.

Honduran Youth Activist Discusses Resistance Movement

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Monday, September 23, 2013 -- Join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) as we partner with UNM Peace Studies, Witness for Peace Southwest, and the Honduran Solidarity Network to welcome Ana Gabriela Rivera, a 25-year-old resistance leader from the organization Los Necios based in Honduras' capital, Tegucigalpa. Ana will speak on her formative experiences in the organization as well as the current conditions in Honduras, providing a firsthand account of the resistance movement in Honduras.

UNM, Mexican Consulate Sign Education MOU

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Monday, September 23, 2013 -- UNM President Robert G. Frank and Mauricio Ibarra Ponce de León, Consul of Mexico in Albuquerque, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the third consecutive year, signifying their continued collaboration to offer and support higher education initiatives of Mexican migrants in the United States.

Ibarra Family Papers Provide Window into Venezuelan History

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Saturday, September 14, 2013 -- The Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is excited to announce the unveiling of the Ibarra Project, a joint initiative between the LAII, Dr. Roberto Ibarra, and University Libraries (UL). The initiative makes available to the scholarly community a rare and unusual collection of documents from one of Caracas' leading families, and offers a novel glimpse into 18th, 19th, and 20th century Venezuelan history and politics.

UNM Faculty Discusses Chilean Labor Relations at International Conference

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Monday, September 9, 2013 -- Dr. Elizabeth Q. Hutchison, Associate Professor in the UNM Department of History and faculty affiliate with the LAII, will present "Chileanización y La Chinita: Domestic Servants in Chile, 1924-1952" as part of the International Conference of Labour and Social History: Towards a Global History of Domestic Workers and Caregivers, which will be held in Linz, Austria, September 12 to 14, 2013.

Greenleaf Scholar Collects Miskitu Language Resources

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013 -- Melanie Wetzel is the recipient of an LAII Visiting Library Scholar award which enabled her to visit the University of New Mexico (UNM) to review UNM's Latin American library holdings in order to collect materials in the Miskitu language, as well as to compile other documentation of Miskitu history and culture.

Recent Book Focuses on Indigenous Agency in the Amazon

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013 -- This year the University of Arizona Press published "Indigenous Agency in the Amazon: The Mojos in Liberal and Rubber-Boom Bolivia, 1842-1932" by Dr. Gary Van Valen. Van Valen is an alum of UNM, having received his Ph.D. in Colonial and Modern Latin American History from the university in 2003.

MALAS Student Merges Activism and Academics

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Monday, August 26, 2013 -- In Fall 2013, the LAII welcomed a dynamic cohort of students into its Masters of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS) program. Sarah Leister (MALAS '15) is among this cohort and has selected concentrations in Anthropology and Sociology.

UNM Graduates its Latest Mexican Visiting Scholar

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Monday, August 26, 2013 -- Rodrigo Baez is set to assume his new role as a Mexican diplomat in Sacramento, Calif., this month. "It's a big state, a big state for Mexicans," He said, noting its significance as California's capital and the opportunity to dialog with the governor and members of the legislature about the interests of Mexicans there.

LAII Receives People-to-People License for Programs in Cuba

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 -- When staff and faculty from the Latin American & Iberian Institute traveled to Habana, Cuba, last summer, one of their goals was to secure a People-to-People license, which would expand upon the LAII's program offerings in Cuba. They recently learned that they successfully acquired the license.

LAII Lecture Focuses on Conserving Desert Biodiversity in Mexico

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 -- The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce the first presentation in its Fall 2013 Lecture Series: "The Art of the Possible: Partnerships in Conserving Desert Biodiversity in Mexico" with Dr. Evan W. Carson, Research Assistant Professor in the Biology Department and a faculty affiliate with the LAII.

LAII Lecture Explores Brazil Beyond the Olympics

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 -- The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce the second presentation in its Fall 2013 Lecture Series: "Rio 2014-2016: Beyond Olympic Mode" with Jorge Colón, Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture + Planning and a faculty affiliate with the LAII.

LAII Announces Release of the K'iche' Maya Oral History Project

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 -- The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) announces the K'iche' Maya Oral History Project, an innovative resource for students and teachers of the K'iche' Maya language.

New Endowment for Latin American Pictorial Collections

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 -- Russ Davidson, Ph.D., former University Libraries Latin American/Iberian Curator, decided it is time to give back for the many advancements the libraries have helped him accomplish. He has donated $25,000 and pledged an additional $225,000 to the University Libraries to establish an endowment in honor of his longtime friend and renowned Latin American bookseller, Howard L. Karno (1930-2012).

Theo R. Crevenna

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 -- Theo R. Crevenna, an alumnus of the University of New Mexico and an enduring friend of the Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII), passed away on June 24, 2013. His extensive career in service and research has left a permanent and far-reaching impact upon the LAII, the University of New Mexico (UNM), and the broader field of international relations between the United States and Latin America.

Greenleaf Scholar Roldán-Figueroa Presents at LAII

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 -- Greenleaf Visiting Scholar Rady Roldán-Figueroa presents, "Spanish Accounts of Christian Martyrdom in Tokugawa Japan, c. 1597-c. 1945: Ideational Representations and their Circulation in Spain, the Philippines, and New Spain," Wednesday, June 12 at noon in the Waters Room, first floor of Zimmerman Library. Refreshments will be served.

Flamenco Exhibit Opens in Fine Arts & Design Library

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 -- To complement the 26th Annual Festival Flamenco, UNM Universities Libraries' coordinated Flamenco: A Celebration of Music and Dance," a new exhibition on view from June 7 through July 31 at the Fine Arts & Design Library.

Curanderismo Exhibition Opens at Maxwell Museum

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 -- "Curanderismo: Healing and Ritual" is a new exhibition at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology that explores the historical and contemporary practice of Mexican folk healing. The exhibition opens on Saturday, May 4 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The event is free, open to the public and parking restrictions will not be enforced. The exhibition will be up through October.

Creating Contact: 300 Years of Colonial Manuscripts

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 -- "Creating Contact: 300 Years of Colonial Manuscripts," an exhibition using colonial era texts from the University Libraries' extensive Latin American collections, opens in the Herzstein Latin American Gallery on May 3 and runs through August 31, 2013.

26th Annual Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 -- 2013 marked the 26th Annual Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque, held from June 10 to 15. Among others at UNM, the LAII was proud to support the festival.

2013 Américas Award Winner Announced

Monday, June 3, 2013 -- The Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) has announced "The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano" by Sonia Manzano (Scholastic, 2002) as the 2013 winner of the Américas Award.

¡Cine Magnífico! Film Festival Brings Ibero-American Films to Albuquerque

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 -- "!Cine Magnífico! Albuquerque's Latino Film Festival," presented by the Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque in partnership with the UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, announces its inaugural year as it opens from May 30-June 2, 2013. ¡Cine Magnífico! is New Mexico's only film festival presenting the voice and vision of Latin@ cinema. The LAII is proud to support the film festival's first year by serving as Instituto Cervantes' partner in education and outreach for the festival.

LAII Awards Visiting Scholars Funding for Library Research

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 -- The Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar awards for the 2013-2014 academic year. These awards provide three individuals the opportunity to work as visiting researchers with the University of New Mexico's Latin American library collection, one of the largest and most complete Latin American or Spanish American collections in the country. Congratulations to Theresa Avila, Breanne Robertson, and Melanie Wetzel.

UNM Leads Summer Preservation Workshop in Spain

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 -- University of New Mexico Honors College Associate Professor Celia López-Chávez and Historian Thomas Chávez (UNM Ph.D. 1980) are co-leaders of a preservation workshop for 22 United States participants from different disciplines and professions, June 3 through 15, in the Spanish city of Trujillo, in the Extremadura region of Spain.

LAII Awards Ph.D. Fellowships

Friday, May 3, 2013 -- The Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce the recipients of the LAII's 2013-2014 Ph.D. Fellowships.

LAII Awards Field Research Grants

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 -- The Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Field Research Grants (FRGs) for graduate student and faculty field research.

LAII Alum Publishes Book on Undocumented Dominican Migration

Monday, April 29, 2013 -- In April, 2013, University of Texas Press published Undocumented Dominican Migration by Dr. Frank Graziano. According to the press, the book offers "the first comprehensive study of boat migration from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico. It brings together the interactive global, cultural, and personal factors that induce thousands of Dominicans to journey across the Mona Passage in attempts to escape chronic poverty. The book provides in-depth treatment of decision-making, experiences at sea, migrant smuggling operations, and U.S. border enforcement. It also explores several topics that are rare in migration studies. These include the psychology of migrant motivation, religious beliefs, corruption and impunity, procreation and parenting, compulsive recidivism after failed attempts, social values in relation to law, marriage fraud, and the use of false documents for air travel from Puerto Rico to the mainland United States."

Bio-cultural Diversity and Social Justice Focus of Summer Course in Ecuador

Thursday, April 25, 2013 -- In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of work supported by the LAII, a course is being offered for the month of July in Ecuador. Titled, "Ecuador: bio-cultural diversity social justice," the course offers credit in Spanish, Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media, Honors and Latin American Studies. The course is team taught by Spanish Professor Enrique Lamadrid, IFDM Director Miguel Gandert, and Honors Lecturer Michael Thomas. They also have several graduate assistants and senior teachers.

University of New Mexico Leads Peace Corps' 2013 Ranking of Top Volunteer-producing Hispanic Serving Institutions

Thursday, April 18, 2013 -- In an April 17, 2013 press release, the Peace Corps announced that the University of New Mexico leads its 2013 ranking of top volunteer-producing Hispanic serving institutions.

LAII Awards Fellowships to Study Less Commonly Taught Languages

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 -- The Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for the summer of 2013 and the academic year of 2013-14.

Producer of Award-Winning Socio-Environmental Documentary Visits Campus

Monday, April 15, 2013 -- On Friday, April 12, 2013, the award-winning socio-environmental documentary MY VILLAGE, MY LOBSTER was screened for free at the UNM Student Union Building (SUB) Theater. Writer/producer Brad Allgood attended for a question and answer session following the screening. The event was sponsored by the Latin American & Iberian Institute, Department of Economics, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM, Nourish International, and Peace Corps. Read more about the event in a recent UNM Today article.

Authority and Identity in Colonial Ibero-America Focus of LAII Symposium

Friday, April 5, 2013 -- The UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute announces "A Richard E. Greenleaf Symposium on Latin America: Authority and Identity in Colonial Ibero-America," a two-day, interdisciplinary symposium which will be held April 10-11, 2013, in the UNM Student Union Building, Lobo A & B. The event is free and open to the public. More information is available on the symposium website.

Argentine Pope Focus of LAII Lecture

Friday, March 29, 2013 -- Join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute for "Francis I: First Latin American Pope," an informal presentation and group discussion led by Professor Richard L. Wood on Monday, April 1, 2013, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the LAII (801 Yale Blvd NE). Please see the event flyer for reference.

LAII Honors Distinguished Alum Dr. Frederick Nunn

Thursday, March 21, 2013 -- In a special event and surprise ceremony on Wednesday evening, Dr. Frederick M. Nunn was honored at the Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) for his remarkable career and continuous support to the LAII. The event started with a keynote presentation by Dr. Nunn on "Threads of History or, The Chile of the Arpilleras: Studies in Imagination, Perspective, and Intrigue", which showcased how times of stress or crisis produce vivid and dramatic examples of the perpetual relationship between history and politics, and the creative arts. The talk addressed the context in which appliqué became the medium of expression for the Chileans' appreciation of their past, present and future when, in 1973, Latin America's most professional armed forces and police deposed a democratically elected president in Chile and held power for 17 years. The presentation depicted not only how Chileans produced art literature, music, poetry, and theater in opposition to the regime, but also how they demanded change.

U.S. Foreign Service Focus of SOLAS Lecture

Monday, March 18, 2013 -- SOLAS, or (UNM) Students of Latin American Studies, present a brown bag presentation with Ambassador Steve Maloney, United States Foreign Service, on Tuesday, March 19 from noon to 1 p.m. in the LAII conference room. LAII is located at 801 Yale Blvd. NE on the University of New Mexico campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Latin America's Encounter with the Cold War Focus of Lecture

Monday, March 18, 2013 -- The University of New Mexico Latin American Iberian Institute and Department of History present Gilbert Joseph, Farnham Professor of History and International Studies at Yale University, for his presentation, "In from the Cold: Latin America's New Encounter with the Long Cold War," on Tuesday, March 19, from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. in the History Commons Room, Mesa Vista Hall 1104 on the UNM campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Joseph's interest in the topic stem both from his scholarship and from his personal conviction. In the 1980s he participated or led several interfaith delegations to Nicaragua, one of which gave rise to "Witness for Peace."

LAII Lecture Features UNAM Visiting Scholar Ramón Arzápalo Marín

Monday, March 18, 2013 -- Ramón Arzápalo Marín, a Latin American & Iberian Institute Visiting Scholar from the Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, presents, "The Colonial Maya Texts: Recent Contributions to the Theory of Semiotic Translation," on Thursday, March 21 from noon to 1 p.m. at the LAII, located at 801 Yale Blvd. NE on the UNM campus. The event is free and open to the public.

LAII Lecture Looks at Relationship between History, Politics, and Creative Arts

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 -- Frederick Nunn, professor emeritus of history and international studies, Portland State University, presents, "Threads of History or, the Chile of the Arpilleras: Studies in Imagination, Perspectives, and Intrigue," on Wednesday, March 20 from 4 - 5 p.m. at the Latin American & Iberian Institute, located at 801 Yale Blvd. NE on the UNM campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Walk Down the Streets of Oaxaca at the Herzstein Latin American Gallery

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 -- In November, 2012, Molly Nelson, a Master's student in the Latin American & Iberian Institute's Latin American Studies program, curated an exhibition "Street Art of Oaxaca: Photos + Narratives from the Streets," in conjunction with University Libraries' Inter-American Studies Program. The exhibit has been on view since then in the Zimmerman Library Herzstein Latin American Gallery.

UNM Department of Spanish & Portuguese Holds First Human Rights Symposium

Friday, March 8, 2013 -- The UNM Department of Spanish and Portuguese holds its first annual Human Rights Symposium, "Human Ecologies of Ethnicity, Race and Memory in Human Rights Discourse," on March 7 and 8, 2013. The symposium will confront three pivotal issues in contemporary human rights: : memory and transitional justice; indigenous and environmental rights; and race and human rights.

In the Wake of Juárez: Panel Discussion and Distinguished Lecture

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 -- On Tuesday, March 5, 2013, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the main gallery of the UNM Art Museum, a panel discussion titled "In the Wake of Juárez: What Now?," will explore the lived experience of being in Ciudad Juárez in recent years, with a particular focus on the violence imposed by the drug cartels.

Latin Americanist Students Represent UNM at ILASSA Conference

Monday, February 25, 2013 -- Several University of New Mexico graduate students in the Latin American Studies and Spanish and Portuguese programs presented their research on February 7-9, 2013, at the Institute of Latin American Studies Student Association (ILASSA) conference in Austin, Texas.

UNM Signs Agreement with Social Entrepreneur Corps and Welcomes Co-Founder to Campus

Friday, February 22, 2013 -- International Business Students Global (IBSG) and the Anderson School of Management are hosting an event where UNM will sign an agreement making it the newest member of the Social Entrepreneurs Corps (SEC).

LAII Lecture Explores "Hans Namuth in Spain and Guatemala"

Thursday, February 21, 2013 -- Guest lecturer Brian Winkenweder, Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Art and Visual Culture at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, presents "Refugees, Natives, and Kites: Hans Namuth in Spain and Guatemala" from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, in the LAII Conference Room (801 Yale Blvd NE).

New Iberianist History Series Co-edited by UNM Professor

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 -- Michael A. Ryan, affiliated faculty of the Latin American & Iberian Institute and Associate Professor of History, has recently been selected as a series editor for Penn State Press' upcoming New History Series: Iberian Encounter and Exchange, 475-1755. Specialists in early modern Latin American, African, and/or Asian history whose project has significant and established connections with the Iberian Peninsula should especially consider submitting a prospectus for consideration to Professor Ryan (ryan6@unm.edu) or his co-editor of the series, Erin Rowe of Johns Hopkins University (erowe1@jhu.edu).

'The Mexican Quetzalcóatl' Focus of LAII Lecture

Friday, February 15, 2013 -- Cynthia Casas, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, presents, "The Mexican Quetzalcótl (The Feathered Serpent): Cultural Hero and Modern Aesthetic" from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Flamenco Has New Visiting Professor Line

Thursday, February 14, 2013 -- The University of New Mexico Department of Theatre and Dance announced recently the inaugural year of a permanent visiting professor line for its renowned flamenco dance emphasis program. Establishing the visiting professorship will allow UNM students to train each semester with internationally acclaimed flamenco artists.

LAII Announces Spring Lecture Series

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 -- Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce the LAII's Lecture Series for the Spring 2013 semester. The series will consist of exciting lectures provided by UNM faculty and invited guests. Topics are diverse, showcasing the interdisciplinary nature of Latin Americanist scholarship.

SOLAS Celebrates Ibero-American Cinema with Sin Fronteras Film Festival

Thursday, February 07, 2013 -- On February 1-2, 2013, the Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS) sponsored the 8th annual Sin Fronteras Film Festival. This year SOLAS partnered with a number of campus and community organizations to bring the festival to fruition. The Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque, the Graduate and Professional Student Association, El Centro de la Raza, and the Latin American and Iberian Institute were silent but supportive partners as SOLAS graduate students staged the festival. The Guild Cinema supported the festival as well by serving as the main venue for the film screenings.

LAII Receives Grant from the Tinker Foundation

Thursday, January 24, 2013 -- The Latin American & Iberian Institute received a $15,000 grant from the New York-based Tinker Foundation to support graduate student field research in Latin America. The funds, which will be matched by the LAII, will be available for research to be conducted between April 1 and Dec. 31, 2013.

Leading Political Analysts Discuss Current State of Democracy and Authoritarianism in Mexico

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 -- The Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce "The State of Democracy and Authoritarianism in Mexico after the 2012 Presidential Elections," a special presentation with leading political analysts Dr. John Ackerman and Dr. Lorenzo Meyer.

LAII Issues Call for Applications for Fellowships

Monday, January 14, 2013 -- The Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) announces a call for applications for U.S. Department of Education academic year and summer FLAS fellowships. Awards are contingent upon continuation of funding from the U.S. Department of Education.