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News: 2014

Study the Sounds of Havana in Person

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Monday, December 1, 2014 -- In Spring 2015, Dr. Celia López-Chávez, Associate Professor in the UNM Department in the UNM Honors College and faculty affiliate of the LAII, will offer students the opportunity to study Latin American music in Havana, Cuba.

Explore Sustainable Development in Nicaragua

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Monday, December 1, 2014 -- In Spring-Summer 2015, Dr. Matías Fontenla, Associate Professor in the UNM Department of Economics and Associate Director of Academic Programs at the LAII, will once again lead a group of students abroad as part of a course on "Sustainable Development in Nicaragua."

LADB Blog Considers International Investment in Mexican Oil Industry

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 -- LADB Blog considers how international investment, particularly Sukuk Bonds, may help raise new capital for Mexico's state-run oil company, PEMEX and other news in LADB this week.

LAII K-12 Programs Featured by US Department of Education

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Monday, November 24, 2014 -- The LAII's K-12 programming was featured recently in HomeRoom, the official blog of the US Department of Education.

LAII Trip to Cuba Explores Arts and Culture

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Thursday, November 20, 2014 -- In March 2015, the LAII will lead a People-to-People trip to Cuba to explore the arts and culture of this remarkable country.

South American Autobiography and Self Narrative Focus of New Books

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 -- In November, 2014, the University of Nebraska Press released Fluent Selves: Autobiography, Person, and History in Lowland South America, a volume co-edited by Dr. Suzanne Oakdale and Dr. Magnus Course.

New Book Juxtaposes Colonial and Contemporary Mexico

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 -- In October, 2014, the University of Arizona Press released Colonial Itineraries of Contemporary Mexico: Literacy and Cultural Inquiries, a book co-edited by Dr. Anna Nogar and Dr. Oswaldo Estrada.

Call for Applications for FLAS Fellowships

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 -- The LAII announces a call for applications for U.S. Department of Education Academic Year and Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships.

LADB Blog Focuses on EU's Fight Against Illegal Fishing in Belize...

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Monday, November 10, 2014 -- LADB Blog focuses on EU's fight against illegal fishing in Belize and other news in LADB this week.

UNM Seeks Tenure Track Latin Americanist for Community and Regional Planning

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Monday, November 10, 2014 -- The Community and Regional Planning Program at the University of New Mexico seeks applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in the area of Latin American development planning.

Joint Presentation Addresses Construction of Racial Politics in Education

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 -- Joint presentation with Dr. Nancy López and Dr. Ricky Lee Allen addresses the construction of racial politics in education.

LAII Lecture Emphasizes Women's Roles in Global Commodities Production

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Thursday, October 30, 2014 -- The LAII hosts Dr. Maria L. Cruz-Torres, Associate Professor at Arizona State University, for a lecture on the local dimensions of a global commodity, specifically regarding women and work in the Mexican shrimp industry.

LAII Lecture Considers Political Economies Through Magic Realist Lens

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Thursday, October 30, 2014 -- The LAII hosts Dr. Manuel Montoya, Assistant Professor in the Anderson School of Management, for a lecture on political economies through a magic realist lens.

Larrichio Scholarship Recognizes Meritorious MALAS Student

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 -- Jeremy Falson, a master's student in the Latin American Studies (LAS) program, is the 2014-2015 recipient of the Mafalda 'Muffie' Larrichio Scholarship.

Writer Ana Castillo to Deliver Anaya Lecture

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Monday, October 20, 2014 -- The UNM Department of English hosts distinguished writer Ana Castillo to deliver the 5th annual Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest, on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in George Pearl Hall room 101.

UNM Hosts Ninth International Conference of American Portuguese Studies Association

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Monday, October 20, 2014 -- From October 23-26, 2014, the University of New Mexico (UNM) will host the Ninth International Conference of the American Portuguese Studies Association (APSA).

LAII Recognizes Día de los Muertos with K-12 Teacher Programs

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Monday, October 20, 2014 -- Each year, the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) partners with community organizations and local speakers to develop programming for K-12 educators on the topic of Día de los Muertos.

LADB Blog Focuses on Team of Argentine Forensic Experts at Mass Graves in Mexico...

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Monday, October 20, 2014 -- LADB blog focuses on team of Argentine forensic experts at mass graves in Mexico and other news in LADB this week.

International Collaboration Outlines Challenges of Desert Conservation

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Monday, October 20, 2014 -- International collaboration outlines challenges of desert conservation through publication of bilingual case study.

Edible Identities Focus of New Book by Anthropologist Ronda Brulotte

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Monday, October 20, 2014 -- In September, 2014, "Edible Identities: Food as Cultural Heritage" was released by Ashgate Press.

Book Presentation Remaps the Americas with Hispanic History

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Monday, October 20, 2014 -- In January, 2014, Spanish author Felipe Fernández-Armesto released a groundbreaking publication, "Remapping the Territory, Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States" (W.W. Norton). This Friday, October 24, 2014, Fernández-Armesto visits the University of New Mexico to share this work.

LAII Lecture Series Begins with Talk on National Security State

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Monday, October 13, 2014 -- The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute is pleased to announce the first presentation in its Fall 2014 Lecture Series. On Thursday, October 16, 2014, Dr. Les Field will present on "In Colombia, Peace Will Never Come: The Transnationality of the National Security State."

LADB Blog Focuses on Mexico and the UN Peacekeeping Forces

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014 -- LADB blog focuses on Mexico and the UN peacekeeping forces and other news in LADB this week.

LAII Receives Title VI NRC and FLAS Awards

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 -- The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) has been awarded with Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship grants from the US Department of Education.

LAII Celebrates 35 Years

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 -- The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute celebrates 35 years, marking over three decades of contributions to UNM's research, teaching, and service to Latin America.

LADB Blog Focuses on Church and Military in Paraguay

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 -- LADB blog focuses on church and military in paraguay and other news in LADB this week.

LAII Awarded Renewal of People to People License

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Monday, September 29, 2014 -- The Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) has secured a two-year renewal of the People-to-People license for UNM, which will allow the LAII to continue conducting educational programs in Cuba.

LADB Blog Discusses Colombian Peace Process

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Monday, September 8, 2014 -- The Colombian government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) appear closer than ever to a peace agreement after 50 years of conflict and other news in LADB this week.

Cine Magnífico Brings Award-Winning Films to Albuquerque

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Monday, September 8, 2014 -- Cine Magnífico Brings Award-Winning Films to Albuquerque

Indigenous Delegation from Ecuador Visits UNM

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Friday, September 5, 2014 -- Five representatives of the indigenous community of Cañear in the highland region of Ecuador are visiting the University of New Mexico (UNM) to discuss the prospect of developing an academic exchange that would benefit the Cañar community and UNM students and faculty through the creation of an indigenous planning and design field school.

LADB Blog Discusses Argentina Pushing Back

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Monday, September 2, 2014 -- Argentina's President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner battles against a recent court decision in New York that ruled in favor of Argentine bond owners and other news in LADB this week.

Reintroduced Indigenous Language Course Focuses on Quechua

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Thursday, August 28, 2014 -- The UNM LAII announces the reintroduction of an indigenous language course focused on Quechua.

LAS Offers New MA Concentration in Urbanism and Community Development

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Thursday, August 28, 2014 -- The Latin American Studies (LAS) program announces a new MA concentration in Urbanism and Community Development.

Anthropology Professor Honored for a Long Life Digging in Spain

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Thursday, August 28, 2014 -- Lawrence Straus, UNM Leslie Spier Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, was recently honored for a life of commitment.

City, UNM and State Unite to Open First of Its Kind Trade Office in Mexico City

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Monday, August 25, 2014 -- Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry, New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela and University of New Mexico Assistant to the President for Global Initiatives MaryAnne Saunders announced recently the opening of the "New Mexico Trade and Higher Education Center of Mexico City," at a press conference held at the Consulate of Mexico in Albuquerque.

LAII Partners with Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival

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Monday, August 18, 2014 -- The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to support the 5th Annual Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival (ABQ LDF) taking place from August 21-24, 2014.

Fall 2014 Latin American Courses of Interest

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Monday, August 18, 2014 -- Because the Latin American Studies (LAS) undergraduate and graduate programs are interdisciplinary in nature and draw on coursework from many departments at UNM, Latin Americanist courses on campus change frequently.

Save the Date for the Second Annual ¡Cine Magnífico!

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Friday, July 18, 2014 -- ¡Cine Magnífico! Albuquerque's Latino Film Festival celebrates Spanish and Latin American culture through presentation of some of the best of modern cinema in a weekend-long program, featuring work by first-time filmmakers and established masters alike.

Engage with the LAII

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Friday, July 18, 2014 -- The Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is dedicated to building a vibrant and thriving community of Latin Americanists and Iberianists at the University of New Mexico and in the broader state.

Greenleaf Scholar Discusses Pan American UNM Murals

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Monday, June 2, 2014 -- Please join the Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) and University Libraries for a presentation with Breanne Robertson, a recipient of the Greenleaf Visiting Library travel grant. Robertson will present on "Pan-Americanism (Dis) Unity: Culture and Diplomacy in UNM's 'Good Neighbor' Murals" on Thursday, June 26, 2014, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Zimmerman Library Willard Room.

UNM to Collaborate with Ecuadorian University

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Monday, May 19, 2014 -- The Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) recently hosted visitors from Universidad Central del Ecuador, the country's second largest university, located in Quito.

UNM Team Plays a Major Role in Establishing Link Between Ancient and Modern Native Americans

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Monday, May 19, 2014 -- Her name is Naia, and for thousands and thousands of years, the skeleton of this young woman was buried underwater in an elaborate cave system in the Yucatan Peninsula after she had apparently fallen into what was then a dry deep pit.

LAII Trip to Cuba Explores Religious Diversity

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 -- In 2013, the Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) was thrilled to announce it had received a People-to-People license which allowed for community members to participate in educational trips to Cuba. Since then, the LAII has offered community members a range of focused itineraries to help them explore Cuba and meet its citizens. In February, 2015, we turn our attention to the religious diversity in Cuba.

Summer Symposium Considers Digital Latin America

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Monday, May 12, 2014 -- An exciting and interactive symposium on "Digital Latin America" is scheduled to take place this summer in Albuquerque. To be held June 7 through August 30, 2014, this event will include a multi-site exhibition, symposium, and downtown block party focused on exploring the North/South axis of cultural development and exchange between South America, Central America, and the United States. It is organized by 516 Arts in partnership with the UNM Art Museum (and other UNM partners), the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

New Book Features Rebellious Protest Art in Mexico

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Monday, May 12, 2014 -- In Spring 2014, a new book was produced through a collaboration of faculty and students at the University of New Mexico. Getting Up for the People: The Visual Revolution of ASAR-OAXACA, published with Oakland-based PM Press, was co-authored by Dr. Suzanne Schadl, curator of Latin American collections at the University of New Mexico, and Michael Graham de la Rosa, a master's student in the Latin American Studies program. The book tells the story of the Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca (ASARO) by remixing their own images and words with curatorial descriptions.

Latin Americanists Among Bilinski Dissertation Fellowship Recipients

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Monday, May 12, 2014 -- Of the five University of New Mexico doctoral students who will receive a 2014 Russel J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Dissertation Fellowship for their dissertation work, two are Latin Americanists - and both have been previously recognized by the Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) as LAII Ph.D. Fellows. Rebecca Ellis and Rachael Spaulding, respectively, research education among blind students in Argentina and the experiences of early modern Afro-women. The three other students who will receive the Fellowship are Mary Henderson, Nicholas Schwarz, and Gino Signoracci.

LAII Convenes Iberianist Working Group

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Monday, May 12, 2014 -- In Fall 2013, the Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) convened a working group of Iberianist scholars at the University of New Mexico (UNM). The working group represents an effort to connect the many renowned Iberianist scholars at UNM, and to promote their activities and accomplishments.

Honors College Professor Brings to Life Latin American and Iberian Zarzuelas

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Monday, May 12, 2014 -- As the semester draws to a close, the UNM Honors Research Institute presents original music from Manuel Areu, a late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century composer of zarzuelas, or Spanish operettas. This music, rediscovered and prepared for performance by the Honors Research Institute under the guidance of Dr. Javier Lorenzo, has not been heard in a century. A student symposium will take place on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. and a concert will take place on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.

Congratulations to LAS Graduates

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Monday, May 12, 2014 -- The Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) will hold its departmental convocation on Friday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m. in the UNM Hibben Center atrium. All are welcome to join us for this celebration of Latin American Studies (LAS) graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Benjamin Waddell, an alum of the LAS master's program, will offer the keynote presentation.

Brazilian Author, Artist, Activist Marcus Faustini Visits Campus

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Monday, April 28, 2014 -- Join the UNM Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Latin American & Iberian Institute for a special presentation with Brazilian author, artist, and community activist Marcus Vinícius Faustini. Faustini will speak on "Language and Art are One: Art, Life, and Politics As Action in Space" (A linguagem e a vida são uma coisa só- arte, vida e política como ação no território) on Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Ortega Hall, Room 335.

Meléndez Awarded Fulbright Fellowship to Hungary

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 -- University of New Mexico American Studies Professor A. Gabriel Meléndez has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Teaching Fellowship to Eger, Hungary, where he will teach at Eszterházy Károly College for the fall 2014 semester.

LAII Affiliated Faculty Named Teaching Fellows by Center of Excellence

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 -- The UNM Center for Teaching Excellence recently named nine University of New Mexico (UNM) faculty members as Teaching Fellows for the 2014-15 academic year. Of the nine recipients, three are faculty affiliated with the Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII): Patricia Covarrubias (Communication and Journalism), Naomi Shin (Spanish and Portuguese/Linguistics), and Sarita Cargas (Honors).

Jason and the Dinosaurs

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 -- Assistant Professor Jason Moore and three students from the University of New Mexico Honors College are heading to Uruguay this summer to search for more clues in the riveting and ongoing account of what vanquished the dinosaurs and 75 percent of all animal and plant life 66 million years ago.

Américas Award Winners Announced

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 -- Each year, the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) supports the Américas Award, a literary honor given in recognition of U.S. published works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.

Blacks in Latin America Subject of Fall Course

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 -- In Fall 2014, Dr. Natasha Howard will teach "Blacks in Latin America," a course cross-listed as Africana Studies 388 and American Studies 350.

UNM Professor is Focused on Fate of Uranium in Water

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Monday, April 21, 2014 -- José M. Cerrato, a new assistant professor in the UNM Department of Civil Engineering, has a smile that lights up a room when he talks about his work.

MALAS Students Among First-Place Winners in Anderson Schools' Business Plan Competition

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Monday, April 21, 2014 -- The UNM Business Plan Competition took place at the Anderson School of Management recently. The 13 teams in the university-wide competition presented their plans to over 40 experienced venture capitalists and angel investors who selected three prize-winning business proposals for both the Technology Ventures and Entrepreneurial Ventures tracks.

LAII Offers Summer Trip to Spain

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Monday, April 14, 2014 -- The University of New Mexico Latin American and Iberian Institute offers an opportunity to visit Spain, specifically "La Cultura de la Costa Blanca" on a 7-day trip (August 8-16) featuring the beautiful City of Elche as well as guided visits to Barcelona and Valencia. An information session is set for Tuesday, April 15, at 6 p.m. at the LAII, 801 Yale Blvd. NE.

Iberianist Lecture Considers Empire and Frontier Through Epic Poetry

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Monday, April 14, 2014 -- The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce the seventh and final presentation in its Spring 2014 Lecture Series. On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Dr. Celia López-Chávez will present on "The Land Upon Which No Christian Set Foot: Empire and Frontier in the Spanish Colonial Epic Poetry. The presentation will be held from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the LAII Conference Room.

Brazilian Artist Mônica Nador Addresses Shared Authorship

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Monday, April 14, 2014 -- Join the Tamarind Institute and the Latin American & Iberian Institute on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the Tamarind Gallery for a special presentation with invited artist and lecturer Mônica Nador.

A Conversation with Junot Díz

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Monday, April 14, 2014 -- On Wednesday, April 22, 2014, Dominican-American author Junot Díz will speak at the University of New Mexico, offering an opportunity for conversation with faculty and students. Dí will present at 3:30 p.m. in UNM Woodward Hall. The event is free and open to the public; no registration required.

Filmmaker Alex Rivera Discusses Engineering the Border

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Monday, April 7, 2014 -- On Thursday, April 10, 2014, renowned film director Alex Rivera will visit the University of New Mexico (UNM) to discuss "Engineering the Border: Imagining America." The lecture will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Anthropology Department's Hibben Center, Room 105. It is free and open to the public.

Violence Against Women Subject of Recent Article by UNM Political Science Professor

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Friday, April 4, 2014 -- UNM Associate Professor of Political Science Mala Htun has co-authored a recent article on "Feminist Mobilization and Progressive Policy Change on Violence Against Women," alongside Cheryl O'Brien and S. Laurel Weldon. The article appeared in the Volume 14, No. 1 issue of Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica. Htun is a faculty affiliate of the Latin American & Iberian Institute.

UNM Anthropology Professor Awarded Fulbright

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Friday, April 4, 2014 -- University of New Mexico Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Ronda Brulotte will travel to Oaxaca, Mexico this later this year. She has been awarded a fellowship by the Fulbright US Scholar program which provides the means for faculty and specialized professionals to work and study abroad for up to a year in more than 125 countries.

Multimedia Performance on Human Trafficking Centerpiece of 43rd Annual Composers Symposium

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 -- The centerpiece of the 2014 John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium will be an exciting new multi-media chamber opera that brings important social and political issues to the stage. Cuatro Corridos tells the story, based on true events, of women trapped in a cycle of prostitution and slavery across the U.S.-Mexico border. The symposium will take place from April 5-10 with the theme of Beyond Borders.

MALAS Student Profile: Matthew Rethorn

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 -- 2013-2014 shows the MALAS program with a strong and diverse array of students. Among these students is Matthew Rethorn (MALAS '15), whose concentrations are Southwest Studies and Management. Matthew comes to the program with an enduring focus on education in relation to Latin America.

Zimmerman Library Explores Mexican Concept of Death

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 -- "The word death is not pronounced in New York, in Paris, in London, because it burns the lips. The Mexican, in contrast, is familiar with death, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it. It is one of his toys and his most steadfast love. True, there is perhaps as much fear in his attitude as in that of others, but at least death is not hidden away: he looks at its face." -Octavio Paz

Mining the Languages of Empire Through UNM Library Collections

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 -- Mining the Languages of Empire in the Early Americas is the title of a recent article published by Dr. Allison Bigelow, a former Visiting Library Scholar at the University of New Mexico (UNM). The article draws upon the research she conducted while in residence at UNM in Spring 2013.

Iberianist Lecture Considers Human-Environment Interaction

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 -- The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce the sixth presentation in its Spring 2014 Lecture Series. On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Dr. Emily Jones will present on "The Mighty Rabbit Hunters: Understanding Human-Environment Interactions in Upper-Paleolithic Iberia."

Communities of Violence in the Southwestern Borderlands

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 -- On April 2, 2014, Lance R. Blyth, Research Associate at the Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) and deputy director of the Office of History at U.S. Northern Command, will be honored by the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Study at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, for his book Chiricahua and Janos: Communities of Violence in the Southwestern Borderlands, 1680-1880 (University of Nebraska Press, 2012).

SOLAS Lecture Explores Aztec Sacrifice

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Monday, March 24, 2014 -- The UNM Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS) and the Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) are pleased to announce an upcoming lecture, "¡SOLAS Presents! "Who Makes the Cut? What the Skull Masks and Skulls of the Templo Mayor Tell Us About Aztec War and Sacrifice," with field research grant recipient Corey Ragsdale, on Wednesday, March 25, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. in the LAII Conference Room.

¿Nos Movemos? Report on Social Mobility in Mexico

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Monday, March 24, 2014 -- The LAII is partnering with the UNM Department of Sociology to host the lecture "¿Nos Movemos? Report on Social Mobility in Mexico" on Friday, March 28, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. in the Sociology department's Common Room. The lecture will be co-presented by Roberto Vélez Grajales, Principal Investigator at the Centro de Estudios Espinoza Yglesias (CEEY), Mexico, and Dr. Juan Enrique Huerta Wong, Professor of Sociology at the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP).

LAII Lecture Rethinks Post-Revolutionary Solidarity

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Monday, March 24, 2014 -- The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce a book presentation and discussion with Clifton Ross, co-editor of Until the Rulers Obey: Voices from Latin American Social Movements, which was recently released by Oakland-based PM Press.

LAII Lecture Focuses on Sacred Maya Text

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Monday, March 24, 2014 -- The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce the fourth presentation in its Spring 2014 Lecture Series, "The Popol Wuj: Historical, Sociocultural, and Linguistic Considerations," with Drs. Robert Carmack and James Mondloch.

Amazonian Languages Focus of LAII Lecture

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Monday, March 24, 2014 -- The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce the fifth presentation in its Spring 2014 Lecture Series, "A Collaborative Approach to Lexicographic Documentation: A Case Study from the Amazon," with Dr. Rosa Vallejos Yopan, an Assistant Professor jointly appointed to the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and a faculty affiliate of the LAII, at UNM.

Travel Cuba and Explore Arts & Culture

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Monday, March 10, 2014 -- The LAII is excited to announce new international educational programs for community members. These programs do not provide academic credit; rather, they serve as immersive experiences that allow members of the community to explore and learn about Latin America and Iberia through tailored itineraries. In July, 2014, we will explore "Arts & Culture in Cuba."

Travel Mexico and Learn Its Culinary History

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Monday, March 10, 2014 -- The LAII is excited to announce new international educational programs for community members. These programs do not provide academic credit; rather, they serve as immersive experiences that allow members of the community to explore and learn about Latin America and Iberia through tailored itineraries.

SOLAS Highlights Research on Ecological Impacts of Inca Architecture

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Monday, March 10, 2014 -- SOLAS is the Student Organization for Latin American Studies at the University of New Mexico (UNM). The organization represents both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Latin American Studies as well as those conducting research in the region. As part of this representation, SOLAS regularly publishes peer-reviewed opinion pieces, photographs, research-driven articles, and commentary on events.

Lecture Focuses on Colorblindness, Anti-Racism, and Education

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Monday, March 5, 2014 -- In partnership with the Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies (LLSS) Graduate Student Association (GSA), and the Student Organization for Latin American Studies, the Latin American & Iberian Institute is pleased to announce "Colorblindness, Anti-Racism, and Education: Lessons from Mexico," a presentation and book signing with Dr. Christina A. Sue, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

LAII Lecture Focuses on Educating for Democracy

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Monday, March 5, 2014 -- The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce the third presentation in its Spring 2014 Lecture Series, "La Sembradora de la Paz: Educating for Democracy at Colegio Naleb'," with Dr. Allison Borden, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Teacher Education, Educational Leadership and Policy in the UNM College of Education, and faculty affiliate with the LAII.

UNM Research Project Assists in Lowland Bolivia

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Monday, March 3, 2014 -- As historic flooding threatens lowland Bolivia, a UNM research project assists. Bolivia, one of the poorest nations in the Americas, is currently experiencing the worst rainy season in decades, with disastrous floods and mudslides destroying roads and communities in the Amazon basic.

Renowned Chilean Scholar Marjorie Agosín Visits UNM

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Monday, March 3, 2014 -- Renowned Chilean scholar Marjorie Agosín visits UNM this week, offering several presentations on campus and in the community.

MALAS Student Profile: Adam Flores

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Monday, March 3, 2014 -- 2013-2014 shows the MALAS program with a strong and diverse array of students. Among these students is Adam Flores, a dual degree MALAS/JD student whose concentrations in LAS include History and Human Rights.

A View from the Street

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Monday, March 3, 2014 -- If you visit the National Hispanic Cultural Center between now and November you will see amazing images from the aftermath of a street battle and a struggle for public education you probably never knew happened.

Galician Culture and Gastronomy Subject of Special Evening Event

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Monday, February 10, 2014 -- In celebration of an upcoming Carlos Núñez concert scheduled for February 26, 2014, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, AMP concerts has declared February as Galician appreciation month.

UNM, ASU, and UC-Berkeley Partner to Rebuild a Women's Medical Recovery House in Nicaragua

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Monday, February 10, 2014 -- Pueblo Nuevo has a government health clinic that serves the 16 surrounding villages. The clinic provides vital services to the community, including support and care for women through the process of giving birth.

Funding Benefits Students Across Campus

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Monday, February 10, 2014 -- Each year the LAII provides funding to undergraduate and graduate students both within and beyond the Latin American Studies program.

SOLAS Interviews Explore Student Research

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Monday, February 10, 2014 -- The Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS) continues to develop innovative, horizontal methods of sharing research among graduate students across the UNM campus and beyond. The latest approach involves conducting one-on-one interviews with students whose research pertains to Latin America.

LAII Makes Cuban Connections Work

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Monday, February 10, 2014 -- Tamarind Institute Director Marjorie Devon is taking a group to explore the visual arts. Assistant Professor Jorge Colon, School of Architecture and Planning, is taking a group interested in seeing how architecture and public space have changed from colonialism into the 21st century.

Bolivian Scholar Speaks on Indigenous Ethnicity and Colonialism

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 -- Join us on Thursday, February 13, 2014, for a special lecture with invited scholar Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, a renowned Bolivian sociologist, historian, theorist, and activist of Aymara descent. Professor Rivera will speak on "Strategic Ethnicity, Colonialism, and Environmental Struggles in Latin America."

MALAS Student Profile: Neoshia Roemer

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Monday, February 3, 2014 -- 2013-2014 shows the MALAS program with a strong and diverse array of students. Among these students is Neoshia Roemer, whose interests in human rights have led her to pursue the dual degree in Latin American Studies and Law.

Conference Convenes Experts on Latin American Cinema

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Monday, January 27, 2014 -- The LAII's upcoming annual symposium will bring together nine of the foremost scholars in Latin American and Latino cinema, pairing them with knowledgeable scholars from among the University of New Mexico's faculty. The resultant interdisciplinary conversation will focus on questions of gender, prying apart Latin American and Latino cinema vis-á-vis questions of appropriation, socio-political positioning, and the rupturing (or not) of the traditional heteronormative male gaze.

Photography Exhibit Depicts Mexican Revolution

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 -- A unique upcoming photography exhibit titled "Testimonios de una Guerra" promises an unparalleled photographic look into the Mexican Revolution.

MALAS Student Profile: Michael Hoopes

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 -- 2013-2014 shows the MALAS program with a strong and diverse array of students. Among these students is Michael Hoopes, whose primary concentration is History. Michael brings a wealth of library and archival experience to the program, a background which suits well both his current work and future vocational expectations.

LAII Welcomes New Academic Associate Director

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 -- The Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Matías Fontenla, Associate Professor of Economics, to the position of Associate Director for Academic Programs for the LAII. In commenting upon his new position, Fontenla stated that he "looks forward to the opportunity to work more closely with the wonderful students, faculty, and staff of the LAS program."

LAII Lecture Considers Banned Chicana Literature

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 -- The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) is pleased to announce the rescheduling of our lecture with Dr. Tey Diana Rebolledo on "Banned in Arizona: Dark Gifts, Taboos, Secrets and Transformations in Chicana Literature."

LAII Annual Conference Considers One Hundred Years of Latin American Cinema

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 -- Please join the Latin American & Iberian Institute on February 6 and 7, 2014, for the third annual "Richard E. Greenleaf Symposium on Latin America." This year the symposium focuses on "1920s to 2020s: To Hollywood and Back: Latin American Cinema and Gender in a Global Context."

Critical Conservation in Havana: Social Justice and the Built Environment

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 -- The LAII is pleased to help announce a new study abroad course which will consider "Critical Conservation in Havana: Social Justice and the Built Environment." Prof. Jorge Colón, Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture & Planning, and faculty affiliate with the LAII, will lead the program under the auspices of the LAII's academic visa for Cuba.

Call for Applications for FLAS Fellowships

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 -- The LAII offers a reminder announcement regarding its call for applications for U.S. Department of Education Academic Year and Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships.

Call for Applications for Field Research Grants

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 -- The LAII offers a reminder announcement regarding its call for application for its Field Research Grants (FRGs) for UNM faculty and graduate students.