Events Archives


Monday, January 25, 2021 | 03:30 pm

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O cinema brasileiro: uma narrativa

Dr. Pedro Antonio Freire

Dr. Freire will provide an overview of Brazilian cinema production in the context of the historically important periods that Brazilian filmmakers address. The talk will be delivered in Portuguese.

Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 02:00 pm

North American Language Assistant Program Info Session

Do you want to go to Spain for a school year as a language assistant? Attend this info session to learn more!

Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 02:00 pm

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Field Research Grant Information Session

Texanna Martin, Dominic Baca and Phillip Salazar , UNM LAII

The LAII FIELD RESEARCH GRANT provides graduate or professional students the opportunity to conduct preliminary research in Latin America for their degree projects, as well as faculty the opportunity to begin fieldwork on new projects or add a comparative dimension to previous research. Restrictions apply. Applications are due Friday, March 12, 2021.


Wednesday, February 03, 2021 | 03:00 pm

Why Democrats and Republicans in Congress Work Together to Press President Eisenhower in 1954 to Overthrow Jacobo Árbenz

David Lindwall , Second-Year Masters Degree Student, LAII

David Lindwall will talk about the fall of the progressive government of Guatemalan President Jacobo Árbenz in 1954 and why Democrats and Republicans in the United States Congress joined forces to support the Eisenhower Administration's use of the CIA to remove Árbenz. The story of Congressional involvement, which is the subject of Lindwall's MA thesis, has been understated in the literature on the 1954 revolution and is a case study of how foreign policy decisions are driven by many players with differing motivations. Lindwall will also talk about the process of researching and writing a thesis, as well as discussing jobs in the United States Foreign Service.

Friday, February 05, 2021 | 03:30 pm

K-12 Educator Workshop: Afro-Latinidad in Mexico

Join the LAII for the Institute’s first-ever teacher workshop series on Afro-Latinidad! Throughout the series, we’ll discuss a variety of Afro-Latinx cultures across Latin America, a range of spiritual and cultural Afro-Latinx traditions, and a diverse selection of historical Afro-Latinx figures. We'll spend our last workshop discussing resources for curriculum about the Afro-Latinidad in Mexico. We'll discuss Afro-Mexicans and the fight to be recognized on the census, the Afro-Latinx towns of Veracruz and Costa Chica, the historical impact of Gaspar Yanga, and more.

Friday, February 05, 2021 | 07:00 pm

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Con Alma: Exploring the Creative Process with Paola Prestini & Magos Herrera

Screening of videos from the Con Alma project, including a world premiere video, La Creación de las Aves (The Creation of The Birds), followed by an online discussion and Q&A with Paola Prestini and Magos Herrera. The discussion will be hosted by the National Hispanic Cultural Center via Zoom, in collaboration with the LAII.

Tuesday, February 09, 2021 | 06:00 pm

Brazilian Rap and the Grammar of the Black Existence

Paulo Dutra, Author, Poet

This talk examines the most famous Brazilian rap group Racionais Mc’s artistic production in order to explore their poetically crafted understanding of how people of African descent experience and negotiate their existence in Brazil.

Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 02:00 pm

Queer and Trans Migrations: Dynamics of Illegalization, Detention, and Deportation

Karma R. Chávez (University of Texas at Austin) and Eithne Luibhéid (The University of Arizona)

LGBTQ migrants in the United States and around the world often lack documentation and consistently risk detention and deportation. Eithne Luibhéid and Karma R. Chávez discuss how and why they created an edited collection that explores how LGBTQ migrants and allies negotiate, resist, refuse and critique these processes while working to build futures that foster thriving for all.

Friday, February 12, 2021 | 02:00 pm

Front of the House, Back of the House: Race and Inequality in the Lives of Restaurant Workers

Eli R. Wilson , Sociology Department, the University of New Mexico

Two unequal worlds of work exist within the upscale restaurant scene of Los Angeles. White, college-educated servers operate in the front of the house—also known as the public areas of the restaurant—while Latino immigrants toil in the back of the house and out of customer view. In Front of the House, Back of the House, Eli Revelle Yano Wilson shows us what keeps these workers apart, exploring race, class, and gender inequalities in the food service industry.

Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 02:00 pm

Critical Reflections on Chicanx and Indigenous Scholarship and Activism: Querencia Reflections on the New Mexico Homeland

Kevin Brown (University Libraries & Learning Sciences), Tey Marianna Nunn (National Hispanic Cultural Center), and Irene Vasquez (Chicana and Chicano Studies)

Join the LAII and UNM Press for a discussion on Querencia: Reflections on the New Mexico Homeland with contributers Kevin Brown, Tey Marianna Nunn and Irene Vasquez, moderated by Matthew Martinez, Deputy Director of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

Friday, February 19, 2021 | 03:30 pm

K-12 Educator Workshop: The Women of Mexican Modernism

Join the Albuquerque Museum and The University of New Mexico Latin American & Iberian Institute for free professional development workshops focused on the exhibit Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism, which opens on February 6 at the ABQ Museum. The works of art in this exhibition epitomize the vitality and expressiveness of modern Mexican art. They were produced in a pivotal period in Mexican history, when the nation sought to redefine itself through political, social, and cultural reforms.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 12:00 pm

Book Reading, Discussion, and Celebration: "Joaquín Ortega, Forging Pan-Americanism at UNM" by Russ Davidson

Christine Sierra, Professor Emerita of Political Science at UNM, and Felipe Gonzalez, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at UNM

In this important work Russ Davidson presents the first biography of Joaquín Ortega, introducing readers to Ortega’s life and work at the University of New Mexico as well as his close relationship with then UNM president James Zimmerman and other major figures.

Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 03:00 pm

Identifying the dead along our southern border: Immigration, Regulation, Forensic Anthropology, and Human Rights

Bruce E. Anderson, Heather J.H. Edgar, Tessa Lee, and Kate Spradley

Migrants from Latin America cross the U.S. border seeking a better life. To call this crossing harsh grossly understates the difficulties these people encounter. Some lose their lives in the effort. The actual number of border-related migrant deaths cannot be known, but the U.N. estimates over 800 in 2019. Investigating those deaths and identifying the unknown are monumental tasks. Along the border region those who care for the dead, coroners, forensic pathologists, death investigators, and others, face a patchwork of laws that govern medico-legal death investigation. Because of the remoteness and harsh conditions along much of the border, a significant portion of the work identifying migrants falls to forensic anthropologists, specialists trained to analyze skeletal remains. This event is a moderated discussion by forensic anthropologists working on border deaths and border issues in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

Friday, February 26, 2021 | 12:00 pm

“The hummingbird is attached to the flower”: Conceptualizations of Space in the Amazon

Rosa Vallejos , Department of Linguistics, University of New Mexico

How we talk about the location of objects in space varies greatly across communities. This talk offers an overview of the expression of location in two languages: Kukama (Tupian) and Secoya (Tukanoan), both spoken in the Amazon of Peru.


Monday, March 01, 2021 | 01:00 pm

Santa Fe Dreamers Project Information Session: Support Trans and Queer Asylum Seekers Remotely

Join us on March 1, 2021 to learn about remote opportunities for Spanish speakers to support asylum seekers 300 miles away in Ciudad Juarez.

Tuesday, March 02, 2021 | 06:00 pm

Trans-American Detritus: A Study in Trans-Femicide

Francisco Galarte , UNM Assistant Professor of American Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

This presentation focuses on the photography series, En la Pista (2016) by Mexican artist Teresa Margolles.

Thursday, March 04, 2021 | 05:30 pm

Working in DC: From Internship to Chief of Staff and Beyond

Raul Alvillar, Executive Vice President at Resolute; Maria Meier, DC Veteran and Consultant on Leadership and Political Empowerment; and Aaron Trujillo, Senator Ben Ray Lujan's Deputy Chief of Staff

Join us for a panel discussion for advice on how to start a career in the federal government and what it takes to land, keep, and thrive professionally in our nation's Capital City. Panelists include Raul Alvillar, Executive Vice President at Resolute; Maria Meier, DC Veteran and Consultant on Leadership and Political Empowerment; and Aaron Trujillo, Senator Ben Ray Lujan's Deputy Chief of Staff.

Friday, March 05, 2021 | 03:30 pm

K-12 Educator Workshop: Identity and Representation Through the Lens of Mexican Modernism

Join the Albuquerque Museum and The University of New Mexico Latin American & Iberian Institute for free professional development workshops focused on the exhibit Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism, which opens on February 6 at the ABQ Museum. The works of art in this exhibition epitomize the vitality and expressiveness of modern Mexican art. They were produced in a pivotal period in Mexican history, when the nation sought to redefine itself through political, social, and cultural reforms.

Monday, March 08, 2021 | 03:30 pm

From the Book to the Big Screen: Grandma, Are You a Lesbian?

Dr. Natalia Borges Polesso

A conversation about Brazilian cinema and the adaptation for cinema of Dr. Polesso's short story "Grandma, Are You a Lesbian?" from her award-wining collection Amora.

Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 02:00 pm

A Civil War of Ideas: Progress and Reaction in American Public Perception of The Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Carter Barnwell , Doctoral Candidate in History at UNM

In this presentation, Carter Barnwell will discuss the impact of the Spanish Civil War on American public opinion on one University campus, as played out in print on the pages of The Campus newspaper of the City College of New York.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 | 12:00 pm

Peace Corps Information Session

Maria Goodfellow , Returned Peace Corps Volunteer

Join the Latin American Studies programs at CNM and UNM and the NM Mexico Humanities Now! project for an information session about opportunities in the U.S. Peace Corps.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 05:30 pm

The Refugee Crisis in Latin America: Perspectives from UNHCR Offices on the Frontline

Fernando Flores , UNHCR, Head of the Lago Agrio Field Office

Fernando Flores will discuss his experiences working in various UNHCR offices in Africa and throughout Latin America.

Friday, March 26, 2021 | 02:00 pm

Martyrs, Fanatics, and Pious Militants: Religious Violence and the Secular State in 1930s Mexico

Gema Kloppe-Santamaría , Loyola University Chicago

In this talk, Dr. Kloppe-Santamaría will examine the cultural, symbolic, and political repertoire that contributed to Catholics’ understanding of violence as a legitimate means to resist the secular state in 1930s Mexico.


Thursday, April 01, 2021 | 05:30 pm

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Working in the International Arena Both Domestically and Abroad

Jason Chang, USDA; Megan Wilson, Peace Corps Country Director for Albania and Montenegro; Paco Perez, US Foreign Service

This panel will give students information and guidance on what opportunities exist to work in the international sector for the government both in the USA and abroad.

Friday, April 02, 2021 | 02:00 pm

Trans en las Américas Journal Launch

Francisco J. Galarte, Claudia Sofía Garriga-López, Cole Rizki and Juana María Rodríguez

This special issue of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly prompts a conversation between trans and travesti studies scholars working across the Américas to investigate how shifts in cultural practices, aesthetics, geographies, and languages enliven theories of politics, subjectivity, and embodiment.

Friday, April 02, 2021 | 03:30 pm

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LAII PhD Fellows Colloquium

Asia Alsgaard, Josefina Bittar, Milena Carvalho, Carlos Contreras-Vidal, Carlos Ibarra, Dylan Maynard, David Paez and Jon Williams , LAII PhD Fellows

Join us for the Latin American & Iberian Institute's annual LAII PhD Fellows Colloquium.

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 | 06:00 pm

The Art and Craft of Oaxacan Mezcal

Dr. Ronda Brulotte , UNM Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies and Director of Latin American Studies

In this presentation, Dr. Ronda Brulotte discusses the rise of mezcal as a global commodity within the artisanal food movement, as well as how this transformation has impacted rural producer communities in southern Mexico.

Wednesday, April 07, 2021 | 02:00 pm

Race and Mexican Art of the Late Colonial and Early National Periods

Ray Hernández-Durán , Department of Art, University of New Mexico

In this talk, Ray Hernández-Durán will focus on a transitional period in Mexican art history, 1750–1850, and explore the role of the Academy of San Carlos in shaping Mexican art production. By looking at the academy in Mexico City during this period, we can trace how the image of the Indian was transformed and the Black subject gradually erased as the colonial period came to an end and independent Mexico emerged.

Friday, April 09, 2021 | 12:00 pm

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MALAS Alumni Panel

Kalyn Mae Finnell, Sam Johnson, Nora Lamm and Devon Lara

Join the Latin American & Iberian Institute and Latin American Studies program for a panel featuring four recent MA in LAS alumni who will share their career trajectories and how to best prepare yourself for post-graduation life while in the LAS program. We are immensely proud of our alumni and are excited to host this panel for current and prospective students.

Friday, April 09, 2021 | 05:00 pm

Guadalupe Dueñas: Obras Completas de Patricia Rosas Lopategui

Patricia Rosas Lopategui, Silvia Molina y Leticia Romero Chumacero

Guadalupe Dueñas (1910-2002) es una de las escritoras mexicanas más importantes del siglo XX.

Monday, April 12, 2021 | 03:00 pm

Burying Pinochet’s Legacy: Chile’s New Constitution

Sergio J Ascencio , UNM Department of Political Science

This talk will consist of two parts. The first part will put the Chilean case in a broader context by discussing some of the challenges of institutional design in transitional democracies. The second part will provide an overview of the events leading to the constitutional referendum and the road ahead.

Friday, April 16, 2021 | 02:00 pm

Sons of Marx and Coca Cola”: Youth, Morality, and Right-Wing “Culture Wars” in Cold War Mexico

Luis Herrán-Ávila , UNM Department of History

This talk will address the “culture wars” waged by the burgeoning anticommunist movement in 1960s-1970s Mexico, which included a somewhat oblique critique of consumer capitalism, a deep concern for the harmful effects of youth counterculture, and the development of a right-wing anticommunist global outlook.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | 03:00 pm

Locating the Martial Middle Class: A Case for Bringing Military Families into Argentina’s History of Counterinsurgency and Cold War Modernization

Dylan Maynard , PHD Candidate, UNM History Department

Argentina’s military officers and their families, by midcentury, belonged to a martial middle class. But while past studies of Argentina’s Cold War military center on its political interventions, there is a need to explore how the intimate lives of military families structured officers’ professional identities and, in turn, a model for economic and social development in the 1960s.

Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 02:00 pm

Global History as Hemispheric: Latin America, the U.S., and Canada in the 1920s

Joel Wolfe , University of Massachusetts Amherst

Joel Wolfe is currently writing a book, “The Global Twenties,” that recasts our understanding of modern globalization by studying the ways the Western Hemisphere was integrated through trade, the exchange of ideas, and the movement of people during the 1920s. This talk provides some of the basic findings from that book.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 | 02:00 pm

Cántame Film Screening & Director Discussion

Trevor Meier, filmmaker; Alejandro Tomás Rodriguez and Dominika Laster, Theatre and Dance Department, University of New Mexico

Cántame is feature documentary from Trevor Meier that explores the inner world of Casa Talcahuano, a theatre group in Buenos Aires that searches for the inner life of ancient songs and texts and follows their vibration into movement.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 04:00 pm

My Story Isn’t Fiction: The Making of East of Flatbush, North of Love

Danielle Brown

In this talk, Dr. Brown discusses her reasons for leaving academia and writing East of Flatbush, North of Love, her push against narratives that suggest Black, Indigenous, People of Color cannot be objective when telling their stories, and the importance of disseminating information about Black, Indigenous, People of Color in ways that go beyond traditional academic texts.

Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 05:30 pm

Still Searching for Providence: Mayan Migration to the United States through the Decades

Patricia Foxen , Deputy Director of Research at UnidosUS

Patricia Foxen will discuss her book "In Search of Providence: Transnational Mayan Identities" and the new updates made to the reprint as well as her thoughts on the current migration situation.

Friday, April 30, 2021 | 10:00 am

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A Cultural Lens on Yucatec Maya Families’ COVID-19 Experiences

Suzanne Gaskins , Professor Emerita at Northeastern Illinois University


Tuesday, May 04, 2021 | 06:00 pm

Seeking Refuge: The Role of Expert Witnesses in Latin American Asylum Cases

Kimberly Gauderman , UNM History Department, Former Director of UNM Latin American Studies Program

This presentation offers a description of the asylum system and the role of expert witnesses, focusing on the specific challenges faced by women and LGBTQ persons seeking refuge in the U.S.

Friday, May 14, 2021 | 11:00 am

Latin American Studies Convocation

The Latin American Studies (LAS) program will hold its Spring 2021 Convocation virtually, honoring those undergraduate and graduate students who will receive LAS degrees in May and August. The convocation is a departmental event that is held in addition to the University-sponsored commencement. At convocation, each graduating student will be recognized and will have time to talk about their experience in the program.


Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 07:30 pm

Mother Tongue, Father Tongue, Place Tongue: 21st Century Language Transmission & Language Survival in The Andes & Amazon

Bruce Mannheim , University of Michigan

While specialists in linguistic anthropology and in cognitive development have long since discarded the idea that language is merely or simply inherited from parent to child, drawing evidence from virtually all parts of the world, the imagery and ideology of parent-child transmission as the foremost or dominant mechanism persists among educators, international aid workers, agencies such as UNESCO, and even geneticists. The favored expression among educators and international aid workers, “mother tongue”, has been challenged by researchers in the Andes and the western Amazon of South America, who have observed that in marriages among speakers of two indigenous languages, the children adopt the language of their fathers, so “father tongue.” Similar phenomena have been observed elsewhere in the world. In the central Andes, though people speak to each other and to the places in which they live and work, under the right circumstances, the places speak back. So, to understand language transmission and persistence, we need to understand the ways in which people are connected to their communities and to the places through the languages of the place. There are some practical consequences. The languages in question are threatened with extinction; the response of educators and international agencies has concentrated on maintaining the languages through western institutions and among individuals, in the best of circumstances engaging communities in ensuring the survival of their languages. But the lesson of our transmission story for their communities in South America—and for their counterparts in the US Southwest— is that language survival is so intimately bound up with everyday cultural practices that it is bound to the survival of everyday social practices and thus to cultural and social sovereignty.

Friday, September 24, 2021 | 12:00 pm

Anthropology As a Consilient Science: Quechua & Ancestral Inka Cases

Bruce Mannheim , University of Michigan

North American anthropology, since the beginning of the 20th century and as we currently practice it, is a compound discipline, defined by a partially overlapping set of problems that have reconfigured the relationships among its subfields continuously. Research that crossed subfields most often followed a model of “inter-disciplinarity” in which researchers worked on separately conceived problems and compared results. I advocate a different approach, consilience, in which a singularly conceived research question brings together evidence that nominally comes from different disciplines (or sub-disciplines) to study a single social phenomenon. The disciplines themselves exist primarily to organize research methodologies and scholarly communities, but do not define distinct objects of study. I’ll discuss two examples: (1) understanding human face-to-face social interaction in general and (2) understanding the process of world-making among southern Quechuas, including their Inka ancestors. Both examples are centered in anthropology, but spill over into other named disciplines, including (but not limited to) linguistics, cognitive science, and colonial Latin American history. I conclude with (admittedly utopian) implications for the future of the discipline.