Lectures and Conferences

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.


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, 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



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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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, 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Friday, November 20, 2020 | 11:00 am

U.S.-Latino Entrepreneur’s Guide to Balancing Business, Family and Culture

Dr. Marvin Lozano, Dr. Miquela Rivera, Dr. Manuel Montoya, and Dean Mitzi Montoya

Join the LAII and the Anderson School of Management for a discussion on balancing business, family and culture as a Latinx entrepreneur.


Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 02:00 pm

Justicia for the Children

Saray Argumedo, Amalia Mondragon, Virgil Esquivel, and Gloria and Ismael Gonzalez

Join us for a discussion moderated by Jorge García, Senior Program Manager at UNM El Centro De La Raza, with video producer Saray Argumedo, musician Amalia Mondragon, community organizer Virgil Esquivel , and video elders Gloria and Ismael Gonzalez on their important organized work. Amalia Mondragon will also treat participants to a live musical performance with Celia Aguilar and Angel Otero.


Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | 03:30 pm

International Careers 101 Workshop

Shalom Bond and Maria Goodfellow

CURIOUS ABOUT AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER? Learn about opportunities and strategies for your international job search in this workshop. This workshop will cover UNM resources and international career paths, including the Foreign Service, governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), interpretation, USAID, global health, and international business.


Monday, November 09, 2020 | 02:00 pm

Colombia's Cold War: The Pursuit of Economic Development and the Emergence of Drug Trafficking, 1958-1979

Oliver Horn

This talk will examine the causes and consequences of Colombia’s sudden and unprecedented emergence as a global epicenter of illicit drug production and export during the height of the Cold War in Latin America.


Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 02:00 pm

Retrieving the Real History: Exploring the Margaret Randall Archives at UNM

Naomi Ambriz (American Studies), Dr. Jessica Frazier (University of Rhode Island), Barbara Korbal (CSWR Fellow), Gabriela Silva (Mexican Independent Scholar), Dr. Roberto Tejada (University of Houston), Margaret Randall and Gioconda Belli

Organized as part of University Library’s annual Willard Lecture series, these events will feature Margaret Randall’s conversation with Nicaraguan revolutionary and writer Gioconda Belli, as well as readings from Randall’s new memoir, I Never Left Home. This conversation will be preceded by a panel of scholars discussing Randall’s poetic, scholarly, and photographic archives, which are held at the Center for Southwest Research.


Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 03:30 pm

Horses and Humans in the Americas: Archaeology and Indigenous Horse Use from the North American West to Argentina

Juan Bautista Belardi, Emily Lena Jones and William Taylor

In this interactive panel discussion we will explore what we know about horses and people in western North America and in Argentina, what changes the its introduction brought, the methods we have developed for answering questions about the use of the horse by Indigenous societies, and some of our preliminary results.


Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 02:00 pm

Rethinking Afro-Latino Culture in Mexico, the U.S. Southwest, and Brazil

Dr. Doris Careaga (Chicana & Chicano Studies), Dr. Paulo “MC” Dutra (Spanish & Portuguese), and Dr. Kathy McKnight (Spanish & Portuguese)

Join the LAII for a presentation with Dr. Doris Careaga from Chicana & Chicano Studies and Dr. Paulo “MC” Dutra and Dr. Kathy McKnight from Spanish & Portuguese to discuss Rethinking Afro-Latino Culture in Mexico, the US Southwest, and Brazil.


Monday, October 19, 2020 | 12:00 pm

Master's in Latin American Studies Info Session

UNM continues to be one of the best places in the country for Latin American-focused scholarship. Join the Latin American Studies program for an information session to learn more about our MA program.


Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | 02:00 pm

Diálogos con Elena Garro: Entrevistas y otros textos

Patricia Rosas Lopátegui, Estela Leñero y Gerardo Bustamante Bermúdez

A los escritores los conocemos a través de su obra, sus diarios o sus memorias, pero pocas veces nos acercamos a ellos por lo que comentan y analizan en las entrevistas que conceden a lo largo de su vida. Diálogos con Elena Garro. Entrevistas y otros textos, Edición, estudio preliminar y notas de Patricia Rosas Lopátegui (Editorial Gedisa-México, 2020) reúne los encuentros periodísticos que sostuvo a lo largo de su periplo existencial la “última hada sobre la tierra”, como llamó Margarita Michelena a la dramaturga mexicana. Esta obra con más de 1600 páginas en dos volúmenes contiene entrevistas, textos complementarios, iconografía de 172 imágenes y algunos materiales inéditos para comprender mejor a Elena Garro (1916-1998), una de las escritoras más importantes del siglo XX.


Monday, October 12, 2020 | 04:00 pm

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2020 Américas Award Virtual Ceremony

Susanne Schadl, Tony Johnston, Mitali Perkins, Rebecca Balcárcel, Aida Salazar, and Zeke Peña

The Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) founded the Américas Award in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States, and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use.


Thursday, October 08, 2020 | 03:30 pm

Discussion with fronteristxs collective: Ongoing collaborative work in the abolition movement

hazel batrezchavez and Bernadine Hernández

In this presentation the fronteristxs collective will discuss their ongoing collaborative work in the abolition movement. They will talk about the historical violence of the US immigration system and its relationship to racism in the criminal justice system.


Monday, October 05, 2020 | 05:00 pm

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2020 (Virtual) Américas Award Celebration: Book Talk with Author Mitali Perkins: Between Us and Abuela

Mitali Perkins

Join the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs and the Library of Congress for a virtual conversation with Mitali Perkins, author of 2020 Américas Award winning children’s book “Between Us and Abuela.”


Friday, September 25, 2020 | 02:00 pm

Writing, Researching and Reading Bilingual, Regional Children's Literature

Dr. Anna M. Nogar, Department of Spanish & Portuguese,The University of New Mexico

Do you remember reading or being read children's books?  Were they about leyendas y mitos, historias or places you had been near home?  ¿Was there a vaivén between languages? In this talk, Dr. Anna M. Nogar will discuss the research involved in creating illustrated, bilingual books with a regional focus for children; how such books are written; and what is involved in their reading for young audiences. Teaching and working with current students in an online undergraduate class on "La vida juvenil bilingüe" in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Dr. Nogar shares that experience and helps us think about what these books mean for their audiences and for us.


Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 04:30 pm - 05:30 pm

The Politics of Water in Latin America Lecture Series

The College of Arts and Sciences, International Studies Institute presents "The Politics of Water in Latin America," a public lecture series featuring local and international experts. Each lecture will be followed by a Q & A Forum. Lecture dates are as follows: Sept. 23, Oct. 14, Oct, 28, Nov. 11 and Dec. 2.


Friday, September 18, 2020 | 02:00 pm

A Class that Does (not) Matter: Rethinking Cold War Latin America from the Middle

Dr. A. Ricardo López-Pedreros, Western Washington University

Join the LAII for a presentation with Dr. A. Ricardo López-Pedreros, professor of History at Western Washington University. This presentation seeks to bring together recent interdisciplinary scholarship to initiate a critical conversation on how to rethink the historical formation of the middle classes—as a social category, a political project, a subjectivity, and a material reality—in Latin America during the second half of the twentieth century.


Friday, February 14, 2020 | 02:00 pm

History Colloquium: The Police-Military Continuum: How World War II Transformed US Police

Stuart Schrader, Johns Hopkins University

Join the UNM Department of History and the LAII for a workshop session with Stuart Schrader, Associate Director of the Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship and Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University. Schrader’s paper will discuss the transformations in U.S. policing attendant to World War II. First, the paper highlights an investigation of the war’s dramatic shift for civilian police employment, as thousands of cops entered the military. Then, it explores the efforts to solve post-WWII personnel deficits within police departments by turning veterans into cops. The relatively smooth transfer of police into military roles and soldiers into police roles suggests a practical and ideological continuum and connection between police and military developed in this period. Overall, as will be argued, the war and the overseas occupations immediately after the war reconfigured US empire and increased the centrality of policing to it.


Thursday, February 13, 2020 | 02:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Nación Genízara: Ethnogenesis, Place, and Identity in New Mexico

R. Moises Gonzales and Enrique R. Lamadrid, University of New Mexico

Join the LAII for a presentation with R. Moises Gonzales, Associate Professor of Urban Design in Community and Regional Planning at the School of Architecture and Planning at the UNM, and Enrique R. Lamadrid, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Spanish from UNM, who taught folklore, literature, and cultural history there since 1985. Nación Genízara is the first book solely dedicated to the detribalized Native experience in New Mexico, a story of conquest, trans-culturation survival, and resilience. Topics as diverse as Genizaro ethnogenesis, slavery, early settlements, expressive culture, poetics, religion, gender, family history, and mestizo genetics are addressed.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | 12:30 pm

Master’s in Latin American Studies Info Session

UNM continues to be one of the best places in the country for Latin American-focused scholarship. Join the Latin American Studies program for an information session to learn more.


Friday, November 15, 2019 | 03:00 pm

Building a Resilient Tomorrow: How to Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption

Dr. Leonardo Martinez-Diaz, Global Director of the Sustainable Finance Center at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C.

Global Director of the Sustainable Finance Center at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C., Dr. Leonardo Martinez-Diazhas a remarkable résumé, having formerly served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy and Environment in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In this role, he served as one of the nation’s principal representatives in the negotiations leading to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Dr. Martinez-Diaz will give a presentation entitled “Global Climate Change Policy”, based on his recent book, Building a Resilient Tomorrow: How to Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption.


Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 02:00 pm

Music, Power, and Signification: A Phenomenological Reading of Race in New Spain

Jesus Ramos-Kittrell, University of Connecticut

In New Spain, an institutional structure of merit and promotion hinged on the idea of reason as an intrinsically European attribute. This attribute differentiated 'Europeans' from people of mixed race claiming European status based on their skin complexion. Given the effective impulses permeating ideas about reason in New Spain, this paper considers reason in light of musico-phenomenological strategies that racialized subjects used to re-write their bodies. Such process problematizes the philosophical purview of the Enlightenment's civilizing mission, and the historical narrative of its political project.


Thursday, November 07, 2019 | 12:00 pm

Resistencia y Movimientos Armados de los Pueblos Indígenas en Michoacán: Reflexiones Históricas de una Lucha Viva

Dr. Lorena Ojeda Dávila, UNM Mexico Studies Chair

Esta charla analizará los principales movimientos de lucha y resistencia indígena que se han desarrollado en el estado de Michoacán, México, poniendo especial énfasis en el pueblo purépecha y la experiencia del pueblo de Cherán. Se hará un recuento histórico de las principales problemáticas que han enfrentado estos pueblos, fundamentalmente después de la reforma agraria, así como de las estrategias que sus habitantes han implementado a lo largo del tiempo para contrarrestarlas.


Tuesday, November 05, 2019 | 03:00 pm

Humanities, Digital Humanities, and Latinx Studies: Exploring the Interstices in Academic Libraries

Dr. Margie Montañez, Central New Mexico Community College

Centering her own navigation through a humanities doctorate, archival research, and a postdoc in academic libraries, Dr. Montañez will forefront the importance of humanities in emerging digital and scholarship trends. From Chicano/a Studies to Latin American post-custodial projects, this talk will explore the interstices and possibilities of the digital humanities to bridge the North-South information divide, ask new questions, and engage new modes of knowledge production.


Friday, October 25, 2019 | 03:00 pm

Climate Vulnerability & Conflict in the Central American Dry Corridor

Join the LAII, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, and the Department of Political Science for a panel discussion to explore how vulnerability to climate change in Central America is driving violence, migration, and other social changes throughout the region.


Friday, October 25, 2019 | 10:30 am

Revolution in Development: Mexico and the Governance of the Global Economy

Dr. Christy Thornton, John Hopkins University

Join the LAII, Department of History, and the International Studies Institute for a presentation with Dr. Christy Thornton, assistant professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University, as she discusses her current manuscript project, “Revolution in Development: Mexico and the Governance of the Global Economy.” This talk will uncover the hidden role of politicians, diplomats, and economists from post-revolutionary Mexico in shaping the governance of the global economy.


Monday, October 21, 2019 | 05:30 pm

Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Linguistics: Switching On and Off Spanish Grammatical Gender in Bilingual Scenarios

Dr. Maria del Carmen Parafita-Couto, Leiden University

Gender agreement in Spanish is relatively transparent (Roca 1989). Spanish-speaking children acquire gender agreement before the age of five (Mariscal 2009) and adult speakers do not generally show any difficulties with agreement. However, what happens in bilingual situations when a speaker of Spanish also speaks another language that lacks a grammatical gender distinction? This talk will report a series of production and acceptability tasks designed to explore the behavior of Spanish grammatical gender when Spanish is spoken alongside a language that lacks grammatical gender (English, Purepecha, Basque, Papiamento). Dr. Maria del Carmen Parafita-Couto will focus on two linguistic phenomena.


Thursday, September 05, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

Occupying Schools, Occupying Land: How the Landless Workers Movement Transformed Brazilian Education

Dr. Rebecca Tarlau, Pennsylvania State University

In Occupying Schools, Occupying Land, Rebecca Tarlau explores how MST activists have pressured municipalities, states, and the federal government to implement their educational program in public schools and universities, affecting hundreds of thousands of students. Contrary to the belief that movements cannot engage the state without demobilizing, Tarlau shows how educational institutions can help movements recruit new activists, diversify their membership, increase technical knowledge, and garner political power. Drawing on twenty months of ethnographic field work, Tarlau documents how the MST operates in different regions working at times with or through the state, at other times outside it and despite it. She argues that activists are most effective using contentious co-governance, combining disruption and public protest with institutional pressure to defend and further their goals.


Thursday, August 22, 2019 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cultural dimensions of mental healthcare and differences in practices in Honduras and the U.S.A.

Dr. Karla Inestroza, Honduran Physicians for Medical Brigades

Every country has different health care determinants that influence the local healthcare situation, and culture plays a leading role when it comes to the people demanding better access to mental healthcare, which continues to be a privilege in many areas, especially in developing countries, where the healthcare services are overwhelmed by the growth of the population and do not emphasize enough over its importance, making it difficult for mental healthcare to be widely accessible or it’s importance promoted.


Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 12:00 pm

The Conflicting Politics of Costa Rica/ Guatemala/Nicaragua/Panama & Their Afro/Indigenous Citizens, 1970s - 1990s

Dr. Sheryl Felecia Means, Independent Scholar

Please join the Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) and University Libraries for a presentation with Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Library Dr. Sheryl Felecia Means, who will share her research on Central American Afro-Indigenous politicians and movements of the 1970s through 1990s.


Friday, May 10, 2019 | 01:30 pm - 03:00 pm

Latin American Studies Convocation

The Latin American Studies (LAS) program will hold its Spring 2019 Convocation, honoring those undergraduate and graduate students who will receive LAS degrees in May and August.


Wednesday, May 01, 2019 | 02:00 pm - 03:30 pm

Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Linguistics - The peer pressure that sounds succumb to: The effect of cumulative frequency in contexts that favor reduction

Earl K. Brown, Brigham Young University

Join us for a presentation in the Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Linguistics with Professor Earl K. Brown, from the Department of Linguistics in Brigham Young University.


Friday, April 26, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 01:30 pm

Drugs and War: What is the Relationship?

Peter Andreas, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University

Join us as Dr. Peter Andreas tells the story of war from antiquity to the modern age through the lens of six psychoactive drugs: alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, opium, amphetamines, and cocaine.


Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 04:00 pm - 06:00 pm


Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 05:45 pm - 07:30 pm

Binational Banking and Financial Markets in New Mexico, Texas, and Chihuahua

Patrick Schaefer, Executive Director, Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness

Please join us for a practical and timely presentation that not only maps the regional and binational banking and financial markets in the New Mexico, Texas, and Chihuahua region, but also addresses the challenges and opportunities these regional markets hold for New Mexico and its neighbors.


Thursday, April 18, 2019 | 02:00 pm - 03:30 pm

Embodying Fandom: Chanting in Twentieth-Century Argentine Soccer

Eduardo Herrera, Rutgers University

Argentine soccer fandom involves a nuanced set of bodily practices and a vast repertoire of chants based on radio hits and broadcast advertisement. This talk demonstrates how chanting brings together sounds and bodies in an affective public practice that incites intense feelings of social cohesion and belonging meaningful beyond what is being said with words.


Friday, April 12, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 01:30 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Asylum Seekers' Journey: Challenges along the Path

Dr. Kimberly Gauderman and Attorney Rebecca Kitson

Anti-immigration rhetoric and immigrant surveillance, detention, and deportation are defining features of U.S. politics and federal policy and practice. Attorney Rebecca Kitson and Professor and expert witness Kimberly Gauderman will discuss the recent and ongoing challenges that refugees face in the asylum process.


Thursday, April 11, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 01:30 pm

Proyecto Jaranera & Las Brujas Jaraneras

Ana Zarina Palafox Méndez

Conferencia con Ana Zarina Palafox Méndez y video documental 'El Fandango Jarocho'. Dentro de la lírica popular que está ligada a los estilos de son tradicional en México, durante el S. XX la imagen de la mujer se admitió solamente como bailadora y objeto de piropo, ya sea por usos y costumbres en las poblaciones o, en otros casos, porque los estereotipos en los nacientes medios de comunicación masiva allí la colocaron. Comenzando el S. XXI, un par de convocatorias/publicaciones reunieron a mujeres que escriben décima, la mayoría de forma personal, casi clandestina, y detonaron interesantes procesos de valoración, revitalización y análisis.


Monday, April 08, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

On the Road with the Migrant Caravan

Alice Driver, Journalist

Join us for a presentation with Alice Driver, a bilingual journalist based in Mexico City whose work focuses on migration, human rights and gender equality. She writes for National Geographic, Time, Longreads and CNN and is currently producing a radio story for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting.


Friday, April 05, 2019 | 03:00 pm - 04:30 pm

Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Linguistics: Uses of Spanish and English in the Narration of a Mexican Immigrant Woman

Dr. Eduardo Hernández-Chávez, UNM Professor Emeritus of Linguistics; Former Director of Chicana/o Studies

Join us for a presentation in the Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Linguistics as Professor Emeritus Eduardo Hernández Chávez discusses the uses of Spanish and English in the narration of a Mexican immigrant woman, his mother.


Friday, April 05, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

Perspectives from Nicaraguan Student Activists

Lesther Alemán, Georgina Capetillo, and Jeancarlo López

Join the LAII, SOLAS, and Fort Lewis College partners for a student-activist panel presentation on the state of democracy in Nicaragua.


Tuesday, April 02, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Our Roles in the Conceptualization and Writing of Popol Wuj: Nueva Traducción y Comentarios

Dr. James Mondloch, Latin American and Iberian Institute

Join us for a presentation in the Spring 2019 LAII Lecture Series as Dr. James Mondloch presents on conceptualizing and writing his most recent publication, Popol Wuj: Nueva Traducción y Comentarios.


Friday, March 29, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 01:30 pm

LAII PhD Fellows Colloquium

Each year the LAII awards PhD Fellowships to meritorious doctoral students whose research relates to Latin America. The LAII's current PhD Fellows represent the departments of Linguistics; Spanish and Portuguese; Biology; Anthropology; History; Latin American Studies; Political Science; and Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: From Brazil to the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: A Journalist’s Perspective on Reporting in the Americas

Simon Romero, National Correspondent, The New York Times

Join the LAII for a conversation with journalist Simon Romero, a national correspondent for The New York Times. In this role, he covers immigration and other issues in the United States. Previously, he was the Brazil bureau chief from 2011 to the 2017, covering Brazil and several other countries in South America, including Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.


Friday, March 22, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Raramuri Criollo Cattle and Climate Change in the Desert Southwest

Dr. Andrés Cibils, Department of Animal and Range Sciences, New Mexico State University

Join the LAII for a presentation with Dr. Andrés Cibils, Professor of Rangeland Science in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at New Mexico State University, as he discusses climate change in the desert of the southwest.


Tuesday, March 05, 2019 | 04:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Taller de Nahuatl: Lenguaje, cultura y tradición

Eduardo De la Cruz, Instituto de Docencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas (IDIEZ)



Tuesday, March 05, 2019 | 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

CNM•UNM LAS Speaker Series: The US Embassy’s Role in Human Rights in Guatemala: How Foreign Service Officers Can Make a Difference

David Lindwall, Retired Foreign Service Officer / MA Student, UNM Latin American Studies Program

David Lindwall, MA student in the Latin American Studies program, draws on his 33 years as a Foreign Service Officer in the US State Department at postings throughout Latin America and around the world.


Monday, March 04, 2019 | 04:30 pm - 05:30 pm

Cooking Presentation: Fiesta de elotes y su comida sagrada: El caldo de pollo

Eduardo De la Cruz, Instituto de Docencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas (IDIEZ)

Please join the LAII, El Centro de la Raza, and Chicana and Chicano Studies for a cooking presentation with visiting speaker Eduardo De la Cruz of the Instituto de Docencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas (IDIEZ) of Mexico.


Monday, March 04, 2019 | 02:30 pm - 03:30 pm

Research Presentation: Cenyahtoc cintli tonacayo: huahcapatl huan tlen naman / El máiz sigue siendo nuestro muestro de ayer y hoy

Eduardo De la Cruz, Instituto de Docencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas (IDIEZ)

Please join the LAII, El Centro de la Raza, and Chicana and Chicano Studies for a presentation with visiting speaker Eduardo De la Cruz of the Instituto de Docencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas (IDIEZ) of Mexico.


Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Merging Natural and Cultural Landscapes: Field Experiences Along the Camino real del Quindío in Colonial Colombia

Larry Larrichio, LAII Research Associate

Join us for a presentation in the LAII Lecture Series as Dr. Larry Larrichio, LAII Research Associate and alumnus, discusses the fieldwork he undertook to complete research for his dissertation and its subsequent revision, translation into Spanish, and publication in Colombia.


Friday, February 22, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: La culinaria afrodescendiente de Tamiahua

Doris Careaga Coleman, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies

Join the LAII for a special presentation culinary experience with Dr. Doris Careaga Coleman of the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies as she presents her fifth book, La culinaria afrodescendiente de Tamiahua, focused on culinary arts and Afro-Mexican cultural traditions.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

CNM•UNM LAS Speaker Series: Multilingualism, Language Contact and Language Endangerment in Paraguay

Jens Van Gysel, PhD Student, UNM Department of Linguistics

Jens Van Gyself, PhD Student in the UNM Department of Linguistics, shares a presentation on sociolinguistic and language revitalizatio in Paraguay.


Monday, February 18, 2019 | 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

Teach In: Venezuela in Crisis

Join us for a panel discussion on the current crisis in Venezuela. What is happening? Is it a crisis and, if so, what led to this crisis? What is the role of U.S. foreign policy? Come ask questions and learn from a panel of scholars from Venezuela who will share their experiences and perspectives.


Friday, February 15, 2019 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Afro-Brazilian Activism, Poetry, and Journalism: 40 Years of Cadernos Negros and Quilombhoje Literatura

Esmeralda Ribeiro, Quilombhoje Literatura

Ribeiro is a journalist, writer and scholar of Afro-Brazilian Literature. In 1984, she received her BA in Journalism from the Universidade Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil. She has been a member of Quilombhoje Literatura since 1982, a group of Afro-Brazilian writers based in São Paulo. Her work has been published in 35 anthologies in Brazil and around the world. She has been consistently active in promoting the participation of black women in literature.


Thursday, February 07, 2019 | 02:00 pm - 03:30 pm

Musicology Colloquium Series: The Cruelty of Jazz: Toward a Hemispheric Politics of Sound

Dr. Jason Borge, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Jason Borge discusses "The Cruelty of Jazz: Toward a Hemispheric Politics of Sound." This lecture is presented as part of the Musicology Colloquium Series.


Wednesday, January 30, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Quill and Cross in the Borderlands

Dr. Anna M. Nogar, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Dr. Anna M. Nogar discusses her most recent book, Quill and Cross in the Borderlands, which examines nearly four hundred years of history, folklore, literature, and art concerning the seventeenth-century Spanish nun and writer Sor María de Jesús de Ágreda, identified as the legendary “Lady in Blue” who miraculously appeared to tribes in colonial-era New Mexico and taught them the rudiments of the Catholic faith.


Friday, January 25, 2019 | 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Braceros Exhibit: Opening Reception

Drawn from the archives of Mexico's Secretariat of Foreign Relations, this stunning collection of black and white photography explores the Bracero Program as it was seen by the men and women who lived it.


Monday, November 19, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

Book Presentation: Beyond Alterity, Destabilizing the Indigenous Other in Mexico

Dr. Gabriela Torres-Mazuera and Dr. Vivette García Deister

Join us as we celebrate the recent publication of Beyond Alterity, Destabilizing the Indigenous Other in Mexico, with authors Dr. Gabriela Torres-Mazuera and Dr. Vivette García Deister.


Friday, November 16, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

Experimentalisms in Practice: Book Presentation with Authors

Dr. Ana Alonso Minutti, Dr. Eduardo Herrera, and Dr. Alejandro L. Madrid

Join us for a presentation, signing, and reception with Dr. Ana Alonso Minutti (University of New Mexico), Dr. Eduardo Herrera (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey), and Dr. Alejandro L. Madrid (Cornell University), co-editors of the volume Experimentalisms in Practice: Music Perspectives from Latin America (Oxford University Press, 2018).


Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

CNM•UNM LAS Lecture Series: Policing the City: From Ferguson to Rio de Janeiro

Jennifer Tucker, Assistant Professor, UNM Community and Regional Planning Program

Join the UNM and CNM Latin American Studies programs for the third presentation in their Fall 2018 LAS Lecture Series as Dr. Jennifer Tucker, Assistant Professor in Community and Regional Planning, shares a presentation on race and security in global cities.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | 08:00 am - 05:00 pm

Greenleaf Symposium on Rural Transformation in Latin America's Changing Climate

The LAII is pleased to announce its fifth annual Richard E. Greenleaf Interdisciplinary Symposium on Latin America, which will focus on the theoretical understandings of smallholder agriculture and rural landscapes within the context of ecological, political, and economic transformation in Latin America.


Thursday, November 08, 2018 | 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Celebrate Bilingualism and New Mexico Spanish

Join us for an evening to celebrate the recent publication of Bilingualism in the Community (Cambridge University Press, 2018), a new book on code-switching. This exciting research documents that, contrary to popular beliefs about language mixing, bilinguals are skilled at maintaining distinct grammatical structures in their two languages, while switching between them.


Friday, November 02, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 02:00 pm

4th Annual Field Research Grant Colloquium

Join us for the LAII's fourth annual Field Research Grant Colloquium, where we will highlight graduate student scholarship. Recent FRG recipients will share their respective research experiences and findings in a series of presentations.


Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Trying to Resolve Political Issues Through Law: The Spanish State and the Catalan Conflict

Dr. Bruno Aguilera Barchet, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

Join the LAII and UNM School of Law for a presentation with Dr. Bruno Aguilera Barchet, Visiting Professor with the School of Law, as he discusses the recent political uprising in the Catalan region of Spain.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

CNM•UNM LAS Lecture Series: Indigenous Andeans: Race and Ethnicity from Colony to Nation

Laura Powell, PhD Student, UNM Department of History

Join the UNM and CNM Latin American Studies programs for the second presentation in their Fall 2018 LAS Lecture Series as UNM graduate student Laura Powell shares her research concerning Indigenous people of the Andean region.


Friday, October 19, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 02:30 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Expert Practices: Ethical Considerations in Disseminating Findings About Indigenous and Politically-Non-Dominant Languages

Dr. Catherine Rhodes and colleagues

As part of an effort to foster in-depth conversation on critical topics, the LAII has invited UNM faculty and graduate students to convene and examine “expert practices,” discussing the ethical considerations in disseminating findings about indigenous and politically non-dominant languages.


Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

9th Annual Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture

Héctor Armienta

On Thursday, Oct. 18, the UNM Department of English hosts the distinguished Héctor Armienta as the featured speaker for the ninth annual Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest.


Monday, October 08, 2018 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Women in Coffee and Chocolate

Mayra Orellana-Powell and Karla McNeil-Rueda

Join us as we welcome special visiting guests from the coffee and chocolate industry, Mayra Orellana-Powell and Karla McNeil-Rueda, as they discuss their work as women of color entrepreneurs in the global supply chain industry of specialty coffee and cacao.


Thursday, October 04, 2018 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Roundtable Discussion: Mexico, the U.S., and the Politics of Mobility in the Trump Era

Faculty of the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo (UAEH)

Join El Centro de la Raza, the Global Education Office, and the LAII for a special roundtable discussion with visiting faculty from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo (UAEH) as they discuss US-Mexico relations in the era of the Trump administration.


Wednesday, October 03, 2018 | 11:00 am - 01:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: 50 años de la masacre de Tlatelolco: Elena Garro y el 68: violencia y persecución del Estado mexicano

Dr. Patricia Rosas Lopátegui, Dr. Miguel López, Dr. Irene Vásquez, Departments of Chicana and Chicano Studies and Spanish & Portuguese

Join the LAII and the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies for a special event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the massacre of Tlatelolco.


Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

LOBOS Share Intercultural Experience Studying Abroad in Colombia

Join us for a panel presentation of students and faculty who participated in the Summer 2018 study abroad program, "Culturas Indígenas de Colombia," one of the first of its kind at UNM!


Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | 11:30 am - 01:00 pm

The Continued Threats to Colombian Peace Community

Jesus Emilio Tuberquia, Peace Community of San José de Apartadó

Join the Interdisciplinary Group of Colombian Studies at UNM as they present a talk with Jesus Emilio Tuberquia, a founding member of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó in northwest Colombia.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Deregulating the Social Life of Property: Neoliberalism and Proliferation of Normative Dissonances in Mexico

Dr. Gabriela Torres-Mazuera, UNM Mexico Studies Chair

Join the LAII for a presentation with Dr. Gabriela Torres-Mazuera, UNM's Mexico Studies Chair, as she discusses the history and ongoing practices of privatization and commodification of communal lands in rural indigenous Mexico.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

CNM•UNM LAS Lecture Series: Cultural Retentions in Afroveracruzana Cuisine: Visualizing the Afromexican Culinary Tradition

Dr. Doris Careaga-Coleman, UNM Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies

Join the UNM and CNM Latin American Studies programs for a presentation in their Fall 2018 LAS Lecture Series as UNM professor Dr. Doris Careaga-Coleman shares her research concerning Afromexican foodways as cultural retentions.


Thursday, September 13, 2018 | 12:30 pm - 02:00 pm

Genocide, Sleaze, and Other Maladies: The Signs of Violence and Trauma in the Narratives of Gabriela Alemán

Dr. Gabriela Alemán

Join the UNM Department of Spanish and Portuguese and partners for a talk with Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Father Luis Olivares: Faith, Politics, and the Origins of the Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles

Mario T. García, Distinguished Professor of History and Chicana and Chicano Studies University of California, Santa Barbara

Join the UNM Department of Sociology and campus partners for a special presentation with Dr. Mario T. García, Distinguished Professor of History and Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as he discusses his forthcoming book, Father Luis Olivares: A Biography - Faith, Politics, and the Origins of the Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles (University of North Carolina Press, 2018).


Wednesday, September 05, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

Foreign Service Careers and Opportunities in Latin America and Beyond

Ken Chavez, UNM Diplomat in Residence

UNM Diplomat in Residence Ken Chavez will hold a discussion about internships and careers in the Foreign Service with the US Department of State and how the skills you develop with international coursework could lead to an exciting career in diplomacy.


Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

Mezcal, Tequila & Sotol: A Conversation About Supporting Mexican Craft Spirits in the Global Economy

Graciela Angeles - Ricardo Pico - William Scanlan, III - Clayton Szczech, Distillery Representatives

Join us for a panel presentation with invited speakers who represent a range of organizations producing craft spirits in Mexico.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Writing Resistance Symposium

Join us for "Writing Resistance," a mini-symposium focused on the theme of writing resistance and featuring Brazilian author and 2016 recipient of the prestigious Prêmio Jabuti award Natalia Borges Polesso and literary and cultural critic Leonardo Tonus.


Monday, April 23, 2018 | 08:00 am - 08:00 pm

3rd Annual Semana Cervantina

To commemorate the “International Day of the Book” and the “Day of the Spanish Language” on April 23rd, Instituto Cervantes Albuquerque organizes a week of events in collaboration with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Spanish Resource Center, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute, and the Consulate of Mexico.


Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Political Participation in “Post-Conflict” Colombia: Social Movements, Community Radio and the Challenge of Implementing the 2016 Government-FARC Peace Accords in the Countryside

Mario A. Murillo, Hofstra University

Join us for a presentation with Professor Murillo of Hostra University as he addresses questions regarding political participation in "post-conflict" Colombia.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

CNM•UNM LAS Lecture Series: The Rise of the Latin American New Middle Classes in Brazil and Colombia: A Cultural Story

Diego Bustos, UNM Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Join the UNM and CNM Latin American Studies programs for a presentation in their Spring 2018 LAS Lecture Series as graduate student Diego Bustos shares his research on looking at the rise of the Latin American new middle class.


Friday, April 13, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 01:30 pm

LAII PhD Colloquium

Join us for an afternoon with our LAII PhD Fellows, doctoral students from around campus whose work relates to Latin America, as they discuss their ongoing research.


Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 02:00 pm - 03:30 pm

Spanish Women Sound Artists: Sound Creations for Piano with Extended Techniques, Electronics, and Multimedia

Carmen Morales Moreno

Join us for a presentation in the Spring 2018 Musicology Colloquium and Music of the Americas Concert Series as pianist Carmen Morales presents on Spanish women sound artists.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 05:00 pm - 06:30 pm

Haciendo justicia desde la comunidad: A Discussion with Peruvian Artists and Activists

Adelina García • Wari Zárate • and Rosalía Tineo

Meet Peruvian artists and activists Adelina García, Wari Zaraté, and Rosalia Tineo whose work is at the forefront of the fight for truth, justice, and reconciliation in the wake of the 20 year internal armed conflict with the Shining Path that claimed the lives of nearly 70,000 Peruvians between 1980 and 2000. Using their traditional folk arts of Ayacucho, they give testimony to the stories of individuals and communities who endured violence. The discussion will take place in Spanish with English interpretation.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Segundo Encuentro Jaranerxs Burqueño 2018

Patricia Hidalgo • Esther Cruz Marantos

Join us for a week of community building with two Son Jarocho musicians from Veracruz Mexico, Patricio Hidalgo and Esther Cruz Marantos. As keepers and experts of AfroMexican folk music, they will be sharing historical knowledge of Son Jarocho and host zapeatedo (dance), lyric writing and jarana workshops. This fabulous week is open to anyone that is interested in learning about the Afro Influences in Son Jarocho and a great opportunity to learn how to play an instrument.


Monday, April 09, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Multi-Actor Conflict and Violence in Colombia

Dr. Javier Osorio, University of Arizona

Join us for a presentation with Dr. Javier Osorio, an Assistant Professor in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona, as he discusses multi-actor conflict and violence in Colombia.


Friday, April 06, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 01:30 pm

Spring 2018 C&J Colloquium: Citizen Made Alien: Gender, Race, and Violence in the Politics of War

Dr. Lisa A. Flores, University of Colorado Boulder

Join the Department of Communications & Journalism for a presentation with Dr. Lisa A. Flores, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder, as she discusses gender, race, and violence in the politics of war.


Thursday, April 05, 2018 | 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Resolana con Simón Romero

Join the UNM Spanish as a Heritage Language student organization, Resolanas, as they welcome journalist Simón Romero.


Wednesday, April 04, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Creating the Sisters in Blue: History, Legend and Place

Anna Nogar • Enrique Lamadrid • Amy Córdova

Join us for a presentation with Dr. Anna Nogar, Dr. Enrique Lamadrid, and Amy Córdova as they share the process behind creating Sisters in Blue/Hermanas de azul: Sor María de Ágreda Comes to New Mexico/ Sor María de Ágreda viene a Nuevo México, a bilingual children's book that weaves together New Mexican history, legend, and place.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

CNM•UNM LAS Lecture Series: Fieldwork in Colombia: The Experiences of an Activist and Anthropology Student

María del Pilar File-Muriel, UNM Department of Anthropology

Join the UNM and CNM Latin American Studies programs for a presentation in their Spring 2018 LAS Lecture Series as graduate student María del Pilar File-Muriel shares her experiences conducting fieldwork in Colombia


Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

Synonymic Borrowings in Bilingual Context: A Corpus Approach to New Mexico Spanish

Alicia Assini, University of Texas at Austin

Please join the Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) and University Libraries for a presentation with Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar Alicia Assini, a doctoral candidate in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin.


Monday, March 26, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Community Policing the Brazilian Slum

Michael Wolff, Western Washington University

Join the LAII for a presentation with Dr. Michael Wolff, assistant professor of political science at Western Washington University, whose research focuses on the social and political dynamics of criminal systems and public security policy in Latin America.


Friday, March 23, 2018 | 08:00 am - 01:00 pm

Four Corners Conflict Network

Join the Four Corners Conflict Network (4CCN) for their third annual conference. The 4CCN was established in 2015 with a view towards building some community connecting the many scholars of violent and nonviolent forms of political and social conflict that work at universities in the four corner states: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | 02:00 pm - 03:30 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Trauma as Cultural Legibility in BANG: Researching and Writing the Contemporary Narconovela

Daniel Peña

Join the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and the Latin American & Iberian Institute for a presentation with noted author Daniel Peña as he speaks about the process of writing his latest work, BANG (Arte Público Press).


Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Why Charles Bent had to Die (and Oraibi had to be Sacked): Pastoral Conflict in the Nineteenth Century New Mexico Borderlands

Lance R. Blyth, LAII Research Associate

Join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) for a presentation with LAII Research Associate Dr. Lance R. Blyth as he speaks on his research focused on 19th century New Mexico borderlands.


Tuesday, March 06, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Mexico's Difficult Democratic Moment

Claudio Holzner, Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Utah

Join the Department of Political Science and the LAII for a presentation with Dr. Claudio Holzner, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Utah, as he discusses the political context of Mexico's upcoming presidential elections.


Monday, February 26, 2018 | 03:00 pm - 04:30 pm

ESPECTROS: Breaking Silences and Telling Stories of Gendered Violence

Dr. Amanda L. Peterson, University of San Diego

Join the UNM Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the LAII for a presentation with Dr. Amanda L. Peterson, who will speak about her co-edited volume ESPECTROS: Ghostly Hauntings in Transhispanic Narratives.


Monday, February 26, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Poverty and Political Participation in Latin America

Carew Boulding, University of Colorado Boulder

Join the LAII and the Department of Political Science for the first presentation in the Spring 2018 LAII Lecture Series, as Dr. Carew Boulding presents on poverty and political participation in Latin America.


Friday, February 23, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Mexico in the Key of Rock: Some Thoughts on Music and Literature

Brian Price, Brigham Young University

Join the LAII and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese for a presentation with Dr. Brian Price of Brigham Young University as he discusses research related to his most recent book project, Viva Rockotitlán: Rock Literature in Mexico (1955-2015), which tells the story of how rock and roll transformed Mexican literature and, by doing so, revolutionized the way that citizens imagined themselves and their nation.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar Lecture: The Prosodic Structure of Code-Switching in New Mexican Spanish

Jonathan Steuck, Pennsylvania State University

Please join the LAII and University Libraries for a presentation with Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar Jonathan Steuck, a doctoral candidate in Hispanic Linguistics and Language Science at Pennsylvania State University. Steuck’s


Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

CNM•UNM LAS Lecture Series: Adaptation to Drought in Costa Rica’s Crony Capitalist Rice Economy

Benjamin Warner, UNM Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences

Join us for the first presentation in the Spring 2018 CNM•UNM LAS Speaker Series as Dr. Benjamin Warner shares his research on how smaller farmers adapt to climate change in Costa Rica.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar: A Language Contact Perspective on New Mexican Spanish Phonology

Dr. Esther L. Brown, University of Colorado Boulder

Please join us for a presentation with Dr. Esther Brown, Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar, as she presents on her research involving language contact in New Mexican Spanish phonology.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Facilitating & Sharing Community-Based Research through Seed Saving Initiatives in Rural Communities of Northern Ecuador

Michael Ayala Ayala, Universidad Central del Ecuador

Please join us for a presentation with Latin American Studies doctoral student Michael Ayala Ayala, who will address his recent, community-based research involving seed saving initiatives in rural Ecuador.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | 05:30 pm - 07:00 pm

Gale Memorial Lecture Series: Regina José Galindo

Regina José Galindo

Join us for a presentation with Regina José Galindo, who presents as part of the 2017-18 Gale Memorial Lecture Series, Decolonizing Methodologies in Art.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 05:30 pm - 07:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: The Contradictory Fortunes of Bilingual Education in the US and Latin America

Aurolyn Luykx, University of Texas at El Paso

Join us for the last presentation in the Fall 2017 LAII Lecture Series as we welcome to campus Dr. Aurolyn Luykx, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Teacher Education at the University of Texas at El Paso.


Tuesday, November 07, 2017 | 05:30 pm - 07:00 pm

Gale Memorial Lecture Series: The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives

Macarena Gómez-Barris, Pratt Institute

Join us for a presentation with Macarena Gómez-Barris, who presents as part of the 2017-18 Gale Memorial Lecture Series, Decolonizing Methodologies in Art.


Friday, November 03, 2017 | 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Contraband city: Outlaw capital and urban development in the Paraguay-Brazil borderlands

Dr. Jennifer Tucker, UNM Department of Community and Regional Planning

Join the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies for a presentation with Dr. Jennifer Tucker, who shares her research focused on urban development in the Paraguay-Brazil borderlands as part of the department's Autumn 2017 Colloquium Series.


Thursday, November 02, 2017 | 02:00 pm - 03:30 pm

Musicology Colloquium Series: The Politics of Exile, the Dedication of the Cathedral of Puebla, and the Music of Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla

Luisa Vilar Payá, Universidad de las Américas, Puebla

Join us for a presentation with Dr. Luisa Vilar-Payá of the Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, Mexico.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

An Alumni Panel: After the Degree - LAS Informed Careers

Join us for a special opportunity to hear from local Latin American Studies alumni.


Monday, October 30, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: The Collapse of Venezuela and the Strange Longevity of the Maduro Administration

Javier Corrales, Amherst College

Join us for a presentation with Dr. Javier Corrales, the Dwight W. Morrow 1895 Professor of Political Science at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts.


Friday, October 27, 2017 | 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Representing Political Violence in Peru through Comics

Jesús Cossio

Join us for a presentation with Jesús Cossio, a Peruvian illustrator, author, and editor of comic books and graphic novels.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Cristales de tiempo: Los poemas transgresores de Elena Garro

Patricia Rosas Lopátegui, UNM Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies

Join us for a presentation in the Fall 2017 LAII Lecture Series as we hear from Dr. Patricia Rosas Lopátegui, an Assistant Professor in the UNM Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | 05:30 pm - 07:00 pm

Gale Memorial Lecture Series: Muriel Hasbun

Muriel Hasbun

Join us for a presentation with Muriel Hasbun, who presents as part of the 2017-18 Gale Memorial Lecture Series, Decolonizing Methodologies in Art.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | 06:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Chavela's Frida: Emancipatory Songs of Love & Pain

Ana Alonso-Minutti, UNM Department of Music

University of New Mexico Art Museum, in partnership with Way OUT West Film Fest and UNM Department of Music, presents a lecture with Associate Professor of Music and faculty affiliate of the LAII, Ana Alonso-Minutti.


Monday, October 09, 2017 | 05:30 pm - 07:00 pm

Jonathan Mann Health and Human Rights Lecture: Global Health Equity and Urban Design

Marco Akerman, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Join the College of Population Health for the annual Jonathan Mann Health and Human Rights Lecture featuring Dr. Marco Akerman, MD, MPH, Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of São Paulo, Brazil.


Friday, October 06, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Contesting Violence Against Women: Constructing Human Rights at the Frontiers of Globalization

Alison Brysk, University of California, Santa Barbara

Join us for a presentation in the Fall 2017 LAII Lecture Series as we hear from Dr. Alison Brysk, the Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as she speaks on "Contesting Violence Against Women: Constructing Human Rights at the Frontiers of Globalization."


Tuesday, October 03, 2017 | 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Contesting Violence Against Women: Constructing Human Rights at the Frontiers of Globalization

Virginia Garrard-Burnett, University of Texas at Austin

Join us for the second presentation in the Fall 2017 CNM*UNM LAS Lecture Series as Dr. Virginia Garrard-Burnett presents "Archives, Historical Memory, and Human Rights in Guatemala: The Case of Fernando Garcia."


Tuesday, October 03, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

LAII Lecture Series: Contesting Violence Against Women: Constructing Human Rights at the Frontiers of Globalization

Virginia Garrard-Burnett, University of Texas at Austin

Join us for the second presentation in the Fall 2017 LAII Lecture Series as Dr. Virginia Garrard-Burnett presents on "Archives, Historical Memory, and Human Rights in Guatemala: The Case of Fernando Garcia."


Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 02:00 pm - 03:30 pm

Musicology Colloquium Series: Imagining Something Better: Punk, Tejano, La Bamba, and Other Rolas from My Border Hi-Fi.

Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez, UNM Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Join us for a presentation with Dr. Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez, Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and faculty affiliate of the LAII, as he presents on "Imagining Something Better: Punk, Tejano, La Bamba, and Other Rolas from My Border Hi-Fi."


Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | 05:30 pm - 05:30 pm

Decolonizing Methodologies in Art Lecture Series: Emory Douglas and Caleb Duarte

Emory Douglas &Caleb Duarte

Join the UNM Department of Art for a presentation in their 2017-18 Gale Memorial Lecture Series on "Decolonizing Methodologies in Art." Emory Douglas is a Former Minister of Culture for The Black Panther Party, and served as director, designer and illustrator for The Black Panther Newsletter. Caleb Duarte, an artist who creates public works and community performances, is the founder and director of the EDELO art residency in Chiapas, Mexico.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | 01:30 pm - 03:00 pm

Dr. Hector Dante Cincotta

Join us for a special presentation featuring Argentina poet and scholar Dr. Hector Dante Cincotta. For the first part of the presentation, Dr. Cincotta will speak on "Borges y Molinari: Convergencies and Divergencies." The latter half of the presentation will allow Dr. Cincotta to offer remarks in an homage to Dr. Marshall Nason on the eve of the 100th anniversary of Dr. Nason's birth.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | 03:00 pm - 04:30 pm

CNM Lecture Series: ¿Que es Marihuana? And Why it's Important to Know

Chris Duvall, UNM Department of Geography and Environmental Studies



Thursday, September 07, 2017 | 02:00 pm - 03:30 pm

Musicology Colloquium Series: The Tide Was Always High: Latin American Musical Modernisms in Los Angeles

Josh Kun, USC Annenberg School

Join us for the first lecture in the Fall 2017 Musicology Colloquium Series. Drawing from his research for the Getty Foundation's PST: LA/LA initiative, Professor Kun will explore the role of various Latin American musical histories in the shaping of jazz, funk, and popular music in 20th century Los Angeles.


Friday, April 14, 2017 | 08:00 am - 08:00 pm

Greenleaf Conference on Practicing Asylum: Expert Witness Testimony in Latin American Asylum Cases

This free and open conference pulled together attorneys and academics engaged in these issues in order to expand the network of trained expert witnesses available to attorneys and to strengthen best practices in the creation of country condition affidavits. Panel presentations addressed technical and academic subjects critical to asylum work, as well as explored policy and political conditions for asylum work. Presenters combined academics and attorneys from New Mexico and beyond.


Monday, February 20, 2017 | 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

The Challenge of National Literary Historiography, The Case of Mexican Literature Latin American

Dr. Anna Nogar, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

In this presentation, Dr. Anna M. Nogar discusses the challenges posed by the project of writing a history of Mexican literature for the 21st century. This discussion follows the publication of A History of Mexican Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2016), a collaborative project that involved pulling together authors from across Mexican literary studies.