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CLACS sponsors and hosts a variety of academic conferences, lectures, and symposia throughout the year to foster dialogue between faculty and practitioners and to help to promote research in a variety of disciplinary and professional fields related to Latin America and the Caribbean. Our ongoing events include the Latin American Research Forum and the annual Graduate Student Conference. Please sign up for our e-newsletter Novedades for more related events on the IU campus or surrounding community.

Upcoming Events

April 22, 2016

New Corporate Frontiers: Digital Activitsm and Child Labor Eradication in Latin America - 12pm. Lecture by Leigh Campoamor, Visiting Assistant Professor at Lafayette College. Location: GA 3067.

This talk will examine the implications of a major Spanish telecommunications company's use of digital technologies to establish itself as a global leader on children's rights through efforts to end child labor and support education in Latin America. Campoamor's analysis situates the company's development of a smartphone application for reporting child street labor, such as candy vending, within its broader project to improve educational quality in the region by equipping classrooms with smart technologies and developing extracurricular activities in schools. Drawing on ethnographic research within the corporation, NGOs, and state agencies, and among children who work on the streets, Campoamor shows how digital technologies are, in this case, reformulating the already problematic assumption about the relationship between education and child labor. The company's initiatives - grounded in a language of rights, citizenship, and democratic opportunity - have contradictory effects on children in a time when formal employment and higher education, the supposed pay-off for prioritizing school over work, are increasingly difficult to attain.

April 22, 2016

Innovation and Spiritual Traditions in African Diaspora - 2:30pm. Lecture by Juliana Carvalho, visiting scholar from the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil. Location: IMU Oak Room.

April 24

IU Brazilian Percussion Ensemble Performance - 4pm. Location: Neal-Marshall Grand Hall. Playing maracatu, samba enredo, samba batucada and candomble.

Upcoming Fall 2016 Events

More Than Tradition: Latin American Indigenous Film Series

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the Minority Languages and Cultures of Latin American Project (MLCP) and the IU Cinema are proud to invite to our first film series, More than Tradition: Latin American Indigenous Film Series to be held during the Fall 2016. This series sets out to complicate limited and limiting representations of Indigenous peoples as traditional, since that word in popular culture already tends to elicit notions of being bound to antiquity, stuck in the past, unable to catch up to the "modern" world. By highlighting issues of language use, education, creative expression, politics and multinational capitalism, these films show us instead the dynamic and multidimensional nature of Indigenous life in Latin America. The three award-winning films to be showcased are:

  • Daughter of the Lake. (2015, Documentary). Directed by Ernesto Cabellos Damian, Peru. 87 minutes. Director Cabellos Damian is expected to be present at the screening for Q&A. Screening at IU Cinema, Sunday September 25th at 3 pm.
  • Echo of the Mountain (2014, Documentary) Directed by Nicolás Echevarria, USA/Mexico. 92 minutes. Screening at Wells Moving Image Archive (new theater at Wells Library), Thursday October 20th at 7pm.
  • Dauna: Gone with the River (2015, Feature film) Directed by Mario Crespo, Venezuela. 104 minutes. Screening at IU Cinema, Monday December 5th at 7 pm.
Ticket bundles to be made available to faculty interested in incorporating the screening into their syllabi.

We will also have a Roundtable on Monday September 26th at 4pm. In the roundtable, tentatively called (Re)Presentation of/in Indigenous Politics, Director Ernesto Cabellos Damian will be joined by faculty members of the MLCP.

Outside Event Promotion Policy

CLACS will gladly help promote events/opportunities via the CLACS e-mail list as long as the following criteria are met:

  • The event/opportunity is about or related to Latin America or the Caribbean AND
  • The person advertising the event is affiliated with CLACS
Events/announcements that do not meet the above criteria may be submitted for our weekly newsletter, Novedades/Novidades, which is sent out weekly on Wednesdays.

For inclusion in Novedades/Novidades:
Events or announcements to be included in Novedades/Novidades must be sent to by 5pm Tuesday. Priority for inclusion is given to those events and announcements related to Latin American or the Caribbean. CLACS reserves the right to exclude any events/announcements that are not relevant or appropriate for inclusion in the newsletter.