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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.

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Upcoming Events

September 28th, 2017

Film Screening: Woodpeckers(Carpinteros)

Woodpeckers (Carpinteros) tells a tale of illicit and slow-boil attraction. Dreadlocked and handsome Dominican-Haitian Julian (actor Jean Jean in a breakout role) begins a jail sentence for petty theft inside the notorious Najayo prison just outside Santo Domingo. While navigating the indignities, corruption, and everyday violence from both guards and fellow inmates, he becomes immersed in the system of "Woodpecking," the unique sign language the male prisoners use to communicate with women in the adjacent penitentiary just over 400 feet away. Julian's entanglement with one female inmate, Yanelly (the astonishing Dominican actress Judith Rodriguez Perez), is the fuse that ignites the events of Woodpeckers, which was shot on location at the actual prison using real inmates for all but the lead roles.Woodpeckers is the latest film by celebrated Dominican film director Jose Maria Cabral, whose previous work Jaque Mate (2011) was the Dominican Republic's official submission for the 2013 Foreign Language Oscar.

October 2nd, 2017

Stefan and Lotte in Paradise: A Collaborative Opera Project

Professor Marcos Vieira Lucas, visiting Fulbright Chair of Music from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, will give a lecture and present a screening of his opera, Stefan and Lotte in Paradise. The opera chronicles the last few months of the life of Austrian Jewish writer Stefan Zweig and his wife, Lotte, who fled to Brazil in 1940 after being force by the war to flee from Austria. The themes of the opera deal with persecution, migration, and exile, while the music includes fragments of Zweig's hand written scores and the sounds of Brazil.

October 10th, 2017

CLACS Tinker Field Reseach Roundtable

Recipients of CLACS 2017 Tinker Field Research Grants have returned from their fieldwork and will be sharing their experience and research prograss in a round table discussion. Gain valuable insight and tips from returning grant winners.

October 17th, 2017

CLACS Open House

Interested in Latin American and the Caribbean? Want to learn more about program offerings related to those two regions? Come out to the Center for Latin American Studies' Open House! Winner of the undergraduate essay contest will also be announced. All IU undergraduates and graduate students are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served!

September 29th-30th, 2017

A Hundred Years of Migration (1917-2017): Stories of Caribbean Exile and Diaspora
School of Global & International Studies Building

For more information schedules and the conference in general, please visit the conference website here.

With refugee crises in Europe and other parts of the world changing the political landscape of nations and given current U.S. American debates on travel bans and border enforcement, this conference studies the cultural, political, and economic impact of migration in North America and its geographically closest region, the Caribbean. It focuses on one hundred years of Caribbean migration to point out the need for studying migration as a long term, recurrent phenomenon that has shaped nation states and hemispheric relations decisively. The Jones-Shafroth Act of 1917 represents for us more than a legal measure declaring Puerto Ricans citizens of the U.S. while maintaining their cultural and political separateness. It stands for the way in which neo-colonial power has brought generations of migrants from south of the border to the U.S., challenging at home and abroad notions of national space, economic and political sovereignty, linguistic unity, and acculturation or assimilation. Caribbean migrants have come to the U.S. propelled by special circumstances, yet their stories can tell us something about the long history of forced and unforced displacement and its effects on nation states, both on the sending and the receiving side. This international conference will bring together renowned scholars from the social sciences and the humanities and policy experts to study the long-term effects of migration, exile, and diaspora cultures on the Caribbean as well as the United States and Canada. It will focus on five themes: diaspora and exile cultures vs. the nation state, bi-lingualism, colonialities, cultural remittances, and a comparative approach to the Caribbean and Mexico.

Panels will touch on topics such as the construction of racial difference; the new wave of Cuban migration; Puerto Rican migration to Florida; visual iconography and media representation of migration; language policy and practice in Haiti and its diaspora communities, and public policy, institution building, and voting rights among migrants. Speakers are drawn from the fields of Linguistics, Literary and Cultural Studies, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Africana and Diaspora Studies, and Public Policy.

Our goal overall is to advance the scholarly and public discussion on migration and on the place and importance of diaspora and exile cultures in the Western hemisphere. In order to disseminate the results of this conference, we ask participants to give 30 min. long original presentations at the conference and to submit a finished 25-30 pp. essay ca. six months after its conclusion, for publication in an anthology edited by us.

"A Hundred Years of Migration" will bring together Caribbeanist and Latinx studies scholars from the United States and abroad. There is little truly interdisciplinary research on the long-term effects of migration on both migrating subjects and receiving countries. This conference is meant to create the foundation for such a collaborative research project here at Indiana University, using the Caribbean as a case in point.

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.