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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. View past events here.

Upcoming Events

December 4, 2015

Batuque - Latin American Ensemble concert at 8pm; curated by CLACS Visiting Fulbright Scholar Carlos Sandroni.
Location: Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

"Batuque" is a Portuguese word derived from the verb "bater," or "to hit." It was used since the 19th century in printed sources to describe music and dance by enslaved Africans in Portuguese America. In late-nineteenth century, musical scores using "batuque" as a title or as a genre used syncopation and, allegedly, were inspired by African-Brazilian traditional music. This concert will feature two important pieces titled "Batuque," one composed in 1873 by Henrique Alves de Mesquita and another one in 1913 by Ernesto Nazareth. Additionally, the concert program will include a collection of 20th century Brazilian music related to popular merriment, such as samba and frevo. It will also feature the guest appearance of the Butler University Women's Chorus, conducted by Dr. John Perkins and Visiting Fulbright Scholar Patricia Costa.

December 9, 2015

Our Lady of Many Causes: Religion and the Politics of Heritage in Bahia, Brazil by Stephen Selka, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies. Part of the Latin American Research Forum. More >>

March 3-5, 2016

ACCESS and CONTROL: Resources and Technology in the Global South. CLACS Graduate Student Conference. More >>