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    • 7th Annual CLACS Graduate Student Conference - "Fights for the Future: Revisiting Politics, Perspectives, and Place" - February 23rd-24th, 2018

      We would like to invite you to the 7th Annual CLACS Graduate Student Conference, taking place on Friday, February 23rd and Saturday, February 24th, 2017. Both internal and external graduate scholars will present their research pertaining to this year's theme "Fights for the Future: Revisiting Politics, Perspectives, and Place". This conference aims to promote discussion and intellectual interventions that facilitate change in local and global communities connected to Latin America. This year our keynote speaker is Dr. Ralph Armbruster, Professor of Chican@ Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His keynote address will be on Friday February 23rd at 4pm in Hodge Hall 1055. He has been actively involved in struggles for human rights, labor rights, and social justice on the national, state, and local levels. In his keynote lecture for the CLACS Graduate Conference he will explore the movement to shut down the School of the Americas (SOA), a controversial U.S.-based and funded military institution that trained Latin American soldiers who later committed human rights abuses and massacres. For nearly twenty-five years, activists literally "crossed the line," risking arrest and a hefty fine, in the hopes that the SOA might be permanently closed. During this same time period (1990s), Chicana/o, Latina/o undergraduate students on three California university campuses went on hunger strikes. These students hungered for justice, for a "world where many worlds fit," as the Zapatistas in Chiapas proclaimed in 1994. In today's perilous times, many people have a similar desire and have taken great risks, but not much has seemingly changed. What will it take to stop injustice and suffering on our campuses, in the Americas, and in our world? A reception with light refreshments will be provided following the speech.

    • Maya Cultural Night: Poetry, Art, and Music - February 22nd, 2018

      This event is a dialogue and performance of Maya art, poetry, and culture highlighted by readings by Wildernain Villegas Carrillo. Wildernain Villegas Carrillo is an educator, writer, and poet and in 2008 was the premier winner of the Netzalhualcóyoti Prize for Literature in Mexican Languages. Prof. Castaneda will discuss issues of Maya language revitalization and translation in contemporary Yucatan, Mexico. Lic. Edber Dzidz Yam (CIESAS Mexico) will further expand the discussion on Maya culture. Light refreshments will be served. This event is organized by Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and OperaMaya.

    • Recovering the Maternal Voice: Cervantes and Galdós in El abra del Yumurí Professor Frederick De Armas (University of Chicago) in conversation with Jonathan Elmer and Anke Birkenmaier - February 9th, 2018

      El abra del Yumurí is a novel that takes place in Havana during the fall of 1958, the months preceding the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. It focuses on five women from the upper classes and follows their lives and how they are impacted by instability and political and personal violence. Published in 2016, the novel stems from fragments written in the 1950s by the author's mother, Ana Galdós. Utilizing the fragments, conversing with his mother, seeking the maternal voice, de Armas transforms the fragments into a full-fledged novel that incorporates many of the authors, artists and works that served as model for the fragments, from Miguel de Cervantes to the foremost Spanish realist novel Benito Pérez Galdós. The author reflects on the legacy of the Galdós family as it appears in the novel, from Don Benito to Domingo Galdós, the author's grandfather, to Ana Galdós, his mother. Indeed, art is central not only to the fragments but also to the novel and to the author's scholarly endeavors. These, in turn, circle back and further impact El abra del Yumurí.Introduction by Professor Steven Wagschal, Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

    • U.S. Premiere Screening of film Port Triumph Directed by Jeffrey Gould - February 5th, 2018

      During the 1970s, a military regime ruled El Salvador, violently repressing worker and peasant demands for basic rights. Despite the adversity, the 1500 shrimp packinghouse workers of Puerto el Triunfo - mostly women - organized unions and successfully fought for decent wages and working conditions. At the start of the 12-year civil war, security officials executed or drove into exile the union leaders. When the unions reemerged several years later, the largely female plant workers entered into debilitating conflict with the fishermen's union, while management attempted to eliminate the fishermen's union. By 1991, the industry had collapsed. Port Triumph provides a window into this landscape of tropical industrialization and offers insight into the global defeat of labor and the transition to neoliberalism.

    • After the Disaster: Long-Term Outlooks for Mexico and Puerto Rico - January 24th, 2018

      Months after hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, creating a vast path of destruction across the island and coinciding almost to the day with a series of major earthquakes in central and southern Mexico leaving millions of people without homes, there is a need for relecting on the long term consequences of natural disasters like these, and the ways they affect communities and their relation to the state and NGO relief efforts.

    • El Foro: Universal Citizenship at the Limits of Identity and Law by Dr. Andres Guzmans - December 7th, 2017

      The idea of universal citizenship has been the object of much critique during the last decades, with many critics pointing to the racial, class, and gendered (among other) exclusions upon which the notion of universality is founded. Rather than jettisoning the idea of universal citizenship, the present talk seeks to take these critiques as a point of departure for its reconceptualization. Dr. Andres Guzman is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at IU.

    • El Foro: Prioritizing Island Resilency: New (and Old) Foreign Investment and Development Partners by Dr. Kalim Shah - November 16th, 2017

      The US has recently initiated renewed policy positions on Caribbean relations and the EU, UK, and Canada continue to be reliable development investment partners. Japan and Chinese-Caribbean economic relations have deepened over the past decade. This dicussion provides an overview of this relationship landscape, attentive to areas of potential benefits, risk and implications for the future of new copperation ties. Dr. Kalim Shah is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy, at Indiana University Northwest.

    • De Pueblo a Pueblo: A Benefit Concert for Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the US Virgin Islands - November 6th, 2017

      De Pueblo a Pueblo/From People to People, serves as the kickoff event to raise funds for communities in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands recently impacted by devastating natural disasters. The event will showcase a diverse collection of Latin American and Caribbean music, performed by artists who have made Southern Indiana their home, including performances by cellist Emilio Colon, Mariachi Perla del Medio Oeste, Orquesta Escuela Vieja, Soneros la Caliza and other special guests. It will also feature a series of short presentations by Bloomington community members who have recently visited the affected areas. This is a volunteer-based initiative of concerned people, many of whom have personal and/or professional roots in Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean.

    • Ruth Behar - Entrusting Myself to the Beauty and Danger of Life: Journer of an Ethnographic Writer - Novemeber 3rd, 2017

      There is beauty and danger in any ethnographic journey. Ethnographers entrust themselves to the unpredictable. Our writing is in perpetual motion between the desire to depart somewhere and the desire to return from somewhere. Ruth Behar will examine this continuum, discussing real and imaginative journeys and how they have come together in my exploration of vulnerability and the search for empathy.

    • Sawyer Seminar: Pathways out of Neoliberalism: Dystopia and Utopia in Contemporary Latin American Documentary - October 26th & 27th, 2016

      Part of the IU Sawyer Seminar on Documentary Media and Historical Transformation, this event is hosted by the Center for Documentary Research and Practice and co-sponsored by CLACS. The event will include screenings and presentations of Miguels Coyula's Nadie with Dean Louis Reyes, Jyostna Kapur "When Time Pauses: Patricio Guzman and the Third Cinema's Confrontation with Neoliberalism", Dean Luis Reyes "Considering Utopia: Non-fiction film, the Public Sphere, and Hegemony in Contemporary Cuba", The Modern Jungle with Charles Fairbanks and Saul Kauk, and Carcel de Arboles with Guillermo Escalon.

    • Undergraduate Open House - October 17th, 2017

      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!

    • El Foro: The Love of Humanity in Kilowatts: US-Chile Translations of Electrification During the 20th Century - October 12th, 2017

      Monica Humeres Requelme, a PhD student in Sociology at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Chile, in this forum will discuss how the influence of US policy remained strong along the 20th century, where technology and Chilean society shaped each other in important ways. The electrification of Chilean society in the twentieth century was a complex process meant not only to improve the standard of living and advance towards progress but also as a moral policy to better the racial makeup. In connecting all Chileans to electricity, Chilean engineers followed the example of North American Electric Policy of the 1930s as a source of inspiration.

    • CLACS Tinker Field Research Roundtable - October 10th, 2017

      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.

    • Stefan and Lotte in Paradise: A Collaborative Opera Project - October 2nd, 2017

      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.

    • A Hundred Years of Migration (1917-2017): Stories of Caribbean Exile and Diaspora - September 29th-30th, 2017

      "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.

    • Film Screening: Woodpeckers(Carpinteros) - September 28th, 2017

      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.


  • Haitian Creole Summer Language Workshop - June 5th-July 28th, 2017

    Program Summary: The intensive, proficiency-based Introductory Haitian Creole curriculum features 20 contact hours weekly and a rich co-curricular program, including language tables, films, clubs, cooking demonstrations, and lectures with area studies specialists. Participants study in small, student-focused classes with highly qualified instructors from around the globe, while preparing for study abroad or foreign service by working with authentic materials and gaining cultural proficiency. Classes are held on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, IN, with morning sessions Monday-Friday and extracurricular activities in the afternoons. Program participants earn transferable IU credit and have access to university libraries, recreational facilities, and public transit. On-campus housing is available but not required. Graduate students, undergraduates, and professionals from the United States and abroad are welcome to participate. Summer Language Workshop staff work with international graduate students to help arrange necessary visa support.

    Application & Deadline: The Summer Language Workshop application and program information is available online here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 1, 2017. All courses are contingent upon enrollment.
    Tuition & Fees: All participants in the Workshop pay in-state tuition rates. Applicants should refer to the SWSWEEL website for further information:

  • The Reception of Jorge Amado's Novels in US Press with Nelson Cerqueira - April 27th, 2017

    In this talk, Nelson Cerqueira (Federal University of Bahia and Hélio Rocha College) will discuss how the US press covered the most well-known novels by Brazilian writer Jorge Amado (Federal University of Bahia and Hélio Rocha College), including Captains of the Sand (1937) and Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon (1958). Emphasis will be given to The New York Times, LA Times and other media associated with Alfred Knopf, Bantam, and Avon Books, publishers of Amado in the US. Some aspects of Amado's visit to Penn State University and the adaptation of his novels to cinema and Broadway will also be discussed.

  • Reading of O regresso, a última viagem de Rimbaud - April 24th, 2017

    The Indiana University Portuguese Program invites you to a reading and conversation with Brazilian writer Lúcia Bettencourt. The author will read passages from her 2015 novel O regresso, a última viagem de Rimbaud and discuss her work. Bettencourt is one of the most dynamic writers in Brazil today. She is the author of A secretá de Borges (2005, SESC Prize for Literature), Linha de Sombra (short-stories, 2008), the novels O amor acontece: Um romance em Veneza (2012) and O regresso, a última viagem de Rimbaud (2015), as well as four children's books.

  • Through the Looking Glass: What the Author Saw after Being Translated - April 24th, 2017

    Join CLACS and Brazilian Studies for a dicussion between Brazilian writer Lúcia Bettencourt and Kim M. Hastings regarding the translation of Bettencourt's short-story "A secretária de Borges" / "Borges' Secretary" into English. from acclaimed author Lúcia Bettencourt. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Bettencourt is one of the most dynamic writers in Brazil today. Her first book, the collection of short-stories A secretária de Borges (2005) won the SESC Prize for Literature. A subsequent work, "A cicatriz de Olímpia" (Olympia's Scar), won the inaugural Osman Lins Short Story Contest. She is also the author of Linha de Sombra (short-stories, 2008), the novels O amor acontece: Um romance em Veneza (2012) and O regresso, a última viagem de Rimbaud (2015), as well as four children's books. Kim M. Hastings is a freelance writer, editor, and translator. She spent formative years in São Paulo and studied Brazilian literature at Brown and Yale (PhD 1995). Her work has appeared in The Book of Rio, Words Without Borders, and Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas, among other collections. Her translation of Edgard Telles Ribeiro's PEN Prize-winning novel His Own Man (O punho e a renda) was published by Other Press (US and UK) and Scribe (Australia).

  • MLCP Brown Bag Series - "Maroma Music: A Textual Analysis" with Julian Carrillo - April 19th, 2017

    The maroma Mixteca is a performance tradition involving acrobatics, music, and poetry in southern Mexico that recently became an UNESCO "intangible cultural heritage" policy object. Based on recent ethnographic fieldwork in the state of Oaxaca, Julian Carrillo will map out the different relationships between maroma performers and a host of intermediaries and state institutions that promote the maroma beyond the local level. He asks: What sorts of power dynamics are at play in these relationships and in intangible heritage processes? In providing an answer, some of the domains in which power and powerlessness manifest in the maroma case study are explored including self-expression, representation, and governmentality.

  • A Look at Latin America Expo - April 13th, 2017

    A Look at Latin America Expo is a showcase dedicated to sharing the many facets and faces of expressive culture from Latino and Latin American people to the Bloomington community. The Expo will demonstrate a variety of expressive culture from Latina/o artists and including those who wish to share and appreciate our long and diverse history. Come on out and see live music, dance, and spoken word performances as well as an engaging keynote speaker. Free food will be provided.

  • Defamiliarized Sketches of the Cuban Soviet Imaginary - April 10th, 2017

    CLACS and the Russian & East European Institute (REI) are pleased to announce a visit from Jacqueline Loss, Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Connecticut. In "Defamiliarized Sketches of the Soviet Cuban Imaginary," Jacqueline Loss examines a selection of Cuban photography, film and narrative that defamiliarizes spectators and readers from an already memorialized inventory of the Soviet Cuban imaginary. While Alejandro González, Ábel Arcos Soto and Carlos Machado Quintela take their lead from an older cohort of creators who lived through the fantasy of Soviet-Cuban friendship, Loss argues that what makes these young artists' work so exceptional is the self-conscious frame through which they evoke the Soviet-Cuban friendship as a construction-elaborated through meticulous and repetitive attention, that often lost sight of the reality of individuals' lives in the present.

  • 7th Annual Spanish and Portuguese Song Festival - April 7th, 2017

    It is a pleasure to announce that the 7th Annual Spanish and Portuguese Song Festival will take place this Friday, April 7th, at 6pm at the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center. This year, we have 7 undergrad students competing for the grand prize. They will be singing hits from Shakira, Carlos Vives, Jesse & Joy, and Julieta Venegas among some other artists. It is also a huge honor to have Professor Steven Wagschal (IU Department of Spanish and Portuguese's Chair), Anna Lynch, and 4 graduate students (Maggie Glide, Ricardo Martins, Mark Fitzsimmons and Rebecca Clay) as our Special Guests for this edition. Professor Wagschal will be singing and playing the violin. Come and enjoy music in Spanish and Portuguese with your classmates and friends. You will have the opportunity to win prizes during the festival and also vote for the Audience's favorite. Free event. Sponsors: Department of Spanish and Portuguese, DEMA, IU First Year Experience, CLACS, Latino Studies, EURO Institute.

  • Arts and Refugees Symposium - April 6th, 2017

    Join us for a day of performances, academic discussion panels, and a powerful photography exhibit, as we investigate the complex intersection of art and refugees. Symposium participants will explore the refugee situation alongside an array of artistic expressions, as well as the artists, sociopolitical contexts, analytic frameworks, and global trends from which art about refugees is created and defined. For more information see here.

    The symposium is free to attend and all are welcome! There will be ample time for discussion during all events.

    8:30 AM - Registration
    9:00 - Introductions
    9:15 AM-10:30 AM - Panel 1: Perspectives on the Global Refugee Regime
    10:45-12:15 AM - Panel 2: Refugees, Art, and Rethinking Geographies
    1:45-3:15 PM - Panel 3: Displacement, Stories, and Communities
    3:30 PM - Multi-media performance: Finding Home - Shine the Light
    5:00 PM - Photography exhibit by Charlotte Schmitz and Oud performance by Rahim AlHaj at the First Thursdays Festival on the Showalter Art Plaza

    **Panels and multi-media performance will take place in the Global & International Studies Building room 1060**

    Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Global Change, College Arts & Humanities Institute, DEEP Arts, Center for the Study of the Middle East, Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program, Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center, Institute for European Studies, Russian & East European Institute, African Studies Program, and Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies.

  • Literature and "Interregnum" - April 6th, 2017

    Moderated by Daniel James (History, IU), this event will feature Patrick Dove (Spanish & Portuguese, IU) and Brett Levinson (Comparative Literature, Binghamton University) in a discussion of Dove's recently published book Literature and "Interregnum": Globalization, War, and the Crisis of Sovereignty in Latin America. In his book, Dove examines the unraveling of the political forms of modernity through readings of end-of-millennium literary texts by César Aira, Marcelo Cohen, Sergio Chejfec, Diamela Eltit, and Roberto Bolaño. The opening of national spaces to the global capitalist system in the 1980s culminates in the suspension of key principles of modernity, most notably that of political sovereignty. While the neoliberal model subjugates modern forms of social organization and political decision making to an economic rationale, the market is unable to provide a new ordering principle that could fill the empty place formerly occupied by the sovereign. The result is a situation that resembles what Antonio Gramsci termed "interregnum," an in-between time in which "the old [order] is dying and the new cannot be born."

  • The Biology of Consciousness: From William James to Richard Schultes and Beyond - March 29th, 2017

    Is culture fundamentally biological? Or is the biology of consciousness shaped by experiences - even religious ones? In this talk, Brian Farrell will connect the observations and outlook of William James concerning religion and consciousness with the work of Richard Schultes, an expert on the ritual use of plants and fungi by indigenous peoples across the Americas. For Farrell, our biological memories shape who we are, from our evolutionary history as great apes, through the great human migrations over the last 50,000 years to where we find ourselves today, molded by our childhood experiences and the people and places that hold us.

    Brian D. Farrell is the Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and Curator in Entomology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Professor Farrell is the author of many dozens of scientific papers and book chapters on the evolution of ecological interactions in the tropics and temperate zones.

  • MLCP Brown Bag Series - Afro-Cuban Music, the Last 30 Years: Meet and Greet with Michael Spiro, Professor of Percussion and Grammy Nominee - March 27th, 2017

    Bringing his drums and several players to present us samples of live Afro-Cuban percussion music, Professor Spiro will talk about his more than thirty years of experience performing and recording Afro-Cuban music. He will address the ways in which Afro-Cuban music has evolved from the 1980s to the present. Even today, Afro-Cuban music is often performed in a variety of religious contexts, using a number of African and African-American dialects that survive only in Cuba. Professor Spiro argues that part of the vitality of Cuban dance music (from the son montuno to today's modern timba) has to do with the fact that unlike other Latin American and Caribbean countries, Cuba continued to participate in the African slave trade until late in the 19th century and therefore maintained a direct connection with African traditions that has continued into the 21st century.

  • MLCP Brown Bag Series- Latin American Music Scholarship: Negotiating Intellectual Histories, Research Philosophies, and Political Priorities between Latin America and the United States - March 23rd, 2017

  • Brazilian Film Series: Boi Neon - March 21st, 2017

    In the arid Brazilian Northeast, bull handlers migrate between rodeos to carry out grueling work. Though unexpected, one handler, Iremar (Juliano Cazarré), dreams of becoming a tailor of fashionable women's clothing. His work partners travel, live and work together, forming an unlikely but warm familial group. The momentous growth of the region's clothing industry awakens new desires in Iremar, who longs for an outlet for his creativity. Boi Neon has garnered wide acclaim, nominated for nine awards and winner of seven at film festivals in Hamburg, Rio, Toronto and Venice.

  • Conspiracy and Orgies: Sexuality, Anticommunism, and the Right in Cold War Brazil - March 8th, 2017

    Benjamin Cowan, Assisant Professor from George Mason University, will give a talk based on his research interests in right-wing radicalism, morality, sexuality, and 20th-century imperialism. This presentation will draw on previously untapped archives to argue that Cold War struggles against "subversion" must be understood in cultural terms, as a reaction to the consequences- real and perceived- of modernization. Inscribing Brazil's Cold War military dictatorship (1964-1985) into a century-long, transnational trajectory of right-wing activism, Benjamin Cowan will demonstrate that anti-modern moral panic animated powerful, hard-line members and supporters of the military regime. As these hard-liners institutionalized state-sponsored, anti-Marxist violence, their moral panic conflated communist subversion with cultural changes based in modernization itself. Combining Cold War and culture war, rightists focused their anticommunism on specific gendered and sexualized areas of concern: "modern" youth, women, and mass media.

  • Scene Change: Music of Latin America, March 4th, 2017

    Explore the uncharted musical language of Latin America with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and IU's Latin American Music Center. This event will include the world premiere of the Chilean-American composer Juan Orrego-Sala's Ash Wednesday. Also included on the program are O Garatuja by Alberto Nepomuceno (Brazil), Bajo su Ventana by Guillermo Uribe Holguín (Colombia), Introducción y Allegro Concertante by Juan Orrego-Salas (Chile), and Retablos Sinfónicos by Celso Garrido-Lecca (Peru). Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students. There is no admission charge for youth 18 and under, but they will need a ticket. For more information, see here.

  • 6th Annual CLACS Graduate Student Conference- "The Individual, the People, and the State: Power in Latin America," March 3rd-4th, 2017

    The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at Indiana University and the CLACS Graduate Student Association invite graduate students to our sixth annual conference: "The Individual, the People, and the State: Power in Latin America." Interdisciplinary in nature, this conference will explore the role conceptions of identity and power play on the individual, local, national, and transnational level in the region. The conference is designed to showcase original research that examines ways in which power structures shape and are shaped by political, cultural, ecological, technological, or economic entities within contemporary Latin American societies. We invite graduate students of diverse backgrounds and interests to submit abstracts exploring: Political and Economic Shifts, History and Memory, Racial and Ethnic (In)visibility, Public Space, Social Struggles and Movements, Global South Comparative Perspectives, Gender and Sexuality, and Film, Literature, Theater, and Media. Abstracts relating to other subjects - including original documentary projects - will also be considered. For more information about this year's conference and the overall application process, you can visit the Conference's webpage here.

  • "Soil, Struggle, & Justice": A Benefit Film Screening, February 24th, 2017

    As part of SustainIU Week 2017, we're holding a benefit film screening for the UndocuHoosier Alliance on Friday, Feb. 24 at 12pm at La Casa Latino Cultural Center. Please join us for the film "Soil, Struggle, & Justice," which is about the Brazilian Landless Movement and a cooperative that struggled for land access and then transitioned to agroecology. Food will be provided, and the suggested donation to help the UndocuHoosier Alliance raise funds for an undocumented student scholarship is $5. Please join us and support our undocumented community! You can RSVP on our Facebook page by following this link. Thank you to our co-sponsors: The UndocuHoosier Alliance, the Student Sustainability Council, La Casa, the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Center for Caribbean and Latin American Studies.

  • MLCP Brown Bag Series: Brazilian Folk and Popular Music for the Violin - Lecture Demonstration, February 23rd, 2017

    A lecture and demonstration of Brazilian folk and popular music for the violin, including xôte, baião, frevo, samba, and bossa nova by Raimundo Nilton Silva of the Escola de Musica de Brasilia and the IPFW Community Arts Academy - String Camp.

  • Brazilian Film Series, February 21st, 2017

    Set in São Paulo in 1959, Heleno (2011) is director José Henrique Fonseca's depiction of the life and career of Heleno de Freitas (1920-1959), Botafogo striker and Brazil's first bad boy of football. In the final moments of his life, Heleno, played by acclaimed actor Rodrigo Santoro, recalls his greatest victories, frustrations, and regrets, including the cancellation of the 1946 World Cup due to the Second World War. Heleno is an emotional journey through the rise and fall of one of Brazil's greatest and most gifted athletes, and is not one to be missed.

  • Jazz @ The BCT, February 20th, 2017

    The IU Latin Jazz Ensemble and Soneros la Caliza will present a night of jazz at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington on Monday, February 20th. This event is free and open to the public! For more information, see here.

  • Punk, Pop, and Revolution in Wartime Peru, February 16th, 2017

    Dr. Shane Greene, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and CLACS Affiliate, will present at the first instillation of the Spring 2017 Global Studies Positioning Series. This talk is a brief, and briefly interactive, introduction to the politics of punk rock and pop art in the context of Peru's 1980s war with the Shining Path. It will highlight a Situationist method that was used to engage punk and pop artists in a critical dialogue about art, violence, militancy, and anarchism in a context that was heavily over-determined by the Shining Path's Maoist party proposal and the tactics of state terror adopted by the Peruvian state. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information please visit here.

  • Dany Laferrière Visit, February 15th - 16th, 2017

    • IU Cinema Dany Laferrière Series. Laferrière, a collaborator in these three films centered on his work, tells stories of America as a region where the scars of colonialism are evident still in the social and racial hierarchies born out of the growing global economy. The films address issues such as prostitution, sex tourism, and the lasting effects of the Duvalier dictatorship on Haitian society. Film titles include Vers Le Sud (Heading South) (2005) on February 6th, Le goût des jeunes fi lles (On the Verge of a Fever) (2004) on February 12th, and La dérive douce d'un enfant de Petit-Goâve (2009) on February 16th. For more information, please visit the IU Cinema event page.
    • Lecture by Dany Laferriè:"Un acadeèmicien pas comme les autres:L'Acadèmie française et son rôle au sein de la francophonie." (In French). February 15th, 4pm.
      Location: University Club, Indiana Memorial Union
    • Jorgensen Lecture: Dany Laferrière in conversation with Thomas Spear, Professor of French at City University of New York (in French, with simultaneous translation into English). February 16th, 3pm. Location: IU Cinema.

    • Transitionality: The US-Mexico Border as Barrier and Bridge, January 27th, 2017

      Dr. John H. McDowell - Professor and Chair, Folklore and Ethnomusicology - will be presenting at the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology Research Colloquium Series. Américo Paredes, a leading folklorist of his generation and McDowell's mentor at the University of Texas, was a child of the border separating and linking Mexico and the United States, and his work extends this political boundary into a rich metaphor of peoples and cultures in recurring cycles of contact and conflict. McDowell proposes "transitionality" to capture the positioning of Paredes and to think through the complex semiotic properties of the border as a zone of cultural production. What transitionality points to is a paradoxical reading of the border as both barrier and bridge, as terminus and connector, and indeed, McDowell nominates paradox as the trope of the border.

    • Interrogating Beauty: Richard Fung's Pure Sea/Queer Dirt, December 2nd-3rd, 2016

      This event featuring Trinidadian-Canadian filmmaker Richard Fung is a free two night video retrospective event part of Themester in Franklin Hall Room 312. The two-day event explores gender, sexuality, race, and intersectionality through Fung's experimental videos. The subtitle "Pure Sea/Queer Dirt" reflects the way Fung juxtaposes the sea's evocation of cleansing and beauty with the alleged dirtiness of queerness. This motif in his experimental documentaries critiques the beauty standards proffered in white gay pornography, as it challenges, or un-pretties, conventional images of pretty blue water. Fung's essayistic videos revisit his Chinese-Trinidadian childhood and explore life as a gay Asian man in Toronto, Canada. Perhaps to navigate such disparate landscapes, he alternates between frameworks such as narrative, documentary, found footage, appropriation, abstraction, autobiography, and pornography, prompting the questions: What does un-prettying the traditional documentary format mean? How does whiteness frame queerness as dirty? How has white gay media constructed beauty racially? Sponsored by Themester, the GLBT Student Services Center of Indiana University, the Poynter Center, Cinema and Media Studies at the Media School of Indiana University, the Center for Documentary Research, the Center for Research On Race and Ethnicity in Society, the Religious Studies Department of Indiana University and the Center for Latin American and Carribbean Studies of Indiana University.

      • "Reorienting queer panasian politics" Lecture with Richard Fung, December 2nd, 2016
        Fung will give a lunchtime lecture at the CRRES discussing the creation of his new video "Re:orientations" (2016) which revisits participants from a previous documentary Fung made on the same subject.
      • Shorts Program, December 2nd, 2016
        A retrospective featuring videos of numerous genres including Fung's masterwork Sea in the Blood (2000) a reflection on those close to Fung living with illness. Fung is scheduled to be present for a Q and A afterwards.
      • Re:Orientations, December 3rd, 2016
        Fung will screen his new video Re: Orientations (2016) that revisits seven participants from his previous documentary Orientations (1984) about queer pan-Asian Canadians. Fung is scheduled to be present for a Q&A afterwards with Media School Professor Ryan Powell.

    • 'ideogramas' -- A Talk by Claus Clüver on Brazilian Concrete Poetry, December 1st, 2016

      Professor Emeritus Claus Clüver will give a talk titled, "'ideogramas': Brazilian Concrete and Post-Concrete Poetry and Its Transposition by Composers and Translators," to accompany his exhibition of Brazilian concrete poetry, on display at the Lilly Library through December 15.

    • Latin America's Accountability Deficit Trap: Decling Political Competition & Declining Media Freedom, November 30th, 2016

      In the final El Foro talk of the semester, Elizabeth Stein will address the endogenous relationship between media freedom and presidential accountability (or the lack thereof). Stein, who is a a Mark Helmke Postdoctoral Scholar and Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Global and International Studies, will focus on when horizontal institutions of accountability become subservient to the executive and no longer monitor and sanction the president and when the frailty of constitutional checks and balances jeopardizes the very freedom and independence that the media require to remain the citizens' watchdog. She links presidential actions towards media freedom to (1) president-opposition competition in elections, (2) president-media polarization and citizen access to alternative media, and (3) the de jure and de facto institutional accountability framework. In light of these conditions, she will explain the evolution and devolution of media freedom during 14 presidencies in 6 Latin American countries. She will argue that presidents are more likely to infringe upon the independence and freedom of the media when presidents face minimal electoral competition from opposition parties and where they hold ideological positions contrary to the dominant ideological leaning of the media establishment.

    • Military interventions to unions during the so called 'Proceso de Reorganización Nacional' in Argentina (1976-1983), November 18th, 2016

      This presentation is the culmination of Luciana Zorzoli's research dedicated to the history of workers and workers' organizations in Argentina, specifically addressing the period of military rule self-described by the governing junta as the "Proceso de Reorganización Nacional," or the "Process of National Reorganization." Zorzoli, a postdoctoral fellow at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET-Argentina) and a current postdoctoral scholar at the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) at Colombia University, will provide a critique of how social scientists have studied the circumstances of these associations between 1976 and 1983 as well as a detailed review discussing how the military interventions were interpreted, challenging both the importance given to those interventions in order to explain the political activities of unions and the way in which workers and unions, as an object of study, have been approached so far. The exposition of a quantitative study based on the Ministry of Labor's archives will allow us to review serious gaps in the empirical reconstruction of these interventions, and to undertake pending discussions.

    • Folklore and Ethnomusicology Book Party, November 18th, 2016

      Join the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology as they celebrate books recently published by members of the department. Of special note is CLACS Affiliate, John McDowell, who will be presenting his recently published book, ¡Corrido! The Living Ballad of Mexico's Western Coast. Other titles of the book party include Packy Jim: Folklore and Worldview on the Irish Border by Ray Cashman, Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason Dixon Line by Henry Glassie & Clifford Murphy & Douglad Dowling Peach, and Folk Art and Aging: Life-Story Objects and Their Makers by John Kay. A reception will follow the brief presentation of each of these volumes.

    • PUNK and REVOLUTION II, November 10th, 2016

      Tell your friends, pasa la voz a la abuelita, and leave the cat at home!!! "PUNK and REVOLUTION II" is a FREE event at The Blockhouse.

      Come and check out all this:

      • A LAUNCH party for Shane Greene's book about underground rock and art during Peru's war with the Maoist insurgency known as the Shining Path. (Limited discount copies on sale at the merch table).
      • An EXHIBITION of the controversial 1988 art piece "La Carpeta Negra" ("The Black Folder") by Lima art collective Taller NN with translation provided. "NN acarajo" and "NN a-c-falo" will be present straight from Lima.
      • 3 BANDS (Wintermute, Dasher, El Cuervo Sucio) that don't quit, playing some Peruvian punk and originals you just can't miss. FREE poster for the first 100 persons to walk through the door.

    • Soid Pastrana-guest artists for Dr. Anya Peterson Royce's Fall 2016 Sensual Knowledge Course

      Soid Pastrana, who has achieved an international reputation as a painter and printmaker, was born in 1970 in the 7th section of the Isthmus Zapotec city of Juchitán. The 7th is a section of farmers, fisherman, and artisans. Soid spoke only Zapotec until he went to school where he showed a talent for drawing. He went to the School of Design of the Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico, D.F. and has had more than eighty exhibitions throughout Mexico and in the United States, Cuba and Indonesia. His work - lithographs, paintings, posters, party invitations, and book jackets - stuns the eye with its vibrant colors, the colors that define Juchitán. Its fantastiscal scenes impeccably executed are also characteristic of Juchitán art since the great Rufino Tamayo and Francisco Toledo.

    • Blood on the Sand Colloquium, November 10th, 2016

      The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies invites you to come watch students in Dr. Halloran's ENG-L 748/AMST-G751/CULS-C701 present their work in progress. The presentations will be a series of five minute 'flash talks' covering projects focused on: Caribbean or Central American life and culture, counter-narratives of violence and conflict, investigation of dystopias and "desencuentros," drama, poetry, folklore, literature, and news reports. There will be a question and answer period after the flash talks. Please come support our grad students and listen to emerging research in Caribbean and Latin American studies.

    • PUNK and REVOLUTION I, November 9th, 2016

      A roundtable to discuss former-CLACS Director Shane Greene's new book on the rise of punk music, pop art, and anarchism during the 1980s conflict between the Maoist insurgency known as the Shining Path and Peru's repressive state. The event will be bilingual with translation provided for non-Spanish speakers. Special invited guests include Alfredo Márquez and Álex Ángeles. Trained in architecture at la Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima, Peru, Márquez and Ángeles are visual artists with broad influences in pop, punk, rock, and Andean indigenismo. They were both members of 1980s art collectives, Las Bestias ("The Beasts") and Taller NN ("Workshop of the Unidentified").

    • Day of the Dead Interactive Tabling, November 1st, 2016

      Visit the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies' table in the Collins Living-Learning Center Coffee House to learn more about the origins, rituals, and traditions of Day of the Dead. Participate in a variety of fun, immersive activities related to this beloved Mexican holiday, including making papel picado and calavera masks! Stop by anytime between 5:30 and 8 PM.

    • PUNK and REVOLUTION Art Exhibit, October 31st to November 15th, 2016

      In the run up to the release of former-CLACS Director Shane Greene's new book Punk and Revolution: Seven More Interpretations of Peruvian Reality, the GISB lounge will be home to an exhibit of over two dozen art works and music videos. Operating on a rotating slideshow on the lounge's large screen, this exhibit will set the ground for the PUNK and REVOLUTION roundtable discussion

    • Scofano & Minetti duo Performance, October 28th, 2016

      Richard Scofano is a truly force of nature and one of the most accomplished musicians today. His compositions, arrangements, and performances/interpretations are powerful, innovative, creative, virtuosic and poignant. Alfredo Minetti, PhD in Anthropology, has been offering courses in International Studies on the arts and cross-cultural communication. He is a superb pianist in the classical tradition but also in the music of Argentine tango and the less-well known form of Chamamé. This not-to-be-missed performance is open to the public.

    • Science, Technology, and Human Rights: A Case Study of Forensic Identification in Chile, October 26th, 2016

      As a part of the Latin American Research Forum (El Foro) , Eden Medina-Associate Professor of Informatics and Computing-will be speaking on the intersections between science, technology, and human rights as understood through events in Chile. In 1991, Chilean forensic scientists began the exhumation of 126 skeletons from Patio 29, a plot in the General Cemetery where the military ordered the burial of hundreds the disappeared and executed. The exhumations began shortly after Chile returned to democracy and provided proof of the human rights crimes that had taken place during the dictatorship. By 2002, the Chilean government had identified 96 of these skeletons and returned them to the families. However, in 2006 the Chilean government announced that the scientists had misidentified at least half of the skeletons exhumed from Patio 29. This talk will consider how Chile's particular reparation ecology shaped its use of science and technology for forensic identification, and how the misidentifications have shaped reparation, truth, and justice in the aftermath of Pinochet.

    • Long Live the Low People: Popular Politics in the city of Buenos Aires in the First Half of the 19th Century, October 25th, 2016

      In this lecture Gabriel Di Meglio- Professor of History at the University of Buenos Aires and a researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) - will discuss how the plebeians of Buenos Aires played a remarkable role in the political life of the city during the first half of the 19th century. From the resistance to the British invasions of 1806-7 to the sacking of Buenos Aires after the administration of popular leader Juan Manuel de Rosas fell in 1852, men and women of the "low people" -artisans, street vendors, journeymen, slaves and many others- were a permanent presence on the political scene. Plebeian mobilizations, participation in elections and patriotic feasts, military mutinies and political networks became key factors of urban politics. This presentation analyzes this presence, paying particular attention to the motifs of popular politicization: social and racial tensions and the rise of egalitarianism, religion and Americanism, patriotism and republicanism.

    • Land Use and Environmental Diversity in Maranhão, Brazil / Diversidade Agrária e Ambiental no Estado do Maranhão, Brasil, October 21st, 2016

      Prof. Maristela de Paula Andrade, Prof. Benedito de Souza Filho, and Prof. Ulisses Denache Vieira Souza (Universidade Federal do Maranhão, visiting scholars at the Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems- CASEL, Dept of Anthropology and Dept of Geography, IUB) will examine the current diversity of land use and environment of the State of Maranhão, as well its main socio-environmental conflicts. The talk will be in Portuguese. Sponsored by the Brazilian Studies Group and Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies.

    • CLACS Open House, October 20th, 2016

      Interested in Latin America 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! All IU undergraduates and graduate students are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served!

    • 'ideogramas': Brazilian Concrete and Post-Concrete Poetry from the Collection of Claus and Maria Clüer, October 14th to December 15th, 2016

      "'ideogramas': Brazilian Concrete and Post-Concrete Poetry from the Collection of Claus and Maria Clüver" will be on display in the Lincoln Room of the Lilly Library from October 14 through December 15, 2016. The selections feature aspects of the poetic production of the five poets who created a new type of avant-garde poetry in the 1950s that relied strongly on the visual (and sound) aspects of their material. They became leaders in an international movement that lasted for two decades and is commemorated in Brazil until today. The exhibition documents the publication and reception of their work in Brazil and abroad and its close connection to concrete art, with some emphasis on the poets' connection to Indiana University.

    • Local Governance in Latin America, October 5th, 2016

      As a part of the Latin American Research Forum (El Foro), Professor Claudia N. Avellaneda- Associate Professor at the School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA)- will speak on the factors explaining municipal performance in Latin America. Since the adoption of decentralization, Latin American municipalities became responsible for funding, planning and implementing programs affecting both human and economic development. Based on data collected from field research, Avellaneda will present the role that mayoral qualifications play in explaining municipal performance when it is assessed in terms of public service delivery and fiscal performance. Besides testing the effect of managerial quality, Avellaneda also tests the effect of political, demographic, economic, and contextual factors. Findings across six Latin American countries-Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Honduras, El Salvador, and Ecuador-suggest that the municipal context moderates the effect that managerial and political factors have on municipal performance.

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    • Roundtable:(Re)Presentation of/in Indigenous Politics, September 28th, 2016

      As a part of the El Foro: Latin American Research Forum Series, Dr. Lee J. Alston will be speaking about the roles of beliefs, leadership, and institutions in the elusive yet critical transition to sustainable development within Brazil. His talk will outline how the nation's beliefs, centered on social inclusion yet bound by orthodox economic policies, led to institutions that ultimately altered economic, political, and social outcomes. Dr. Lee J. Alston is the Ostrom Chair, professor of economics and law, and director of the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University.

    • Latin American Indigenous Film Series

      The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the Minority Languages and Cultures Project (MLCP), and the IU Cinema are proud to present "More than Tradition: Latin American Indigenous Film Series" during the Fall 2016 semester. 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 and 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. Ticket bundles to be made available to faculty interested in incorporating the screening into their syllabi.

      • Daughter of the Lake (2015, Documentary), September 25th, 2016
        Directed by Ernesto Cabellos Damian, Peru. 87 minutes. Screening at the IU Cinema followed by a Q&A by the director.
      • Echo of the Mountain (2014, Documentary), October 20th, 2016
        Directed by Nicolás Echevarria, USA/Mexico. 92 minutes. Screening at Phyllis Klotman Room, Black Film Center/Archive (Wells Library, 044B).
      • Dauna: Gone with the River (2015, Feature Film), December 5th, 2016
        Directed by Mario Crespo, Venezuela. 104 minutes. Screening at IU Cinema.

    • An Introduction to Latin American Studies Library Resources, September 23rd, 2016

      Looking to elevate your research to the next level? Learn about area-specific databases and hone your information-seeking skills in this introductory talk by Dr. Luis Gonzalez, the Latin American area studies librarian from IU Libraries. Explore the extensive library resources available to IU students of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and take advantage of research expertise showcased in this lecture.

    • Field Research Roundtable, September 23rd, 2016

      Recipients of CLACS Summer 2016 Field Research Grants have returned from their fieldwork and will be sharing their experiences and research progress in a round-table discussion. Students interested in field research are highly encouraged to attend in order to gain valuable insight and tips from returning 2016 Field Research Grant recipients. To learn more about the areas and topics represented at the Research Roundtable, explore the blog posts written by attending CLACS FRG recipients.

    • Geography's Colloquium: In Dialogue With The Land: Wilson Harris's Original Art of Fiction, September 23rd, 2016

      Presented by the Department of Geography in partnership with CLACS, the Lilly Library, and the Department of Comparative Literature. Featuring speaker Patricia Murray, Associate Fellow of the School of Advanced Study, University of London and Lilly Library. Dr. Murray will be speaking on Sir Wilson Harris, who has long been recognized as an important figure in Guyanese, Caribbean and World literature. He began writing and publishing in pre-independence Guiana while he was working as a land surveyor in the interior and his first novel Palace of the Peacock - a condensed, highly experimental novel, set in the Guyanese interior and symbolic of human quests in all times and places - was published by Faber and Faber in 1960. He has since published 24 further works of fiction, as well as numerous essays, and has developed a highly original, and deeply compassionate, style of writing that amazes and perplexes in equal measure. This talk will explore Harris's creative process in relation to his early scientific training and show how his response to landscape, as well as his political and environmental concerns, produced a new kind of language and a new kind of form for the novel. With reference to archival sources and recent interviews, the talk will aim to demystify the 'genius in the jungle' label that surrounds Harris and ask what appropriate critical tools we need to bring to the reading of such unique fictions. (Refreshments provided at 3:15 p.m. in Student Building 018). Questions should be directed to Dr. Majed Akhter, 855-7971.

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  • New Corporate Frontiers: Digital Activitsm and Child Labor Eradication in Latin America, April 22, 2016

    Lecture by Leigh Campoamor, Visiting Assistant Professor at Lafayette College. 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.

  • American and British Authors in Nineteenth-century Brazil and Portugal, April 14, 2016

    A lecture by Juliana Maia de Queiroz, Federal University of Pará, Brazil. This lecture will focus on the presence of some novelists in Portuguese and Brazilian book catalogues. Their novels provided Lusophone readers a window into American, Irish, and British worlds in the second half of the nineteenth century. Lecture in English. Location: IMU Sassafras Room. For more info, view the event flyer.

  • A Flamethrower to His Image: Photographs of Archbishop Oscar Romero, April 14, 2016

    A talk by Kevin Coleman, CLACS alum and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Toronto. Location: GA 2067.

    Coleman will be discussing photographs taken by Archbishop Oscar Romero before the Civil War in El Salvador. Archbishop Romero was murdered by government forces who also sought to destroy his legacy of solidarity with the poor. Attempting to understand these pictures of a life stopped by an assassin's bullet also exposes the covert campaigns to annihilate a form of thought that encouraged liberatory sovereign action, despite being located within easy reach of U.S.-orchestrated, world-shattering violence.

  • Romances brasileiros em Portugal pelas mãos de dois editores franceses, April 13, 2016

    A talk by Juliana Maia Queiroz, Associate Professor of Portuguese Literature at the University of Pará, Brazil. Part of the Brazilian Studies Group Talk Series: Brazil on the World Stage. Location: Collins Living Learning Center Coffeehouse (corner of 10th and Woodlawn).
    Dr. Maia Queiroz is one of Brazil's experts on the transatlantic exchange between Brazil and Portugal during the 19th century. Talk will be in Portuguese with Q&A in English to follow. For more info, view the event flyer.

  • An Evolutionary Perspective on Cultural Change at an Amazonian Ethnic Boundary, April 7, 2016

    MLCP Brown Bag lunch series featuring John Bunce, Visiting Assistant Professor in the IU Department of Anthropology.

  • UndocuStories: Migrant Poetry and Narratives, March 24, 2016

    A conversation with Acclaimed Poets Marcelo Hernandez Castillo and Natalie Scenters-Zapico. Featuring an introduction by the Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance. Location: IMU Walnut Room. Co-sponsored by La Casa Latino Cultural Center, the Latino Studies Program, and the IU Student Association.
    Undocumented people come from Latin America to the US for many different reasons, including economic hardship, displacement, war, narco-terrorism, and state violence. Once here, undocumented people face many challenges as they integrate into society. Join us for an evening of testimonials, poetry, and a Q&A panel with poets and activists about undocumented people, art, and activism.

    Marcelo Hernandez Castillo was born in Zacatecas, México and is a co-founder of the Undocupoets, a campaign challenging citizen-based discrimination in publishing. He is a graduate from the University of Michigan's MFA program, a Canto Mundo fellow, and a Zell post-graduate fellow.
    Natalie Scenters-Zapico is from El Paso, Texas, USA and Ciudad Ju´rez, Chihuahua, México. She is the author of The Verging Cities (2016), among her many honors she has been named a top ten debut of 2015 by Poets and Writers.

  • ACCESS and CONTROL: Resources and Technology in the Global South, March 3-5, 2016.

    CLACS Graduate Student Conference. More >>

  • Paraguayan language attitudes: How much Jopará is too much?, March 3, 2016

    Featuring Elizabeth M. Herring, Visiting Lecturer in the IU Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Location: Global & International Studies Building room 2067. More Information.

  • From the Root(s): A Groundings with Legendary Dub-Poet and Caribbean Philosopher Mutabaruka, February 19, 2016

    Featuring Rhythm Collective and members of the African American Dance Company. Mutabaruka is Jamaica's and the Caribbean's most influential cultural critic and public philosopher. His influence has been profound, injecting a political and postcolonial stance into a popular musical tradition.

  • Brazilian Concrete Poetry in Its International and Intermedial Contexts, February 18, 2016

    A talk by Claus Clüver, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at IU. Part of the Brazilian Studies Group Talk Series: Brazil on the World Stage.
    View the flyer here for more information.

  • Turning Away from Populism? The Elections in Argentina and Venezuela, February 9, 2016

    Featuring guest speakers Sergio Berensztein and Augusto De Venanzi. This event is co-sponsored by the School of Global & International Studies and will feature introductory remarks by SGIS Dean Lee A. Feinstein.

  • Eternal Praise to the Brave Warriors": Indeterminacies of Nationhood in Jesús De Machaca, Bolivia, February 2, 2016

    Part of the MLCP Brown Bag lunch series, this lecture features Karl Swinehart, Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Humanities at the University of Louisville. Dr. Swinehart will speak on Bolivian plurinationality through an examination of a public commemoration of the 1921 uprising and massacre of Aymara peasants in Jesús de Machaca, La Paz--focusing on the singing of the Bolivian national anthem in the Aymara language.

  • Cultural Policies and Creative Entrepreneurship: comparative explorations in Mexico and Cuba, January 21, 2016

    Lázaro Rodríguez Oliva.
    With expertise in Cultural Policies in Cuba and currently residing in Mexico, Rodríguez Oliva is uniquely positioned to explore cultural entrepreneurship in the Latin American and Caribbean context.

  • Isthmus Zapotec Artists and Their Art: Image Word and Sound, January 19, 2016

    MLCP Brown Bag lunch series talk featuring Dr. Anya Peterson Royce, Chancellor's Professor of Anthropology and Comparative Literature at Indiana University.
    The in-between is a landscape of possibility and of transformation. It is a place that demands letting go of the known, of the comfort of the familiar, in order to let oneself be the transformation for others. Artists call this home. Landscapes of the in-between demand that we implicate ourselves, bodies and all. It is not for everyone, this heading out into the unknown, led by one's passion, to what writer Sue Monk Kidd calls the exquisite edge of courage (1996:106). Artists inhabit it, open themselves to interpreting their craft and culture, and offer this mediated culture to wider audiences. Their artful behavior is rooted fundamentally in sensual knowledge, making them peculiarly sensitive to the traditions and values of their own cultures. This sensitivity and their residence in unfamiliar territory, both rooted and rootless, allow them to remind their own communities of who they have been and can be. They also speak from and for their communities to those who do not know their traditions and histories. I will explore the following questions in the context of the rich and continuous tradition of visual art, poetry, and music among the Isthmus Zapotec of Juchitán. What circumstances make it possible for artists to create out of their own traditions while departing from them? How do they navigate the in-between roles of interpreters and transformers? What conditions support acceptance of the artist as person, the work created by the artist, or both person and creation? Working with image, word, and sound, I will offer examples of the ancient, the reworked, and the new, touching on the role of social media in creating and sustaining art.

  • Our Lady of Many Causes: Religion and the Politics of Heritage in Bahia, Brazil, December 9, 2015

    A Latin American Research Forum talk by IU Associate Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies, Stephen Selka.
    This talk examines the transformation of a local Afro-Catholic religious festival (the festival of Our Lady of Good Death celebrated by the Sisterhood of Our Lady of the Good Death in Cachoeira, Bahia) from a local celebration to heritage of the state and a tourist attraction. It focuses on the critical period from the 1970s to the 1990s during which Afro-Brazilian culture became an increasingly important political, economic and cultural "resource" in Bahia. In 1989, the Sisterhood of Our Lady of the Good Death entered into a legal conflict with the Catholic Church over the ownership of the images and objects used in the festival, precipitating something of a national scandal. In this talk I explore how various groups - especially politicians, artists and tourists - came to the Sisterhood's defense during this conflict and how, in the process, the Sisterhood expanded from a religious organization to a legal, political and cultural one.

  • Cuban Diplomat Carlos Alzugaray Treto, November 19, 2015
    Cuban Futures: the short term and the long term

    Ambassador Carlos Alzugaray Treto (1943) became a Cuban Foreign Service Officer in 1961 until 1996. He served in Japan, Bulgaria, Argentina, Canada, Ethiopia and Belgium. His last two posts were Advisor on Global Political Affairs for the Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the European Union. From 1980-1996 he shared his diplomatic profession with his work as a lecturer and scholar on International Relations. In 1997 he became a full Professor at the Higher Institute of International Affairs and finished his PhD dissertation on Cuban-US relations in 1959-1961. Until 2012 he taught also at the University of Havana, at the National Defense College and at the Academy of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, all in Cuba. He was also Visiting Professor or Scholar at universities or higher learning institutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Spain and Italy. He has won 5 annual awards for Outstanding Teaching and two for Outstanding Research. From 1982 on he started publishing articles and books on international relations and Cuban politics. His work has appeared in the form of three books and more than 100 articles, book chapters, essays or blogs. He has been awarded the National Critic Prize for outstanding non fiction book and was runner up two times to the International Award for Socio-Historical literature established by Casa de las Américas in Havana. Between 2000 and 2012 he was a member of the Social Sciences Section of the Cuban Academy of Sciences. He has been member and executive of several Latin American social science professional associations, among them the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and the Asociación Latinoamericana de Ciencia Política (ALACIP). Since retiring from active teaching at Havana University in 2012, he has been active as a member of the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists (UNEAC) and the editorial board of Temas, one of the most important Cuban social science & humanities quarterly.

  • Zafè Fatra (The Affair of Trash): Haiti's Trash-Talking Musicians and Their Pursuit of a Cleaner Port-au-Prince, November 11, 2015
    A Latin American Research Forum talk by IU Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Rebecca Dirksen.

    Intimately tied to poverty, health insecurity, political uncertainty, and structural violence, trash is one of the most visible and hazardous challenges in Port-au-Prince today. Pedestrians are frequently forced to traverse piles of garbage on their daily routes, and many Haitian citizens speak of politik fatra, a "politics of trash," that governs civic behavior to a surprising extent. Notably, the mounting trash problem has given rise to a distinct and growing musical discourse on garbage. In fact, several groups of young musicians have used their songs to voice concerns about environmental degradation and inappropriate dumping practices, but these musicians' engagement with trash does not end with their lyrics. They are physically trying to combat the problem and empower their local communities toward concrete action. This talk will present two such projects led by youth who have endeavored to clean up their spaces and the negative images society has hoisted on them: (1) a neighborhood trash collection program initiated and organized by teenage rappers, and (2) a work-in-progress musical documentary called Zafè Fatra (The Affair of Trash), a collaboration between a collective of musicians, a Haitian filmmaker, and the presenter.

  • Pope Francis and Catholic Borderlands, November 5, 2015
    Lecture by Valentina Napolitano, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto.

    21st century Latin American migrations from the Americas to Europe have effectively put into question long-standing principles of Catholic conversion in the Americas. In this talk, Prof. Napolitano will illustrate tensions between the Catholic Church's "New Evangelization" efforts and its responses to the present migration and refugee crisis, seen as a potential threat to an allegedly authentic, Euro-centric Catholic heritage. She will also dwell on an analysis of the Catholic Church as a passionate machine through ethnographic illustrations of the Church"s attempts to educate migrants.

  • Gerard Aching Book Reading, October 29, 2015

    Gerard Aching, Professor of Africana and Romance Studies at Cornell University, will read from his newest book, Freedom from Liberation: Slavery, Sentiment, and Literature in Cuba. In this book, Aching explores the complexities of enslavement in the autobiography of Cuban slave-poet Juan Francisco Manzano (1797-1854) and complicates the universally recognized assumption that a slave's foremost desire is to be freed from bondage.

  • The Original Chocolate: A Gift of the Rainforest - Maya Chocolate Production and Rainforest Conservation, October 22, 2015

    Fifth Generation Maya Farmer, Juan Cho, will discuss the production of organic chocolate products. This event is sponsored by the IU Food Institute, CLACS, and the College of Arts & Sciences. More >>

  • Music and Intangible Heritage in Brazil, October 14, 2015

    Public policies around the idea of "Intangible Cultural Heritage" (ICH) began to be discussed in Brazil by 1997. In 2000, the Federal Government established the register and safeguard of ICH as a legal duty. In 2003, Brazil was among the first signatories of the UNESCO convention on the safeguarding of ICH. Between 2000 and 2014, seven forms of music and dance from the Northeastern region of Brazil were classified as national ICH and two of these were submitted to and approved for UNESCO ICH lists. Brazil's prompt integration of UNESCO's public policies is connected to a history of ongoing debates and exchanges about folklore and popular culture which helped shape and influence social practices. In this talk, Prof. Sandroni will link present debates on ICH to Brazilian experiences in related fields since the 1930's and discuss recent Brazilian ICH cases in music and dance.

  • Intimations of Mortality: The Cemetery in Post-Soviet Cuban Film and Fiction, September 9, 2015

    This lecture by Vicky Unruh, Professor Emerita of Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Kansas, is part of the Latin American Research Forum. The Necrópolis Cristobal Colón in Havana, one of the largest cemeteries in the Western Hemisphere, is a popular tourist stop for visitors to contemporary Cuba. The site of Fidel Castro's first memorable public appearance in 1951, the Colón entrance also witnessed Fidel's first use of the word "socialism" in 1961 to describe the Cuban Revolution.

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  • Immigration and Mass Incarceration in the U.S.: Law, Capital, and the Criminalization of Surplus Labor, April 3, 2015

    Part of the Latin American Research Forum lecture series, this lecture features Andrés Guzmán, IU Assistant Professor, Spanish and Portuguese.
    Criminalization is today one of the primary governmental responses to the crisis of surplus labor. Beginning by examining the governmental logics that underpin the related phenomena of immigrant detention and deportation, the criminalization of non-citizen behavior, and mass incarceration in the U.S. during recent decades, this presentation follows by proposing a theoretical framework through which to think the political capacity of such figures as the (Undocumented) Immigrant and Criminal.

  • Expressing Indigenous Culture in Highland and Lowland South America, March 26, 2015

    This event will celebrate the Inga Resource Center and honor the achievements of Francisco Tandioy Jansasoy, instructor of Quechua at CLACS. Michael Uzendoski from FLACSO in Quito, Ecuador will be giving the keynote lecture titled, "Beyond Orality: Textuality, Narrative Life, and Indigenous Theories of Being from Amazonian Ecuador." Francisco Tandioy Jansasoy, IU Professor of Folklore John McDowell and Juan Eduardo Wolf, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Oregon, will also be presenting.

  • Portraying the Tragic Past of Latin America: From Judgment to Understanding, March 11, 2015

    The political violence and state repression that rocked Latin America during the Cold War have been written about widely. Essays, historical monographs, memoirs, biographies, novels, and artistic productions have dealt with a past that has left a significant mark on the subcontinent. That production and the writing of that history has exacerbated the tension between what Carlo Ginzburg called the judge and the historian, a tension that is always present in historiographical work. Featuring guest lecturer Sebastián Carassai, Associate Professor at the University of Buenos Aires, Associate Researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council and Visiting Scholar at Duke University.

  • Subestimados: Prospects and Challenges of Social Mobility, March 6-7, 2015

    This year's Graduate Student Conference encourages participants to expose past and present challenges that have influenced the emergence of social groups that are underestimated, undervalued, and pushed to the margins in Latin American and Caribbean societies. The prospects of social mobility for these people are limited by diverse global, national, regional, and local factors, and scholarly attention from across disciplines has the ability to better conceptualize the interrelatedness of these factors. With this theme in mind, we invite scholars from diverse academic and professional backgrounds to submit abstracts exploring the complex experiences of subestimados fighting to overcome their challenging circumstances. Featuring Dr. Lessie Jo Frazier, Associate Professor of Gender Studies and American Studies at IU as the keynote speaker. Download the conference program for more information.

  • Politics and Presidentes: Elections in Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, February 20, 2015

    CLACS and the School of Global and International Studies will host this event highlighting recent elections in Latin America. Guest lecturer José Antonio Lucero from the University of Washington's Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies will be joined by IU faculty members: Eduardo Brondizio from the department of Anthropology, Christiana Ochoa from the Maurer School of Law, and Alfio Saitta from the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

  • Contemporary Currents in Caribbean Studies, February 13, 2015

    What Sovereignty Feels Like: Entanglements, Circulations, Archives
    by Deborah Thomas, Professor of Anthropology and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania. One of the questions that often arises about state violence or the repression of movements that are seen as threatening has to do with why the state cracks down when it does. When does a threat become unbearable and actionable? Drawing from her work on two collaborative projects geared toward visually archiving state violence in Jamaica, Thomas will explore the spaces of potentiality that have been illuminated by the work we are doing, and the ways these spaces might catalyze new possibilities for seeing connections previously unexamined and for re-ordering our ontological taken-for-granteds, like time and space, politics and justice.

    1912: The History of Cuba's Tomorrow
    by Alejandro de la Fuente, Professor of African and African American Studies and History, Harvard University. Why do certain events become "history?" Under what circumstances are new pasts made? This presentation seeks to explore and understand how current debates about race and justice are connected to the making of new histories of the Cuban nation.

  • Postrevolutionary Cuban Literature and Film and Cuban-U.S. Relations: The Cultural Context, February 4-5, 2015

    These events feature Víctor Fowler Calzada, a Cuban Essayist and Poet based in Havana. Moderated by Anke Birkenmaier, Associate Professor at IU, with comments by James Buckwalter-Arias, Associate Professor in Hanover College.

  • UnExpected Archives: More Locations of Caribbean Film, January 30, 2015

    Part of the Latin American Research Forum lecture series, this lecture features Terri Francis, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Culture at IU.

  • There is Nothing Else Documentary Film Screening, November 10, 2014

    A documentary film directed by Christiana Ochoa, Professor in the Maurer School of Law and Associate Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs at IU, Otra Cosa No Hay (There is Nothing Else) transports its audiences to this remote region of Colombia in order to provide complex insights into the conflicts between local people, foreign companies and environmentalists over the proper use of Colombia's natural treasures.

  • Much Obliged: Amazonian Ritual Dependencies, November 7, 2014

    This lecture by Dr. Christopher Ball from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame focuses on how, in Central Brazil, ongoing deforestation and development projects including hydroelectric dam construction bring novel entanglements with outsiders to indigenous communities.

  • Remaking Health Care in Latin America: The Challenges of Applying Intercultural Policy, October 24, 2014

    Part of the Latin American Research Forum lecture series, this lecture features Lucia Guerra-Reyes, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health at IU.

  • Buying into the Regime: Grapes and Consumption in Cold War Chile and the United States, October 16, 2014

    A Horizons of Knowledge lecture by Heidi Tinsman, UC Irvine Professor of History, which explores the relationship between Chile's lucrative grape industry and Americans' growing appetite for fresh and healthy eating in the late 20th century.

  • At the Foot of the Beast: Gangs, Labor, and Immigration in Honduras, October 8, 2014

    Dr. John Carter from Le Moyne College Department of Anthropology will speak about the changing nature of labor in Honduras in the face of the booming criminal economy, and at the transformation of craft, expertise, and self among those struggling against the tide, immigrating to the US, and finding themselves within a labyrinthe and stigmatizing deportation complex.

  • Language and Education in Haiti: Reviving the Réforme Bernard, September, 26, 2014

    Part of the Latin American Research Forum lecture series, this lecture features Albert Valdman, Rudy Professor Emeritus of French Linguistics at IU.

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