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Events: January 2017

Jan 9

LAII Vamos a Leer Book Group

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tractor Brewing, 1800 4th St NW
Description: Each month educators, teachers, librarians and community members from all over Albuquerque come together at the welcoming Tractor Brewing Co. on 4th St. to discuss young adult books related to Latin America. All of the books featured in the Vamos a Leer book group are chosen for their representations of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the United States. In January, we're reading Darkroom: A Memoir by Lila Quintero-Weaver.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the book group and relevant resources, visit the LAII's blog, Vamos a Leer: Teaching Latin America Through Literacy. For reference, see the PDF of Spring 2017 Vamos a Leer titles.
Jan 24

LAII Winter Welcome Back

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Join the LAII for a Winter Welcome Back celebration, an open house for all our campus community to join us in kicking off the spring term. Come for this informal opportunity to get to know the LAII better. This is your chance to meet our staff (we're here for you!) and to meet other undergraduate and graduate students who are in the Latin American Studies program, who are thinking about joining the program, or who just have an interest in Latin America. We'll have hot chocolate on the stove and sweet and savory munchies.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.
Jan 25

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Theatre of the Oppressed

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Latin American & Iberian Institute, Conference Room
Description: Join us as we explore the Theatre of the Oppressed. Based in the work of Brazilian educator and activist Paulo Freire, Theatre of the Oppressed was developed by Brazilian dramatist and activist Augusto Boal who sought, in his words, to "turn non-actors into actors, in the theater and in society." The practice is intended to engage with and empower communities.
The first half of the workshop will be led by Dr. Ricky Lee Allen, Associate Professor in the UNM College of Education, who will provide a brief overview of Paulo Freire's life (1921-1997), historical context, and major ideas.
The second half of the evening will be led by UNM graduate student María José Ramos, who will provide an overview of Theatre of the Oppressed and offer concrete examples of the ways in which it has been used to address issues in communities and K-12 classrooms. Attendees will have the chance to participate in hands-on demonstrations.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: Certificates of professional development will be provided to participants. Dinner will be served. Registration is required for this free event. We ask that you PLEASE ONLY REGISTER if you are confident you will attend the workshop. Visit our registration website to confirm your space. It hinders our ability to plan if we cannot gauge attendance. Please see the event flyer for reference.
Jan 26

Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar: Javier Lorenzo – From the City Dump to the Concert Halls: The Journey of the Manuel Areu Collection

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Zimmerman Library, Waters Room
Description: Join the LAII and University Libraries for a presentation with Dr.Javier Lorenzo, a Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar, as he discusses the “Manuel Areu Project” of the UNM Honors College.
Looking for objects to use in his sculpture work, in 1952 artist Frederick Sommers discovered a collection of musical and drama manuscripts in a garbage dump in the town of Jerome, Arizona. This discovery was the beginning of the Manuel Areu Project, which has since entailed the documentation and preservation of these materials, among them scores and personal documents belonging to Manuel Areu (1845-1944). Areu, a composer, violinist, actor, and impresario, traveled in Spain, Cuba, Mexico, and the southwestern US. His recaptured materials illustrate his individual endeavors as well as the broader context of important social and political change.
Sponsors: LAII, University Libraries
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, see the event flyer.