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Events: September 2017

Sept. 7

Musicology Colloquium Series: Josh Kun: The Tide Was Always High: Latin American Musical Modernisms in Los Angeles

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm.
Location: Keller Hall
Description: Join us for the first lecture in the Fall 2017 Musicology Colloquium Series. Drawing from his research for the Getty Foundation's PST: LA/LA initiative, Professor Kun will explore the role of various Latin American musical histories in the shaping of jazz, funk, and popular music in 20th century Los Angeles. Kun is Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California. He is an author and editor of several books, most recently The Tide Was Always High: The Music of Latin America in Los Angeles (UC Press). He is a 2016 MacArthur fellow and the recipient of a 2017-2018 Berlin Prize.
Sponsors: Department of Music, Student Affairs, LAII, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Department of American Studies.
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.
Sept. 11

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 come together at the welcoming Tractor Brewing Co. on 4th St. to discuss adult and 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 September, we're reading Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar.
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 Fall 2017 Vamos a Leer titles.
Sept. 12

CNM•UNM LAS Speaker Series: Chris Duvall - ¿Qué es marihuana? And Why It's Important to Know

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: CNM Main Campus, Smith Brasher (SB) Hall, Room 103/104
Description: Join us for the first presentation in the Fall 2017 CNM•UNM LAS Lecture Series as Dr. Chris Duvall presents "¿Qué es marihuana? And Why It's Important to Know." In global popular culture, marijuana traces to Mexico. This popular knowledge is inaccurate: Marijuana traces to Africa. In this presentation, Duvall will excavate the plant drug's African past, as the foundation upon which Latin American cannabis cultures-from Argentina to New Mexico-arose historically. Recognizing marijuana's African heritage is important for three reasons. First, recognizing its African past challenges the enduring habit of denying African contributions to world culture, a legacy of slavery and racism. Second, by specifying marijuana's African heritage, it becomes clear that drug use has been linked to specific social conditions for centuries, not cultural heritage or race. Stereotypes about drug use have enabled drug-law enforcement that is biased against ethnic, linguistic, and racial minorities. Finally, recognizing marijuana's African past exposes social and cultural inequities that have not been addressed in current debates about marijuana's legality in the U.S. and elsewhere. This presentation features his collection of historic images of cannabis drug use, and anticipates his forthcoming book, Mariamba: African Roots of Marijuana.
Duvall is an Associate Professor in the UNM Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. His research focuses on human-plant interactions, primarily in Africa and amongst the African Atlantic Diaspora. His current work focuses on the historical geography of cannabis. Dr. Duvall's publications on the topic include the book Cannabis (Reaktion Books, 2015), and an article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History. His forthcoming book on the historical geography of cannabis in the Atlantic World is Mariamba: African Roots of Marijuana (Duke University Press, expected 2018).
Sponsors: CNM Latin American Studies program, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer for this lecture, or the series flyer for the entire term.
Sept. 14

¡Cine Magnífico! Latino Film Festival at UNM:: Films on Immigration

Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Ortega Hall, Reading Room
Description: The campus community is invited to join us for FREE films as part of the fifth annual ¡Cine Magnífico! Latino Film Festival. The majority of the screenings focus on themes of immigration and humanizing the immigrant experience. We encourage you to come and listen, learn, and share with one another.
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Documentary Film Screening: Trails of Hope and Terror
    This award-winning documentary explores the current immigration debate in the US by drawing on interviews with humanitarian groups, social workers, legal professionals, theundocumented, and anti-immigration protestors. It frames the debate within the history of US policies that have contributed to the northward migration of Central American immigrants.
  • 1:30 - 3:00 pm: Short Film Screening: So Far From God
    Determined to find her father in the US, rebellious Mexican teen risks her life to make a perilous solo journey hiding in a truck with 15 undocumented immigrants and a limited air supply.
  • Short Film Screening: Retornados (The Returned)
    This short documentary focuses on three families who have been forced to return to Honduras, and the violent conditions from which they had initially fled. Moving through the restless streets of the unstable capital city, and into the drama and determination of each family's story, the film explores the experience of being returned to a familiar, yet perilously unsafe situation.
  • Short Film Screening: Nuestro Barrior (Our Barrio)
    Our Barrio tells the story of Gabriela, a young woman on the verge of adulthood, who lives with her family in a diverse neighborhood. Finding beauty in life's quietest, yet most meaningful moments, the film is an exploration of the Latin American experience - and the human experience - as it delves into compassion, community, and overcoming adversity.
Sponsors: The following UNM organizations proudly partner with ¡Cine Magnífico! Department of American Studies, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Department of Cinematic Arts, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, El Centro de la Raza, and the LAII
Notes: Please note that these film screenings are free and open to the public. For reference, please see the UNM event flyer. Other film screenings within the festival may require a ticket and entrance fee. For complete details, visit the ¡Cine Magnífico! website.
Sept. 15

¡Cine Magnífico! Latino Film Festival at UNM:: Somos Lengua Presentation + Screening

Time: 12:00 pm // 6:00 pm
Location: LAII / Guild Cinema
Description: In addition to the free immigration films screened on Thursday, the campus and broader community are invited to join us for a special presentation and discussion focused on Somos Lengua, afilm that delves into language, culture, and survival through the lens of hip hop in Mexico
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm @ the LAII: Presentation and Discussion: Somos Lengua: From the Vulnerable Neighborhoods of Mexico to the Screen
    Join us for a special presentation with Carlos Sosa and Feli Dávalos, producers of the award-winning documentary, Somos Lengua.
    Carlos Sosa is the founder and director of Viento del Norte Cine and is the producer of films such as: Somos Lengua (Dir. Kyzza Terrazas, 2016); Fog Forest (Dir. Mónica Álvarez, 2017); Tijuana. Sounds of Nortec (Dir. Alberto Cortés, 2012); Leaf Blower (Dir. Alejandro Iglesias, 2015); and a documentary series for TV: Millennial and Contemporary Mexico (Dir. Alberto Cortés, 2013, Series for Channel 22), and Uruguay 52 I and II for Opma channel. This last production reunited some of the most representative directors of Mexican national cinema, including Fernando Eimbcke, Natalia Beristain, Nuria Ibañez, Dariela Ludlow, Kyzza Terrazas, Alonso Ruizpalacios, and Carlos Rossini, among others. He has collaborated as an Artistic Producer in Los Cabos Int. Film Festival in 2014 and 2015, and in 2016 directed the first International Film Festival in San Luis Potosí. He has been a member of the jury at international festivals in Barcelona and Santiago de Chile, among others. He is founder and CEO of La Casa del Cine MX. Currently, he is producing the films El Gran Fellove (Dir. Matt Dillon) and Voices of Arena (Dir. Javier Corcuera).
    Feli Dávalos is a poet, writer, and journalist who specializes in rap and hip hop of Mexico. The author of several books of poetry, including Mientras menos hagas (Lenguaraz, 2009), Morir Mejor (Aldus/Mantarraya Ediciones, 2010), Déjate Caer (Taller Ditoria, colección del semáforo, 2011) y Mongola (Bonobos/Mantarraya Ediciones, 2015), he has participated in festivals and forums focused on the spoken word within and beyond Mexico, and worked within public radio as programmer, producer, and conductor. A specialist in rap and hip hop, he has lectured extensively on the subject and founded the radio program, Scratchamama, which has been dedicated to rap for more than 11 years. He served as the principal advisor for the film, Somos Lengua and is currently the editor of Noisey in Spanish. His Twitter account is @feligres.
  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm @ The Guild Cinema: Documentary Film Screening: Somos Lengua / Speaking Tongues
    In various Mexican cities, the art of rap is practiced by a large number of youths who are completely committed to it-they live for rap and they are nourished by it. Who are these Mexican rappers? What do they find in that culture that society at large cannot offer to them? How have they been transformed through the intense relation they establish with words, with their own tongues, and with language? And, finally, how does this help them to survive in a country which offers no alternatives?
Sponsors: The following UNM organizations proudly partner with ¡Cine Magnífico! Department of American Studies, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Department of Cinematic Arts, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, El Centro de la Raza, and the LAII
Notes: THESE EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For reference regarding these UNM showings, please see the event flyer. Other film screenings within the festival may require a ticket and entrance fee. For complete details, visit the ¡Cine Magnífico! website.
Sept. 26

A Special Presentation with Dr. Hector Dante Cincotta and an Homage to Dr. Marshall Nason

Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm.
Location: LAII Conference Room
Description: Join us for a special presentation featuring Argentina poet and scholar Dr. Hector Dante Cincotta. For the first part of the presentation, Dr. Cincotta will speak on "Borges y Molinari: Convergencies and Divergencies." The latter half of the presentation will allow Dr. Cincotta to offer remarks in an homage to Dr. Marshall Nason on the eve of the 100th anniversary of Dr. Nason's birth.
Dr. Cincotta, a student of Dr. Nason, received his BA from the University of New Mexico and went on earn a PhD from the Université Paris, Sorbonne IV, France and a PhD from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Republica de Argentina. He has held academic positions at Heinrich Heine Universität in Dusseldorf, Germany, and given lectures in the US, throughout Europe, and in Latin America. He is a prolific writer and poet and has received numerous prizes for literature and poetry.
Dr. Nason received his early schooling in Chicago, Illinois and Berkeley and Oakland, California. Subsequently, he earned B.A. and M.A. Degrees at Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. The central focus of his professional life lay in university teaching and administration, largely at the University of New Mexico where he served for 35 years as a professor of Spanish and Latin American literature as well as director of the Latin American Center and its successor the Latin American Institute that he was largely instrumental in organizing. His later interests involved extensive travel experiences and periods of residence in Latin American countries where he was engaged both in academic pursuits and government service.
Sponsors: LAII, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
Sept. 26

Gale Memorial Lecture Series 2017-18: Decolonizing Methodologies in Art :: Emory Douglas and Caleb Duarte

Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Location: UNM Museum of Art
Description: Join the UNM Department of Art for a presentation in their 2017-18 Gale Memorial Lecture Series on "Decolonizing Methodologes in Art." Emory Douglas is a Former Minister of Culture for The Black Panther Party, and servedas director, designer and illustrator for The Black Panther Newsletter. Caleb Duarte, an artist who creates public works and community performances, is the founder and director of the EDELO art residency in Chiapas, Mexico. Douglas and Duarte will speak together about their recent collaboration titled Zapantera Negra, a project in which Douglas worked with Zapatista indigenous weavers in Chiapas, Mexico, to fuse Black Panther and Zapatistas aesthetics in a project of solidarity between the two movements.
Campus Sponsors: College of Fine Arts, Latin American Collection, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Africana Studies, Theatre and Dance, American Studies, Art & Ecology, The Feminist Research Institute, and LAII
Community Sponsors: Working Classroom, The Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, The Southwest Organizing Project, and NM Con Mujeres
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the series flyer.
Sept. 28

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Rethinking Columbus

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: LAII Conference Room (801 Yale Blvd NE)
Description: With Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day on October 9th, this time of year provides the opportunity both to reconsider not only how and what we teach about Christopher Columbus, but also more generally how conquest, colonization and the continued struggles of indigenous peoples are taught in the classroom. This free professional development workshop for K-12 educators will offer background information and curriculum that encourage teachers and students to think more deeply about Columbus' encounter with the Americas from multiple points of view.
The first portion of the workshop will be led by Dr. Leola Tsinnajinnie-Paquin, an Assistant Professor in the UNM Department of Native American Studies. Dr. Tsinnajinnie-Paquin will begin the evening by discussing indigenous knowledge and education and addressing historical and local perspectives of what Columbus' arrival entailed for New Mexico. The second half of the evening will offer the time to discuss curriculum strategies and resources for bringing this conversation into the classroom.
Dr. Tsinnajinnie-Paquin is Filipino and Diné from the Torreon Chapter of The Navajo Nation where she grew up. She earned degrees in Sociology and American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona. Her Ph.D. is from the College of Education at the University of New Mexico where she concentrated in Educational Thought and Sociocultural Studies. She has taught at UNM-Gallup, IAIA, and SIPI. In 2015, she returned to UNM as an Assistant Professor in Native American Studies. In this capacity, she also serves as an Advisor to the Native American Studies Indigenous Research Group. She is on the UNM Diversity Council Curriculum Subcommittee and the UNM Native American Faculty Council. Outside of UNM she serves on the American Indian Studies Association Council and as a co-coordinator for the AIS division of the Western Social Science Association. Beyond academia, her service includes sitting on the Boards of the NM American Civil Liberties Union and the Torreon Community Alliance as the Board Vice-President.
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. All educators are welcome, including pre-service and in-service teachers, administrators, and educational aides. Visit our registration website to confirm your space.