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Events: 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.
Feb 1

Field Research Grant Help Session

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Please join us at the LAII for a session to review application guidelines, learn tips for writing research proposals, and ask questions about the LAII's field research grants. All first-time applicants are encouraged to attend.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to all.
Feb 2

Musicology Colloquium Series: Dr. Mary Quinn: “The Soundscape of Metamorphosis: Ovid, Calderón de la Barca, and Zarzuela”

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Zimmerman Library, Waters Room
Description: Join the UNM Department of Music, the Center for Southwest Research, and the LAII for a presentation with Dr. Mary Quinn, as she discusses the first zarzuela ever written, El laurel de Apolo (1658), by Calderón de la Barca. Though largely ignored by musicologists due to its lack of surviving music, Dr. Quinn will show that a focus on its soundscape reveals a critique of the governance of the Hapsburg Empire.
Mary Quinn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, specializing in pre-modern Spanish literature. Her book, The Moor and the Novel: Narrating Absence in Early Modern Spain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) engages both literature and history to uncover fundamental connections between nationalist violence, religious identity, and the birth of the novel. She has published articles on Cervantes, Ginés Pérez de Hita, and the music of early modern Spain. She is currently working on an array of projects, including a book-length comparison of the empire-wide celebrations (literary, theatrical, and musical) surrounding the birth of the Hapsburg Prince, Felipe Próspero (1657).
Sponsors: UNM Department of Music, Center for Southwest Research, and LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information, see the event flyer.
Feb 7

Student Presentation: Denisse Vasquez-Guevara: Nostalgic Inca Heritage: Power and Oppression Among Street Vendors in Cuenca, Ecuador

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Cuenca, Ecuador is uniquely demarcated culturally, sociologically, and ideologically by the combined influence of Inca-Cañari, Western, and Latin American forces. Consequently, its economy and its people's practices have become nuanced as they respond to a complicated marketplace. In this presentation, Denisse Vasquez-Guevara will discuss the experiences of immigrant street vendors in this Andean city, examining how small businesses owners and entrepreneurs have adapted their ancestral knowledge to sustain and grow their businesses and preserve their family's way of life. The presentation draws upon qualitative case study research involving participant observation and mapping. The study suggests that street vendor practices are informed by historical and cultural relationships of power and oppression. In short, contemporary urban planning policies have continued to reinforce the status quo initially formed through colonization, leading street vendors to face ongoing discriminatory urban practices that marginalize and segregate based on the vendors' class, gender, and race.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please see the event flyer.
Feb 13

DEADLINE: FLAS Fellowship Application

Time: 5:00 p.m.
Description: Please note that all FLAS Fellowship applications are due on this date by 5:00 p.m.. For questions or concerns, contact Amanda Wolfe at akwolfe@unm.edu.
Feb 13

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 February, we're reading Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos.
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.
Feb 15

LAII Lecture Series: Anna M. Nogar - The Challenge of National Literary Historiography: The Case of Mexican Literature

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Join us for the first presentation in the Spring 2017 LAII Lecture Series as Dr. Anna M. Nogar discusses the challenges posed by the project of writing a history of Mexican literature for the 21st century. This discussion follows the publication of A History of Mexican Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2016), a collaborative publication that involved pulling together authors from across Mexican literary studies. Nogar will discuss the complex work of framing and populating the sections on colonial Mexican literature, Indigenous literature, and Mexican American literature.
Nogar is associate professor of Hispanic Southwest Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico. She is the author of Colonial Itineraries of Contemporary Mexico: Literary and Cultural Inquiries (University of Arizona Press, 2014), A History of Mexican Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2016), Sisters in Blue/Hermanas de azul (University of New Mexico Press, 2017) and the forthcoming Quill and Cross in the Borderlands: Sor María de Jesús de Ágreda, 1628-2015 (University of Notre Dame Press). She specializes in colonial Mexican literature and culture, and Mexican American literature and culture, with an emphasis on New Mexico.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please see the event flyer.
Feb 21

LAII Open House – Churros y Café

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Please join us for the next LAII Open House, an informal opportunity to get to know the LAII better. This is your chance to meet our staff (we’re here for you!) and faculty, 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. For this open house we’ll have delicious churros and hot café to warm you up.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Feb 24-26

Sin Fronteras Film Festival hosted by SOLAS

Time: Varies.
Location: The Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Avenue
Description: The Sin Fronteras Film Festival is a student organized event devoted to films about Latin America and by Latin American filmmakers. Each year the festival is organized by a group of students from various departments who are members of UNM's Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS). The festival has been generously funded by a variety of UNM groups and academic departments. Thanks to the time and money donated by various students, staff, faculty, and community members 2017's festival is a COMPLETELY FREE event open to the UNM and greater Albuquerque community.
All screenings will be held at the Guild Cinema, and space is limited so arrive early to get a seat! If you have any questions please contact us at SOLAS@unm.edu. We hope you can join us!
Sponsors: The Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS) in partnership with many other departments and organizations.
Notes: For more information, please visit the SOLAS website.
Feb 24

Sin Fronteras Film Festival: Dauna. Lo que lleva el río

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Guild Cinema
Description: Join for the opening film of the SOLAS Sin Fronteras Film Festival, Dauna, Lo que lleva el río. Dauna dared to be different. She faced the ancestral practices of her culture and she paid the price. She made decisions which made herself suffer and others as well. Without giving up before defeats and loses, these led her to reconcile and become part of a legend herself. – Mario Crespo.
Sponsors: SOLAS in partnership with the Guild Cinema, UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute, UNM Graduate and Professional Student Association-GPSA, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Instituto Cervantes, and the Associated Students of UNM-ASUNM.
Notes: For more information, please visit the SOLAS website.
Feb 25

Sin Fronteras Film Festival: Con mi corazón en Yambo

Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: The Guild Cinema
Description: “Con mi corazón en Yambo” is a documentary about two young Restrepo brothers in Ecuador and the mystery of their disappearance by the Ecuadorian National police.
Sponsors: SOLAS in partnership with the Guild Cinema, UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute, UNM Graduate and Professional Student Association-GPSA, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Instituto Cervantes, and the Associated Students of UNM-ASUNM.
Notes: For more information, please visit the SOLAS website.
Feb 25

Sin Fronteras Film Festival: No Manches Frida

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Guild Cinema
Description: “No Manches Frida” is the story of Zequi, a recently released bank robber who goes to recover stolen money buried by his ditzy accomplice before going to jail. They return to the site only to find that Frida Kahlo High has built a gymnasium over the loot. To get the money, he poses as a substitute teacher for a school that can't seem to keep any teachers around. Zequi comes in ready to lay down the law - but he quickly finds out that life on the inside may have been easier to deal with than a school full of wild and rebellious teenagers. - Pantelion Films.
Sponsors: SOLAS in partnership with the Guild Cinema, UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute, UNM Graduate and Professional Student Association-GPSA, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Instituto Cervantes, and the Associated Students of UNM-ASUNM.
Notes: For more information, please visit the SOLAS website.
Feb 26

Sin Fronteras Film Festival: Sunú Film Screening & Conversation with Director Teresa Camou

Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: The Guild Cinema
Description: SUNÚ reveals how maize and everything it gives life to could be lost forever, and shares a generous tapestry of simple, heartfelt messages for the farmers of the world and the city dwellers who could lose the capability to make important choices unless they act soon.Please join us after the film for a discussion with director Teresa Camou.
Teresa is a critically acclaimed filmmaker. She directed and produced two short documentaries about issues related to Tarahumara communities and two short animated films “El Entierro” (2008) and “Tewe Chiva Nesero” (2007) which received honorable mention at the Chihuahua International Film Festival. SUNÚ (2015) is her first feature film.
Teresa is passionate about teaching art at the Center for Education for the Blind (CEIAC). She recently collaborated with blind artists and installed two art exhibitions, one of which strives to communicate to people what it’s like to be blind in Chihuahua.
Sponsors: SOLAS in partnership with the Guild Cinema, UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute, UNM Graduate and Professional Student Association-GPSA, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Instituto Cervantes, and the Associated Students of UNM-ASUNM.
Notes: For more information, please visit the SOLAS website.
Feb 26

Sin Fronteras Film Festival: Neon Bull

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Guild Cinema
Description: Iremar works at the "Vaquejadas", a rodeo in the North East of Brazil where two men on horseback try bring down a bull by grabbing its tail. It's dusty and back-breaking work, but Iremar is a natural vaqueiro, feeding, prepping and taking care of the bulls. Home is the truck used to transport the animals from show to show which he shares with his coworkers; Galega, an exotic dancer, truck driver and mother to her spirited and cheeky daughter Cacá, and Zé, his rotund compadre in the bull pen. Together they form a makeshift but close-knit family. But Brazil and the Northeast are changing and the region's booming clothing industry has stirred new ambitions in Iremar. Swinging in his hammock in the back of the truck, his head is filled with dreams of pattern cutting, sequins and exquisite fabrics as he mentally assembles his latest sexy fashion designs. – LouKiev.
Sponsors: SOLAS in partnership with the Guild Cinema, UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute, UNM Graduate and Professional Student Association-GPSA, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Instituto Cervantes, and the Associated Students of UNM-ASUNM.
Notes: For more information, please visit the SOLAS website.
Feb 27

LAII Lecture Series: Teresa Camou: Sunú: Stories from a Threatened Rural World.

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Join us for a presentation with Director Teresa Camou who will discuss her most recent film, Sunú. Seen through the eyes of small, midsize, and large Mexican maize producers, Sunú knits together different stories from a threatened rural world. It journeys deep into the heart of a country where people realize their determination to stay free, to work the land and cultivate their seeds, to be true to their cultures and forms of spirituality, all in a modern world that both needs them and despises them. Sunú reveals how maize and everything it gives life to could be lost forever, and shares a generous tapestry of simple, heartfelt messages for the farmers of the world and the city dwellers who could lose the capability to make important choices unless they act soon.
Born and raised in México, Teresa has always first considered herself to be a puppeteer. From 1996 to 2011, she joined the Bread and Puppet Theatre in Vermont, and continues to collaborate with them to this day. After earning a BA in Visual Arts and Social Science from Bennington College, in 2004, she returned to Mexico and founded El Indígena de la Sierra Taraumara Theatre, an indigenous Mexican puppet theater company based in northern Mexico’s Sierra Madre.
Teresa is also a critically acclaimed filmmaker. She directed and produced two short documentaries about issues related to Tarahumara communities and two short animated films “El Entierro” (2008) and “Tewe Chiva Nesero” (2007) which received honorable mention at the Chihuahua International Film Festival. Teresa is passionate about teaching art at the Center for Education for the Blind (CEIAC). She recently collaborated with blind artists and installed two art exhibitions, one of which strives to communicate to people what it’s like to be blind in Chihuahua.
Sponsors: LAII, SOLAS
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see the event flyer.
Feb 27

Steven Butterman: Tracing the Trenches of the Travesti Travesty: Translating Trans in Brazilian Culture

Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Ortega Hall, room 335
Description: The presentation shares the ethical concerns and imperatives raised in Viviane Namaste’s work on Sex Change, Social Change, but is also interested in breaking through the stereotype that would hold sex work as the only viable form of gainful employment for Brazilian travestis. One of the most salient criticisms Namaste launches in her book is the need to acknowledge and integrate the daily lives of transsexual (or transgendered) prostitutes into our theoretical considerations and challenges in political activism. What are the ways in which NGOs in São Paulo, such as the Casa de Apoio Brenda Lee and S.O.S Dignity restore or minimize human dignity, both individually and collectively as part of a specific community of sexual and gender minorities as well as a larger community of Brazilian and international human rights, with the at-risk populations they purport to serve. Does photographing “femininity” develop dignity for Brazilian Travestis? Organizations like S.O.S. Dignity and the Casa de apoio Brenda Lee, which strive to “humanize” or bring integrity to individuals tread a fine line between exploitation and objectification and the purported goal of humanization. The simultaneous creative arts outreach and legal work of an organization like S.O.S Dignity brings us squarely into the center of the tension between objectification / exploitation through the camera versus normalization by de-eroticizing sex workers with the attempt to restore their humanity / dignity as individuals. But do these photos project sensual poses or familiar faces? Finally, how is photography utilized as a means to insert trans identities within both heteronormative and homonormative conceptualizations of the face of “the human family”?
Sponsors: Department of Spanish and Portuguese, LAII, Feminist Research Institute
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.
Mar 1

LAII Lecture Series: Marifeli Pérez-Stable: Cuba After Fidel

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: In this presentation, Dr. Marifeli Pérez-Stable will offer a presentation that examines a post-Castro Cuba and the legacy of Fidel. Fidel Castro (1926-2016), el Comandante, has long been at the center of Cuba. Yet if his passing in 2016 signals the end of an era, that period of change had already begun some eight years earlier, when he had formally relinquished the government and allowed his brother, Raúl Castro, to assume the presidency in 2008. Raúl's period of leadership has been characterized as institutional rather than revolutionary: he followed through on modest economic reforms, held party congresses regularly, and led the National Assembly. In 2009, Raúl told Cubans and the world that he would step down from the presidency in 2018. If so - and it is likely that it will be - Cubans will for the first time in nearly 60 years have a president whose last name is other than Castro. While it is not foreseeable that Havana will then respect human rights or hold free elections, the symbols of power will have changed. For most Cuban citizens, the key question will continue to be "breakfast, lunch, and dinner" - a reasonable demand that has not been predictably met in nearly six decades. In a post-Castro administration, the ruling elite will also have to face the growing socioeconomic inequalities that endanger the revolution's ethos.
Pérez-Stable is a professor of sociology at Florida International University. She is the author of The Cuban Revolution: Origins, Course, and Legacy (Oxford University Press, 2012) and The United States and Cuba: Intimate Enemies (Routledge, 2011). She is currently working on "Cuba's Long Twentieth Century," a book manuscript.
Sponsors: Florida International University, Kimberly Green Latin American & Caribbean Center, and UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII)
Notes: This event is supported with additional funding from U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center funding. For reference, please see the event flyer.
March 2

CNM-UNM Latin American Studies Lecture Series: Marifeli Pérez-Stable: Cuba After Fidel

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Central New Mexico Community College, Max Salazar Building, Room 201
Description: In this presentation, Dr. Marifeli Pérez-Stable will offer a presentation that examines a post-Castro Cuba and the legacy of Fidel. Fidel Castro (1926-2016), el Comandante, has long been at the center of Cuba. Yet if his passing in 2016 signals the end of an era, that period of change had already begun some eight years earlier, when he had formally relinquished the government and allowed his brother, Raúl Castro, to assume the presidency in 2008. Raúl's period of leadership has been characterized as institutional rather than revolutionary: he followed through on modest economic reforms, held party congresses regularly, and led the National Assembly. In 2009, Raúl told Cubans and the world that he would step down from the presidency in 2018. If so - and it is likely that it will be - Cubans will for the first time in nearly 60 years have a president whose last name is other than Castro. While it is not foreseeable that Havana will then respect human rights or hold free elections, the symbols of power will have changed. For most Cuban citizens, the key question will continue to be "breakfast, lunch, and dinner" - a reasonable demand that has not been predictably met in nearly six decades. In a post-Castro administration, the ruling elite will also have to face the growing socioeconomic inequalities that endanger the revolution's ethos.
Sponsors: Central New Mexico Community College, Florida International University, Kimberly Green Latin American & Caribbean Center, and UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII)
Notes: This event is supported with additional funding from U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center funding. For reference, please see the event flyer for this particular lecture or the Speaker Series as a whole.
March 13

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 March, we're reading Dancing in the Rain by Lynn Joseph.
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.
March 20

LAII Lecture Series: Michael Weintraub - Securing Peace in Colombia: Beyond the Failed Referendum

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Zimmerman Library, Willard Room
Description: Please join us for a presentation with invited scholar Dr. Michael Weintraub as he discusses the difficulties of securing peace in Colombia. On October 2, 2016, Colombian voters opted to reject the final agreement painstakingly negotiated between the government and the FARC, the country's largest and oldest rebel group. While the bargaining that followed ultimately resulted in a revised agreement, which was ratified by Congress and is in the process of being implemented, a number of questions remain. Why did Colombian voters reject the best hope for ending nearly 50 years of civil war? What role do historical legacies of violence play in explaining why some communities rejected the deal while others voted in favor? What are the principal challenges for the successful implementation of the new agreement? What security challenges will Colombia likely face in the coming years? This talk will confront these questions, drawing on original research and with a view towards delineating specific public policy alternatives for the short, medium, and long-term.
Michael Weintraub is an Associate Professor at the Escuela de Gobierno at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and an Assistant Professor (on leave) in the Department of Political Science at Binghamton University (SUNY). Weintraub's research focuses on armed group behavior in civil war, politically-motivated violence, organized criminality, long-run historical legacies, electoral mechanisms in divided societies, and state-building. He has articles published or forthcoming in the Journal of Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Terrorism and Political Violence, Research & Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Critical Review. Weintraub received his Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University in May 2014 and has been a Predoctoral Fellow at Yale University's Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence (2013-2014) and a Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace (2012-2013).
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.

March 20

The Granados Project: A Festival Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Life and Music of Enrique Granados

Time: Varies
Location: Varies
Description: The LAII proudly partners with the UNM Department of Music and the UNM Department of Spanish and Portugeuse in The Granados Project, a 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Life and Music of Enrique Granados (1867-1916), one of Spain's most significant and influential composers of the modern period. This five-day festival will include: a collaborative lecture between a Granados scholar-performer and a Spanish literature scholar; academic talks by two noted Granados scholar-performers; a lecture by the Granados scholar for the monthly musicology colloquium for the Department of Music; a collaborative lecture between the Granados scholar and a leading astrophysicist; and to conclude, a concert featuring Granados' long-lost masterpiece Canto de las estrellas (Song of the Stars) which features three choirs (UNM women's choir Las Cantantes; Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico; and the Choir from the Cathedral of St. John), the Cathedral assistant organist, and an internationally renowned performer.
Sponsors: UNM Department of Music, UNM Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and, among many other community and campus partners, the Latin American & Iberian Institute
Notes: The events included in this festival are both free and ticketed. For more information, please see the program guide or complete festival website.

March 22

Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar: Robert Franco - Imagining Socialismo Sin Sexismo: Visualizing Gender, Erasing Sexuality, and Constructing Militancy in the Mexican Communist Party

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Zimmerman Library, Waters Room
Description: Please join us for a presentation with Robert Franco, a Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar, as he presents on his research in the UNM library archives. Issues of the sex and sexuality have been in an uneasy, if not antagonistic, relationship with the revolutionary politics of the Mexican Communist Party (PCM) and other parties of the Marxist and nationalist left since their foundation. In this talk, Franco interrogates how this antagonism was related to the intimate politics and practices in the Mexican Left. He argues that the surveillance and policing of sexuality by Mexican Communists were constitutive of a broader set of debates within the PCM about the relation of militancy to private life, morality, and behavior.
Robert Franco is a PhD student in History at Duke University whose work is concerned with the politics of gender, sexuality, and the family in Latin@ America. His dissertation project, titled "Revolution in the Sheets: The Sexual Politics & Intimate Practices of the Mexican Left, 1901-1981" examines the antagonism of the Mexican Left towards sexual politics. In particular, he is interested in the prevalence of homophobia throughout the history of leftist politics in Mexico, and how moments of visceral intolerance cannot solely be explained through notions of plain conservatism or subconscious repugnance. Focusing on various episodes of moral panic in the left regarding sexuality and sexual diversity, his dissertation shows how the contingent, and often strategic, deployment of intolerance as a political tool encapsulated larger political and social anxieties and carried symbolic weight in the face of broader political upheavals.
Sponsors: LAII, University Libraries
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.

March 23

Musicology Colloquium Series: Walter Aaron Clark - Spain the 'Eternal Maja': Goya, Majismo, and the Reinvention of Spanish National Identity in Granados' Goyescas

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Zimmerman Library, Waters Room
Description: Join us as invited scholar Dr. Walter Aaron Clark offers a presentation exploring the influence of artist Francisco Goya (1746-1828) on one of the greatest masterpieces of Spanish music, the Goyescas suite for solo piano by Enrique Granados (1867-1916). Goya and Granados helped redefine the Spanish nation during a period of imperial decline and culture florescence ca. 1900.
Walter Aaron Clark is a professor of musicology and director of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of groundbreaking Oxford biographies of Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, and Federico Moreno Torroba, and he is currently conducting research on a biography of Joaquín Rodrigo. In recognition of his contributions to the study and promotion of Spanish music and culture, King Felipe VI of Spain conferred on him the title of Comendador de la Orden de Isabel la Católica (Commander of the Order of Isabella the Catholic), a Spanish knighthood.
Sponsors: The University of New Mexico Department of Music, the Latin American and Iberian Institute, and the Center for Southwest Research
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. It is offered as part of the ongoing Musicology Colloquium Series and in conjunction with the five-day festival The Granados Project. The festival offers a 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Life and Music of Enrique Granados (1867-1916), one of Spain's most significant and influential composers of the modern period. For reference specific to this presentation, please see the event flyer.

March 24

Student Organization for Latin American Studies Presents: Jessica Davine - "Creating Community in Displacement"

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Please join the Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS) for a presentation with Jessica Davine, a current Rotary Global Grant Recipient living and conducting research in Barranquilla, Colombia with internally displaced women. Jessica's presentation, titled "Creating Community in Displacement" will highlight her research on mental health and community well-being of internally displaced persons and the film Las Mujeres Fuertes.
Jessica received a master's degree in Drama Therapy from Kansas State University in 2015 and was a graduate of UNM's Creative Arts for Social Justice program in 2013. For the past year Jessica has been conducting therapeutic interventions with internally displaced females and developing a sustainable program that can address the mental health and community well-being of displaced populations, not only in Colombia, but across the globe with the use of group drama therapy. For more information, please see the event flyer.
Sponsors: SOLAS, LAII
Mar 30

LAII Open House – Nacho Usual Thursday

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Please join us for the next LAII Open House, an informal opportunity to get to know the LAII better. This is another chance to meet our staff and faculty, 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. This month we will have nachos for lunch, it’s Nacho Usual Thursday, indeed!
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free. For reference, see the event flyer.
March 31

College of Education Symposium - Teaching in Contentious Times: Strategies for Successful Practice

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Travelstead Hall
Description: Join the UNM College of Education Departments of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies (LLSS) and Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, and Policy (TEELP), alongside the LAII, for a timely half-day conference for pre-service teachers. Teaching in the current political and social context poses a unique set of challenges- especially to new teachers who find themselves facing both obstacles and opportunities. Join us in a series of interactive workshops as we consider how to address the following issues in productive and meaningful ways: stress and poverty, gender and sexual identity, creative expression during oppressive times, meeting the needs of a diverse student body, high-stakes testing and accountability, popular culture, refugee students, families and communities, and more! This conference will offer in-depth discussions and practical classroom tools.
Sponsors: UNM College of Education Departments of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies (LLSS) and Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, and Policy (TEELP), and LAII
Notes: This event is free, but registration is required. Visit the event registration site to confirm your space. For reference, please see the event flyer.
March 31

LAII PhD Fellows Colloquium

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Join the LAII and its research community for its first PhD Fellows Colloquium as we highlight the research initiatives of current LAII PhD Fellows, a distinction conferred upon meritorious UNM doctoral students whose research focuses on Latin America or Iberia. Fellows will draw upon their dissertation research to discuss their most recent findings:
José R. Bucheli, Department of Economics: Effects of Remittances on Child Education in Ecuador; Ana Gabriela Hernández González, Department of Spanish & Portuguese: Diversas de sí, entre el hoy y el ayer: (Re)memoria de tres íconos femeninos mexicanos, de los textos coloniales a las novelas postcoloniales; Rebeca Martínez Gómez, Department of Linguistics: Fresas and Nacos: Stereotypes and Language in Mexico; and Andrés Mauricio Sabogal, Department of Linguistics: Voice Alternatives in Wayuunaiki.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.
April 1

24th Annual César Chávez Day March and Fiesta

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Dolores Huerta Gateway Park and the National Hispanic Cultural Center
Description: Join in a celebration honoring Cesar Chavez with a march beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Dolores Huerta Gateway Park (Isleta Blvd. & Bridge SW) and a fiesta from 12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The keynote speaker will be Dolores Huerta and she will be joined with a free concert by Kiko Villamizar and Calle 66.
Sponsors: Recuerda a César Chávez Committee, Bernalillo County, City of Albuquerque, National Hispanic Cultural Center, McCune Charitable Foundation, Center of Southwest Culture, Latin American & Iberian Institute
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. Visit the Recuerda a César Chávez Committee website for more complete information.
April 4

CNM-UNM Latin American Studies Lecture Series: William Stanley - The Violence Driving Central Americans to the US and What We Can Do About It

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Central New Mexico Community College, Max Salazar Building, Room 201
Description: In this presentation, Dr. William Stanley, Associate Professor in the UNM Department of Political Science, will discuss the push and pull factors resulting in the increased immigration to the United States from Central America, focusing on the potential policies which the United States could adopt in response.
Sponsors: Central New Mexico Community College, UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII)
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, please see the Spring 2017 Speaker Series flyer or individual event flyer.
April 5

LAII Lecture Series: Holly Barnet-Sanchez - 'Give Me Life': A Journey through the Murals of East LA

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Join the LAII for this author presentation with Dr. Holly Barnet Sanchez, Professor Emerita in the UNM Department of Art and Art History, as she discusses the process of co-authoring the recent work, Give Me Life: Iconography and Identity in East LA, published by UNM Press (2016). Chicanismo, the idea of what it means to be Chicano, was born in the 1970s, when grassroots activists, academics, and artists joined forces in the civil rights movimiento that spread new ideas about Mexican American history and identity. The community murals those artists painted in the barrios of East Los Angeles were a powerful part of that cultural vitality, and these artworks have been an important feature of LA culture ever since. This book offers detailed analyses of individual East LA murals, sets them in social context, and explains how they were produced. The authors, leading experts on mural art, use a distinctive methodology, analyzing the art from aesthetic, political, and cultural perspectives to show how murals and graffiti reflected and influenced the Chicano civil rights movement.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.
April 6

LAII Lecture Series: Kimberly Nolan García - Mexico-US Trade Negotiations in the Shadow of Trump

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Zimmerman Library, Waters Room
Description: Join the LAII for this presentation with Dr. Kimberly A. Nolan García, Assistant Professor of International Relations at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City. In the first four days of his administration, President Trump set the stage for a new chapter in US-Mexican relations by prefacing a meeting in Washington on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with an Executive Order guiding the federal government to seek funding for a wall to seal off the US-Mexico border. In response, President Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled the leadership summit, elevating the standoff. Given the rocky start to this new chapter of US-Mexico relations, the negotiating position adopted by Mexico is still evolving. Using US-Mexico economic relations as a key negotiation area, this paper first traces the economic effects of NAFTA on the US economy. Using these trends as context, the paper then discusses how points of the US-Mexican trade relationship can serve as leverage for Mexico in the upcoming negotiations, to resist both the cancellation of NAFTA and the imposition of a Border Value Tax (BAT). The paper ends with alternative scenarios for Mexico in reconsidering the terms of cooperation with the US on both political and trade issues.
Dr. Nolan García's specialization is in International Political Economy and the politics of international trade, with a substantive focus on labor rights protection through international trade accords. She holds a Ph.D. (2009) in Political Science and an MA in Latin American Studies with concentrations in Latin American Politics and Economics from the University of New Mexico. Recent papers include "Union Affiliation and Socialization Processes in the Formation of Political Identities," with María Inclán, forthcoming from Latin American Politics and Society, "Regionalism and Interregionalism: The Beginning or the End of Latin America's 'Continental Integration'?," with Paul Isbell for the European Commission (2016), and she recently completed the labor impact statements for the modernization of the EU agreement with Chile for DG Trade, in conjunction with the CASE think tank in the EU (2017). She is a Level I member of Mexico's National System of Investigators (SNI), and member of the Mexican Council for International Affairs (COMEXI).
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.
April 6

Dr. Greg Mullins: "Lixo dá lucro": Literature, Paradox, and Discourses of Human Rights

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Ortega Hall, Room 335
Description: Human rights discourse is riddled with paradox; literary criticism offers conceptual tools capable of unraveling how meaning is both produced and forestalled by paradox. When human rights and literature are brought into conversation with each other, the field of paradox is a particularly rich meeting ground. Marcelino Freire, Luiz Ruffato, and Amilcar Bettega Barbosa write within a specific context of this meeting: neoliberalism, human rights, and the urban crisis in Brazil. In their fiction, the dichotomous construction of "security/insecurity" and "public/private" begins to unravel under the pressure of paradox weighted down by human rights.
Dr. Greg Mullins is the Academic Dean for Instructional Support and Library & Media Services at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and is the author of Colonial Affairs: Bowles, Burroughs and Chester Write Tangier, 2002 from the University of Wisconsin Press.
Sponsors: Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Latin American & Iberian Institute
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
April 6

LAII Lecture Series: Dolores Calderón - Unpacking Colonial Logics in Social Studies Curriculum through an Engagement of U.S.-Mexico Relations

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: UNM Continuing Education Building, 1634 University Blvd NE
Description: Join the LAII for this presentation with invited scholar Dr. Dolores Calderón, Associate Professor of Youth, Society, and Justice at Western Washington University's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies. This talk will center a land based approach to consider how the history of the borderlands shapes the contemporary moment. To unpack colonial logics, Calderon will offer a historical overview of how the multiple competing colonial powers left an imprint that is felt today in the Southwest and offer suggestions on how to engage such thinking through social studies curriculum in secondary education.
Calderón's research interests include coloniality, land education, indigenous epistemologies, and border issues as they manifest themselves in educational contexts. Some of her research projects include examining how settler colonial ideologies manifest themselves in attitudes around Title XI American Indian programs (formerly Title VII). As a firm believer that theory is best illuminated by engagement she values the work educators do to concretize critical perspectives.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public, but may be of particular interest to pre- and in-service K-12 educators. For reference, see the event flyer. Please note that parking is free and public at UNM Continuing Education.
April 10

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 April, we're reading The Head of the Saint by Socorro Acioli.
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.
April 14-15

A Richard E. Greenleaf Conference on Latin America: Practicing Asylum: Expert Witness Testimony in Latin American Asylum Cases

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: UNM Student Union Building, Lobo A & B
Description: On April 14-15, 2017, the LAII will hold its annual Greenleaf Conference on Latin America. This year, the conference focuses on Latin American immigration, asylum, and representation, and emphasizes the need for effective representation in asylum cases. The two-day conference will pull together attorneys and academics engaged in these issues in order to expand the network of trained expert witnesses available to attorneys and to strengthen best practices in the creation of country condition affidavits. Panel presentations will address technical and academic subjects critical to asylum work, as well as explore policy and political conditions for asylum work. Presenters combine academics and attorneys from New Mexico and beyond.
Sponsors: Organized by the LAII in partnership with: Department of History, Department of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Honors College, International Studies Institute, Feminist Research Institute, Office of Academic Affairs, Robert Wood Johnson Center Foundation, Dr. Tom Davies, Peace and Global Justice Studies Program, Reed Smith LLP, Women's Resource Center, Women Studies Program.
Notes: This event is free and open to the public, but registration is kindly requested. For more information, please see the conference website. To register directly, please see the event registration site.
April 19

LAII Open House - Ice Cream Social

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: LAII, Conference Room
Description: Please join us for the next LAII Open House, an informal opportunity to get to know the LAII better. This is your chance to meet our staff (we're here for you!) and faculty, 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. For this open house we'll have ice cream and sunday toppings to celebrate the warm weather and end of the semester.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free. For reference, see the event flyer.
April 19

RESOLANAS (Spanish as a Heritage Language Student Organization) Presents: Spencer Herrera and Levi Romero - Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homelands

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Mitchell Hall 122
Description: Join RESOLANAS (Spanish as a Heritage Language Student Organization) as they host Spencer Herrera and Levi Romero discussing Sagrado: A Photopoetics ACross the Chicano Homeland, a recent publication of the UNM Press Querencias series. Sagrado: A Photopoetics across the Chicano Homeland is a book about Chicana/a culture and the idea of culture as sacred. A sacred place is where two or more gather in the name of community. It can be found almost anywhere and yet it is elusive: a charro arena behind a rock quarry, on the pilgrimage trail to Chimayó, NM, a curandero's shrine in South Texas, or at a bi-national Mass along the border. Sagrado is neither a search for identity nor a quest for a homeland but an affirmation of an ever-evolving cultural landscape. The presentation includes a reading from the book accompanied by a photo-slideshow. Rudolfo Anaya writes that "Sagrado's three talented artists represent the best in contemporary Chicano poetry, art and history. One of the most important books I've read recently," while Sandra Cisneros writes "These poems are photos, these photos are poems, and together with the historical testimony that reads delicious as cuento, they are prayers said on behalf of others. A book to teach with or to teach ourselves things we forgot. Wise, heartfelt, generous, grace-filled, and, above all, created with love. And everybody knows whatever is made with love siempre sale bonito. A thousand and one blessings to the artists for this labor from el corazón."
Sponsors: RESOLANAS, Spanish as a Heritage Language Program, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, LAII, Southwest Hispanic Research Institute, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.
April 19

Music of the Américas Concert Series: Iracema de Andrade - Cello, Electronics, and Video

Time: 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: College of Fine Arts, Keller Hall
Description: Join the Music of the Américas Concert Series as it presents Brazilian cellist Iracema de Andrade, a performer strongly committed to the music of our time. Her repertory includes pieces for solo cello, cello and electronics, as well as multimedia and improvisation. She is constantly touring Latin America and recording works that were written specially for her. De Andrade holds degrees from the University of São Paulo, the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the London College of Music.
Sponsors: Department of Music, College of Fine ARts, La Fundación, and LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.
April 20

Musicology Colloquium Series: Susan Thomas: Sounding Transnational: Hearing an Embodied Musical Response to the Cuban Transition

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Zimmerman Library, Waters Room
Description: Join us as invited scholar Dr. Susan Thomas offers a presentation concerning musical responses to the Cuban tradition. Since the 1990s, Cuban popular music has become increasingly transnational. As highly visible and audible participants in the Cuban diaspora, musicians have been key players in the transterritorial reshaping of Cuban identity, and their professional and artistic activities have impacted state policy surrounding the meaning of citizenship. This presentation examines how changes in sound of the music itself, particularly vocal practice, accompany this shift in political identity.
Susan Thomas is Associate Professor of Musicology and Women's Studies at the University of Georgia. A researcher of Cuban and Latin American music, her interests include musical manifestations of and reactions to transnationalism, migration, and diaspora; and embodiment and performativity. Her book, Cuban Zarzuela: Performing Race and Gender on Havana's Lyric Stage, was awarded the Robert M. Stevenson Prize from the American Musicological Society and the Pauline Alderman Book Award from the International Alliance of Women in Music. The recipient of residential fellowships in the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University, she is currently completing her second book, The Musical Mangrove: The Transnationalization of Cuban Alternative Music, for Oxford University Press.
Sponsors: Department of Music, Center for Southwest Research, Latin American and Iberian Institute
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.
April 26

SA+P Student Presentation: #ThisIsNotAWall Architecture Students Propose Alternatives to Trump's Wall

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: George Pearl Hall, Room P133
Description: Please join us to hear from SA+P students as they speak about their research developing alternatives to the new wall that President Trump is proposing between the US and Mexico. A product of the entire semester, the research shows a wide array of approaches and ideas. The students, who are enrolled in the course ARCH402: Border Studio taught by Dr. Ane Gonzalez Lara, would like to share their results with the rest of the campus and open up a conversation to see how architects, designers, and scholars in general can contribute to the matter.
Sponsors: SA+P, LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.
April 27

Film Screening of "Caminando hacia la autonomía" with Discussion Afterward with Filmmakers Simón Sedillo and Eugénia Tailhandie

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: El Centro de la Raza, Conference Rooom
Description: Join us for a film screening of Caminando hacia la autonomía, a film exploring the uprising of Cherán K'eri, Pu'répecha indigenous community in Michoacán, Mexico. Filmmakers Simón Sedillo and Eugénia Tailhandie will lead discussion afterward.
Cherán is a Pu'épecha indigenous community in Michoacán, Mexico. Beginning in 2000 organized crime infiltrated the town. With time the presence of narco-traffickers and their power grew substantially. They began to raze the precious forests surrounding the community. When community members tried to defend the forests they were assassinated or kidnapped. The forest was devastated and the people terrorized. The situation put everyone's life at risk. At sunset Cherán turned into a ghost town. On April 15, 2011 a group of women decided to stop the situation: They covered the streets to stop the pass of the clandestine tree-cutters. Rapidly the entire community reacted and the uprising united, burning cars and setting up barricades at all the town entrances. Against all this, the politicians and local police fled Cherán in fear. The community took the city government offices like the vehicles and weapons of the police, to begin to provide security. At the same time the town decided to definitively expel the political parties to retake their traditional forms of self-government. Four years after the uprising, community members speak to us of the different stages that have passed in the construction of their new world, where you are really giving voice to the people, in which the boss is the assembly, while the government obeys. This is the beginning of a long process of building autonomy of which each and everyone can learn.
Sponsors: Raza Graduate Student Association, LAII, Cinematic Arts, MEChA, and El Centro de la Raza
Notes: This event is free and open to the public. For reference, see the event flyer.
May 12

LAS Convocation

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: UNM Hibben Center Atrium
Description: The Latin American Studies (LAS) program will hold its Spring 2017 Convocation, honoring those undergraduate and graduate students who will receive LAS degrees in May and August. This year's keynote speaker will be Megan Jordi Brody, UNM LAS alumnus and Supervising Attorney at Catholic Migration Services in Brooklyn, NY.
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This is a free event open to the public.

May 22

LAII Vamos a Leer Book Group

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: NEW LOCATION: Casa Rondeña Winery
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 May, we're reading Echo by Pam Muñoz-Ryan.
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.

August 30

LAII Welcome Back Fall Reception

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Bow & Arrow Brewing Company, 608 McKnight Ave. NW
Description: The Latin American & Iberian Institute hosts its annual fall reception to celebrate our community of faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community partners. Anyone and everyone with an interest in Latin America and Iberia are encouraged to attend. Join us for mingling and refreshments!
Sponsors: LAII
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.
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 14-17

F¡Cine Magnífico! Latino Film Festival

Time: Varies
Location: The Guild Cinema, NHCC, and UNM
Description: The LAII is pleased to support the fifth annual ¡Cine Magnífico! Albuquerque Latino Film Festival, whose vision is to present the newest films by and about Latinos to promote our culture through film and enrich our local art community. The festival as a whole showcases a diverse set of films, from award-winning to local and up-and-coming filmmakers. The festival's team has selected a lineup of films which perfectly illustrates enriching points of view about emerging issues and topics that shape the current Hispanic-Latino cultures and landscapes. This years' screenings will take place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, UNM, and the Guild Cinema.
Sponsors: Organized by Instituto Cervantes in partnership with many sponsors. The LAII is proud to be an educational partner for the event.
Notes: For complete details, visit the ¡Cine Magnífico! website.