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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | 12:30 pm

Master’s in Latin American Studies Info Session

UNM continues to be one of the best places in the country for Latin American-focused scholarship. Join the Latin American Studies program for an information session to learn more.


Friday, November 15, 2019 | 03:00 pm

Building a Resilient Tomorrow: How to Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption

Dr. Leonardo Martinez-Diaz, Global Director of the Sustainable Finance Center at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C.

Global Director of the Sustainable Finance Center at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C., Dr. Leonardo Martinez-Diazhas a remarkable résumé, having formerly served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy and Environment in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In this role, he served as one of the nation’s principal representatives in the negotiations leading to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Dr. Martinez-Diaz will give a presentation entitled “Global Climate Change Policy”, based on his recent book, Building a Resilient Tomorrow: How to Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption.


Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 02:00 pm

Music, Power, and Signification: A Phenomenological Reading of Race in New Spain

Jesus Ramos-Kittrell, University of Connecticut

In New Spain, an institutional structure of merit and promotion hinged on the idea of reason as an intrinsically European attribute. This attribute differentiated 'Europeans' from people of mixed race claiming European status based on their skin complexion. Given the effective impulses permeating ideas about reason in New Spain, this paper considers reason in light of musico-phenomenological strategies that racialized subjects used to re-write their bodies. Such process problematizes the philosophical purview of the Enlightenment's civilizing mission, and the historical narrative of its political project.


Thursday, November 07, 2019 | 12:00 pm

Resistencia y Movimientos Armados de los Pueblos Indígenas en Michoacán: Reflexiones Históricas de una Lucha Viva

Dr. Lorena Ojeda Dávila, UNM Mexico Studies Chair

Esta charla analizará los principales movimientos de lucha y resistencia indígena que se han desarrollado en el estado de Michoacán, México, poniendo especial énfasis en el pueblo purépecha y la experiencia del pueblo de Cherán. Se hará un recuento histórico de las principales problemáticas que han enfrentado estos pueblos, fundamentalmente después de la reforma agraria, así como de las estrategias que sus habitantes han implementado a lo largo del tiempo para contrarrestarlas.


Tuesday, November 05, 2019 | 03:00 pm

Humanities, Digital Humanities, and Latinx Studies: Exploring the Interstices in Academic Libraries

Dr. Margie Montañez, Central New Mexico Community College

Centering her own navigation through a humanities doctorate, archival research, and a postdoc in academic libraries, Dr. Montañez will forefront the importance of humanities in emerging digital and scholarship trends. From Chicano/a Studies to Latin American post-custodial projects, this talk will explore the interstices and possibilities of the digital humanities to bridge the North-South information divide, ask new questions, and engage new modes of knowledge production.


Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 03:00 pm

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Car Trunk: A Multimodal Migration

Melisa Garcia

"Car Trunk: a Multimodal Migration" is an exhibition of the reconstruction of the car trunk that Melisa’s mother, as a young child, migrated to the United States inside of. The installation utilizes multimodality, testimonio, art, and storytelling to reconstruct the memory and experience of her journey to the United States in the late 1970’s when she escaped the civil war in El Salvador with her mother and two sisters. The nature of the art project is so that through the model of the testimonio others are able to also interact, engage with the art pieces at a technological intimacy. This means that participants will be able to read about the emotional, political, and traumatic history of El Salvador through QR codes that will be on the car trunk. As well, social media will be utilized to have the participants experience surpass the installation state and reach others.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | 12:30 pm

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5th Annual Field Research Grant Colloquium

Join us for the LAII's fifth annual Field Research Grant Colloquium, where we will highlight graduate student scholarship. Recent FRG recipients will share their respective research experiences and findings in a series of presentations.


Friday, October 25, 2019 | 03:00 pm

Climate Vulnerability & Conflict in the Central American Dry Corridor

Join the LAII, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, and the Department of Political Science for a panel discussion to explore how vulnerability to climate change in Central America is driving violence, migration, and other social changes throughout the region.


Friday, October 25, 2019 | 10:30 am

Revolution in Development: Mexico and the Governance of the Global Economy

Dr. Christy Thornton, John Hopkins University

Join the LAII, Department of History, and the International Studies Institute for a presentation with Dr. Christy Thornton, assistant professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University, as she discusses her current manuscript project, “Revolution in Development: Mexico and the Governance of the Global Economy.” This talk will uncover the hidden role of politicians, diplomats, and economists from post-revolutionary Mexico in shaping the governance of the global economy.


Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 05:30 pm

LAII 40th Anniversary Celebration

Join us in celebrating the 40th anniversary of the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute! The evening will include a performance from Mariachi Juvenil and a casual presentation with alumni from each of the last four decades on how the LAII has positively influenced their professional trajectories.


Monday, October 21, 2019 | 05:30 pm

Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Linguistics: Switching On and Off Spanish Grammatical Gender in Bilingual Scenarios

Dr. Maria del Carmen Parafita-Couto, Leiden University

Gender agreement in Spanish is relatively transparent (Roca 1989). Spanish-speaking children acquire gender agreement before the age of five (Mariscal 2009) and adult speakers do not generally show any difficulties with agreement. However, what happens in bilingual situations when a speaker of Spanish also speaks another language that lacks a grammatical gender distinction? This talk will report a series of production and acceptability tasks designed to explore the behavior of Spanish grammatical gender when Spanish is spoken alongside a language that lacks grammatical gender (English, Purepecha, Basque, Papiamento). Dr. Maria del Carmen Parafita-Couto will focus on two linguistic phenomena.


Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 03:30 pm

“They Say the Bones Talk”: Enforced Disappearances and the Archives of State Terror in Past and Present Mexico

Dr. Alexander Aviña, Arizona State University

Join the LAII for a presentation with Dr. Alexander Aviña, associate professor of history in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. Aviña’s talk will discuss the history of enforced disappearances in the southwestern state of Guerrero during the 1970s, as different state agents used this terror tactic to sap popular support for radical political movements and peasant insurrection.


Monday, September 23, 2019 | 05:30 pm

The Consulate of Mexico in NM: 170 Years of Presence and Consular Protection

Join us in celebrating the 170th anniversary of the Mexican Consulate in New Mexico! Three panelists will talk about the consular presence in New Mexico, the protections offered to families in both countries, and policies implemented throughout the consulate’s history that have promoted empowerment of immigrants and their families.


Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 06:30 pm

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Root Causes of the Central American Exodus

What is going on to drive so many families from their homes and risk everything to come to the United States? Panel discussion led by local academic leaders with experience in Central America including Dr William Stanley, director of the Latin American & Iberian Institute.


Friday, September 13, 2019 | 01:00 pm

Apply your Skills to a Career in Diplomacy: Meet Diplomat in Residence Southwest Laura Gritz

Laura Gritz , Diplomat in Residence Southwest

The U.S. Department of State is dedicated to protecting and strengthening America’s interests abroad and right here at home. You can make a difference with the U.S. Department of State. The Department offers internships, fellowships for graduate school, funding for study abroad, jobs, and careers. All majors and backgrounds are welcome. 


Tuesday, August 27, 2019 | 04:30 pm - 06:30 pm

LAII Fall 2019 Welcome Back Reception

Each fall, the Latin American & Iberian Institute welcomes its community of faculty, students, and staff back to campus with a celebratory reception. Join us on Tuesday, August 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Bosque Brewing in Nob Hill. We will share in food and drink, mingle, and look forward to the semester ahead!


Friday, July 19, 2019 | 08:30 am - 05:00 pm

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Camina el Autor: The Iconography of Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala, Peruvian/Quechuan Chronicler

Camina el Autor showcases the extraordinary work of Guaman Poma; explores the history of the indigenous people of Peru, Andean civilization, and Spanish conquest; and broadens our understanding of Peruvian culture and history.


Monday, May 20, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Border Doors: Niños en jaulas (Kids in Cages)

Summer 2019 brings the return of Border Doors: Niños en jaulas (Kids in Cages) to The University of New Mexico. Created by students at Sandi Prep, this art exhibit features full-size doors covered in multimedia collages, all intended to raise awareness and educate the public about how US government policies continue to sanction human rights violations against migrants coming to the United States.


Thursday, May 16, 2019 | 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm

¡RESILIENCIA! The Experience of Jewish Communities in Spain and The Americas

A full week of films, music, food, exhibits and lectures highlighting the extraordinary journey of the Jewish people to Spanish-speaking countries.


Friday, May 03, 2019 | 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Mariachi Magnífico - Inaugural Spring Concert

Join the campus community at the SUB for a spectacular concert presented by the Mariachi Juvenil de la Universidad de Nuevo México featuring the Mariachi Herencia de Atrisco Heritage Academy HS.


Friday, April 26, 2019 | 01:30 pm - 02:45 pm

Cuentistas 2019 - XV edition

Since 2003, the Spanish Resource Center of Albuquerque (SRC) has overseen the Cuentistas contest, an essay contest in Spanish for New Mexico high school students. Non-native and native Spanish speakers are encouraged to submit creative writing samples for consideration in the contest. All are encouraged to participate to help demonstrate that the Spanish language is alive and thriving in New Mexico.


Friday, April 26, 2019 | 09:00 am - 01:00 pm

Poesía eres tú - Children´s Poetry Contest - XIX edition

Since 2000, the LAII and the Spanish Resource Center have partnered to produce this elementary school student poetry contest. Elementary school kids (from first to fifth grade) recite a poem in Spanish in the most artistic and beautiful way in front of a crowd of over 300 people.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 07:00 pm - 01:00 pm

Semana Cervantina

Join the Cervantine Week from April 23rd to April 27th. Dates, times, and locations for each event can be found in the event flyer.


Thursday, April 11, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 01:30 pm

Proyecto Jaranera & Las Brujas Jaraneras

Ana Zarina Palafox Méndez

Conferencia con Ana Zarina Palafox Méndez y video documental 'El Fandango Jarocho'. Dentro de la lírica popular que está ligada a los estilos de son tradicional en México, durante el S. XX la imagen de la mujer se admitió solamente como bailadora y objeto de piropo, ya sea por usos y costumbres en las poblaciones o, en otros casos, porque los estereotipos en los nacientes medios de comunicación masiva allí la colocaron. Comenzando el S. XXI, un par de convocatorias/publicaciones reunieron a mujeres que escriben décima, la mayoría de forma personal, casi clandestina, y detonaron interesantes procesos de valoración, revitalización y análisis.


Friday, March 01, 2019 | 05:30 pm - 07:00 pm

SOLAS Sin Fronteras Latino Film Festival

Join the Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS) for their annual Sin Fronteras Latino Film Festival, a completely free event open to the UNM and greater Albuquerque community.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm

Maya Art and Archaeology Tour - Information Session

Robyn Côté, LAII

Please join us for a *RESCHEDULED* information meeting to learn more about our upcoming international program on Maya Art and Archaeology of Mexico (May 11-20, 2019).


Friday, January 25, 2019 | 06:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Braceros Exhibit

Drawn from the archives of Mexico's Secretariat of Foreign Relations, this stunning collection of black and white photography explores the Bracero Program as it was seen by the men and women who lived it.


Friday, January 25, 2019 | 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Braceros Exhibit: Opening Reception

Drawn from the archives of Mexico's Secretariat of Foreign Relations, this stunning collection of black and white photography explores the Bracero Program as it was seen by the men and women who lived it.


Friday, September 07, 2018 | 02:30 pm - 03:45 pm

¡Cine Magnífico! Screening: Los adioses

Join us as the 2018 ¡Cine Magnífico! Latino Film Festival comes to campus with a free screening of Los adioses, a moving drama based on the life of renowned Mexican author and poet Rosario Castellanos.


Thursday, September 06, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 01:30 pm

¡Cine Magnífico! Screening: Al otro lado del muro

Join us as the 2018 ¡Cine Magnífico! Latino Film Festival comes to campus with a free screening of Al Otro Lado del Muro, an emotionally gripping documentary about a Honduran family living with looming deportation fears and family separation in Mexico City.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018 | 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

LAII Fall Welcome Back Reception

Join the LAII for its annual Fall Welcome Back reception, where new and returning students, staff, faculty, and community members to gather together and celebrate the start of a new school year.


Friday, August 24, 2018 | 05:30 pm - 07:30 pm

SOLAS Welcome Back Happy Hour

Join the Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS) for a welcome back happy hour.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018 | 12:30 pm - 01:00 pm

From Standing Rock to Colombia: Christian Solidarity, Nonviolence and Accompaniment

Rev. Emily Brewer, Executive Director of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship

Join us for a presentation with Rev. Emily Brewer, Executive Director of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, as she speaks about PPF's nonviolent accompaniment work from Standing Rock to Colombia.


Friday, May 11, 2018 | 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm

LAS Convocation

The Latin American Studies (LAS) program will hold its Spring 2018 Convocation, honoring those undergraduate and graduate students who will receive LAS degrees in May and August.


Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 02:00 pm - 03:30 pm

Spanish Women Sound Artists: Sound Creations for Piano with Extended Techniques, Electronics, and Multimedia

Carmen Morales Moreno

Join us for a presentation in the Spring 2018 Musicology Colloquium and Music of the Americas Concert Series as pianist Carmen Morales presents on Spanish women sound artists.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Segundo Encuentro Jaranerxs Burqueño 2018

Patricia Hidalgo • Esther Cruz Marantos

Join us for a week of community building with two Son Jarocho musicians from Veracruz Mexico, Patricio Hidalgo and Esther Cruz Marantos. As keepers and experts of AfroMexican folk music, they will be sharing historical knowledge of Son Jarocho and host zapeatedo (dance), lyric writing and jarana workshops. This fabulous week is open to anyone that is interested in learning about the Afro Influences in Son Jarocho and a great opportunity to learn how to play an instrument.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm

Photographic: A Reading and Signing with Author and Illustrator

Isabel Quintero • Zeke Peña

Join us for a special evening with author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña as they discuss their newest collaboration, the amazing graphic novel, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide.


Saturday, April 07, 2018 | 10:30 am - 03:00 pm

25th Annual César Chávez March and Fiesta

Join the Recuerda a César Chávez Committee for their 25th Annual Marcha de Justicia and fiesta honoring the life and legacy of Chávez and farm workers.


Friday, March 23, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

LAII Open House

Join students and faculty affiliated with or interested in Latin American Studies for an open house at the LAII, where we can get to know one another informally over coffee and more.


Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 05:30 pm - 07:00 pm

SOLAS Sin Fronteras Latino Film Festival

Join the Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS) for their annual Sin Fronteras Latino Film Festival, a completely free event open to the UNM and greater Albuquerque community.


Thursday, March 08, 2018 | 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Film Screening: Chavela

Join the LAII, Instituto Cervantes, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center for a FREE film screening of the acclaimed documentary, Chavela.


Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

¡Hora de Cuentos! Bilingual Preschool Storytime

The LAII is partnering with the National Hispanic Cultural Center to present ¡Hora de Cuentos!, a bilingual storytime for children.


Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

¡Cine Magnífico¡ Albuquerque Latino Film Festival

The LAII is pleased to be a 2017 educational partner with the ¡Cine Magnifico! 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.