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September 2020

Migration Seminar Series – “Gender, Sexuality, and Migration in the Americas”

September 9, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Migration policy and infrastructures of enforcement—from visas to borders to detention facilities—are entangled with gendered and sexualized power relations. Feminist, queer, and trans scholarship have demonstrated that sex, gender, and sexuality are key arenas through…

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Film Screening “After Norma/Despues de Norma”

September 14, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

About the film screening: When Andres knows the diagnosis of Norma's terminal illness, his mother, he is urged to hold on to his camera, record his family and rescue the childhood memories that show fragments…

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Lecture “Contemporary Colombian Cinema: A Conversation with Producer and Director, Jorge Andres Botero”

September 15, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

About the film/presentation: We'll talk about how much Colombian cinema has grown in the past 20 years; a cinematography developed by a young generation of filmmakers who has been selected in the festival circuit with…

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Migration Seminar Series – “Women, Youth, and Violence in the Borderlands”

September 16, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

How do we represent the experiences of migration and living in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands? This panel examines competing discourses of migrants and the border and how these shape our ability to understand the region or…

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“Desentrañando los Empeños. La subversión de un esfuerzo colectivo / Unraveling the Trials. The subversion of a collective effort”

September 22, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Nuria Alkorta About the presenter:  Spring 2020 Tinker Visiting Professor of Spanish & Theatre, Nuria Alkorta, is a founding member and the director of the Compañía delabarca. She has been professor of Interpretation at the…

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Migration Webinar Series – “Panel on Central America”

September 23, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Refugees from the Central American states of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras are currently leaving their countries in record number. Citing unprecedented levels of violence and precarity due to the presence of complex criminal organizations,…

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“Julia Pastrana and The Eye of the Beholder”

September 29, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

About the presentation: Victorian Mexican Indigenous mezzo soprano Julia Pastrana (1834-1860) was billed as ¨The Ugliest Woman in the World¨, a title given to her by her manager-husband Theodore Lent. Born in Sinaloa, Mexico, Julia…

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Migration Seminar Series – “Crossing U.S. Borders”

September 30, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  Panelists Adam Goodman (Assistant Professor, Latin American & Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago), "Deportation without Due Process: The American Way" Nicole Ramos (Refugee Program Director, Al Otro Lado) with Moderator Rachel Ida…

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October 2020

“Winds of Desire: Energy and sovereignty in southern México”

October 6, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

About the presenter: Dominic Boyer teaches at Rice University where he also served as Founding Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (2013-2019). He is currently pursuing ethnographic research…

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Migration Seminar Series – “Providing Legal Services to Women and Children Seeking Asylum in Detention”

October 7, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

A group of second and third year law students along with the Director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at the University of Wisconsin Law School will describe their volunteer work at the South Texas Family…

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“Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas y Megaproyectos en el Istmo de Tehuantepec, Mexico/Indigenous Rights and Megaprojects in the Tehuantepec Isthmus in Mexico”

October 13, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

About the speaker: Lucila Bettina Cruz Velázquez is a Mexican human rights defender and member of the Assembly of the Indigenous Peoples of the Tehuantepec Isthmus in Defense of Land and Territory, in the Santa…

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Migration Seminar Series – “Trends in Immigration Reform”

October 14, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This panel will bring together scholars and practitioners to engage the issue of contemporary immigration reform. Specific topics include the current state of public opinion on immigration policies, the shifts in practices in immigration court…

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“Frontiers, Conservation and Armed Conflict in the Colombia Amazon”

October 20, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Presented by: Professor German Palacio. Professor Palacio is fall 2020 UW Tinker Visiting Professor. Dr. Palacio teaches at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, campus Amazonia (in Leticia). He has a PhD from Florida International University-Miami.…

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Migration Seminar Series – “Transnational Migrations to the Americas and Venezuela”

October 21, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Understanding the Venezuelan Displacement Crisis in times of COVID-19: By mid 2020, over 5 million people had fled Venezuela due to its political, economic, and social crisis. Most chose Latin American destinations, given the elevated…

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“Women’s Voices. New Approaches to Mexico’s Human Rights Crisis”

October 27, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Presented by: Lucía Melgar (@luciamelp) is a cultural critic and professor of literature and gender studies. After completing her PhD in Chicago and teaching at Princeton University, she returned to Mexico, where she has combined…

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Migration Seminar Series – “Crossing Borders, Navigating Race: Blackness and Migration in the Americas”

October 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

 Whether we consider migration to the U.S., within the US, or to alternative destinations in the Americas as result of barriers to entering the U.S., consideration of race is interwoven throughout.  Blackness is both negotiated and…

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November 2020

“Covid in Brazil: political and institutional effects”

November 3, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Presented by Jean Vilbert: Jean Vilbert holds a bachelor’s and a master’s in Laws (Fundamental Rights). He used to serve as a judge in Brazil, but then he decided that he would seek further education and…

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Migration Seminar Series – “South-South Migration”

November 4, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  Panelists Megan Sheehan, Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of Saint Benedict, Saint John’s University; “Urban Encounters: Migrant Settlement in Santiago, Chile” Cristián Doña-Reveco, Associate Professor of Sociology & Anthropology, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies,…

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“SUGAR MACHINE: Medical Technologies and Plantation Legacies in the Caribbean Diabetes Epidemic”

November 10, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Amy Moran-Thomas Presented by: Amy Moran-Thomas, Associate Professor of Anthropology at MIT.  Professor Moran-Thomas is interested in questions of ecological change and ethnographic approaches to science, technology, and chronic conditions. She received a PhD in…

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Migration Seminar Series – “Immigration from LA to the Midwest”

November 11, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Immigration from Latin America to the Midwest has steadily increased over the last decade, and Wisconsin is no exception. Furthermore, Latin Americans, especially Mexicans, constitute the majority of new immigrant arrivals to the region.  These…

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“Renewable Energy and More-than-Human Worlds: A Case Study in Mexico”

November 17, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

About the presenter: Cymene Howe is Professor of Anthropology at Rice University. Her books include Intimate Activism: The Struggle for Sexual Rights in Postrevolutionary Nicaragua (Duke 2013), and Ecologics: Wind and Power in the Anthropocene…

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Migration Seminar Series – “Wisconsin/Milwaukee Ties”

November 18, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  Panelists Jesús Salas: Activist, ShopTalk speaker for the Wisconsin Humanities Council's Working Lives Project, former member of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents Moderated by Rachel Bloom-Pojar, CLACS Fellow and Associate Professor…

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December 2020

“Narracion oral escenica de la literatura peruana”

December 1, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Presented by: WillaqCuna which is a group of Peruvian grandmothers and grandfathers that share oral traditions through storytelling and live musical performance. Lili Cuadra Leoncio Mendivel Almida Alida Castaneda Guerra Victor Gonzales      …

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February 2021

“Of Neutrality: Science, innovation, and the politics of the future”

February 2, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

We are used to thinking that technologies are neutral and that it all depends on how they are used. However, what if we need to think again? Tomorrow, entering your lab may no longer be the same." (Vincenzo Pavone)

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“Coloquio Virtual por el Lanzamiento del libro: Futuros y Aprendizajes Indígenas Tomando Lugar”

February 2, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. PLEASE REGISTER HERE. This event will be given in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation to English provided. Acerca de la presentación: Tomar Lugar, es la intención que este libro tiene para encarnar la…

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“Nitrogen fixation in maize landraces from Oaxaca, Mexico: from Indigenous knowledge to the Wisconsin Idea”

February 9, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

About the presentation: Plants are associated with a complex microbiome that contributes to growth, nutrient acquisition, and defenses. Nitrogen-fixing microbial associations are well-characterized in legumes but are mostly absent from cereal crops, including maize. We…

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“The O’odham Nation, a people between borders. The new immigration policies and indigenous territory”

February 16, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lucila Polo About the presentation: The O’odham Nation (called Pueblo Papago in Mexico) Nation has inhabited lands in Arizona as well as in the Mexican state of Sonora and, because of its condition of its…

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“Perspectives of development in the Yucatan Peninsula”

February 23, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presented by: Robin Canul, Journalist, Audiovisual Producer, and Communication Coordinator of the Collective of Mayan Communities in Chenes, Mexico *Please note this presentation will be given in Spanish. Live, simultaneous translation will be provided. About…

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March 2021

“Identidad Imaginada: Novelistica Colombiana del siglo XXI”

March 2, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Beatriz Botero About the presentation: The book "Identidad Imaginada: Colombian Novelística del Siglo XXI," deals with a reflection on personal identity and its relationship with national identity. The construction of both identities has the ability…

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“The Colombia-Wisconsin One Health Effort: Innovation and the Study of Emerging Diseases”

March 9, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

About the presentation: The current COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of studying infectious diseases before they become a major threat to humankind. The UW-Madison has had ongoing research collaborations in Colombia for the study…

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March 10, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mexico City, Mexico LACIS has arranged to have a virtual guided tour of Mexico City for teachers, families, and others who may be interested in learning more about the history, geography, and rich cultural heritage…

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“Not Even A Grain of Rice: Buying Food on Credit in the Dominican Republic”

March 16, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Christine Hippert About the presentation: Christine Hippert discusses her new book, Not Even A Grain of Rice: Buying Food on Credit in Corner Stores in the Dominican Republic (2021), an ethnography centered on buying food…

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“Agribiopolitics: Plants and humans in the age of monocrops in Paraguay”

March 23, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presented by: Kregg Hetherington, Environmental Anthropologist and Director of the Concordia Ethnography Lab, Montreal, Canada About the presentation: The Green Revolution in crop development of the mid-20th century is normally told as the story of…

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“There and back again: US-Cuba Policy and the power transition in Washington”

March 30, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ernesto Dominguez About the presentation: The relation between the United States and Cuba is always a controversial topic, given its history and complexity. The 21st century has seen some of the most dynamic moments in…

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April 2021

“On the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Cuban Economy, and Remittance Flows to the Island”

April 6, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Denisse Delgado Vazquez About the presentation: Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Cuba was suffering an economic crisis. With the pandemic, the crisis has aggravated as the remittances and tourism, the second and third most important sources…

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“Violence and anonymity in the Mexican blogosphere”

April 13, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Hector Amaya About the presentation: This presentation engages some of the ways in which violence in Mexico has reshaped the Mexican blogosphere. In particular, here I analyze the uses of anonymity in citizen journalism and…

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“Brazil, from world leadership in health, to global threat”

April 16, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

About the lecture: The Brazilian federal government’s approach to the covid-19 pandemic has been to try to achieve herd immunity through contagion. This has so far led to the avoidable deaths of hundreds of thousands…

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“Facing the Environmental Mission: Small Farmers in Nicaragua and the Agro-Ecological Challenges of the Neoliberal Food Regime”

April 20, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Birgit Muller Presented by: Birgit Muller, (PhD Cambridge 1986) is a Research Director at the IIAC/LAIOS, CNRS, and Professor at the EHESS in Paris. About the presentation: The efforts of small development NGOs to introduce…

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“Short-term prospects for the Mexican economy / Perspectivas en el corto plazo de la economía Mexicana”

April 27, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Carlos M. Urzúa About the presentation: TBA About the presenter: Professor Carlos M. Urzúa is a UW-Madison alumnus (PhD in Economics, 1986). He was the Secretary of Finance for the Mexico City government (2000-2003), and…

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June 2021


June 25, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

About the presenter: Daniel Ares López nació en el barrio del Puente de la ciudad de Lugo (Galicia, España) en 1978. Tras estudiar filología en su ciudad natal, comenzó (como tantos jóvenes españoles de la…

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September 2021

“Situacion Actual y Gestion del Desarrollo en Cusco-Peru” (Presented in Spanish with live interpretation)

September 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Victor Boluarte Medina About the presentation: La situación actual de la gestión del desarrollo está afectada por los efectos de la pandemia del COVID-19 y la situación política nacional del Perú. La humanidad, con el…

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LACIS’ Fall Meet & Greet + Opportunities in Spanish-speaking Countries (with study abroad)

September 27, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Did you know that UW-Madison offers an undergraduate degree, Master's, MA/JD, and Phd Minor in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies (LACIS)? Come and meet our friendly and helpful staff and see if the LACIS…

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“What happened to the bees? A documentary on the environmental conflict of the cultivation of transgenic soybeans in Mayan territory”

September 28, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Adriana Otero Puerto About the presentation: Presentation on the negative impact of the cultivation of transgenic soybeans in the Mayan territory of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, such as the massive death of bees, the…

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October 2021

Lecture: “An Ice Age Art Gallery in Amazonia?”

October 5, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ella Al-Shamahi / BBC Natural History Unit (Clare Jones) Jose Iriarte Presented by: Presented by Jose Iriarte and Ella Al-Shamahi.  Jose Iriarte is a Professor of Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology, University of Exeter. Iriarte…

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“ESCAPE TO DESPECIALIZATION The shapes that art takes on the edges”

October 26, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Alejandro Meitin About the presentation: In my presentation I will focus on certain transdisciplinary initiatives that integrate the artistic way of thinking and action in their constitution and development, analyzing some examples of which I…

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November 2021

Lecture: “Short Term Medical Missions to Central America”

November 2, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Douglas Dulli, MD, MS Presented by: Douglas Dulli, MD, MS About the speaker: I am a recently retired professor of Neurology and former director of the MEDiC Student-Run Free Clinic program. I have as an…

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February 2022

“The Cold War is Still Alive In Latin America: Reporting in The Progressive Magazine Over Four Decades”

February 1, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Norman Stockwell Jeff Abbott Presented by: Norman Stockwell and Jeff Abbott. Norman Stockwell is publisher of The Progressive. Previously, for over 20 years, he served as WORT Community Radio’s Operations Coordinator in Madison, Wisconsin. He…

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“Drugs, Violence and Latin America: Global Psychotropy and Culture”

February 8, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Joseph Patteson About the presenter: Joseph Patteson (PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA) is Assistant Professor at Augustana University, USA. He researches narco-violence in Mexico, placed within an interdisciplinary global framework that highlights the interpenetration of…

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Book Presentation of “Filmspanism: A Critical Companion to the Study of Spanish Cinema”

February 15, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Professor Juan Egea Presented by Juan Egea, Professor of Contemporary Spanish Literature and Culture, UW-Madison About the presenter: Professor Egea is the author of La poesía del nosotros: Jaime Gil de Biedma y la secuencia lírica…

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March 2022

“Intercultural Education in Mexico, implications for natural resources conservation”

March 1, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Francisco Rosado May About the presenter: Francisco J. Rosado-May is an agroecologist. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz and has over 35 years of experience in research, higher education and outreaching in…

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“Indigenous Struggles to Preserve Their Land in Brazil” A Virtual Roundtable with Indigenous Leaders & Scholars of Brazilian History & Culture

March 7, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Simultaneous translation between Portuguese and English will be available. Please join us (on Zoom) Monday March 7 at 4:00 pm CST for a virtual roundtable featuring indigenous leaders and scholars of Brazilian history and culture. The speakers…

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“Smallholder Dairy Systems and Sustainable Development Goals: The Case of Central Mexico”

March 8, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

About the presentation: This presentation will explore the concept of sustainability, how to measure it, and how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) provide a framework to guide the transformation of livestock and dairy systems with…

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“Rebels and Braves: Women behind the camera in the history of Peruvian film (1895-1992)”

March 29, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Gabriela Yepes-Rossel About the presentation: In this presentation, I will illustrate how gender inequality operated in the Peruvian film industry between 1897 and 1992, and its relationship with the country’s processes of modernization and social…

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April 2022

“Chile’s Constitutional Convention: Challenges and Triumphs”

April 5, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Javier Couso Salas About the presentation: In 2019, after weeks of massive protests both peaceful and riotous, the government of Chile announced that the country would hold a constitutional convention to replace the 1980 constitution,…

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K-12 Educator Event: (VIRTUAL) Global Learning Summit 2022: Glocal Learning Inside-Out

April 9, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

WI Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at UW-Madison are co-sponsoring this special FREE event! *The first 80 teachers from Global Scholars Program sites will receive a…

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“Precarious Democracy: Ethnographies of Hope, Despair and Resistance in Brazil after the Pink Tide”

April 12, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

About the presentation: Brazil has undergone tremendous socioeconomic and political changes during the past decade. The new book, Precarious Democracy: Ethnographies of Hope, Despair and Resistance in Brazil after the Pink Tide (Rutgers University Press,…

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Film Presentation: “Maya Land; Listening to the Bees”

April 19, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

About the presenter: Kata Beilin is a researcher, fiction writer and documentary film director. She holds the position of a Professor at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and…

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Imagination’s crucial role in confronting the menace of civilizatory collapse/El papel crucial de la imaginacion ante la amenaza de colapso civilizatorio”

April 26, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Miguel Brieva Presented (in Spanish with live interpretation) by: Miguel Brieva, Spanish cartoonist/graphic-artist About the presentation: Homo sapiens is the only animal whose main guide is not instinct, but the ever changing ways in which he…

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September 2022

LACIS Lunchtime Lecture: “Traditional Music and Community in Mexico at the Turn of the 21st Century”

September 20, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Dr. Raquel Paraiso-Gonzalez Presented by: Dr. Raquel Paraiso, researcher, musician, and educator.  About the presentation: Since the mid 1980s, researchers, musicians, and cultural promoters have organized music festivals and cultural projects as vehicles for the…

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LACIS Lunchtime Lecture/Book Presentation: “Ni perversas ni traidoras: Ficciones de colaboración femenina en las dictaduras de Argentina y Chile”

September 27, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Dr. Ksenija Bilbija Presented in Spanish by Ksenija Bilbija, Professor of Spanish, and former LACIS Faculty Director, UW-Madison About the presentation: Mi libro (Santiago, Cuarto Propio, 2022), el tema de esta presentación, ofrece una lectura…

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October 2022

LACIS Lunchtime Lecture: “A Latinas Path into Oregon Wine”

October 11, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Elena Rodriguez About the presentation: Elena will be discussing her journey of being the daughter of an immigrant, and how her father’s dreams changed the course of her life as an adult.  She will also…

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LACIS Lunchtime Lecture: “Between Brown and Black: Anti-Racist Activism in Brazil”

October 18, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Dr. Antonio José Bacelar da Silva About the presentation: With new momentum, the Brazilian black movement is working to bring attention to and change the situation of structural racism in Brazil. Black consciousness advocates are…

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November 2022

LACIS Lunchtime Lecture: “Play Throughout the Lifespan”

November 1, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presented in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation. About the presentation: Creative play is a critical part of childhood and essential for their growth. Play breaks down cultural and language barriers and allows children to be themselves,…

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February 2023

Lecture: “The Linguistic Defense of White Comfort in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil”

February 6 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Presented by: NAVE Visiting Scholar Jennifer Roth-Gordon, Associate Professor, School of Anthropology, U of Arizona About the presentation: In this talk, I explore how beliefs in white superiority and historical and societal structures of white…

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Lecture: “The endless crisis: an analysis of the socio-political situation of Peru”

February 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Christian Fidel Revilla Arizaca About the presentation: Peru presents the majority of problems of Latin American countries: inequality, poverty, corruption, or the inability of its rulers. Nevertheless, the political crisis and the continuous changes of…

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Lecture: “The future of the Lula government and the uncertainties of Brazilian democracy”

February 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Professor Glauco Arbix Presented by: Presented by Professor Glauco Arbix, University of Sao Paolo. Brazil About the presenter: Glauco Arbix, is Full Professor of Sociology at the University of São Paulo (USP), head of Humanities…

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March 2023

Lecture: “Economic Solidarity and Feminist Agroecologies in Guatemala during Covid-19”

March 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Anika Rice Presented by: Anika Rice, Geography Department, UW-Madison About the presentation: The global spread of Covid-19 led to travel and market restrictions that impacted Guatemala’s rural food systems, namely campesinos and their families. For…

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