CLACS sponsors and hosts a variety of academic conferences, lectures, and symposia throughout the year to foster dialogue between faculty and practitioners and to help to promote research in a variety of disciplinary and professional fields related to Latin America and the Caribbean. Our ongoing events include the Latin American Research Forum and the annual Graduate Student Conference. Please sign up for our e-newsletter Novedades for more events on the IU campus or surrounding community.
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Join us to hear from two leaders in the Latinx community as they discuss current trends in philanthropy.
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Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center/Marcellus Neal and Frances Marshall Black Culture Center
Upland Brewing Co.
"Vasco de Quiroga's Utopian Socio-Spacial Experiments, and the Racializing Effects of the Dual Republic Model." Olimpia Rosenthal (Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, IUB). Part of the El Foro lecture series.
"Lessons Learned: Conducting Oral Health Research in Mexico." E. Ángeles Martínez-Mier (Dept. of Cariology, Operative Dentistry, and Dental Public Health, IU School of Dentistry, IUPUI). Part of the El Foro lecture series.
Screening and discussion of the 2018 film O Processo (The Trial), on the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff. Maria Augusta Ramos (documentary filmmaker)
"518 Years of Colonial Ghosts. "Alexandra Lucas Coelho (Portuguese author). Organized by the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese with CLACS support.
"Maps of True Places: Material Cartographies in the Work of Guimarães Rosa." Clara Rowland (Departamento de Estudos Portugueses, Universidade Nova de Lisboa). Organized by the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese with CLACS support.
"Bossa Nova Longplay: Getz/Gilberto after Fifty Years (or so)." Bryan McCann (Dept. of History, Georgetown University). Organized by the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese with CLACS support.
"Braceros" photo exhibit opening reception at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center
"Carmen Boullosa y los escritores mexicanos después de 1968: A Literary Workshop." Carmen Boullosa (Mexican author). Organized by the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese with CLACS support.
"Work Until You Die: The Effects of the 2016 Coup on the Brazilian Working Class." William J. Mello (Dept. of Labor Studies, IU Northwest. Part of the El Foro lecture series.
Roundtable: Mexican Labor in Indiana. Miriam Acevedo Davis (La Plaza), Sergio Lemus (Latino Studies Program, IUB), Michael Snodgrass (Dept. of History, IUPUI), Jane Walter (El Centro Comunal Latino). Moderated by Sylvia Martinez (Dept. of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, School of Education, IUB)
"Aping Elephants in Sixteenth-Century Iberia: Finding Animals 'Good to Think.'" Abel Alves (Dept. of History, Ball State University). Organized by the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese with CLACS support.
“A ‘Degenerate’ Race?: Charity, Morality, and Public Health Reforms in Colombia’s Quest to Progress, 1883-1930.” Hayley Froysland (Dept. of History, IU South Bend). Part of the El Foro lecture series.
Public Scholarship Workshop. Lessie Jo Frazier (Dept. of Gender Studies, IUB)
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Information Session. (A joint event of the area studies programs in the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies)
"Bullets, Bulls, and Bibles: Jair Bolsonaro and the Rise of the Far Right in Brazil." (Bryan Pitts, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, IUB)
"Rethinking Language and Social Stratification: The Case of Haiti." David Tezil (Department of Linguistics, IUB). Part of the Graduate Student Brown Bag Series.
"Belly Dancing in São Paulo, Brazil: Using Dance and Video to do Ethnomusicological Research." (Erica Giesbrecht, Fulbright Visiting Chair in Brazilian Music, IUB)
Catching up with Cuba: Conducta. (Screening of Ernesto Daranas Serrano's 2014 film). Organized by CUBAmistad with CLACS support.
"Im/mobile crossings: Mapping the spiritual borderlands of Haiti and the Dominican Republic." Elena Guzmán (Dept. of Anthropology, Cornell University). Part of the Graduate Student Brown Bag Series.
"On Heritage and Struggle: Deconstructing Neoliberal Assumptions and Realities." 8th Annual CLACS Graduate Student Conference. Organized by the CLACS Graduate Student Association with CLACS support.
"Acoustic Colonialism and its Counter-Currents: Sounds and Listening(s) in the Mapuche Territory." Luis Cárcamo-Huechante (Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Texas at Austin). Keynote address of the CLACS Graduate Student Conference.
Catching up with Cuba: Ghost Town to Havana. (Screening of Eugene Corr's 2015 film). Organized by CUBAmistad with CLACS support.
"Border Brujos: Carlos Castaneda, Indigenismo, and New Age Anthropology." Ageeth Sluis (Dept. of History, Butler University). Organized by the Dept. of History with CLACS support.
"Visualizing Struggle, Conflict, and Indigeneity: Building and Preserving the Archivo Mesoamericano." Mario Ramirez (CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow, Wells Library Digital Collections, IU)
Screening and discussion of the 2019 film Fly Me to the Moon, on the social and environmental effects of bauxite mining in Jamaica. Esther Figueroa (documentary filmmaker). Organized by Terri Francis (Media School, IUB) with CLACS support.
Brazilian Literary Spring: "Cloro: The Genesis of a Novel." Alexandre Vidal Porto (Brazilian author). Organized by the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese with CLACS support.
Brazilian Literary Spring: "(in)visibilidades da Migrância: Refugiados nas Artes Plásticas e na Literatura Brasileira Contemporâneas." Leonardo Tonus (HDR en Études lusophones, UFR d’Études Ibériques et Latino-Américaines, Université Paris-Sorbonne). Organized by the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese with CLACS support.
"Humanizing Deportation: La Herida Abierta." Robert McKee Irwin (Dept. of Comparative Literature, University of California Davis).
"Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration." Ana Raquel Minian (Dept. of History, Stanford University)
"Los Morenos and the Mexicans: Of Muggings, Critical Colorism, and Relational Race-Making Processes in South Chicago." Sergio Lemus (Latino Studies Program, IUB)
"From Arrabales to Poblaciones: The Making of a Modern Capital City in Chile." Denisa Jashari (Dept. of History, IUB). Part of the Graduate Student Brown Bag Series.
"Pilgrimage: An Evening with Erol Josué, Vodou Priest, Singer, Dancer." Erol Josué (Bureau National d’Ethnologie d’Haïti). Organized by Rebecca Dirksen (Dept. of Folklore and Ethnomusicology) with CLACS support.
"Voices of the People/The Power of Word and Image." A two-day conference in which poets, writers, translators, language specialists, archaeologists, and a film-maker discussed Mexico's indigenous languages and cultures. Organized by Anya Royce (Dept. of Anthropology) with CLACS support.
Screening and discussion of the in-progress film Profundo Laberinto (Deep Maze), on the place of blackness in Mexican imaginings of national identity. Roberto Olivares (documentary filmmaker).
Annual CLACS Spring Reception, at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Bridgewaters Room
Research conference: "A Hundred Years of Migration (1917-2017): Stories of Caribbean Exile and Diaspora."
"The Love of Humanity in Kilowatts: U.S.-Chile Translations of Electrification During the 20th Century." Mónica Humeres Riquelme (Dept. of Sociology, Universidad Alberto Hurtado)
"Pathways out of Neoliberalism: Dystopia and Utopia in Contemporary Latin American Documentary." Sawyer Seminar
"Prioritizing Island Resiliency: New (and Old) Foreign Investment and Development Partners." Kalim Shah (School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IU Northwest)
"Universal Citizenship at the Limits of Identity and the Law." R. Andrés Guzmán (Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, IUB)
"After the Disaster: Long-Term Outlooks for Mexico and Puerto Rico." Roundtable including Anya Peterson Royce (Anthropology, IUB), Arlene Díaz (History, IUB), Carmen Medina (School of Education, IUB), Javier Cardona Otero (School of Education, IUB), and Michael Hamburger (Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, IUB)
Screening of the 2017 film Port Triumph, on mobilization among fishing industry workers in El Salvador in the 1980s and 1990s. With Director Jeffrey Gould (History, IUB)
"Recovering the Maternal Voice: Cervantes and Galdós in El abra del Yumurí." Frederick De Armas (Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago)
"Maya Cultural Night: Poetry, Art, and Music." Organized by Quetzil Castaneda (Latin American and Caribbean Studies, IU). Featuring the poetry of Wildernain Villegas Carrillo. With Edber Dzidz Yam (CIESAS Mexico)
"The Costa Rican Exception: José Figueres, Adolf Berle, and the Limits of Anti-Communism as Social Policy." Leon Fink (Dept. of History, University of Illinois Chicago)
"The Brazilian Political Crisis." Roundtable including Martin Delaroche (School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUB), Vitor Martins Dias (Maurer School of Law, IUB), Bryan Pitts (Latin American and Caribbean Studies, IUB), and Elizabeth Stein (International Studies, IUB)
"Le créole haïtien, de langue d'alphabétisation des adultes à langue d'enseignement: un parcours de promotion inachevé." Renauld Govain (Faculty of Applied Linguistics, State University of Haiti)
"Contemporary Mexican Poetry: A 21st Century Perspective on the Late 20th Century." Pedro Serrano (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
"Field Research Grant Roundtable." Recipients of CLACS Summer 2016 field research grants present their research findings.
"Brazil in Transition: Beliefs, Leadership, and Institutional Change." Lee J. Alston (Ostrom Workshop, IUB). Part of the El Foro lecture series.
"An Introduction to Latin American Library Resources." Luis González (IU Librarian for Latin American, Iberian, Latino, and Chicano-Riqueño Studies).
Screening of Daughter of the Lake (Hija del lago), a 2015 Peruvian documentary on the effects of climate change on the water supply in one Andean community. Ernesto Cabello Damián (documentary filmmaker).
"(Re)Presentation of/in Indigenous Politics." Roundtable including Ernesto Cabellos Damian (filmmaker), John McDowell (Dept. of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, IUB), Dan Suslak (Dept. of Anthropology, IUB), and Mintzi Martínez-Rivera (Dept. of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, IUB).
"Local Governance in Latin America." Claudia Avellaneda (School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUB). Part of the El Foro lecture series.
"Long Live the Low People: Popular Politics in the City of Buenos Aires in the First Half of the 19th Century." Gabriel Di Meglio (University of Buenos Aires).
Screening of Echo of the Mountain(Eco de la montaña), a 2014 Mexican documentary on the work and life of Huichol artist Santos de la Torre. Nicolás Echevarría (documentary filmmaker).
"Land Use and Environmental Diversity in Maranhão, Brazil." Maristela de Paula Andrade, Benedito de Souza Filho, and Ulisses Denache Vieira Souza (Universidade Federal do Maranhão).
"Science, Technology, and Human Rights: A Case Study of Forensic Identification in Chile." Eden Medina (Dept of Informatics, IUB). Part of the El Foro lecture series.
"Day of the Dead Celebration." Held at Collins Coffee House, with a variety of immersive activities related to the holiday.
"Memory and Justice Work in Argentina During 40th Anniversary Commemoration Events (1976-2016)." James Damico (School of Education, IUB).
"Punk and Revolution I: Roundtable and Art/Media Exhibit." Roundtable including Shane Greene (Dept. of Anthropology, IUB), Alfredo Márquez (Taller NN), and Álex Ángeles (Taller NN).
"Flash Talks on Caribbean and Central American Life and Culture." Presented by students from Professor Vivian Halloran's "Blood on the Sand" course.
"Military Interventions in Unions During the So-Called 'Proceso de Reorganización Nacional' in Argentina (1976-1983). Current Debates." Luciana Zorzoli (Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University).
"Latin America's Accountability Deficit Trap: Declining Political Competition and Declining Media Freedom." Elizabeth Stein (Dept. of International Studies, IUB). Part of the El Foro lecture series.
Screening of Dauna: Gone with the River (Dauna. Lo que lleval el río), a 2015 Venezuelan film about an indigenous woman's conflicts of identity as she attempts to navigate two cultures. Mario Crespo (filmmaker).
"Brazilian Folk and Popular Music for the Violin - Lecture Demonstration." Raimundo Nilton Silva (Escola de Musica de Brasilia and the IPFW Community Arts Academy - String Camp).
"Conspiracy and Orgies: Sexuality, Anticommunism, and the Right in Cold War Brazil." Benjamin Cowan (Dept. of History, George Mason Univ.)
"The Biology of Consciousness: From William James to Richard Schultes and Beyond." Brian Farrell (David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard Univ.).
"Latin American Music Scholarship: Negotiating Intellectual Histories, Research Philosophies, and Political Priorities between Latin America and the United States." Javier Leon (Latin American Music Center, IUB).
"Afro-Cuban Music, the Last 30 Years." Michael Spiro (Jacobs School of Music, IUB).
"Literature and 'Interregnum.'" Roundtable including Patrick Dove (Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, IUB), Brett Levinson (Dept. of Comparative Literature, Binghamton Univ.), and Daniel James (Dept. of History, IUB).
"Defamiliarized Sketches of the Cuban-Soviet Imaginary." Jacqueline Loss (Dept. of Spanish, University of Connecticut).
"Maroma Music: A Textual Analysis." Julian Carrillo (Dept. of Anthropology, IUB).