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The Rise and Fall of Empathy: Cuban-US Relations 2000-2020

April 15, 2021

The Rise and Fall of Empathy: Cuban-US Relations 2000-2020

Speaker: Dr. Philip Brenner

Emeritus Professor of International Relations and History at American University, Dr. Philip Brenner will be guest speaking in LTAM 350: The United States and Latin America on Cuban-U.S. relations between 2000 and 2020. Dr. Philip Brenner has published widely on U.S./Cuba relations, U.S./Latin American relations, contemporary U.S. foreign policy, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. His most recent book is Cuba Libre: A 500-Year Quest for Independence, co-authored with Peter Eisner.

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Date: April 20, 2021
Time: 3:30PM


The Rise and Fall of Empathy: Cuban-US Relations 2000-2020

Dr. Lorraine Bayard de Volo on Women and Revolution

March 24, 2021

Dr. Lorraine Bayard de Volo on Women and Revolution

Speaker: Dr. Lorraine Bayard de Volo

The Gender and Sexuality in Latin America and Caribbean Working Group and Duke GSF studies will hold a conversation with Dr. Lorraine Bayard de Volo who will discuss her work on revolutionary women in Cuba and Nicaragua. Dr. Bayard de Volo will share knowledge and experiences from her decades of fieldwork experience researching on women’s political participation during the respective revolutions in Cuba and Nicaragua. She will discuss how women’s roles in these revolutions challenge the notion that social change is a predominantly male sphere. There will also be a time for questions and answers at the end of the presentation.

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Date: April 2, 2021
Time: 5:30 pm

Dr. Lorraine Bayard de Volo on Women and Revolution

Radical Visions for Caribbean Reconstruction: Island Futures and Mobility Justice

March 24, 2021

Radical Visions for Caribbean Reconstruction: Island Futures and Mobility Justice

Speaker: Dr. Mimi Sheller

On March 25 as part of the Inaugural Lecture of the Travel Work Speaker Series, the Center for the Study of the American South will host Dr. Mimi Sheller, Professor of Sociology Head of the Sociology Department, and founding Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is founding co-editor of the journal Mobilities and past President of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility. A pioneer in the field of mobility studies, Sheller has authored or co-edited fifteen books, including most recently Advanced Introduction to Mobilities (Elgar, 2021), Island Futures: Caribbean Survival in the Anthropocene (Duke, 2020) and Mobility Justice: The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes (Verso, 2018).

This event is free and open to the public. Register here for a link.
Visit travelwork.unc.edu for more information about this interdisciplinary graduate working group.

Date: March 25, 2021
Time: 3:00 pm

Radical Visions for Caribbean Reconstruction: Island Futures and Mobility Justice

Women’s Leadership in the Federal Government

March 3, 2021

Women’s Leadership in the Federal Government

Speaker: Various

Women have long been underrepresented in key sectors of the United States federal government, and especially in positions of leadership. This is particularly true of women of color.
While recognizing these facts, this panel highlight women who have held or currently hold positions of leadership working for our country. They will talk about their careers, provide advice to others looking to enter U.S. government service, consider the challenges specific to women in government leadership, and also discuss the strengths that women have brought to federal careers and the benefits that await them.

Event sponsors: Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Carolina Asia Center, Center for European Studies, UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, African Studies Center, Institute for the Study of the Americas, and the Center for Slavic, European, and East European Studies.

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Date: March 9, 2021
Time: 7:00pm

Women's Leadership in the Federal Government

2021 Writer’s Discussion Series: Yomaira C. Figueroa-Vasquez

March 3, 2021

2021 Writer’s Discussion Series: Yomaira C. Figueroa-Vasquez

Speaker: Yomaira C. Figueroa-Vasquez

The Sonja Haynes Stone Center will be hosting a book talk featuring Yomaira C. Figueroa-Vasquez on March 23 at 3:30pm. She will be discussing her new book Decolonizing Diasporas: Radical Mappings of Afro-Atlantic Literature, which focuses on diasporic and exilic Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, and Equatoguinean texts in contact. Framed with critical attention to decolonial thought, women of color feminisms, and feminist philosophy, the book complicates and enriches ongoing conversations and debates in Black/Latinx/Hispanophone studies through a sustained mediation on poetics and cultural productions.

This program is free and will be virtual via Zoom. Participants can register here. All are welcome to attend!

Date: March 23, 2021
Time: 3:30pm

2021 Writer's Discussion Series: Yomaira C. Figueroa-Vasquez

Conversatorio – Indigenous Women and Activism: Experiences from Abya-Yala

February 24, 2021

Conversatorio – Indigenous Women and Activism: Experiences from Abya-Yala

Speaker: María G. Gutiérrez de Jesús

“Indigenous Women and Activism: Experiences from Abya-Yala” is co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the Americas, the UNC Women’s & Gender Studies Department, and the ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowship. Moderated by María G. Gutiérrez de Jesús, the talk hosts four indigenous women representing various indigenous groups throughout Latin America.
The event will be in Spanish. Simultaneous translation will be available.
To join this virtual event, the Zoom ID is: 979 1907 4140

“Mujeres Indígenas y Activismo: Experiencias Desde Abya-Yala” es co-patrocinado por el Instituto de Estudios sobre las Américas, el Departamento de Estudios sobre Mujeres y el Género y la ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowship. Moderado por María G. Gutiérrez de Jesús, la conversación presenta cuatro mujeres indígenas que representan varios grupos indígenas de Latinoamérica.
El evento será en español. Traducción simultánea estará disponible.
Para asistir a este evento virtual, la Zoom ID es: 979 1907 4140

Date: March 17, 2021
Time: 1:00pm EST

Conversatorio - Indigenous Women and Activism: Experiences from Abya-Yala

Latin American Politics Working Group

February 16, 2021

Civil Conflict, State Consolidation, and the Spread of Mass Education with Duke-UNC Latin American Politics Working Group

Speaker: Professor Agustina Paglayan

Professor Agustina Paglayan from the University of California-San Diego will be presenting her paper titled “Civil Conflict, State Consolidation, and the Spread of Mass Education” for the Duke-UNC Latin American Politics Working Group (abstract below). The talk will be hosted via zoom on February 24th between noon-1:30 pm.
Please register here to attend: https://forms.gle/zE7ot2NLVo9VZR1P8. Once registered, you will receive details as to how to connect to the Zoom meeting.

Professor Paglayan has generously agreed to meet with students and faculty between 2-4pm via zoom. If you are interested in meeting Prof. Paglayan, please contact Nicolás de la Cerda (ndelacerda@unc.edu). We hope to see all of you there!

Abstract
In many Western societies, mass education often expanded before democratization. Why did non-democracies expand mass schooling? This article develops a theory of education provision driven by civil conflict. Drawing on the history of Prussia, France, and Argentina, it argues that civil conflicts that made elites fearful of losing power helped crystallize elite support for mass education to promote social order through indoctrination. Consistent with this argument, difference-in-differences estimates document previously undetected pattern of primary education expansion following civil wars in Europe and Latin America. To better identify and explain the impact of civil conflict, the article exploits subnational variation in the exposure to the 1859 Chilean civil war. The analysis shows that following the war the central government expanded primary schooling in rebel provinces not as a concession but to teach obedience and respect for authority. The argument has implications for theories of education provision, state-building, and autocratic politics.

A copy of the manuscript can be found here.

Date: February 24, 2021
Time: 12:00pm

Una Noche Con Maria Hinojosa

February 12, 2021

Una Noche Con Maria Hinojosa

Speaker: Maria Hinojosa

Join NAHJ at UNC-Chapel Hill for a night with Maria Hinojosa, an award-winning Mexican-American journalist, on Tuesday, February 23 at 6 p.m. EST.

Maria Hinojosa is the anchor and executive producer of Latino USA, a podcast that highlights the Latinx community. Hinojosa is also the founder of Futuro Media Group and the author of “Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America.”

This event is sponsored by the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, the Carolina Latinx Center, the UNC Latina/o Studies Program, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, UNC University Libraries, CUAB, Carolina Union Student Life and Leadership and Epilogue.

Please secure your free ticket for this virtual event here

Date: February 23, 2021
Time: 6:00PM

Una Noche Con Maria Hinojosa

Lecture Series: Spanish as a Heritage Language – Heritage Language Pedagogy

January 27, 2021

Lecture Series: Spanish as a Heritage Language – Heritage Language Pedagogy

Speaker: Dr. Sara Beaudrie

On March 4, the Institute for the Study of the Americas and The Department of Romance Studies at UNC will host Dr. Sara Beaudrie, Associate Professor of Spanish Borderlands at Arizona State University, as part of the virtual Lecture Series on Spanish as a Heritage Language. Dr. Beaudrie’s presentation is titled “Heritage Language Pedagogy.” The Zoom info for this presentation is given in the provided photo. Mark your calendars for this upcoming event!

Date: March 4, 2021
Time: 4:00pm

Lecture Series: Spanish as a Heritage Language - Heritage Language Pedagogy

Lecture Series: Spanish as a Heritage Language – Apples and Oranges

January 27, 2021

Lecture Series: Spanish as a Heritage Language – Apples and Oranges

Speaker: Dr. Kim Potowski

On February 17, the Institute for the Study of the Americas and The Department of Romance Studies at UNC will host Dr. Kim Potowski, Professor of Spanish at the University of Illinois at Chicago, as part of the virtual Lecture Series on Spanish as a Heritage Language. Dr. Potowski’s presentation is titled “Apples and Oranges: Best Approaches in Working with Spanish Heritage Speakers.” The Zoom info for this presentation is given in the provided photo. Mark your calendars for this upcoming event!

Date: February 17, 2021
Time: 4:00pm

Lecture Series: Spanish as a Heritage Language - Apples and Oranges