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Migration in Central America as a Challenge for Human Development

January 11, 2023

Migration in Central America as a Challenge for Human Development

Speaker: Héctor Pérez-Brignoli

Date: March 6, 2023
Time: 6:00 PM
Address: FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005

Join Héctor Pérez-Brignoli, National Humanities Center fellow, for his presentation on challenges for human development caused by Central American migration.

Héctor Pérez-Brignoli attended the University of Buenos Aires (BA, 1967) and the Institut d’études du développement de la Sorbonne (IEDES) (MA, 1970). In 1975, he received his PhD in economic history from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Since 2004, he is professor emeritus at the University of Costa Rica. He has been a Fellow at the Wilson Center (Washington DC), the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and the Institute for Advanced Studies (Universität Konstanz).

Pérez-Brignoli cofounded the Center for Historical Research in Central America and the Central American Population Center at the University of Costa Rica. He has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Wisconsin, Texas, Minnesota, and Complutense of Madrid, among many others. His research interests include Central American history, Latin American history, historical geography, and historical demography.

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Geography February Colloquium

January 11, 2023

Geography February Colloquium

Speaker: Eloisa Berman Arévalo

Date: February 17, 2023
Time: 3:30 PM
Address: Carolina Hall (Room 220)

Join Eloisa Berman Arévalo, Professor of History and Social Sciences at la Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia, in this spring colloqium, sponsored by the UNC-CH Department of Geography and the Institute for the Study of the Americas.

Click the “Read More” button below to view this page on the Department of Geography website.

Mental Health Considerations of Type 2 Diabetes Management in the Dominican Republic

December 15, 2022

Mental Health Considerations of Type 2 Diabetes Management in the Dominican Republic

Speaker: Deshira Wallace

Date: March 1, 2023
Time: 6:00 PM
Address: Room 1005, Global Education Center

Join Desihra Wallace, Assistant Professor at UNC Gillings School of Public Health, for her lecture on the mental health considerations of type 2 diabetes care and management in the Dominican Republic.

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information!

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North Carolina Conference on Latin American Studies

December 15, 2022

North Carolina Conference on Latin American Studies : The Many Places of Latin America

Speaker: Various Speakers

Date: February 17, 2023, February 18, 2023
Time: Times Vary
Address: John Hope Franklin Center (2204 Erwin Road) & Trent Drive Hall (310 Trent Drive) in Durham

The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University and the Latin American Studies Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte are pleased to announce the fourth annual North Carolina Conference on Latin American Studies (NC/CLAS). NC/CLAS 2023 will be an in-person event hosted by Duke University on February 17-18, 2023, and will be dedicated to the theme “The Many Places of Latin America.”

The registration deadline for this event is February 3rd, 2023. Pre-registration is required for all attendees, including presenters.

The complete conference program and registration form can be accessed by clicking the “Read More” button below.

Historical Memory of Refugees from El Salvador

December 15, 2022

Historical Memory of Refugees from El Salvador

Speaker: Molly Todd

Date: February 8, 2023
Time: 6:00 PM
Address: Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Global Education Center

Join Molly Todd, National Humanities Center Fellow for her presentation on her memory work with refugees from El Salvador.

Molly Todd is a historian specializing in cold war-era Central America, refugee experiences, historical memory, and transnational human rights and solidarity movements. Her publications include two El Salvador-focused monographs, listed below; the textbook Undergraduate Research in History: A Guide for Students (2022); and multiple book chapters and articles. Her research has been supported by a Public Engagement Fellowship from the Whiting Foundation for the Humanities, as well as Fulbright and Mellon-Sawyer fellowships. Todd is associate professor at Montana State University, where she coordinates the Public History Lab and teaches courses on Latin American history and historical methods.

While in residence at the National Humanities Center, Todd will advance her book project on “pictures of conscience”—embroideries, drawings, photographs, and other art from Salvadoran refugee camps. Based on a remarkable private archive and oral history interviews, this study reveals the dynamics of grassroots cultural production in “stateless” spaces and the important work that art does in global human rights networks.

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Migración hacia el Norte: una mirada desde Guatemala Indígena

December 15, 2022

Migrating North: Perspectives from Indigenous Guatemala | Migración hacia el Norte: una mirada desde Guatemala Indígena

Speaker: Emily Taylor and Julisa García

Date: February 22, 2023
Time: 6:00 PM
Address: Virtual

Join Emily Taylor, UNC History Ph.D. Candidate, and Julisa García with Promotores de la Liberación Migrante for a conversation on the Promotores work on Maya language translation for migrants in the U.S. immigration system.

The event will be in English and Spanish, interpretation will be available.

To register for the event, please click the “Read More” button below.

International Education Week

November 14, 2022

Resilience in Francophone Caribbean Literature: Patrick Chamoiseau’s Creole Folktales

Speaker: Dorothea Heitsch

Date: November 17, 2022
Time: 6:00PM

The area studies centers at UNC and Duke partner with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to offer globally-focused professional development during International Education Week. International Education Week, held in November annually, is a national week of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education that celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.
Participants will receive a certificate for 1.5 PD hours for each event attended.

Hosted by UNC’s Center for European Studies
This workshop examines the social, political, and historical issues present in Francophone Caribbean writing through the example of Patrick Chamoiseau’s Creole Folktales. We will examine text and context in a variety of activities around questions of space, race, trauma, or identity. We will also keep in mind how historical repercussions of French colonialism might usefully be brought to current discussions in the United States.

For this workshop, we encourage everyone to read two short stories before attending: Patrick Chamoiseau’s “The Rainmaker” and Wendy Walters’ “Lonely in America.” Though this is encouraged, all are welcome to attend regardless of whether not they have read the stories beforehand!

Dorothea Heitsch is Teaching Professor in French & Francophone Studies in UNC’s Department of Romance Studies. She teaches a wide variety of courses ranging from French language to content courses at all levels in French and English. Her research focuses on literature’s intersection with other fields, such as medicine, religion, philosophy, feminism(s), alchemy, or the history of the book. She currently works on early modern interreligious dialogue and examines the worth that discussions across the faiths may have held for fifteenth- to seventeenth-century readers and writers within and beyond Europe.

Learn more and register for the event at the “Read More” button below.

Ruth Conniff Milked Lecture

October 4, 2022

A Ruth Conniff Lecture on Milked (2022)

Speaker: Ruth Conniff

Date: October 12, 2022
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Join veteran journalist Ruth Conniff and the students of UNC’s GLBL 703: Global Migration graduate seminar for a presentation and Q&A discussion of Conniff’s new book, Milked: How an American Crisis Brought Together Midwestern Dairy Farmers and Mexican Workers.

This classroom visit is generously sponsored by UNC’s Institute for the Study of the Americas and the UNC Latina/o Studies Program. The Latin Americanist and Latina/o Studies community at large is welcome to participate, and everyone is encouraged to read the book prior to the event. Please RSVP by October 7, 2022 to indicate your interest in attending. You will receive a confirmation email by October 9th, 2022 with further information.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Angela Stuesse (

A compelling portrayal by the veteran journalist of the lives of farming communities on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border and the surprising connections between them.

“Conniff brings her skills and insights to a particularly urgent project: moving beyond the polarizing politics of our current era, and taking a deeper look at how people who have been pitted against each other can forge bonds of understanding.” —E.J. Dionne Jr., co-author of 100% Democracy

Winner of the Studs and Ida Terkel Award.

In the Midwest, Mexican workers have become critically important to the survival of rural areas and small towns—and to the individual farmers who rely on their work—with undocumented immigrants, mostly from Mexico, accounting for an estimated 80 percent of employees on the dairy farms of western Wisconsin.

In Milked, former editor-in-chief of The Progressive Ruth Conniff introduces us to the migrants who worked on these dairy farms, their employers, among them white voters who helped elect Donald Trump to office in 2016, and the surprising friendships that have formed between these two groups of people. These stories offer a rich and fascinating account of how two crises—the record-breaking rate of farm bankruptcies in the Upper Midwest, and the contentious politics around immigration—are changing the landscape of rural America.

A unique and fascinating exploration of rural farming communities, Milked sheds light on seismic shifts in policy on both sides of the border over recent decades, connecting issues of labor, immigration, race, food, economics, and U.S.-Mexico relations and revealing how two seemingly disparate groups of people have come to rely on each other, how they are subject to the same global economic forces, and how, ultimately, the bridges of understanding that they have built can lead us toward a more constructive politics and a better world.

Ruth Conniff is the editor-in-chief of the Wisconsin Examiner and editor-at-large and former editor-in-chief of The Progressive magazine. She has appeared on Good Morning America, C-SPAN, and NPR and has been a frequent guest on All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC. Milked: How an American Crisis Brought Together Midwestern Dairy Farmers and Mexican Workers (The New Press) is her first book. Conniff lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Black Activism and the Cuban Revolution

September 30, 2022

Black Activism and the Cuban Revolution Zoom Visiting Lecture

Speaker: Dr. Devyn Spence Benson

Date: October 13, 2022
Time: 12:30pm
Address: Virtual

Join Professor Maya Berry’s Race, Gender & Activism course on October 13th at 12:30pm with a special guest lecture from history professor Dr. Devyn Spence Benson from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Devyn Spence Benson is a 20th century historian who focuses on antiracist movements across the Americas and the Caribbean. Her research and teaching interests sit at the intersection of Africana Studies and Latin American history, and she have worked throughout her career to merge these two interdisciplinary fields by focusing on Afro-Cuban history, politics, and culture. Benson has taught at Williams College, Louisiana State University, Davidson College and now the University of Kentucky. She is the author of published articles and reviews in the Hispanic American Historical Review, Journal of Transnational American Studies, Cuban Studies, World Policy Journal, and PALARA: Publication of the Afro-Latin / American Research Association. Benson’s work has been supported by the Doris G. Quinn, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS), and Gaius Charles Bolin dissertation fellowships. She has also held residencies at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem and the WEB DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University.

Join the virtual presentation here.
Meeting ID: 986 1794 6807
Passcode: 949810