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May 12, 2023

ISA Graduate Orientation

Date: September 6, 2023
Time: 5:30pm
Address: Global Education Center, Room 4003

ISA wishes to invite all new and returning graduate students with an interest in Latin America, the Caribbean or Latino/a communities in the U.S. to join us at the ISA graduate Student Orientation and Reception. Students can meet ISA staff, catch up with colleagues, and learn about funding opportunities, events, working groups, and other initiatives sponsored by ISA.
Light refreshments will be provided.

Vanessa Perez Rosario Talk

February 23, 2023

A Talk with Professor Vanessa Pérez Rosario

Date: April 14, 2023

Address: Virtual

Save the date for this talk with Vanessa Pérez Rosario, Professor at the City University of New York.

This talk is a part of the Latin(x) American Trans-Oceanic Studies Working Group.

Symposium on Atlantic Latinidades

February 23, 2023

The Latin(x) American Trans-Oceanic Studies Working Group: Symposium on Atlantic Latinidades

Speaker: Various

Date: February 24, 2023, February 25, 2023
Time: 2/24, 9:00am – 2/25, 5:00pm
Address: John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University

This symposium is designed to break down disciplinary barriers in Atlantic studies. As a way of addressing disciplinary gaps, “Atlantic Latinidades” brings together scholars in the comparative fields of African, Latin American and Latinx studies that have decentered established frameworks and shifted epistemological centers.

The conference will culminate in a book launch for Quesada’s new work: The African Heritage of Latinx and Caribbean Literature (Cambridge University Press 2022).

Invited speakers: Tahia Abdel Nasser, Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra, Sophie Esch, Anne Garland Mahler, David Kazanjian, Lanie Millar, Ato Quayson, Richard T. Rodríguez, María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo, Fatoumata Seck, Joseph Slaughter and Ariana Vigil.

This event is co-sponsored by the Duke Department of Romance Studies, Duke Global, Duke Africa Initiative, Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Duke English, UNC Latina/o Studies Program, and the UNC Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

More information for this event can be found via the “Read More” button below.

Explaining why Chilean voters rejected a new constitution

February 8, 2023

Why the Apparent Reversal? Explaining why Chilean Voters Rejected a New Progressive Constitution

Speaker: Claudio Fuentes

Date: March 8, 2023
Time: 12:10 – 1:25
Address: Hamilton Hall, Room 335

In September 2022, 62% of Chileans rejected a constitutional proposal that incorporated socio-cultural and economic rights new to Chile. This result seems surprising since the proposal emerged from a Constitutional Assembly formed after prolonged social protests in 2019 and in light of the 2021 election of the leftist Gabriel Boric. While Chilean society seemed to be following a progressive path, this vote outcome went in the opposite direction. Three factors may help to explain this: the composition of the Constituent Assembly that strongly affected the themes addressed by the Convention; certain processes and rules of the constituent process that inhibited compromise; and features of the polarized debate regarding the constitutional draft in the months leading up to the plebiscite.

Claudio Fuentes is the Federico Gil Visiting Professor in Latin American Politics. He is currently a professor of political science at Diego Portales University (UDP for its acronym in Spanish) in Chile, where he has also served as Chair of the UDP School of Political Science and Director of its Social Science Research Institute. He has published extensively on issues of the police and democracy (the topic of his award-winning dissertation which was subsequently published), the military and politics, indigenous rights, political behavior, and most recently constitutionalism and democracy.

Register to attend by clicking the “Read More” button below!

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Institute for the Study of the Americas at UNC-Chapel Hill

Las Magníficas: Celica Cruz, Chavela Vargas, Violeta Parra

January 11, 2023

Las Magníficas: Celia Cruz, Chavela Vargas, Violeta Parra

Speaker: CORE Ensemble

Date: March 29, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM
Address: Moeser Auditorium, Hill Hall

Las Magníficas is a Chamber Music Theatre piece performed by the CORE Ensemble. Las Magníficas focuses on the lives of three Latin American women: Chavela Vargas, Celia Cruz, and Violeta Parra. This is a free event and open to the public.

This event is a Campus Life Experience event.

Chavela Vargas
A prominent Mexican vocalist and actress from the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, Vargas began her singing career in the 1940s in Mexico City. Vargas was especially known for her powerful soulful renditions o Mexican ranchers, performed as a solo in a stripped-down fashion with only a guitar and performed with raw emotion. Instead of conforming to the dress and style of other female vocalists, Vargas took n a masculine persona, smoking cigars, drinking tequila, carrying guns, and performing in a poncho with her hair pulled back in a tight braid. She performed ranchers written for men expressing love towards women, accompanied only by an acoustic guitar instead of a full mariachi band, with the tempo slowed to dwell on heartbreak. Having made more than 80 recordings, Vargaas received a Latin Grammy from the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2007. She continued to perform live for audiences until her death at the age of 93.

Celia Cruz
Cruz rose to fame in Cuba during the 1950s as a singer of guarachas, earning the nickname “La Guarachera de Cuba,” thereafter celebrated for decades as the “Queen of Salsa.” She began her career as a vocalist of the popular musical group La Sonora Matancera, an association that lasted fifteen years (1950- 1965), and early established a mastery over various genres of Cuban musical idioms, including guaracha, rumba, son, and bolero. Celia emigrated first to Mexico and later to the United States after the Cuban revolution. She soon established prominence as vocalist with the bands of Tito Puente, Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barreto, and Willie Colón, among others, recording a total of 37 studio albums. Among her many honors include two Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards.

Violeta Parra
Parra was a Chilean composer, folk singer, and social activist. One of the founders of the politically inflected Nueva Canción Chilena movement and musical genre. Her best-known song, “Gracias a
la vida” (1966), has endured as one of the most frequently performed and most often covered Latin American songs. The Nueva Canción Chilena served to synthesize Chilean folk traditions through which to direct attention to conditions among socially, economically, and politically marginalized peoples of Latin America and their struggle for social justice. During the 1960s, Parra turned her attention to “canciones que se pintan:” a series of paintings, sculptures, embroideries as a natural outgrowth of her music. Her arpilleras – huge embroideries – are the most complex of these works: ancestral images inspired by pre-Columbian art, telling stories full of timeless emotion. Parra’s arpilleras were a tool for relaying deeply felt needs that were private and shared, local and
international, and tied to both high and low culture. She committed suicide in 1967 at age 49 in Santiago.

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.

This event counts as a Campus Life Experience.

Geography February Colloquium

January 11, 2023

“Nobodies” in the State: The Black Geographies of Francia Márquez’s Election

Speaker: Eloisa Berman Arévalo

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

Eloisa Berman Arévalo, Professor of History and Social Sciences at la Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia, joins the UNC-CH Department of Geography and the Institute for the Study of the Americas for a discussion about the electoral success and political career of Afro-Colombian environmental and human rights activist Francia Márquez Mina. Professor Arévalo will draw from previous research on black geographies in Colombia, her personal involvement in Fracia’s campaign, and her current experience in the government’s rural development agency to reflect on the possibilities, limitations, and dangers of Colombia’s shifting political norms.

Eloisa Berman-Arévalo is Assistant Professor at the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia, and an advisor at the Rural Development Agency in Colombia. Her research lies at the intersection between agrarian studies, political ecology, and black geographies in Latin America. With an emphasis on historic afro-descendant territories in the Colombian Caribbean, she explores post-conflict agrarian capitalism and its racialized and gendered forms of deterritorialization. She engages these topics through an ethnographic lens informed by feminist methodologies and praxis. Eloisa is also an activist and collaborator in anti-racist, peasants-rights, and feminist collectives in Colombia.

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 Deshira 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.

Dr. Deshira Wallace is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her research is focused on examining the effects of structural and psychosocial stressors on cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes prevention and management among US Latines and in Latin America. Further, she uses an intersectionality framework to examine risk factors, coping behaviors, and chronic health outcomes, particularly among Latines and Latin Americans of African descent in an aim to further unpack health inequities within the Latine and Latin American population.

She works at the intersection of health sciences, social sciences, and the humanities to not only highlight health disparities, but to also critically examine how these disparities and inequities came about.

This event counts as a Campus Life Experience.

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.