Circulating Erotica: Flea Markets, Collections and Archives in Mexico
Speaker: Zeb Tortorici
Dr. Zeb Tortorici, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures at New York University, will be discussing his paper “Circulating Erotica.” Dr. Tortorici is the author of Sins Against Nature: Sex and Archives in Colonial New Spain (2018). Joining the event as a discussant will be Jennifer Nash, the Jean Fox O’Barr Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. Dr. Nash is the author of The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography (2014) and Black Feminism Reimagined (2018).
To join, email firstname.lastname@example.org and register for a copy of Dr.Tortorici’s paper as well as the link and password to the Zoom event.
Hosted by the Curriculum in Latin American Studies, LTAM 697
The presentation will focus on the historical and cultural identities of Maya Indigenous peoples, histories of violence and displacement that have affected them, their cultural reserves for resilience, and the historical contexts for contemporary cycles of migration, including the reasons that Indigenous migrants leave their home countries and the migration journey itself. It will underscore the problems of Indigenous language exclusion and the “invisibilization” of Indigenous peoples in the national-level statistics and reporting on migration, in which Indigenous migrants are simply grouped within broad national categories of “Mexican” or “Guatemalan.” The presentation will turn to the work of the the Mayan League on four levels: research to prepare policy recommendations, formalized in the report to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights, Fall 2019 and in work with the U.S. National Congress of American Indians; qualitative research with migrant families in border shelters with partners such as the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders and Ama Consultants; services to train Indigenous peoples to interpret for Indigenous languages, workshops and videos for migrants to know their rights,; community work to help migrants face the Covid-19 crisis, which has intensified the inequalities and exclusions they face, knowing that these communities are among the most vulnerable populations for morbidity, loss of livelihood, and food insecurity while denied basic medical and relief services. See UNUPR
Welcome meeting for the Gender & Sexuality in Latin America working group
Speaker: Dani McIvor
We are pleased to announce that the Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
working group is continuing again for another academic year. To kick off the
beginning of the semester, we will be holding a introductory welcome meeting
over Zoom on Friday, September 4th at 4:00pm. Please find the link to the
The goal of our working group is to foster interdisciplinary discussion and
collaboration around gender and sexuality as categories of analysis in Latin
America and the Caribbean. We will be holding a number of related events and
workshops remotely throughout the year, which will be advertised through our
Congress and the Making of U.S. Policy on Latin America Policy
Speaker: Geoff Thale
Geoff Thale is President of the Washington Office on Latin America, (WOLA), whose 27 person staff conduct research and advocacy to advance human rights and social justice in the Americas. He leads the organization and supports its program, communications, fundraising and administrative staff. Thale follows Latin America human rights issues, and U.S.-Latin American relations, and works with staff on advocacy strategy. A long time activist, Thale joined WOLA in the mid-1990s, started its Cuba program, and supported peace processes and democratic reform efforts in Central America.
Thale travels regularly to Central America and Cuba, and has taken numerous congressional delegations to the region. He has published on both Cuba and Central America, testified repeatedly before Congress, and worked closely with academics, government officials and civil society groups both in the U.S. and the region. Prior to WOLA, Thale was the Executive Director of the El Salvador Policy Project in Washington, DC. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin.
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COVID and Food Security: Perspectives from Sustainable Producers in Costa Rica
Speaker: Mary Little and Olivia Sylvester
This webinar focuses on how smallholder farmers are being impacted by the COVID pandemic in Costa Rica and how this relates to our own food acquisition. We will provide some background on Costa Rica’s position in the international, post-colonial food chain and consider the challenges to agroecological production in a country that is renowned for sustainable practices. We will focus on the obstacles some producers face in light of COVID, including a severe reduction in sales at markets. This has caused many farmers to consider alternative sales methods and a rethinking of traditional models. We will also highlight how the pandemic has refocused some consumers’ attention on personal and planetary health in a way that has increased demand for sustainable products. Finally, we will consider how these lessons can be applied throughout the Americas.
Conversation with Rebecca Scott in The History of Cuba course
Speaker: Rebecca Scott
Rebecca J. Scott is the Charles Gibson Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of Law. At the Law School, she teaches a course on civil rights and the boundaries of citizenship in historical perspective, as well as a seminar on the law in slavery and freedom. Her most recent book, co-authored with Jean M. Hébrard, is Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation (Harvard University Press, 2012), which traces one family’s interaction with law and official documents across five generations, from West Africa to the Americas to Europe. Freedom Papers was awarded the 2012 Albert Beveridge Book Award in American History and the James Rawley Book Prize in Atlantic History, both from the American Historical Association. Professor Scott received an AB from Radcliffe College/Harvard University, an MPhil in economic history from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in history from Princeton University. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Prize Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is past president of the American Society for Legal History (2015–2017).
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This forum will examine large-scale policy and diplomacy implications of transnational issues, such as COVID-19.
Ambassador Thomas Pickering, who served as an ambassador under six U.S. presidents in a distinguished diplomatic career spanning five decades.
Ambassador Ronald Neumann, president of the AAD and former U.S. ambassador to Algeria, Bahrain, and Afghanistan
+ Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, president and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEIA) and former U.S. ambassador to South Korea
+ Dr. J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice president and director of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
+ Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, vice provost for global affairs and chief global officer at UNC-Chapel Hill and retired U.S. ambassador
The American Academy of Diplomacy is an independent, non-profit association of over 300 former senior US ambassadors and high-level government officials who have served with distinction in international affairs. The Academy’s mission is to strengthen American diplomacy through outreach programs, awards, podcasts, research, and public discussions, like the Joseph J. Sisco Memorial Forum.
This programming is organized by the American Academy of Diplomacy and the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill, with support from the Sisco Family Charitable Fund. Additional support provided by the UNC-Chapel Hill College of Arts and Sciences, including the African Studies Center, Carolina Asia Center; Center for the Middle East and Islamic Studies; Center for European Studies; Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies; Curriculum in Global Studies; Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense; Department of Public Policy; Institute for the Study of the Americas; Study Abroad Office and the Global Research Institute.
“Maestra” Film Screening – Available September 1st-8th!
From September 1-8, the UNC School of Education and the Consortium in Latin American & Caribbean Studies will be streaming the short film “Maestra.” This 33-minute documentary examines the impact of Cuba’s National Literacy Campaign, which sent 250,000 young people to teach over 700,000 of their fellow Cubans to read and write. UNC students are invited to join us on September 8 at 7 pm for a discussion of the film, the power of literacy, and the impact of teachers in society.
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