Calendar of Events

April 27, 2018 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

La Peña de UMass: A Creative Space for Community, Self-expression, and Resistance in these times

Besides meaning rock, a peña (pron: pen•ya) is a creative, dialogical space where people can express themselves and bear witness through sharing experiences, poetry, stories, music, ideas, and news that help the effort of resistance. Come to La peña de UMass to find community and build resistance creatively! All are welcome. Además de significar roca, una peña es un espacio creativo de diálogo, donde la gente puede expresarse y atestiguar compartiendo vivencias, poesía, historias, música, ideas y noticias que contribuyen a la resistencia. ¡Ven a La peña de UMass para crear comunidad y resistir con creatividad! Todos son bienvenidos. Sponsored by the Caribbean, Latin American and Latino Studies Program at UMass Amherst and Puentes Latinos.

April 23, 2018 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Neoliberal Law, Governmentality and De-democratization as Disaster "Management" in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

A Talk by:

César Pérez-Lizasuain, Instructor of Legal Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst

He will discuss topics surrounding law, government, and the process of "de-democratization" in the wake of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

*Refreshments will be served

April 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Rethinking Cuba: Feminisms, Revolution and Women

A Talk by:

Ailynn Torres Santana, Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, Ecuador

A leading Cuban social scientist and feminist scholar PhD. Social Sciences. She will discuss topics surrounding feminism, revolution, and women in Cuba.

The talk will be conducted in spanish with translaton services available for non-spanish speakers.

April 18, 2018 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies Undergraduate Student Social

Join us on Wednesday, April 18th from 4-6pm in Machmer Hall Seminar Rm. W31-D (the third floor seminar room on the Westside of the building) for an undergraduate social for students interested in the minor, certificate program, or who just want to learn more information! 

This is a chance to meet department faculty, mingle with other students with similar interests, and talk with advisors in a causal setting. We will have flyers with information for you to take.

Pizza, salad, and various refreshments will be served as well!

 

 

April 09, 2018 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Populism and Democracy in Latin America and the United States (A Roundtable)

Join us for a roundtable discussion on populism and democracy in Latin America and the United States on Monday, April 9th from 4-6pm in Thompson Hall Rm. 420. A number of guest speakers both from within the University and without will join together to hold an open discussion on the topic. This event is free and open to the public.

"The People and Populism"

Roberto Alejandro, Associate Professor, Political Science, UMass

 

"Populist-Constitutionaism in Latin America: the Cases of Venezuela, Boliva, and Ecuador"

Angelica Bernal, Associate Professor, Political Science, UMass

 

"All Populisms are Not Created Equal"

Robert Samet, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Union College

 

"Claiming the People's voice. Popular sovereignity and populism in Bolivia"

Luz Maria Sanchez, PhD Student, Political Science, UMass Amherst

March 30, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria: Unnatural Disaster and Transnational Community Responses

The Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are proud to present the conference “Puerto Rico After Maria: Unnatural Disasters and Community Responses” Friday, March 30th at the UMass Amherst Marriott Center. The general public and the media are invited to all panels and presentations.

There will be two keynote presenters. The first keynote presenter for the conference is Dr. Arturo Massol, a professor at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez and the Executive Director of Casa Pueblo. The second keynote presenter is Dr. Jorge Duany, the Director of the Cuban Research Institute and Professor of Anthropology at Florida International University.

During the conference, attendees will hear from scholars and community organizers to talk about the dire predicament of Puerto Rico and its 3.5 million U.S. citizens. Among others, guest panelists include: César Pérez Lisazuain, a visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science and Legal Studies at UMass; Marina Moscoso, a Urbanist and Activist; Mariolga Reyes Cruz, Contingent Faculty and Activist.

The conference will begin at 1:00 p.m. 

 

Itinerary 

Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria: Unnatural Disaster and Transnational Community Responses

March 30th, 2018

Marriott Center

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Organized by the

Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies

 

1:00pm-1:10pm Welcome & Opening Remarks:

John McCarthy, Interim Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

 

1:10pm-2:00pm Opening Keynote:

“The Daily Life Insurgency: A Story of Survival, Resistance and Community Independence”

Arturo Massol, Casa Pueblo

Moderator: Roberto Alejandro

 

2:00pm-3:30pm Panel: Unnatural Disaster and Transnational Puerto Rican Responses

Chair: Aurora Santiago-Ortiz, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

“Aquí Vive Gente”: on people’s struggle for place”

Marina Moscoso, Casa Taft, University of Puerto Rico

 

“Entering The Contact Zone?: Between The Neoliberal Subject Of Resilience And The Possibility Of Emancipatory Politics In Puerto Rico’s Post-Maria”

Cesar Pérez-Lizasuain, Legal Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

“The Holyrican Experience”

Nelson Román, City Council Member, Holyoke; Executive Director, Nueva Esperanza

 

3:30pm-3:45pm Coffee Break

 

3:45pm-5:00pm  Workshop: University Responses to the Hurricane

Chair: Luis Marentes, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Guillermo Irizarry, University of Connecticut

Anne LambrightTrinity College

Mariolga Reyes Cruz, PARes, University of Puerto Rico

 

5:00pm-6:00pm Closing Keynote

"The Puerto Rican Exodus before and after Hurricane María"

Jorge Duany, Florida International University

Moderator: Agustin Lao-Montes, University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

6:00pm-7:00pm Reception

 

March 23, 2018 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

La Peña de UMass: A Creative Space for Community, Self-expression, and Resistance in these times

Besides meaning rock, a peña (pron: pen•ya) is a creative, dialogical space where people can express themselves and bear witness through sharing experiences, poetry, stories, music, ideas, and news that help the effort of resistance. Come to La peña de UMass to find community and build resistance creatively! All are welcome. Además de significar roca, una peña es un espacio creativo de diálogo, donde la gente puede expresarse y atestiguar compartiendo vivencias, poesía, historias, música, ideas y noticias que contribuyen a la resistencia. ¡Ven a La peña de UMass para crear comunidad y resistir con creatividad! Todos son bienvenidos. Sponsored by the Caribbean, Latin American and Latino Studies Program at UMass Amherst and Puentes Latinos.

March 05, 2018 - 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Elections, Social Changes and Political Future of Cuba

Julio César Guanche

Leading Cuban political analyst and cultural critic

PhD, Social Sciences Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, Ecuador

March 01, 2018 - 4:00 PM to April 05, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Colonial Latin America Interdepartmental Lecture Series

Join us, Thursday March 1, 2018 at 4:00pm in Herter Hall Rm. 301 for our first of two, Colonial Latin America Interdepartmental Lecture Series with:

Kenneth Mills. Professor of History, University of Michigan

"Compound Discomfort, Episodic Puzzlement: Diego de Ocaña (ca. 1570-1608) in an Early Modern Spanish World"

In Amherst, Kenneth Mills will draw from a book he is writing about the transatlantic journey of a Castillian Hieronymite alms-gatherer and image-maker named Diego de Ocaña (ca. 1570-1608). Professor Mills will focus upon Ocaña's fragmentarily reported and partly invented epsiodes, with particular attention to the portrayal of culturally composite people, places and phenomena.

 

Also join us a month later, Thursday April 5, 2018 at 4:00pm in Herter Hall Rm. 301 for the second presentor in our Colonial Latin America Interdepartmental Lecture Series with:

Lisa Voigt. Professor of Spanish, Ohio State University 

"From Spectatorship to Sponsorship: Female Participation in the Festivals of Colonial Potosi"

This paper focuses on how women of both indigenous and European descent observed and participated in public festivities in the colonial silver mining boomtown of Potosí, in the Spanish viceroyalty of Peru. Through an analysis of visual and textual sources representing women, it highlights their agency as well as the limits placed on it, and seeks to contibute to a more nuanced view of the political instrumentality of festivals.

February 05, 2018 - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Report Back Session 2017 Summer Pre-Dissertation Research Grant

The following recipients of the grant will share their ongoing research:

Vanessa Miranda. PhD Student, Anthropology 

"Nahuatl Discourses and Political Speeches: Outcomes of a Preliminary Fieldwork"

 

Rodrigo Dominguez-Villegas. PhD Candidate, Sociology

"Welcome Home?: Government and Social Reception for Deportees and Return Migrants in Mexico"

 

Eric Sippert. PhD Candidate, Political Science

"Grassroots Development and Transnational Flows: Building, Hacking, and Translating in Guatemala" 

 

Ana María Ospina-Pedraza. PhD Candidate, Political Science

"Direct Democracy at Neighborhood assemblies in Buenos Aires, 2002-2002"

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