Calendar of Events

February 05, 2016 - 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Human Rights & Mass Violence: The Global Politics of Truth and & Justice.

Governments around the world continue to create tribunals and truth commissions to redress mass violence, with questionable results. As the proliferation of trials and truth commissions continues, there are growing concerns about how these different mechanisms fulfill their ambitious mandates. In particular, how do these mechanisms create an accurate account of the violence, and how can they better serve survivors of conflict? Scholars are addressing these concerns in a number of ways, asking questions about how to construct narratives from witness statements, the role of social scientists and other experts, and how to engage civil society in the development and ongoing work of tribunals and truth commissions.

This is a half-day interdisciplinary conference.

The first panel will feature commentary by Dr. Pascha Bueno-Hansen from the University of Delaware, with a talk titled "Feminist and Human Rights Struggles in Peru: Decolonizing Transitional Justice." Dr. Angelica Bernal from the UMass, Amherst will serve as a discussant.

The second panel, from 3-5pm, will feature Dr. Richard Wilson from the University of Connecticut, with a talk titled "Writing History in International Criminal Trials, Lisa J. Laplante from New England School of Law, with a talk titled "Memory Battles: Guatemala's Public Debate and the Genocide Trial of Efrain Rios Montt," Dr. Jamie Rowen from UMass Amherst, with a talk titled "Justice is a Dead Mule in the Road: a Truth Commission in Colombia," and Dr. Vladimir Petrovic from Northeastern University, with a talk titled "Balkan Rashomon: The Yugoslav Conflict in International and National Prosecution." Dr. Charli Carpenter from UMass, Amherst will serve as a discussant.

A catered reception will follow.


November 16, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Conflict Minerals, Expanded: The Nexus of Organized Crime, Human Trafficking, Corruption, and Conflict in Latin American Mining


Quinn Kepes, Program Director of VERITÉ, and CLACLS alum, will discuss groundbreaking research on human trafficking in Latin American.

November 10, 2015 - 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Film: Suite Habana

Cuban film written and directed by Fernando Pérez.

"Dawn breaks in La Habana, and as the day advances we follow the simple lives of ten ordinary Cubans, with only sounds and images accompanied by music."

November 03, 2015 - 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Film: Un Cuento Chino

Argentinean film directed by Sebastián Borenzstein.

"In Buenos Aires, the bitter and methodic Roberto is a lonely man and the owner of a hardware store. One day, Roberto sees a Chinese named Jun being expelled from a taxi while he is watching the landing of airplanes in the airport and he helps the man to stand up. Roberto lodges Jun in his house and after a series of incidents, he finds a delivery boy to translate Jun and he learns the dramatic story of his life."

November 03, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Puerto Rico at a Crossroad: Emigration, Austerity and Social Struggles

Guest speakers Anilyn Díaz Hernández, Assistant Professor at the UPR-Arecibo, and Harry Franqui-Rivera, Research Associate at CENTRO, discuss the current crisis in Puerto Rico. The event will be facilitated by UMass professors Roberto Alejandro, Political Science, and Agustín Laó-Montes, Sociology. The event is open to the public; refreshments and dinner to follow.

October 28, 2015 - 12:30 PM

Black Women's Political Solidarity in the African Diaspora with Dr. Keisha Kahn Perry

Dr. Keisha-Kahn Perry, Brown University Associate Professor of Africana Studies and winner of the 2014 National Women’s Studies Association Gloria Anzaldúa Book Award for “Black Women Against the Land Grab” will discuss key issues pertaining to transnational solidarity in the African Diaspora.

Sponsored by: Palenques Y Quilombos; Center for Latin American Caribbean and Latino Studies; WEB DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies; Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department.

Light Refreshments will be served.


October 27, 2015 - 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM


Written and directed by newcomer Cary Fukunaga, and directed by Diego Luna and Gabriel García Bernal.

"Honduran teenager Sayra reunites with her father, an opportunity for her to potentially realize her dream of a life in the U.S. Moving to Mexico is the first step in a fateful journey of unexpected events."

October 26, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Women and Children Last: Family Detention as Punishment

David Hernández is an Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies at Mount Holyoke College. This lecture will address the government practice of detaining migrants in “family residential centers” during deportation and asylum hearings.

October 23, 2015 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Latino Festival

Live performances sampling the richness of Latino heritage representing Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Part of Culturas que perduran/Enduring Cultures Series- Latin@ Heritage Month

October 21, 2015 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Film: Retratos de una búsqueda/Portraits of a Search

A film screening and discussion with documentary film director, Alicia Calderón, and Natividad Guerrero, mother of a missing daughter.

"In the Mexican narco-war, thousands of mothers search for their missing sons and daughters. In Portraits of a Search, the stories of Natividad, Guadalupe and Margarita intertwine to convey the different forms of confronting the search and uncertainty: one turns to the FBI, another obtains the Nation’s president’s personal promise, and the other tries to return to her routines so as to save her grandson. A portrait of Mexico today."