Calendar of Events

February 06, 2017 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Fragmented Stories, Fractured Lives: Forests and Ethno-Territorial Struggles in the Pacific Lowlands of Colombia

Kiran Asher is an Associate Professor grounded in two decades of field-based research in Latin America and South Asia. Her diverse research interests focus on the gendered and raced dimensions of social and environmental change in the global south.

Part of the Spring 2017 Research Colloquium Series.

February 03, 2017 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 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.

December 05, 2016 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Capitalism con Salsa: Money and Popular Culture in Pitbull's Miami

Kristie Soares, Assistant Professor of Latina/o Literature and Culture


This talk investigates a non-teleological engagement with capitalism that is present in Spanish Caribbean music. Capitalism con salsa, as it is termed, rejects the futurity of capitalist progress narratives that consistently posit the future as the site of consumer fulfillment. This talk investigates how Cuban-American rapper Pitbull accesses capitalism con salsa through his popular catch phrase "dale"—a Spanish language version of carpe diem. Through his philosophy of "dale" Pibull playfully reorders the timeline of capitalism in his music and videos, in turn destabilizing progress narratives that damage Latinx subjects by displacing happiness in a distant, richer future.

November 14, 2016 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

The French Revolution & the Caribbean in Alejo Carpentier’s Explosion in a Cathedral

Dr. Rafael Rodríguez Beltrán Presents:
The French Revolution & the Caribbean in Alejo Carpentier’s Explosion in a Cathedral (El siglo de las luces)

November 07, 2016 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Revolutionary Coalition-Building in El Salvador

Kevin A. Young- History Department


Part of the Fall 2016 Research Colloquium Series


November 01, 2016 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Book Reading by Ginetta Candelario “Cien años de feminismos dominicanos”

A first of its kind collection of primary documents related to the birth and development of feminism in the Dominican Republic. 

Ginetta Candelario: Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American & Latina/o Studies Program at Smith College, Advisory Committee, Center for Community Collaboration Affiliated Faculty Member, Study of Women & Gender Program


October 25, 2016 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Film Screening: "River of Gold"

Directed by Reuben Aronson and produced by the Amazon Aid Foundation, this film documents the apocalyptic destruction being wrought today by illegal gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon. This film viewing will be followed by a discussion.

October 24, 2016 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

"Reports from the Field"

Recipients of the CLACLS Summer Pre-Dissertation Research Award

Martha Balaguera, Political Science

"Intersecting Transitions: Migration, Confinement and Gender at the Limits of Sovereignty"

Carlos Valderrama Renteria, Sociology

"Imaging Black Community Sites and Forms of Black Politics in Colombia of 1970s"

Manuela Borzone, Comparative Literature

"Traveling Guachos: The Calender Illustrations of Florencio Molina Campos in Argentina and the United States"

October 21, 2016 - 2:30 PM to 7:00 PM

"No Banker Left Behind"

Guest Speakers: Ana Irma Rivera Lassén, former head of the Bar Association of Puerto Rico, currently serves on the Advisory Council to the Program for Equality and Gender Equity of the Puerto Rican Judicial Branch -“PROMESA: I Promise that I will Treat you as my Colony and my Property”
Ian J. Seda-Irizarry, Assistant Professor of Economics at John Jay College, CUNY- "The Self-Inflicted Crisis and the Junta in Puerto Rico"

October 11, 2016 - 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM

"Santos de Palo Carving: It's Evolution in the Religious & Popular Culture of Puerto Rico Throughout the Centuries"

Carlos Santiago Arroyo, a local artisan, will discuss the historical context of Santos de Palo in Puerto Rico, notable carvers, and their styles. He will also address the transition of carving from religious purposes to a form of artistic expression, the growing influence of women in the craft, and the present state of this art form.