Calendar of Events

December 04, 2017 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Resistances & Protest in Post-Coup Brazil: Feminist, Trans and Rural Movements

Join us in the last event of the 2017 Fall Semester, Resistances & Protest in Post-Coup Brazil: Feminist, Trans and Rural Movements on December 4th, 5-7pm, in Machmer Hall Rm. E-32.

We are hosting a panel of Brazilian Fellows in residence at the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, who will present their
current research.


The panel will feature the following scholars presenting


"Peasants Resisting the Coup: National and Grassroots Experiences of MPA" 

Priscila Delgado de Carvalho, PhD Candidate, Political Science

Federal University of Minas Gerais - CAPES


"Contemporary Feminist Activism in Brazil"

Ìris Nery do Carmo, PhD Candidate, Social Sciences 

State University of Campinas - FAPESP


"Self-Defense and Intergenerational Relations in Feminisms"

Laura França Martello, PhD Candidate, Political Science

Federal University of Minas Gerais - CAPES


"MONSTRANS: Queer Temporalities Within Trans* Self Representations"

Lino Arruda, PhD Candidate, Literature

Federal University of Minas Gerais - CAPES



Cristina Scheibe Wolff, PhD Federal University of Santa Catarina

Fullbright Chair in Brazilian Studies, CLACS/UMass


We will then close with a small reception at 7pm in the CLACLS Lounge, Machmer Hall Seminar Rm. W-31D.



We hope to see you at this engaging panel!


November 13, 2017 - 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Knowledge Across Borders: A Celebration of US-Mexico Scholarly Exchanges

International collaboration has fueled the development of a number of research projects at UMass Amherst, including the Large Millimeter Telescope Alfonso Serrano, a collaboration between UMass Amherst and Instituto Nacional de Astrotisica, Optica y Electronica. This is the world's largest single-dish, steerable, millimeter-wavelength telescope designed specifically for astronomical observations in the wavelength range of 0.85-4mm.

It allows us to explore the formation and evolution of planetary systems, stars, blackholes, and galaxies. And it would not have been possible without partnerships across U.S. and Mexico borders. The event will also feature an interdisciplinary panel highlighting other cross-border collaborations between Five College faculty and their Mexico-based collaborators.

Please join us on Monday, November 13th, 2017 at 10:00am!



Location: Old Chapel, Great Hall

  • Sonia E. Alvarez, Director, Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies
  • Kumble R. Subbaswamy, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Marcelette G. Williams, Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs, UMass President’s Office
  • James Leheny, Former Associate Chancellor, UMass Amherst
  • Emilio Rabasa, Consul General of Mexico Consulate, Boston

10:45am- BREAK:

  • Hosted by International Programs Office


  • Moderator: Dr. Alexandra PopeUMass Astronomy & Five College Astronomy Departments
  • David Hughes, Director, LMT/GTM, National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics, and Electronics (INAOE)
  • James Lowenthal, Smith College Department of Astronomy & Five College Advisory Department
  • Itziar Aretxaga, National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics, and Electronics (INAOE)
  • Miguel Chávez, National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics, and Electronics (INAOE)
  • Irene Cruz-González, Instituto de Astronomía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Shep Doeleman, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

12:30pm- LUNCHEON:

  • Hosted by CLACLS, UMass History Department, and Smith College Office of the President


  • Moderator: Katherine S. NewmanTorrey Little Professor of Sociology
  • Respondent: Ellen J. Pader, UMass, Department of Landscape Architecture andRegional Planning
  • Luiz Amaral, UMass, Director of Spanish and Portuguese Studies
  • Fernando Armstrong-Fumero, Smith College, Department of Anthropology
  • Ventura Perez, UMass, Archeology Department
  • Laura Briggs, UMass Chair, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies


  • Kalpen Trivedi, Associate Provost, International Programs

October 26, 2017 - 11:15 AM to 12:30 PM

The Return of the Maya: Indigenous and Autonomous Organizing

Join us in a conversation about the return of Mayan Organizing in Guatemala! Thursday Oct. 26, 11:00-12:30pm, CLACLS Lounge, Machmer W31D

A talk by Edgar Perez López, Director of DESGUA. DESGUA is a grassroots organization and network of community groups in Guatemala and the United States working to create economic and educational development with and for returned migrants and Mayan communities in Guatemala.

Every year DESGUA tours the United States to share the story of how the organization is building the Guatemalan Dream in relation to community empowerment, social enterprises, and sustainable development. Their talks offer an overview of their organization and cover topics such as the history of Guatemala, the current expansion of neoliberal policies, the oppression against indigenous communities, the roots of Guatemalan migration, and Mayan cosmology.


October 16, 2017 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Venezuela's New Political Landscape and the Current Crisis: An Open Debate

In August 2017, after months of social unrest and facing a deepening economic crisis, the government of Nicolás Maduro installed a Constituent Assembly of dubious electoral origins that overrides powers of all other democratically elected officials and institutions in the country. Confronting generalized international rejection, during its first month in power the Constituent Assembly has laid bare an authoritarian power grab, cracking down on dissent, claiming its authority over all branches of government –including the National Assembly controlled by the opposition–and extending its mandate from six months to up to two years.


A recent move to “speed-up” overdue elections for state governors while ordering investigations of top opposition leaders for ‘treason’ has divided the opposition between groups willing to participate in regional elections, and those who call for abstention. In this context, hopes for a democratic and negotiated solution of the Venezuelan conflict are waning. With a fragmented opposition and an emboldened government, multilateral diplomatic initiatives for talks have been stalled for months. The United States’ sanctions, and the Trump’s administration threats of military actions have further complicated the prospects of a negotiated and democratic solution for Venezuela.


This panel of experts will examine the reconfiguration of power in Venezuela amid extended economic and humanitarian crises, mapping the most significant changes in the political landscape of the country, and discussing its consequences for the prospects of democracy in the country and in the region.



Javier Corrales, Professor, Political Science, Amherst College

Alejandro Velasco, Associate Professor, Gallatin School, New York University

Moderated by:

Martha Fuentes-Bautista (UMASS Amherst)

With an introduction by:

Sonia Álvarez (UMASS Amherst)

September 25, 2017 - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Women's Resistance to Military Dictatorship and the New Conservative Coup in Brazil

Please help us welcome Professor Cristina Scheibe Wolff, a feminist historian from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, and our 2017 Fulbright Chair in Brazilian Studies!

She will offer a talk entitled "Women's Resistance to Military Dictatorship and the New Conservative Coup in Brazil" which will be followed by our opening reception for the 2017-18 academic year.

What are the connections between women's resistance to Military Dictatorship (1964-1989) and the new wave of women's and feminists protests in the last few years, in Brazil? We want to analyze the ways  misogyny and gender helped the new Coup against president Dilma Roussef and, on the other had, women's resistance, in the past and present, against conservative forces and discourses. 

September 19, 2017 - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

DACA and the the State of Immigration Policy

A discussion of the politics, policies, and pragmatics of current immigration policy, particularly the recent termination of DACA . This policy has important implications for students at our university and across the nation, staff members, and hundreds of thousands of individuals who may lose their rights to work and reside in the United States. This event will examine how immigration policy is made, the history of DACA and other immigration reform policies, and what we as a campus community can do to support our community members. This event includes speakers from political science, legal studies, Spanish and Portuguese, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Pioneer Valley Workers Center. Free and open to the public, with refreshments provided. Sponsored by the UMass College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, the Center for Latin American,Caribbean and Latino Studies (CLACLS), the Political Science Department, the Legal Studies Program, Spanish, and the Portuguese Studies Program.




April 13, 2017 - 1:30 PM to April 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Puerto Rico: Savage Neoliberalism, Colonialism and Financial Despotism

Puerto Rico: Savage Neoliberalism, Colonialism and Financial Despotism

Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies University of Massachusetts Amherst

April 13-14, 2017 

Organizers: Puerto Rican Studies Research Working Group of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latin American Studies

Co-Sponsors: College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, College of Humanities & Fine Arts, Office of the Provost, Language, Literatures, & Cultures, Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success, El Sol Latino – Un Periódico Diferente

Thursday, April 13- Campus Center 174/176 and Amherst Room, 10th Floor, 1:30-7:30pm

1:30 Opening Remarks

​Sonia Álvarez - Leonard J. Horwitz Professor of Latin American Politics and Director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies

2:00-3:45 - Debt, Privatization, and Diaspora, Campus Center 174/176

Moderator:  Marcos Marrero - Director, Planning and Economic Development, Holyoke, MA

1.     Francisco Fortuño Bernier – City University of New York Graduate Center, New York

“Privatizations in Puerto Rico and the Neoliberal Project: Strategy, Temporality and Periodization”

2.     Miguel Alvelo-Rivera - University of Illinois, Chicago

 “Mobilizing the Diaspora: A Critical Reflection on Contemporary Puerto Rican Diaspora”

3.     Luis Beltrán Álvarez – University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

 “Puerto Rico’s Colonial Exceptionality: How Laws and Debt Create Inferior Subjectivities and Conditions of a Humanitarian Crisis”

4.     Laura Briggs – University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“Accumulation by Dispossession: Finance, Foreclosure, and the High Cost of (Social) Reproduction in Puerto Rico”

4:00-5:45 - Dependence and Resistance, Amherst Room, 10th Floor

Moderator:  Ann Zulawski - Professor Emerita of History and of Latin American Studies, Smith College

1.     Mayra Vélez Serrano – University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

“A Long History of Wall Street’s Bailouts and How Puerto Rico Will not be Different”

2.     Héctor Cordero-Guzmán – City University of New York - Baruch College, New York

“Work, Welfare and Puerto Rico’s Crisis”

3.     Sarah Molinari – City University of New York Graduate Center, New York

“Debt Struggles, Austerity Indignation, and Uncertainty During Puerto Rico’s Economic Crisis”

6:00-7:30 Keynote Speakers- Puerto Rico: Savage Neoliberalism, Colonialism and Financial Despotism, Amherst Room, 10th Floor

Moderators: Roberto Alejandro - Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst

                    Agustín Laó-Montes - Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

1.     María de Lourdes Santiago – Member of the Puerto Rican Senate, former candidate for governor representing the Puerto Rican Pro-Independence Party

2.     Rafael Bernabe – Professor of Hispanic Studies, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras,  former candidate for governor representing the Puerto Rican Working People's Party

7:30 Dinner - Thompson Hall -Room 620, 6th Floor


Friday, April 14 - Campus Center Marriott Center, 11th Floor, 10:00am-6:00pm

10:00-11:15 - Labor, Human Rights, and the Colonial Crisis

Moderator:  Solsireé del Moral - American Studies and Black Studies, Amherst College

1.   Aimee Loiselle – University of Connecticut, Storrs

“A Laboratory for Neoliberalism: Puerto Rican Needleworkers, Flexible Labor Markets, and Rationales for Exemptions and Incentives”

2.   Jorell Meléndez Badillo- University of Connecticut, Storrs

"Our Turn to Speak: The Creation of Puerto Rican Workers' Intellectual Communities, 1897-1933."

3.   José Raúl Cepeda - Interamerican University, Ponce

“Coloniality, Social Violence, and Criminalization of Puerto Ricans from Military Governments to the Fiscal Control Board”

4.   Ashley Ortiz-Chico – University of Connecticut, Storrs

“PROMESA Rota, Human Rights in Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis”  

12:00-1:30 - Lunch

1:30-4:00 - Crisis:  Analysis and Solutions

Moderator:  Roberto Márquez - Professor Emeritus, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Mount Holyoke College

1.   Liliana Cotto Morales – Professor of Sociology, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

“Collective Actions in Response to the Colonial Despotism of PROMESA: New Vocabularies and Strategies”

2.   Jorge Duany - Director of the Cuban Research Institute and Professor of Anthropology, Florida International University, Miami

“Economic Crisis and Migration in Puerto Rico”

3.     José Caraballo – Professor of Business Administration, University of Puerto Rico, Cayey

“The Great Depression of Puerto Rico, Causes and Possible Solutions”


4.   Emilio Pantojas García – Professor of Sociology and Center for Social Research, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

“Puerto Rico's Final Collapse: Crisis and Alternatives”


4:15-5:30 – Keynote Speaker

Moderator:  Agustín Laó-Montes - Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Juan González - Juan González is an American progressive broadcast journalist and investigative reporter. He was also a columnist for the New York Daily News from 1987 to 2016. He frequently co-hosts the radio and television program Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.

"Imperial Nakedness and Capital's Direct Rule: Puerto Ric, Immigrants and Latin America in Trump Times"


5:45 Reception & Live Music by Charlie Berríos

March 28, 2017 - 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

March 27, 2017 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM


Suzana Maia is a Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at the Federal University of Reconcavo da Bahia (UFBR), in Brazil. She is the author of “Transnational Desires: Brazilian Erotic Dancers in New York” (Vanderbilt University Press, 2012), and of several articles on sexuality and transnationalism. She has also done research on women's grassroots quilombola movement in Bahia, looking at the possibilities and limits of feminist alliances between women from different backgrounds. She is currently a Postdoctoral Visiting Researcher in the Department of Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center (CUNY), developing research on whiteness among the middle-classes in Brazil.


March 01, 2017 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

A Debate on the Cuban reform: transformations, contradictions and challenges

Participants: Agustin Lao-Montes (UMass), Oscar Fernandez (University of Havana), Anamary Maqueira (UMass), and Jorge Quesada (UMass)