Calendar of Events

March 24, 2016 - 6:30 PM to March 25, 2016 - 4:00 PM

"Critical Theory and Social Change: Confronting Racism in the Contemporary U.S."

How do we understand the roots of racism and its consequences for people and communities?

How do we interpret the different forms racism takes, its relationship to capitalism, and its
the dynamics between racist ideologies and racist social structures?
And how do diverse social and political theories inform the strategies we adopt in anti-racist organizing?
This workshop will begin on Thursday, March 24th at 4:00 with back-to-back lectures by two scholars, Mariana Ortega and Toure Reed,
who share a commitment to anti-racist organizing but represent different academic disciplines and adopt different theoretical approaches
to analyzing racism. On Friday morning students, faculty, and members of the larger community will engage in small-group dialogues
about the tools critical theory offers for anti-racist social movements. We will conclude the workshop on Friday afternoon by coming back
together to share what we have discussed, recognize our differences, and identify strategies for moving forward in solidarity.

March 24, 2016 - 4:00 PM to March 25, 2016 - 7:00 PM

"On Protest: Police Violence and Protest Events"

SBS Social Science Matters Lecture: Resisting Police

Thursday, March 24 @ 4 - 5:30 Cape Cod Lounge

Featuring Professor Paul Amar, UCSB


Police Violence and Protest: A Panel

Friday, March 25 @ 5 - 7 Cape Cod Lounge

Featuring panelists:

Sonia Alvarez, Professor of Political Science, Umass Amherst

Paul Amar, Professor of Global Studies, UCSB

Martha Balaguera Cuervo, Department of Political Science,UMass Amherst

Barbara Cruikshank, Professor of Political Science, UMass Amherst

Donna Murch, Professor of History, Rutgers

Cathy Schneider, Professor of International Service, American U

Jillian Schwedler, Professor of Political Science, Hunter College


March 07, 2016 - 4:00 PM

“Redefining Alliances in the Construction of Autonomy in Mexico: Indigenous Women’s Movements”

Anahi Morales Hudon 
Assistant Professor, Universite Saint-Paul, Canada 

Claudia de Lima Costa
Associate Professor 
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil

February 29, 2016 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Perspectives on Brazilian Music and Popular Culture


February 16, 2016 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

"Less Than Equal: A History of the Extension of U.S. Citizenship to Puerto Rico, 1898-Present"

Charles R. Venator-Santiago

Associate Professor Department of Political Science-University of Connecticut

El Instituto: Latino/a, Caribbean & Latin American Studies Institute


Since 1898, U.S. law and policy makers have debated the use of five different but overlapping types of citizenship to govern Puerto Ricans.

This paper provides an overview of the debates shaping the contours of the corresponding legal and political debates over the use of:

1) a Puerto Rican citizenship/non-citizen nationality (1898-); 2) individual naturalization (1906-1948); 3) Collective Naturalization (1917-1940);

4) birthright or jus soli citizenship (1941 to the present); and the 5) statutory citizenship (1989-present).


Continuation of the Series-Puerto Rico at a Crossroad: Emigration, Austerity and Social Struggles


This event was organized by CLACLS & co-sponsored by the Five College Latin American, Caribbean,

and Latino Studies Counsel, the Spanish & Portuguese unit of LLC, and the Horwitz Endowment.


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.