Calendar of Events

April 05, 2016 - 10:00 AM to April 06, 2016 - 7:00 PM

"Black Women, Territory and Peace-Building in the Twenty-First Century"

This two-day Symposium will bring together Black Women scholars in the
United States, and Black intellectuals from civil society in North and
South America to discuss the state of Black Women's territorial politics
and solidarity networking (TUESDAY APRIL 5). with an emphasis on race
and gender as key factors in the analysis of the socio-historical
(re)configuration of political violence, and the Colombian
Peace-building process that aims to overcome the causes and effects of
academic event held in the United States that is focused on the debate
about the importance of race and gender in the Colombian Peace-building
process in Havana, Cuba, and its relationship with Black communities'
struggles in Colombia.

The UMass organizers aim to promote an interdisciplinary dialogue
between scholars, students and Black organic intellectuals and community
leaders on the ways that Black communities are resisting war and
structural violence. The symposium seeks to create an academic and
intellectual platform/space in which underrepresented students, graduate
students, and the Five-College community, in general, are able to
articulate their efforts in promoting social justice and peace within a
transnational, intercultural academic space.

April 02, 2016 - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

" Those Pesky Native Speakers! Why Your Grammar Should be Like Theirs" A Workshop for Spanish Teachers

Professor Terrell Morgan from Ohio State University will give a 3-hour workshop for Spanish teachers from
the area at the UMass Springfield Center. The workshop for teachers is on working with heritage speakers in the classroom.

April 01, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

"Puerto Ricans in the Empire: Tobacco Growers and U.S. Colonialism"

Presentation & Discussion by Terestia A. Levy, Ph.D.

Teresita A. Levy is Associate Professor in the Department of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College and Associate Director of the Center of Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Professor Levy's book, Puerto Ricans in the Empire: Tobacco Growers and U.S. Colonialism, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2014. Her research focuses on the economic history of the Spanish Caribbean.

March 30, 2016 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

"Latin@s in Western Massachusetts: What is the Role of Education" presentation by Dr. Sonia Nieto

NEH Bridging Cultures: Latino Studies in the U.S.

Dr. Sonia Nieto has devoted her professional life to questions of diversity, equity, and social justice in education. WIth research focusing on multicultural education, teacher education, and the education of students of culturally and linguitically diverse backgrounds, she has written or edited eleven books and dozen of book chapters and journal articles.

Moderated by Dr. Laura Valdiviezo, Associate Professor of Teacher Education & CUrriculum Studies at UMass, Amherst.

March 25, 2016

"Feminist Poetics: Legacies of June Jordan"

A symposium celebrating the work of feminist poet, scholar and activist June Jordan, and her legacies in contemporary feminist poetics.

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.