Calendar of 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."

October 20, 2015 - 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM


A film showing and conversation with critically acclaimed director, Luis Argueta.

"ABRAZOS tells the story of the transformational journey of a group of U.S. citizen children who travel 3,000 miles, from Minnesota to Guatemala, to  meet their grandparents for the first time. After being separated for nearly two decades, these families are able to share stories, strengthen traditions and begin to reconstruct their cultural identity."

October 19, 2015 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Queering Latina/o Migration

This Lunch & Learn is facilitated by Julio Capó, Jr., Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Commonwealth Honors College, to celebrate and acknowlegde Latin@ Heritage Month and National LGBT Center Day. Part of Culturas que Perduran/Enduring Cultures

April 27, 2015 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Gender, Migration and 'Illegality' in the New West

Presented by Leah Schmalzbauer, Amherst College

April 13, 2015 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

March 30, 2015

Place Branding as Policy in Puerto Rico: An American or Latin American Example?

Presented by Carlos Suarez-Carrasquillo, Political Science, Umass


March 27, 2015

Who is Latino Studies for? Minority Knowledge and Americanness

Please join us for the two-part event (lecture and workshop) of our year-long series “Re-imagining Latin@ Studies in Higher Education”, on Friday and Saturday March 27th and 28th.


On Friday, March 27th at 3pm in Herter 301, distinguished guest Silvio Torres-Saillant (Professor of English, Syracuse University) will give a lecture titled:

“Who is Latino Studies for? Minority Knowledge and Americanness”

Workshop: RSVP

On Saturday, March 28th from 9am to 11:30am in Thompson 919 at UMass, we will be hosting a Latina/o Studies workshop with Professor Torres-Saillant for faculty and graduate students.

If interested please contact Gloria Bernabe-Ramos at so that you can receive a PDF of the reading that will anchor the discussion.

March 11, 2015 - 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM

"Mexico & Amherst & Mi barrio: Resisting Death, Creating Memory and Acting in Common in Contemporary Mexico"

This Event will bring together Mexican activists whose work on memory and human rights has been critical to raise public awareness about widespread state-sanctioned violence in contemporary Mexico.


Pablo Obando of Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Center in Chiapas, Mexico.

Cordelia Rizzo of the National Commision of Human Rights, writer, academic, and human rights activist.

Alejandro Velez Salas co-founder of collective Nuestra Aparente Redicion (NAR), which has worked in documenting forced disapearences, murders, and feminicides in Mexico.