Calendar of Events

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.

October 06, 2016 - 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

"Indigenous Women of the Americas: Activism and Research" (A Symposium)

Gladys Tzul Tzul, and Irma Alicia Valásquez Nimatuj present their scholarship and activism on Indigenous Women in the Americas.

September 27, 2016 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

“From Literary, Language and Cultural Studies to Citizen's Diplomacy in Ecuador”

A talk by our Graduate, Esther A. Cuesta, Ecuador’s Vice Minister of Human Mobility. She will be discussing how her formation in languages, literatures and cultures prepared her for her current diplomatic position.
Reception to follow.

September 26, 2016 - 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

"Brooklyn Dreams: My Life in Public Education"

UMass Professor Emerita of Multicultural Education Sonia Nieto discusses her experience in public schooling, teaching, and activism. Event to take place September 26th at 4pm in Herter 601.

September 19, 2016 - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

"Flora Temer" The Coup in Brazil from a Gender Feminist Perspective

Visiting Fulbright Brazilian Studies Chair, Sandra Azeredo, uses a feminist perspective on gender and race relations to discuss the recent political events in Brazil. During the lecture, Azeredo will examine the conditions that have persisted since colonization and which led up to the State coup, and the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff on August 29, 2016.

April 22, 2016 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

"Brazil on the Brink: A Round-Table Discussion with UMass Specialists"

Joel Wolfe, Professor of History
Millie Thayer, Associate Professor of Sociology
Jorge Minella, Graduate Student, History
Layla Carvalho, Universidade de São Paulo, Fulbright Graduate Research Exchange Scholar
Sonia E. Alvarez, CLACLS Director and Professor of Political Science


Light lunch to be provided

April 20, 2016 - 5:00 PM

"Empire Nakedness: Financial Colonialism and the Oversight Board Over Puerto Rico"

Part of the Puerto Rico at a Crossroad Series

CLACLS end-of-year celebration with dinner to follow.


Emilio Pantojas García

Sociologist, principal researcher at the Center for Social Research and professor of Sociology at UPR, Rio Piedras. Specialist in political sociology and economic development in the Caribbean basin.

Hugo Delgado Martí

Spokesperson for the Workers Socialist Movement, Physics teacher at Miguel Such Vocational High School, member of the Teachers’ Federation of Puerto Rico, and President of the San Juan IV Local Union.

UMass Facilitators: Roberto Alejandro, Political Science & Agustín Laó-Montes, Sociology


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

"Venezuela, Africa and the Current Crisis"

Jesus "Chucho" Garcia, Consul General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in New Orleans presents Chavez was Here (2014).

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.