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Fall 2016 Events

Upcoming Events

Lanzamiento & Holiday Party

December 7, 2016 
3:00 - 4:30 PM
St. Mary's Hall

The Latin American Studies Center cordially invites you to the launch party of
El Terrapino - LASC’s annual magazine.

The theme this year is community engagement. Read the compelling stories of UMD
faculty, students, and staff. Interviews with, and articles by; Yvette Lerma, Ronald Luna,
Ana Patricia Rodriguez, Nelly Stromquist, Gloria Aparicio Blackwell, and
Jane Hirshberg. See also fantastic photo essays of our year.

Newsletter editors: Daniela Pardo, Sabrina González, and Laurie Frederik


Talk with Dr. kate Doyle

November 16, 2016 
4:00 PM
2110, Taliaferro Hall

Kate Doyle is a Senior Analyst of U.S. policy in Latin America at the National Security Archive. She directs several major research projects, including the Guatemala Project, which collects declassified U.S. and Guatemalan government documents on the countries' shared history from 1954, and the Evidence Project, connecting the right to truth and access to information with human rights and justice struggles in Latin America.

Past Events

The World of Lucha Libre: Talk by Dr. Heather Levi

October 24, 2016 
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Cafritz Theater

Dr. Heather Levi will discuss her book, The World of Lucha Libre: Secrets, Revelations, and Mexican National Identity (Duke University Press 2008) – a compelling insider’s account of the popular Mexican form of professional wrestling.

She argues that the broad appeal of lucha libre lies in its capacity to stage contradictions at the heart of Mexican national identity. She views lucha libre as an arena in which to examine the connections between such analytical categories as mestizaje, class, gender, aesthetic values, mass mediation, and the state. In addition to her ethnographic fieldwork on lucha libre, she conducts research on street musicians and other marginalized performers, especially the neighborhood of Condesa in Mexico City.

Heather Levi is a cultural anthropologist (PhD, New York University). She is currently an assistant professor at Temple University.

From the Border Wall to the Voting Booth: Immigration and the 2016 Election

October 25, 2016 
4:00 - 6:00 PM
2110 Taliaferro Hall

Join us for an evening discussion with immigration and policy experts as we explore the role migration, immigration, and human rights plays in the 2016 United States Elections.

Refreshments will be served. RSVP to globalmigration@umd.edu

For more information, click here.

Book Sale & Happy Hour

October 5, 2016 
3:00 - 5:00 PM
2145 Taliaferro Hall

Stop by to relax and socialize with other students. All books $5 or less (cash only).

ID required for drinks

Buy more than 10 books, and you will recieve a FREE LASC shirt or mug!



Talk: Colonial Latin American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue
March 25, 3:00-5:00 pm
2120 Francis Scott Key (Merril Room)

Speaker 1:
Valeria Añón, Associate Professor of Latin American Literature, Universidad de Buenos Aires
“Rhetoric of Silence and Deviation: Women Cronistas in Colonial Latin America”

Speaker 2:
Barbara Mundy, Professor of Art History, Fordham University
“The Death of Aztec Tenochtitlan (Or How One of the World’s Largest Cities Was Erased From the Map of History)”

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Café Break Talk: Unfurling Western Notions of Nature and Amerindian Alternatives: Perspectives from the Amazon
March 28, 3:30-5:00 pm
2120 Francis Scott Key (Merril Room)

Dr. Eglee Zent, Etnoecologist, Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research

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Workshop on Latin American Business Administration
April 5, 1:30-2:30 pm
Multipurpose Room, 0137 St. Mary's Hall

Workshop and discussion about business in Latin American Business with visitors from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima-Peru.

Light lunch will be served. Event held in Spanish.




Café Break Talk: Exploring the Blackness of Afro-Latinidad
April 13, 3:30-5:00 pm
2110 Taliaferro Hall

Dr. Jason Nichols, African American Studies, UMD

Dr. Jason Nichols will explore Blackness as a racial construct and look at how Afro-Latinidad is situated within existing theoretical frameworks. The idea of Afro-Latinidades as "plural identities" will be examined.

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¡Peña! LASC Spoken Word, Slam Poetry, and Stortelling Open Mic Night
April 20, 7:00- 9:00 pm
Prince George's Room, Stamp

The Latin American Studies Center features slam poetry, storytelling, testimony, and other forms of spoken word. Performers are invited to take the mic and speak to the UMD audience about our diverse identities, cultures, visions, struggles, and collaborations.

With Dr. Jason Nichols from the Department of African American Studies as MC. Snacks and refreshments to be served.

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LASC at Maryland Day 2016
April 30

Argentine Tango and Cuban Danzón - Music/Dance Performance and Talk
1:45-2:45 pm, Cafritz Foundation Theare, Clarice Smith Center
Collaboration: Latin American Studies Center, School of Theatre, Dance, & Performance Studies, School of Music

Trivia, Photo Booth & Informational Table
ARHU Tent, McKeldin Mall
Test your knowledge and learn fun facts about Latin America in these categories: pop culture, history, geography, sports and leisure, and wild card. Guess correctly and win a prize. Pose in front of a Latin American scene and later find your pictures on the center's Facebook page.


LASC Student Conference
May 5-6

Pre-conference workshop and opening reception:
May 5, 3300 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (Faculty Lounge)

Conference, keynote panel, and closing reception:
May 6, 6137 McKeldin Library (Special Events Room)

Graduate and advanced undergraduate students are once again invited to present their work on Latin American and the Caribbean at this year’s student conference, with the theme “Híbridos: Examining Process of Circulation, Collaboration, and Conflict.” Call for papers

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Panel: Perspective on Hybridity across Disciplines Keynote Panel Discussion

May 6, 2016 
12:30 - 2:00 PM
Special Events Room, 6137 McKeldin Library

Join LASC Student Conference for the Keynote panel with: 

  • Merle Collins, UMD, English
  • Benjamin Cowan, George Mason, History and Art History
  • Scott Freeman, American University, Anthropology
  • Paul Miller, Vanderbilt, French and Latin American Studies
  • Joanne Rappaport, Georgetown University, Anthropology

Panelists will discuss “hybridity” (híbrido, hybride, ibrid) as a concept, phenomenon,
and category of analysis. They will consider processes of mixture and transgression; of
boundaries, their construction and contestation; and of exclusive and inclusive
cultural practices and ways of thinking. An examination of hybridity makes especially
visible processes from which certain social groups have been excluded; how these
groups negotiate inclusion; and how they may form new spaces altogether. This
multi-disciplinary conversation is open to audience participation.
Free and open to the public.

For more info: lasc@umd.edu or 301-405-9626

Hosted the Central American Film Festival

Sept. 16-18, 2016 
Stamp Student Union

The film festival included three featured films from El Salvador, Guatemala,
and Costa Rica, as well as various documentaries and film shorts, all made in
and/or about the people, culture, and politics of Central American countries.



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Latin American Studies Center
2151 Taliaferro Hall, University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: (301) 405-9626
Email: lasc@umd.edu