Current Events


Recent Events


Queer Theory Workshop
December 5, 6pm-8:30pm
HJ Patterson 4112
Professor Ivan Ramos led a queer theory workshop, to help prepare our graduate committee for our Queer Americas conference.


Día de los Muertos Altar Building Event
October 24, 4–6pm
HJ Patterson Atrium
Students Learned about the history of Day of the Dead in Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America, warmed up with Mexican hot cocoa (champurrado), watched a demonstration of its preparation, and enjoyed pan dulce pastries. Learned about the practice of altar building, helped to create an altar, and made your own paper marigold flowers (cempasuchil) and colorful flags (papel picado).


Puerto Rico: The Politics of Catastrophe
October 25, 1:30pm-2:30pm
H.J. Patterson 4112
Dr. Pabon discussed the aftermath and consequences of the destruction produced by hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, in the context of the structural financial, economic, and political crisis that has been taking place in this Caribbean Island during the last few decades.


Barriga Llena, Corazón Contento: A Taste of Latin America
October 11, 4-6pm
HJ Patterson Atrium
"Barriga Llena, Corazón Contento: A Taste of Latin America" explored the cultural and emotional meanings behind Latin American cooking. The event included aguas frescas and a food sampling with recipes and information from a range of Latin American countries. We had a discussion about culturally relevant nutrition education and the many meanings we attach to food. We invite all members of the UMD community to come taste new or beloved foods.


Screening and discussion of “Brazil: A Racial Paradise?” from the “Black in Latin America” Documentary Series
October 5pm-6pm
HJ Patterson, Room 2114-2118
34 undergrad and graduate students joined us for a discussion of racial dynamics in Brazil and on campus.


House Warming Reception
September 26, 5pm-7pm
HJ Patterson 4th Floor
Terrapino launch, celebrate new space and Dr. Frederik’s contributions to LASC.


First Look Fair
September 13-14, 9pm-3:30pm
McKeldin Mall
LASC manned an informational table to advertise and promote its Center and Certificate Program during the yearly First Look Fair held for incoming students.


Playback Theatre Workshop
June 7, 7pm-8:30pm
The Clarice Smith Center
Members of District Community Playback Theatre and Cuban actor and director, Isnoel Yanes, demonstrated a "Playback" - an interactive form of true storytelling and improvisational theater, which originated 30 years ago and now has worldwide presence. The theme for this show was: cross-cultural conversations (but all stories were welcome).


OPEN MIC - What is YOUR sanctuary?
May 4, 8pm-9pm
H.J Patterson (1st Floor Atrium)
Students shared true stories, statements, manifestos, poems and songs about the spaces, communities and experiences that provide sanctuary, refuge, and oases on campus and beyond.


Sanctuary, Refuge, Oasis - 2017 Annual LASC Student Conference
May 4-5, 4pm-6:30PM
Special Events Room, 6137 Mckeldin Library
The Conference invited participants to explore elements of the theme (Sanctuary, Refuge, Oasis) through concepts, practices, and problems in Latin America, the Caribbean, and among Latin Americans and Latina/o/x living in the United States or anywhere else in the world.


Maryland Day 2017
April 29, 10am- 4pm
ARHU Tent, McKeldin Mall


Public Art and Social Changes Murals, Graffiti, and Performance
April 27, 2pm-3:15pm
H.J Patterson (1st Floor Atrium)
Students learned about the history of murals in Washington, D.C. with Dr. Perry Frank, who has been documenting local murals for over 20 years. Students also had the chance to speak with PG County graffiti artist and arts organizer Cory Stowers, and with Mallory Nezam about her guerrilla performance collective and the use of performance to disrupt segregation.


Dr. Britta Anderson: Alternative Possible Worlds Fantasy in U.S.-Mexico Border Art
April 13, 5pm- 6:30pm
Dr. Britta Anderson explored the role of fantasy and movement in contemporary U.S.-Mexico border murals and narratives. She discussed the limitations and possibilities of fantasy, deployed through visual and literary mediums, in envisioning alternatives to the border’s militarized infrastructure.


Cuba Conference
March 10, 10am – 7pm
Knight Hall, Eaton Theatre
This conference discussed culture and politics on the island through history and into the current moment of supposed “opening” and “normalization.” Participants discussed the traffic of ideas surrounding these questions. Live Cuban music followed this academic event.


Film Screening: Even the Rain
February 28, 6:00 PM
As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about conquest in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply


Dialogue with LASC Staff, and Welcome to Eric Tomala
February 15, 3pm –5pm
2120 Francis Scott Key (Merrill Room)
LASC had "un compartir" - a dialogue to welcome to our new Coordinator, Eric Tomalá


Lanzamiento (Launch of El Terrapino) & Holiday Party
December 7, 3pm – 4:pm
St. Mary’s Hall
The Latin American Studies Center held a party to launch "El Terrapino" - LASC’s annual magazine - and to celebrate end of semester and the holidays.


The World of Lucha Libre: Talk by Dr. Heather Levi
October 24, 2:30pm-4pm
Cafritz Theatre, The Clarice Smith Center
Dr. Heather Levi discussed her book, "The World of Lucha Libre: Secrets, Revelations, and Mexican National Identity" – a compelling insider’s account of the popular Mexican form of professional wrestling.


Book Sale & Happy Hour
October 5, 3pm- 5pm
Latin American Studies Center, UMD
LASC held a Book Sale & Happy Hour this fall. Many Undergraduates, Grads, and Faculty stopped by for good conversation, a drink, and some great books.


Fall 2016 Welcome Reception: Britta Anderson
September 27, 3pm- 5pm
Francis Scott Key Hall
Fall Welcome Reception, which introduced LASC's new Postdoctoral Associate, Dr. Britta Anderson, who talked with us about her research.


First Look Fair
September 14-15, 10am –3pm
McKeldin Mall
LASC manned an informational table to advertise and promote its Center and Certificate Program during the yearly First Look Fair held for incoming students.



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.”


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.


¡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.


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.


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


Graduate Student Research Workshop
Tuesday, March 8, 2-3:30pm
2110 Taliaferro Hall
Nathan Dize’s master’s thesis, “The Drama of History: Representation and Revolutionaries in Haitian Theater, 1818-1907,” was discussed and analyzed. His study is a re-reading of several Haitian playwrights who have been historically dismissed by historians, anthologists, and literary critics for ostensibly mimicking French literary conventions, having grandiose poetic visions, or “misrepresenting” Haitian history.


Latin American Studies Center Holiday Reception
December 10, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Multipurpose Room, St. Mary’s Hall
A chance for LASC faculty, students, and friends to unwind and catch up with Latin American wine and finger foods to celebrate the end of the semester.


Graduate Student Research Workshop: Papers in progress about Latin America and the Caribbean
October 19, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
2108 Taliaferro Hall
Graduate students with research projects concerning Latin America and the Caribbean were invited to open feedback workshops and discussions.


Music Fest & Fall Reception
September 23, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Cafritz Theater, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, the Latin American Studies Center hosted an evening of music featuring the groups DC Choro, Grupo Etnia, Potomac Quinteto de Vientos, and the Maryland Latin Dance Club.


First Look Fair
September 16-17, 10am – 4pm
McKeldin Mall
LASC manned an informational table to advertise and promote its Center and Certificate Program during the yearly First Look Fair held for incoming students.