Past Events


Spring 2014

"Global Protests, Local Realities: Understanding the Massive 

Brazilian Street Protests of 2013",
 Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the International
 Lounge of Usdan Student Center

Anahi Russo Garrido, "Queer Love in Normal Times: Lesbian Intimacy in Contemporary Mexico City"
Tuesday 18 March 2014, 3:30 p.m.
Mandel Humanities Center, Room 328

Jane's Travel Grant Presentation:
Oluwatomi Jaiyesimi
"Perceptions of Child Oral Health Among Latino Primary Caregivers"
Wednesday March 19, 1 PM
Olin-Sang 207

 
Tuesday 2/4/14, 7 pm, Mandel G-3
AHORA Film Night
Screening "A Day Without a Mexican"

Monday 2/3/14, 12 pm, Olin-Sang 207 - Brown Bag
Jane's Travel Grant Presentation by Alex Bernstein:
"Privatization of Small Business in Cuba: How the Catholic Church is Helping Cubans Prepare for the Future".

1/29/14 - 
Struggling to Win: Anarchists Building Popular Power in Chile
Wednesday, 2:30 PM in the SCC Atrium

1/21/14 - Jane's Travel Grant Presentations
"Brandeis Public Health Brigades: Improving Health Through Sustainability in Rural Honduras"
Tuesday January 21st, 12:30 PM
Olin-Sang 207
 

Fall 2013

Tuesday December 3rd, 11:00 a.m.
IBS Brazil Initiative
: Oded Grajew
Mandel Center for Humanities (Room G10)
Oded Grajew
Thursday November 21st, 5:00 PM
Reading by 5th Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco
Carl & Ruth Shapiro Admissions Center - Presentation Room
Richard Blanco Reading

Thursday 11/21/13 at 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Edith López Ovalle: Memory, Culture, and Political Organizing in Mexico
Lown 301
Hijos Poster



From the Brandeis Community:

Wednesday November 20th, 6-8 PM 
Mandel Atrium
Join the Brandeis Immigration Education Initiative (BIEI) as we enjoy delicious Brazilian food and a presentation by Maricela Aguilar--a Heller student who has had to overcome tremendous barriers in college admissions because of her undocumented status. 

We will also be unveiling a very special public statement in support of undocumented students by none other than Senior Vice President of Students and Enrollment, Dr. Andrew Flagel. In it, Dr. Flagel will pledge his commitment to making the Brandeis admissions/financial aid process more accessible to students with undocumented status.  
 
Wednesday, November 13th, 2:00pm

"Classic Maya Bodies and Souls in Bioarchaeological Perspective."

Andrew SchererThe Anthropology Department will host a colloquium featuring Andrew Scherer, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Brown University, on Wednesday, November 13th, at 2:00pm. Scherer is an anthropological archaeologist and biological anthropologist with a geographic focus in Mesoamerica (Maya). He co-directs an interdisciplinary archaeological research project that is exploring Classic Maya polities along the Usumacinta River in Mexico. Scherer has conducted bioarchaeological research at Maya sites throughout Mexico and Guatemala, including Piedras Negras, Yaxha, and El Zotz. Scherer's research interests include mortuary archaeology, warfare and violence, ritual practice, political organization, diet and subsistence, bioarchaeology, and landscape archaeology.

Boston Area Consortium on Latin America Events

(From Boston University) Rubén Gallo will deliver the first lecture in the Lectures in Criticism series on Thursday, September 26, at 5 pm in Photonics 906, 8 St. Mary's Street (across Commonwealth Avenue from Marsh Plaza). The title of his talk is "Sigmund Freud and Octavio Paz: Orientalism and Eroticisim."  A reception will follow the lecture.

 Rubén Gallo, an award-winning writer and scholar, is the author of Freud’s Mexico: Into the Wilds of Psychoanalysis (2010), a study of Freud’s fantasies about Mexico.  He has also published Mexican Modernity: the Avant-Garde and the Technological Revolution (2005), about the Mexican avant-garde’s fascination with machines, and two books about Mexico City’s visual culture: New Tendencies in Mexican Art (2004) and The Mexico City Reader (2004).  He is currently at work on a new book, Marcel Proust’s Latin Americans.  He is a member of the board of the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienn and in 2009 he was the Freud-Fulbright Visiting Scholar in Psychoanalysis in Austria.  He teaches at Princeton University.

A Celebration of Dia de los Muertos
Friday, November 1st, 4:00 pm
Schwartz lobby 
 


Tues Oct 22nd, 7 pm, Brown 316

Anthro Club Q&A session 
Featuring Moises Lino e Silva talking about his research in Brazil, plus free food!

Thurs Oct 24th, 2:30 PM, Olin-Sang 207
LALS Meet the Majors and Minors
with FREE delicious Guatemalan food from Mi Tierra!!!

October 25th, 11am, Mandel G3
Hunt Lecture in Economic Anthropology
"Cooperation and Competition among Oaxacan Wood Carvers"
Michael Chibnik, Economic Anthropologist (University of Iowa and Editor in Chief of American Anthropologist)
Part of the LALS Fall Speaker Series/Anthropology Colloquia 

In recent years, some economic anthropologists have becoming increasingly interested in measuring the extent to which different groups of people cooperate and compete with one another.  Such efforts have often foundered because of complexities associated with defining "cooperation" and "competition."  This talk illustrates the multidimensional nature of "cooperation" and "competition" through an examination of changes in the economic behavior of wood carving families from the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico. These artisans sell brightly colored, elaborately carved pieces in the international folk art market. Over the past several decades, the carvers have become considerably more willing to share information about their techniques and have formed cooperative organizations that promote and market their pieces. Nonetheless, they continue to compete strongly with one another for customers. Cosponsored by the Department of Anthropology and Latin American and Latino Studies

Mon October 14, 12 pm, Room G4 Heller School

Human rights, the media and campesino/indigenous communities in Honduras, by Fr. Ismael Moreno (Father Melo)

Witness for Peace is touring New England with Fr. Ismael Moreno, known popularly as “Padre Melo”, an human right activist from Honduras.  Padre Melo will speak of the human rights abuses occurring throughout Honduran society, and how this is affecting the grassroots media and the campesino and indigenous communities with whom he works closely. He will address the systemic roots of sustained violence, impunity and injustices and the impacts of The Drug War.

Since the 2009 military coup in Honduras, Padre Melo has been one of the most visible human rights defenders, promoting human dignity and respect for life, critical reflection, independent analysis and a commitment to nonviolence. He has struggled to uphold fundamental rights for freedom of expression, severely threatened by the Honduran government, who shut down Radio Progreso, where Padre Melo works. According to the U.S. State Department,  nine journalists have been killed in Honduras and several more have been tortured, kidnapped and suffered death threats since January of 2010. Despite ongoing threats, Padre Melo continues to offer grassroots radio programming about human rights and community organizing in the resistance movement. We are thrilled to be bringing him and his important message to New England.

Padre Melo is coming to Brandeis thanks to the collaboration of Witness for Peace New England, Heller MA/ SID and MA/ Coexistence programs and the Latin American Working Group, the Brandeis Center for Ethics and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program. (Pizza & refreshments)

Thurs Oct 17th, 4 pm Olin- Sang 207
Living on the Line: A Trickster's Tale from the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
Karl Jacoby, Department of History and Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University
Co-sponsored by Department of History, Envrionmental Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies

Thurs Oct 17th, 5:30pm
Latin America's Struggle for Democracy in the Shadow of Powerful Men

Location: CGIS<http://www.drclas.harvard.edu/about/directions> South, Tsai Auditorium
Jon Lee Anderson, Biographer, author, international investigative journalist
Moderated by Kirsten Weld, History Department, Harvard
Co-sponsored by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism. A reception will follow the event

Wed October 9, 12pm, Olin-Sang 212

Jane's Travel Grant, Summer 2013 Presentations:

Ryan Collins (Anthropology): 'Chasing Walls and Taking 'Breaks', or Forming Questions in a Formative Plaza at Yaxuna, Yucatan, Mexico"
Adam Gamwell (LALS, Anthropology): "From Mother Tongue to Pachamama: Reflections and Projections on Quechua Language Training and Field Site Reconnaissance in Southern Peru"

October 8 7PM-8:30 PM, Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) Atrium -- across the Loop Road form the Heller School, to the left of the Mandel Center for the Humanities.
What’s it like to be queer in a foreign country?
A panel of five Brandeis students will speak about their study abroad and internship experiences in destinations in Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East at a forum cosponsored by Triskelion and the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life as part of “Coming Out Week” and "International Education Week" 

 

October 3rd, 7 pm

Musical Journey through Latin America

~~~~~ Spring 2013

Pachakuti: Art and Revolution in the Andes
April 30th, 2013
2-3:30 PM
Wasserman Cinematheque 

Friday, March 1, 12:30-1:30 p.m

Mandel Humanities Center Reading Room (3rd Floor)

“They Always Knew Her to be Free:” Emancipation and Re-Enslavement in French Santo Domingo, 1804-1809," by Graham Nessler, candidate for a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Caribbean Age of Revolution.

 Graham Nessler received his PhD in Latin American History from the University of Michigan and currently teaches at the Texas A&M University-Commerce.  He has published articles in Slavery & Abolition andEstudios Sociales, and his book An Invisible Emancipation? The Struggle for Freedom in Hispaniola during the HaitianRevolution, 1789-1809 will be published by the University of North Carolina Press.

Meet the Majors and Minors
Friday March 1st
2-3 PM, Olin-Sang 207
Free Food!!!
Open to students of all majors, faculty, staff, and Brandeis community members
Come learn about LALS and the great work we do!

LALS 50th Anniversary Panel: March 13th 4:30 PM

March 13th a 4:30 PM

Our America/Nuestra América: The Future of Area Studies
Featuring Distinguished Brandeis Alumni
Shapiro Admissions Center/ Conference Room

 

Life on Death Beach Poster

Thursday March 14th, 7 PM

Special Screening of Documentary Filmmaker Jeff Arak '07

"Life on Death Beach"

Wasserman Cinematheque 

 

Jane's Contest for Best Photography
Submit your favorite photos of your travels or study abroad in Latin AmericaLALS Photo Contest Poster
1st Place: $150, 2nd Place $200
Submission Deadline April 2nd
Email gamwell@brandeis.edu for submission information 

 For more information on these and other events, visit www.brandeis.edu/programs/lals, or contact Adam Gamwell, Gamwell@brandeis.edu

Wednesday, December 5, 3:30 pm

The Sword, the Pen, and the Uterus: The Role of Jewish Latin American Women in Creating Inclusive Public Spheres

From 1976 until 1983, Argentina lived under a repressive military dictatorship. Join HBI Scholar-in-Resi

Poster

dence Dalia Wassner to learn about the creative

activism of Jewish women in Argentina as they fought to bring transparency and accountability to the period of terror. This talk will be held in Fernando Rosenberg’s class, “Culture and Social Change in Latin America.”

Hadassah-Brandeis Institute,

Epstein Building, Brandeis University

515 South Street, Waltham MA 02454

Free and open to the public

Parking available in Epstein lot

October ¡AHORA! Hispanic Heritage Month Celebartion

Oct 9 - Tuesday 12:00 to 1:50 p.m.

WITNESS FOR PEACE NEW ENGLAND presents LIGNA PULIDO

 Indigenous leader from Colombia 

Indigenous Protest in Latin America

Mrs. Pulido will address U.S. policies toward Colombia (particularly the Col

ombian Consolidation Plan), and the effects these policies have on indigenous communities and, most especially, on women. The discussion will illuminate theconnections between militarization, trade agreements, indigenous rights, women's rights, land rights, and environmental protection.  The Heller School for Social Policy- Room G4

Oct 11 - Thursday 3:30

Michael Nava, Chicano novelist, public reading from his forthcoming novel The City of Palaces at 5pm in Shiffman 219.

Oct 17 - Wednesday 12 PM, Alumni Lounge

Latin America and Spain Study Abroad Panel

Thinking about, planning on, or returning from studying abroad in Spain or Latin America? Come by the Alumni Lounge on Wednesday, October 17 from noon to 1 p.m. to hear student returnees share their experiences, tell stories, answer questions, and discuss their programs. Refreshments will be served!

Sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad, the Hispanic Studies Department, and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program. Facebook link

Oct 20 - Saturday

Pablo Ziegler and his Classical Tango Quarted concert, part of the Tango Residency through Music Unites Us (http://www.musicunitesus.info/schedule-fall2012.html)

Oct 23 - Tuesday 11 AM

Visit and tasting from Kallari indigenous chocolate cooperative – part of Elizabeth Ferry’s ANTH20A Feast and Famine: Food and Social Relations class (http://www.kallari.com/chocolate.html)

November 5  - Monday 2-3:30

Professor Marjorie Salvodon of the French Department at Suffolk University has just translated into English the 2003 novel Rosalie L’Infâme by Haitian novelist Evelyn Trouillot. On Monday, October 9 (at 2-3:30, or 3:30-5) Professor Salvodon will join “Imagining Freedom in the Caribbean” ENG 267 to discuss translation for English-speaking audiences, as well as contemporary fiction set during the period of slavery. Professor Salvodon’s visit will be open to the Brandeis community.

Wed September 21st, 5pm  in Rapaporte Treasure Hall

Nicaraguan activist and doctor Rosa Elena Bello, keynote address “Village by Village, Barrio by Barrio: Integrated Development in Nicaragua” on Wed 9/21 at 5 p.m. Complete details of the week’s events at http://www.brandeis.edu/ethics/events/Bello.html. All events will be in Spanish with English translation.

Thursday, September 22nd at 5pm in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall
Fall Distinguished Faculty lecture, featuring Professor Silvia Arrom, Professor of History and
Jane’s Professor of Latin American Studies in LALS, “Hiding in Plain Sight, but Lost to History: Charitable Ladies in 19th Century Mexico”. Poster for event is attached with this email.

Wed October 5 12:00-1:00 PM, Brown 224
Jane’s Grant Presentations: Ieva Jusionyte “In Search of Taboo Stories: Treading the Boundary Between the Legal and the Illegal” (Argentina).


Wed, October 12th, 2011
, 12:00-1:00pm, Brown 224.

Jane’s Grant Presentations: Katie Lukach "Uni-Cansahcab Regional Irrigation Project" (Mexico) & Samantha Pietruszewski "Caves and Excavations: Gaining Archaeological Field Experience with the Central Yucatan Archaeological Cave Project" (Mexico).

State of Fear -- A nation wages a war on terror and loses its democracy Film screening with free pizza...

Monday, October 24, 6PM Heller G2

State of Fear is an account of Peru’s 20-year “war on terror.” Based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the film poses a central question of our times: How can an open society balance demands for security with democracy? The film documents the human and societal costs a democracy faces when it embarks on a “war” against terror, potentially without end, all too easily exploited by leaders seeking personal gain. Introduction by Professor Cristina Espinosa, SID Program, Heller.

This event is part of a film series leading to “Just Performance: Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence,” a symposium exploring the performative dimensions of justice-seeking in the aftermath of violence, with a focus on Cambodia, Peru and the United States (see December 1-2, below).

Pizza will be served! All are welcome! For more information, contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

Thu, October 27, 2-3:30PM Mandel Humanities Reading Room, 303

LALS Fall Speaker Series Presents:Spita Flier

Dartmouth College’s Professor Silvia Spitta: “Jefferson’s Big Bones: Scientific Knowledge and Colonial Triangulations Between the Americas and Europe”

Cosponsored by LALS, Hispanic Studies, American Studies and The Mandel Center
Brandeis Calendar link: http://my.brandeis.edu/btime/item?item_id=541627


Thursday, October 27th, 3:30-5:00 Pearlman Lounge
Professor Michele Lamont 

"Responses to Discrimination and Social Resilience under Neo-Liberalism: The Case of Brazil, Israel, And the United States"

Michèle Lamont is Professor of Sociology and African American Studies an d Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies, Harvard University

Monday November 14 at 7:00pm

The Hispanic Studies and LALS Departments along with the Office of Study Abroad will be hosting a panel discussion with students who have returned from time abroad in Spanish-speaking countries. If you have already been accepted to a program, or are looking to apply in the next year or two, this is a great way to get more information.

Panelists have returned from programs throughout Spain, Argentina, and Chile, and will be more than happy to answer your questions. The event will be in the Village TV Room, and we will be bringing in food from Taqueria Mexico. If you are interested in attending, RSVP on our facebook event page so we know how much food to bring. https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=213323512072525

Celebrate Haiti Family Event! Sat Nov 19

An Afternoon of Haitian Culture
at Brandeis University
Saturday, November 19
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Mandel Center for the Humanities

Art~Food~Stories~Music~Children's Books~Fun for the whole family!

Co-sponsored by:
African & Afro-American Studies, Anthropology, Brandeis Haiti Initiative, Community Service, Comparative Literature, Education, ExCEL | Experiential and Community-Engaged Learning, Famni Ki Li Ansamn, French & Francophone Studies, International and Global Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies

for information contact Professor Jane Hale 781-336-7964 / jhale@brandeis.edu

Just Performance: Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence

December 1-2, 2011
Brandeis University

This two-day symposium will explore the performative dimensions of justice-seeking in the aftermath of violence, with a focus on Cambodia, Peru and the United States. What do public ritual, theater, truth commissions and criminal trials each offer as justice-seeking strategies? How does performance satisfy the human need to understand violence and reconstruct dignity in its wake?

Symposium sessions will run all day Thursday and end at 2pm on Friday.
Highlights include:
 

Thursday, December 1, 2011


5:30 pm, Mandel Center for the Humanities Atrium
Reception and booking signing of Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict

6:30 pm, Mandel Center for the Humanities Atrium
Keynote by Dr. Salomón Lerner Febres, President of Peru's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2001-2003).


Friday, December 2, 2011

12:30 pm, Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library
Performance of "Biro" by Charles Mulekwa, Ugandan playwright
 
Lead-up film series exploring the themes of the symposium

All screenings are Mondays at 6pm in Heller G2 at Brandeis. Pizza and drinks provided. More info about the films here.


*October 3: The Reckoning – Seeking justice for crimes against humanity

*October 24: State of Fear – A nation wages a war on terror and loses its democracy....

*October 31: Fires in the Mirror – What happens when ethnic tensions in an American neighborhood explode into violence?

*November 7: War Don Don and Fambul Tok – Trials and healing in Sierra Leone

*November 14: My Neighbor My Killer – Local justice after the Rwandan genocide

*November 21: Two Rivers – Native American reconciliation in northern Washington State

Spring Lecture Series Presents:



Professor Arlene Davila

New York University, Department of Anthropology



Entitled: Latin@s and the Politics of Museum Displaydavila

Thursday, March 1, 2012

4:00 p.m.

Goldfarb Library-Rappaport Treasure Hall

Professor Davila is is the author of numerous publications, including the following books: Latino Spin: Public Image and the Whitewashing of Race. (NYU Press, 2008), Barrio Dreams: Puerto Ricans, Latinos and the Neoliberal City (University of California Press, 2004) and Latinos Inc.: Marketing and the Making of a People (University of California Press, 2001).

Coffee, tea, fruit and dessert platters served!

LALS and IBS Present:
A faculty & student led panel discussion of
Business in Latin America: Promises and Challenges

BusLA

Spotlight: Cuba

Date: March 22nd
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Place: Sherman Function Hall
Refreshments served!

Come hear faculty and student experiences of research in Cuba this past winter, the present and prospective regional business climate, and how business affects and is affected by contemporary social issues such as poverty, government, infrastructure, traditional economies, legal issues, powerful elites.

This promises to be a fascinating talk!

Participants:
Dr. Alfonso Canella
Gerson Morales Cutzal
Abigail Katznelson
Marcos Sandler
Nuo Chen

Jane's Travel Grant Talk by Hermann Hudde with special musical performances

“Pan Americanism in Action: Latin American Music and Composers at Tanglewood from 1941 to 1965"

Friday April 27th, 12PM
Slosberg

Hudde poster

Economic Anthropology in Practice Group: Sarah Hill
"Making a Living, Making a Killing in Cuidad Juarez: How the World's Most Violent City is also Where  Your TV is Made"

Friday April 27th
12:30 PM
Shiffman, 219

hill poster