Category Archives: Events and Happenings

Event Re-Cap: Trump, Mexico and Latin America

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On December 13th, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, in conjunction with Columbia University’s Institute of Latin American Studies and supported by NYU’s Mexican Student Association, hosted a panel discussion that delved into what Trump’s presidency means for Latin America. The discussion was led by Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies Jorge Castañeda, and the panel also included John H. Coatsworth, Provost at Columbia University, and Arturo A. Valenzuela, Senior Latin America Advisor at Covington & Burling LLP and former Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs in the U.S. Department of State.

With over 150 attendees, it is clear that the need for academic spaces to discuss the reality and feasibility of Trump’s campaign promises is extremely relevant. This event discussed the deeper implications that President-Elect Trump might have on the region, with the panelists providing their expert opinions on the subject. Castañeda kicked off the conversation, and believes that for Mexico, “the Trump presidency is an unmitigated disaster.” He continued, stating that the Mexican government, and other Latin American countries, should take a hardline approach against Trump, especially hot button issues like  renegotiating free trade agreements, mass deportations, and in the case of Mexico, the proposed border wall. Continue reading

Event Re-cap: PoeTEA, Quechua & Kreyòl Showcase

This past September 13th, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies celebrated a night of languages and culture. Our Quechua & Kreyòl showcase included presentations by language instructors Odi Gonzales (Quechua) and Wynnie Lamour (Haitian Creole).

Students also shared poetry and participants enjoyed a playlist curated by Haitian-American DJ Sabine Blaizin, as well as delicious food and tea. It was a wonderful coming together of poets and community and a testament to the cultural relevance of the Indigenous and Diasporic Language Consortium.

Please enjoy a video re-cap of the event below:

Upcoming Event: Peruvian Scissors Dancers Performance

scissorsdancersJoin us Tuesday, October 18 to witness the wonderful peruvian scissors dancers performance at the KJCC Auditorium!

Originating in the southern region of Peru (Ayacucho) during the Andean resistance period (in the middle of the 16th century), ancient Scissors Dancers were prohibited for being considered rebels, heretics and possessed by demons. However, they fought – through dance – against the Spanish rule and Catholic mission process that promoted the extirpation of Andean gods and deities. Even so, they have survived up to present day.

The performance will feature two dancers competing while accompanied by two musicians playing an Andean violin and harp. CLACS Quechua professor Odi Gonzales and current Quechua students will share remarks during the event as well.

The Scissors Dancers are Peruvian citizens who live in New York and Connecticut. Dancer Steve Cota Quispe, who hails from from Ayacucho, is the coordinator.

Here’s a sneak peek of what we’ll bear witness to next week. Be sure to join us Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Upcoming Event: Journalism in Mexico Now

mexico-now-logo-231x300CLACS is proud to join bring you “Journalism in Mexico Now“, a presentation to highlight the work of two of Mexico’s most prominent journalists: John M. Ackerman, one of Mexico’s leading public intellectuals, and David Brooks, U.S. correspondent for the Mexican daily La Jornada.

The panel will be moderated  by Roque Planas, a NYC-based journalist covering latino and Latin American issues for The Huffington Post. This event is part of  “Celebrate Mexico Now”, New York City’s annual festival of contemporary Mexican art, culture and ideas.

John M. Ackerman is one of Mexico’s leading public intellectuals, writing bi-weekly columns at both the daily La Jornada and at Proceso magazine. He also writes frequently on Latin American politics for the international press, including Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, The Nation and The Atlantic.

David Brooks has been La Jornada’s U.S. correspondent since 1992. He is the author of several scholarly works. In 1988, he founded the Mexico-U.S. Diálogos Program, which has promoted an ongoing bilateral interchange among national social sectors from both countries on economic integration.

Join us Monday, October 24, at 6:30 p.m. for this important conversation on journalism in Mexico.

 

NYU’s Kalman Silvert: Engaging Latin America, Building Democracy Event Re-cap

CLACS wants to thank all those who attended our 50th Anniversary Inaugural Reception and book talk that celebrated the contributions of Latin Americanist and founding CLACS Director Dr. Kalman Silvert.

Silvert’s family and scholars scholars including Jorge Balán, Abraham F. Lowenthal, Chris Mitchell, Martin Weinstein were among those who joined us in the celebration. The panelists presented the book “Kalman Silvert: Engaging Latin America, Building Democracy” and outlined Silvert’s legacy as a father, mentor, Latin Americanist and interdisciplinary scholar.

You can see the broadcast of the book presentation on our CLACS NYU Youtube page or watch the video below!

Thank you again for joining us and please be sure to check out more of our events and celebrations of our 50th Anniversary by visiting our events page.

Upcoming Event: Constructing Sociolinguistics of the South

edl_logo1-1CLACS’s Quechua Outreach Program and the Andean Initiative will convene a panel of Quechua and Aymara linguists  to address epistemologies of the South on Tuesday, October 11 at the KJCC Auditorium.

Speakers will discuss the construction of sociolinguistics of the South, construyendo una sociolingüística del Sur, as a means of challenging Euro-centric approaches to the study of indigenous languages in Latin America. The discussion provide new contributions to the field of bilingual and intercultural education from a more comprehensive and emancipatory perspective.

Panelists include Pedro Plaza, Teófilo Laime, Julieta Zurita, Marina Arratia. CLACS’s own Amy Huras and Odi Gonzales will be discussants.

The events is free and open to the public. ID is required to enter the building. Please RSVP for the event, here. 

‘Proximities/Distances’: Theatre, Performance, and Dance Conference

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Creators and performers from all over Latin America and Spain will converge at the King Juan Carlos Center (KJCC) next week for ‘Proximities/Distances’, a two-day event that will explore ideas and practices of proximity and distance in contemporary Spanish and Latin American theatre, performance and dance.

Drawing on the current interest in relational strategies and investigating the connections between art and audiences, the aesthetic and the socio-political, it will examine a diverse range of dramaturgies that bring these different media into contact.

The event is curated by Cristina Colmena (PhD Candidate, NYU Spanish Department) and Ana Sánchez Acevedo (PhD Candidate, CUNY Graduate Center). Participants will include La Phármaco (Spain), MAPA Teatro (Colombia), Íntegro (Peru), Claudio Tolcachir (Argentina), Daniel Salguero (Colombia), Pablo Remón (Spain), Alejandro Moreno (Chile), Arantxa Araujo (Mexico), David Espinosa (Spain), and more.

Please join us Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday, September 28 at the KJCC Auditorium for this wonderful gathering of Latin American and Spanish creators and performers!

CLACS 50th Inaugural Event: Engaging Latin America, Building Democracy

Layout 1The year the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies’ (CLACS) celebrates its golden anniversary. Every significant milestone deserves reflection. In honor of our 50th year of existence, we revisited our department’s history.

The early history of the department is inextricably tied to its founding director, the gregarious Dr. Kalman Silvert. A political scientist and first-rate scholar of Latin America, he was tasked with helping to craft the early vision of NYU’s Ibero-American Language and Area Center (IALAC) under Dean George Winchester Stone Jr.

At the time of his directorship, Kalman Silvert also worked as Social Science Advisor to the Ford Foundation. Prior to his arrival at NYU he served as the first president of the Latin-American Studies Association (LASA). Silvert was instrumental in shaping an early model of internationally focused interdisciplinary studies and in helping to shape a community of regional experts in New York City. One of Silvert’s lasting legacies is his commitment to promoting scholarship, education and democratic society.

Today our center is greatly informed by this early commitment to democracy and intellectual rigor within Latin American and Caribbean Studies and it is reflected in the rich diversity of our students, exceptional language courses, community relationships, events, and scholarship.

It is in the spirit of celebrating our history and the contributions of Latin Americanists like Dr. Kalman Silvert that we  invite the entire NYU and CLACS community to help kick off the celebration of  our golden anniversary with our 50th Anniversary Inaugural Reception and Book Presentation this Friday, September 16th.

We will feature four Latin Americanists that will discuss the legacy of political scientist and CLACS founding director Kalman H. Silvert. We have invited important scholars Jorge Balán, Abraham F. Lowenthal, Chris Mitchell, Martin Weinstein to discuss the recently published book “Kalman Silvert: Engaging Latin America, Building Democracy.”

The book presentation will be preceded by the CLACS 50th Anniversary Inaugural Reception at 4:30pm. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us this upcoming Friday to kick off our celebration of CLACS 50th Anniversary!

‘A New-New Left in Latin America?’ with Verónika Mendoza Event Recap

Thanks to everyone who joined us last Friday for our event ‘A New-New Left in Latin America?: The Challenge of Progressive Politics in the Midst of a Conservative Turn.’ More than two hundred students, professors, activists, local media, Peruvian journalists and community members joined us at KJCC Auditorium to hear former Peruvian Presidential candidate Verónika Mendoza speak about the rise of  a ‘New-New left’ in the region.

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CLACS Assistant Director Omar Dauhajre presented the event and panelists. Speakers included essayist and poet Mariela Dreyfus who highlighted the feminist activism in Peru and Jose Luis Rénique, historian and principal professor at Lehman College, who discussed democracy, education, and the promise of the left. Panelist Paula Garcia shifted the conversation to the challenges of the Frente Amplio as an organization.

Verónika shared her perspectives about the challenges of the Left in the new Latin American scenario, her strong results in notoriously conservative Peru, and her vision of the future. One of her strongest messages was,  “The absence of the left in national politics represents an opportunity to create something new.”

You can watch a video of the event on the CLACS NYU Youtube page, included below!


Thanks again for joining us, please be sure to learn more about our events on our webpage here.

Welcome Back and Upcoming CLACS Events

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The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at NYU would like to welcome back our students and faculty and wishes all our followers a happy Fall!

We kicked off the semester by enthusiastically welcoming our newest MA students at orientation. We are excited to have such a dynamic group begin a new academic year.

We would like to usher in the new semester with an amazing set of events at our center. Some of the events we have planned for the Fall include a talk with Peruvian activist Verónika Mendoza about the challenges of the Left in the new Latin American scenario; a POETEA showcase to celebrate Quechua & Kreyòl  with a night of poetry and tea; a panel presentation of the book “Kalman Silvert: Engaging Latin America, Building Democracy,” to celebrate CLACS’s founding director and the center’s 50th anniversary; and and a presentation of the Chilean fantasy series “Trilogía del Malamor.”

Stay tuned for CLACS events this fall by joining the CLACS email list, liking CLACS at NYU on Facebook, and following us on Twitter at @clacs_nyu!