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CLACS Hosts Over 100 Free Events Each Year

CLACS - Washington Square Park - NYU

CLACS is located on the south side of Washington Square Park, in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village

Each year, CLACS hosts over 100 events that are free and open to the public.  These Latin America and Caribbean-themed events range from film screenings to lecture series, art exhibits to book readings. Most of our events are followed by a reception, where students, faculty, and community members have the opportunity to connect and discuss. CLACS events are listed on the events page of the CLACS website, the CLACS google calendar, and are also highlighted on the CLACS Facebook page.

You can receive emails about CLACS events that match your interests by signing up for a CLACS email list.  CLACS offers more than 20 unique email lists, each focused on a region or topic. You can subscribe to any email list by entering your email on the CLACS homepage, or through this link to our email management system. Some of the email list options include a weekly digest of all events, K-12 Outreach Program, thematic – such as race and gender, or regional – such as the Andes or the Caribbean.

This semester, CLACS is hosting several extra-exciting events. The Spring 2012 CLACS Research Colloquium focuses on “Latin American Independence in the Age of Revolution,” and features lectures on current research in the area. Scholars such as Robin Blackburn and Sara Johnson are among the list of esteemed speakers. From March 22 through April 11, CLACS and ILAS will host Mundos Andinos, an event series pertaining to the Andean region (details to follow – watch the CLACS website). And on March 26th CLACS will have a screening of the film Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, about human rights abuses in Guatemala, followed by a discussion with Pamela Yates, Paco de Onís, and NYU Historian Greg Grandin.

To see a list of all upcoming CLACS events, visit the events page on the website. To receive CLACS email updates, click here to sign up now!

Teachers in Residence Present at K-12 Educator Conference

CLACS K-12 Educator Conference
Teaching Latin America’s migration history in the classroom can be a challenge. The most recent K-12 Educator Conference focused on just this issue, bringing scholars and educators together for a day of learning and exchange.

Two educators participating in the CLACS Teacher Residency Program spoke at the event. David Hanna currently teaches at University Neighborhood High School, and presented on “The Great (Quiet) Migration: Brazil.” Ariela Rothstein is a teacher at East Brooklyn Community High School, and she gave a presentation on “Perspectives on the Cuban Revolution: Social class, equality of opportunity and equality of outcomes before and after the Cuban Revolution.”

CLACS piloted its first Teacher Residency Program in 2010. Through this program, select teachers work closely with NYU faculty members, NYU Bobst Library resources, and CLACS K-12 outreach staff on Latin American research topics. Residents receive expert support, and have the opportunity to develop curricular materials for use in their classrooms.
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K-12 Educator Series Explores US/Mexico Relations

Indocumentales/Undocumentaries: the US/Mexico Interdependent Film Series Indocumentales/Undocumentaries: the US/Mexico Interdependent Film Series Early this past December, CLACS and what moves you? hosted a series of two K-12 Educator Workshops which focused on two films from the Indocumentales / Undocumentaries US-Mexico Film Series. The December 5th event included a screening of Farmingville; and the December 14th workshop focused on the film Which Way Home.

The events featured an introduction to CLACS resources for educators about Mexico- U.S. issues, followed by a film screening. Educators then had the opportunity to discuss the issues addressed in the film with colleagues and what moves you? facilitators. These workshops opened a space for educators to discuss current events, and how film can be used to teach Mexico-U.S. relations in the classroom.

FarmingvilleFarmingville, a 2004 film by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini, documents the attempted murders of two Mexican day-laborers in Long Island. The movie features first-hand accounts from residents, day-laborers and activists, and underscores the continuing relevance of undocumented immigrant issues. Which Way Home, a 2009 film by Rebecca Cammisa, focuses on immigrant children from Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico, who must overcome tremendous odds in their journey to the U.S.

These are two of many K-12 events that are part of the CLACS K-12 Outreach Program. Learn more about CLACS K-12 Outreach on the CLACS website. You can also sign-up to our K-12 Outreach email list, which will send you notices only about K-12 educator-related events and programs.

Q & A with CLACS Alum Eva Sanchis

Eva Sanchis CLACS Alum

Eva Sanchis, CLACS Alum

Eva Sanchis graduated from the CLACS  joint journalism M.A. program in 2003. At CLACS, she focused her research on media portrayals of Latino communities, and overall media coverage of Latin America and the Caribbean. Since then, she continues to focus on these issues, and has published her work extensively, She recently relocated to London, where she works for the international NGO REDRESS. Here’s more about Eva, her time at CLACS, and her current work.

Q. What did you focus your research on at CLACS?

A. While completing my joint master’s program in Journalism and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU, I had the opportunity to intern with two CNN primetime shows:  American Morning with Paula Zahn and Greenfield at Large. I also began working as a full-time reporter for El Diario-La Prensa, the oldest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States, where I covered the Hispanic and Latin American and Spanish Caribbean communities in New York.  My thesis at CLACS was partly based on these experiences. It examined mainstream media portrayals of those communities in the United States as well as U.S. media coverage of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Q. Is there any connection between your current work and your research at CLACS?

A. Yes, since I completed my M.A. in 2003, my journalistic career has been devoted to writing about Hispanic and Latin American and Spanish Caribbean communities.  An ongoing concern within my work has been to combat distorted perceptions of these communities in the U.S. mainstream media. After NYU, I became the Metro and National News editor at the New York-based El Diario-La Prensa, the U.S.’s second largest Hispanic newspaper.  As editor, I supervised coverage of local and national news, and major international stories such as the 2008 US presidential election, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and the earthquake in Chile. Prior to being an editor, I was the New York City Hall Bureau chief for El Diario, and I also reported special coverage from Latin America as an IRP Johns Hopkins’ fellow.  I have written for El Diario and other publications such as the World Policy Journal, the Progressive magazine, and the Financial Times magazine. I was also an adjunct professor at CLACS, where I taught the course “Covering Latino Stories in the United States.”  Since I relocated to London in 2010, I have continued writing as a freelancer about these communities from Europe.

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CLACS Alum Sarah Garland Reports on Education

Sarah Garland

Sarah Garland

Sarah Garland’s first book, Gangs of Garden City, tells the story of Latino former gang members living in Long Island, NY. This book, and her prolific work as a journalist, are both connected to work she did as a CLACS M.A. student.

Sarah participated in the joint CLACS / Journalism MA program supported by a McCracken Fellowship, and graduated in 2004.  Her CLACS thesis focused on transnational cultural identity and gang culture in El Salvador.  During her time at CLACS she traveled to Mexico, and also did research in El Salvaor through an Oversees Press Foundation Grant.

Asked about the connection between her time at CLACS and her current work, she said, “the CLACS academic background was very helpful in giving me a way to think, and a deeper understanding of issues that – as a journalist – you might only learn about in a superficial way.”

Sarah has written for the The New York Times, Newsweek, Newsday, The New York Sun, The New York Post, The Village Voice, New York Magazine and Marie Claire. Currently, she is a staff writer at the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit news agency that does in-depth reporting on education.
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CLACS Alum Christine Weible at El Museo del Barrio

Photo courtesy El Museo del Barrio - Artist: Nicolás García Uriburu

CLACS alum Christine Weible was recently awarded a one-year fellowship at El Museo del Barrio.   El Museo is a Latino cultural institution dedicated to promoting Latin American and Caribbean art and culture.

Christine will be working in the education department where she will develop curriculum, organize events, and design and lead gallery tours in both Spanish and English.

At CLACS, Christine’s research focused on ESMA, formerly known as the Escuela Superior de Mecánica de la Armada. During the Argentine Dirty War, ESMA was the largest detention center implicated in human rights crimes such as torture and disappearances.  This facility now functions as a museum of memory, officially the Espacio para la memoria y para la promoción y defensa de los Derechos Humanos. The “Museo para la memoria” came together as a collaboration between numerous human rights organizations, such as the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo. Christine was interested in the role of collective memory in this and other such facilities in Argentina.

Christine Weible

Christine has a long history of work and research in the field of Latin American art.  As an undergraduate student she completed a dual B.A. in Spanish and Art History. She has also had several internships in the field – notably with the Fundación Cisneros.

Posted by Von Diaz – MA Candidate at CLACS / Global Journalism at NYU

Congratulation to our 2011 CLACS M.A. Graduates!

Felicidades to our 2011 CLACS M.A. graduate students!

Jan 2011
Franklin Steven Moreno
Cristina Tamara Diaz-Carrera
Lee Ann Evans
Mariana Judith Pardes
Omar Ramadan
Karla Paola Reyes
Ashley Georgia Roseberry
Maria Piedrahita Trimble
Rachel Elizabeth Brooks-Ames

May 2011
Roque Daniel Planas
Andrew Collin O’Reilly
Rebecca Lynn Fisher
Carla Campbell

Sept 2011
Lance Steagall

New Documentary Investigates Gentrification in Spanish Harlem

Harlem.gif“El Barrio,” the predominantly Latino neighborhood in East Harlem, has long been a cultural center for the New York Latino community. Latinos began emigrating to El Barrio in the 1920s, with a large wave of Puerto Ricans immigrants arriving after World War II. In addition to its cultural heritage, El Barrio has also overcome significant struggles with poverty, and drug and gang activity. Recently, many Barrio residents complain that real estate development in the neighborhood is leading to gentrification, and a loss of Latino cultural heritage in this historic neighborhood.

On October 5th, 2010 the Museum of the City of New York presented a film series titled, “In Danger of Extinction,” which showcased two films dealing with gentrification in New York City. “The Lower East Side: An Endangered Place” by Robert Weber, focuses on the gentrification of the Lower East Side, one of the oldest neighborhoods in New York City that has long been home to a diverse community of working-class immigrants. “Whose Barrio?” investigates gentrification in El Barrio, and was produced by Newsday journalists Ed Morales and Laura Rivera. Laura Rivera is also a graduate of NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. In the film, two Barrio residents—Jose Rivera and James Garcia—reveal starkly opposing views on gentrification.

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Bolivian President Evo Morales Visits New York City

Evo Morales at NYU

NYU CLACS co-sponsored an event at Hunter College to celebrate the Spanish translation of a new biography of Bolivian President Evo Morales.

Instead of going to class on Monday, September 21, Hunter student Alex Hamblet stood in line outside the College’s Kaye Playhouse. He was there to “get an unbiased look” at a president who he says “tends to get a little misrepresented” by the US media. In Latin America, “we’ve had indigenous presidents in the past,” said Mariano Muñoz a few feet down the line, “but none with the same impact as Evo.”

Bolivian President Evo Morales’s story has inspired millions of people around the world. He is a man who grew up herding llamas in the Bolivian mountains, who became the national leader of the Coca Farmers Union, who successfully led a peasant struggle against the privatization of water, and who became the first indigenous president of a country with an indigenous majority.

President Morales visited Hunter College to celebrate the English version publication of a book that tells that very story. “Evo Morales: The Extraordinary Rise of The First Indigenous President of Bolivia,” by Argentine journalist Martin Sivak, is the product of Sivak’s two-year stint following President Morales around Bolivia and all over the world. During that time, Sivak had unprecedented access to President Morales’ personal and public life. He was with him at meetings with other heads of state, at marches, summits, public speeches, and small gatherings in Bolivia. Martin Sivak is currently a PhD student at NYU.

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