The Latin American and Latino Studies Program was established to encourage the study of Latin American and Latino history, culture, geography, economics and politics. Working with students and a distinguished interdisciplinary faculty, the Program is committed to enhancing and advancing the understanding of and appreciation for Latin America and its people.
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By Peter Siavelis, Professor of Politics and International Affairs
The term endowed professor often conjures the notion of an insular scholar dedicated to research and publication first and their students as an afterthought. And yet, throughout his 40-year career — 17 of which he held as the Reynolds Professor of Latin American and Latinx Studies and with a joint appointment in the Department of Politics and International Affairs — Luis Roniger showed that prodigious and rigorous scholarship could be balanced with a deep and personal commitment to students and service to his department, university community, and profession.
In Professor Roniger’s decades-long research career, he moved from studying clientelism to researching legacies of authoritarianism and political exile, shifting frontiers of citizenship, human rights, and populism. Most recently, his scholarship has focused on transnational politics and conspiracy theories. With 25 books and almost 200 articles and book chapters under his name, he is among the most prolific authors in the history of Wake Forest University. These publications, as well as his ability to engage with sociologists, anthropologists, and historians, have brought him international acclaim as a rigorous and respected intellectual whose visionary work straddles social science disciplines — a feat accomplished by few scholars.
By Jane Albrecht, Professor of Spanish
The big things about Mary Lusky Friedman are the accomplishments many of her students and colleagues on campus and scholars around the world already know about her.
Mary’s record of outstanding teaching and research is bound up with the literary production of the greatest writers of 20th century South America: Jorge Luis Borges, José Donoso, Pablo Neruda, Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa. A renowned Borges scholar when she came to Wake Forest in 1987, having published The Emperor’s Kites: A Morphology of Borges’s Tales (the Spanish version is simply titled Una morfología de los cuentos de Borges), she subsequently undertook exploration of the narrative fiction of José Donoso, the most celebrated novelist of Chile. Her Donoso project produced what is, to my mind, one of the two greatest cultural events held on this campus in the past 30 years (the other, the visit of Carlos Fuentes): her onstage conversation/interview with Donoso was as riveting and stimulating a conversation as one I had been fortunate to witness years before with Borges. Mary has made extraordinary contributions to Wake Forest University in scholarship and the humanistic education of students, including countless hours dedicated to interviewing and selecting Fulbright scholars and Phi Beta Kappa honorees. In the department and across the College and University, our intellectual debts to Professor Mary Friedman are great.
Indigeneity and Politics: A Guest Lecture by Dr. Dolores Tierney
Sponsored by Latin American and Latino Studies
Online Event: Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 at 2:00 pm. Contact Dr. Samanta Ordóñez (email@example.com) for Zoom Link
Title: Indigeneity and Politics: Revolutionary themes in Y tu mamá también and Roma
Description: This talk will explore Y tu mamá también (2001) and Roma (2018) as films which reflect on and criticize the institutional revolution as a political project in Mexico in the twentieth century. Dr. Tierney unpacks representations of class and indigeneity central to the cultural politics of this project, showing how both films respond to the state’s institutionalized discourses and imagery.
Dolores Tierney is senior lecturer in film at the University of Sussex. She has published widely on Latin American and Latinx film and media in multiple anthologies and journals, including; Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinema; Film, Fashion & Consumption; Screen; and Quarterly Review of Film and Video. She is the author of Emilio Fernandez (Manchester University Press, 2007) and New Transnationalisms in Contemporary Latin American Cinemas (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) and the co-editor with Victoria Ruétalo of Latsploitation, Exploitation Cinemas and Latin America (Routledge,2009), and with Deborah Shaw and Anne Davies of The Transnational Fantasies of Guillermo del Toro (Palgrave, 2014).
Join us for a presentation on race inequality and student loans with a presentation by Dr. Fenaba Addo (UNC Chapel Hill). Dr. Addo is an expert on racial disparities in student loan debt as well as the Millennial racial wealth gap. Her work speaks to the importance of considering race when discussing higher education loan policy, and being cognizant of the ways in which historical patterns may contribute to racial inequality and exclusion in higher education today. This event will be a great discussion of Dr. Addo’s work and shed light on these issues for those attending.
March 24, 2021
4:30pm – Online Via Zoom
Distinguished Scholar Speaker Series
Werewolves and Other Bêtes Noires: Sorcery as History in the Haitian-Dominican Borderlands
with Professor Robin Derby, History, UCLA
Monday, March 1, 6pm
Register at: https://go.unc.edu/derby
Robin Derby’s area of research includes the French and Spanish Caribbean, especially the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and Puerto Rico. Derby’s work has focused on everyday life under regimes of state terror, the long durée social history of the Haitian and Dominican borderlands, and how notions of race, national identity and witchcraft have been articulated in popular media such as rumor, food and animals. Her book, The Dictator’s Seduction: Politics and the Popular Imagination in the Era of Trujillo (Duke, 2009; published in Spanish by the Academy of History of the Dominican Republic, 2016), treated public culture and daily life during one of the longest dictatorships in Latin America, the regime of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic (1930-61). It considered how the regime extended the state into civil society through incorporating quotidian practices such as gossip, gift exchange, and witchcraft into the repertoire of domination. Her other work includes (co-editor) Activating the Past: History and Memory in the Black Atlantic World; (co-editor) The Dominican Republic Reader and articles on the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. Her current book project, which considers werewolf narratives in light of the ‘animal turn’ is based on oral testimony of demonic animal apparitions in Haiti and the Dominican Republic and is entitled Werewolves and other Bêtes Noires: Sorcery as History in the Haitian-Dominican Borderlands.
Shape-shifting and Storytelling in Hispaniola – an article by the UCLA Latin American Institute featuring Robin
Inequity and College Access
This event will be a lively Q&A with 4 panelists who are experts on college access, mentoring, and opportunities for success among minoritized students. The panelists include Shannon Brady (Department of Psychology), Nate French (Magnolia Scholars Program Director, WFU), Laura Gonzalez (Outside Speaker, Department of Counseling and Education, UNCG), and Omari Simmons (WFU School of Law).
February 24 from 4:30-5:30pm
Registration is Required
The legacy of racism permeates through current-day educational disparities. To move forward from such sociohistorical oppression, it is crucial to acknowledge, understand, and actively combat ongoing barriers to college access and post-secondary inequities among minoritized students. Mentoring, support, and access to resources are critical assets to build within institutions in order to maximize students’ success and achievement. The four presenters in this event are collective experts on sources of academic disparities, barriers and facilitators to education, effective mentorship, and theoretical and practical ways to best promote the educational experiences of students who are minoritized. Attendees of the event will gain knowledge on the nuances of this critical topic and hopefully learn ways to strengthen diversity and inclusivity in the college-going educational context.
“El cuerpo del territorio: palabras desde Abya-Yala contra el extractivismo”
Guest Lecture – Dr. Juan G. Sánchez Martínez
Tuesday, February 23 at 3:30pm
Online via Zoom
To receive the Zoom Link, please contact Dr. Andrea Echeverría (firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by the Spanish and Italian Department
Recovery and Discovery: Women and Girls in a Dual Pandemic
Women + Girls Research Alliance Virtual Summit
March 10, 2021
8:00 am – 4:00 pm on Zoom
From 10:30am – 11:30am there will be a moderated discussion on COVID-19 and the Spanish-Speaking Diaspora.
Pre-registration is required
The Women + Girls Research Alliance is partnering with Ally Financial to present a research summit in March 2021, focused on education, employment, health, the impact of COVID-19, and dialogue centered around the economic mobility of women and girls in our community.
WFU Virtual Study Abroad Fair
Explore the many study away opportunities Wake Forest University has to offer through the new Virtual Study Abroad Fair website www.wfustudyabroadfair.weebly.com
Watch videos from WFU Faculty and Affiliate Partners and sign up to attend information sessions during Fair Week: February 8 – 12!
Of course, you should definitely check out the South American Salamanca programs!
WFU Salamanca and WFU Salamanca Neuroscience
Watch the WFU Chile Information Sessions to learn more!