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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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Association of Latino Professionals for America Interest Meeting – Feb 19

There is an upcoming meeting meant to gather interest in forming an Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) chapter at Wake Forest. The meeting is Feb. 19, from 5:30-7pm in Farrell Hall, room 104. I have attached a flyer to this email. There will be a couple individuals from the Charlotte Professional Chapter who will discuss the benefits of joining the organization. It’s a discussion-only meeting. No commitments.

“White Identity Politics” with author Ashley Jardina

Ashley Jardina is assistant professor of political science at Duke University. Her newly published book, White Identity Politics (Cambridge University Press), explores the roots of white prejudice and white solidarity. Jardina’s phenomenal book has been featured in numerous media venues including National Public Radio, PBS, The Atlantic, Washington Monthly, Vox and Salon.

Wednesday, December 4 at 5pm in the ZSR Library Auditorium

Jardina’s presentation is co-sponsored by the Politics department and Latin American and Latino Studies.

¿Mejorando la raza?: Selective Immigration of Religious Minorities in Mexico – November 13

Join us for a public lecture by Dr. Rebecca Janzen from the University of South Carolina titled “¿Mejorando la raza?: Selective Immigration of Religious Minorities in Mexico.”

Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, 4:30 pm
Location:  Library Auditorium (ZSR 404)

This talk will examine relations between the Mexican government and religious minority communities of Mennonites and Mormons, with particular attention to state policies granting legal, cultural, and economic accommodations. Dr. Janzen will show how these relationships have evolved over time as public perceptions of these communities have shifted in response to changing conditions in Mexico. The discussion will consider recent political events and reports of rising violence affecting the communities. It will also address Carlos Reygadas’s Luz Silenciosa (2007), an award-winning film that portrays a Mennonite family in Mexico.

Rebecca Janzen is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She is a scholar of gender, disability and religious studies in Mexican literature and culture whose research focuses on excluded populations in Mexico. Her first book, The National Body in Mexican Literature: Collective Challenges to Biopolitical Control (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015), explored images of disability and illness in 20th century texts. Her second book, Liminal Sovereignty: Mennonites and Mormons in Mexican Culture (SUNY, 2018), focuses on religious minorities. Her current projects include a book on film and religion in Mexico, tentatively titled Unholy Trinity: State, Church and Cinema in Mexico as well as work on the intersection of legal and literary discourse as it pertains to minority communities in Mexico.

Co-sponsors: Dept. of Spanish and Italian, School of Divinity, Latin American and Latino Studies, Dept. for the Study of Religions

WFU priec – Politics of Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity Consortium

On November 16, 2018 from 9:00 -5:00, at Graylyn International Conference Center, students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend this one-day race and immigration conference with presentations by nationally-recognized race scholars, including poster presentations by WFU undergraduate students.
Consortium sponsored by:  WFU Provost’s Office, Dean’s Office, Anna Julia Cooper Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Politics & International Affairs, Sociology Department, Latin American & Latino Studies Program and the American Ethnic Studies Program.

http://college.wfu.edu/politics/wfu-priec-2018/

An Afternoon with Famed Writer Cristina García – October 25, 2018 – 3:30 pm – Greene Hall

Author Cristina GarcíaAuthor Cristina García will discuss her life and work in a visit with students and the general public.  In harmony with the community partnerships we have formed with SECCA, she will encourage students to be active citizens, to reflect on questions about borders, to reach out to immigrant communities, and to write about their experiences.  Presented by the Department of Italian & Spanish, and the Latin American & Latino Studies Program.

The Pillow Project – September 19-26, 2018

A pile of pillowsFrom August 28 – November 4, 2018, the Department of Spanish and Italian and the Latin American & Latino Studies Program will join the ongoing project developed by artists Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perara and Cara Megan Lewis (together known as Díaz Lewis) to draw attention to the immigrant crisis.  In response, the collaborative, ongoing, performance-based Díaz Lewis installation engages participants to create pillows from clothing donated by undocumented immigrants, former detainees, and their supporters.  Each pillow conveys their brutal journeys, translating the human experience in a far more intense, compelling, palpable way than speeches and statistics.  From September 19-26, the artists Díaz and Lewis will be in Winston-Salem to work with students collaborating on the workshops at WFU, and mounting the installation at SECCA.
For more information about the project following link:  https://www.sanctuarycitizen.org/pages/34-000-pillows