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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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“José María Arguedas: La trayectoria mundial de un escritor provincial”  Guest Lecture – Dr. Enrique Cortez

“José María Arguedas: La trayectoria mundial de un escritor provincial”
 Guest Lecture – Dr. Enrique Cortez

Special online guest Professor Enrique
Cortez will present a lecture on the international trajectory and career of Peruvian author José María Arguedas as a Zoom webinar. The event is sponsored by the WFU Humanities Institute.Thursday, November 12 at 11am
Online via Zoom
To receive the Zoom Link, please contact Dr. Andrea Echeverría (echeveal@wfu.edu)

A Mexican State of Mind with Guest Lecture – Dr. Melissa Castillo Planas

A Mexican State of Mind with Guest Lecture – Dr. Melissa Castillo Planas

Based on her recently published book, A Mexican State of Mind: New York City and the New Borderlands of Culture (2020; Rutgers UP), Dr. Castillo Planas’s talk explores the cultural and creative lives of the largely young undocumented Mexican population in New York City since September 11, 2001. Inspired by a dialogue between the landmark works of Paul Gilroy and Gloria Anzaldúa, her research develops a new analytic framework, the Atlantic Borderlands, which bridges Mexican diasporic experiences in New York City and the black diaspora, not as a comparison but in recognition that colonialism, interracial and interethnic contact through trade, migration, and slavery
are connected via capitalist economies and technological developments. Her book is based on ten years of fieldwork in New York City, with members of a vibrant community of young Mexican migrants who coexist and interact with people from all over the world. It focuses on youth culture including hip hop, graffiti, muralism, labor activism, arts entrepreneurship and collective making.

Friday, November 13 at 1pm
Online via Zoom
To receive the Zoom Link, please contact Dr. Samanta Ordóñez: ordones@wfu.edu

2020 North Carolina Latin American Film Festival Coming in October!

The NC Latin American Film Festival celebrates the power and artistry of Latin America’s film and audiovisual production. Its mission is to provide a space in North Carolina for Latin American images, sounds, and stories to reach a wider audience. The 35th season of NCLAFF will be an homage of the best Latin American films produced in the past 35 years. NCLAFF will be a mixed-format, virtual synchronic and a-synchronic film festival. The festival beings with a mini web conference on October 9.

When: October 9 – 18
Where: All Events Online
View Festival Calendar 

Presented by the Consortium in Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University

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