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Race Inequality and Student Loan – March 24

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
Registration Required

Werewolves and Other Bêtes Noires – March 1

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 – February 24

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.

COVID-19 and the Spanish-Speaking Diaspora – March 10 at 10:30am

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.

Virtual Study Abroad Fair February 8 – 12!

Spring 2021 Virtual Study Abroad Fair February 8 - 12

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!

UNC-Pragda Film Festival | Spring 2021 Jan 29-Feb 12

The UNC Department of Romance Studies, the Institute for the Study of the Americas at UNC, and the UNC Graduate School Diversity and Student Success want to invite you to the UNC-Pragda Film Festival for the Spring 2021 semester.  

The UNC-Pragda Film Festival follows the legacy of the NC Latin American Film Festival that celebrates the power and artistry of Latin America’s films and audiovisual production.  

Please join us for the best of Latin American films streamed for free! 

If you have questions about the festival, please contact Manuel Sánchez Cabrera at manujovi@live.unc.edu.  

Calendar of screenings: 

PERRO BOMBA movie poster
PERRO BOMBA
JUAN CAìCERES / CHILE, FRANCE / 2019 / 80 MIN
Spanish and Creole with English subtitles

With Steevens Benjamin, Alfredo Castro, Blanca Lewin, Gastón Salgado, Junior Valcin, Erto Pantoja, Daniel Antivilo

Steevens is a young Haitian immigrant living a challenging, but somewhat stable life in Santiago de Chile: he has a construction job, a home, friends, and fun. This precariously balanced life is disrupted when Junior, a childhood friend from Haiti, arrives in Chile seeking assistance from Steevens to establish himself.  

When: Jan 29, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://unc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvcumhqzssGNGHNqVONp7gQicYop-diQ47
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


CIRO AND ME movie poster
CIRO AND ME

(CIRO Y YO)
MIGUEL SALAZAR / COLOMBIA / 2018 / 110 MIN
Spanish with English subtitles

With Ciro Galindo, Esneider Galindo

Ciro Galindo was born on August 29, 1952, in Colombia. Wherever he went, war always found him. His children were recruited by the armies of war; his family was repeatedly displaced; and his wife Anita, an indigenous woman, died of sadness. Foreign to the system, but a victim of the system, Ciro has led a heroic anonymous struggle to live life on his own terms.

When: Feb 3, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting: 
https://unc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvc-urqj0jHtWBrBLgPjX1gVddwfLBsbA5
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 


YVY MARAEY, LAND WITHOUT EVIL movie poster
YVY MARAEY, LAND WITHOUT EVIL (YVY MARAEY, TIERRA SIN MAL)

JUAN CARLOS VALDIVIA / BOLIVIA / 2014 / 105 MIN
Spanish and Guaraní with English Subtitles

With Juan Carlos Valdivia, Elio Ortíz, Felipe Romá

A Bolivian filmmaker and a Guaraní Indian travel together through the forests of southeastern Bolivia to make a film about the Guaraní people. The starting point is a 1911 film by Swedish explorer Erland Nordenskiöld. But today’s reality turns out to be much more intense than the nostalgia for a lost world.

When: Feb 5, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://unc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrcuGvpjgjGtRX7fD9k2hYTe_2JmQNQ0Al
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


THE GUARDIANS movie poster
THE GUARDIANS

BEN CROSBIE, TESSA MORAN / MEXICO, UNITED STATES / 2018 / 70 MIN
Spanish and English with English subtitles

An indigenous Mexican community and millions of monarch butterflies are under threat of extinction in the ancient forest they call home.

When: Feb 9, 2021 09:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting: 
https://unc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAtcuGtrzwuEtYQ84AomnI4MlWBG-6TXlSz
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 


UN TRADUCTOR movie poster
UN TRADUCTOR (UN TRADUCTOR)
RODRIGO BARRIUSO, SEBASTIÁN BARRIUSO / CUBA, CANADA / 2018 / 107 MIN
Spanish and Russian with English subtitles

With Sebastián Barriuso Gonzalez-Mora, Rodrigo Barriuso Gonzalez-Mora

ACADEMY AWARD® CUBA’S SUBMISSION FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM  Based on the little-known true story of how twenty thousand Chernobyl victims were eventually treated in Cuba, Un Traductor unfolds as a tale at once historical and personal, brought to life in crisply shot, beautifully realized period detail of a Havana on the brink of economic crisis.

When: Feb 12, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting: 
https://unc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkc–orjgjGtf0_2USXYdD3PTlvq0pmjs9
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

“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