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:

The “Diaspora” Panel – October 25, 2018 – 7:00 pm, SECCA

Author Cristina GarcíaThe Department of Spanish and Italian along with the Latin American & Latino Studies Program will present a “Diaspora” Panel at SECCA on October 25, 2018.  The panel draws on the unique resources of the exhibition, “Cubans:  Post-Truth, Pleasure, and Pain,” curated by Elvia Rosa Castro and Gretel Acosta, which features exciting and provocative works in diverse media by 19 Cuban artists.

“Monument to a Great Living Artist” – Yali Romagoza – November 5, 2018

Yali RomagozaNew York City-based Cuban multimedia artist Yali Romagoza will present her performance piece, “Monument to a Great Living Artist” at SECCA.  The performance is designed to raise awareness of the plight of women throughout the world.  It calls into question the narrowly focused, middle-class, white feminist struggle that often excludes working-class women, immigrants, and women of color to benefit only a few.  It is a visual spectacle that will encourage our students and community to react to, and reflect on, essentially contested views.  What does it mean to belong to a minority group?  How do we combat derogatory stereotypes of women and immigrants?  How art and educational institutions historically perceived and treated women, and how have notions of “greatness” influenced how art and other achievements are perceived today?  How do social categories and national identity determine how other cultures and societies are perceived?  Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Italian and the Latin American & Latino Studies Program.

Mentoring Program Campus Tour

On Saturday April 28, the Mentoring Program  sponsored a WFU campus tour for middle and high school students from local schools and their families.  Mentors Liz Torres-Ramírez, Kimberly Romero, Alex Reyes and Frida Islas took students around WFU campus, and gave a presentation about the college application process.

On Thursday, May 10,  there will be a final presentation by our first mentoring program graduates.  The three students (Alex Reyes, Frida Islas and Kimberly Romero) will reflect on their mentoring experience these last two years as well as discuss their analysis of the assessment that they conducted of the mentoring program in the past year. The presentation will take place at El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services during the EBPLCS parents’ meeting which begins at 5pm.
If you are able to make it, I’m sure that our LALS mentors will be happy to see you there.


A Home on the Field – First and Second Steps of the Great Latinx Migration – Presentation by Dr. Paul Cuadros

Paul Cuadros, associate professor of Media and Journalism at UNC Chapel Hill, is an award-winning investigative reporter and author whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Time magazine among other venues.  Cuadros has focused his reporting on issues of race and poverty in America, particularly on Latino communities in the South.  The culmination of his reporting was his book, A Home on the Field:  How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America.  Sponsored by Latin American & Latino Studies.

Thursday, April 12
121 Manchester Hall
5:00 – 6:00 pm

Life in Heterotopia – Latinx Reality and the U.S. Border Lands

The term “borderlands” has become a multi-vocal term used to describe much more than the U.S. Latinx border reality. Today’s borderlands don’t have to be geographically located in the southwestern U.S. and in the 21st century the Latinx borderlands are understood as places where identity, culture, race, religion, and belonging intersect in complicated and even violent ways. This lecture will examine two key issues of life in the borderlands, identity and citizenship, as a way to better understand how today’s U.S. borderlands are in reality a heterotopia for the more than 54 million Latinx living in the U.S. today.  Sponsored by Latin American & Latino Studies, Wake Fores School of Divinity and the WF Intercultural Center.  Wednesday, April 4, Annenberg Forum, 6:00 pm.

Souvenirs from Chile

On Saturday, March 24, starting at 3:00 pm at the Kulynych Auditorium (Byrum Welcome Center) the Department of Music will present a lecture and recital by Professor Patricia Dixon and Yong Im Federte, featuring music of P.H. Allende and Enrique Soro.

City of Water, City of Fire: Art and Identity in Teotihuacan

The Department of Art and the Center for Global Studies at Wake Forest University are sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Matthew Robb, Chief Curator and Mesoamerican specialist at UCLA.  The title of his lecture is “City of Water, City of Fire:  Art and Identity in Teotihuacan”, and will take place on Thursday, January 25, 5:30 pm, Scales Fine Arts Center, Room 102.  Students will have a chance to talk to him from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, in Scales 103.