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

International Education Week – November 13-17, 2017

Sponsored by Center for Global Programs and Studies, WFU School of Law, WFU Campus Life, Latin American and Latino Studies, Department of French Studies, Rethinking Community, and the Dean of Students, this is a week filled with interesting events and presentations.  Hope you can join! For more information follow the link: 



Students Helping Honduras Awareness Week

The Students Helping Honduras group, sponsored by the Spanish/Italian Department and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program are celebrating the “Students Helping Honduras Awareness Week” during the first week of November with a series of events collect funds for their worthy cause.  During the week they will be hosting a discussion on the issues that Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala face and how is the group planning to help.  The activities planned as the following:

  • Monday, November 6:  One Powerful Latte.  Fundraiser campaign encouraging individuals to donate four dollars a month, rather than buy one cup of coffee.  Kranky’s coffee will be given in return for donations.  From 8:00 am, between Benson & Tribble Hall.
  • Monday, November 6:  The Northern Triangle.  Discussion on the social violence in the region, the immigration crisis that ensued as a result and the possible solutions to the extreme poverty and violence impacting the lives of children and adults alike.  Green Hall 239, 4:00 pm.
  • Tuesday, November 7:  Apples for Awareness.  Candy apples will available for sale to support the building of schools in Honduras.  Outside the Pit, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday, November 7:  Movie “Poverty Inc.”  7:00 pm, Pugh Auditorium
  • Friday, November 10:  Salsa Night.  3:30 pm, Benson 409.

REL 103B – Introduction to Latin American Christian Traditions – New class for LALS Minors

Dr. Elizabeth Gandolfo will be offering REL 103B, Introduction to Latin American Christian Traditions, during the Spring Semester.  The class will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 pm , in Wingate 209.  The course will offer students an overview of the history and diverse beliefs and practices of Christianity in a particular context.  Students will gain an appreciation for the breadth and depth of various Christian traditions, with specific attention to how Christianity has been experienced, practiced, and articulated in Latin America since 1492.

Film Screening: Selena & Under the Same Moon – Friday, October 6, Benson University Center, Pugh Auditorium

The Student Union, as part of the Latinx Heritage Month celebration is sponsoring this two films presentation.  Selena, is a biographical drama about the life of Selena Quintanilla and her success as a singer and her tragic death.  Under the Same Moon, is the story of Rosario, a single mom who leave her son with his grandmother and crosses illegally to the U.S. looking for a better life.  When her son’s grandmother passes away, the child begins a difficult and dangerous journey to join her.