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.

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.