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Lecture Series

CLACS LECTURE SERIES take place in an informal, friendly, and supportive setting where you share any selected aspect of your academic research with graduate and undergraduate students and faculty. Our aim is not only to promote students but also to involve faculty to participate and share their work.

PLACE: 101 International Studies Bldg, 910 S. Fifth St. Champaign

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Lecture Series - Fall 2017

Tuesday, September 5 - Room 101 ISB, 2pm

Vladimir Safatle, Philosophy, Universidade de São Paulo
“The Collapse of the Brazilian New Republic”

Thursday, September 7 - Room 101 ISB, 12pm

Claudia Lagos, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“The role of conservative press in human rights violations in Chile: The case of El Mercurio newspaper”

Thursday, September 7 - Room 101 ISB, 5:30pm

Claudia Lagos, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Agustin's Newspaper” Documentary + Q&A

Tuesday, September 12 - Room 101 ISB, 2pm

Liv Sovik, Communication, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
“Rap and the Brazilian Pop Music Tradition”

Thursday, September 14 - Room 101 ISB, 12pm

Alan LeBaron, History and Interdisciplinary Studies, Director of Maya Heritage Community Project, Kennesaw State University, GA
“Maya Guatemalan Diaspora to the United States: Obstacles vs. Aspirations and the Beginning of the Maya-American”

Thursday, September 21 - Room 101 ISB, 12pm

Special presentation from Mayorial Delegation, Kenscoff, Haiti

September 22-28, Latin American Film Festival 2017 - The Art Theater, 126 W Church St, Champaign

More information about the movies here.

Tuesday, September 26 - Room 101 ISB, 2pm

Benito Schmidt, History, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul,
“Crossing Frontiers and Making the Revolution: Transnational Experiences of a Brazilian Revolutionary Militant (1960s and 1970s)”

Tuesday, October 3 - Room 101 ISB, 2pm

Ryan Shosted, Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Vowel Lenition in Brazilian Portuguese: Ultrasound Evidence”

Thursday, October 5 - Room 101 ISB, 12pm

César Ferreira, Spanish and Portuguese, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
“On Memory, Fiction and Autobiographical Writing: The Case of Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel García Márquez”

Thursday, October 12 - Room 101 ISB, 12pm

Ramona Hernández, Sociology, Director of the Dominican Studies Institute, The City University of New York - Graduate School
“The Dominican People in the U.S.: Different Migrant Streams, Divergent Stories”

Thursday, October 26 - Room 101 ISB, 12pm

Marta. R. Durantini, School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Health promotion interventions: Are they working on Hispanic population?”

Wednesday, November 1 - Room 101 ISB, 2pm

Juan Filipe Stacul, Languages, Instituto Federal de Goiás
“Eros Drives in Sinuous Curves: Masculinity and Desire in Caio Fernando Abreu and Tennessee Williams”

Thursday, November 2 - Room 101 ISB, 12pm

Carlos Eduardo Suprinyak, Economic Sciences, Faculdade de Ciências Econômicas, Centro de Desenvolvimento e Planejamento Regional, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
“The Ford Foundation and Brazilian Economics: modernization and pluralism in an authoritarian society”

Thursday, November 9 - Room 101 ISB, 12pm

Matthew Winters, Political Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“The Future of Foreign Aid in Bolivia”

November 16-17 - Alice Campbell Alumni Center

7th Annual Lemann Dialogue
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Symposium: November 17-18 - Room 314 Illini Union

Indigenous (Latin) America: Territories, Knowledge, and Voices
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Thursday, November 30 - Casa Cultural Latina, 12pm

Alexandra McNichols-Torroledo, Professional Photographer
“Cultural Survival and Land Dispossession: A Photographic Essay on The Sioux and the Embera Peoples of North and South America”

Tuesday, December 5 - Room 101 ISB, 2pm

Jonathan DeVore, Anthropology, University of Michigan
“Forest as a Sublime Power: Reconsidering the Non-Human in Brazilian Struggles for Recognition”



Past Lecture Series