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Walls of Meaning: Significance in Inka (Inca) Stonework

November 15, 2016
Time 5:30 pm  

Krannert Art Museum

Co-presented by Krannert Art Museum, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and School of Art + Design



Friday, September 23, 2016, Illini Union, Room 104




Marleen Haboud, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador  

Mercedes Niño Murcia, University of Iowa  

Fernando Ortega, Universidad de San Francisco de Quito  

Frank Salomon, University of Wisconsin at Madison  

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:

             Claudia Brosseder, History

Anna María Escobar, Spanish & Portuguese

Nils Jacobsen, History

Mariselle Meléndez, Spanish & Portuguese

Andrew Orta, Anthropology

Clodoaldo Soto, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Kasia Szremski, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Norman Whitten, Emeritus, Anthropology



CAS/MillerComm Spring 2016: "Healing the Souls of Black Folks: Transformational Frameworks for the African Diaspora"

Feb 25, 2016
Time 4:00 pm  

Knight Auditorium of the Spurlock Museum (600 South Gregory, Urbana)

In the narrative of black empowerment in the Afro-Atlantic diaspora, the concept of healing is transformational. The questions of coping, which W.E.B. DuBois wrestled with in his 1903 work, The Souls of Black Folk, are disturbingly familiar today. Examining African migration to Brazil and the Caribbean, Kim Butler explores the ways young people create a powerful language of healing through Carnival, Mandinga, and hoodoo bag, and how they grapple with white supremacy, dwindling educational opportunity, police violence, poor housing, and income disparities.

W.E.B. DuBois lecture.

Hosted by: Center for African Studies, Department of African American Studies. In conjunction with: Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for Women and Gender in Global Perspectives, Department of History, Department of Sociology, European Union Center, Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, Spurlock Museum.





4:00 PM

Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foriegn Language Building


ELENA DELGADO, Professor of Spanish, UIUC

In a society of hyper-communication, compulsive transparency and prescribed positivity, who can make claims, express political grievances and “speak from the heart” in the public sphere? How does the study of political emotions, particularly at a time of economic and social crisis, illuminate current notions of democratic citizenship and social justice?

This talk will start by analyzing the ubiquitous presence of heart-centered imagery in the “Spain of crisis” (as it has come to be known in Spanish), something quite remarkable considering that its prevalence coincides with the rising public visibility of fraud and corruption scandals, in all segments of society. I will continue by examining the contradiction implicit in the exigency of a transparent heart when the visceral truths that are exposed to the public unsettle and stir, rather than soothe and patch up. I will then focus on recent movements that have successfully mobilized social and political activism, and in doing so have been accused of stirring visceral (and therefore irrational) reactions: secessionism in Scotland and Catalonia and the movement of the Outraged (Indignados) in Spain. I will show how through the deployment of both “negative (outrage or anger) and “positive” (hope, joy) emotions, those movements have contested the orchestration of neoliberal psycho-politics in times of crisis and managed to reclaim their space in the democratic public sphere.


CAS/MillerComm Fall 2015: "Libraries and Literary Culture: An Inside View of Cuba’s Information Revolution"

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 South Gregory

Marta Terry Gonzàlez
George A. Miller Visiting Professor, Illinois and Director Emerita, José Martí National Library of Cuba

Hear from a leading protagonist in Cuba’s ongoing transformations: from a primarily oral culture, through a 1961 leap in literacy, to a literary culture where ordinary Cubans read—and write—books, essays, stories, poetry, and more. Cubans built literary institutions to their own specifications, libraries in particular. A digital culture got underway. All while a US blockade separated Cuba from most trade and cultural contacts, and while Cuba took aim at its own racism. What might happen next? Why?

Hosted by: Graduate College of Library and Information Science

In conjunction with: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of African American Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, Department of History, Department of Latina/Latino Studies, Spurlock Museum, University Library



Fall 2016 Finals Week Study Break




International Week 2016: Bringing together our campus, our community, our world

April 4-10, 2016

International Week at Illinois is comprised of a series of educational, cultural, and recreational events designed to foster interest in our global community. Coordinated by Illinois International and a cross-campus organizing committee, the goal of International Week is to raise awareness about the breadth of international education, activities, and resources available to everyone at Illinois.

International Week is also the annual International Achievement Awards Banquet recognizing outstanding alumni, faculty, and students whose exceptional work and service have made a significant global impact. Annual nominations are solicited for five award categories, and all recipients are honored at a banquet co-hosted by the Offices of the Chancellor and Provost, the Alumni Association, and Illinois International. The Sheth International Alumni Lecture, a public presentation given by the alumni winner, is a highlight of the award festivities. More information about the International Achievement Awards and profiles of past recipients is available here.

International Week 2016 will take place April 4-10, 2016. If you have questions regarding the planning for the upcoming International Week, please contact Marta Schneider at



Previous Events



CLACS 50th Anniversary: 1963 - 2013

This year, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. We are very proud of our half century of commitment to promoting understanding of and engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean. At the same time, we recognize that such milestones are only reached with the contributions of and support of many people. We therefore would like to encourage you to join us as we highlight the Center's accomplishments, its contributions to the University of Illinois and to the field, and our plans for the future.

CLACS - 50 Years and Counting! A Symposium Commemorating the Past, Present, and Future of the Center

  • Friday, October 11

  • Levis Faculty Center

  • 9AM-4PM

  • Program



CLACS / Lemann Cinema Series


Argentina, 2001

  • Thursday, October 3rd
  • 6:30 PM
  • Lucy Ellis Lounge, 707 South Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801


Spain, Cuba, 2008

  • Thursday, November 7th
  • 6:30 PM
  • Lucy Ellis Lounge, 707 South Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

According to a newspaper article, more than 25,000 Cubans maintain they are the heirs to an unclaimed multi-million dollar fortune held in the coffers of a British bank and all those with the family name of Castiñeiras will receive a juicy inheritance. All the people with that family name begin proceedings to get their part, but as one can imagine, many obstacles arise along the way.
    Cartagena Film Festival 2009 - Special Jury Prize
    Havana Film Festival 2008 - Best Screenplayer
    Lima Latin American Film Festival 2009 - Audience Award
    Mar del Plata Film Festival 2009 - Best Film
Watch the trailer:


Brazil, 2006

  • Tuesday, December 3rd

  • 6:30 PM

  • Lucy Ellis Lounge, 707 South Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

-Drama-  2 November 2006 (Brazil) 
-Director: Cao Hamburger
-Running time: 110 minutes
-MPAA rating: PG






Joint Area Centers Symposium (JACS)

JACS 13JACS 2013: The Future of Waste
  • March 1 & 2, 2013

  • The Illini Union, Room 314 A

Free and Open to the Public

Future of Waste introduction

by Zsuzsa Gille

Though we don't know how much waste the world produces exactly, we know that the average per capita waste generation in the most developed countries is close to 880 pounds annually, and we also know that we produce more and more every year. According to our keynote speaker, Martin Medina, 15 million people on Earth find their livelihoods by scavenging. In the U.S. though we waste 30-50% of our food, we also have more people who recycle than vote. Furthermore, (read full introduction)

Prof. Zsuzsa Gille discusses the "The Future of Waste" on Illinois International

JACS 2013 Speakers
JACS 2013 Program
  • 3:00 pm - Welcome (Zsuzsa Gille, Sociology, UIUC)
    Film Screening: Waste Land by Lucy Walker, Karen Harley and João Jardim, 2010

  • 5:00 pm - KEYNOTE SPEECH
    WASTE GOVERNANCE: Can Less be More? Harnessing the Power of the Informal Sector in Malé, Maldives, and Guangzhou, China.
    Keynote by Martin Medina Sr. (International Relations Specialist atthe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington, DC.)

  • 6:30 pm - Dinner reception by invitation only (Illini Union room 314 B)
    Economies of Recycling. Catherine Alexander (Anthropology, University of Durham, UK)
    Enviroblogging: Making Green Space in the Virtual World. Stephanie Foote (English and Gender Studies, UIUC

    Clean and Green - or Dirty Work? Recycling Labour in the EU. Nicky Gregson (Geography, University of Durham, UK)
    Nuclear Waste Disposal: Public Engagement but Global Disengagement?. Darrin Durant (Science and Tech. Studies, York University)
    Purification or Profit-- Sewage Recycling and the Contradictions of Sludge. Daniel Schneider (Urban and Regional Planning, UIUC)

  • 12:15 pm - Lunch break and Screening:
    Garbage Dream by Mail Iskander, 2009

    The Food Not Eaten. Jonathan Bloom (Independent investigative journalist)
    Freeganism as an Alternative to a Wasteful System. Janet Kalish (, New York City)
    Respect and Humiliation: Mopan Conceptions of Food Waste in San Jose, Belize. Michelle Schmidt (Sociology, UIUC)

  • 3:30 pm - Roundtable Discussion: FOOD LOOS OR FOOD WASTE?
    Participants: Steven Sonka (Director of ADM Institute on Postharvest Loss, UIUC)
    Zsuzsa Gille (Sociology, UIUC)
    Janet Kalish
    Catherine Alexander

JACS 2013 Speakers


Catherine Alexander has carried out fieldwork in Turkey, Kazakhstan and Britain on: changing relations between state, market and the third sector; the built environment; migration; and technology. Her most recent topic has been how the wasted lands and people of Kazakhstan's former nuclear test site are trying to re-connect to broader economies. Research into wastes has brought together many of these themes. She has worked with engineers and published on community and third sector recycling organisations, public housing and recycling and how local government carries out / outsources waste management.;:

JONATHAN BLOOM, Independent Investigative Journalist

Jonathan Bloom is a journalist and food waste expert who wrote the book American Wasteland and created the blog Wasted Food. Jonathan has spoken on food waste from Santiago to South Bend to Singapore. He also consults on food waste reduction, most recently working with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization and several startups. For the 2012-13 school year, he is the O.V.W. Hawkins Expert-in-Residence at Bucknell University. A Boston native, Jonathan now lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife, two sons and many, many containers for leftovers.

DARRIN DURANT, Science & Technology Studies, York University

Darrin Durant is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at York University, Toronto, Canada.   Dr. Durant’s theoretical research focuses on debates about the roles experts and publics can and should play in democratic decision-making about controversies involving technical knowledge (including articles in Social Studies of Science (41 (5), 2011) and Perspectives on Science (18 (2), 2010). Dr. Durant’s empirical research focuses on debates over high-level radioactive waste disposal, both as a Canadian project (including his edited volume Nuclear Waste Disposal in Canada (UBC Press, 2009), along with articles in Technology in Society 31 (2) 2009, Journal of Risk Research 12 (7&8) 2009, and Scientia Canadensis 30 (1) 2007)) and as part of the global project to reinvent nuclear power (including articles in Science & Public Policy 34 (7) 2007 and 33 (3) 2006)).

STEPHANIE FOOTE, Associate Professor of English and Gender & Women's Studies, University of Illinois

Stephanie Foote is Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women¹s Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Regional Fictions: Culture and Identity in Nineteenth -Century American Literature (University of Wisconsin Press), the editor of two reprints of Ann Aldrich¹s classic 1950s lesbian pulps for the Feminist Press, and the co-editor of Histories of the Dustheap (MIT Press, 2012).She is currently at work on several projects that bring together her interests in American Studies and environmentalism, and with Stephanie LeMenager is the coeditor and cofounder of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities from the University of Nebraska Press.

ZSUZSA GILLE, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois
NICKY GREGSON, Professor in Human Geography at Durham University, UK

Nicky Gregson directed The Waste of the World programme, funded by the ESRC, and has published widely on global recycling economies, the economisation of waste, consumption as disposal, and second-hand cultures.

JANET KALISH,, New York City
MARTIN MEDINA, International Relations Specialist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

For nearly 20 years, Martin Medina has been involved in waste management projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East for academic organizations, development banks and the United Nations. He is particularly interested in the linkages between waste and poverty, the informal sector, and sustainable consumption and production. He has published widely in these areas and has received several international awards. Martin received a Ph.D. from Yale and a Master's from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is originally from Mexico.

MICHELLE SCHMIDT, doctoral student in the department of Sociology here at the University of Illinois

Her areas of interest include: local and transnational development, waste studies, sociology of health and illness and environmental sociology. In 2010 she conducted fieldwork in Southern Belize, primarily amongst the Mopan Maya of San Jose Village. From this experience she wrote a Thesis entitled Respect and Humiliation: Mopan Conceptions of Food Waste in San Jose, Belize,on which this presentation is based. She will continue studying food use practices and environmental relationships as part of her upcoming dissertation work in Belize.

DANIEL SCHNEIDER, Professor and Interim Head, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois

Daniel Schneider is Professor and Interim Head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He received his PhD in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He is both a freshwater ecologist and environmental historian.  His book Hybrid Nature: Sewage Treatment and the Contradictions of the Industrial Ecosystem (MIT Press) won the 2013 George Perkins Marsh Prize from the American Society for Environmental History.  He has also won the Price/Webster prize from the History of Science Society, for his work on the importance of local  knowledge in the history of ecology .

2012 JACS

2011 JACS

2011 JACS presentations

The recordings of the presentations from Iran at Large: The Global Emergence of a Regional Power? are available online from the Joint Area Study Centers.

2009 JACS

2006 JACS





CAMPUS RESOURCES FOR INTERNATIONAL CARRERS 2013-14: Campus Resources for International Careers


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