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Celebrating indigenous Nahua culture

Attendees of a recent Nahuatl conference and festival were treated to panels and cultural workshops that explored the phonetics of the Nahuatl language, the modern Nahua people and their connection to the Los Angeles community.

From the Andes to the World

Fabiana Li, University of Manitoba, discussed the effects of globalization on quinoa.

Disappearing Cities: San Juan, Santo Domingo, Cartagena, and the rising Caribbean Sea

Lisa Paravisini-Gebert, Vassar College, uses the arts to discuss the stark reality of climate change in the Caribbean.

Nahuatl Conference and Festival

The two-day event celebrating Nahuatl features an academic conference at UCLA on May 4th and a cultural festival in Downtown LA on May 5th.

The Wait of Disaster

Yarimar Bonilla, University of Rutgers, spoke about the politics of recovery in Puerto Rico and political possibilities in the future.

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