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October 2021 Newsletter

Dear UCLA Latin American Institute Community,

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the 2021-22 academic year! This is my first message to you as the new director of the Latin American Institute (LAI), and I’d like to take this opportunity to inform you of our exciting initiatives. Many things happened this summer at the LAI. We welcomed two new center directors: Susanna Hecht (Urban Planning) at the Center for Brazilian Studies, and Gaspar Rivera-Salgado (Labor Center) at the Center for Mexican Studies (read about the new directors here. We have also formally integrated into the LAI an Andean Working Group, which will be coordinated by Stella Nair (Art History). With centers, programs, and working groups on Brazil, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and the Southern Cone, and now the Andean region, the LAI now covers the entire subcontinent! 

I am pleased to announce that we are launching a multidisciplinary webinar series on Colombia, featuring faculty, graduate students, independent journalists, and activists. The first presentation is Monday, October 4, by Juan David Delgado (Sociology), who will speak on race and inequality in Colombia’s Pacific region (register here). We will feature speakers on current and pressing issues related to Colombia every two weeks.

We have also started working with our colleagues in the Asia Pacific Center and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies on a new initiative tentatively called Pacific World, which will promote the study of historical and contemporary connections between Asia and Latin America. This initiative includes the creation of an Asia-Latin America research network and a webinar series. The first talk organized through this joint effort will take place on November 18, by Enrique Dussel Peters (UNAM), who will present on Chinese foreign direct investments in Latin America and the Caribbean. Stay tuned for details!

This summer we also began a redesign of the LAI website, which now features recently published books by our distinguished faculty, blog posts on ongoing political developments in South America, news, and links to articles published by current graduate students and alumni of the MA in Latin American Studies. Visit the website for updates and invite others to subscribe to the LAI newsletter and weekly calendar.

Also, near the end of the last academic year, we successfully applied for a $100,000 grant from the US Department of Education to take 20 LAUSD K-12 teachers to Oaxaca to learn about the Mixtec language and culture, thus equipping them to better serve Los Angeles students of indigenous Mexican heritage. Outreach coordinator Veronica Zavala will accompany the teachers to Oaxaca next summer, where they will spend a month learning from specialists on indigenous Mexico at the Centro Cultural San Pablo.

Finally, please consider donating to the mission of the UCLA Latin American Institute. Your contribution supports student scholarships, public events, and outreach activities with the community in Los Angeles.

Rubén Hernández-León, Director
UCLA Latin American Institute
Professor of Sociology

 

 

 

 

 
 

 
UPCOMING EVENTS

How Does Racial Inequality Happen?
Monday, October 4, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
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Comunidades indígenas en resistencia en México y cambio social en Centroamérica
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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Political Violence and the Approval of Emigrant Political Rights in Colombia (1970-1991)
Monday, October 18, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
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Forensics of a Tragedy Foretold
Friday, October 29, 2021
12:00 PM
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Colombia: The Land of a Thousand Rhythms
Monday, November 1, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
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