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April 2024 Newsletter

Dear Latin Americanist Community,

 Welcome to the spring quarter of the 2024-25 academic year! Look at the amazing program we have prepared for you—and this is just for the month of April! I don’t even know where to start! Well, I guess the LAI’s Outreach Program is a good place to begin. The Outreach Program continues its outstanding series on Children’s Literature in Latin America. Before I tell you about the next event, I invite you to watch the talk that David Bowles, author and translator of children's books from South Texas, gave a few days ago as part of the series. I was inspired by David’s ability to move between Spanish, English, and Nahuatl. David was a teacher for many years and continues with his work as an educator through his multilingual literary work. Watch his talk on our YouTube channel here.  

Our Outreach Program for K-12 educators has two more events this month. On April 6, César Castro and Eduardo Martínez, will offer a workshop on the musical connections between Mexico and Colombia. Then, on April 9, author Gloria Amescua will present Using Picture Books in the Classroom and will discuss her picture book Child of The Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of The Nahua. Register for this is online-only event here.   

On April 8, we continue our Latin American Mobilities series, jointly organized with the Center for the Study of International Migration, to present The Digital Migrant Health Record by Professor Maria Elena Ramos of Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (Mexico). This talk will showcase a digital tool designed to document and monitor the physical and mental health of migrants in transit. This in-person only event will take place at 1 pm in the Young Research Library, room 23167. Learn more about this event here. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Bernard Gordillo, who is a UCLA Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History. On April 18, Dr. Gordillo will present Mass for the Cold War: Sonic Disunity, Pope John Paul II, and the Nicaraguan Revolution. Details on this hybrid event are available here. Check the LAI calendar this month for several events on topics as varied as labor organizing, the drug trade, and literature across Latin America.  

I also want to bring to your attention our announcements section, featuring several courses on Kichwa, Andean literature, and Andea indigenous feminisms, offered this spring and summer by our colleague Luz María de la Torre in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. The LAI is proud to support the teaching of Kichwa at UCLA throughout the academic year.  

Finally, on behalf of our Latin Americanist community and all of us at the LAI, I would like to congratulate Professor Fernando Pérez-Montesinos, who has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of History effective July 1. Fernando is an active contributor to the intellectual life of the LAI and a member of our Faculty Advisory Committee. Congratulations, Fernando! 

I close this message inviting you to give to the mission of the UCLA Latin American Institute and its centers, programs, and working groups. Your generous contributions support the lively intellectual life of the institute, student research, and our vibrant outreach activities.  

Rubén Hernández-León,
Director of the UCLA Latin American Institute  

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Mexico & Colombia: Interconnected Musical Histories, Genres and Traditions
K-12 Outreach Events
Saturday, April 6, 2024
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
UCLA
Lunch will be provided

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The Digital Migrant Health Record
Monday, April 8, 2024
1:00 PM
Young Research Library, Rm 23167

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Using Picture Books in the Classroom
Tuesday, April 9, 2024
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Webinar
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La Experiencia Transnacional de los Trabajadores por Aplicación (in Spanish)
Wednesday, April 10, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Webinar
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Mass for the Cold War
Thursday, April 18, 2024
12:00 PM
Bunche Hall, Rm 10383 & Online
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"The Dope: The Real History of the Mexican Drug Trade"
Book Talks
Tuesday, April 23, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Bunche Hall, Rm 6275 & Online
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Light refreshements will be served.

 
 
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