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Spring 2012

April 2012

Four or Five Myths about Brazil and Latin America

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 / 5:30pm
IMU Persimmon Room

A talk by Joo Ubaldo Ribeiro, renowned Brazilian journalist and novelist. Ubaldo Ribeiro is a member of the Academia Brasileira de Letras and recipient of the Prmio Cames, widely considered the highest honor in Portuguese-language literature.

A conversation with Joo Ubaldo Ribeiro

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 / 4:00-5:30pm
Lilly Library

The Writer as Translator, the Translator as Writer. A second talk by Brazilian journalist and novelist, Joo Ubaldo Ribeiro. Ubaldo's translator Clifford Landers will also be in attendance.

Portuguese-Speaking Diaspora from the 16th to 20th Century

Exhibit runs until April 30
Lilly Library Lincoln Room

This exhibit calls attention to the Lusophone presence in Brazil, India, Africa, China and Japan. Many of the materials are from the Charles R. Boxer collection, which is one of the major archives on the Portuguese in Asia. Certain Brazilian materials are from the Bernardo Mendel collection. Items on display include rare first editions, maps, engravings and photographs; the content ranges widely with works of history, religion, fiction, poetry and art. This exhibit represents only a small fraction of the extraordinary Lusophone materials in the Lillys collection.

March 2012

February 2012

Cinema Maldito: On the Margins of Brazilian Cinema

Thursday, February 23 & Friday, February 24
IU Cinema

Richard Pea will be programming the festival, introducing the films and presenting a public lecture on Friday (2/24) at 3pm. Pea has organized the NY Film Festival at Lincoln Center for 25 years, is a professor of film at Columbia University and specializes in Latin American/Latino Cinema. For show times and more details, visit the IU Cinema webpage. This program is sponsored by CLACS, the IU Cinema, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Black Film Archive Center, the Department of Communication and Culture and the Latino Studies program.

Fall 2011

October 2011

From Bonfire to Ashes:
The Victory and Dispersion of Brazilian Abolitionsim, 1884-1894

Friday, October 21 / 12:20pm Ballantine Hall Room 006

Dain Borges, Associate Professor of History at the University of Chicago, will discuss his research in the 7th installment of our Latin American Research Forum.

Spring 2011

April 2011

Spanish and Portuguese Song Festival

Friday, April 1
5:00 p.m.
IMU Frangipani Room

7 IU students will be singing before a special jury to get the big prize. There will be special performances from groups in the Department of Folklore and the Latin American Music Center.

Bloomington Brazilian Carnaval 2011

Friday, April 8
Jake’s Night Club

The authentic, annual Bloomington tradition of Brazilian Carnaval explodes on Friday, April 8th at Jake’s Night Club, transforming the multi-room venue into a true Brazilian party. This BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT offers its southern Indiana audience the once a year opportunity to indulge their senses and lose themselves in a pulsating sea of contagious rhythms. The much-anticipated BRASIL BRAZIL combines Mardi Gras madness with the non-stop Brazilian beat of the sensual samba, transposing a Rio de Janeiro-style celebration to downtown Bloomington. As always, this year’s event promises to be a night of vibrant colors, exhilarating sounds, and heart pumping entertainment.

BRASIL BRAZIL is a sort of dance-happy cultural celebration for adults that infuses a concentrated burst of hot and steamy tropical energy into the usually dormant winter months.

Heating up the stage will be the Flores do Samba Dance Company. Directed by Brazilian native Anita DeCastro, the 16-member company will dazzle audiences with their ‘barely there’ traditional costumes and elaborate samba steps as they journey From Rio to Bahia. 30+ musicians and drummers from the I.U. Brazilian Percussion Ensemble will culminate in a thunderous grand finale with the best of Samba Enredo and Batucada. Between sets, Dj Kyle Long will provide the richest sounds of Brazil; a mix of samba, marchinhas (traditional carnaval sambas), pagode, forró, funk, and axé. In addition to the body-moving beats of Brazil, this year’s event will feature two remarkable groups representing neighboring rhythms. Goers get ready to salsa and shimmy with El Fuego Lento and Café Cubano! Together, these talented artists are sure to fire up a Latino and cosmopolitan crowd who are only eager to go ‘loco’. Also featured in our 2011 program are Flight Club aerial artists Ebeth Feldman and Efe Ilkay performing electrifying, gravity defying sets of aerial arts throughout the night. Attendees of BRASIL BRAZIL can also expect to find a photo booth, vendors selling authentic Brazilian arts and crafts, caipirinhas, and face/body painting.

Having developed the reputation of being the largest and most extravagant carnaval in Indiana, BRASIL BRAZIL has consistently drawn in a crowd of 600+ for the past 5 years. Experience the bright colors and energy of Brazilian carnaval music, people, and dance with live music, performances, aerial arts, costumes, happiness and the unique touch of Brazilian friendship for all!

Brazilian Percussion Ensemble

Sunday, April 10, 2011, 4:30pm
Neal Marshal Grand Hall

The IU Brazilian Percussion Ensemble will perform their spring concert Sunday, April 10 at 4:30 PM at the Neal Marshall Grand Hall. The group, directed by Prof. Michael Spiro, studies and performs samba batucada music from Rio de Janeiro, as well as other folkloric and popular regional styles from Brazil including pagode, samba de roda, candomble, and maracatu. Come early to claim a seat for this popular event.

Latin Jazz Ensemble

Sunday, April 10, 2011, 8:00pm
Neal Marshal Grand Hall

Cicero Sandroni, Lecture on Euclides da Cunha and abolitionist Joaquim Nabuco
Wednesday, April 27, 4:30 p.m.

Walnut Room, IMU

Cicero Sandroni is a journalist, author, publisher, and former President of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. He will present a lecture on Euclides da Cunha and abolitionist Joaquim Nabuco.

March 2011

Jeffrey Lesser presents "Birth names, Code names and False names:  Militant ethnics and ethnic militancy in Brazil, 1960-1980 "
Thursday, March 24, 7 pm
Swain Hall East 105

Abstract:  The Brazilian left in the post-World War used a language and ideology of class struggle.  Thus, in spite of the large numbers of Japanese-Brazilians, Arab-Brazilians and Jewish-Brazilians involved in leftist political activity, we find no Brazilian versions of the Black Panthers, the Jewish Defense League or the I Wor Kuan. That class permeated the surface discourse of the left should not lead us to diminish the importance of ethnic factors.   Indeed normative Brazilian ideas about race and ethnicity, and challenges to those dominant notions, were expressed on a daily basis even at the most extreme ends of the political spectrum.  This paper examines the ethnic dimensions of membership in the armed struggle against Brazil's military dictatorship, focusing on the role of Brazilian Nikkei, and especially Shizuo Ozawa (known as Mario Japa - “Mario the Jap”), one of the most famous guerillas of the period.

Jeffrey Lasser presents "Challenging Particularity: Jews as a Lens on Latin American Ethnicity" as part of the Jewish Studies Colloquium Series
Friday, March 25, 12 noon
University Club Faculty Room (upstairs) Indiana Memorial Union

Jeffrey Lesser is a Professor of History and Director of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University. He is the author of A Discontented Diaspora: Japanese-Brazilians and the Meanings of Ethnic Militancy (2007); Negotiating National Identity: Immigrants, Minorities and the Struggle for Ethnicity in Brazil (1999); and, Welcoming the Undesirables: Brazil and the Jewish Question (1994). Sponsored by the IU Brazilian Studies Program

January 2011

Jens Andermann, Professor of Latin American and
Luso-Brazilian Studies at Birkbeck, University of London visits Indiana Uniersity, Bloomington Januaray 2011

A Horizons of Knowledge Lecture "Memory in the Expanded Field:Postdictatorial Landscapes in Argentina and Chile"
Monday, January 10, 2011 1:00 p.m., IMU Walnut Room

Jens Andermann, Professor of Latin American and
Luso-Brazilian Studies at Birkbeck, University of London visits Indiana Uniersity, Bloomington Januaray 2011

Workshop: "The Past, Present, and Future of Latin American Cultural Studies"
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 9:00 a.m., IMU Walnut Room

IU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Summer 2010 Field Research Grant Presentations

Friday, January 21, 2011

3pm Ballantine 004

The Department of Anthropology and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)/ Brazilian Studies Program Presents An Anthropology of Food Choice: Eating, Environment and Everyday Life in the Amazon”

Monday, January 24, 2011
4:00 p.m.
Student Building 159

Rui Murrieta is Professor at Institute of Biosciences, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.  He obtained his PhD degree from Colorado University at Boulder in 2000. His research has been mainly focused on the nutritional anthropology and environmental anthropology of Amazonian Peoples. In the last decade he has also studied rain forest maroon communities in Southern Brazil and is about to start a new project in Chile, in the Atacama desert, regarding the transformation of food production and intake in the last century. In Sao Paulo, Dr. Murrieta teaches classes in Philosophy of Sciences, Anthropology, Human Evolution and Human Ecology.   

IU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Summer 2010 Field Research Grant Presentations

Friday, January 28, 2011

3pm IMU Maple Room

Fall 2010

November 2010

"Sumak Kawsay (“Good Life”) or Sustainable Development? Refounding the State and the Economy in the New Constitutionalism of Latin America"A talk by Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Monday, November 8, 2010, 4-5:30pm
Moot Court Room, IU Law School

It is as difficult to imagine the end of capitalism as it is difficult to imagine that capitalism has no end. Even though the compound effects of the financial , economic, energetic, and environmental crises show that the current model of capitalist development is exhausted, the recent summits on climate change ( Copenhagen and Tikipaya, Bolivia) show how difficult it is to start a transition toward post-capitalist, post-colonial ways of life. In this context, the political innovations coming from the Global South, which are products of both large social mobilizations and of transformative constitutionalism, deserve particular attention. This lecture will discuss some of these innovations present in the current political processes in Bolivia and Ecuador."

"Whither the Global Left and Grassroots Democracy" A Conversation with Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Monday, November 8, 2010, 6-7:15pm
Boxcar Books, 408 E. 6th St.

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra (Portugal), Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Global Legal Scholar at the University of Warwick. Sousa Santos is one of the world’s foremost thinkers on how to mobilize socially to achieve democratic, post-capitalist sustainable development. He has written and spoken extensively about the promise of the World Social Forum and about grassroots democratic experiences from Brazil to Bolivia and from Mozambique to India. This event is open to all members of the Bloomington community, and will include ample time for questions from those in attendance.  This event is sponsored by Boxcar Books, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Indiana Democracy Consortium, and IU Progressive Faculty and  Staff Caucus.

Adriana Lisboa presents a talk on the "Recent Trends in Contemporary Brazilian Prose Fiction"
Friday, November 12, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
Ballantine Hall 006  

Adriana Lisboa is the author of nine books, including the award-winning Sinfonia em branco, which won the prestigious José Saramago prize. The book was translated into English as Symphony in White (2010) for a new South American series published by Texas Tech University. She is also a translator and has produced Portuguese versions of books by Marilynne Robinson and Cormac McCarthy, among others. She now divides her time between Rio de Janeiro and Boulder, Colorado.

Spring 2009

February 2009

February 26

Eric Hershberg (Simon Fraser University, President of the Latin American Studies Association)
Eric Hershberg will be giving a lecture titled, "The Latin American Studies Association and Contemporary Scholarship: A View from the Presidency." All are welcome to attend.
4pm in the University Club Faculty Room.

February 27

Eric Hershberg (Simon Fraser University, President of the Latin American Studies Association) 
Eric Hershberg will be presenting a paper at Indiana University Conference: "Area Studies in the Future of Higher Education." The paper is entitled, "Porous Boundaries, Disciplinary Engagement: Foundations for a Reinvigorated Latin American Studies."
Time and Location TBD

Frances Aparicio (University of Illinois at Chicago)
13th Annual Merle E. Simmons Distinguished Alumni Lecture by Frances Aparicio. The lecture is titled, "Cultural Twins and National Others: Allegories of Interlatino Subjectivities in U.S. Latino/a Literature." Reception to follow lecture.
2:30 in the State Room East (Indiana Memorial Union)

Fall 2008

December 2008

December 4

"Platicas"- CLACS, Latino Studies and La Casa Fall 2008 Brown Bag
Archana Sridhar (Law) will present a Brown Bag Lecture titled “The Uncertainty of Death & Taxes: Tax Evasion & Nonprofit Regulation in Post-War Guatemala.” All are welcome to attend.
Noon-1pm in La Casa.

November 2008

November 6

"Platicas"- CLACS, Latino Studies and La Casa Fall 2008 Brown Bag
Serafin Coronel-Molina (Education) will present a Brown Bag Lecture titled “The Sociolinguistics of Indigenous Languages in South America in Contemporary Times.” All are welcome to attend.
Noon-1pm in La Casa.

Richard Bauman Lecture in Performance and Ethnography presented by the Department of Communication and Culture
Inaugural Richard Bauman Lecture in Performance and Ethnography to be 
presented by Professor Charles Briggs, Alan Dundes Distinguished 
Professor in Folklore at the University of California, Berkeley. 
Charles Briggs' presentation is entitled "Bats, Rabies, Reporters, and 
the Wrath of the State."
5:30-6:45 in Swain Hall East, Room 140.

November 8

Graduate students and faculty Brownbag with Professor Charles Briggs of the University of California, Berkeley 
Graduate students and faculty are invited to join Professor Briggs for a brown bag discussion of his work and his longtime collaborations with Professor Richard Bauman. Light refreshments will be provided. Email James Paasche ( or come by the CMCL mailroom for copies of the readings to be discussed.
12 PM-1 PM, Classroom Office Building, Room 100 (800 E. 3rd St)

November 9

"Singing for Social Justice: 1968's Legacy in the Americas" presented by Indiana University's Latin American Music Center, Latino Studies Program, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the African American Arts Institute, with support also from musicians, arrangers, singers, volunteers and other IU departments and organizations as well
Join the world in celebrating the 40th anniversary of the turbulent and unique year of 1968. "Singing for Social Justice" will feature artists Krista Detor, Curtis Cantwell Jackson, Luke Gillespie, Anya Peterson Royce, Yuriria Rodriguez, Hallie Orgel and Priscilla Borges. This musical event will remember the 40 years of the social and political activities of 1968 through songs of social justice of the era. The multi-departmental and community event will unite the three Americas through songs, narration, and pictures. The topics covered in the music are among the most critical issues that arose in 1968, such as civil rights, antiwar sentiments, gender equality, peace, inner city issues, poverty, identity, human rights, land rights, social justice, empowerment, democracy, work relations, social nonconformity, anti-government, student movements, and others.
6pm at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

November 13

Horizons of Knowledge Guest Lecture by Michael Renov Presented by Spanish and Portuguese, Communication and Culture, CLACS, Comparative Lit, Cultural Studies, and Film and Media Studies Program.
Michael Renov is Professor of Critical Studies and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Southern California. His recent work includes The Subject of Documentary and the forthcoming Time Past: The Archaeological Cinema of Peter Fogacs (with Bill Nichols). This lecture will be titled “Documentary, Contemporary Art and the Ethical Function.”
5:30pm in Swain Hall East 105.

November 14

CLACS Symposium 1968 in Latin America: Events, Impacts, Legacies
CLACS invites you to join us for an interdisciplinary symposium on 1968 in Latin America.  Panels will include:
Echoes: 1968 in Hemispheric Perspective
Luis A. González (IU Libraries):1968: An Era in A Year
Alfredo Minetti (IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs): Singing for Social Justice: Reflections and Roundtable Discussion on the Concert
Love-in, Love-out: Gender and Sexuality in 1968
Deborah Cohen (University of Missouri - St. Louis)
Lessie Jo Frazier (IU Department of Gender Studies ): Love-in, Love-out: 1968 Latin American Genders, Sex, and Sexualities in Comparative Persepctive
Emily Maguire (Northwestern University): Plus ça change...Gender and Revolutionary Ideology in Cuban Cinema of 1968
What's Left?: The Shifting Political Landscapes of 1968
Patrick Barr-Melej (Ohio University): "An Orgy of Drugs and Corruption": Rock, Counterculture, and Salvador Allende's Road to Socialism
Jeff Gould (IU Department of History): Solidarity under Siege: Old and New Lefts in the Latin American 1968
1:00-6:00pm in Godfrey Graduate and Executive Education Center CG 1032 (New Business School Building at 1275 E. Tenth Street)

November 18

A Minority Languages & Cultures Program Working Group Session in colloboration with AAADS and American Studies
Olivia Gomes da Cunha (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) will present on the topic of "Afro-Atlantic Voices: Revisiting Lorenzo Dow Turner's 1941 Sound Archive" with Dr. Stephen Selka (AAADS) as a discussant.
4:30 pm in the IMU Walnut Room

October 2008

October 2

"Platicas"- CLACS, Latino Studies and La Casa Fall 2008 Brown Bag
Micol Seigel (African American & African Diaspora Studies/American Studies) will present a Brown Bag Lecture titled “The New Imperialism & the New Cold War: U.S. Police in Latin America Today.” All are welcome to attend.
Noon-1pm in La Casa.

October 10

CLACS Guest Lecture by Aurolyn Luykx
Aurolyn Luykx will deliver a lecture titled "Socialism or Secession? Evo Morales and the Prospects for Democracy in Bolivia," with a discussion to follow the talk.
12pm with a location to be determined.

October 11

Fiesta del Otoño 2008
The City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department proudly presents the third annual Fall Festival. Bring the whole family and learn about our Latin American neighbors at each festival booth where Latino artists and community members from over 15 different countries will showcase their talents, traditions, and diverse heritage. Learn from cooking demonstrations and enjoy authentic Latin foods, peruse the interactive booths and don't forget to dance along to salsa, merengue, reggaeton and more. Live performances from Mariachi Nacional. Free and open to the public.
Noon-4pm at Bryan Park. (Rain Date October 12th)

September 2008

September 20

Festival Latino 2008
This festival is a free outdoor concert open to all campus and community. Held in IU's Dunn Meadow, the concert consists of Latino music groups. This year the festival features Grammy Award Nominee group Sones de Mexico. The event also provides the opportunity for individuals to visit the food, cultural activities and information booths set up throughout the meadow area. The festival is part of the National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and education programs.
Noon-6pm in Dunn Meadow