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CLACS sponsors and hosts a variety of academic conferences, lectures, and symposia throughout the year to foster dialogue between faculty and practitioners and to help to promote research in a variety of disciplinary and professional fields related to Latin America and the Caribbean. Our ongoing events include the Latin American Research Forum and the annual Graduate Student Conference. Please sign up for our e-newsletter Novedades for more related events on the IU campus or surrounding community. View past events here.

Upcoming Events

November 16, 2015

Latin Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo Concert at 8pm in the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. More >>

November 18 and 19, 2015

Cuban Diplomat Carlos Alzugaray Treto

  • Wednesday 11/18: Cuban-U.S. Relations at 4pm in the President's Hall.
  • Thursday 11/19: Cuban Futures: the short term and the long term at 12pm in the Global & International Studies Auditorium with introductory remarks by Dr. Gerardo Gonzalez. View the flyer for more information.

Ambassador Carlos Alzugaray Treto (1943) became a Cuban Foreign Service Officer in 1961 until 1996. He served in Japan, Bulgaria, Argentina, Canada, Ethiopia and Belgium. His last two posts were Advisor on Global Political Affairs for the Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the European Union. From 1980-1996 he shared his diplomatic profession with his work as a lecturer and scholar on International Relations. In 1997 he became a full Professor at the Higher Institute of International Affairs and finished his PhD dissertation on Cuban-US relations in 1959-1961. Until 2012 he taught also at the University of Havana, at the National Defense College and at the Academy of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, all in Cuba. He was also Visiting Professor or Scholar at universities or higher learning institutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Spain and Italy. He has won 5 annual awards for Outstanding Teaching and two for Outstanding Research. From 1982 on he started publishing articles and books on international relations and Cuban politics. His work has appeared in the form of three books and more than 100 articles, book chapters, essays or blogs. He has been awarded the National Critic Prize for outstanding non fiction book and was runner up two times to the International Award for Socio-Historical literature established by Casa de las Américas in Havana. Between 2000 and 2012 he was a member of the Social Sciences Section of the Cuban Academy of Sciences. He has been member and executive of several Latin American social science professional associations, among them the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and the Asociación Latinoamericana de Ciencia Política (ALACIP). Since retiring from active teaching at Havana University in 2012, he has been active as a member of the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists (UNEAC) and the editorial board of Temas, one of the most important Cuban social science & humanities quarterly.

December 4, 2015

Batuque - Latin American Ensemble concert at 8pm; curated by CLACS Visiting Fulbright Scholar Carlos Sandroni.
Location: Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center.

"Batuque" is a Portuguese word derived from the verb "bater," or "to hit." It was used since the 19th century in printed sources to describe music and dance by enslaved Africans in Portuguese America. In late-nineteenth century, musical scores using "batuque" as a title or as a genre used syncopation and, allegedly, were inspired by African-Brazilian traditional music. This concert will feature two important pieces titled "Batuque," one composed in 1873 by Henrique Alves de Mesquita and another one in 1913 by Ernesto Nazareth. Additionally, the concert program will include a collection of 20th century Brazilian music related to popular merriment, such as samba and frevo. It will also feature the guest appearance of the Butler University Women's Chorus, conducted by Dr. John Perkins and Visiting Fulbright Scholar Patricia Costa.

December 9, 2015

Our Lady of Many Causes: Religion and the Politics of Heritage in Bahia, Brazil by Stephen Selka, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies. Part of the Latin American Research Forum. More >>

March 3-5, 2016

ACCESS and CONTROL: Resources and Technology in the Global South. CLACS Graduate Student Conference. More >>