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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.

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Upcoming Events

February 22nd, 2018

Maya Culutral Night: Poetry, Art, and Music

This event is a dialogue and performance of Maya art, poetry, and culture highlighted by readings by Wildernain Villegas Carrillo. Wildernain Villegas Carrillo is an educator, writer, and poet and in 2008 was the premier winner of the Netzalhualcóyoti Prize for Literature in Mexican Languages. Prof. Castaneda will discuss issues of Maya language revitalization and translation in contemporary Yucatan, Mexico. Lic. Edber Dzidz Yam (CIESAS Mexico) will further expand the discussion on Maya culture. Light refreshments will be served. This event is organized by Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and OperaMaya.

February 23rd-24th, 2018

7th Annual CLACS Graduate Student Conference - "Fights for the Future: Revisiting Politics, Perspectives, and Place"

We would like to invite you to the 7th Annual CLACS Graduate Student Conference, taking place on Friday, February 23rd and Saturday, February 24th, 2017. Both internal and external graduate scholars will present their research pertaining to this year's theme "Fights for the Future: Revisiting Politics, Perspectives, and Place". This conference aims to promote discussion and intellectual interventions that facilitate change in local and global communities connected to Latin America. This year our keynote speaker is Dr. Ralph Armbruster, Professor of Chican@ Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His keynote address will be on Friday February 23rd at 4pm in Hodge Hall 1055. He has been actively involved in struggles for human rights, labor rights, and social justice on the national, state, and local levels. In his keynote lecture for the CLACS Graduate Conference he will explore the movement to shut down the School of the Americas (SOA), a controversial U.S.-based and funded military institution that trained Latin American soldiers who later committed human rights abuses and massacres. For nearly twenty-five years, activists literally "crossed the line," risking arrest and a hefty fine, in the hopes that the SOA might be permanently closed. During this same time period (1990s), Chicana/o, Latina/o undergraduate students on three California university campuses went on hunger strikes. These students hungered for justice, for a "world where many worlds fit," as the Zapatistas in Chiapas proclaimed in 1994. In today's perilous times, many people have a similar desire and have taken great risks, but not much has seemingly changed. What will it take to stop injustice and suffering on our campuses, in the Americas, and in our world? A reception with light refreshments will be provided following the speech.

Outside Event Promotion Policy

CLACS will gladly help promote events/opportunities via the CLACS e-mail list as long as the following criteria are met:

  • The event/opportunity is about or related to Latin America or the Caribbean AND
  • The person advertising the event is affiliated with CLACS
Events/announcements that do not meet the above criteria may be submitted for our weekly newsletter, Novedades/Novidades, which is sent out weekly on Wednesdays.

For inclusion in Novedades/Novidades:
Events or announcements to be included in Novedades/Novidades must be sent to by 5pm Tuesday. Priority for inclusion is given to those events and announcements related to Latin American or the Caribbean. CLACS reserves the right to exclude any events/announcements that are not relevant or appropriate for inclusion in the newsletter.