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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

March 21st

Brazilian Film Series
The IU Portuguese Program invites you to the screening of two Brazilian movies. Both films are free and will be shown with English subtitles:

  • Boi Neon, Tuesday, March 21 at 6pm, Global Studies Building 0005: In the arid Brazilian Northeast, bull handlers migrate between rodeos to carry out grueling work. Though unexpected, one handler, Iremar (Juliano Cazarré), dreams of becoming a tailor of fashionable women's clothing. His work partners travel, live and work together, forming an unlikely but warm familial group. The momentous growth of the region's clothing industry awakens new desires in Iremar, who longs for an outlet for his creativity. Boi Neon has garnered wide acclaim, nominated for nine awards and winner of seven at film festivals in Hamburg, Rio, Toronto and Venice.

The Minority Languages & Culture Project Spring 2017 Brown Bag Series - Music and Power: The Power of Music

CLACS is extremely excited to present this year's MLCP Brown Bag series! All lectures will be held in GA 2067.

  • "Latin American Music Scholarship: Negotiating Intellectual Histories, Research Philosophies, and Political Priorities between Latin America and the United States"
    March 23rd, 12pm: Javier Leon, Director, IU Latin American Music Center
  • "Afro-Cuban Music, the Last 30 Years: Meet and Greet with Michael Spiro, Professor of Percussion and Grammy Nominee"
    March 27th, 7pm: Michael Spiro, Associate Professor, Jacobs School of Music
  • "Maroma Music: A Textual Analysis"
    April 19th, 12pm: Julian Carrillo, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology

April 24th

Through the looking glass: What the author saw after being translated
Location TBA

Join CLACS and Brazilian Studies for a visit from acclaimed author Lúcia Bettencourt. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Lúcia Bettencourt is one of the most innovative and dynamic writers in Brazil today. Bettencourt holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Brazil's Universidade Federal Fluminense, in Rio de Janeiro. Her first book, the highly acclaimed collection A secretária de Borges, won the SESC Prize for Literature and quickly became one of the publisher's bestselling titles; it is currently in its second edition. A subsequent work, "A cicatriz da Olímpia" (Olympia's Scar), won the inaugural Osman Lins Short Story Contest and appeared in a compilation of notable contemporary Brazilian fiction. Ms. Bettencourt was also awarded the prestigious Josué Guimarães Prize for three as-yet unpublished stories. Her second collection, Linha de sombra (Shadow Line), was recently released and has received numerous favorable reviews. This event will be a conversation in English about the translation of one of her short stories.

April 25th

Reading "O regresso, a última viagem de Rimbaud"
Location TBA

Acclaimed Brazilian author, Lúcia Bettencourt will read a passage of her novel O regresso, a última viagem de Rimbaud (The Return, Rimbaud's Last Trip, 2015). Bettencourt will be joined by Nelson Cerqueira for a conversation with the audience following the reading. Cerqueira is an IU alumnus, previous Rector of the University Center of Bahia, current Professor at the University of Bahia, Brazil, and a recently-elected member of the Academia Brasileira de Letras da Bahia (Academy of Letters of Bahia, Brazil). This event is entirely in Portuguese.

Summer 2017

Haitian Creole Summer Language Workshop
Indiana University-Bloomington

Program Summary: The intensive, proficiency-based Introductory Haitian Creole curriculum features 20 contact hours weekly and a rich co-curricular program, including language tables, films, clubs, cooking demonstrations, and lectures with area studies specialists. Participants study in small, student-focused classes with highly qualified instructors from around the globe, while preparing for study abroad or foreign service by working with authentic materials and gaining cultural proficiency. Classes are held on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, IN, with morning sessions Monday-Friday and extracurricular activities in the afternoons. Program participants earn transferable IU credit and have access to university libraries, recreational facilities, and public transit. On-campus housing is available but not required. Graduate students, undergraduates, and professionals from the United States and abroad are welcome to participate. Summer Language Workshop staff work with international graduate students to help arrange necessary visa support.
Application & Deadline: The Summer Language Workshop application and program information is available online here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 1, 2017. All courses are contingent upon enrollment.
Tuition & Fees: All participants in the Workshop pay in-state tuition rates. Applicants should refer to the SWSWEEL website for further information:

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.