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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


World Book Day Exhibition in Wells Library
Herman B. Wells Library - Lobby

An exhibition celebrating World Book and Copyright Day (April 23) is currently on display in the lobby of the Herman B Wells Library. This date marks the day when three of the world's most celebrated literary figures - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Spain), William Shakespeare (England), and Garcilaso de la Vega (Peru) - all died. Established by UNESCO in 1995, World Book and Copyright Day is an international commemoration that honors the literary and cultural heritage of these three influential writers. This celebration traces its origins to Catalonia (Spain), where it has become a tradition to give a rose and a book to a loved one on St. George's Day (April 23).

The exhibition also features a stand-alone slide presentation with information about this international celebration and about Abril de Cervantes, a month-long cultural festival dedicated to Miguel de Cervantes in his hometown, Alcalá de Henares. The festival highlight is the presentation of the Cervantes Prize for Literature, considered the top honor for Spanish-language writers. Spanish novelist, essayist, and playwright, Eduardo Mendoza (1943-) is the most recent recipient of the Cervantes Prize.

April 24th, 11am-1pm

Pop-Up Library: World Book and Copyright Day
Global and International Studies Building - Courtyard

In addition to the display in the Wells Library lobby, the Libraries will have a mobile library at the School of Global and International Studies building for the actual observance of World Book Day on Monday, April 24th. Students, faculty, and any other library users will have the opportunity to check out books from a broad selection of national and international authors at these mobile library stands.

April 24th, 1pm

Through the Looking Glass: What the Author Saw after Being Translated
Slocum Room, Lilly Library

Join CLACS and Brazilian Studies for a dicussion between Brazilian writer Lúcia Bettencourt and Kim M. Hastings regarding the translation of Bettencourt's short-story "A secretária de Borges" / "Borges' Secretary" into English. from acclaimed author Lúcia Bettencourt. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Bettencourt is one of the most dynamic writers in Brazil today. Her first book, the collection of short-stories A secretária de Borges (2005) won the SESC Prize for Literature. A subsequent work, "A cicatriz de Olímpia" (Olympia's Scar), won the inaugural Osman Lins Short Story Contest. She is also the author of Linha de Sombra (short-stories, 2008), the novels O amor acontece: Um romance em Veneza (2012) and O regresso, a última viagem de Rimbaud (2015), as well as four children's books. Kim M. Hastings is a freelance writer, editor, and translator. She spent formative years in São Paulo and studied Brazilian literature at Brown and Yale (PhD 1995). Her work has appeared in The Book of Rio, Words Without Borders, and Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas, among other collections. Her translation of Edgard Telles Ribeiro's PEN Prize-winning novel His Own Man (O punho e a renda) was published by Other Press (US and UK) and Scribe (Australia).

April 24th, 3:30pm

Reading of O regresso, a última viagem de Rimbaud
GISB, GA 2134

The Indiana University Portuguese Program invites you to a reading and conversation with Brazilian writer Lúcia Bettencourt. The author will read passages from her 2015 novel O regresso, a última viagem de Rimbaud and discuss her work. Bettencourt is one of the most dynamic writers in Brazil today. She is the author of A secretá de Borges (2005, SESC Prize for Literature), Linha de Sombra (short-stories, 2008), the novels O amor acontece: Um romance em Veneza (2012) and O regresso, a última viagem de Rimbaud (2015), as well as four children's books.

April 27th, 1pm

The Reception of Jorge Amado's Novels in US Press with Nelson Cerqueira
GISB, GA 1060

In this talk, Nelson Cerqueira (Federal University of Bahia and Hélio Rocha College) will discuss how the US press covered the most well-known novels by Brazilian writer Jorge Amado (Federal University of Bahia and Hélio Rocha College), including Captains of the Sand (1937) and Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon (1958). Emphasis will be given to The New York Times, LA Times and other media associated with Alfred Knopf, Bantam, and Avon Books, publishers of Amado in the US. Some aspects of Amado's visit to Penn State University and the adaptation of his novels to cinema and Broadway will also be discussed.

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.