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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.

Upcoming Events

May 10-October 2

The Ancient Art of Peru exhibit at the IU Art Museum. Location: Raymond and Laura Wielgus Gallery of the Art of Africa, South Pacific, and the Americas, Focalpoint, third floor.

Before the arrival of the Spanish in 1532, Peru had seen the rise and fall of numerous cultures and artistic styles, not just those of the Inca Empire, for which it is so well known. Because these civilizations lacked written records, we gain our understanding of their histories and societies through their art and archaeology. Focusing primarily on ceramics from cultures before the time of the Inca, this installation encourages visitors to explore less familiar arts and traditions. More information.

October 26-28

Richard Scofano and Alfredo Minetti - guest artists for Dr. Anya Peterson Royce's Fall 2016 Sensual Knowledge Course

Richard Scofano is a musician, composer, and bandeonistsa. Besides being a superb bandoneonist and tango musician, one aspect of Richard's art that sets him farther apart from others is that he comes from a particular musical tradition, that of the Chamamé. Chamamé is a traditional folkloric musical genre from Northeastern Argentina, originally influenced by the traditions of native peoples and Europeans who settled in that region. Scofano's approach to Chamamé parallels that of composer and bandoneonist Astor Piazzolla to tango. Scofano is actively renewing the possibilities of the genre - we call it New Chamamé - through the fusion of classical musical forms and harmonies, as well as influences from other world music.

Alfredo Minetti is a musician, scholar, and director of This is Tango Now, María de Buenos Aires, and Carmen.Minetti, PhD in Anthropology, has been offering courses in International Studies on the arts and cross-cultural communication. He is a superb pianist in the classical tradition but also in the music of Argentine tango and the less-well known form of Chamamé. His evening-long theatre pieces have toured the US, Europe, and China. He is working on a book that examines the questions of artistry, interpretation, and partnering. He and Scofano will be offering a lecture-demonstration for the class as well as a performance open to the public.

November 9

Soid Pastrano - guest artists for Dr. Anya Peterson Royce's Fall 2016 Sensual Knowledge Course

Soid Pastrana, who has achieved an international reputation as a painter and printmaker, was born in 1970 in the 7th section of the Isthmus Zapotec city of Juchitán. The 7th is a section of farmers, fisherman, and artisans. Soid spoke only Zapotec until he went to school where he showed a talent for drawing. He went to the School of Design of the Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico, D.F. and has had more than eighty exhibitions throughout Mexico and in the United States, Cuba and Indonesia. His work - lithographs, paintings, posters, party invitations, and book jackets - stuns the eye with its vibrant colors, the colors that define Juchitán. Its fantastiscal scenes impeccably executed are also characteristic of Juchitán art since the great Rufino Tamayo and Francisco Toledo.

More Than Tradition: Latin American Indigenous Film Series

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the Minority Languages and Cultures of Latin American Project (MLCP) and the IU Cinema are proud to invite to our first film series, More than Tradition: Latin American Indigenous Film Series to be held during the Fall 2016. This series sets out to complicate limited and limiting representations of Indigenous peoples as traditional, since that word in popular culture already tends to elicit notions of being bound to antiquity, stuck in the past, unable to catch up to the "modern" world. By highlighting issues of language use, education, creative expression, politics and multinational capitalism, these films show us instead the dynamic and multidimensional nature of Indigenous life in Latin America. The three award-winning films to be showcased are:

  • Daughter of the Lake. (2015, Documentary). Directed by Ernesto Cabellos Damian, Peru. 87 minutes. Director Cabellos Damian is expected to be present at the screening for Q&A. Screening at IU Cinema, Sunday September 25th at 3 pm.
  • Echo of the Mountain (2014, Documentary) Directed by Nicolás Echevarria, USA/Mexico. 92 minutes. Screening at Wells Moving Image Archive (new theater at Wells Library), Thursday October 20th at 7pm.
  • Dauna: Gone with the River (2015, Feature film) Directed by Mario Crespo, Venezuela. 104 minutes. Screening at IU Cinema, Monday December 5th at 7 pm.
Ticket bundles to be made available to faculty interested in incorporating the screening into their syllabi.

We will also have a Roundtable on Monday September 26th at 4pm. In the roundtable, tentatively called (Re)Presentation of/in Indigenous Politics, Director Ernesto Cabellos Damian will be joined by faculty members of the MLCP. Organizers of the event: Serafin Coronel-Molina, Mintzi Martinez-Rivera and Michael Montesano.

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.