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In Spring 2016, the MLCP will be holding a Brown Bag lunch series featuring IU and visiting scholars on the following dates. All talks will take place at noon in the Global and International Studies Building room 2067:

CLACS is extremely excited to present this year's MLCP Brown Bag series! This year's series will feature IU and visiting scholars on the following dates. All talks will take place in the Global and International Studies Building room GA 2067.

  • February 23rd, 2017 (12pm)
    Brazilian Folk and Popular Music for the Violin - Lecture Demonstration

    Raimundo Nilton Silva, Escola de Musica de Brasilia and the IPFW Community Arts Academy - String Camp

  • March 23rd, 2017 (12pm)
    Latin American Music Scholarship: Negotiating Intellectual Histories, Research Philosophies, and Political Priorities between Latin America and the United States

    Javier Leon - Director, IU Latin American Music Center

  • March 29th, 2017 (7pm)
    Afro-Cuban Music, the Last 30 Years: Meet and Greet Michael Spiro, Professor of Percussion and Grammy Nominee

    Michael Spiro - Associate Professor, Jacobs School of Music

  • April 19th, 2017 (12pm)
    Maroma Music: A Textual Analysis

    Julian Carrillo - PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology


In Spring 2016, the MLCP will be holding a Brown Bag lunch series featuring IU and visiting scholars on the following dates. All talks will take place at noon in the Global and International Studies Building room 2067:

  • January 19, 2016
    Isthmus Zapotec Artists and Their Art: Image Word and Sound

    Featuring Dr. Anya Peterson Royce, Chancellor's Professor of Anthropology and Comparative Literature at Indiana University.
    Dr. Peterson Royce will speak on the rich and continuous tradition of visual art, poetry and music among the Isthmus Zapotec of Juchitán. For more details, view the flyer or visit the CLACS past events page.

  • February 2, 2016
    "Eternal Praise to the Brave Warriors": Indeterminacies of Nationhood in Jesús De Machaca, Bolivia.

    Featuring Karl Swinehart, Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Humanities at the University of Louisville. More info >>.

  • March 3, 2016
    Paraguayan language attitudes: How much Jopará is too much?

    Featuring Elizabeth M. Herring, Visiting Lecturer in the IU Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

  • April 7, 2016
    An Evolutionary Perspective on Cultural Change at an Amazonian Ethnic Boundary.

    Featuring John Bunce, Visiting Assistant Professor in the IU Department of Anthropology.


  • Language and Education in Haiti: Reviving the Réforme Bernard, September 26, 2014
  • Expressing Indigenous Culture in Highland and Lowland South America, March 26, 2015


  • Teaching and Learning Citizenship and Dignidad across the Latino Diaspora, March 27, 2014
  • Indians, Coyotes, and Human Rights on the Mexican Border. A talk by Dr. Victor Clark-Alfaro, November 5, 2013
  • Graduate Student Round Table, 2013


  • Spring Institute. "Re-thinking Popular Cultures," May 10-11, 2013
  • La Cohabitation du francais. A talk by Dr. Rogeda Dorce Dorcil, April 18, 2013
  • Soul Train Unbound. A talk by Dr. Andrea Queeley, April 15, 2013
  • Freedoms in the Jungles. A talk by Dr. Claudia Leal March 21, 2013
  • Graduate Student Round Table, November 30, 2013
  • Sightseeing the End of the World, November 28, 2012
  • Indigenous Airwaves: The Mapuche Struggle, October 19, 2012
  • The Social Construction of Quechua, September 07, 2012


  • The Challenge of Being Recognized: Politics and Culture in the Struggle for Afro-Descendant Rights in Chile. A talk by Cristian Baez Lazcano, April 24, 2012
  • Performing Indigeneity and the Politics of Possibility: From Amazonia to Wallstreet and Beyond. A talk by Beth Conklin, March 28, 2012
  • Estado Plurinacional, Derechos Afrodescendientes, y Desigualidad Racial en Ecuador. A talk by Carlos de la Torre and Jhón Antón Sánchez, November 30, 2011.


  • Graduate Student Round Table, December 3, 2010
  • Defining Intangible Cultural Heritage in Latin America–UNESCO and National Initiatives. A talk by Dr. Anthony Seeger, October 21, 2010.
  • An Afternoon Chat with Dr. Gustavo Esteva, October 4, 2010


  • Spring Institute, May 20–21, 2010
  • Working Group Conversation with Bret Gustafson and Guillermo de la Peña, April 8, 2010
  • Graduate Student Round Table, March 26, 2010
  • A conversation with Dr. Elinor Ostrom, March 8, 2010
  • The Huarpe Archives: Indigenous Resilience and Revisionism in "White" Argentina. A talk by Diego Escolar, November 30th, 2009
  • Border Crossings: Southern Guerrero, Migrations, and Black-Indianness. A talk by Laura Lewis, October 29th, 2009


  • Two events with Michael F. Brown on Indigenous Heritage and the Changing Prospects of Fieldwork in Amazonian Peru. March 4 & 5, 2009
  • Afro-Atlantic Voices: Revisiting Lorenzo Down Turner's 1941 Sound Archive. A talk by Olivia Gomes da Cunha. November 18, 2008
  • Faculty Roundtable on Cultural Heritage and Politics. October 10, 2008


  • Voice and Biliteracy in Indigenous Language Revitalization: Contentious Educational Practices in Quechua, Guarani, and Maori Contexts. A talk by Nancy Hornberger, April 19, 2008
  • Gender and the Public Representation of Indigeneity in Native Amazonia: The Xavante of Central Brazil. A talk by Laura R. Graham, February 29, 2008
  • Politics of Language in the Production and Reception of Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto," November 27, 2007
  • Computational Linguistics in Nahuatl and Mayan Languages, October 2, 2007
  • Perspectives on Afro-Peruvian Music and Online Quechua and Aymara, September 21, 2007
  • Using Digital Resources to Promote Minority Language Learning in Chile – Mapudungún and Aymara, April 23, 2007
  • Reconfiguring the Political Landscape after the Multicultural Turn: Law, Politics, and the Spatialization of Difference in Colombia, April 6, 2007
  • Mesoamerican Working Group Meeting, February 23, 2007
  • Curating Heritage in the Americas, February 2, 2007
  • Quechua Language Resources at Indiana University, November 10, 2006