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Apr 13, 2017

Thomas Skidmore Memorial Lecture by Joel Wolfe

Joel Wolfe will give the Thomas Skidmore Memorial Lecture this Thursday from 7-9pm in the Joukowsky Forum at the Watson Institute. His talk, "O Grande Brasil: A Spatial History of the Making of a Nation," reinterprets modern Brazilian history by using geography as its starting point. He will discuss how almost every key event, practice, and social arrangement in Brazil was fundamentally shaped by the nation's massive size.

Joel Wolfe is professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His work studies the impact of modernity, industrialism, and trade on Latin American societies and their politics. His primary focus is modern Brazil. His most recent publication was Autos and Progress: The Brazilian Search for Modernity (Oxford 2010). He also published Working Women, Working Men: São Paulo and the Rise of Brazil's Industrial Working Class, 1900-1955 (Duke 1993). He is currently writing a history of trade in the Americas, tentatively titled, "The Global Twenties: Trade and Society in the Western Hemisphere in the 1920s." He was Thomas Skidmore's advisee at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

7pm – 9pm   Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

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Apr 13, 2017

Fractal Caribbean - Modern Hispanic Caribbean Narratives

Talk with Prof. Mayra Santos-Febres, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. This talk will focus on the structural developments of storytelling and worldview in the Contemporary Caribbean. Using the  concept of "reticular configuration" proposed by Edouard Glissant in his essay "Poetiques de relation" and connecting with Chuco's Quintero's argument about body, mulatto music and Afro-Caribbean world view in his essay "Cuerpo y Cultura", I'll be discussing how there is a new proposal in the structuring of the narrative in the novels "Dicen que los dormidos"  (Sergio Guierrez), "La mucama de Omicunlé" (Rita indiana) and in my novels "Fe en disfraz y La amante de Gardel".

5:30pm   Music Room, 84 Prospect Street, Rochambeau House

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Apr 10, 2017

Celebrating Diversity with Ibero-American Cinema: 3 Beauties (3 bellezas)

Carlos Caridad Montero/ Venezuela/ 2014/ 97 min. From the country that boasts over 600 beauty pageants each year comes 3 Beauties, a scathing satire of Venezuela’s fixation with beauty and its relation to social status. Perla is the single mother of two competitive daughters, products of her own unfulfilled childhood obsession to become a beauty queen, and a son who she completely ignores. As the years pass, Perla’s unlimited efforts to achieve her dream through her “two princesses” transforms everyone’s lives into a nightmare. Toddlers & Tiaras meets Pedro Almodóvar in this frantic, devious comedy.

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.   Juokowsky Forum

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Apr 7, 2017

Symposium – The U.S. Immigration Regime and the Politics of Belonging

On April 7, 2017, CSREA will present a symposium entitled, The U.S. Immigration Regime and the Politics of Belonging. How have immigration laws developed over the past century and how do these policies continue to affect the country today? For example, what are the legacies of IRCA and IRRIRA and how are these policies being amended and applied today?

Further, and in light of the Trump administration’s current positions on immigration, recent executive orders as well as public demonstrations and protests, what will define the future of immigration in the U.S.? This symposium will feature a keynote lecture followed by a panel of speakers and a discussion among speakers and the audience. Together, the speaker and panelists will offer a rich, informed and interdisciplinary take on the past, present and possible futures of the U.S. immigration regime, race, ethnicity and the politics of belonging.

3pm – 6:30pm   IBES 130 (Carmichael Auditorium), 85 Waterman Street

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Apr 4, 2017

Celebrating Diversity with Ibero-American Cinema: Ixcanul, Volcano (Ixcanul, Volcán)

Jayro Bustamante/ Guatemala, France/ 2015/ 62 min. Maria, a 17-year-old Mayan girl, lives and works with her parents on a coffee plantation in the foothills of an active volcano in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her: her parents have promised her to Ignacio, the plantation overseer. But Maria doesn’t sit back and accept her destiny. Pepe, a young coffee cutter who plans to migrate to the USA becomes her possible way out. Maria seduces Pepe in order to run away with him, but after promises and clandestine meetings, Pepe takes off, leaving her pregnant, alone and in disgrace. There’s no time to lose for Maria’s mother, who thinks abortion is the only solution. Yet despite her mother’s ancestral knowledge, the baby remains, “destined to live.” But destiny has more in store for Maria: a snakebite forces them to leave immediately in search of a hospital. The modern world Maria has so dreamt about will save her life, but at what price?

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.   Juokowsky Forum

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Mar 22, 2017

Celebrating Diversity with Ibero-American Cinema: The Facilitator (El facilitador)

Víctor Arregui/ Chile, Ecuador, USA/ 2014/ 83 min. A political thriller about human rights, The Facilitator is one of the most successful films to come out of Ecuador in the last few years. When Miguel, a successful businessman, learns he is ill, he asks his estranged daughter Elena to come back to Ecuador. She agrees, but maintains a cold and distant relationship with him, opting to spend most of her time with friends using drugs and alcohol. After a close call with the law, Miguel sends her to spend some time with her grandfather at the family’s estate. In this nostalgic house that bring up so many memories and nightmares, Elena meets her childhood friend Galo, who now promotes water access rights for the indigenous community. Elena is compelled by their way of life and gets involved with the political organization of the community. When her nightmares intensify, Elena starts digging behind the reports of the car accident that supposedly killed her mother. Elena will gradually understand that among family secrets, crimes, corruption, and dark perversions, commitment and beauty can emerge.

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.   Juokowsky Forum

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Mar 22, 2017

Amada Irma Pérez Talk

Please join us for an author presentation by bilingual children’s author Amada Irma Pérez. Amada Irma Pérez will discuss how she incorporates her own life into her books and will answer questions from the audience. Some of her books will be available for purchase.

4pm – 5pm   International Charter School Community Room, 334 Pleasant Street, Pawtucket

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Mar 16, 2017

Churros y chocolate

Come and meet and chat with members of the Hispanic Studies faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, teaching assistants, and staff at this casual event. Best of all there will be snacks and warm beverages!

2pm – 3pm   Rochambeau Music Room, 84 Prospect St. 

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Mar 15, 2017

Voicing Cuba's Transnational Turn

Join the Music Department for "Voicing Cuba's Transnational Turn", an Ethnomusicology colloquium featuring guest speaker Susan Thomas, Associate Professor of Musicology & Women's Studies at the University of Georgia! Susan Thomas is Associate Professor of Musicology and Women’s Studies at the University of Georgia.   A researcher of Cuban and Latin American music, her interests include musical manifestations of and reactions to transnationalism, migration, and diaspora; and embodiment and performativity. Her book,Cuban Zarzuela: Performing Race and Gender on Havana's Lyric Stage (University of Illinois Press, 2009), was awarded the Robert M. Stevenson Prize from the American Musicological Society and the Pauline Alderman Book Award from the International Association of Women in Music.  She has been the recipient of a number of grants and fellowship including year-long residencies in the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.  She is currently completing her second book, The Musical Mangrove: The Transnationalization of Cuban Alternative Music, for Oxford University Press.

6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.   Orwig Music Building, Room 109

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Mar 15, 2017

Visiting Artist Lecture: Tania Bruguera

Artist and social activist Tania Bruguera will deliver a Visiting Artist Lecture hosted by the Department of Visual Art. Through her work, Bruguera spotlights repressive governments and societal systems, most recently touching on the Cuban Revolution and immigrant rights. Her work has been praised, but also reprimanded by governments. As early as 2014, Bruguera was arrested by the Cuban government for attempting to organize a performance that invited people to express their visions for Cuba in Havana’s Revolution Square. 

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.   List Art Building, Room 120, 64 College St.

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Mar 9, 2017

Tango a la Nouvelle Vague: Alusión estética y elusión política en Invasión de Hugo Santiago

Presentation by Professor Brad Epps from Cambridge University, UK. Conducted in Spanish. Invasión (1969), una de las películas de culto más celebradas de la historia del cine argentino, oscila entre el cosmopolitismo y el criollismo, la voluntad estética y la especulación política. Según Jorge Luis Borges, coautor del guión (con Adolfo Bioy Casares): “Invasión es la leyenda de una ciudad, imaginaria o real, sitiada por fuertes enemigos y defendida por unos pocos hombres, que acaso no son héroes. Luchan hasta el fin, sin sospechar que su batalla es infinita”. Según Hugo Santiago, el director: la película relata “una historia cerrada que, gracias a . . . la invención fantástica y al estilo, funciona como un objeto que se pone a girar solo” pero que también se nutre de la idea de una incursión por una fuerza imperialista. En esta charla, se examinará, a través de una obra maestra del quehacer cinematográfico latinoamericano, algunos de los cruces y conflictos entre la experimentación artística, marcada por la elipsis, el enigma y la recursividad, y la crítica ideológica, marcada por la conspiración, la resistencia y la rebelión.

9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.   Rochambeau Music Room, 84 Prospect Street.

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Mar 8–22, 2017

Deconstructing the Caribbean: A Discussion Series

This will be a great discussion series!! Hoping to have great attendance, and one that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the Caribbean. Discussions and dates below and in poster:  Wednesday, March 8: Race, Class, Nationality  Wednesday, March 15: Desirability Politics & Aesthetics of Beauty Wednesday, March 22: Hegemonic & Toxic Constructs  All will take place in Wilson 102 from 5-7 pm.    

  Wilson 102 

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Mar 7, 2017

Colloquium and Roundtable: European rhetoric and images for the Americas: The world of Diego Valadés, Franciscan artist and humanist

Join us for a colloquium and roundtable discussion with participants including Linda Báez Rubí (Berlin/UNAM Mexico), Byron Hamann (Ohio State University), Andrew Laird (Brown University), Jeffrey Muller (Brown University) and Ken Ward (John Carter Brown Library). The first half of the program (3:00-4:30) will take place in the conference room of the JCB. The second half of the program (4:45-6:30), including a show & tell, will take place in the MacMillan Reading Room. 

3pm – 6:30pm   MacMillan Reading Room.

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