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Nov 16, 2017

What I Am Thinking About Now: Laura López-Sanders

"What I Am Thinking About Now" is an on-going informal workshop/seminar series to which faculty and graduate students are invited to present and discuss recently published work and work in progress. All are invited to attend and participate.

12pm – 1pm   CSREA, Lippitt House, 96 Waterman Street

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Oct 25, 2017

What I Am Thinking About Now: Colin Channer

"What I Am Thinking About Now" is an on-going informal workshop/seminar series to which faculty and graduate students are invited to present and discuss recently published work and work in progress. All are invited to attend and participate.

12pm – 1pm   CSREA, Lippitt House, 96 Waterman Street

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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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