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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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Mar 2–12, 2017

In the Heights

Brown University Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and Sock & Buskin present their first show of the spring semester 2017. In The Heights conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda (the man behind the Hamilton phenomenon) runs March 2 through 12 in Stuart Theatre on the main campus at Brown University.  In The Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant Cuban, Dominican, and Puerto Rican community in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood—a place where the coffee from the bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the streets explode with the songs and rhythms of three generations. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In The Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations.

  Stuart Theatre

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Mar 2–12, 2017

In the Heights

Brown University Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and Sock & Buskin present their first show of the spring semester 2017. In The Heights conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda (the man behind the Hamilton phenomenon) runs March 2 through 12 in Stuart Theatre on the main campus at Brown University.  In The Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant Cuban, Dominican, and Puerto Rican community in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood—a place where the coffee from the bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the streets explode with the songs and rhythms of three generations. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In The Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations.

  Stuart Theatre

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Feb 23, 2017

Brazil Initiative Spring 2017 Film Series - Girimunho (Swirl, 2011)

The Brazil Initiative's Spring Film Series presents a selection of classic and contemporary films straight out of "another Brazil": the vast and rich world of the country's backlands. This "magical and moving" first feature, somewhere between ethnography and reverie, tells the story of Bastú, an old woman in the arid north of Minas Gerais set adrift after the death of her husband. View a trailer here.

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.   Juokowsky Forum

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Feb 22, 2017

Andrea Allen - Violence, Passion, and Power: Lesbian Women and Cultural Ideologies in Brazil

In this presentation, I will discuss the ways in which Brazilian lesbian women both disturb and reinscribe Brazilian cultural mores surrounding sexuality, gender roles, and violence. Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Salvador da Bahia, I will argue that unlike heterosexual women, Brazilian lesbian women are able to embody cultural norms that emphasize sexual dominance and sexual freedom as integral aspects of Brazilian male authority, privilege, and even Brazilian identity as a whole. Nevertheless, they are also made invisible as citizens who are deemed worthy of full protection and consideration when they are victims of intimate partner violence and seek redress from the state.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.   Juokowsky Forum

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Feb 16, 2017

Brazil Initiative Spring 2017 Film Series - Deus e o diabo na terra do sol (Black God, White Devil, 1964)

The Brazil Initiative's Spring Film Series presents a selection of classic and contemporary films straight out of "another Brazil": the vast and rich world of the country's backlands.  Glauber Rocha's legendary depiction of messianic fervor in the Bahian backlands, operatically intertwining references to the slaughter of the Canudos War, the immemorial desperation of the country's peasants, and the workings of law and violence, is a monument in the history of Brazil's Cinema Novo. Named one of the ten best Brazilian films of all time by the Brazilian Association of Film Critics. View a trailer here.

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

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Feb 16, 2017

Café, té y pan dulce

Come and meet members of the Hispanic Studies faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, teaching assistants, and staff at this casual event. OIP staff will also be present to answer questions about study abroad, and best of all there will be snacks and warm beverages!

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.   Rochambeau Music Room, 84 Prospect Street.

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