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CLACS announces line-up of events for spring 2020

February 11, 2020

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University (CLACS) is pleased to release its list of events for the spring 2020 semester. Please note that new events may be added over the coming weeks.

CLACS is pleased to partner with several units across campus, including the Watson Institute for International Public Affairs and Hispanic Studies, to bring a wide range of programming to the Brown and surrounding communities.

This semester's highlights include a graduate student symposium, a showcase of posters created by students who received funding from CLACS to conduct their fieldwork, and presentations by our undergraduate concentrators.

For more information, please check our Events page.

All CLACS events are free and open to the public, and all are welcome!

Spring 2020 CLACS Events


Friday, February 21, The Mexican Revolution on the World Stage: Intellectuals and Film in the Twentieth Century (2019). Book presentation by Adela Pineda (Boston University). Joukowsky Forum, noon. Co-sponsored by CLACS, the Department of Hispanic Studies, and the Cogut Institute for the Humanities. 

Monday, February 24, CLACS Graduate Student Symposium, Joukowsky Forum, 1 to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, February 25, “Tourism, Industrial Learning and the "Beckles Hypothesis: The Political Economy of Barbados,” Jay Mandle, W. Bradford Wiley Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Colgate University. Joukowsky Forum, noon.


Monday, March 2, “Changing the Refugee Narrative through Fashion,” Mohamed Malim (Founder of Epimonia). Joukowsky Forum, noon. Part of the Lectureship on Borders.

Tuesday, March 3, Back from the Field Poster Session. 280 Brook Street Agora, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11, “Undesirables: A Queer History of Latinx Challenges to U.S. Immigration Policy,” Julio Capó, Jr. (Florida International University). Joukowsky Forum, noon.

Wednesday, March 11, “Writing History in the Sixteenth Century: Remarking the Boundaries of a Discipline in the New Spain,” Serge Gruzinski. Smith-Buonanno Hall, 5:30 p.m. Co-sponsored with the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World at Brown. 

Monday, March 16, “Aires Andinas: Identity, Representation, and the Ethics of Playing Andean Music in Buenos Aires,” Lauren Deal (PhD Candidate in Anthropology) & Juan Malagamba (UNA-Argentina). McKinney Conference Room, noon. This event will be held in Spanish and English.

Tuesday, March 31, “What’s happening in the World? Understanding global political crises and charting a way forward.” Joukowsky Forum, Time TBD. Organized with the Department of Africana Studies and the Center for Middle East Studies.


Wednesday, April 1, “The War We Have Not Seen/La guerra que no hemos visto,” Colombian filmmaker Juan Manuel Echavarría, Joukowsky Forum, noon. Organized with the Department of Hispanic Studies. Part of the Lectureship on Borders.

Thursday, April 2, Screening of Requiem NN with Colombian filmmaker Juan Manuel Echavarría, Joukowsky Forum, noon. Organized with the Department of Hispanic Studies. Part of the Lectureship on Borders.

Wednesday, April 15, “Érase una vez @ Brown/Once Upon a Time @ Brown.” Presentations by members of the LACA course on Storytelling in the Americas, Location TBD, 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 16, Symposium on Haiti. Joukowsky Forum, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Monday, April 20, “Literatura diaspórica venezolana,” Gustavo Guerrero (Université de Cergy-Pontoise, UFR Langues et Etudes Internationales). Joukowsky, noon. Please note that this talk will be given in Spanish. Part of the Lectureship on Borders.

Tuesday, April 21, “Building Solidarities of Family Separation.” Symposium on Immigration & Adoption. Joukowsky Forum, noon. Co-sponsored by CLACS.

Friday, April 24, Book Launch: Congahead by Martin Cohen. Hosted by Professor Richard Snyder (Political Science). True North Classroom, 4 p.m. Co-sponsored with the Watson Institute.


Monday, May 4, “Invisible Cities: Indigenous Resistance in Urban Colombia,” Colombian indigenous activist Maria Violet Medina Quiscue. Joukowsky Forum, noon. Co-sponsored by Native American and Indigenous Studies at Brown and organized by Witness for Peace. Please note that this talk will be given in Spanish with English translation provided.

Thursday, May 7, CLACS Paper Presentations. Joukowsky Forum, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.