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  • Voice and Inequality: A Book Celebration with Professor Claudio HolznerVoice and Inequality: A Book Celebration with Professor Claudio Holzner

    Many countries have a long history of excluding poor people from politics. Holzner and co-author Carew Boulding find, however, that in recent years a majority of Latin American countries have achieved near equality of participation across wealth groups, and in some cases poor people participate more than wealthier individuals. How can this be? Voice and Inequality provides important insights about how the elusive goal of political equality can be achieved even in contexts of elevated poverty and inequality.

  • The Salt Lake region in the Aztec-Mexica Migration Story Codices and historic Maps: Facts or Conjecture?The Salt Lake region in the Aztec-Mexica Migration Story Codices and historic Maps: Facts or Conjecture?

    On Sept 15-16, Dr. Cintli and Tania Pacheco will speak to this ancient story - found in several Mexican Indigenous codices - including La tira de la peregrinacion - that speak to their departure from Aztlan and Chicomoztoc, the seven caves. They will speak to whether this migration actually began in the Salt Lake region. This program is made possible with support from the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Utah, Antelope Island State Park, and Utah Humanities.

  • Summer Nahuatl Brown Bag Series: Closing EventSummer Nahuatl Brown Bag Series: Closing Event

    Join us on August 6th for our last Summer 2021 Nahuatl Brown Bag event. This event will be presented by Mtra. Irma Xóchitl Cuauhtémoc Xicoténcatl, Originaria de Cuauhtlancingo, Puebla, presenting on Persistencia de topónimos y antropónimos and Martín Tonalmeyotl, Originario de la Chilapa Guerrero, presenting on Poesía contemporánea en lengua náhuatl.

  • Summer Nahuatl Brown Bag Series: LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES PRESENTS “From the Codex Saville to the Tira of don Martín: Reevaluating a Nahua Pictorial History”Summer Nahuatl Brown Bag Series: LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES PRESENTS “From the Codex Saville to the Tira of don Martín: Reevaluating a Nahua Pictorial History”

    Alanna S. Radlo-Dzur is an art historian of Indigenous arts in the Americas, specializing in post-classic and early colonial Nahua communities of central Mexico. She is a research specialist at the Getty Research Institute and a doctoral candidate in the Department of the History of Art at Ohio State University.

  • Summer Nahuatl Brown Bag with Dr. Jeff PynesSummer Nahuatl Brown Bag with Jeff Pynes

    Dr. Jeff Pynes has a BA in Linguistics from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Utah. He has conducted a variety of research projects including field work with several North and Central American indigenous languages, most notably Nahuatl and Shoshone.

  • 2021 Summer Nahuatl Brown Bag Series2021 Summer Nahuatl Brown Bag Series

    The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Utah holds an annual Brown Bag Lecture series as part of its Summer Nahuatl Language and Culture Intensive Program. In an effort to create a network of indigenous studies scholars, CLAS organizes weekly Brown Bag Talks with a variety of speakers.

  • Hoocąk in Teejóp: Honoring Indigenous Place Names Through CartographyHoocąk in Teejóp: Honoring Indigenous Place Names Through Cartography

    This presentation uses a story map created in collaboration with the UW-Madison Nelson Institute and the Ho-Chunk Nation to outline three methods for honoring Indigenous language, place names, and histories through cartography.

  • Linguistic Connections of the Americas - Nahuatl and UteLinguistic Connections of the Americas - Nahuatl and Ute

    In partnership with the Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City, join us for a virtual discussion with experts as they discuss two indigenous language groups, Ute and Nahuatl.

  • What is happening in Colombia? A conversation with expertsWhat is happening in Colombia? A conversation with experts

    In this conversation we will discuss the underlying problems that have led people to protest in Colombia, the government’s response to these (and other) mobilizations, and the potential pathways that all the actors involved could take to start resolving the conflict.

  • A Conversation with Roger Mello and Junko YokotaA Conversation with Roger Mello and Junko Yokota

    Junko Yokota, Hans Christian Andersen Award jury president, and Roger Mello, winner of the 2014 HCA Illustrator Award talk about how winning this award has led to increased international attention through exhibitions, collaborative book creations, and jury work.

  • Kuifi ül-Sonido Antiguo: A conversation about contemporary Mapuche creation and their position on indigenous patrimonyKuifi ül-Sonido Antiguo: A conversation about contemporary Mapuche creation and their position on indigenous patrimony

    Chile, where Huichaqueo was born, embraces a racialized concept of citizenry, waging a covert and overt war on the Mapuche people. In retaliation for the defense of their territories against deforestation and other forms of extractivism, the Chilean state continues to prosecute Mapuche activists under a counter-terrorism legislation introduced by the military dictatorship.

  • Creative Construction: The Rise and Stall of Mass Infrastructure in Latin AmericaCreative Construction: The Rise and Stall of Mass Infrastructure in Latin America

    Since 1990, spending on large infrastructure projects has increased across Latin America. This trend is puzzling because it comes at a time of democratization and decentralization thought to hinder investment in long-run and spatially concentrated projects. This talk explains the over-time growth in investment by highlighting the financialization of infrastructure.

  • BIPOC Going Global Career PanelBIPOC Going Global Career Panel

    We coordinate our Going Global event each year for our International & Area Studies’ students in conjunction with the Career and Professional Development Center. This year we want to highlight the global careers and international experiences and language skills of BIPOC individuals and how those skills and experiences have benefitted them in the workplace.

  • A Conversation about the US Latinx Theatre & Performance in the Time of COVID-19A Conversation about the US Latinx Theatre & Performance in the Time of COVID-19

    Join award-winning performance historian Brian Eugenio Herrera to engage in a lively interactive discussion. Professor Herrera will invite questions from our virtual audience members to guide a collaborative conversation about the state of US Latinx theatre and performance today.

  • Conversations and Reflections on the Nahuatl Culture of ChicontepecConversations and Reflections on the Nahuatl Culture of Chicontepec

    This webinar seeks to create a dialogue between Nahua scholars from the Municipality of Chicontepec, northern Veracruz, around their current research involving topics such as language, health, religion and contact with mestizo cultures. Scholars will talk and reflect on contemporary Nahua culture, focusing on the Nahua communities of the Municipality of Chicontepec.

  • Hinckley Forum: The Criminalization of Corruption in Latin AmericaHinckley Forum: The Criminalization of Corruption in Latin America

    The Center for Latin American Studies and the Hinckley Institute of Politics have invited Ezequiel González-Ocantos to discuss his current book project discussing Operation Lava Jato. Operation Lava Jato started in Brazil as a money-laundering case and quickly turned into a full-blown judicial anti-corruption crusade with far-reaching political implications across Latin America.

  • Julián Herbert: Julián Herbert: "Una tarde de literatura" Student Event

    A short discussion with Julián Herbert about his journey and literature.

  • Borderlands ConferenceBorderlands Conference: February 18 & 19

    The Center for Latin American Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Utah are partnering together to bring you readings, Q&A sessions, and a roundtable discussion with our invited authors. Learn more about the authors, when they will be speaking and where on this site.

  • Thrive 125: When Utah was MexicoThrive 125: When Utah was Mexico

    This program will tackle the history of Utah before statehood, when it was Mexican territory, focusing on the significance of this history and what it means to Utah today.

  • Spring 2021 CLAC Info SessionsSpring 2021 CLAC Info Sessions

    Join us for two info sessions to learn more about what CLAC is, how to find and register using CLAC attribute, what classes are being offered this semester, and what the student experience and advantages are in taking a CLAC section. Our CLAC coordinator will be able to answer any questions you may have.

  • International Education Week (IEW) EventsInternational Education Week (IEW) Events

    International and Area Studies (Asia Center, Center for Latin American Studies, International Studies, and Middle East Studies) will be hosting six events during IEW. Make sure to check out what we are offering below and on the IEW website.

  • Filméxico Screening: Identifying Features (Sin Señales Particulares)Filméxico Screening: Identifying Features (Sin Señales Particulares)

    Please join CLAS the Premiere Night film, Identifying Features, a Sundance 2020 film on November 13 at 7pm & 9pm. Along with access to this fantastic Sundance film you will receive access to a pre-recorded discussion with the filmmakers moderated by CLAS director, Claudio Holzner.

  • Covid Lecture SeriesCovid Lecture Series

    The Asia Center and Center for Latin American Studies have partnered together to bring you a Covid series dedicated to informing you about how Covid has impacted politics in Latin America, first-hand experience in Wuhan from a physician on the ground, India's response to the virus, and how Indigenous communities have been impacted. If you were unable to attend, check-out the YouTube links below.

  • Latin American Studies MA Program Virtual Information SessionLatin American Studies MA Program Virtual Information Session

    Come learn more about the interdisciplinary Latin American Studies MA at the University of Utah, which emphasizes advanced language study and breadth of area studies.

  • Impacts of Covid on Indigenous Communities in Latin AmericaImpacts of Covid on Indigenous Communities in Latin America

    Learn more about how Covid has impacted Indigenous communities in Columbia and Brazil. Learn more about our speakers and what they will cover during the discussion below. This event will consist of a 20 minute discussion with each speaker followed by a Q&A.

  •  Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) Info SessionCultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) Info Session

    Join us for an info session to learn more about what CLAC is, how to find and register using CLAC attribute, what classes are being offered in the Spring, and what the student experience and advantages are in taking a CLAC section. Our CLAC coordinator will be able to answer any questions you may have.

  • Virtual Going Global Career Panel 2020Virtual Going Global Career Panel 2020

    Join us for a panel discussion and networking event with employers across industries and disciplines to learn where your degree can take you.

  • FLAS infoForeign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Virtual Info Sessions

    Join us for a virtual info session to learn more about the FLAS scholarship! Please email ias@utah.edu for Zoom information.

  • Social Justice for Latinx Americans and CommunitiesSocial Justice for Latinx Americans and Communities

    In this panel discussion, presenters will address different ways that social justice is sought for Latinx and Hispanic Americans. Panelists consider questions such as: What achievements have been made in the last 70 years for Latinx and Hispanics in America? What types of racism and prejudice do Latinx and Hispanic Americans face today? How do we, in our own communities, encounter and address racism and strive for social justice?

  • Red Ants with Pergentino JoseRed Ants with Pergentino Jose

  • Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City August Culture SeriesMexican Consulate in Salt Lake City August Culture Series

    The Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City will be hosting a virtual Culture Series that will be taking place every Thursday evening this month.

  • Manifest Destiny: The Effects of Our Sea to Shining Sea Expansion on Our Neighbor to the SouthManifest Destiny: The Effects of Our Sea to Shining Sea Expansion on Our Neighbor to the South

    Created in a year-long partnership with Artes de México en Utah, the UMFA presents a unique series of classes designed to explore Mexican history through art. The series consists of three sessions in June, July, and August, each with a unique artistic focus. Taught by Susan Vogel and Fanny Guadalupe Blauer, the final lesson in August will focus on Manifest Destiny.

  • Utah Nahuatl Language and Culture Program Closing EventUtah Nahuatl Language and Culture Program Closing Event

    Join us for the 2020 Utah Summer Nahuatl Language & Culture Program’s Closing Event for an evening of Poetry, storytelling, and music from our esteemed guests!

  • Summer Nahuatl Brown Bag Series: Summer Nahuatl Brown Bag Series: "Nations, Nationalisms, and Indigenas: The Indian in the Chicano/a Revolutionary Imaginary"

    This essay takes up the early political projects of the Chicano movement. “Nations, Nationalisms, and Indígenas: The Indian in the Chicano/a Revolutionary Imaginary,” serves as a point of entry for the discussion of indigeneity from the vantage point of Chicana/o political identities.

  • Summer Nahuatl Brown Bag Series: Perspective and Reflections of the Indigenous Youth Regarding the Conquest of MexicoSummer Nahuatl Brown Bag Series: Perspective and Reflections of the Indigenous Youth Regarding the Conquest of Mexico

    History is said to always be written by the victors. In the case of The Florentine Codex, also known as General History of Things in New Spain, it was written primarily by Nahua intellectuals, although with some Spanish influence. Book 12 in particular contains accounts of the series of events that culminated in the collapse of the Mexican Empire, La Conquista. There are academic publications that emphasize the complexity of this collapse, emphasizing the resistance of the Mexica Empire and the crucial alliances between various original groups and the Spanish. Despite the availability of this information, the Conquest of Mexico is taught in Mexican primary education through a lens that describes the total defeat of the original groups by the Spanish, portraying them as defenseless. It could be said that the Mexican educational system projects a victim mentality and feeds a contemporary hatred towards the Spanish in today’s youth.

  • Summer Nahuatl Brown Bag Series: The Nahuatl Language of la Huesteca in Cultural ProcessesSummer Nahuatl Brown Bag Series: The Nahuatl Language of la Huesteca in Cultural Processes

    Nahuatl is a language of the Yutonahua linguistic trunk distributed throughout regions of Mexico and ranks first with nearly 2 million speakers. Each Nahua territory has its own historical and cultural processes, which implies not only dialect variations, but also distant times and precise places, where they had developments consistent with geography and socialization processes with other indigenous peoples.

  • Brown Bag RSSSummer Nahuatl Brown Bag Series: The Positive Relationship Between the Heritage Language Use and Well-Being in Nahua Communities

    Justyna Olko is professor in the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw and director of its Center for Research and Practice in Cultural Continuity. She specializes in ethnohistory, sociolinguistics, contact linguistics, language endangerment and revitalization as well as decolonizing research practices, with a special focus on Nahua language and culture. Olko is also involved in a program for revitalizing the Nahuatl language and works with researchers and activists committed to revitalizing endangered languages of ethnic minorities in Poland.

  • Brown Bag Series 2Summer Nahuatl Brown Bag Series: Religious Prayers and Songs: The Devotions of the motiochihuanih in Chicontepec

    This presentation focuses on demonstrating and analyzing the religious work carried out by the motiochihuanih (Lit. ‘people who become gods) who are the traditional catechists and rezanderos in the Chicontepec communities. During these devotions, motiochihuanih sing and pray Catholic prayers in Nahuatl, derived from authentic translations. Today they represent religious models for the tlaneltocanih “believers.”

  • Mexican MuralistThe Mexican Muralist Movement: How Passion and Politics Made Mexico a World Stage

    Created in a year-long partnership with Artes de México en Utah, the UMFA presents a unique series of classes designed to explore Mexican history through art. The series consists of three sessions in June, July, and August, each with a unique artistic focus. Taught by Susan Vogel and Renato Olmedo-Gonzalez, in July's lesson we will discuss the history of Mexican muralism.

  • Pablo Higgins RSS finalPablo O’Higgins: How a Young Artist from Utah Became a Mexican Muralist

    Created in a year-long partnership with Artes de México en Utah, the UMFA presents a unique series of classes designed to explore Mexican history through art. The series consists of three sessions in June, July, and August, each with a unique artistic focus. Taught by Susan Vogel and Renato Olmedo-Gonzalez, the first lesson will be centered around Utah-born art activist Pablo O’Higgins.

  • Nahuatl3rd Annual Nahuatl Conference 2020

    CLAS is happy to sponsor the 3rd Annual Nahuatl Conference at UCLA! This webinar features new research on Mesoamerica by 3 teachers and 4 advanced students of the Nahuatl language.

  • Daily Utah ChronicleDaily Utah Chronicle: Spanish LLC

    CLAS and the Honors college are partnering to launch a Spanish speaking Living Learning Community in the Honors Dorms, starting Fall 2020.

  • SundanceCine Mexico en Sundance Film Festival

    Meet the films submitted by Mexican directors/filmmakers that will be featured at the Sundance Film Festival from January 23-February 2. Conoce las propuestas del cine mexicano que estarán presentes el festival de cine de Sundance del 23 de enero al 2 de febrero.

  • FLAS appFLAS Application Now Open for Summer 2019 and Academic Year 2020-2021 Awards!

    The University of Utah offers federally funded Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. The award is open to students in any department who will include language and area study in their course load.Applications are due January 31st for both Summer 2019 and Academic Year 2020-2021 awards.

  • FLAS2019FLAS Scholarship Info Sessions

    FLAS Scholarships are open to U of U students in any department (except the School of Medicine) for the study of a less commonly taught foreign language and related area studies.

  • FilmexicoFilméxico: 2019 Contemporary Mexican Films

    May 17-18, 2019 at Broadway Centre Cinemas. Admission is free!

  • Dolowitz2019 Anne and Sandy Dolowitz Lecture in Human Rights

    "Migration in the Americas: A Panel Discussion about Borders, Humanity, and the State." Thursday, March 28th, 2019.

Last Updated: 9/25/19