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The Salt Lake region in the Aztec-Mexica Migration Story Codices and historic Maps: Facts or Conjecture?
Land of Cranes and the Moon Within with Aida Salazar
A Celebration of Children’s and YA Latin American and Latinx Literature at the Library of Congress
Conversaciones y Reflexiones sobre la Cultura Nahua
Dia de Los Muertos Altar
Filméxico 2021 lineup will feature prominent works by Afro Mexican and Indigenous filmmakers, as well as seasoned, new and local talent. We will also present a series of panel discussions with Mexican filmmakers, Utah community leaders and cultural binational specialists and allies.
TÍO YIM / UNCLE YIM, DIR. LUNA MARÁN
About Luna Marán: Native of the Zapotec community of Guelatao de Juárez, Oaxaca, she is part of the second generation of filmmakers in her community. She is cofounder of CAI, Aquí Cine, Cine Too Lab, JEQO and Brujazul, with which she produced the film Los años azules (2017), winner of 10 awards and nominated as Best directorial debut in the Arieles 2018. She is director of Me parezco tanto a ti (2011) and Tío Yim (2019) and producer of Cock’s Quickie (2021).
BOCA DE CULEBRA / SNAKE’S MOUTH, DIR. ADRIANA OTERO
Chicán (chi´kaan), Mayan word that means ‘snake's mouth’, is a small Mayan community in the south of Yucatan where for generations its inhabitants have been born with a particular characteristic and share the same surnames. This documentary portrays the life of a family from that place and their resilience in a village where tradition will continue unless someone breaks the cycle.
NEGRA / BLACK WOMAN, DIR. MEDHIN TEWOLDE
“Negra” shows the director in her search of exploring what it means to inhabit Mexico as a black woman. It tells the story of five afro-descendant women from southern Mexico, exposing racism, resistance and processes of self-acceptance, strategies for transcending stereotypes, and the celebration of their identity.
LA FELICIDAD EN LA QUE VIVO / THE HAPPINESS IN WHICH I LIVE, DIR. CARLOS MORALES
Building an asylum for the LGBT + community is the dream of Samantha, an 88-year-old trans woman. The happiness in which she lives is an emotional story that evokes reflection on inclusion. Samantha tells what her life has been like, love, family, old age but above all the importance of continuing to have dreams as incentives to continue on the final stage of life.
Filméxico is made possible by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Utah and Salt Lake Film Society (SLFS).
Florentine Codex: Life and Art form the Nahuatl World/ El Códice Florentino: Vida y Arte del mundo Náhuatl
LASA Center Director Section Series: Indigeneity, Afro-descendants, and other marginalized populations in Latin America Monthly Speaker Series 2021-2022Guest Speakers: Moderator: Our panelists will discuss the strategies they used to survive and excel in a racist society and institutions. The challenges of diversifying its institutions by giving access to non-white-mestizo students and teachers. The strategies to decolonize the curricula and the prospects of democratizing access to education in Ecuador.
This event is organized and moderated by Dr. Carlos de la Torre and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida and will count with the participation of Dr. John Antón (Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales, Ecuador), Dr. Luis Alberto Tuaza (Universidad Nacional de Chimborazo, Ecuador), and Dr. Jean Rahier (Observatorio de Justicia para Frodescendiente en Latinoamérica).
Cécile Accilien, Kennesaw State University,
Aisha Finch, Emory University
Bonnie Lucero, University of Houston –Downtown
Main contact: Stephen Wilkinson: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is commonly understood that the exceptional raceless Cuban national identity is rooted in the 19th Century wars of independence that combined the struggle for abolition with the struggle for independence, thereby pitting African-descended and European-descended Cubans together in a common fight for liberty, both from enslavement and colonial control. This roundtable brings together three renowned scholars to discuss the ways in which nineteenth-century Cubans of African descent reimagined Cuban national identity and independence. Attending to the experiences of women as well as men, the panel will explore how African descended slaves and free blacks rebelled prior to the first War of Independence of 1868, asking whether it can be argued that a vision of a future raceless society might have been an aim of these insurrectionists, possibly inspired by the Haitian Revolution.
Cécile Accilien is Professor and Chair in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. She co-edited and contributed to two collections of essays, Revolutionary Freedoms: A History of Survival, Strength and Imagination in Haiti.
Aisha Finch is Acting Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. She is the author of Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba: La Escalera and the Insurgencies of 1841-1844, and the co-editor, with Fannie T. Rushing, of Breaking the Chains, Forging the Nation: The Afro-Cuban Fight for Freedom and Equality, 1812-1912.
Bonnie A. Lucero is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Latino Studies, University of Houston-Downtown. She is the author of Revolutionary Masculinity and Racial Inequality: Gendering War and Politics in Cuba and A Cuban City, Segregated: Race and Urbanization in the Nineteenth Century.
Past Partnership Events
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?
- Kristina Baines PhD, Guttman Community College, CUNY
- Mayra Cedano, Executive Director, Comunidades Unidas
- Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz PhD, Loyola University Chicago
- Ed Muñoz PhD, University of Utah
- Enrique Ochoa PhD, California State University, Los Angeles
Latin American countries have been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the impacts exacerbated by weak social protection, decaying health-care systems, and profound socioeconomic inequalities. The economic consequences are also dire, with the region facing its worst recession in a century, pushing the number of people living in poverty up by 45 million. This panel will examine government responses to the pandemic in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela, and explore the long-term political implications for the region.
Film Synopsis: Middle-aged Magdalena has lost contact with her son after he took off with a friend from their town of Guanajuato to cross the border into the US, hopeful to find work. Desperate to find out what happened to him, she embarks on an increasingly dangerous journey to discover the truth.
The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Utah and Artes de México en Utah are excited to present Thrive 125: When Utah was Mexico. For educators and beyond, 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. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Armando Solorzano and Sherman Fleek to the conversation, and poets from Mentes Activas Utah to introduce the event.
A short discussion with Julián Herbert about his journey and literature.
Cristina Rivera Garza received a BA (1987) from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and PhD (1995) from the University of Houston. She was affiliated with San Diego State University (1997–2004), ITESM-Campus Toluca (2004–2008), and the University of California at San Diego (2008–2015) prior to joining the faculty of the University of Houston in 2016, where she is a distinguished professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies and leads the graduate Spanish-language creative writing concentration. Her recent publications in Spanish include Autobiografía del algodón (2020), the poetry collection La fractura exacta (2020), and the audiobook Ciudad XY (2020), and additional works translated into English include the essay collections The Restless Dead: Necrowriting and Disappropriation (2013/2020), Grieving: Dispatches from a Wounded Country (2011/2020), and La Castañeda Insane Asylum: Narratives of Pain in Modern Mexico (2010/2020).
Julián Herbert was born in Acapulco in 1971. He is a writer, musician, and teacher, and is the author of The House of the Pain of Others and Tomb Song, as well as several volumes of poetry and two story collections. He lives in Saltillo, Mexico.\
Born in Veracruz, Mexico, in 1982, Fernanda Melchor is widely recognized as one of the most exciting new voices of Mexican literature. Her novel Hurricane Season and collection This Is Not Miami are both forthcoming from New Directions.
Eduardo Halfon was born in Guatemala City, moved to the United States at the age of ten, went to school in South Florida, studied industrial engineering at North Carolina State University, and then returned to Guatemala to teach literature for eight years at Universidad Francisco Marroquín. Named one of the best young Latin American writers by the Hay Festival of Bogotá, he is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Roger Caillois Prize, José María de Pereda Prize for the Short Novel, and Guatemalan National Prize in Literature. He is the author of fourteen books published in Spanish and three novels published in English: Mourning, winner of the International Latino Book Award and Edward Lewis Wallant Award, finalist for the Kirkus Prize, Neustadt International Prize, and Balcones Fiction Prize, and longlisted for the PEN Translation Prize; Monastery, longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award; and The Polish Boxer, a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection. Halfon currently lives in Nebraska, frequently travels to Guatemala, taught creative writing at the University of Iowa, and recently received a fellowship from Columbia University to write his next book in Paris.
Ezequiel González-Ocantos, Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford; Professional Fellow, Nuffield College
Operation Lava Jato started in Brazil as a money-laundering case. It quickly turned into a full-blown judicial anti-corruption crusade with far-reaching political implications across Latin America because the same companies at the heart of the Brazilian scandal offered kickbacks to public officials in at least 8 other countries. Critics see the prosecutorial zeal behind some of the national chapters of Lava Jatoas yet another instance of “lawfare.” For others, however, it anticipates a new era of accountability and political regeneration. In this talk I discuss a current book project, which asks two sets of questions. First, what explains why the investigation gained momentum and delivered results in some countries but not others? The answer looks at the legacy of capacity-enhancing reforms in Latin America’s prosecution services as well more immediate determinants of prosecutorial zeal and effectiveness. Second, the book relies on focus groups and original surveys to understand the impact of Lava Jato on public opinion. What kind of emotions and attitudes towards corruption and politics do voters experience when exposed to these shocks? Does LavaJato reinforce or curb political cynicism? Are all Lava Jato’s created equal, or does the way in which different investigations unfold shape emotional and attitudinal responses?
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.
Fanny Guadalupe Blauer, Artes de Mexico en Utah
Abelardo de la Cruz de la Cruz, Associate Instructor, World Languages and Cultures, University of Utah
Eduardo de la Cruz Cruz, Director de IDIEZ and Estudiante de doctorado en la Universidad de Varsovia
PhD. Jacinta Toribio Torres, Universidad Veracruzana Intercultural, Campus Huasteca
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. Private sector involvement in infrastructure projects created a fiscal illusion in which the costs of infrastructure accrued off government balance sheets. Politicians shifted the extremely high costs on to future governments. Private sector financing also resulted in an arena shift in which legislatures were cut out of budget decisions made primarily within finance ministries. Presidents allocated or renegotiated infrastructure contracts to finance their campaigns, and only had to overcome constraints from the administrative state. Qualitative evidence from Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador shows how changes in the model of building infrastructure help to explain the increase in level and project size over time, whereas campaign finance needs and bureaucratic hurdles shape individual country trajectories.
Alisha Holland, Associate Professor, Harvard University Government Department
In this hour-long conversation, Junko Yokota, Hans Christian Andersen Award jury president, introduces the award, gives an overview, and explains the process. Roger Mello, winner of the 2014 HCA Illustrator Award, describes how it felt to be named the winner and the impact it has had on his career. He then introduces five of his books, because the jury works from a selection of five books submitted for each nominee. Together, they talk about how winning this award has led to increased international attention through exhibitions, collaborative book creations, and jury work.
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. Ute and Nahuatl occupy opposite ends of the Uto-Aztecan language family -- not only geographically but also linguistically. This presentation will highlight some of the similarities and differences between the two languages and cultures and explain why linguists are nevertheless convinced that they belong together.
- Abelardo de la Cruz, Nahuatl instructor, Department of World Languages and Cultures at the University of Utah where he teaches for the Salt Lake Community College, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California Merced and Associate Instructor at the Instituto de Docencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas, (IDIEZ AC)
- Dirk Elzinga Ph.D, Associate Professor in the Linguistics Department at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah