Local Event with Rethinking Schools! Rethinking the Lines Between Us: Multicultural Education and Social Justice

2015-04-09-Rethinking-Schools-EveningWe are so excited for next week’s evening session with Rethinking Schools! Join the LAII for a participatory evening event in which Rethinking Schools editors Wayne Au, Bill Bigelow, and Linda Christensen will demonstrate ways that they engage students in critical, multicultural education for social justice. They will explore the implications of this kind of teaching in the era of the Common Core standards and tests. 

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We Heart Bookworks

The title of this post says it all.  We heart Bookworks, one of the few remaining local, independent bookstores in Albuquerque, and we are proud to collaborate with them on our monthly Vamos a Leer meetings.

Bookworks in Albuquerque, NMI want to give them a shout-out and thank them for all the outreach they do around our humble Vamos a Leer book group.  They tirelessly find ways to support their community!  We saw this illustrated when, on Monday night, we stopped in to discuss Caminar and were greeted with this lovely display (see left).

Not familiar with the store?  Here are a few quick facts about this local establishment:

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Local Event! The Construction of Racial Politics in Education

We are very excited to announce our last presentation in the Fall 2014 LAII Lecture Series which will focus on education. Dr. Nancy López and Dr. Ricky Lee Allen will offer a joint presentation which collectively considers the construction of racial politics in education. López, an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, will address this through a presentation titled “Interrogating Inequality? The Politics of Mapping and Interrupting Intersecting Race, Gender and Class Inequalities in U.S. Schools.” Dr. Allen, an Associate Professor in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies, will address this through a presentation titled “Whiteness, Race, and the ‘Good’ School.” The presentation will take place on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the UNM Student Union Building (SUB), Santa Ana B. For reference, see the event flyer.  See below for more detailed information about the event.

Please share with anyone who may be interested! We hope to see you there!!

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Local Event!! Día de los Muertos: The Significance of Death in Mexican Culture

For all of our local New Mexico Readers:

We are very excited to announce our first in a series of six free workshops on teaching about about Día de los Muertos. 2014-09-10_Dia-de-los-Muertos_The-Significance-of-Death-in-Mexican-Culture

In this workshop, “Día de los Muertos: The Significance of Death in Mexican Culture,” we will explore the history of Día de los Muertos; tour the intriguing exhibit on “Skulls and Sickles” on display at the UNM Zimmerman Library (which considers the visual rhetoric of death in Mexican art); hear a special lecture on the topic from Dr. Suzanne Schadl, curator and coordinator of UNM’s Latin American library collections; and discuss ways to meet Common Core reading and writing standards while exploring this meaningful celebration.

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Local Event!! Rethinking Conquest & Colonization

For all of our local New Mexico Readers:

2014-09-03_Rethinking-Conquest-and-ColonizationWe are very excited to announce our first LAII k-12 Teacher workshop of the year– “Rethinking Conquest & Colonization.”  The workshop will be held on Wednesday September 3rd from 5:00-8:00 pm at the Latin American and Iberian Institute, UNM.

Join us for a free, unique professional development opportunity for k-12 educators. With Columbus Day on October 8th, this time of year provides the opportunity both to reconsider not only how and what we teach about Christopher Columbus, but also more generally how conquest, colonization and the continued struggles of indigenous peoples are taught in the classroom. This workshop will provide the opportunity to engage in a discussion of these topics with special presentations by Dr. Glenabah Martinez, Associate Professor, and Dr. Vincent Werito, Assistant Professor, both from the UNM Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies.

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Local Event! Canadian Author Anthony De Sa

Kicking the SkyOur wonderful local partners in crime, the staff at Bookworks, are hosting a discussion this week with Canadian author Anthony De Sa on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.  De Sa will discuss his book Kicking the Sky, an adult novel but one with major young adult crossover because the main character is a young person.  It takes place in the Portuguese neighborhoods of Toronto.  The novel is hybrid, filling an odd space between fiction and non-fiction, adult and young-adult.  Although based on gruesome events, the novel is carried out through a naive point of view of an adolescent protagonist.

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Local Event! Benjamin Alire Sáenz in Santa Fe

SaenzIt’s no secret we’re huge fans of Benjamin Alire Sáenz at Vamos a Leer.  Last year our book group read Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood, and this past February we read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.  We absolutely loved both of them.  So you can imagine how excited we were when we found out he’s going to be in Santa Fe!!

Named one of 2010’s “Fifty of the Most Inspiring Authors in the World” by Poets & Writers magazine, Sáenz studied philosophy and theology and was a Wallace E. Stegner fellow in poetry at Stanford University. Born in Old Picacho, New Mexico in 1954, Sáenz has been a member of the faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso since 1992. Continue reading