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.

This is certainly not for the faint of heart.  It’s a book that may be appropriate for high school audiences, which, despite the subject matter, is not altogether surprising given that the author himself is a high school teacher in Toronto. Continue reading

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

Local Event!! Guest Lecture~Colorblindness, Anti-Racism, and Education: Lessons from Mexico

FINAL_2014-03-25_Lecture_Christina-SueJoin the Graduate Student Association of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies, the Latin American and Iberian Institute and the Student Organization of Latin American Studies for a special lecture with Dr. Christina A. Sue on Tuesday March 25th from 5:00-7:00 pm at the University of New Mexico, Student Union Building, Ballroom A.

Dr. Sue is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Her talk, “Colorblindness, Anti-Racism, and Education: Lessons from Mexico,” will explore a number of important themes and questions relevant to both our teacher education programs and k-12 classrooms.  Continue reading

Local Events with Marjorie Agosín

We are very excited to announce a number of events taking place this week with Marjorie Agosín!

Agosín is an award-winning self-described “poet, human rights activist, literary critic…interested in Jewish literature and literature of human rights in the Americas; women writers of Latin America; migration, identity, and ethnicity.” Those of you who attended our workshops on the history of Chilean arpilleras are already familiar with some of Agosin’s work.  The collection of arpilleras displayed at the NHCC exhibit belongs to Agosin, and we featured some of her poetry in our curriculum guide “Stitching Resistance: The History of Chilean Arpilleras.”

Below we’ve included information on her three different speaking engagements taking place this week. I’m really excited for Saturday’s reading from her new young adult book I Lived on Butterfly Hill. It looks absolutely beautiful.  Continue reading

Washington, D.C. Event: Exploring Latino and Latin American Literature for the K-12 Classroom

Americas Award Workshop email_FINALWe usually highlight our local Albuquerque, New Mexico events, but this opportunity in D.C. is so exciting that we had to share it in case any of our readers would be able to attend! We wish we could be there!!

Monday, September 23, 2013, is a day of activities dedicated to the Américas Award, with a workshop in the morning for teachers and librarians, and an afternoon award ceremony open to the public.  Below are details concerning both:  Continue reading

Local Event!! Stitching Resistance: The History of Chilean Arpilleras

For all of our local New Mexico Teachers:

We are very excited to announce another upcoming LAII’s k-12 Teacher workshop for the arpillerafall semester “Stitching Resistance: The History of Chilean Arpilleras.”  The workshop will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  This workshop is the third in a series that started last spring.   While the content is related, each workshop provides different information, so don’t worry, you don’t have to have attended the last two in order to register for this one.  Continue reading

Local Event!! Mexico and New Mexico: How we historically present the agency of Indigenous Peoples

For all of our local New Mexico Readers:

Rethinking Columbus flyerWe are very excited to announce our first LAII k-12 Teacher workshop of the year– “Mexico & New Mexico: How we historically present the agency of Indigenous Peoples.”  The workshop will be held on Wednesday September 18th from 5:00-8:00 pm at the Latin American and Iberian Institute, UNM.

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Local Events!! Día de los Muertos

????????????????????????????????????????Fall is always a busy time and this year is no different!!  There are some great Día de los Muertos events coming up that provide excellent opportunities for teachers.

Join the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute(LAII) as we explore the history of Día de los Muertos in two different workshops designed specifically for educators. Continue reading

Local Event!! Guest Lecture: Liberalizing Illiberal Liberalism

The Graduate Student Association of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies at the Dr. Mills9University of New Mexico is hosting a lecture by Dr. Charles W. Mills on Thursday May 2nd from 4:00-6:30 pm at the University of New Mexico, Student Union Building, Ballroom A and B. Continue reading