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October 2014


The Human Rights Crisis in Central America: Conversations and Music from Honduran Artist and Feminist Karla Lara

Wednesday October 22, 2014
5-6:30
Thomson Hall 101

Karla Lara

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, & Comparative History of Ideas

lasuw@uw.edu / (206) 616-0998

 Karla Lara is a member of the National Network of Women Human Rights Defenders in Honduras, which participates in the Meso-American Initiative of Women Human Rights Defenders. Karla is a feminist and a singer/artist and a member of Artistas en Resistencia. Her children are members of the Frente Revolucionario Artistico Contra Cultural.


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Why are the Border Kids Fleeing? Human Rights and U.S. Policy in Honduras and Central America

Thursday October 23, 2014
7pm
Thomson Hall 101

Dana Frank, University of California, Santa Cruz

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Comparative History of Ideas, and the Department of History

lasuw@uw.edu / (206) 616-0998

Media reports of unaccompanied, undocumented children arriving at the U.S. border from Central America have depicted their flight from gangs and violence. But silence largely reigns regarding the underlying economic and political roots of the crisis, in dangerous governments supported by the United States. This presentation looks at human rights and U.S. policy in post-coup Honduras, in particular, as well as dynamics within Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. It will also discuss grassroots efforts across the U.S. and in Congress to affect U.S. policy in Central America.


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Escribir en Cuba en el siglo XXI / Writing in Cuba in the 21st Century *this talk will be in Spanish with simultaneous English translation

Monday October 27, 2014
3:30pm
Communications 202

Leonardo Padura Fuentes

Comparative Literature and Spanish & Portuguese Studies; the Latin American & Caribbean Studies and Comparative History of Ideas Programs; and the Simpson Center for the Humanities

lasuw@uw.edu / (206) 616-0998

 Leonardo Padura Fuentes (born 1955), Cuba’s preeminent contemporary novelist, is best known for his detective fiction, beginning with his quartet of novels featuring police lieutenant Mario Conde: Pasado perfecto (1991, published in English as Havana Blue in 2007); Vientos de cuaresma (1994, Havana Gold, 2008); Máscaras (1997, Havana Red, 2005); and Paisaje de otoño (1998, Havana Black, 2006).

His other works include several screenplays, two collections of short stories, and several other novels, including La neblina del ayer (2005, Havana Fever, 2009), Adiós, Hemingway (2005) and El hombre que amaba a los perros (2009; The Man Who Loved Dogs, 2014), about the murder of Leon Trotsky and the man who assassinated him, Ramón Mercader. In 2012 Padura was awarded Cuba’s National Prize for Literature.


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The Living Dead: Memento Mori and the Cult of Death in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Mexico

Tuesday October 28, 2014
3:30 - 4:20
Loew 105

Mark Harpring, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies University of Pudget Sound

UW Department of Spanish and Portuguese

(206) 543-2020 / spsuw@uw.edu


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November 2014


Dia de Muertos: A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed

Saturday November 1, 2014 to Sunday November 2, 2014
12-7pm (Saturday) / 12-6pm (Sunday)
Armory/Center House - Seattle Center

Dia de los Muertos Committee

festivaldiademuertos@gmail.com

Seattle Center Festál presents Dia de Muertos - A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed, Nov. 1 and 2. Explore and experience the cultural roots of Mexico through live performances, spectacular community altar and cemetery, special hands-on activities, foods, face painting and exquisite rituals. Create sugar skulls and paper skeletons, explore community altars and march in a musical procession to remember the dead. The art and spirituality of Mexican culture is celebrated at Dia de Muertos. This “Day of the Dead” festival honors the lives of loved ones who have passed.

 


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Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Box 353650, 419 Thomson Hall
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 616-0998
lasuw@u.washington.edu
Advising: (206) 543-6001

Dr. Josť Antonio Lucero
Director
jal26@u.washington.edu

Dr. Linda Iltis
Academic Advisor
(206) 543-6001
iltis@u.washington.edu

Joni Marts
Academic Advisor
(206) 543-6001
jmarts@u.washington.edu

Deb Raftus
LACS Librarian
draftus@u.washington.edu

Monica Rojas-Stewart
Assistant Director
(206) 616-0998
rojasm@uw.edu