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April 2014

De Baixo Para Cima: A Film Discussion with Jonathan Warren and Angelica Macklin

Tuesday April 22, 2014
4 – 5 p.m.
Communications 202. University of Washington, Seattle Campus

Contact: uwch@uw.edu; (206) 543-3920

Join Jonathan Warren and Angelica Macklin for a discussion about their new film De Baixo Para Cima, which explores revolutionary change in the Jequitinhonha Valley, in Brazil. The story is told from the perspective of artists, religious leaders, and educators in the town of Araçuai. These cultural activists allied with indigenous communities, labor, and women’s organizations to form an emancipatory movement that has significantly transformed life in the Valley. Legend has it that Araçuai was founded by prostitutes who stood up to a corrupt priest some 150 years ago. They decided to challenge his authority and move up river rather than tolerate his abuse. Many like to believe that this rebellious tradition is why Araçuai became an epicenter of resistance from the bottom up.

Jonathan Warren is Co-Director of the Center for Brazilian Studies and Associate Professor in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

Angelica Macklin is a doctoral student in Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies and a multimedia producer for the National Center of Quality Teaching & Learning at the UW.

Presented as part of the New Books/New Media series, a spin-off of the New Books in Print series at the Simpson Center for the Humanities, which provides opportunities for University of Washington scholars to discuss their recently published books. New Books/New Media expands these dialogues in to a multimedia context.

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Governor Sergio Fajardo of Antioquia, Colombia. “Antioquia, the Most Educated” and The Urban Transformation of Latin American Cities

Thursday April 24, 2014
7:00 pm
Kane Hall 120 | UW Seattle


Governor of Antioquia, Colombia
former Mayor of Medellin, Colombia

“Antioquia, the Most Educated” and The Urban Transformation of Latin American Cities

Under the leadership of Sergio Fajardo as mayor of Medellín, Colombia from 2004-2007, the city was transformed from a hub of violence into a model of education reform, successful public infrastructure and successful governance. Fajardo pioneered methods of community / citizen participation, inclusive education and budget transparency for the city and now, as Governor of the state of Antioquia, he works to build on the lessons of that experience at a larger scale. A cornerstone of this strategy to was to engage disenfranchised citizens and create a network of modern public libraries and parks where city services are made accessible to those who needed them most.

Coined “social urbanism,” his rethinking of social and community inclusion through public spaces is now being replicated throughout Latin America. Fajardo will discuss his approach to how architecture and good urbanism can transform cities and become models for ecological, economic and cultural sustainability.


Trained as a mathematician (PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984), Sergio Fajardo Valderrama worked in academia at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá. Campaigning as an independent, he won election as mayor of Medellín and served in that office from 2004 to 2007. His tenure was characterized by a number of ambitious public works projects that garnered international recognition. After this term ended, Fajardo worked as a political commentator for several Colombian news outlets and joined Antanas Mockus’ 2010 presidential campaign as the vice presidential candidate. Currently, he serves as the governor of Antioquia.


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May 2014

Prof. Claire Jean Kim, Dangerous Crossings: Race, Species and Nature in a Multicultural Age

Thursday May 1, 2014
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Kane Hall 120 | UW Seattle

Free, but advance registration is required.

Co-sponsors: UW Graduate School UW Alumni Association Comparative History of Ideas Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) Latin American and Caribbean Studies - Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

Contact the UW Alumni Association at 206-543-0540 or uwalumni@uw.edu.

2014 Graduate School Public Lectures: Claire Jean Kim

In recent years, there have been a number of impassioned disputes over how immigrants of color, native-born minorities and Native people in the U.S. use animals in their cultural traditions. The struggle over San Francisco Chinatown’s live animal markets and the Makah whaling controversy in the Pacific Northwest are examples of cases where animal advocates charge these groups with cruelty and/or doing ecological harm, while group representatives push back with charges of racism and cultural imperialism.

In her lecture, Dangerous Crossings: Race, Species and Nature in a Multicultural Age, professor Claire Jean Kim will explore how to bring justice to both sides of competing moral and political claims, and examine what justice looks like in a multi-racial, multi-species world.

Claire Jean Kim is an associate professor of Political Science and Asian American studies at the University of California, Irvine. She received a B.A. in Government from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. Learn more.

When: Thursday, May 1
6:30–8 p.m.
Where: Kane Hall, Room 120
UW Seattle
Cost: Free, but advance registration is required.
For more information, contact the UW Alumni Association at 206-543-0540 or uwalumni@uw.edu.

Sponsored by:
UW Graduate School
UW Alumni Association
Comparative History of Ideas
Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP)
Latin American and Caribbean Studies - Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

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LACS Undergraduate Essay Competition: Due May 1st

Thursday May 1, 2014


The Latin American and Caribbean Studies program is inviting submissions by graduating seniors to its Annual UW-LACS Undergraduate Essay Competition for current or recent essays (written during 2013-2014 school year). The winning essay writer will receive a special prize and be recognized at the Jackson School graduation. In addition, the winning essay will also be featured on our website.

  • Submissions must be from a graduating LACS senior (majors or minors are eligible).
  • Include your full name, home department, email and phone number in the submission.
  • The subject of the essay should fall within the field of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and may come from courses in any department (for example, CHID, Anthropology, History, etc.). Essays may be of any length.
  • Contest winner(s) will be asked to submit an image and short bio.

Please submit your essay to lasuw@uw.edu by MAY 1st with the subject line: Essay Competition - 2014, your last name.

Essays should be attached to your email as a Word or PDF document.

We look forward to your submissions!

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Professor Charles Walker, "The Tupac Amaru Rebellion"

Monday May 12, 2014
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Thomson 101, UW Seattle.

Contact: lasuw@uw.edu / 206-685-3435

Please SAVE THE DATE and join us for a special presentation with Prof. Charles Walker (History, University of California, Davis) author of The Tupac Amaru Rebellion.

About the book: Tupac Amaru was a descendant and namesake of the Inca ruler and, in the early 1780’s, led a massive indigenous rebellion that stormed through Peru, Bolivia, parts of Chile and into Argentina. It was the largest rebellion in the history of Spain’s American empire – a conflict greater in territory and costlier in lives than the contemporaneous American Revolution. No other figure in Latin American history, not even Che Guevara or Bolivar, is as associated with rebellion and revolution as Tupac Amaru; guerilla movements rallied under his name (including the group that was responsible for the Japanese embassy hostage crisis in Peru, in 1996 – fictionalized in Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto); countless political groups claimed his legacy; writers and artists spun his story (the rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur became his namesake).

Charles Walker is a professor of Latin American history at UC Davis and Director of the Hemispheric Institute. Harvard University Press released his "The Tupac Amaru Rebellion" in March 2014. In addition, he has translated a marvelous book of Peruvian History, In Search of an Inca, by Alberto Flores Galindo, in collaboration with Carlos Aguirre and Willie Hiatt. It was published by Cambridge University Press in October 2010. See also his Shaky Colonialism: The 1746 Earthquake-Tsunami in Lima, Peru and its Long Aftermath and Shaky Colonialism: Cuzco and the Creation of Republican Peru, 1780-1840 (Duke University Press), both also available in Spanish. His Peruvian books include Diálogos con el Perú and several edited volumes. More on his blog, http://charlesfwalker.com/


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SAVE THE DATE: Dr. Tony Payan, University of Texas at El Paso

Monday May 19, 2014
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Thomson 101, UW Seattle.

lasuw@ uw.edu | 206.685.3435

Dr. Tony Payan of the University of Texas at El Paso will be coming to UW for a presentation on May 13th. Please save the date and join us. 

More information about the talk will be available at a later date.

Dr. Payan is dedicated to serving students and the community of both El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. His service to the border community includes various activities from media political analysis to managing political campaigns to contributing to non-profit organizations to speaking in different groups to serving in the Board of Directors of the Regional Mobility Authority. His research and writing is about the United States-Mexico border in order to produce concrete narratives that can help enlighten our understanding of the milieu in which we live and move and have our being. To learn more about Dr. Payan and his current activities, visit his website.

Presented as part of B/ordering Violence: Boundaries, Gender, Indigeneity in the Americas, a John E. Sawyer Seminar in Comparative Cultures generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and co-sponsored by the Latin American & Caribbean Studies program, the Jackson School of International Studies, the Simpson Center for the Humanities, and the Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, & Sexuality (WISER).

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PERLA Event - Understanding the risk of HIV infection in uncircumcised Peruvian MSM: Biology and Behavior

Thursday May 22, 2014
12:00-1:15 pm; Lunch will be provided
Thomson 317, University of Washington, Seattle Campus

Presenter: Dr. Maria Lemos, FHCRC

lasuw@ uw.edu | 206.685.3435

Understanding the risk of HIV infection in uncircumcised Peruvian MSM: Biology and Behavior

PERLA - Program in Education and Research in Latin America

Mission Statement:
To encourage multidisciplinary research, training and implementation activities and provide a forum to bring together U.S. and Latin American researchers, faculty and students to improve the health and well-being of Latin American people.

Although the majority of current research and training efforts and funding are directed towards Peru, faculty, students and colleagues are also active in Mexico, and most countries in Central and South America. PERLA will work with Schools, Departments and Administration within the University of Washington and affiliated institutions to identify and ease practical impediments to interdisciplinary collaboration in research and training in Latin American countries. Nearly all Schools within the UW have sent students or faculty to participate in research or training activities in Latin America, including: the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Public Health, Built Environments, Forestry, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Information, Public Affairs and Social Work


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Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Box 353650, 122 Thomson Hall
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 685-3435
Advising: (206) 543-6001

Dr. José Antonio Lucero

Gai-Hoai Nguyen
Assistant Director

Dr. Linda Iltis
Academic Advisor
(206) 543-6001

Joni Marts
Academic Advisor
(206) 543-6001

Deb Raftus
LACS Librarian