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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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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED: Governor Sergio Fajardo of Antioquia, Colombia. “Antioquia, the Most Educated” and The Urban Transformation of Latin American Cities

Thursday April 24, 2014





Governor of Antioquia, Colombia
former Mayor of Medellin, Colombia

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





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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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A show of images - "Haunted Forest of the Maya:" monsters and men from the Jaguar Dynasty temple

Monday May 5, 2014
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Thomson 317. University of Washington, Seattle Campus

Pupusas will be provided.

Presented by LACS. Co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Association (LACSA)

lasuw@ uw.edu | 206.685.3435

Please join us for a special event to view sneak peak images of recently discovered Maya murals. Please join us for a special event to view sneak peak images of recently discovered Maya murals. Dr. Vincent Phillips, a LACS friend, who has recently returned from a trip to Guatemala and Honduras will share slides of recently discovered Maya murals and other images of important Maya archaeological sites. Dr. Phillips is a primary care physician who has a special interest in archaeology. He has visited over 200 archaeological sites in the Americas and Asia since 1978.

Space and pupusas are limited, please arrive early!


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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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Dr. Tony Payan, Ciudad Juárez: A Perfect Storm on the U.S.-Mexico Border

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

lasuw@ uw.edu | 206.685.3435

Ciudad Juárez, across from El Paso, Texas, suffered an unprecedented downfall into violence and chaos between 2007 and 2012. It came to be known in 2010 as “the most dangerous city in the world.” What can cause a city to spiral downward into bloodshed and turmoil in the way that Ciudad Juárez did? This article makes the argument that the city’s descent into violence and chaos is the result of a number of poor decisions made over the course of the forty years preceding the bloodshed of the years under examination. The border in turn, this article argues, constitutes the most important contextual variable in determining the political, economic, social and cultural decision making of the city’s leadership and its people. It was the city’s overreliance on the advantages that its border location conferred on it for a long time what ended up generating a series of inbuilt weaknesses in its economic development model, its social and cultural fabric, and its political landscape that would eventually cause the city to collapse when external decision makers, from federal politicians to criminals, made decisions that exposed its inbuilt weaknesses.

Tony Payan, Ph.D., is the fellow in Mexico studies and Director of the Mexico Center at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy of Rice University. He is also an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at El Paso and he serves on the graduate faculty at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez. Payan’s research focuses on the applicability of international relations theory to the U.S.-Mexico border and other border environments. His work theorizes on various topics regarding international borders, including border governability, and the manifestations of public policy in border contexts. Payan’s publications include two single-authored books: “Cops, Soldiers and Diplomats: Understanding Agency Behavior in the War on Drugs” and “The Three U.S.-Mexico Border Wars: Drugs, Immigration and Homeland Security.” He has also co-edited other volumes, including: “Gobernabilidad e Ingobernabilidad en la Región Paso del Norte,” “Human Rights Along the U.S.-Mexico Border: Gendered Violence and Insecurity,” among others.

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