InDigital Week

Tuesday, March 14

Concert featuring indigenous musicians: Balam Ajpu, Pykatire Kayapó, and JAAS Newen

Time: 12:30pm
Location: Bragg Communications Building (next to the library)
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Sponsored by the Center for Popular music, Colleges of Media and Entertainment and Liberal Arts, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, & Vanderbilt Center for Latin American Studies

Thursday, March 16

Opening Reception and Performances by indigenous musicians

Location: Bishop Joe Johnson Black Cultural Center, Vanderbilt University
Time: 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Friday, March 17-Saturday, March 18

Indigenous Engagement with Digital and Electronic Media 
Location: Vanderbilt University
Since the 1990s researchers in the emergent field of Indigenous Media have documented and analyzed indigenous peoples’ engagement with various forms of digital and electronic media.  In Latin America, the use of digital cameras, cell phones, Facebook, and YouTube opens up a new universe of expression and interaction that is evolving in unpredictable ways. Combined with the consumption of both indigenous and non-indigenous media, critical, but largely as yet unexamined changes in worldview and behavior are rapidly unfolding.

The InDigital Latin American Conference explores these themes through a series of individual papers, roundtable discussions, and short films. This conference is co-sponsored by Vanderbilt University and Middle Tennessee State University. For more information please visit the conference website.

Sunday, March 19

Balam Ajpu Public Concert

Time: 2:00pm
Location: Carpenter’s Square
3016 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, Tennessee

This concert is sponsored by the Global Education Center, Casa de la Cultura Latino Americana, Carpenter’s Square and the Center for Latin American Studies.


Trade and Migration with Mexico: Facts vs. Rhetoric

Monday, February 27, 2017
5:30pm Reception
6:00pm Discussion

First Amendment Center
free parking available on-site
1207 18th Ave South
Nashville, TN 37212

Roundtable Discussion

Christopher Wilson

Deputy Director Mexico Institute
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Wilson leads the Institute’s research and programming on regional economic integration and U.S.-Mexico border affairs. read more


Jon Hiskey

Associate Professor of Political Science
Vanderbilt University
Much of Hiskey’s research has focused on the development consequences of Latin America’s uneven political and economic transitions over the past thirty years, with a particular interest in Mexico. read more


Larry Harrington

Former Chief Deputy Attorney General
State of Tennessee 
Mr. Harrington also served as U.S. Executive Director of the Inter-American Investment Corporation and represented the U.S. on the Donors Committee of the Multilateral Investment Fund, both of which promote private sector investment in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. read more

Moderated by Spring Miller

Assistant Dean for Public Interest, Lecturer in Law
Vanderbilt University 
Miller creates public interest law opportunities for Vanderbilt Law students and facilitates entry into public interest law careers for students and recent graduates. read more


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This event is sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the Vanderbilt International Legal Studies Program, and the Turner Family for Social Ventures


The Impact of WALLS

This event is free and open to the public

 THE IMPACT OF WALLS: Experiencing Borders in

East/West Germany, Israel/Palestine, & U.S./Mexico

Monday, February 13, 2017
5:30pm Reception
6:00pm Discussion

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First Amendment Center
free parking available on-site
1207 18th Ave South
Nashville, TN 37212

Join us for a panel discussion regarding the impact of WALLS. Panelists will discuss the Berlin Wall between East and West Germany, the wall that separates Israel and Palestine, as well as the proposed wall for the U.S./Mexico border. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP on Facebook

Discussion Panelists

Helmut Smith
Director of Max Kade Center for European and German Studies
Vanderbilt University
Helmut Walser Smith is a historian of modern Germany, with particular interests in the history of nation-building and nationalism, religious history, and the history of anti-Semitism. read more

Samar Ali
Adjunct Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University
Attorney, Bass Berry & Simms
Samar Ali is an expert on the intersection of national security and international economic development. At Bass Berry & Sims, Ali focuses on cross-border investments, transactions, immigration and compliance. read more

Mr. Mark K. GormanGabriella Sanchez
Assistant Professor of National Security Studies Institute
University of Texas – El Paso
Gabriella Sanchezan Assistant Professor of Security Studies and Associate Director for Research at The University of Texas El Paso’s National Security Studies Institute. Her research and teaching interests involve the social ecology of transnational organized crime, of border crossings and human mobility efforts, and of bottom-up resistance and insurgent movements. read more

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This event is sponsored by the Vanderbilt University Max Kade Center for European Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Robert Penn Warren Center & the International Studies Legal Program at Vanderbilt Law School

Haiti Week

Haiti Week

 February 2-10, 2017

Thursday February 2

12:10-1:00pm Lunch Talk by Dr. Franck Telemaque (Chief of Surgery at the State University Hospital, Port-au-Prince): “Impact of Foreign Aid on the Haitian Medical System Buttrick Hall 123
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 7:00-8:00pm  Lecture by Dr. Franck Telemaque: “International Development Aid in Haiti: Lessons Learned” Student Life Center Board of Trustees Room
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Friday, February 3

12:00pm – 1:00pm Lecture by Dr. Meehan “Popularizing Hydroponics as Climate Change Adaptation in the Caribbean” sponsored by the EOS Environment Project and the Department of Anthropology

Monday, February 6 

12:10-1:30pm Kreyol Class (Open to All); Buttrick Hall 123
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Wednesday, February 8

6:00-8:00pm LACS Cooking Class: Haitian food at Demo Kitchen of the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center
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Friday, February 10

12:10-1:00pm Lecture by Dr. Millien “Separating Haiti’s First Conjoined Twins: Healthcare in Haiti” lunch provided

Haiti Week is hosted by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health


What Makes Quality Coffee?

What Makes Quality Coffee? The Center for Latin American Studies along with the Jean & Alexander Heard Library are teaming up with CREMA, Coffee Roasters to answer this question. Join us for a coffee reception featuring live music by the Vanderbilt Jazz Combo. William Hempstead, the Lifetime Achievement Awardee of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, will discuss the rise of Third Wave coffee and the impact that it has had on producers in Guatemala and around the world.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Vanderbilt University Library Community Room
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee

5:00-5:30pm Coffee and Jazz Reception featuring the Vanderbilt Jazz Combo
5:30-6:30pm Talk by William Hempstead

This event is FREE and open to the public.

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Latin American Images Photo Competition

Congratulations to the Winners!

1st Place “Eternidad” by Chelsey Dyer
2nd Place “Gorditas de Horno” by Elsa Mercado
3rd Place “Dignity in Protest” by Carwil Bjork-James
People’s Choice Award “Maya Ixil Women, Guatemala” by Miguel Cuj

 laipc-poster-2016-002The annual Latin American Images Competition continues to grow year after year. Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff were invited to submit their favorite original photo taken in Latin America. Fifty-one submissions representing 17 countries were entered to the competition this year.  The panel of judges selected the top twenty photos which have been printed and displayed in the Buttrick Hall atrium for one week between January 11-20.

Award Reception

The winners were announced at a reception on Thursday, January 19 at 4:30pm in the atrium of Buttrick Hall.  Cash prizes were be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. The public was invited to vote for their favorite photos on social media. The photo with the most ‘likes’ was chosen as the People’s Choice Award. This event was free and open to all Vanderbilt faculty, staff, students and visiting scholars.

For the third year in a row Alma Paz-Sanmiguel coordinated all facets of the competition. Ben Tran (Asian Studies) and Candice Amich (English) were selected as the judges for this year’s competition.

View all this year’s submissions on our Facebook and Instagram social media pages.

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Register Now for K-12 Teacher Workshops

The Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt seeks to expand awareness and knowledge of Latin America in K – 16 settings.  CLAS works with the Tennessee Department of Education to award continuing education credit to teachers for their attendance at professional development.

menino-23Dinner and a Movie: Menino 23
Tuesday, February 7                                                  add to calendar 
Join CLAS for Dinner and a Movie to celebrate Black History Month! Enjoy a warm meal while watching Menino 23, a film exploring the enslavement of fifty black and mulato boys in rural Brazil during the 1930s. During that time, local elites in Brazil bought into Nazi and Fascist regimes and even subjected victims to racist experiments. Two of the surviving boys, now in their 80s, share their stories for the first time. CLAS Assistant Director Dr. Nicolette Kostiw will lead a discussion exploring how fascism, Nazism and scientific racism play out in Latin America, as well as possible avenues for classroom application.

clas_face_whiteExploring Latin America through Digital Gaming: Lessons from Second Language Acquisition and Interdisciplinary Approaches (online)
Wednesday, February 8                                         add to calendar
The study of Latin America is relevant and meaningful for all disciplines. Simply put, articulating the cross-curricular connections that exist within the study cultivates learning that is both meaningful and enduring for learners. While these strengths certainly merit the efforts required to plan and execute interdisciplinary content involving Latin America, the execution of this endeavor is complex.  In this webinar, we aim to address this complexity by exploring, evaluating, and experiencing digital games that promote interdisciplinary inquiry related to Latin America. We will discuss research regarding the transformative power of digital games in the world language classroom and how that research relates to other disciplines, and we will dissect various digital games that feature interdisciplinary connections that are relevant to the region.


Numbers and Graphs: Integrating Latin America in Any Classroom
Friday, March 3                                                        add to calendar
Come explore how to implement real-world data from Latin America into any classroom! CLAS is partnering with the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) to bring public opinion data in Latin America to your classroom.  Through years of polling in most of the countries of Latin America, LAPOP has developed a treasure-trove of databases of public opinion information about varying viewpoints across Latin America. LAPOP is the leader in cutting-edge methods and best practices in research on opinions and behaviors with respect to democratic governance, economic well-being, health, security, education, etc. Dr. Mariana Rodriguez will introduce teachers to LAPOP’s methodology, data collection process, and ways to access and bring the data right into your classroom.   Teachers from Hillsboro High School will share how they used LAPOP data to plan and teach a PBL unit on Social Justice in their Spanish, Math, History and Social Studies classrooms.

Math experts and Social Studies teachers alike will find value in LAPOP’s data and discover interdisciplinary ways to bring Latin American content to your classroom!


Afro-Latino/Afro-Francophone Cultural Heritage: Embracing Diversity across Disciplines (online)
Wednesday, March 8                                                         add to calendar
As the diversity of the United States continues to rise, educators’ classrooms are ideal settings for examining diverse perspectives and intersections of identity. With five times as many enslaved Africans being trafficked to Latin America than to U.S. colonies, there are many historical, cultural, social, and economic comparisons between the United States and Latin America.  This webinar provides an overview of how educators can engage all learners through culturally responsive lessons. The presenter will use Afro-Latino/Afro-Francophone research as a bridge to engage diverse learners. This presentation will be multidisciplinary, and will have relevance for all disciplines. Webinar participants will leave with a wealth of resources and ideas to implement the next day.

qrcode-37961893#TechCLAS: Teaching Latin America and World Language Using Technology
Wednesday, April 12                                                       add to calendar
This workshop is designed to teach effective ways to incorporate technology into the world language classroom. The workshop will be taught through the lens of Latin America and participants will participate in a mini lesson designed for a high school level world language class.  Led by members of the CLAS Teacher Advisory board, this workshop will explore various technologies and how to incorporate them into the classroom. The workshop will conclude with time to create a #TechLesson and share ideas with fellow educators. Even the teacher who is uncomfortable with technology will walk away confident and ready to use some tech in class!

Brazil-Flag-Free-Download-Wallpaper-1920x1080Somos Nós: Brazil on the Move
June 19 – 23, 2017
K-16 educators of any discipline and grade-level are welcome to apply to attend this intensive institute. Throughout the week, participants will work together to develop interdisciplinary curricula, which they can bring back to their schools to teach and share with colleagues. The focus of this year’s workshop will be diversity and the environment. Sponsored by The University of Georgia, Vanderbilt University and Tulane University. Hosted this year by The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.

teach-laAdditional Summer 2017 Programs
Many member institutions of the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) also offer national and international summer institutes that are open to, and welcome participation from, teachers across the country. For more information on upcoming national and international summer programs, click here.


Additional FREE Resources for Teachers

La Camioneta Glendale projectCurriculum Resources CLAS offers downloadable lesson plans, multimedia materials and other resources to help teachers incorporate Latin American content into their classrooms. All materials are available to teachers free of charge. Lesson plans, curriculum units and PowerPoint presentations may be downloaded here.


lending libraryLending Library CLAS maintains a comprehensive collection of books, lesson plans, multimedia materials and other resources to help teachers incorporate Latin American content into their classrooms. All materials are available to educators free of charge. To borrow books, films or multimedia materials, please visit the lending library webpage.


Guatemala Culture BoxCulture Boxes CLAS has travelling “culture boxes” filled with cultural artifacts for a hands-on experience for students and teachers.  These boxes are available for check-out and use in classrooms. To see photos and descriptions of the items in these boxes, click here.



Regina Jose Galindo


COMUNIDAD Performance

Regina Jose Galindo
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Internationally renowned Guatemalan performance artist Regina José Galindo invites the Latinx community of Nashville to join her in the creation of a new performance piece. The creation of “Comunidad” relies on the simple act of coming together in solidarity to experience the power of community.

This powerful community-affirming performance will take place on Saturday, November 12th on the football field of the Vanderbilt Stadium. Participants – hopefully, in the hundreds – should arrive at 10am to meet the artist. A celebratory lunch for all participants will follow.

Please RSVP on Facebook to confirm your spot in the performance piece. We will send you updates and reminders as the big day approaches. Thank you for your interest, participation, and support!

Itinerary of Events:

Wednesday, November 9 Studio VU Lecture, 6:00 p.m., Wilson Hall Room 103
Thursday, November 10 Space 204 Reception, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., E Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center Room 204
Saturday, November 12 “Comunidad” Performance, 10:00 a.m., Vanderbilt Stadium RSVP on Facebook

Regina José Galindo

(b. 1974), an internationally recognized performance artist, Regina José Galindo was born in Guatemala and lives in Guatemala City. Her work explores the universal ethical implications of social injustices especially those related to racial and gender discrimination. She has received major international awards for her body art, including the Golden Lion award at the 2005 Venice Biennale for a young artist under 35, the Grand Prize at the 2011 Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, and a 2011 Prince Claus Award. Her work is included in important collections such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City; the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art in Turin, Italy; Daros Latinamerica Collection in Zurich, Switzerland; the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas; MEIAC in Badajoz, Spain; the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in San José, Costa Rica; and the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

Galindo is the most widely recognized member of a group of young women poets and artists who, in response to the amnesia of Guatemala’s post-dictatorship culture in the late 1990s, turned to performance art as a means of recovering cultural memory. She composed her signature work ¿Quién puede borrar las huellas? (Who Can Erase the Traces) in protest of General Efraín Rios Montt’s 2003 presidential candidacy. Wearing all black, Galindo walked barefoot from Guatemala’s Constitutional Court to the National Palace, carrying a white basin of bright red human blood.  Every few paces she would dip her feet into the bowl, leaving the trace of her bloody footprints. The eloquent procession testified to the living memory of genocidal war crimes, precariously memorializing the dead left in Ríos Montt’s wake.

In a more recent performance, La Verdad (The Truth), Galindo read from the testimonies of dozens of Maya Ixil women who witnessed atrocities committed by the armed services during the civil war. Seated at a small wooden table with a microphone suspended near her mouth, Galindo read from the translated transcripts of the April 2013 trial charging General Efraín Ríos Montt with acts of genocide. Facing the audience at the Centro Cultural de España in Guatemala City, Galindo’s reading was repeatedly interrupted by a male dentist who crossed the stage to anesthetize her mouth. Her speech, which began resonant with restrained pain, grew increasingly slurred and inaudible over the duration of the seventy-minute performance.