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American Street: The American Dream and the Immigrant Imagination (Ibi Zoboi)

CLAS hosted a public lunch talk with Américas Award award-winning author and National Book Award Finalist Ibi Zoboi on February 13, 2019, as part of Vanderbilt’s third annual “Haiti Week.”


Soldiers and Kings: Violence, Masculinity, and Photoethnographic Practice in the Context of Human Smuggling Across Mexico (Jason De León

CLAS and the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries hosted a public lunchtime lecture featuring Jason De León, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan and a MacArthur Fellowship recipient, on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.


Sonic Re-Activation: Unearthing Public Square’s Forgotten Pasts (Guillermo Galindo)

The complex history of Nashville’s Public Square Park—including stories of Native and African Americans—inspired this performance by Guillermo Galindo, visiting artist-in-residence at Vanderbilt’s Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Art on October 25, 2018.



A public talk and live Q&A with Dr. Jose Miguel Cruz, Director of Research, Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, Florida International University. Held on October 1, 2018 in the First Amendment Center, Nashville, TN.


Paul Farmer and Haiti

A discussion and live Q&A with Dr. Paul Farmer, Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners in Health, and Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Moderated by Dr. Ted Fischer, CLAS Director and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Anthropology. February 19, 2018.


Edwidge Danticat: This Side of the Water: Haiti and Life in the United States

A public talk and live Q&A with Haitian-American award winning author Edwidge Danticat was held on February 8, 2018, during the Center for Latin American Studies “Haiti Week 2018.”



Trade and Migration with Mexico: Facts vs. Rhetoric

A discussion centered around issues of trade and migration with Mexico was held on February 27, 2017.



THE IMPACT OF WALLS: Experiencing Borders in East/West Germany, Israel/Palestine, & U.S./Mexico

A panel discussion regarding the impact of WALLS. Panelists discussed 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.


Emma Christopher they are we workshopQuestions of Memory and History in Cuba and Sierra Leone

Scholar and documentary filmmaker Emma Christopher presents “Questions of Memory and History in Cuba and Sierra Leone” at a  CLAS educator workshop alongside her critically acclaimed documentary film They Are We. February 8, 2016.



R_VP_ernestoPolitics, Poetry, and the First Latin American PopeWatch Nicaraguan priest, poet, and activist Ernesto Cardenal’s talk “Politics, Poetry, and the First Latin American Pope” at the John Seigenthaler First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.


R_VP_survival_teacherworkshopShooting for Survival in the Amazon: Teacher Workshop
Anthropologist Glenn Shepard will present on the culture of the Kayapó people, their place within the contemporary social and political landscape of Brazil, and discuss their rain forest conservation efforts. Krakrax Kayapó and Benupu Kayapó will also show excerpts of their films about Kayapó culture.

R_VP_kayapoShooting for Survival in the Amazon: Panel and Screening In this podcast, two generations of Kayapo filmmakers present clips from their work. Commentary by Kamiete Metuktire, Bepunu Kayapo, Krakrax Kayapo, Terence Turner, Richard Pace, and Glenn Shepard.



whitespaceCLASR_VP_indigitalConferenceIndigenous Media from U-Matic to YouTube: Media Sovereignty in a Digital Age
InDigital Latin America Keynote Address. In her keynote address, entitled “Indigenous Media from U-Matic to You Tube: Media Sovereignty in a Digital Age”, Dr. Faye Ginsberg discussed how indigenous engagement with media has changed over time and discussed the problems that indigenous filmmakers face, including issues with funding, archiving and distributions.


R_VP_coffeeQuality and Inequality A panel discussion about current trends in specialty coffee research




R_VP_puppetThe Amazing Twins: Ancient Maya Tales from the Popol WujWatch the puppet show “The Amazing Twins: Ancient Maya Tales from the Popol Wuj”, created by CLAS and the Nashville Public Library. The Popol Wuj is one of the most important indigenous texts of the New World. Written in the Western Highlands of Guatemala around 1550, and translated into Spanish in the 18th century by the Friar Francisco Jimenez, it is a collection of myths, legends, and histories written by the K’iche’ Maya, who dominated the Western Highlands at the time of the Spanish conquest.


R_VP_brazilProtestsVem Pra Rua! Understanding the Recent Protests in Brazil
During Brazil Week 2013, Vanderbilt students and professors participated on the Panel: “Vem Pra Rua! Understanding The Recent Protests in Brazil”.



R_VP_hacemosHacemos Fiesta/ Let’s Celebrate: Baroque Music from the New World
In May 2013, CLAS and Music City Baroque presented Hacemos Fiesta/ Let’s Celebrate: Baroque Music from the New World. The performance featured a variety of works, including choral, instrumental, sacred and secular.

Dances from the Salvidar Codez
Albricias mortals, que viene la aurora
Xicochi conetzintle
Gloria from the Polychoral Mass in D


R_VP_Fox-VicenteRise of the Rest: What is the Future of American Foreign Policy? Watch video of Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, and Bill Richardson, a former governor of New Mexico who has served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and as secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, speaking at the 2012 Impact Symposium on March 21. The discussion was moderated by Vanderbilt sociologist Katharine Donato. This year’s Impact theme is “Rise of the Rest: What is the Future of American Foreign Policy?” – March 30, 2012

R_VP_apocalyseNowApocalypse Now? Modern Maya and Ancient Prophecies
This seminar, taught by Mareike Sattler and Avery Dickins de Giron in Spring 2012, introduced students to Maya culture from ancient to modern times. Maya people and culture have been featured prominently in popular culture over the last few years, and especially now, as the media have played up ancient Maya prophecies that supposedly predict an apocalyptic end of the world in December 2012. What exactly did the Ancient Maya say about this event? How do modern Maya live today? . In this video, Mareike Sattler, senior lecturer, Anthropology Department, and Avery Dickins de Girón, assistant director of the Center for Latin American Studies, speaking at the Osher Lifelong Learning class, “Apocalypse Now? Modern Maya and Ancient Prophecies” March 15, 2012

R_VP_mariaValezAfricans and Afrodescendant women in Mexico City during Colonial times: Social Relationships and Cultural Reproduction
The Center for Latin American Studies brought Professor María Elisa Velázquez Gutiérrez to campus as a visiting resource professor in the spring of 2012. Professor Velázquez gave a talk entitled “Africans and Afrodescendant women in Mexico City during Colonial Times: Social Relationships and Cultural Reproduction” for the Black Atlantic History Seminar. February 2, 2012


R_VP_TH_PonsMariaMagdalenaExile, Memory and Identity: A Conversation on Race in Cuba
In October 2011, CLAS Visiting Resource Professor Afro-Cuban artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons participated in a discussion entitled “Exile, Memory and Identity: A Conversation on Race in Cuba.” This conversation included panelists Jane Landers of the Department of History, Vivien Fryd of the Department of the History of Art, and William Luis of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. – October 2011


R_VP_TH_MockusPublic Space in Bogotá and Citizenship Culture
Antanas Mockus, a former mayor of Bogotá who recently ran as the Colombian Green Party presidential candidate, spoke at Vanderbilt University on April 26, 2011. While on campus, Mockus met with faculty and participated in a working group involving Nashvillians who work on urban transportation and planning issues. Mockus was born in Bogotá and received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France. He then earned a master’s in philosophy from Bogotá’s Universidad Nacional, where he served as president from 1991 to 1993. Mockus developed a reputation as a progressive leader in his two terms as mayor of Bogotá. – April 26, 2011


P_VP_TH_gustavogutierrezLiberation Theology: 40 Years Later
Gustavo Gutiérrez, author of A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, Salvation and other ground-breaking works on issues of spirituality and Latin American history, spoke on the Vanderbilt University campus November 8, 2010. Gutiérrez’s address, “Liberation Theology: 40 Years Later,” was sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, which hosted a series of events in 2010-11 to examine the impact of liberation theology on Latin American society and politics. November 8, 2010



P_VP_TH_VillagranChallenges to Development in Guatemala
The Guatemalan ambassador to the United States, Francisco Villagrán de León, spoke at the First Amendment Center on the subject of “Challenges to Development in Guatemala.” Villagrán de León is a career diplomat with more than 25 years in the Guatemalan foreign service. The lecture was the keynote address of the workshop on integrating new models of health care delivery and economic development based on lessons learned from Guatemala through collaborative projects among CLAS, the Shalom Foundation, and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health. – October 29, 2010



Latin American Challenges: After the Crisis
Former Chilean President Ricardo Lagos. In 2000 Lagos was elected the first socialist president of Chile since Allende was overthrown. Despite high unemployment and tensions with other South American nations regarding access to energy resources, Lagos enjoyed widespread popular support with approval ratings over 70 percent when his term ended. In 2007 he was appointed to his current position as the United Nations Special Envoy on Climate Change. Lagos earned a law degree from the University of Chile and a doctorate in economics from Duke University. During the 1980s he returned to Chile and founded the Party for Democracy, which gained power through its “NO” campaign against the Pinochet legacy. During his time as minister of education, Lagos introduced a major policy to decentralize Chile’s education system. Later, as minister of public works, he engineered a unique and successful plan to revamp Chile’s road system. – October 1, 2009



Immigration in a Time of Economic Crisis: Downturns and Returns in US/Mexico Relations
The Vanderbilt Center for Latin American Studies, ConexiónAméricas and the Woodrow Wilson Center Mexico Institute presented this roundtable discussion of the effects of recent economic downturn on Mexican immigration to the U.S. The panel brought together leading experts to analyze the interrelation of immigration, economic crisis, and increased border security—and what this means for Mexico as well as the United States. The discussion featured Jorge Durand, a leading expert on Mexican immigration issues, a CLAS Visiting Resource Professor, and the author of “Crossing The Border: Research From The Mexican Migration Project”. Other panelists included David R. Ayón (Woodrow Wilson Center Mexico Institute); Katharine Donato (Department of Sociology, Vanderbilt); Renata Soto (ConexiónAméricas); Moderator: Gary Gerstle (Department of History, Vanderbilt). – September 7, 2010



Healing Communities Torn by Racism and Violence
Indian rights advocate Rigoberta Menchú. In Her 1983 autobiography, Rigoberta Menchú chronicles the oppression suffered by the indigenous people of her country at the hands of elite landowners and a right-wing military regime. Her book drew international attention to the atrocities of the Guatemalan army, became a staple on many college campuses and propelled Menchú to the Nobel Prize in 1992. Menchú was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and ran for president of Guatemala in September of 2007, the first indigenous candidate in the country’s history. – February 7, 2008



Democracy in Latin America: The Way Forward
Former Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso. He is a renowned sociologist who served as Brazil’s president from 1995 to 2003. He examined the challenges that face Latin American democracies today, such as the rise of populism, effects of globalization and the emergence of a new left. Cardoso, who was born in Rio de Janeiro, received his doctorate in political science from the University of Sao Paulo. – October 8, 2007




Seminars with Jesús Martín-Barbero
Jesús Martín-Barbero. He is considered one of the most distinguished scholars of communication in Latin America. He represents a tradition of discourse in communication and culture that challenges dominant thinking and paradigms. Jesús Martín-Barbero has articulated some of the key issues in Latin American communications thinking, placing communication and culture as essential pillars in any approach to change in Colombia and the region. – September 8, 2009

Watch videos of Barbero’s seminars:
Seminar: Los Estudios Culturales Latinoamericanos
Seminar: Repensando lo Popular
Seminar: Tecnica y Politica: Espacios/Tiempos No Pensados
Diversidad Cultural y Convergencia Digital



The Living Dead: Ancient Ancestors and Mummies in the Pre-Incan Andes
Dr. Tiffiny A. Tung. Dr. Tung is a bioarchaeologist who examines mummies and skeletons from archaeological contexts to evaluate the health and disease status of ancient populations from the Peruvian Andes. Her research interests include skeletal biology, paleopathology, and violence-related trauma, particularly as they relate to elucidating the impact of imperialism on community health and individual lifeways. Her current research in the Peruvian Andes examines how Wari imperial structures (AD 600 – 1000) affected, and were affected by, heartland and hinterland communities, documenting such things as diet and disease, migration patterns, rates of violence. As part of Dr. Tung’s commitment to public anthropology, she is a consultant for the Discovery Channel and has appeared in 9 episodes of a Discovery Channel series entitled “Mummy Autopsy”. – November 11, 2009


whitespaceCLASLa Camioneta Glendale projectDichos: Words to Live, Love and Laugh by in Latin America
The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) provided educational support for “Dichos: Words to Live, Love and Laugh by in Latin America” an exhibit at Cheekwood that highlighted this disappearing folk art, traditionally found on Latin American drivers’ trucks and buses.