LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES (LAS) ~ California State University-Los Angeles

2012 (archive)

Día de los muertos, Fall 2012 (Span 475).

2013 (January)


CSULA Latin American Studies Presents

“Chaos and Grassroots Organization in Mexico”

with Laura Carlsen and Gloria Muñoz Ramirez


100,000 dead or disappeared in a drug war with no exit strategy. The triumphal return of the PRI party known for 71 years of authoritarian rule. Zapatistas begin a new phase of indigenous mobilization. A surprising youth movement #YoSoy132 makes the scene. Indigenous communities defend their land and their autonomy. Workers and campesinos hit the streets to protest GMOs, loss of labor rights and economic policies

Tensions in Mexico are mounting after another questioned election. Grassroots movements are gaining strength and voicing demands and alternatives to the growing chaos.

Laura CarlsenNAFTA, the drug war, immigration and gender issues in Americas Updater, Counterpunch, La Jornada and others. She is a columnist for Huffington Post and Foreign Policy in Focus, and a commentator with Al Jazeera, CCTV, NBC, Democracy Now!, NPR and Mexican television and radio stations. She is co-editor of “Confronting Globalization: Economic Integration and Popular Resistance in Mexico.”

Gloria Muñozmovements; co-editor of Ojarasca--a supplement on indigenous issues of the Mexican daily La Jornada, and a columnist and special issues reporter for La Jornada. An award-winning journalist, she is the author of “EZLN 20 & 10: The Fire and the Word” a history of the Zapatista movement, and editor of “Yo Soy 132” on the Mexican student movement and “Indignados”, a compilation on global rebellions.

Contact eochoa3@calstatela.edu for more information.


Join us for a meeting of the

Latin American Studies Reading Group

Sab (1841) by

Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda


Thursday, March 7th 3:15 p.m., King Hall B3006

The book is widely available in paperback and Kindle editions in Spanish and in English translation.

Book description from the University of Texas Press translation:

“Eleven years before Uncle Tom's Cabin fanned the fires of abolition in North America, an aristocratic Cuban woman told an impassioned story of the fatal love of a mulatto slave for his white owner's daughter. So controversial was Sab's theme of miscegenation and its parallel between the powerlessness and enslavement of blacks and the economic and matrimonial subservience of women that the book was not published in Cuba until 1914, seventy-three years after its original 1841 publication in Spain.”

More information: Eileen Ford (eford@calstatela.edu) & Louis Esparza (lesparz5@calstatela.edu)

by Nicolas Buenaventura

March 7, 2013, at 4



Mr. Buenaventura is a Colombian story teller and filmmaker. As a child he met Afro-Colombian story teller Fermín Ríos, whom he considers his master. After studying theater he moved to France where he won first prize at a story telling festival. This allowed him to travel to various Africa countries in order to meet traditional story tellers.


AND LASS (Latin American Studies Society)

.More information: pmarin@calstatela.edu


Play written by Theatre Arts & Dance Professor

Dramatized reading in Spanish directed by Professor Gastón Alzate

State Playhouse, March 15, 7:30 p.m.


The play is set in the 1970's, in which two cousins--one entering her teens, one aproaching adult hood--become involved in anti-Vietnam War protest, culminating in the Chicano Moratorium (of August 1970) in which 25,000 people, predominantly Mexican American, protesting in Laguna Park were set on by the Los Angeles police. Many were injured and Los Angeles Times reporter, Rubén Salazar, who had been highly critical of the police in his columns was killed.

LA PRIMA DE LOS PANTALONES ACAMPANADOS will be performed by students of SPAN 459 (Hispanic Play Production). Students of SPAN 475 (Spanish American Theater) translated the play from English to Spanish during the fall quarter of 2012.

More information: galzate@calstatela.edu


2013 Mesoamerican Symposium


Jaguars, Eagles and Feathered Serpents: Mesoamerica Re-explored

An Homage to Michael Coe.


Two-day conference to feature Dr. Michael Coe (one of the most prestigious Mayanists of all times) and other distinguished Mesoamerican scholars.

Sponsored by the Art History Society

REGISTER AHSMeso2013@gmail.com

ADMISSION: $15 Public / $10 All University Students / CSULA students receive an ASI discount

For more details follow us on Facebook:  AHS (Art History Society at CSULA)

Manuel Aguilar Moreno (MAguila2@calstatela.edu)

For information about this page contact galzate@calstatela.edu

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