Latin American Studies

All Photo Galleries

Photo Gallery Title Description Photographs
Ayotzinapa: What Is Happening in Mexico Event with David Stark! 4
Author Reception 2014 Four of our professors in Area Studies have published books this year! 36
Author's Reception: Zulema Moret Along with fellow Area Studies colleagues, Professor Zulema Moret, recent Program Coordinator for the Area Studies Latin American Studies Program, was recognized in November 2014 for publication of her book entitled, "La Mujer de la Piedra." Congratulations, Zulema! 7
Area Studies Author Reception - November 2014 none 16
Flor Palmar October 17th, 2014 Flor Palmar came to visit GVSU. 31
Plaza Comunitaria Plaza Comunitaria is a Spanish language adult tutoring program at Steepletown Neighborhood Services (671 Davis NW). The volunteer powered program, funded by the Mexican government, is only the second program of its kind in Michigan and exists all over the United States and in Mexico. Upon graduation, students receive a high school diploma from the Instituto Nacional para la Educación de Adultos de México (National Institute for Adult Education in MexicoINEA). The diploma is valid in Latin American countries other than Mexico as well. 6
Indigenous Peoples, Education, and Climate Change- Dr. Flor Palmar Facing the need for survival,indigenous peoples employ diverse socioculture strategies, from internal migration to reclaiming of original knowledge and wisdom through native education, in order to confront the effects of climate change in their territories. 6
September 2014 - A Lost Innocence: The Forgotten Children of Central America Not every child receives the love and protection they deserve. Declared a Humanitarian Crisis by the United Nations and the Obama Administration, the surge of children fleeing from Central America to the United States has gained national attention. This presentation focused on these children's lost childhood innocence in terms of the escalated violence in their home countries, their journey through Mexico, and even life here in the United States. These children have lost their ability to simply be children and are being left vulnerable and forgotten by those who ultimately decide their fate. Presented by: Michelle Alderink 6
April 4-7, 2013 - 4th Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival After the great success of last year's Latin American Film Festival, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Ferris State University, Davenport University and Grand Valley State University held the 4th annual Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival on April 4-7, at Celebration! Cinema North & IMAX and Wealthy Theatre. The goal of the festival was to provide the West Michigan community with a unique and enriching opportunity to see with the latest and most acclaimed Latin American films. Fourteen movies from different geographical areas were selected: Chile, México, Guatemala, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, Perú and Argentina which focused on a wide range of contemporary subjects. The Consulates of Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil in Chicago and the Mexican Consulate Detroit contributed to the success of the festival by providing films. Juan Andrés Bello, Venezuelan filmmaker, discussed his documentary La Reina del Pueblo/The Beauty Queen of Town and Gustavo Taretto, Argentine Director, presented his film Sidewalls/Medianeras. The entire festival was open to the public and all events were free. The total GRLAFF attendees was 900, including students and local community members. 5
March 2013 - Conference on the Americas The 12th Conference of the Americas was held on March 15 & 16 at the Eberhard Center, GVSU Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus. This year's theme was Places, Bodies and Practices in Latin America. The conference is an interdisciplinary forum for scholars and community organizations interested in topics of research on Latin America, including the experiences of Latin Americans in the United States and Canada. The keynote speakers were Dr. Saskia Sassen (Columbia University) who conducted a workshop and gave a lecture on globalization (including social, economic and political dimensions), immigration, global cities (including cities and terrorism), new technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions. Cultural anthropologist Ana Rosas Mantecón (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa) conducted a workshop and gave a lecture on the social impact of cultural access, creativity, and urban cultural policies in Mexico City. Proposals included posters, panels, paper sessions and pedagogies of all kinds, including an Latin@s Art Exhibition. Three local children's dance groups participated at the closing of the conference. The total number of attendees was more than 500 people, including students, faculty, scholars, artists and community members. 9
November 2011 - Day of the Dead none 8
2012 Grand Latin American Film Festival Wealthy Theatre - March 30 - April 1, 2012 13
April 2012 - LAS student, Kristin Kuhn, the first recipient of the LAS mini-grant. Student Kristin Kuhn traveled to Birmingham, Alabama in April to present a paper at the 20th Annual Latin American Studies Symposium at Birmingham-Southern College. 3
Argentine Tango Dance & Culture Workshops - Oct. 2011 Tango workshops held at GVSU during Fall 2011. 3
Exploring immigration on the border 9/29/2011 Lecture by Bob Neustadt, Northern Arizona University. 1
Latin@ Colloquium - February 12, 2011 none 4
Latin American Film Festival - April 8-9, 2011 Wealthy Theatre 9
Building Community Through Poetry - April 30, 2011 none 15
Conference on the Americas - November 4-6, 2010 none 31
Celebrate Mexico - Serenade Under the Moon - September 22, 2010 none 3
Celebrate Mexico - Lourdes Grobet - September 29, 2010 Lourdes Grobet is a famous Mexican photographer who specializes wrestling photography. 5
WaZoBia - September 30, 2010 Africo-Cuban Drumming Workshop by WaZoBia Music Ensemble on Wednesday, September 30, 2010. Student Comments: - I love how interactive this event was! Very fun and interesting! - Very fun, yet informative & interesting! Loved it! - It was great. Improved my mood to happiness! - Really enjoyed the interaction, great teaching, easy to follow, loved the dancing! - Very fun, learned a lot! - It was incredibly fun. I loved it!!! - It was a lot of fun and I liked learning a dance. - It was fun. I'd do it again. - Best class ever!! - Very creative & informative. - Awesome :) 5
Celebrate Mexico - Doing Business in Mexico Panel Discussion - October 7, 2010 none 2
Celebrate Mexico - Grupo Tarasco - October 7, 2010 Grupo Tarasco - October 7, 2010 at the Downtown DeVos campus in Grand Rapids! 5
Celebrate Mexico - La Loteria in the Community - September 24, 2010 Cook Arts Center (Grandville Arts and Humanities) September 24, 2010. 6
Spotlight on Cuba - Recuerdos de la Isla - December 2009 Panel discussion held in the Loosemore Auditorium - "Recuerdos de la Isla" (Memories from the Island) 4
I Latin American Film Festival - April 2010 Wealthy Theatre 9
GVSU Delegation - MOAS, Washington, DC - Winter 2010 Delegation in front of OAS headquarters. Front Row: Amber Spencley, Omar Gonzalez, Petra Alsoofy, Jessica Smith, Andrew Raine. Back Row: Dex Battista, Evan Martin, Kristen Moore, Simonne Yet Kwong Horman, MaryBeth Deiters, Andrew Schlewitz Check out the facebook page for more photos and info! 1
Spotlight on Cuba - Robin Moore - December 7, 2009 Introduction to Afro-Cuban Music Workshop conducted by Professor Robin Moore (Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 1995), Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology. Professor Moore has received awards including fellowships from the Rockfeller Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Humanities Center. His primary research interests include music and nationalism, music and race relations, popular music study, and socialist art aesthetics. His publications include Nationalizing Blackness: afrocubanismo and artistic revolution in Havana, 1920-1940 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998), Music and Revolution Cultural Change in Socialist Cuba (The University of California Press, 2006), Music of the Hispanic Caribbean (Oxford University Press, 2009), and articles on Cuban music in the Latin American Music Review, Cuban Studies, Ethnomusicology, Encuentro de la cultura cubana, and other journals and book anthologies. 5
November 10, 2009 Voices of our People The MAM People in Our Community, Mayan Languages and Cultures. Guests included: Maria and Francisco de Pablo and MAM Community Members 4
Danzas Aztecas - October 28, 2009 none 13
Sept 11, 2009 LAS Faculty Retreat 3
Sept 23, 2009 - Dede Mirabal Visit Dedé Mirabal, author of the book "Vivas en el jardin" [Alive in the Garden, Memories, 2009, Vintage Publisher], talked with GVSU students, professors and community members about Santo Domingo and her family history on September 23. 12
Winter 2009 - GVSU Delegation - MOAS, Washington, DC Students can join this delegation by the taking the course LAS 320, Model of Organization of American States (MOAS), offered in the Winter semester. Below: The photos below are of the 2009 GVSU delegates to the Model Organization of American States, Washington, DC. The students represented Nicaragua. In the upcoming 2010 conference, GVSU will represent Argentina. 4
July 14, 2009 Latino Youth visit to GVSU 10