Past Conferences

2016 Conference: 28-29 April, 2016: Conference Program

2015 Conference: April 30-May 1, 2015, CSUSB

2015 Conference Poster

Dr. Macario Schettino is a Chemical Engineer with an MA in Economics, a PhD in Business and ABD in History. He has been a professor, researcher and Dean in the academic arena, an entrepreneur in technology and services, an official and adviser in different levels of government, and a columnist, op-ed writer and director in Media. More information about Dr. Schettino.

Talk: 2014. Nueva Ruta (New Route)

We are living in a very changing world, and that anguishes us. That is true for the whole planet, but Mexico has a double source of uncertainty. Mexico is changing the way it took over the 20th century, which didn't work. These two sources of uncertainty, the changing world and the change in direction, are difficult to cope with. However, it seems that Mexico is taking the right road this time...

INVITED GUEST SPEAKERS: Thursday, April 30, 2015

  • Dr. Robert Kirkland, History/Latin American Studies (Lecturer, Humanities, CSU San Bernardino)
    Central American Gangs: Changing Structure and Nature [Abstract] (Time: 9:00-10:00am)
  • Dr. Álvaro Ramírez (Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages Saint Mary's College of California)
    Dazed and Confused: Screening out Culture in Contemporary Mexico [Abstract] (Time: 4:00-5:00pm)
  • Dr. Xóchitl Chávez, Anthropology/Music (University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow, UCR)
    Booming Bandas of Los Angeles: Oaxacan Women and Youth as New Cultural Bearers of Philharmonic Brass Bands [Abstract] (Time: 10:15-11:15am)

April 24-25, 2014, CSUSB

2014 Conference Poster

Dr. Miguel Tinker-Salas, Pomona College (Department of Latin American Studies and Department of History). For more information about Dr. Tinker-Salas.

Latin American Contending Views for the Future
Since the election of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela in 1998, Latin America has experienced dramatic political and social 
change. In nearly every country, Latin Americans voted into office social democratic or left candidates, dramatically 
changing the political map of the region and demanding new relations with Washington. The change is most obvious 
in the creation of regional institutions that do not include the United States such as the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). This talk will address the process of change that has been underway, the promise it holds, and the challenges it faces after almost two decades in power.

Dr. Alicia del Campo, CSU Long Beach (Department of Romance, German and Russian). For more information aboutDr. del Campo

Occupying the Neoliberal City: The Chile Student Movement

In May 2011 the Chile student movement initiates a new form of political protest that uses art and theater as fundamental tools for resistance in the public space expressing a profound discontent with the Neoliberal model imposed in Chile. In its public demonstrations the student movement has been able to articulate a counter hegemonic discourse aiming to unmask the image of Chile as the Latin American neoliberal miracle and exposing the inequities that has created. At the core of their critique is the transformation of public education, a fundamental pillar of the Modernization project, into a masked “for profit” enterprise that perpetuates already existent social inequities. Demanding free and high quality public education the movement has inaugurated a new form of resistance where performance, social theatricalities, flash mobs and streets marches have been at the core of their successful appeal to the society as a whole and key to their sustainability as social movement. This presentation aims to show the diverse forms of social theatricalities, performance, and demonstrations at work, their effective use of media culture, their creative ways of symbolic appropriation of the public space and the new forms of political participation that make them possible.

Jaider Esbell (35), Makuxi indigenous artist from Brazil
Indigenous Peoples and Contemporary Art - The world as a Common Place
Auto-biographical reflection of Jaider's artistic trajectory as it informs and is informed by the recent history of the Macuxi people of the Northern Brazilian Amazon. The Macuxi territory was invaded by cattle ranchers in the 20th century and the Macuxi were forced into becoming cowboys and maids for the ranches; but they reversed that historical predicament later by becoming cattle owners and using the tool of conquest as the tool of liberation. The success of the Macuxi political movement in the last three decades was due to the ability of the leaders to build a wide range of political support, from the Catholic Church to International Human Rights organizations. Communication in different languages and forms, and the inherit necessity to distill and translate to different contexts the sorrows and the aspirations of the Macuxi was crucial to the political, cultural and physical survival of the people. Jaider's artistic work builds on and pushes the boundaries of this tradition, born from the colonial experience. He uses poetry, prose, paintings, and community projects to discuss contemporary ideas on the environment, on belonging and on inequalities; concerns that are not particular to the Macuxi but are diffused globally. Will Indigenous peoples have a space, a voice in those global discourses?

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