Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies

Spring 2015 Events

February 27 & 28

Reimagining Latino@ Studies in Higher Education

Please join us for the two-part event (lecture and workshop) of our year-long series.

On Friday 27, at 2:30 in Campus Center 803, distinguished guest Carmen Whalen (Professor of History and Latino/a Studies, Williams College) will give a lecture titled
"Looking for Work in a Globalizing Industry: Puerto Rican Women and New York City's Garment Industry,"

Workshop: RSVP
On Saturday, February 28, from 10am-1pm in Thompson 919 at UMass, we will be hosting a Latina/o Studies workshop with Professor Whalen for faculty and graduate students.

If interested, please contact so that you can receive a pdf of the reading that will anchor the discussion.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Looking for Work in a Globalizing Industry: Puerto Rican Women and New York City's Garment Industry - presented by Carmen Whalen

2:30PM, Campus Center Room 803
University of massachusetts amherst

February 26 & 27

The Politics of Migration: Gender, Sexuality, and Citizenship


Please join the Umass Amherst Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department for its Spring 2015 conference. The keynote speakers will be Chandan Reddy, University of Washington Seattle, and Eithne Luibheid, University of Arizona. This event is free and open to the public.  Please register online by February 18th.  For questions or further details, please e-mail

Friday, March 6, 2015

Linguistic Inequality: Language and Power in the Americas

9:00-4:30, Cape cod lounge, Student union
university of massachusetts amherst

Symposium Schedule:
9:00am-9:15am: Breakfast and Introductions
9:15am-10:45am: Jennifer Leeman, Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics, George Mason University, “Inequality and the Representation of Latin@s in the Era of School Reform: Accent-Based Discrimination in Arizona”
10:45am-11:00am: Break
11:00am-12:30pm: Nelson Flores, Assistant Professor of Educational Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania, “From Social Transformation to Official Antiracism: The Unexamined Whiteness of Bilingual Education”
12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm-3:00pm: José Del Valle, Professor of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages, City University of New York, “Post-Political Language Policies and the Erasure of Inequality”
3:00pm-3:15pm: Break
3:15pm-4:30pm Workshop with Faculty and Graduate Students

Monday, April 27, 2015

"Gender, Migration, and 'illegality' in the new west"
4:00PM, Thompson 519, Research Colloquium series

Leah Schmaltzbauer, Amherst College

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Afro-Colombian Women's Movement Information Session and Solidarity Networking

1:30-2:30PM, Thompson Hall, Room 522
University of Massachusetts Amherst

"Territory is Life and Life Does Not Have a Price"

Learn about and get involved in supporting Black Women's defence of their ancestral lands, livelihoods, and families. Information session will feature a brief presentation, a mini-documentary, and a guided discussion about practical solidarity efforts. Hosted by the Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network and the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies. For more information visit

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Solidarity With Ayotzinapa

12:00-1:30pm, Du bois library, room 2601

university of massachusetts amherst

We are reaching out to students, faculty and the larger community of the 5 Colleges and the Pioneer Valley to stand in solidarity with the families of forty-three disappeared students of the school Ayotzinapa, Guerrero (Mexico). They were arbitrarily taken by police forces on September 26, 2014, when they were preparing to participate in the yearly commemoration of the Massacre of Tlatelolco, perpetrated by the Mexican armed forces on October 2, 1968 in Mexico City. Since the disappearance of the forty-three students, and murder of six more, family members and protesters have demanded that the disappeared be found alive and returned to their families. After forty-two days, protests intensified when, on November 7, the Attorney General informed that the students had been handed down by the police to a local drug gang that killed them, burned their bodies, and finally dumped their ashes in a river. Although there are compelling reasons why this could not have happened in the way the Attorney General declared, Mexican authorities behave as if the responsibility of the state had been fulfilled, and have threatened to use the force yet again if the protests continue.

This Thursday, we will have an activity in Solidarity with Ayotzinapa, joining the families of the victims and thousands of protesters around the world during a day of Paro Nacional (national strike). There will be a space for people to know about the happenings that triggered the recent crisis, and about the systematic use of state-sanctioned violence in Mexico. We will share audiovisual material, and speak with journalists reporting from Mexico. We will also collect donations to send to the families of the disappeared.

Please join us and stand in solidarity with Ayotzinapa. If you cannot attend the activity, please consider making donations (contact the Association of Latin American, Caribbean and Latino/a Students & Friends, ALACS:

Co-organizers: Association of Latin American, Caribbean and Latino/a Students, ALACS & Friends (UMass Amherst), Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino/a Studies, CLACLS (UMass Amherst), Violence and Conflict Research Laboratory, G.E.O., and Hampshire College.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Shameless Woman - Artivism With Magdalena Gomez

6:00PM, Faculty Lounge, FPH, Hampshire College

Monday, November 17, 2014
 Gomez is a playwright, performer, storyteller, actor, educator, and local artivist. In addition to reading from her new book of poetry, Shameless Woman (Red Sugarcane Press, 2014), she will also talk about her work with youth of color in Springfield, MA through Teatro V!da, a performance space that allows youth to develop and enact their creative talents on stage.  

Magdalena Gómez, a Bronx native and Springfield, Massachusetts resident, is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Teatro V!da, the first Latin@ theater in Springfield, MA. She was the creator and facilitator of the Writing from the Belly series at the Women of Color Leadership Network at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and in 2007 Ms. Gómez was named an Unsung Heroine by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. For ten years, she performed nationally as a jazz poet with the late baritone saxophonist, Fred Ho. Ms. Gómez is a columnist for An African American Point of View newspaper, and a regular commentator for New England Public Radio.
This event is sponsored by:  The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Education, the Lebrón-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center, the Latin@ and Latin American Studies Program, the Africana Studies Program, Critical Studies of Childhood Youth and Leadership, School of Interdisciplinary Arts, the Creative Writing Program, and Professor Valentin's Artivism Seminar.  
The Faculty Lounge is an accessible space. 
Light food and refreshments will be served.  

For questions and event details, contact Dr. Wilson Valentín-Escobar:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Fall 2014 Eqbal Ahmad Lecture: Hampshire College

Randall Robinson - "International Human Rights and the Need for Global Education"

november 6, 4:00PM

AMHERST, MA — Randall Robinson, an internationally respected social justice advocate and author, will deliver Hampshire College’s 17th Annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture on November 6 at 4 p.m. His talk, “International Human Rights and the Need for Global Education,” will be held in the Robert Crown Center and is free and open to the public.
Robinson established TransAfrica in 1979 to promote enlightened, progressive U.S. policies toward Africa and the Caribbean. As the head of TransAfrica, he led the “Free South Africa Movement,” a nationwide campaign to end apartheid in South Africa. His 1994 campaign to end military rule in Haiti included a 27-day hunger strike that caused the U.S. government to lead the successful multinational operation that returned power to Haiti’s first democratically elected, but violently overthrown, government.
Robinson is a best-selling author whose works include Defending the Spirit: A Black Life in America, The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks, The Reckoning: What Blacks Owe to Each Other, Quitting America: The Departure of a Black Man from His Native Land, and An Unbroken Agony: From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President. His most recent work is the novel Makeda.
He conceived of and hosts the television series World on Trial, which brings together activists and lawyers to debate sharply contested human rights issues before live juries.
Robinson is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and is a professor of law at Penn State University.

The annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture honors the teaching, scholarship, and activism of the late Eqbal Ahmad, who was a longtime Hampshire College professor. Professor Ahmad's faculty colleagues, former students, family, and friends from around the globe have joined together to make this lecture series a continuing celebration of his life and work. Previous Eqbal Ahmad lecturers include Edward Said, Arundhati Roy, Kofi Annan, Seymour Hersh, Michelle Alexander, Amira Hass, Mustafa Barghouti, and KimberléCrenshaw.

For further information, please email