Center for Latino, Latin American Studies hosts spring Graduate Colloquium Speaker Series

Center for Latino and Latin American Studies/Latino Resource CenterNIU’s Center for Latino and Latin American Studies at NIU has announced its Graduate Colloquium Speaker Series for the spring.

The center offers a minor in Latino and Latin American Studies, a graduate concentration in Latin American Studies, research grants for affiliated faculty and graduate students, undergraduate scholarships, cultural programming and outreach activities.

About 30 faculty associates from various academic disciplines are affiliated with the center.

The speaker series begins Wednesday, March 7.

Brodwyn Fischer
Associate professor of history
Northwestern University

  • Seminar: 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, Latino Center, Room 121, “Inequality from the Margins: Social Difference and Social Politics in Abolition-Era Recife”
  • Lecture: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, Latino Center, Room 121, “The Dirty Politics of Shantytown Radicalism: Murder, Slander, and Associational Life in mid-twentieth century Rio de Janeiro”

Sponsoring departments: the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies and the Graduate Colloquium Committee.

Susie S. Porter
Associate professor of history
Director of the Gender Studies Program
University of Utah

  • Lecture: 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 26, Latino Center, Room 121, “Of Suffragists and Secretaries: commercial education, women’s networks, and female empowerment in Mexico City”
  • Seminar: 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, Illinois Room, Holmes Student Center, “Of workers, señoritas, and secretaries: women, office work, and class identity in Mexico City, 1890-1920”

Sponsoring departments: Department of History, the Graduate Colloquium Committee, the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies and The Women’s Studies Program.

Charles Walker
Professor of history
Director of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas
University of California at Davis.

  • Lecture: 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, Latino Center, Room 121, “Natural Disasters and Society: Some Lessons from the 1746 Earthquake/Tsunami in Lima, Peru”
  • Seminar: 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, Latino Center, Room 121, “Kill the Puka Kunkas (Red Necks): Violence in the Túpac Amaru Rebellion, 1780-1783”

Sponsoring departments: Department of History, the Graduate Colloquium Committee, the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies and The Genocide and Human Rights Institute.

For more information, call (815) 753-1531 or email latinostudies@niu.edu.

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