UCLA Latin American Intitute

March 2024 Newsletter

Dear Latin Americanist Community,

March is one of those transition months at UCLA. We have a few days left in the winter quarter, exam week, and then a fleeting spring break, before we start the spring term. At the Latin American Institute, we are preparing for the final sprint of the academic year. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We still have two not-to-be-missed events this month—both happening the same day! So, tomorrow, March 5, the LAI’s Center for Mexican Studies hosts Marcela Meneses, a visiting scholar from UNAM, who will present “Reflexiones sobre la violencia en México de cara a las elecciones,” as part of the seminar series Challenges Facing Mexico’s Next President. You can attend in person or join via zoom. This seminar series will continue in the spring with several additional events—before voters elect a new president in Mexico in early June. 

At 4 pm, also on Tuesday, Rachel Nolan, Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University, will present her book Until I Find You: Disappeared Children and Coercive Adoptions in Guatemala, published this year by Harvard University Press, in the Department of History’s seminar room in Bunche Hall 6275. This is an in-person only event.

The LAI’s Outreach Program is busy continuing with its series on children's literature in Latin America, featuring authors, illustrators, scholars, and translators. If you missed the most recent talk by illustrator Amanda Mijangos, you can watch it here. It was a phenomenal presentation! And there is another amazing event for K-12 teachers organized by the LAI’s Outreach Program coming up. On April 6, renowned music educators, activists, and accomplished musicians, César Castro and Eduardo Martínez, will offer the workshop “Mexico & Colombia: Interconnected Musical Histories, Genres, and Traditions.” Find out more about the objectives and requirements to participate in this interactive music workshop here. The application deadline is March 24. 

LAI faculty affiliate, Professor César Ayala (Sociology), will be teaching a new seminar entitled “Challenging Neoliberalism in Latin America.” Help spread the word with undergraduates interested in studying the process of neoliberalization of Latin American economies, particularly after 1980. Learn more about the content of the seminar here, and, if you want to enroll, contact Prof. Ayala for a PTE at cjayala@soc.ucla.edu

The deadline to apply to the 2024 Latin American and Caribbean Graduate Student Research Grant competition is fast approaching—it is March 29! Learn about eligibility criteria, materials, and grant requirements here. The grant provides up to $2,000 in field research support to full-time UCLA graduate students working in Latin America and the Caribbean region. 

I cannot close this message without inviting you to give to the mission of the UCLA Latin American Institute and its centers, programs, and working groups. Your generous contributions support the lively intellectual life of the institute, student research, and our vibrant outreach activities. Thanks!

Rubén Hernández-León,
Director of the UCLA Latin American Institute  




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Reflexiones sobre la violencia en México de cara a las elecciones presidenciales
Tuesday, March 5, 2024
12:30 PM
Bunche Hall, Rm 10383 & Online
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Book Talks
Tuesday, March 5, 2024
4:00 PM
Bunche Hall, Rm 6275


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