Annual Latin American Studies Conference set for CSUSB

Annual Latin American Studies Conference set for CSUSB

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Three guest speakers, a screening of the documentary film “SUNÚ,” sessions on health care in Latin America and DREAMER students, and a performance by the student theater group Acto Latino will be featured at the annual Latin American Studies Conference at Cal State San Bernardino.

The conference will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, April 13, and Friday, April 14, with the programs taking place at the university’s Lower Commons, the John M. Pfau Library and the Santos Manuel Student Union.

On Thursday, Sara Sefchovich, a professor from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, speak on “Escribir y recordar (To write and to remember)” beginning at noon in Pfau Library PL 4005

At 2 p.m., also in PL 4005 Carlos Martínez Assad, emeritus professor from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, will speak on “La memoria y la construcción de la identidad (The memory and the construction of identity).”

Beginning at 4:30 p.m., the conference will show “SUNÚ.” According to the film website, “Seen through the eyes of small, midsize and large Mexican maize producers, SUNÚ knits together different stories from a threatened rural world.  It journeys deep into the heart of a country where people realize their determination to stay free, to work the land and cultivate their seeds, to be true to their cultures and forms of spirituality, all in a modern world that both needs them and despises them.”

At 6:30 p.m. in the Santos Manuel Student Union, the CSUSB student theater group Acto Latino will present American playwright Luis Valdez’s play adaptation “Soldado Razo” and the original piece “El Cruce De Los Suenos.” Admission to the performance is $5.

The conference resumes Friday, highlighted by a presentation by Mexican writer Fran Ilich Morales, who will speak on “Another world is possible: Hidden digital histories, community building, and the power of agency.” The presentation will be at noon in Pfau Library 4005.

The conference is sponsored by the Association for Latin American Studies, Acto Latino, Center for International Studies and Programs, CSUSB College of Arts and Letters, the CSUSB Department of World Languages and Literatures, Intellectual Life, the John M. Pfau Library and the University Diversity Committee.

Latin American Studies Conference poster. Click on the image to view a larger version.

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