Events Fall 2022


Running from Mid-September to Mid-October

Organized by Dr. Enrique González-Conty, Ithaca College




Dr. Jennifer Saracino, University of Arizona

Co-Sponsored with the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity

Monday, October 3rd, 4PM in Friends 210 (and via Zoom)




Talk organized by Department of Politics, and co-sponsored by the programs of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Monday, October 3rd, 4PM (via Zoom)




Wednesday, October 5th, 4PM in Textor Hall  103




Visit organized by Dr. Annette Levine and Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Ithaca College. 

Co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Jewish Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies programs, and the Departments of Literatures in English, Writing, Art, Art History, and Architecture. 

Lecture at Ithaca College: October 18, 6:30 PM in Textor Hall 101



Co-sponsored by the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Lecture at Ithaca College: Monday, October 31st, 4:00 PM in Williams Hall 202


Spring 2022


Dr. Kyle Burke, Hartwick College

Co-Sponsored with the Department of History at Ithaca College

Wednesday, March 23, 4PM in Friends 210 (and via Zoom)



Dr. N. Michelle Murray, Vanderbilt University

Co-Sponsored with the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Ithaca College

Wednesday, March 30, 1PM via Zoom



Q&A with Dr. Jennifer Jolly, Art History, Ithaca College

Thursday, March 31st, 4:30PM via Zoom



Dr. Sebastián Vargas Álvarez, Universidad del Rosario (Colombia)

Tuesday, April 19th, 2:35PM – 3:50PM via Zoom

Lecture in Spanish, Q&A Spanish and English



Rodrigo Ugarte, Social Science Research Council

Thursday, April 21st, 1:10PM - 2:25PM via Zoom


FALL 2021

Talk with Dr Beau Gators - “Illuminating the Invisible: Black Presence in 19th Century Mexican History

When: Thursday, November 4th, 2021

Time: Ithaca College's Noon hour - 12:10PM - 1:05PM



FALL 2019

September 30, 2019

Fernando Garcia, Director of Border Network for Human Rights, "Border Communities, Racial Inequalities, and Human Rights," 2:00 pm, Friends 306, Ithaca College (Co-sponsored by Committee on US-Lain American Relations)

October 8, 2019

Rojo (Argentina, 2018) with discussion facilitated by Dr. Camilo Malagon (Modern Languages and Literatures) and Dr. Jonathan Ablard (History), 7:00 pm at Cornell Cinema.

October 22, 2019

Todd Miller, independent journalist: "Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the U.S. Border Around the World (Verso Books, 2019), 7:00 pm, Emerson Suites, Ithaca College (Co-sponsored by Department of Politics and Park Center for Independent Media).

November 21, 2019

Harry Franqui-Rivera, Bloomfield College, "Soldiers of the Nation: Military Service and Modern Puerto Rico," 8:00 am, Friends 203, Ithaca College

"The Thin Red Line: History and Myth in Puerto Rican Historiography: A Workshop," Noon, Business 301, Ithaca College (Co-sponsored by Department of History)


March 28, 2019

"MadHouse: Psychiatry and Politics in Cuban History" Dr. Jennifer Lambe (Brown University), Thursday, March 28, 2019, 4:00 pm, Textor 103

April 9, 2019

"Walking Together: Documenting the Struggles for Migrant Justice" Dr. Steve Pavey (Hope in Foucs), Tuesday, April 9,2019, 2:35 pm, Friends 209

April 23, 2019

"Memorializing Marielle Franco in Rio de Janiero, Brazil" Pamela K. Sertzen, (Syracuse University), Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 1:10 pm, Ithaca Falls Room


March 27, 2018

The Farmworker Movement: From North to South, East to West.  El Movimiento Campesino: Del Norte A Sur, De Este A Oeste.  Cornell Farmworker Program Hosts: Familias Unidas Por La Justicia (FUJ) & the Alianza Argicola Upstate NY Speaking Tour.  Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm. Location: First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. 


April 7, 2016

A talk by David Grosser, Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES).  A critical look at the new 'pacts' being made regionally, especially the Alliance for Prosperity and its impact.  

A presentation about the content of “Plan Colombia for Central America”/ the Alliance for Prosperity. As a reaction to the unprecedented number of children who arrived in the US in the summer of 2014, Vice-President Biden proposed a new “Plan Colombia for Central America” in order to stop the flow of migrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Come find out the details of what the proposal actually contains and how you can help organize and support resistance to this disastrous aid package.

David Grosser has been a member and leader in CISPES’ solidarity activities and delegations to Central America since 1995, as well as an observer to the recent 2014 presidential elections.

April 7, 2016; 10:50am-12:00 pm, Job Hall 160, Ithaca College

FALL 2014

November 13, 2014

Charmaine Nelson, McGill University, "James Hakewill's Picturesque Tour of Jamaica (1825): Landscape Art as Pro-Slavery Discourse," Textor 101, Ithaca College, 6:00 p.m.

December 1, 2014

Caribbean Students Association Performs: Platanos, Collard Greens y Callaloo, Time: TBA.

October 13, 2014

Max Ocean ('15) and Candace King ('15) talk on Cuban Study Abroad, Gannett 112, Ithaca College, 6:00 p.m.

October 8, 2014

Erneso Bassi, Cornell University, "Captains, Sailors, and the Creation of a Trans-imperial Greater Caribbean During the Age of Revolutions," Textor 101, Ithaca College, 6:00 p.m.

September 25, 2014

Juan de los Muertos screening and discussion with Enrique Gonzalez-Conty (IC) and Hugues Barbier (Ithaca International Film Festival), Cinemopolis, 7:00 pm. Cost: $7.50 General, $6.00 Students.

FALL 2013

November 20, 2013

Enrique Gonzalez-Conty, Modern Languages and Literatures, Ithaca College, "Camera Obscura: Subverting the Filmic Canon of the Cuban Revolutionary Archive," 12:00 pm, Six Mile Creek, Ithaca College. Contact Jonathan Ablard at

November 11, 2013

Steve Volk, Oberlin College, "This is the Story of How We Begin to Remember: Chile, Metaphor, and Memory." Dr. Volk was named Outstanding Baccalaureate College U.S. Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He will present on how the United States sponsored coup in Chile has been remembered in the United States. Dr. Volk comes to Ithaca through a partnership with the Center for Faculty Excellence and the Department of History. 6:00 pm, 225 Williams, Ithaca College. Contact: Jonathan Ablard at

November 7, 2013

Lunch Meeting: Latin American Studies minors, interested students, and faculty will meet for an informal lunch meeting. In addition to introducing ourselves and sharing our interest, we will conduct business relating to the future of the program. Lunch is provided by Latin American Studies. 12:00 pm, 201 Friends, Ithaca College. Please RSVP to Jonathan Ablard at

November 5, 2013

Dr. Alaniz will conduct an informal talk with Jonathan Ablard's "Disease and Health in Latin America" course; 1:10 pm, Williams 202, Ithaca College. Open to the public.

November 5, 2013

"Building Community Among Strangers: Challenges of Post-Disaster Resettlement in Honduras," 6:00 pm, Taughannock Falls, Ithaca College.

November 4, 2013

"Building Community Among Strangers: Challenges of Post-Disaster Resettlement in Central America," 12:00 pm, 201 Uris Hall, Enaudi Center, Cornell University.

November 1, 2013

New York State Latin American History Workshop. A semi-annual workshop for scholars and students of Latin American history in which pre-circulated papers are discussed. Lunch included. The upcoming workshop will discuss papers by Luis Sierra (Binghamton University) and Raymond Craib (Cornell University) on Bolivian urban history and Chilean anarchism, respectively. 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Ithaca Falls, Ithaca College. Please contact Jonathan Ablard, Director of Latin American Studies, to reserve a spot for lunch at


April 28, 2013

Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) Textor Hall 101, 6:00 pm, Ithaca College

April 27, 2013

Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) 330 East MLK/State Street.

April 1, 2013

Architect Belmont Freeman, "The Architecture of the Cuban Revolution: Construction of a New Modernist Identity," Monday, April 1, 2013, 5:30 pm, Handwerker Gallery (Gannett Center).

October 21, 2012

"The Voice that Broke the Silence" is a feature-length documentary about the role of community-based media in the political and social unrest that erupted in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2006. 7:00 pm, Clark Lounge, Ithaca College. Contact Patricia Rodriguez, Politics, at

October 16, 2012

Ronald Lec, a Guatemala Maya and Director of the Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute, will speak on the end of the current cycle in the Maya calendar, 12:00 pm, Taughannock Falls, Union, Ithaca College.

He will also speak about his work with the Permaculture Institute at 7:00 pm in Williams 225, Ithaca College.

October 11, 2012

Jonathan Ablard, Latin American Studies and History (Ithaca College) will present "The Weight of History: Nutritional Transition and Obesity in Latin America and the Caribbean," 3:00 pm, 222 Williams Hall, Ithaca College.

October 3, 2012

Salgado Maranhao, the celebrated Afro-Brazilian poet, will discuss his life and work and read from his newly translated book of poems, Blood of the Sun, Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 7:00 pm, Williams 225, Ithaca College.

He will also speak with a cluster of poetry classes in Williams 225 at 1:00 pm. Please contact Jennifer Jolly ( if you would like to participate.

September 25, 2012

FILM: Ever wonder about how to begin to make sense of the long-standing conflict in Colombia? IC is hosting a showing of the film IMPUNITY: WHAT KIND OF WAR FOR COLOMBIA (2010). It centers on efforts toward transitional justice in Colombia, with a focus on the trial against paramilitary armies, and the connections of these groups with political and economic elites in Colombia and in the U.S.. It examines the question of whether the victims' families are doomed to stay victims forever or are they able to fight Impunity?

Film by JUAN JOSE LOZANO (Swiss and Colombian filmmaker) & HOLLMAN MORRIS: Colombian journalist who has spent more than 15 years covering Colombia’s internal armed conflict, with a particular focus on human rights issues). Film in Spanish, with English subtitles, 58 minutes.

The film will be introduced and given some background by guest speaker John Laun, from the Colombia Support Network, a national grassroots organization based in Madison, Wisconsin, created to provide support to Colombian communities and organizations in areas of conflict which seek to construct a just social and economic order using non-violence means. He will also do a Q&A at the end of the film. Co-sponsored by Politics Dept, Latin American Studies minor, CUSLAR (Committee on US-Latin American Relations), and Colombia Support Network-Central New York Chapter.  Textor 101, 7:00 pm

September 24, 2012

David Sheinen, Professor of History, Trent University, Toronto, will speak on popular support for the dictatorship in Argentina, "The Plot to Modernize Indigenous Peoples: Rethinking Human Rights Under Military Rule in Argentina, 1976-1983."  September 24, 2012, Clark Lounge, Union, Ithaca College, 7:00-9:00 pm.

April 2-3, 2012

Odilia Romero, Activist at the Bi-national Front of Indigenous Organizations (FIOB) in California and Mexico, focusing on indigenous migrants workers rights. You can read about the work of the organization here: And about Odilia ere: Speaking engagements: At Cornell: Monday, Apr. 2, Latin American Studies Seminar Series, 12:15 pm, Uris Hall 153. At Elmira College: Monday, Apr. 2, 4:30 pm. At SUNY Cortland: Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2:50 pm. For questions please contactTim Shenk, Coordinator, Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations (CUSLAR) Tel. 607-255-7293,,

April 10, 2012

Simón Sedillo, Community rights defense organizer and film maker. He has spent the last 8 years documenting, producing and teaching community based video documentation in Mexico and the US. Through lectures, workshops, and short films, Sedillo breaks down the effects of neoliberalism, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and militarism on indigenous communities, immigrant communities, and communities of color in the US and Mexico. Sedillo is also an active member of the campaign to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, at Fort Benning, in Columbus, GA. See trailers of his films here:  Speaking engagements: At Cornell: Tuesday, Apr. 10, 7 pm. Showing of 2 of Sedillo's short films. Cornell Cinema. For questions please contactTim Shenk, Coordinator, Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations (CUSLAR) Tel. 607-255-7293,,

February 12-13, 2012

Padre Alejandro Solalinde, Priest, human rights defender and director of a shelter for Central American migrants in southern Mexico. Many Central Americans now call him "the Oscar Romero of the migrants." Solalinde's theology is rooted in the  believes migrants "are changing the world with their presence." Read Amnesty International's summary of Padre Alejandro's work here:  Speaking engagements: At Cornell: Sunday, Feb. 12, 6 pm, place TBA. Monday, Feb. 13, Latin American Studies Seminar Series, 12:15 pm, Uris Hall 153. Downtown Ithaca: Sunday, Feb. 12, 10 am. First Baptist Church, 309 N. Cayuga St. At Ithaca College: Monday, Feb. 13, 7 pm, place TBA. or questions please contactTim Shenk, Coordinator, Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations (CUSLAR) Tel. 607-255-7293,,


October 28, 2011

Small-Scale Farmers in Colombia: What to Expect from the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement?

John Henry Gonzalez, co-founder of the Movimiento Campesino de Cajibio-- (Small-Scale Farmers’ Movemement of Cajibio), will be discussing the impact of the forthcoming approval of the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. Rural Colombians already face huge problems such as massive internal displacement (5 million people), military/paramilitary and rebel violence against peasants, labor leaders, and communities in general, and unemployment; FTA will deepen these problems.

The speaker will discuss the ways in which the MCC is mobilizing and forging alliances to present local and national alternatives to neoliberal policies and the FTA so as to prevent further displacement and violence. As one of the main voceros (‘spokespersons’) of the MCC, John Henry Gonzalez is also at the forefront of an effort to engage in dialogue with local officials to develop effective emergency responses to human rights violations. MCC works to promote a decent and dignified life for small scale farmers, with water and food security and land ownership rights.

September 19, 2011

Aviva Chomsky to speak on Colombian labor, mining and solidarity.

Cornell University Event: SEPTEMBER 19th 12:15-1:30 pm “Labor, Environment, and Human Rights in Colombia: The Complexities of Solidarity” Uris Hall 153; 12:15pm

Ithaca College Event: SEPTEMBER 19th 2:00 pm “Labor and Economic Development: Historical Perspectives from New England to Colombia” –Klingenstein Lounge (Campus Center, IC); 2:00-3:00 pm

Evening Community Event: SEPTEMBER 19th; 7:30 pm

"Labor and Community Solidarity in the Colombian Coal Mines" Unitarian Church of Ithaca --306 N. Aurora St. (corner of Aurora St. and Buffalo St.)-parlor room; 7:30-9pm

*Chomsky’s talk will be followed by short discussion of recent confrontations in Cauca region of Colombia and impact on communities – by Patricia Rodriguez, member of Colombia Support Network- Central New York.

The talks are free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by: Ithaca College History and Politics Departments and Latin American Studies minor; Cornell University Latin American Studies Program and History Department; Social Justice Council of the Ithaca Unitarian Church; and Colombia Support Network-Central New York Chapter.

For more information about Aviva Chomsky go to

September 13, 2011

Eric Tut

Paradise Expeditions Adventure Travel, “Ecotourism in Belize: Prospects and Perils” September 13, 2011, 12:00-1:00 pm, Six Mile Creek, Student Union, Ithaca College.  Free and open to the public.

April 12, 2011

Women in Guatemala: the Struggle for Gender Equality, Representation, and Expression.   Sandra Moran, Guatemalan activist, musician, women’s rights organizer, lesbian, and social movement leader. Sandra has worked with the Guatemalan women’s and feminist movement for the past 20 years. She lived in exile for 14 years, from 1980-1994; during that time, she built international solidarity for Guatemala, denouncing the grave violations of human rights (committed by the State of Guatemala in the 80’s). 

March 3-5,2 011

Youth, Identities and Transnational Flows.  The Latin American Studies Program, Latino Studies Program, Cornell Farmworker Program at Cornell University, Program on Latin America and the Caribbean at Syracuse University, and Latin American Studies at Ithaca College presents "Youth, Identities, and Transnational Flows," March 3-5, 2011.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Guest Speaker Jesus Emilio Tuberquia, "Confronting War with Peace: The Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado," presented by the Latin American Studies Minor at Ithaca College.  Taughannock Falls Room (campus center), 2:35-3:50 pm.  Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodating should contact Patricia Rodriguez at or 607-274-5714.

March 3-5, 2011

The Latin American Studies Program, Latin Studies Program, Cornell Farmworker Program at Cornell University, Program on Latin America and the Caribbean at Syracuse University, and Latin American Studies at Ithaca College presents: "Youth, Identities, and Transnational Flows," March 3-5, 2011. See the complete program at:


Monday, October 25, 2010

Patricia Hernandez, "Autonomous Education from Chiapas to Mexico City: Urban Zapatista Links," Monday, October 25, 2010, 5:00-7:00 pm, 253 Malott Hall, Cornell University.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Helena Maria Viramontes

Chicana author, Helena Maria Viramontes, will present and read selections from her novel Under the Feet of Jesus and several short stories that grapple specifically with migration and human cost.  Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 7:00 pm, Klingenstein Lounge. Free and open to the public.

Friday, October 22 & Saturday, October 23, 2010

I Don't Have to Show You No Stinking Badges!

IC Teatro presents Luis Valdez's masterpiece "I Don't Have to Show You No Stinking Badges!" on Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23, 2010, 7:00 pm, Beeler Auditorium, James J. Whalen Center. Email: for reservations.  Donations accepted.

September 25, 2010:

Latino and Asian American Communities Join in Celebrating Immigrants

Women’s Community Building

100 W. Seneca St, Ithaca, NY

 7:30pm to 12am

Free and open to the public

April 14, 2010

Columbian Journalist, Claudia Lopez, will speak about state and non-state violence in Columbia

Ithaca College, Klingenstein Hall
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 7pm
Free and open to the public

March 31, 2010

The Little School/La escuelita: The Adventures of a Book in Search of Justice

Argentine poet and activist, Alicia Partnoy

Ithaca College, Williams Hall Rm. 225

Wed. March 31st at 6:30pm

Free and open to the public

Argentine poet and activist, Alicia Partnoy, will share the "adventures" of her testimonial narrative, La Escuelita/The Little School, in which she tells of her experiences as a "disappeared" political prisoner in Argentina during the 1970s. Alicia Partnoy currently teaches Spanish at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and is a member of the Advisory Board of Amnesty International.



October 22, 2009

Why We Migrate

Stories of Mexico's Displaced; Paola Guitierrez Galinda Speaking Tour October 2009
Williams 225, Ithaca College Campus

November 19, 2009

Paul Gootenberg, SUNY Stonybrook, History will present on the history of cocaine in a global perspective.

November 5-6, 2009

Rosendo Carillo de la Rosa, Huichol Artist, various class visits and evening art-making workshop

November 4, 2009, 6 pm

Arpillera Panel Discussion with Marjorie Agostin, Handwerker Gallery

November 3 and 4, 2009

eatrotaller performances of Desiertos, Cornell University Click for more information.

Sept. 24, 2009 (lecture), Sept 29 (project information) and October 1 (fundraising)

Operacion Wallacea: "we work with both students and faculty from over 150 universities in UK and North America doing tropical conservation research in areas of important biodiversity",

CNS room tba (contact: Paula Turkon)

September 24th, 2009, 4:00: Seminar session: James Saunders discussing Marine Conservation in Honduras

CNS room TBA (contact: Paula Turkon)

September 3, 2009, At 7 pm 'Sex and the Sandinistas' (How gay and lesbian people in Nicaragua battled for their own space inside the Sandinista Revolution) AND At 7:30 'Gay Cuba' (Gay Cuba casts a colorful and hopeful light on efforts to reform and to humanize a society often maligned for its calcified rigidity)

Founder of SOA WATCH, Father Roy Bourgeois, Speaks at Ithaca College
“The U.S. and Latin America: Recent Events in Honduras”

Thursday, September 24, 2009 from 10:50 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. @ Handwerker Gallery

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Classical Guitar Recital of Latin American Music
with Pablo Cohen Ithaca College Music Professor

Sunday September 20, 2009 at 4:00 pm (Free and Open to the Public)
Hockett Recital Hall
Ithaca College

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The Latino Civic Association Presents Latino Heritage Month Celebration
September 15 – October 15, 2009

Art Exhibit, Theater, Poetry & Music and a Concert are scheduled.

All events are Free and Open to the public.

Click for More Information.

Latin American Film Series Spring 2009

Cornell University Latin American Studies Program and the Committee for U.S. Latin American Relations present the Latin American Film Series for Spring 2009. The films will be shown Wednesday nights from January 28 – April 8, 2009.

Poster for the Latin American Film Series (PDF)

Wednesdays, 7:00pm, Free and Open to the Public
Uris Auditorium Cornell University Campus


The Latin Civic Association & the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

Invite you to join senior docent Bernice Magee for a special tour to explore the museum's Pre-Columbian collection with objects from Mexico, Peru, & Ecuador


October 11, 2008 1pm
Cornell University Johnson Museum


Witness for Peace Mid-Atlantic Speaker Tour October 2008

Come hear Freddy Caicedo, a Columbian human rights organizer give insights into the Columbian Free Trade Agreement.

Not Free, Not Trade, Not an Agreement

October 13, 2008 7pm
Ithaca College Clark Lounge (Campus Center)


Two Latin American Films:

Presented by Ithaca College Latin American Studies Program and Cornell University Committee on U.S. — Latin American Relations (CULSAR).

At Ithaca College: 
Sept 8: FRIENDS 202  7pm

The Last Zapatistas: Forgotten Heroes (2002) 90 min

In this engrossing piece of living history, director Francesco Taboada Tabone captures a group of men (all well into their 90s) who reminisce about their exploits during the 1910 Mexican Revolution. Through enthralling interviews, the film brings to life the testimony of these last 12 surviving revolutionaries of the storied Liberation Army of the South -- patriots who fought and bled alongside Gen. Emiliano Zapata.

At Cornell: 
Sept 10th:
 Uris Hall 7pm

Juchitan Queer Paradise (2003)   Discussant: Billie Jean Isbell

This is fascinating portrait of Juchitan, a small Mexican city near the Guatemalan border. Here homosexuality is fully accepted; gays are simply a third gender. If a boy shows a predisposition to homosexuality his family will rejoice and be thankful for receiving what is considered a blessing. In Juchitan a man who wants to be a woman only has to dress like a woman to be considered and treated as a woman by the entire community. The film profiles three gay people: a teacher, a hairdresser and a shop owner.   In other ways this is a truly unique society. The population of Zapotec Indians resist the homogeneous trends of globalization. While Indian languages are endangered everywhere else in the world, in Juchitan, the Zapotec language is spoken proudly at home, at municipal meetings, in poetry, song and theatre. Celebration plays a crucial role in this society. Fiestas called velas (candles) are held frequently and can last up to a week! The film concludes with the colorful fiesta, the "Vela des folles" which the gay men featured in the film organize each year.



Popular Resistance in Latin America
February 6, 2007
12:05-1:00 p.m., Klingenstein Lounge


Papa querido: A play by Aida Bortnik
November 14, 2006
7:30 p.m., Textor 103

Freddy Siso (Venezuelan film maker)
November 9, 2006
4:30 p.m., Clark Lounge

Felix Masud-Piloto (guest speaker)
April 20, 2006
7:00-9:00 p.m., Textor 101