Charla de Merienda Presents: Friction at the Frontera
Oct
3
2:30 PM14:30

Charla de Merienda Presents: Friction at the Frontera

Thursday, October 3rd from 2:30pm-4pm @ Spencer Museum of Art

“Friction at the Frontera” will explore the complexity of conflicts that arise around tense borders and borderlands in the Americas. Join CLACS to discuss the human cost of border frictions that have historically plagued countries in Latin America and the U.S. 

Panelists:

  • Cécile Accilien, Director of Haitian Studies Institute and Acting Chair of African and African-American Studies

  • Jesus Alfonso Omaña Guerrero, Visiting Scholar from Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

  • Luis Felipe Lomeli, PhD student in Spanish & Portuguese and Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte - México

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Panel Discussion: How Do We Evaluate Politicians?
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Panel Discussion: How Do We Evaluate Politicians?

With a local election for city commissioners in November and a national election just a year away, we ask the following question: How do we evaluate politicians? While the question may first appear to have obvious answers, focusing on a particular form of evaluation can often prove to yield questionable results. Do we focus on character when politicians have proven sufficient in masking their flaws? Or when good people with good intentions can often make terrible policy blunders? To help us wade through these issues we will have four panelists who have both researched this topic or have some practical first-hand experience. We invite the community to join us for this discussion, we hope see you all there!

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Charla de Merienda Goes on the Road: JCCC 7TH ANNUAL DIVERSIDAD CONFERENCE
Sep
6
1:00 PM13:00

Charla de Merienda Goes on the Road: JCCC 7TH ANNUAL DIVERSIDAD CONFERENCE

For the first time ever, the joint project between the KU Commons, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Lawrence Talks will go on the road to Johnson County Community College to discuss the conceptual and practical issues associated with the concept of machismo.

Panelists:

Pere DeRoy, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Caio de Castro, Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Dana Meredith, Department of Spanish

Go here for position pieces!

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Charla de Merienda Presents: Spirituality and Resistance in the Americas
Apr
30
2:30 PM14:30

Charla de Merienda Presents: Spirituality and Resistance in the Americas

Update: Western religions have left a shadow on the Americas of slavery and oppression. As a result, many people have found solace in converting to Afro-diasporic Indigenous religions. How can our generation create connections between these faiths and find a common ground? We consider these questions and more in this production of Charla de Merienda. We hope you can join us!

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Panel Discussion: On Artificial Intelligence and AI Ethics
Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

Panel Discussion: On Artificial Intelligence and AI Ethics

What is “artificial” intelligence? How is it being used? How should it be used? These are just some of the questions we hope to address in this discussion on artificial intelligence and the ethics of AI. Join us for a discussion we think has important implications for everyone in the Lawrence community.

Location: Lawrence Public Library, 6:30pm

Panelists:

Sarah Robins, Philosophy

Ramon Alvarado, Philosophy

David Menager, Computer Science

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Charla de Merienda Presents: Indigenous Land Rights and Biodiversity
Mar
25
4:30 PM16:30

Charla de Merienda Presents: Indigenous Land Rights and Biodiversity

The world has become accustomed to the natural resources of the Americas, but at what cost? Ecological degradation resulting from practices such as mining, deforestation and pollution harm precious ecosystems, disrupt the lives of Latin American and Caribbean communities, and often violate indigenous customs and authority. 

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Charla de Merienda Presents: Machismo in the #YoTambién Era
Mar
19
5:30 PM17:30

Charla de Merienda Presents: Machismo in the #YoTambién Era

RESCHEDULED: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 5:30 p.m., location: International Room KU Union


Machismo is the term and “social construct” that upholds patriarchy and, at best, expects males in Latinx and Latin American communities to be brave, courageous, and strong providers. At worst, machismo underlies a decades long pattern of male aggression and violence towards women and marginalized communities. In the era of #MeToo and #YoTambién, Charla de Merienda asks: as gender relations are redefined across the Americas, should machismo survive? Join us for a riveting conversation in which we share facts, discuss opinions, and build common ground on matters concerning all of us.


Panelists:

Verónica Garibotto, Spanish and Portuguese

Pere DeRoy, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Caio de Castro, Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Polo Camacho, Philosophy of Science

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Charla de Merienda Presents: The American Dream or American Carnage?
Feb
1
12:00 PM12:00

Charla de Merienda Presents: The American Dream or American Carnage?

Charla de Merienda Presents: The American Dream or American Carnage?

Friday, February 1, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. in The Commons @ Spooner Hall

The American Dream? A National Emergency? As the country is embroiled in a debate about immigration and national security, a subject that expressly concerns America’s identity and its values, let us come together to share facts, discuss opinions, and build common ground on a topic that touches all of us. Charla de Merienda asks: what does it mean to be American? Who gets to define it? What would you do to “pass” as something you’re “not”?

Panelists:

Charles Olcese, KU International Student Services

Gibette Encarnacion, English

Raul Saenz, Molecular Biosciences

Karen Lisondra, Resonation Music and Arts, LLC

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Charla de Merienda: Authoritarianism and The Rise of the Right in Latin America
Nov
29
5:30 PM17:30

Charla de Merienda: Authoritarianism and The Rise of the Right in Latin America

Join us on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 5:30 pm for the second Charla de Merienda, “Authoritarianism and The Rise of the Right in Latin America,” a discussion about how the rise of authoritarian and rightist ideology has emerged in Latin America. Our discussion will range across topics a number of topics and perspectives. Charla de Merienda is hosted at The Commons at Spooner Hall, located at 1340 Jayhawk Blvd. Lawrence, KS, 66045.

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Charla de Merienda: Borderlands in the Caribbean, Latin America, and U.S.
Nov
8
2:30 PM14:30

Charla de Merienda: Borderlands in the Caribbean, Latin America, and U.S.

Join us on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 2:30-4:00 p.m. for the first Charla de Merienda, “On Borderlands in the Caribbean, Latin America, and U.S.,” a discussion about migration, border crossings, identity and the tension that arises in contested spaces. Our discussion will range across topics human movement and settlement throughout the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States alter landscapes and shape individuals and societies on all sides and in-between? Charla de Merienda is hosted at The Commons at Spooner Hall, located at 1340 Jayhawk Blvd. Lawrence, KS, 66045. A traditional meal of rice, beans, and light refreshments is provided.

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Panel Discussion: On Human Migration and the Immigration Crisis
Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

Panel Discussion: On Human Migration and the Immigration Crisis

This panel discussion will focus on human migration and the immigration crisis. Our aim in this discussion, as it has been in our previous events and blog posts, is to entertain the most charitable or best formulations of all the positions in circulation. Second, we hope to do this in a way that entertains the merits and failings of every position in an honest and substantive way. Join us as we conduct a dialogue on the very human phenomenon of migration.

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