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!
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
Sarah Robins, Philosophy
Ramon Alvarado, Philosophy
David Menager, Computer Science
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.
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.
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
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”?
Charles Olcese, KU International Student Services
Gibette Encarnacion, English
Raul Saenz, Molecular Biosciences
Karen Lisondra, Resonation Music and Arts, LLC
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.
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.
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.