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The Charles A. Hale Lecture

This annual lecture nurtures teaching and scholarship in the field of Latin American Studies and builds connections among faculty, students, and community members interested in Latin America and U.S. Latinos.

Past Events

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10th Annual Charles A. Hale Lecture

Thursday, September 23, 2021 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Virtual
Join the UI Latin American Studies Program for the 10th annual Charles A. Hale Lecture entitled "Popular Cosmopolitanism: Cinema, Genre and Mediation in Mid-Century Mexico" delivered virtually by Ignacio Sánchez Prado on Thursday, September 23, 6-7:30 p.m. The Hale Lecture honors the memory of Professor Charles A. Hale (1930-2008), a specialist in Latin American liberalism and intellectual history. He was a distinguished scholar and faculty member at the University of Iowa from 1966-1997...

9th Charles A. Hale Lecture: "Blending Puerto Rico Into Latin American History"

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 3:30pm to 5:00pm
University Capitol Centre
The 9th annual Charles A. Hale Lecture will be presented by Francisco Scarano (History, University of Wisconsin-Madison) on the topic of "Blending Puerto Rico Into Latin American History". 
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9th Annual Charles A. Hale Lecture

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 3:30pm to 5:00pm
University Capitol Centre
Join the UI Latin American Studies Program for the 9th annual Charles A. Hale Lecture entitled "Blending Puerto Rico into Latin American History" delivered by Francisco A. Scarano on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 3:30 - 5 p.m., in 1117 University Capitol Centre. The Hale Lecture honors the memory of Professor Charles A. Hale (1930-2008), a specialist in Latin American liberalism and intellectual history. He was a distinguished scholar and faculty member at the University of Iowa from 1966-1997...
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Workshop with Daniel Balderston: Working with Modern Manuscripts

Saturday, March 30, 2019 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Phillips Hall
The Spanish & Portuguese Department, the Latin American Studies Program, International Programs, and the Department of Art & Art History present a workshop with Daniel Balderston: Working with Modern Manuscripts on Saturday, March 30 at 1:30 in 318 PH. Daniel Balderston joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 as Mellon Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literatures. He is director of the Borges Center, and editor of Variaciones Borges. Before coming to Pitt, he taught at Tulane and the...
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Daniel Balderston Lecture: "The Warring Brothers": Borges Reads Kafka and Flaubert

Friday, March 29, 2019 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Phillips Hall
The Spanish & Portuguese Department, the Latin American Studies Program, International Programs, and the Department of Art & Art History present a lecture by Daniel Balderston: “The Warring Brothers: Borges Reads Kafka and Flaubert,” on Friday, March 29 at 3:30 in 318 PH. Daniel Balderston joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 as Mellon Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literatures. He is director of the Borges Center, and editor of Variaciones Borges. Before coming to Pitt, he taught...
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8th Annual Charles A. Hale Lecture

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Old Capitol Museum
Join International Programs and the UI Latin American Studies Program for the 8th annual Charles A. Hale Lecture entitled "History's Autobiography," delivered by professor Maurico Tenorio-Trillo on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 3 - 4:30 p.m., in Old Capitol Museum Senate Chamber. The Hale Lecture honors the memory of Professor Charles A. Hale (1930-2008), a specialist in Latin American liberalism and intellectuinteral history. He was a distinguished scholar and faculty member at the University of...

2019

Daniel Balderston Lecture: "The Warring Brothers": Borges Reads Kafka and Flaubert
Friday, March 29, 2019 | 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Phillips Hall, 318

Workshop with Daniel Balderston: Working with Modern Manuscripts
Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. | Phillips Hall, 318

2017

Guest Lecture: "Saving Women From Themselves: Policing Futebol Feminino in Brazil, 1920s-1980s"
Professor Brenda Elsey, Hofstra University
Thursday, April 13 | 3:30 p.m. | 315 Phillips Hall

2015

Contacto Ancestral’s Living Links: Constructing a Maya Diasporic Historical Memory on the Airwaves
Date: Wed, April 1
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: 315 Phillips Hall
Presented by: Dr. Alicia Ivonne Estrada, associate professor in Chicana/o Studies at California State University at Northridge

​Latinos, INC. in Social Media: Univisión and the Dynamics of Mass Connected Hispanic Media
Date: Monday, April 27
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: 315 Phillips Hall
Presented by: Sean Gelles, Director of Social Media Insights & Analytics in the Social Media Division at Univisión TV network

2014

Hijito vea: Address and reference forms and discriminatory practices in interethnic interaction in Quito
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Time: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Place: 315 Phillips Hall
Presented by: María Elena Placencia, reader in Spanish Linguistics at Birkbeck, University of London

Charles Hale lecture
“The Iberian Pre- and Post-Colonial Roots of the Latin American Television Regional Market: The Case of Brazil”

Presented by Joseph D. Straubhaar (University of Texas at Austin)
Date: October 16, 2014
Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Location: 1117 University Capitol Centre

2013

"Community media and armed violence in Mexico: Challenges and dilemmas in the State of Veracruz"
Presented by: Antoni Castells-Talens
Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Place: 203 Becker Communication Studies Building

Citizens' Media and War: The Colombian Case
Presented by: Clemencia Rodríguez
Date: Friday, April 12, 2013
Time: 4:00-5:15 p.m.
Place: 1117 UCC

Public Festivals and Performative Feasts: Aztecs and Allegory in Colonial Mexico
4th Annual Charles A. Hale Lecture

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at 4 p.m.
2520D, University Capitol Centre
Presented by: Rolena Adorno

2012

"The Americas Transformed: The Legacies of the 1960s"
Date
: Thursday, March 1
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Location: 1117 University Capitol Centre Panel Discussion, two presentations, and a Q-and-A session included.
With presentations by:
- Deborah N. Cohn on “Latin America and Its Literature in the U.S. University after the Cuban Revolution”
- Sophia A. McClennen on “Neoliberalism and the New Argentine Cinema."

Charles A. Hale Memorial Lecture in Latin American Studies
"Race, Gender, and Brazilian Regional Conflict: the War of São Paulo, 1932”
Presented
by: Barbara Weinstein
Lecture: Thursday, April 26, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in UCC 1117
Workshop: Friday, April 27, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in Phillips Hall

International Conference of the American Portuguese Studies Association
The University of Iowa will host the Eighth International Conference of the American Portuguese Studies Association (APSA) on October 4-6, 2012.
The Conference:
The conference embraces a large, diversified, and interdisciplinary group of scholars of African, Brazilian, and Portuguese studies. Thus, APSA will afford students, faculty members, and heritage speakers in Iowa the opportunity to identify a niche in which they feel not only included, but also highly supported. The keynote speakers (from Brazil, Portugal, Azores, and the United States) will contribute to highlight these linguistically and culturally rich environments. These events are open to the public:
Thursday, October 4:
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. -- Karen Tei Yamashita
Conference Opening and Plenary Session—open to the public
Old Capitol Museum, Senate Chamber
Friday, October 5:
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Panel of Three Writers: Ana Maria Gonçalves, Ana Luísa Amaral, and Onésimo Almeida
Second Plenary Session-- Roundtable Discussion—open to the public
IMU – Illinois Room (348)

2011

Alias "Don Luis": The True Tales and Amazing Adventures of a Sixteenth-Century Algonkian
Who Traveled the Seas and Saw Three Continents...and why he came home boiling mad
What
: A talk by guest lecturer Camilla Townsend
When: Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Schaeffer Hall Room 302
Sponsored by: LASP, UI International Programs and the UI Department of History

"From Manila to Mexico: the Art and History of Early Modern Trade with Asia"
What
: Guest lecture presented by Dana Leibsohn
When: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at 4 p.m.
Where: 1117 University Capitol Centre
Sponsored by: LASP, International Programs, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (CLAS) and the School of Art and Art History (CLAS).

“Nota Roja: Justice in the Golden Age of Mexican Police News”
What
: The second Charles A. Hale Memorial Lecture
When: Thursday, May 5, at 4 p.m.
Where: 1117 UCC
Presented by: Pablo Piccato
Sponsors: Latin American Studies Program, International Programs, and the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Author Cristina Rivera Garza
Cristina Rivera Garza, one of the most prominent Mexican narrators of the this generation, will present two events Friday, Nov. 4, 2011.
Reading in Spanish
1:30-3:00 p.m. in 1117 UCC
Conversation in English
4:00-5:30 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall

2010

Latin American Studies Night
What: Eat, Learn, Dance!
When: Tuesday Oct. 19 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: IP Commons, 1117 UCC

“Indigenous Rights in the Citizen's Revolution in Ecuador"
What
: LASP workshop with Carmen Martínez, professor at FLACSO-Ecuador and currently a visiting professor at Grinnell Colleg. Martínez will present a paper on “Post-neoliberal Multiculturalism? The Backlash Against Indigenous Rights in Ecuador’s Citizen’s Revolution.”
When: Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Where: The Commons, 302 Schaeffer Hall

"A Latin American Writer in the U.S.A.: Three Postcards"
What: Visit from the Bolivian writer and literary scholar Edmundo Paz Soldán, Cornell University
Monday, Nov. 1: Reading in Spanish at Prairie Lights at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 2: A talk in English in the IP Commons (1117 UCC) at 4 p.m.

“The Lettered Mountain: A Peruvian Village’s Way with Writing”
What
: LASP workshop with Mercedes Niño-Murcia (UI Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese)
When: Tuesday, Nov. 9 from 3-4 p.m.
Where: TBA

LASP steering committee meeting
When
: Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Where: 114 Phillips Hall

Amazon Week:
Wednesday, Dec. 1

What: Film Screening and discussion with director: “Owners of the Water: Conflict and Collaboration,” directed by Laura R. Graham, David Hernández Palmar and Caimi Waiassé, (2009).
When: 7 p.m.
Where: 1505 Seamans
Part of the UI Center for Human Rights “Careers for Change” series

Thursday, Dec. 2
What: Film Screening: “Littlest Whorehouse in the Amazon,” (Pantaleon y las Visitadoras), Francisco Lombardi, Peru 2000, adaptation of Vargas-Llosa.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: 101 BCSB

Friday Dec. 3
What: Speaker: Stephan V. Beyer, author of Singing to the Plants: A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon (University of New Mexico Press, 2010).
When: 12:30 p.m.
Where: 3rd floor, Gilmore Hall, atrium

"The resurgence of radical populism in Latin America"
What
: A talk from Carlos de la Torre, professor at FLACSO-Ecuador and currently a visiting professor at Grinnell College
When: Wednesday, Dec. 8 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Where: The Commons, 302 Schaeffer Hall

"Shifting Subjectivities: Racialization and Otherness in Modern Costa Rica
Date:
Spring 2010
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Presenter: Erica Townsend-Bell, Department of Political Science
Commentator: Laura Gotkowitz, Department of History

"The Power of Writing and Power Over Writing in an Andean Village/ El poder de la escritura y el poder sobre ella en un pueblo andino"
Date:
Postponed
Time: TBA
Location: 302 Schaeffer Hall (The Commons)
Presenter: Mercedes Niño-Murcia, Spanish and Portuguese
Commentator: Brian Gollnick, Spanish and Portuguese

"The Paradoxes of Truth: Reckoning with Pinochet and the Memory Question in Chile and World Culture, 1989-2006"
Inaugural Lecture in Latin American Studies to honor Charles A. Hale Sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program and the Department of History
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2010
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: UCC 1117
Presenter: Professor Steve J. Stern, University of Wisconsin

"Lecture on Femicide and Drug Violence in Juarez, Mexico"
Date:
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: 3321 Seamans Center
Presenter: Maria Socorro Tabuenca

"Colombian Author Santiago Gamboa"
Date:
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Shambaugh House, 430 N. Clinton St.
Presenter: Santiago Gamboa

Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: 315 Phillips Hall
Presenter: Santiago Gamboa

"Screening of The Wall"
Date:
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 140 Schaeffer Hall
Director: Ricardo Martinez

"International Crossroads Community Annual Latin Dance Festival"
Date:
Friday, April 16, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location: Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union

"Rafael Trujillo's Feminist: Minerva Bernardino, the Inter-American Commission of Women, and the Founding of UN Women's Human Rights Activism"
Date:
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Time: 12:15 pm
Location: 302 Schaeffer Hall (The Commons)
Presenter: Jo Butterfield, History
Commentator: Michel Gobat, History

"The Revolution on Balance: Human Rights in Cuba Today"
Date:
Friday, April 23, 2010
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: 315 Phillips Hall
Presenter: Frank Calzón, Executive Director of the Center for a Free Cuba

"Symposium: Perspectives on the Constituent Assembly and the Refoundation of Bolivia"
Date:
Saturday, May 1 - Sunday, May 2, 2010
Location: 2520D, University Capitol Centre
Symposium/Workshop on Bolivian constitutional reform process: International symposium on Bolivia’s historic Constituent Assembly of 2006-07

2009

Faculty-Graduate Student Workshop

"Creating the Hemispheric Citizen: The OAS, Cultural Policy, and the Visual Arts, 1945-1968"

Date: Wednesday, October 7
Presenter: Claire Fox, English
Commentator: Kathleen Newman, Cinema and Comparative Literature

2008

"Continuity and Rupture in Bolivian History"
Date: Wednesday, March 25
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: 302 Schaeffer Hall (The Commons)
Presenter: James Dunkerley, University of London

Instrucciones para cruzar la frontera legally or not: una conversación with border writer Luis Humberto Crosthwaite

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2008
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: 128 Phillips Hall

The reading will be in Spanish, the conversación will be bilingual, Spanish/English

2007

Thrilling Histories: Presenting the Past in Contemporary Latin American Cinema
Date:
February 19
Presenter: Laura Podalsky, Ohio State University.

Complicating 'Indigenous Video': Reflections on the work of Caimi Waiásse Xavante, Brazil) and David Hernandez Palmar (Wayuu,Venezuela/Columbia)
Date:
February 23

Darini: Spiritual initiation of Xavante children" and "Sujuitaya Yosuu
Anthropology Colloquium - Film screening
Date: February 27

Borges Conference
Date: April 11 - 14

The work of internationally acclaimed Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges will be celebrated at the Inaugural Conference of the UI Borges Center, titled "The Place of Letters: The World in Borges," Wednesday, April 11, through Saturday, April 14 in the Old Capitol Museum. The events are free and open to the public. This conference is a University of Iowa International Programs' Major Projects Grant funded conference. The conference features scholars from around the world speaking about the work, life, and legacy of Jorge Luis Borges, one of the most famous Latin American writers of the 20th century. Evelyn Fishburn, professor of Latin American literature at the University of London, will open with a keynote address at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12 in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. Other speakers include Sylvia Molloy, professor of humanities at New York University; Julio Premat from Université de Paris-VIII; David Oubiña, professor of cinema and letters at Universidad de Buenos Aires-Universidad del Cine; and Buzz Spector, art professor at Cornell University. UI sponsors include: International Programs, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Latin American Studies Program, the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, and the Arts and Humanities Initiative.

Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor Luis Ospina
Date: April 27 - 28

Award-winning Colombian filmmaker Luis Ospina will visit the University of Iowa Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28, for a series of public screenings and discussions of his work, including the world premiere of his new film "Tigre De Papel" (Paper tiger). Ospina is on campus as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Friday, April 27, 2007 in 315 Phillips Hall
Three documentaries on Colombian writers and artists

  • 3:30-5:00 pm: screening of “La desazón suprema: Retrato incesante de Fernando Vallejo” (The Supreme Uneasiness, on the author of Our Lady of the Asssassins), 2003, DVD, 90 minutes, in Spanish with English subtitles
  • 5:10-6:30 pm: screening of “Andrés Caicedo: Unos pocos buenos amigos” (Andrés Caicedo: A Few Good Friends, on the Colombian writer), 1986, 86 minutes, DVD, in Spanish without subtitles
  • 6:35-8:00 pm: screening of “Nuestra película” (Our Film, on the painter Lorenzo Jaramillo), 1993, 96 minutes, DVD, in Spanish without subtitles

Saturday, April 28, 2007 in 101 Becker Communication Studies Building

  • 3:30-5:00: world premiere of Ospina’s new film “Tigre de papel” (Paper Tiger), 114 minutes, DVD, in Spanish with English subtitles

2006

Between Black and White: Umbanda, Candomble" and Brazilian Hybridity
Speaker:
Diana Brown
Sponsored by: International Programs, Latin American Studies Program

Conformity and Resistance in Brazilian Capoeira and Candomble'
Speaker:
Floyd Merrell
Sponsored by: International Programs, Latin American Studies Program

Needs of the Heart: A Social and Cultural History of Brazil's Clergy and Seminaries
Speaker:
Kenneth P. Serbin
Sponsored by: International Programs, Latin American Studies Program

Dances of Brazil
Leading performer:
Marisa Cordeiro
Sponsored by: International Programs, Latin American Studies Program

De Como Lo Abyecto Se Transforma en Agenciamiento Politico
Speaker:
Jose Fernando Serrano Amaya
Sponsored by: International Programs, Sexuality Studies Program and Latin American Studies Program

Paradoxes of Thought and Other Quandaries
Speaker:
Floyd Merrell
Sponsors: International Programs, Borges Center

Lezama en los origenes: mitos y fabulas de origen en el agenciamiento colectivo de la vocacion literaria
Speaker:
Rafael Castillo Zapata
Sponsored by: International Programs, Latin American Studies Program

Fenomenologia del Bolero
Sponsored by:
International Programs, Latin American Studies Program