The University of Iowa

LASP Amazon Week includes three events

December 3rd, 2010

The UI Latin American Studies Program is sponsoring three events as part of 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

Owners of the Water is a unique collaboration between two indigenous filmmakers and UI anthropologist, Laura Graham, that explores an indigenous campaign to protect a river from devastating effects of uncontrolled Amazonian soy cultivation.

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

Dr. Beyer is one of the world’s most learned and charismatic speakers on the topic of South American shamanic practices, including its history, current situation, the shamanic experience, and the cultural background of these practices and experiences. Dr. Beyer, a retired university Professor (Univ.
of Wisconsin, Madison, and Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley) and successful trial lawyer in Chicago, has dedicated most of the last decade And a half to studying the culture and shamanic practices in the Iquitos region of the Amazonian basin in northeastern Perú. He will speak on various aspects of the use of ayahuasca shamanism as religious and healing practice.