Special Events-November 2013
Faculty-Student Presentation: "Maria Elena Cuadra," Globalization, and Women's Empowerment in Nicaragua
Monday, November 4 from 3 - 4pm in Schneider 312.
Student Laurelyn (Wieseman) Sandkamp and Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Rose-Marie Avin from the Department of Economics/Latin American Studies
Synopsis: One important aspect of globalization is the rapid expansion of trade between nations through the creation of factories, also known as maquilas, in Free Trade Zones (FTZs). In Nicaragua, the FTZ sector has exploded since 1990 and has become a significant source of employment for poor women. One organization based in Nicaragua that works to empower women is the Working and Unemployed Women's Movement "Maria Elena Cuadra," also known as "Maria Elena Cuadra" (MEC). MEC's primary projects include organizing female FTZ workers in Nicaragua and working to improve maquila factory conditions. MEC organizers have also developed a concept of "integral" or holistic work by creating programs that address women's needs and interests not only in the workplace but also at home and within communities. This research project evaluates the positive and negative impacts of the maquilas located in one city in Nicaragua on the lives of twenty-nine women who work there. Dr. Rose-Marie Avin and student Laurelyn (Wieseman) Sandkamp spent three weeks in Nicaragua during July 2012, where they conducted interviews and/or surveys with these women. The qualitative and quantitative findings paint a picture of the daily lived realities of maquilaworkers as reported by the women themselves.
LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES WEEK 2013
Hibbard 100, 4-5:15pm Augustine Romero Ph.D. will present "Teachers, Equity, Academic Excellence, Community, Hope: A Message for those that dare to teach"
Friday, October 18
Phillips 276,12-12:50pm Lecture by Witness for Peace Speaker, Francisco Cerezo "Drugs, Guns, and U.S. Policies in Mexico: Lessons from theMexican Human Rights Organization Comité Cerezo" For more information check out the Witness for Peace-LAS Week Flyer.
Monday, October 21
Dakota 340 & Alumni 350, Davies Center; 5:00-7:30 pm Opening Reception and Keynote "La MICA Biological Station: Tropical Biology and Beyond"
Keynote: Dr. Julie Ray--founder of LA MICA Biological Station in El Copé-La Pintada, Panama http://lamica.org/Casa_Home.html
UWEC music students from the group Hielo Negro will be providing music prior to the reception
Tuesday, October 22
Woodland Theater, Davies Center; 3:00-5:00 pm Movie: "Harvest of Empire" Discussion to follow.
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH 2013 EVENTS
Hispanic Heritage Month Reception
Tuesday, 17 September, Davies Dakota Ballroom--4:00-6:00pm
Please join us to celebrate Hispanic Heritage and enjoy delicious Latin American foods and beverages. Free event.
Latino Dance Party
Friday, 27 September, Higherground--11:00pm-1:00am
Enjoy the rhythms and beats of Latin America! Free event.
Latino/a Student Discussion Panel
Wednesday, 25 September, Davies Ho-Chunk Room 320E--12:00-1:00pm
Please come and listen to UWEC Latino/a students in a discussion of a topic that impacts the Latino community. Free event.
Sabor Latino Luncheon
Thursday, 10 October, Davies Dulany--11:30am-1:00pm
Sabor Latino is a buffet luncheon that celebrates the spices and flavors of Latin American foods. Lunch rates apply.
LATINO AND LATIN AMERICAN FILM SHOWINGS!
EAU QUEER FILM FESTIVAL OCTOBER 2-6
The Eau Queer Film Festival October 2-6 will also be showing a great number of Latin American films! Check them out here on their website http://www.eauqueer.com/
Films to see:
Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf (Visiting Filmmaker is Cuban American): Wednesday Oct 2, 7pm
La Partida (Cuban): Friday Oct 4, 8:30pm
Reaching For the Moon (Brazilian) Sunday Oct 6, 8:30pm
CUBAN FILM SHOWINGS
Sept. 9: Fresa y Chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate), 1993, 104 minutes, color. Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. Best Foreign Film Academy Award Nomination. Diego, a sophisticated gay man befriends David, a committed revolutionary. The film covers treatment of gays in 1970s Cuba.
Sept. 16 Azúcar Amarga (Bitter Sugar), 1996, 102 minutes, black-and-white. Director: León Ichaso. Gustavo, an idealistic engineering student born and raised in Cuba, provides a portrait of Cuban unrest in the 1990s, from an émigré's point of view.
Sept. 23: Los Nietos de la Revolución Cubana (The Grandchildren of the Cuban Revolution), 2010, 60 minutes, color. Director: Carlos Montaner. This documentary, shot guerilla-style in Cuba, features the disaffected youth of the island-nation and their hopes, frustrations, and concerns.
- Upcoming events will be posted as they arise.
Events On Campus
- Salsa Clara- Student organization offers salsa dancing lessons focusing on LA Style and Casino Style. The first lesson is free, then $3.00/lesson or $15.00/semester for students. Every Tuesday night at Higher Ground from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Events Off Campus
- Upcoming events will be posted as they arise.
- El Patio Salsa Nights- Enjoy the thrill of salsa dancing on Thursday nights from 10:00 at El Patio on Water Street. No cover, free introductory lesson and great music!