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Special Events Spring Semester 2014

Latin American Studies Capstone Presentations Spring 2014

You're Invited!  

Latin American Studies Capstone Presentations 

Friday, May 9th 2:30-3:30  4705 Centennial Hall  


Kristin Huot: "A Survey of Reproductive Rights of Indigenous Women in Latin America"

Devan Haney: "Holistic Remedies in Latin America and the US."

Wes Seay: "Latinos and Education: The History of Attempted Deculturalization through the United States Public Education System"

Tasty refreshments will be served

La Sed 5K Run/Walk

Looking to get active and support a great cause while doing so? Sign up for the 5K run/walk sponsored by student group, La SED. For more information check out their facebook page.

habla en la cabra poster

Habla en La Cabra

Are you looking for a place to practice speaking Spanish outside the classroom? Whether you are a beginner learner looking to practice those difficult conjugations or an advanced speaker, Habla en la Cabra is the perfect opportunity for you. Come join us at the Goat Coffehouse on Water Street every Thursday from 5-7pm to speak Spanish in a chill environment with fellow students and community members. Nos vemos pronto en La Cabra!

We Women Warriors Film Showing and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 11th at 6pm in the Woodland Theatre

We Women Warriors, an independent documentary, details the story of three indigenous women as they use nonviolent resistance to defend themselves and the rights of their people during the ongoing military conflicts in Colombia. The film is a striking demonstration of female empowerment and courage in the midst of warfare. Come be a part of this film viewing and the discussion afterwards!

We Women Warriors Flyer

Want more information about the film?


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.



October 17-27


Thursday, October 17
Hibbard 384, 11:30-12:30pm Brown Bag lunch. Beverages and cookies will be served.
Latin American Studies Colloquium featuring Augustine Romero Ph.D.
"Contributions and Challenges: Latinos in Public Education"

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
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.

Wednesday, October 23
Council Oak 260, Davies Center; 3:00-5:00 pm "Panel on Latin American Women's Empowerment"
Speakers include Jody Slocum from Cultural Cloth   
UWEC students who participated in 2013 Women's Studies program in Nicaragua, and Faculty-Student Researchers Rose-Marie Avin and Laurelyn (Wieseman) Sandkamp

Sunday, October 27
Davies Center; 12-4pm The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host their annual International Folk Fair. Admission is free. Participants can sample different foods, enjoy international performances and learn about history and languages from around the world. This event is sponsored by the Center for International Education. For more information go to


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.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2013 Events Flyer

Latin American Studies Program News

LAS Newsletter

Our first ever LAS Newsletter was published and emailed out Summer 2012!  Thanks to the hard work of LAS Committee Student Project Assistant and LAS alumni Anna Watson, we will be sending out newsletters each semester and during summers to keep everyone updated on LAS news.  To view our summer newsletter, click the link below. 

Summer 2012 Newsletter


Economics, Domestic Immesrion, and LAS

Professors Rose Marie-Avin (economics) and Jane Pederson (History) took 15 history and 15 economics students — including one student from Eau Claire and several from western Wisconsin — to New York City April 7-15 for an immersion experience. Students participated in a project titled "New York City and the Immigrant Experience: An Economic and Historical Perspective."

View photos from the Econ 491 trip to NYC.

Student News

  • The Latin American Studies program would like to congratulate two of our recent LAS graduates,Gina Malagold Maria Boland and Gina Malagold on their Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship awards.  

    LAS and Spanish graduate, Gina Malagold (2011, Right), will be a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Argentina, teaching university students who aspire to become English professors.  In addition to teaching, she will be conducting research for her graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Ms. Malagold is planning an additional project to establish an after-school English mentoring program for elementary school students. This will include organizing games, providing tutoring, and examining the current pedagogical practices of the students.

    Spanish and LAS graduate, Maria BolandMaria Boland (2008 - Left), will be a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at a university in Brazil, and in her spare time will be working on education initiatives in the community, specifically encouraging girls and low income students to stay in school.  She hopes to create a partnership between the community and LA SED (Latin American Sustainability Education and Development), the UWEC student organization that she helped found during her time in Eau Claire.

    Both LAS graduates will receive their awards during the 2011-2012 year. To read the official UW-Eau Claire press release on these and other Blugold student awards, click here.  

    The LAS program also congratulates LAS alumna, Sarah Janes (not pictured), who was awarded a Fulbright-García Robles Research Fellowship.  In 2008 Ms. Janes conducted fieldwork on the multi-dimensional impact in of male out-migration on female spouses in Mahuixtlán, Veracruz, Mexico.  Ms. Janes is currently completing a Masters in Sustainable International Development program at Brandeis University.

  • Amy Young (LAS committee member) and UW-Eau Claire students Kelsey Roets (LAS major) and Ian Allen (Spanish major) and traveled to Teustepe, Nicaragua, in January to study the political effects of microfinance on rural Nicaraguan women. Before the trip, the students studied the history of microfinance in Nicaragua and the ways in which historical precedents were responsible for present-day challenges. The trip was coordinated through UW-Eau Claire's International Fellows Program, which is funded by the Blugold Commitment. To learn more about this trip, click here or watch an informational video here.



Community Events

  • 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.

Ongoing events

  • 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!
  • Habla en la Cabra- Looking for a place to practice your Spanish outside of class in a chill, welcoming environment? Then Habla en la Cabra is the perfect opportunity for you! Come practice your Spanish with other students as well as community members at the Goat Coffeehouse on Water Street every Thursday from 5-7pm. All levels are welcome, whether you're a beginner or advanced speaker! Nos vemos en la Cabra!


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