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Special Events Fall Semester 2015

LAS WEEK 2015 Schedule (October 19 th, 20 th, 21 st and 23 rd, 2015 )


Monday, Oct. 19th, 5-8pm

  • Where: Dakota Ballroom, (340 Davies Center)

  • What: LAS Week Keynote Presentation and Dinner: "We are all Ayotzinapa: State Violence and Popular Resistance in Mexico Past and Present" by Prof. Alejandro Aviña, Assistant Professor of History, Florida State University

  • Prof. Aviña is the author of Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside (Oxford University Press, June 2014).

  • Prof. Aviña's presentation will focus on the situation that led to the disappearance and, it is believed, death of 43 students in the state of Guerrero in Mexico in late 2014.

  • Sit-down dinner shortly after 5pm, followed by keynote presentation. Cash bar available.

  • Photography: A collection of images from Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Panama by Mark Aumann.  Click here to see the photographs.

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 4-6pm

  • Where: Council Oak (Davies)

  • What: Latin American Trivia Quiz Show

  • Come demonstrate your knowledge about all things Latin American (all that stuff you learned about in your LAS literature, civilization and Humanities and Social Sciences courses!) PRIZES! FAME!

Wednesday, Oct. 21 st , 4-6pm

  • Where: Council Oak (Davies)

  • What: Student Panel on Study Abroad and Immersion Experiences in Latin America

  • Wondering how to find an immersion experience in Latin America that suits your interests?

  • This panel will feature students who've traveled to Latin America either through study abroad, participating in a Women's Studies course in Nicaragua, or as part of an internship.

Friday, October 23rd, 1-2:30pm

  • Where: Council Oak (Davies)

  • What: Presentation by speakers from Witness for Peace

  • Since the 2009 military coup, murders and attacks against Honduran human rights defenders have reached alarming levels. Indigenous communities, including the Garífuna, have been among those targeted.

  • Alfredo López of OFRANEH (The Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras) and Elise Roberts of the organization Witness for Peace will talk about how tourism and policies of the Honduran and U.S. governments have affected the Garífuna peoples of Honduras.

LAS Week is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program, the UWEC Foundation, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Sciences, the American Indian Studies Program, the Women's Studies Program, the Departments of Languages, English, Political Science, and Geography and Anthropology, McIntyre Library, and the Center for International Education.

Past LAS Week Events

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!

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  • 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!



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 Boland Maria 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.