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Special Events Fall Semester 2016

LAS WEEK 2016 Schedule (October 24 th-28 th, 2016 )


Monday, Oct. 24 th, 5-8pm:
: Dakota Ballroom (340 Davies Center)
What : LAS Week Keynote Presentation and Dinner: "Initial Creation of the Constitutional Inter-american State in Latin America" by David Lovatón, Professor in the School of Law, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), and Human Rights Lawyer

Prof. Lovatón's presentation will focus on the gestation and current state of the Inter-American Human Rights System, comprised of both the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court on Human Rights. Prof. Lovatón will discuss the development of these, the role each plays in the defense of human rights in the Americas, and the role of the United States with regards to each.

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

Tuesday, Oct. 25th, 4-6pm:
: Centennial 2614
What : Presentation: "Diverse Nicaragua: LGBTQ Issues in Nicaragua" by Mario Gadea, speaker/activist from Nicaragua

In this event, a collaboration between Latin American Studies and Women's Studies, Mario Gadea -a founding member of the LGBTQ organization Agentes de Cambio ( Agents of Change), located in Matagalpa, Nicaragua -will discuss issues faced by the LGBTQ community in Nicaragua.

Wednesday, Oct. 26 th, 4-6pm:
: Centennial 2614
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 various countries in Latin America either through either study abroad, a Women's Studies course in Nicaragua, an internship, an International Fellows Program, or a faculty led immersion experience.

Thursday, October 27 th, 4-6pm:
:Council Oak (Davies)
What :The SECOND LAS Trivia Quiz Show!

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

Friday, October 28th, 7-9pm:

Where :Dakota Ballroom (Davies)
What :Latin Dance Music with Musical Guests Tropicante/ Los Llaneros!

Come celebrate the end of LAS Week [AND] UWEC's Centennnial Latin style, featuring a dance/concert with musical group Los Llaneros in their Tropicante configuration, playing Latin dance music! Light refreshments and cash bar available.

Opening Photo Slideshow: 
     Images Focusing on Indigenous and Human Rights Issues in Latin America
by Mark Aumann

LAS Week is sponsored by:
The Office of Research and Sponsored Program's Visiting Minority Scholars Program - The UWEC Foundation -
The Council on Internationalization and Global Engagement
The Latin American Studies Program - The Women's Studies Program - McIntyre Library
The College of Arts and Sciences - The College of Education and Human Sciences - The College of Nursing
The Departments of Education Studies, Languages, and Music
The Center for International Education's International Activities Funding Grant

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

  • LAS government job fairLatin American Studies Majors: Looking to find a job or internship where you can make a difference?

    Register for the upcoming Government &Nonprofit Career Fair! This is a great opportunity to gain in-person access to representatives from 86 government and nonprofit agencies. There are full-time and internship openings for all majors. 

    Event Details:
    Friday October 28, 2016

    10:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Great Hall, Coffman Union
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
    300 Washington Avenue, SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

    See the list of employers registered for the Job Fair.

    Register by Wednesday, October 26 by logging into Hire-a-Blugold.

    1.Click on "Career Events"

    2.Choose "Government &Nonprofit Career Fair"

    3.Click "Register for Event"

    Make an appointment with us to for a resume review and to help you prepare the job fair!

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.