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Special Events Spring Semester 2014

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.

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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!

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!

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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


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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