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Special Events Fall Semester 2014

Latin American Studies Week Oct. 4-9 & 23, 2014

All events are free and open to the public! 

UWEC LAS Week 2014 Nicaragua Gallery

Monday, Oct. 6th, 5-7:30pm

Where: Dakota Ballroom, 340 Davies Center

What: LAS Week Keynote Dinner and Presentation: "The Present State of Women's Rights and Gender Violence in Nicaragua" by Juanita Jimenez Martinez, Executive Director of the Movimiento Autonomo de Mujeres (Autonomous Women's Movement) of Nicaragua. 

Juanita Jimenez Martinez is a lawyer and has been a leader of the Nicaragua feminist movement.  She has stood out for her defense of women's rights and has presented in front of different United Nations committees on human rights.  She has been subject to persecution by the Nicaraguan government, which led to Amnesty International's promotion of a campaign on behalf of her and 8 other feminists persecuted by the government.  In 2011, she was honored by the US government as one of the 100 women leaders chosen to celebrate the declaration of the International Women's Day. 

Sit down dinner shortly after 5pm, followed by keynote presentation.  Music prior to keynote presentation provided by Hielo Negro, a musical group composed of UWEC students.

Tuesday, Oct. 7th, 3-5pm

Where: Woodland Theater, 328 Davies Center

What: Panel on Domestic Violence. 

Juanita Jimenez of the Autonomous Women's Movement of Nicaragua and representatives from Bolton Refuge House of Eau Claire, Casa de Esperanza of Minneapolis, MN, Unidos Contra la Violencia Domestica of Madison, WI and the Domestic Violence Program of the Family Support Center of Chippewa Falls will discuss issues related to domestic and gender violence in local, regional, and international settings.

Snacks and beverages provided.

Thursday, Oct. 9th, 7:30-9:30pm

Where: Schofield Auditorium

What: Concert of Venezuelan and Colombian folk music by Los Llaneros

Los Llaneros, an ensemble founded in 1978, brings to the stage the often energetic and sometimes haunting melodies of the Colombian/Venezuelan Llanos, or plains, that surround the vast basin of the Orinoco River in South America.  The Llanos is a geographically and culturally unique and little known area of Latin America, and its music evolved from the contact between nomadic Indians and Jesuit settlers starting about five hundred years ago.  Due to the distinctly characteristic syncopations and difficult harp and cuatro techniques, Llanero music is rarely performed in its authentic style outside of the region, and hence it remains one of Latin America's best kept secrets.

Thursday, Oct. 23, 4-5:15pm

Where: Centennial Hall 1415

What: ES385/585 Forum Dr. Augustine Romero: "Teachers, Equity, Academic Excellence, Community and Hope: a Message for Those who Dare to Teach"

Dr. Romero is Tuscon United School District's Director of the Department of Multicultural Curriculum, Co-Founder of the Social Justice Education Project, and the Architect and Founder of TUSD's Mexican American Studies Program.  Dr. Romero created the Critical Compassionate Intellectualism Model of Transformative Education.  This model has led to extraordinarily higher levels of academic achievement, graduation rates, and college matriculation at astounding rates for its students.  The curriculum has been recognized internationally as a model of effective transformative education.

LAS Week is sponsored by a Visiting Minority Scholars and Artists grant from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Center for International Education, the Latin American Studies program, the College of Arts and Sciences, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, the Women's Studies program, the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, the Department of Languages, the Department of Education and the Department of 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 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!