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UW-Eau Claire to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

RELEASED: Sept. 22, 2011

LAS Week

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host a series of events this fall to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and Latin American Studies Week.

All events are free and open to the public. Events include:

  • Sept. 27"Oxlajuj Bátz´ — Thirteen Threads: A presentation by Mayan Textile Artists." The artists will talk about their lives in Guatemala, as well as their weaving and rug hooking. Thirteen Threads is a nonprofit organization that focuses on the education and empowerment of Mayan women artists. The artists' rugs provide a source of income. 1-1:50 pm, Room 105, Haas Fine Arts Center.
  • Sept. 7-Oct. 31 — "Bolivian Market Women" photo display by Dr. Jill Smith of the UW-Eau Claire geography and anthropology faculty. The anthropological display shows the experiences of working women in Bolivia's public markets. Themes include women's roles in local economies, the impact women's economic wellbeing has on communities and the aesthetics of Bolivian markets. 7 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday, McIntyre Library.
  • Oct. 10 — Latin American Studies opening day reception. The event will kick off Latin American Studies Week. 5-7:30 p.m., The Dulany, Davies Center.
  • Oct. 10 — "A Irmandade da Boa Morte (The Sisterhood of the Good Death): Women, Religion and Contested Identities in Brazil." Keynote speaker Melissa Eden Gormley, assistant professor of history at UW-Platteville, will discuss the mechanisms of women's resistance to the Brazilian state's intrusion into their lives and how women challenged state initiatives through religious associations such as A Irmandade da Boa Morte. 5:30-7 p.m., The Dulany, Davies Center.
  • LAS Week

    Photo courtesy of Susana De León
    Director of Ketzal Coalticue

    Oct. 11 — "The Invisibles — Four Short Films and Discussion on Migration in Mexico." Every year thousands of people travel through Mexico to get to the U.S. border, one of the most dangerous journeys in the world. Actor and director Gael García Bernal and director Marc Silver worked with Amnesty International to show the abuses migrants suffer. A panel discussion will follow the screening. Panelists will be Dr. Manuel Fernández, foreign languages; Dr. Rose-Marie Avin, economics; and Samantha Potempa, Center for International Education. 3:30-5 p.m., Room 101, Hibbard Hall.
  • Oct. 12 — "Extra-Institutional Daily Lives" will focus on microfinance in Nicaragua and faith traditions in Bolivia. In "The Impact of Microfinance on Nicaraguan Women," UW-Eau Claire alumni Kelsey Roets and Ian Allen will discuss Nicaraguan women and the microfinance sector. In "Faith in Urban Bolivia: Within and Without the Church," Jill Smith will discuss how concepts of faith permeates all facets of life in Bolivia. 3:30-5 p.m., Room 103, Hibbard Hall.
  • Oct. 13 — Center for International Education's Study Abroad Fair will showcase programs in Latin America. 3-5:30 p.m., Council Fire Room, Davies Center.
  • Oct. 14 — "Aztec Dance Performance by KetzalCoatlicue." The Minneapolis Aztec dance group will perform and then discuss the relationship between their dances and music and the environment. 5-6 p.m., Council Fire.
  • Oct. 15 — "Latinos in the Midwest Community Day." UW-Eau Claire's Latin American Studies program and history department will join the Chippewa Valley Museum to offer food, music and presentations on the history of Latinos in the Midwest, music and dance from Latin America, immigrant stories, and second-generation identity. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Chippewa Valley Museum, Carson Park.
  • Oct. 20 — "LA SED: Students Creating Opportunities in Latin America." A Panel discussion will focus on sustainability, education and development in Latin America, and study abroad opportunities. 1:30-3 p.m., Room 384, Hibbard Hall.

The following UW-Eau Claire programs and departments are sponsors: Latin American Studies program; Blugold Commitment initiative; Academic Affairs; College of Arts and Sciences; Center for International Education; McIntyre Library; UW-Eau Claire Foundation; and the departments of art and design, foreign languages, geography and anthropology, and history. Community sponsors are the Chippewa Valley Museum and Supermercado Sandoval.

For details, contact Dr. Analisa De Grave at 715-836-4546 or



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