This is a week of celebration and information you won't want to miss.
Each year, the university brings additional attention to its LAS program through a celebration that highlights the culture, history, politics, economies and peoples of Latin America. LAS Week is also a time to celebrate Blugold successes, share research and disseminate information about the program itself.
Typically held in mid-late October, the week of celebration has previously included an interesting array of programs, performances and panel discussions meant to bring awareness to the current events of Latin America. All events are open and free to the public.
What happens during LAS Week?
The line-up of events and speakers varies greatly from year to year, but you can expect to hear presentations regarding current political and cultural situations in Latin America; topics facing Latinx/Hispanics in the U.S.; and events designed to entertain and educate. See the links below for the full program of the 2019 LAS Week events. You will also find below a link to an album of images from photographer Mark Aumann, from his recent trip to Guatemala.
Artist statement from Aumann:
We all know the tired old cliché: a picture is worth a thousand words. When it comes to Guatemala, this rings especially true. For many reasons Guatemalans are fleeing their homeland: climate change and drought, depressed coffee prices, narco gang violence, crushing poverty and unjust economic inequality, a dream for a better life for their children.
While certain politicians and some media employ rhetoric and propaganda that play into our collective fear and ignorance (read: we are being invaded by terrorists and criminals at our southern border) often lost in the discussion is the fact that real human beings are suffering the consequences of US government policies enacted in our name. When people are dehumanized and demonized, when women and children are thrown into cages like animals, we all lose part of our humanity. These images will hopefully help put a human face on the Guatemalan people and their beautiful but troubled homeland.