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UW-Eau Claire to host North Central Council of Latin Americanists Conference

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The Latin American Studies Program of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the conference for the North Central Council of Latin Americanists (NCCLA) Oct. 12 and 13 on the third floor of Davies Center.

UW-Eau Claire students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend any of the panels listed here.

The NCCLA Conference is an annual interdisciplinary conference that is held at a different campus in the Midwest region each year. The conference this year will have more than 60 participants from places as far as Perú who will present on a variety of issues related to Latin America and/or Latinx people in the U.S. Topics this year will include education, politics, literature, linguistics, economics and more.

There will be a keynote address on Friday, Oct. 12, from 7:15-9 p.m. by Dr. Macarena Gómez-Barris, Chair of the Department of Social Science and Director of Cultural Studies at the Global South Center of Pratt Institute in New York City.

Gómez-Barris is the author of “The Extractive Zone: Submerged Perspectives and Decoloniality” (2017), in which she discusses how social and ecological life resists the practices of extractive capitalism through social and visual activisms, especially in indigenous territories. Gómez-Barris' keynote presentation extends ideas from her new book, “Beyond the Pink Tide” (2018), which discusses art and political imaginaries from across the Americas to argue for the importance of political undercurrents and submerged perspectives.

Light refreshments will be provided.

A number of seats will be reserved for conference participants. A limited number will be available for guests, but we plan to livestream most events to nearby rooms in case of overflow.

Come learn about the Americas!

Support for hosting the North Central Council of Latin Americanists Conference has been provided by the following departments, programs and offices at UW-Eau Claire: the programs of Latin American Studies, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, American Indian Studies and the Watershed Institute; the departments of Languages, Geography and Anthropology, English, History and Political Science; the Visiting Minority Scholars and Artists Program of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Center for International Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.