Nov 14

Our 20th Annual Conference Keynote Speakers

Relocating Identities, Theories, and Languages

The keynote speakers for our 20th annual conference are Dr. Jonathan Rosa (University of Massachusetts-Amherst) and Dr. Idelber Avelar (Tulane University).

Dr. Jonathan Rosa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. At UMass he holds affiliations with the Language, Literacy, and Culture Concentration in the College of Education and the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Studies. Dr. Rosa’s research theorizes the co-naturalization of language and race as a way of apprehending modes of societal exclusion and inclusion across institutional domains. Specifically, he analyzes the interplay between linguistic discrimination, racial marginalization, and educational inequality in urban contexts. He collaborate with local communities to track these phenomena and develop tools for understanding and eradicating the forms of disparity to which they correspond. His community-based approach to research, teaching, and service reflects a vision of scholarship as a platform for imagining and enacting more just societies. Dr. Rosa received his B.A. in Linguistics and Education from Swarthmore College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Idelber Avelar is a Full Professor specialized in contemporary Latin American fiction, literary theory, and Cultural Studies. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1996 and joined Tulane in 1999. His latest books are Figuras da Violência: Ensaios sobre Ética, Narrativa e Música Popular (UFMG, 2011) and, coedited with Christopher Dunn, Brazilian Popular Music and Citizenship (Duke UP, 2011). He is also the author of The Letter of Violence: Essays on Narrative, Ethics, and Politics (Palgrave, 2004) and  The Untimely Present: Postdictatorial Latin American Fiction and the Task of Mourning  (Duke UP, 1999), winner of the MLA Kovacs prize and  translated into Spanish and Portuguese. He has also published over 60 articles in scholarly journals and edited volumes, and over 100 position pieces in Latin American print and electronic media. He was the winner of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry essay contest on Machado de Assis and has been the recipient of Rockefeller, Hewlett, and Ford Foundation grants. He has been a guest lecturer in 15 countries and dozens of US institutions of higher learning, including Yale, Brown, Princeton, Stanford, Duke, NYU, Berkeley, Columbia, and the Universities of Michigan, Pittsburgh, Illinois, North Carolina, Texas, and New Mexico, among others. He is currently working on a book on masculinity in Latin American literature, for which he was awarded an ACLS fellowship in 2011.

Dr. Avelar will present “Brazilian transitional justice, indigenous struggles, and the Amazon” on Friday, April 24 and Dr. Rosa will present “Languages and Identities Beyond Borders” on Saturday, April 25.

Oct 17

LAILC Prospective Student Open House and Live Stream

November 3 @ 4:00pm in Room 5114

Are you considering becoming part of the Ph.D. Program in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures at the Graduate Center, CUNY? Join our faculty and current students on November 3 for a prospective student open house. For those outside of New York City or unable to attend the event in person, the open house will be live streamed for global, virtual participation. Click here to access the live stream.

Use the hashtag #applylailac to tag tweets and Facebook posts before and during the live streaming event to send your questions. These will be read during the event so that faculty and students can answer them.

Find out more about our program via our program video, featuring faculty and students from the Ph.D. Program in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures! And like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates about events and other program news.

Immediately following the open house, stay with us for the launch of Luis Jerónimo de Oré’s “Account of the Martyrs in the Provinces of La Florida”, co-edited and translated by Raquel Chang-Rodríguez, Distinguished Professor at The Graduate Center and City College of New York. For more information: facebook.com/events/698830160312081

¿Estás considerando formar parte del Programa Doctoral de Culturas Latinoamericanas, Ibéricas y Latinas del Graduate Center de CUNY? Ven y conoce a nuestro profesorado y alumnado el 3 de noviembre en nuestra jornada de puertas abiertas para futuros estudiantes. Para aquellxs que estén fuera de la ciudad de Nueva York o no puedan asistir al evento en persona, la jornada de puertas abiertas será retransmitida virtualmente para facilitar la participación global. Haz clic aquí para ver la retransmisión en vivo.

Utiliza la etiqueta #applylailac en Twitter y Facebook antes y durante la retransmisión del evento para enviar preguntas. Estas se leerán durante el evento para que el profesorado y alumnado pueda responderlas.

¡Descubre más información sobre nuestro programa a través del siguiente video, el cual presenta profesorxs y alumnxs del Programa Doctoral de Culturas Latinoamericanas, Ibéricas y Latinas! También, síguenos en Facebook, Twitter e Instagram para estar al tanto de nuestros eventos y noticias.

Al concluir el evento, quédate para el lanzamiento de la “Relación de los mártires de la Florida” de Luis Jerónimo de Oré, co-editada y traducida por Raquel Chang-Rodríguez, Profesora Distinguida en The Graduate Center y City College of New York. Para más información: facebook.com/events/698830160312081

Oct 17

“Marca España” con Alberto Bruzos Moro

Desde los años 90, se han desarrollado paralelamente en España el campo profesional y el mercado de la enseñanza de español como lengua extranjera (ELE), por un lado, y el discurso institucional y mediático sobre el español como recurso económico, por otro. El objetivo de esta charla es analizar críticamente el aparato discursivo en torno al valor económico del español y ponerlo en relación con la constitución del ELE como mercado o industria lingüística según el modelo del “turismo idiomático”.

Alberto Bruzos Moro es doctor en Lingüística por la Universidad de León, España. Miembro del Departamento de Español y Portugués de Princeton University desde 2005, en la actualidad desempeña el cargo de director del programa de español. Su trabajo de investigación más reciente se centra en la comercialización del lenguaje en la enseñanza de lenguas extranjeras, en el marco más amplio de la crítica del neoliberalismo desde las ciencias del lenguaje.

Para obtener más información, haga clic aquí.

Oct 17

Prof. Paul Julian Smith Introduces Carmín Tropical @ Films for Mexico Series

On September 7 and 19, 2017 two catastrophic earthquakes devastated southern and central Mexico, leaving half a thousand dead and hundreds of thousands affected by the damages in buildings and urban infrastructure. Mexico City was severely hurt, but also many smaller cities and rural communities already suffering from extreme poverty. There are around 150 thousand destroyed or damaged buildings in six states, and the Mexican government estimates that reconstruction efforts will cost more than 2 billion dollars.

Citizen participation in salvage and relief efforts have been widely spread around the country and Films for Mexico is a collaborative effort to help from New York City. Mexican filmmakers, distribution companies, and several sponsoring organizations at the Graduate Center, including the Comparative Literature, History, and LAILC departments, worked to create a series of screenings of contemporary films from Mexico to raise awareness and promote donations to NGOs working on reconstruction in Mexico City, Puebla, Morelos and Oaxaca.

Film screenings will take place at The Graduate Center Thursdays and Fridays in October from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.


Our Professor Paul Julian Smith will introduce Carmín Tropical (Mexico, 2014). Directed by Rigoberto Pérezcano. It won Best Feature Film at the Morelia International Film Festival. Carmín Tropical tells the story of Mabel, a muxe, third gender people in Zapotec communities, that returns home to her village in Oaxaca, Mexico to find her friend’s killer.

Friday, October 13, 6-8 pm, Segal Theater, The Graduate Center, CUNY


For more information and other film screenings visit: filmstudies.commons.gc.cuny.edu

Oct 17

Exportar cultura: políticas culturales en España y Latinoamérica

October 20 at 4:30 in Rm. 4116
The Ph.D. Program in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures at The Graduate Center, CUNY has invited top cultural organizers from Argentina, Chile, Galicia, the Basque Country, and Catalonia to discuss the challenges involved in exporting national cultures to the US and other countries.
The symposium’s speakers include Eduardo Almirantearena (Consulate of Argentina, New York), Roberto Brodsky (Embassy of Chile, Washington), Josep Anton Fernández (Intitut Ramon Lull, Catalonia), Emilia García López (Consello da Cultura Galega, Galicia), and Garbiñe Iztueta (Instituto Etxepare, Basque Country).
Free and open to the public
Reception to follow
For more information, please click here

Oct 17

Multilingualism in Schools in Catalonia with Prof. Comajoan-Colomé

This lecture will review the current situation of multilingualism in schools in Catalonia taking into account recent developments in four aspects: 1) demographics of Catalonia and the school population, 2) language competence achieved by students, 3) language ideology of agents involved in schools, and 4) teaching methodologies related to bilingual education. The developments will be analyzed examining data from recent research projects.

Llorenç Comajoan-Colomé (Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington) is Associate Professor at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya, where he teaches in the Department of Language and Literature Teaching at the School of Education, Translation and Humanities. He coordinates the Research Group on Education, Language, and Literature and the M.A. Program on Teaching Catalan as a First and Second Language. He is a member of the Research Centre for Sociolinguistics and Communication at Universitat de Barcelona. His research interests are educational sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, and language teaching.

For more information please visit us here

Sep 17

Diálogo con el Che de José Rodríguez Soltero con el Profesor Julio Ramos

El profesor Julio Ramos presentará sobre Diálogo con el Che (1968), film experimental del cineasta puertorriqueño José Rodríguez Soltero realizado en Nueva York con la actuación de Rolando Peña y Taylor Mead unos meses después del asesinato del Che Guevara en Bolivia. La película, recientemente restaurada, incita a reflexionar sobre la relación entre cine experimental y política en la década del sesenta y expande las discusiones interseccionales sobre las inflexiones boricuas y latinas del underground neoyorquino.
Para obtener más información, haga clic aquí.
Professor Julio Ramos will present on Diálogo con el Che (1968), an experimental film by the Puerto Rican filmmaker José Rodríguez Soltero, made in New York a few months after the death of Che Guevara in Bolivia, with a performance by Rolando Peña and Taylor Mead. The movie, recently restored, encourages us to reflect on the relationship between experimental cinema and politics during the sixties and expands intersectional discussions about the Puerto Rican and Latino inflexions of the New York underground.
For more information click here
This event was canceled due to unforeseen circumstances 

Sep 17

Pres. Macron Announces French Dual Language Fund, Remarks by Prof. García

President Emmanuel Macron of the Republic of France

Professor Ofelia García of The Graduate Center, CUNY

September 20
Elebash Recital Hall or Segal Theatre

Under the high auspices of President Emmanuel Macron of the Republic of France, the Graduate Center will co-host an event on Wednesday, September 20 with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy during which President Macron will announce the establishment of the French Dual Language Fund to promote and support bilingual education in the U.S.

In addition to remarks by President Macron, our very own Professor Ofelia García will offer remarks.

The Graduate Center has arranged for the event to be simulcast so that members of the Graduate Center community — students, faculty, and staff — may watch it live together. To watch the simulcast, please come to Elebash Recital Hall or Segal Theatre by 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20.

For more information about the French Dual Language Fund click here

Images: source,source (CC BY 2.0)

More: Professor Ofelia García’s remarks can be found here


Sep 17

Book Launch: Queer Mexico & Spanish Lessons by Paul J. Smith

Únete a nosotros para celebrar el lanzamiento de Queer Mexico: Cinema and Television since 2000 y Spanish Lessons: Cinema and Television in Contemporary Spain, los últimos estudios de Paul Julian Smith, Profesor Distinguido del Programa Doctoral de Lenguas y Literaturas Hispánicas y Luso-Brasileñas. Con el Profesor David A. Gerstner (CSI, CUNY), editor de Queer Screens.

Para obtener más información, haga clic aquí.

Please join us as Professor Paul Julian Smith, Distinguished Professor in the Ph.D. Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Languages and Literatures, launches his new books Queer Mexico: Cinema and Television since 2000 and Spanish Lessons: Cinema and Television in Contemporary Spain. With Professor David A. Gerstner (CSI, CUNY), editor of Queer Screens.

For more information click here



Mar 17

Event Rescheduled: “Madres de Plaza de Mayo: 40 años de vida y memoria”

***Please note: Due to the school closures on Tuesday, March 14th, this event is now rescheduled for Wednesday, March 15th.***


The PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages

invites you to attend

“Madres de Plaza de Mayo: 40 años de vida y memoria”

a lecture by
Maria Fernanda Garbero (Universidad Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro / Centro de Memoria de las Madres, Buenos Aires)

The event will take place in room 4116 at 6:30pm on Wednesday, March 15th.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sep 16

Escritoras de las Latin-a-méricas

In the PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso Brazilian Literatures and Languages at the Graduate Center, our intellectual community is enhanced by the academic events organized by our students. Besides the annual graduate student conference (coming up on its 22nd year!), each year HLBLL students have also organized readings, lectures, screenings, and discussions on a wide variety of topics and with exciting guests.

One such event is the upcoming two-part series, Escritoras de las Latin-a-méricas: Hablan las narradoras, which invites four distinguished women writers–Sylvia Molloy, Lina Meruane, Achy Obejas, and Valeria Luiselli–to enter into conversation with each other and the public about such possible topics as the experience of translation as a cultural exchange in New York, the relation between English and Spanish in both their academic and creative writing careers, the importance of emerging LGBTIQ voices in fiction, the immigrant women’s experience in the U.S., and issues related to women writer’s rights. The series was organized by HLBLL students Elena Chávez Goycochea, Mariana Romo-Carmona, and Nan Zheng.

Escritoras de las Latin-a-méricas: Hablan las narradoras

Escritoras de las Latin-a-méricasFriday, September 30: A conversation with Sylvia Molloy y Lina Meruane

Friday, November 4: A conversation with Achy Obejas & Valeria Luiselli


Both conversations are free, open to the public, and will take place starting at 6:30pm in room 4116 at the Graduate Center, CUNY. A reception will follow the conversation on each night.

Thanks to our fantastic student organizers, and also to the event’s co-sponsors:
The PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages
The students of the PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages
The Doctoral Students’ Council
The Classical and Modern Languages department at City College, CUNY
The Feminist Press
The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York
The Center for the Study of Women & Society

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