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.

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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.

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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

Apr 16

Teach@CUNY Day is May 2nd! Space Still Available!

The Graduate Center’s Teaching and Learning Center invites the CUNY community to Teach@CUNY day, taking place May 2nd, 2016 from 9am-4pm on the Concourse Level of the Graduate Center.

The day-long event includes a keynote address from Dr. Stephen Brier (Urban Education), six different tracks of workshops, and conversations within disciplinary clusters. Lunch will be provided.

Registration (for all or part of the day) is open to all across CUNY. Please register here.

The workshop tracks include:

  • New to the Classroom
  • Technology in the Classroom
  • Working with the Library
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Experiential Learning
  • Diversity in CUNY’s Classrooms

Read more about the entire day’s events here. And view the complete schedule for Teach@CUNY day here.

The Program Social Media Fellows will be live-tweeting Teach @ CUNY Day. Follow the conversation using the hashtag #tcuny and on the HLBLL Twitter account.

Apr 16

Our 21st Annual Graduate Student Conference Is Nearly Here!

21st Annual Graduate Student Conference

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

at the Graduate Center, CUNY

The City: Voices and Creations

Poster #HLBLL21stNext week our 21st Annual Graduate Student Conference will welcome scholars from around the country and the world to the Graduate Center for two packed days of panels, keynotes, and plenty of food. The amount of work it takes to pull off such an endeavor is enormous, and the entire HLBLL community wishes to thank the eight organizers of this year’s event: Gabriel Alvarado, Sara Cordón, Isabel Domínguez Seoane, Charlotte Gartenberg, Alexis Ipaguirre, Nancy Ortega Álvarez, Rebeca Piñeda-Burgos, and Rojo Robles.

This year, the Congreso welcomes Dr. Urayoán Noel (New York University) and Dr. Bonnie Urciuoli (Hamilton College) as our two keynote speakers. Dr. Noel’s keynote address will take place on Thursday, April 14th, at 6:30pm in the Segal Theatre. Dr. Urciuoli’s address will be Friday, April 15th, at 5:00pm in the program lounge, room 4116. Find out more about our two incredible speakers and their keynote addresses here.

Presenters and moderators for our conference hail from nearly 20 different universities and centers from around the world. Under the conference theme, “The City: Voices and Creations,” 13 different panels will be held on topics in film, literature, publishing, and linguistics. The complete schedule of the two days’ events can be found here.

We encourage conference attendees to contribute to and follow along with the conversation around our conference on social media. We will be using #HLBLL21st on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Follow/Like our accounts for the latest updates!

Mar 15

Event: Dr. Marcos Wasem: “The Anarchist Traveler among Lettered Conservatives: The Colombian Writings of Élisée Reclus”

The Colombian Studies Group welcomes back to the Graduate Center Dr. Marcos Wasem, an alumnus of the PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages. Dr. Wasem will be presenting “The Anarchist Traveler among Lettered Conservatives: The Colombian Writings of Élisée Reclus” as part of the CSG’s Literary Series: Modernism.

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Geographer and Anarchist thinker Élisée Reclus visited the Republic of New Granada between 1835 and 1837, looking for a place to establish a Socialist community.


Thursday, March 19th, 2015
Room 5414
The Graduate Center, CUNY


This event is free and open to the public.

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 14

Stony Brook University’s Latino Pedagogies Conference

This Friday, October 17th, Stony Brook University invites you to attend their conference: Latino Pedagogies: Theorizing a Transnational Experience.

Stony Brook Conference

The conference schedule is as follows:


Opening Remarks


U.S. Latino/a Poems as Social Media: A Performalist Pedagogy

Urayoán Noel, New York University


Sociolinguistic Perspectives on the Construction of Latinidad: Language and the Classification of Latina/os in the US Census

Jennifer Leeman, George Mason University


Pedagogies of the Brown Queer

Richard T. Rodríguez, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

1:00-2:30 Lunch


Grey’s (Multi-ethnic) Anatomy:

A Corazón Abierto and the Racial Politics of Format Adaptation

Yeidy Rivero, University of Michigan


Circuits of the Sacred: Preliminary Thoughts on Eros, Spirit and Pedagogy
Carlos Ulises Decena, Rutgers University


Aquí y Allá: Transnational Ties, Gender, and Latino Immigrant Health

Carmela Alcántara, Columbia University Medical Center.


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