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Upcoming Events: 2014

El liberalismo radical en México, 1820-1840

José Antonio Serrano
LAL Greenleaf Fellow, 2013-2014
Friday, February 21, 2014, 3:00-4:30pm
McKeever Room (210), Lavin Bernick Center (LBC)
This talk will be in Spanish.

Es indudable que la denominada ola democratizadora de los años ochenta del siglo pasado impactó en las agendas de investigación en las ciencias sociales latinoamericanas y latinoamericanistas. Si en 1975 Lorenzo Meyer se quejaba de que el tema del liberalismo y la democracia no se estudiaba en las investigaciones de las ciencias sociales, el mismo tema se volvería omnipresente a partir de los años noventa.

La recurrente y constante reflexión académica sobre estos temas en el México de las últimas décadas ha multiplicado el interés de los historiadores mexicanos y mexicanistas en estudiar el pasado de las instituciones liberales en los siglos XIX y XX. En la historiografía sobre la primera mitad del Ochocientos mexicano, periodo en donde se ubica mi investigación, se ha abandonado el tradicional binomio liberales contra conservadores a fin de explicar la historia de la primera mitad del siglo XIX. Pero si bien se ha abandonado este binomio, aún carecemos de un concepto que nos permita caracterizar las doctrinas políticas que las elites políticas mexicanas asumieron como proyectos de reorganización de la sociedad y del estado mexicano entre 1820 y 1840.

Propongo los términos de liberalismo moderado y liberalismo radical. Los liberales radicales sostenían y promovían incrementar los aranceles aduaneros, expulsar a los españoles, eliminar los fueros del ejército y de la iglesia, auspiciar la desamortización eclesiástica, cobrar un impuesto proporcional a la riqueza de los contribuyentes, promover la participación de las clases populares en los procesos electorales, facilitar el alistamiento en las milicias cívicas, ampliar las facultades de los ayuntamientos e incrementar la soberanía de los estados. Estos encontrados posicionamientos de los liberales marcaron la estructura y el funcionamiento del sistema político mexicano entre 1820 y 1840.

Una de las hipótesis generales de mi investigación es que el liberalismo radical logró su mayor impacto político, económico y social cuando los políticos afines a esta lectura del liberalismo obtuvieron, por medio de elecciones, los gobiernos de los estados de Chiapas, San Luis Potosí, Michoacán, México y Jalisco. Esta hipótesis cobra relevancia analítica si consideramos que el Estado mexicano fue construido desde y por las regiones entre 1821 y 1847.

Past Events: 2013

Ninth Annual Open House

Thursday, September 26, 12:00pm-3:00pm

Open House Invitation

 

Please join us for the Ninth Annual Open House at 

The Latin American Library, 7001 Freret Street, 4th floor, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library

September 26, 2013, 12:00pm-3:00pm

Enjoy refreshments, see an exhibition of recent acquisitions

Shop at our  book sale

 Also meet Colombian artist Erika Diettes

Erika Diettes is a visual artist who lives and works in Bogotá. She works mainly with photography to explore issues of memory, pain, absence and death. She has a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá), with a Licenciatura in Visual Arts and Communication from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá. She has authored several essays on artistic representation in times of war, and her photographic and essayistic production has been included in various books, newspapers and journals. Her work is part of the permanent collection of several major museums and has been exhibited at the Museums of Modern Art of Bogotá, Cali, Medellín and Barranquilla, the Museum of the University of Antioquia, the National Museum of Colombia, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago de Chile, Centro Cultural recoleta in Buenos Aires, De Santos Gallery and Houston Museum of Art. Her most recent work, Sudarios, participated in the 2012 Fotofest Biennal, the Festival de la Luz in Buenos Aires, the Ex Teresa Arte Actual in Mexico City, and the Ballarat Foto Biennale in Australia among others. Erika’s Diettes’ photographs also have been exhibited in other spaces linked to rememoration processes developed by several victims’ movements in Colombia.

We look forward to seeing you!

General Rafael E. Melgar Collection Inaugural Event & Exhibit

Friday, April 12, 4:00pm

Keynote Address: Rafael Melgar and Twentieth-Century Mexican History
by Javier Garciadiego, El Colegio de México

Melgar Event Poster

Join us for a talk, exhibit and reception to celebrate the public opening of the General Rafael E. Melgar Collection of manuscripts and photographs at The Latin American Library.  

Javier Garcíadiego, distinguished Mexican historian and President of El Colegio de México, will deliver the keynote address on the Mexican Revolution and its consolidation in subsequent decades. In that eventful period in the history of Mexico, General Melgar served in a variety of political posts at the national and regional level.

Past Events: 2012

Eighth Annual Open House and Book Sale at The Latin American Library

Friday, September 21, 1-4pm

This is an annual event to greet new Latin Americanist faculty, students, staff  and welcome back old friends.

Meet the LAL staff, see an exhibit of recent acquisitions, learn more about our collections and new projects

Find treasures at our Book Sale and enjoy some refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you!

Open House Invitation 2012
This event is made possible through a generous endowment from the Zemurray Foundation.

Mito y novela en el Caribe hispano contemporáneo

Ana Margarita Mateo Palmer
LAL Greenleaf Fellow, 2011-2012
Friday, April 27, 2012, 3:30-5pm
LAL Seminar Room
This talk will be in Spanish

Una de la características más notables de la novela caribeña del siglo XX es la presencia de un sustrato mitológico que desempeña diversas funciones integrado al universo literario de los textos.  En las últimas décadas esta tendencia se mantiene, mas adopta nuevos rasgos relacionados no solo con las diferentes orientaciones estéticas de esta escritura sino con los nuevos mitos. Es mi interés identificar y caracterizar las principales tendencias de apropiación de lo mitológico en la novela del Caribe hispano contemporáneo y establecer su relación con la identidad cultural de la región. Mi proyecto se centrará en el análisis de las relaciones intertextuales de los obras narrativas con los mitos establecidos, tanto tradicionales como contemporáneos.


Narradora, ensayista y crítica literaria.   Es Profesora  Titular del  Departamento de Estudios Cubanos del Instituto Superior de Arte de Cuba, donde imparte literatura latinoamericana.  Obtuvo su doctorado por la Universidad de La Habana en 1992 con la tesis Mito y nueva novela caribeña.  Es miembro de número de la Academia Cubana de la Lengua.   Entre sus libros pubicados se encuentran Del bardo que te canta (Letras Cubanas, 1988), un ensayo sobre la trova tradicional cubana;  Narrativa caribeña: reflexiones y pronósticos (Pueblo y Educación, 1990); Ella escribía poscrítica (Editora Abril, 1995), que obtuvo el Premio Razón de Ser y el Premio Nacional de la Crítica; Paradiso: la aventura mítica (Letras Cubanas, 2002), galardonado con el Premio Alejo Carpentier y el Premio Nacional de la Crítica; El Caribe en su discurso literario (Siglo Veintiuno, 2004), que recibió el Premio Quintana Roo al Pensamiento Caribeño y el Premio Nacional de la Crítica; El viaje mítico: el Palacio del pavorreal (Unión, 2007), merecedor del premio de ensayo “Enrique José Varona”, otorgado por la Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba, y el Premio Nacional de la Crítica; y El misterio del eco (Unión, 2011). Su ensayo “La ruta del huracán en El siglo de las luces y Oppiano Licario” obtuvo el Premio de ensayo Juan José Arrom en 2011.  Su novela Desde los blancos manicomios (Letras Cubanas, 2008) recibió el  Premio Alejo Carpentier y el Premio Nacional de la Crítica.  

Myths, Emblems and the Emergence of ‘criollo’ Culture in New Spain

by Beatriz Colombi
LAL Greenleaf Fellow, 2011-2012
Wednesday, February 15, 3:30-5pm
LAL Seminar Room
This talk will be in Spanish.

The publication in 1531 of Andrea Alciato’s Emblematum Liber gave birth to a new linguistic and iconic genre, the emblematic, which shaped symbolic representation in Europe during the following centuries. The genre spread throughout the New World, particularly in New Spain (Colonial Mexico), where a local edition of Alciato’s book was published in 1577. The emblematic tradition was of primary importance in official festivities, such as triumphal arches and funeral pyres, but it also permeated many other forms of expressions in colonial societies. Emblems were used, in the first place, as a language of power and morality, however later on they provided a repertoire of images to articulate the eccentric situation of an emergent criollo culture. My talk centers on seventeeth century Mexican intellectuals Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora, who both authored triumphal arches in 1680, Neptuno Alegórico and Theatro de virtudes políticas, respectively. I argue that the emblematic genre was essentially a syncretic language that encompassed pagan traditions and Christian morality, and as such was ideally suited to articulate a hybrid or mestizo culture as it developed in New Spain. Therefore, rather than being exclusively a mechanism of social control on the part of the monarchy and its local representatives, as it is largely conceived, the emblematic tradition allowed new mythographies and unorthodox appropriations, as well as contestatory statements.

Beatriz Colombi (PhD. Literature-University of Buenos Aires) teaches literature at the Institute of Hispanic Literature and Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Letters at the University of Buenos Aires. She has published widely on Spanish American colonial studies, New World chronicles, Baroque culture, Modernism, fiction and essay of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, travel literature, exile, migrations and intellectual history. Among her more recent publications are: Viaje intelectual. Migraciones y desplazamientos en América Latina (1880-1915) (Beatriz Viterbo 2004); and two edited volumes: Cosmópolis. Del flâneur al globe-trotter (Eterna Cadencia Editora 2010), and José Martí. Escritos sobre América, discursos y crónicas norteamericana (Capital Intelectual 2010). She has been a visiting scholar at Brown University (USA), Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil) and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City. She is currently working on Baroque culture in New Spain and transformations in the sphere of the imaginary.

This event is made possible by the Richard E. Greenleaf Endowment at The Latin American Library.

El inca indica Huatica: Pre-Colonial Symbols and the Urban Landscape (Lima 1910-1940)

by Gabriel Ramón Joffré
LAL Greenleaf Fellow, 2011-2012
Thursday, February 9, 3:30-5pm
LAL Seminar Room
This talk will be in English.

Official discourses on the nation gain strength by referring to ancestral monuments and objects: the relics of the nation. In the post-Colonial Andes, archaeological sites (a.k.a. huacas) have been used repeatedly to advance political narratives. A decade ago, the Peruvian president held his inauguration in Macchu Picchu, an Inca site. Four years later, his Bolivian counterpart did the same in Tiahuanaco, a pre-Inca site. Focusing on early twentieth-century Lima, I will discuss the selection process of pre-Colonial national relics and explain what happened when these symbols, which usually originated in the highlands, arrived to the city. It was in this context that the famous Neo-Peruvian architectural style was shaped. Emilio Harth-Terré (1899-1983), a Peruvian urban planner and historian, was a key figure in this endeavour. My presentation will be illuminated with original material from the Harth Terré Collection at The Latin American Library.

Gabriel Ramón Joffré obtained B.A.s in archaeology (Universidad de San Marcos, Lima), and history (Pontificia Universidad Católica, Lima). His Master's thesis on urban history (Universidade de São Paulo) won the María Rostworowski national prize in Humanities and was published as a book, La muralla y Los callejones (SIDEA/Prom Perú, 1999). Ramón Joffré earned his Ph.D in archaeology at the University of East Anglia and completed an interdisciplinary post-doctorate in the ethnography section of the British Museum. The Spanish version of his article “The Script of Urban Surgery: Lima 1850-1940” (in Almandoz, A. ed. Planning Latin America’s Capital Cities 1850-1950, London: Routledge) won the Peruvian National Social Sciences award in 2002 (Ensayos en Ciencias Sociales 1, 2004). His article “The Inca indica Huatica”, is in press (Mundos Exteriores, Lima 1900-2010, C. Aguirre and A. Panfichi, eds.). He currently teaches at Pontificia Universidad Católica in Lima.

This event is made possible by the Richard E. Greenleaf Endowment at The Latin American Library.

Past Events: 2011

El libro en Cuba: cultura, mercado, y otros desafíos /
The Book in Cuba: Culture, Markets and other Challenges

Friday, March 18, 3-4 PM
LAL Seminar Room

Talk by visiting Cuban publisher/editor, Olga Marta Pérez on El libro en Cuba: cultura, mercado, y otros desafíos/The Book in Cuba: Culture, Markets and other Challenges. Olga Marta Pérez is a fiction writer, poet, editor and screenwriter for radio and television in Havana, Cuba. She is a renowned fiction writer of children’s and adult books both within Cuba and abroad. Ms. Pérez has a Licenciatura in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Havana. Since 1980 she has worked in various capacities in major publishing firms in Havana such as Orbe, Gente Nueva, Abril, Capitán San Luis, and Ediciones Unión, where she has served as director since 2003. She has also worked for Editorial Letras Cubanas, Caminos (Centro Martin Luter King Jr), and abroad at Libresa in Ecuador, Ocean Press in Australia, and Isla Negra Editores in Puerto Rico. She was also editor-in-Chief of the weekly journal Pionero, and Director of the children’s magazine Nosotros. This talk is co-sponsored with the Center for Cuban Studies, and will be in Spanish with English translation. Please join us for a reception after the talk.

Work In Progress Talk by Paulo Miguez
Singularities and Differences among Latin American Carnivals

Friday, March 25, 3-4 PM
LAL Seminar Room

A Work-in-progress talk by LAL Greenleaf Fellow Paulo Miguez on his research at the Latin American Library titled Singularities and Differences among Latin American Carnivals, a comparative study of the economics and cultural politics of carnival in Latin America. The project examines the ways in which the different carnival celebrations in Latin America are conceived from the perspective of public policy, with some reflections on carnival in New Orleans. The talk will be in Portuguese. Please join us for a reception after the talk. This event is sponsored by the Richard E. Greenleaf Endowment at the Latin American Library.

Work In Progress Talk by Elizabeth Kuon
Incas e indios en la producción artística del Cuzco, 1900-1950/Incas and Indians in the Artistic production of Cuzco, 1900-1950

Time and Date: TBA
LAL Seminar Room

Elizabeth Kuon, Richard E. Greenleaf Fellow at The Latin American Library for 2010-2011. With a background in Anthropology and Art History, Elizabeth Kuon is a leading expert in Southern Andean art history of all periods. She has published extensively on mural painting in sixteenth and seventeenth century Peru, queros, city planning, cultural patrimony, and artistic syncretism. She currently serves as consultant on an architectural restoration project in Andahuaylillas, Peru by the World Monuments Fund and on Southern Andean Colonial art and the history of her native Cuzco for national and international organizations. Project: Incas e indios en la producción artística del Cuzco, 1900-1950/Incas and Indians in the Artistic production of Cuzco, 1900-1950. The time and date of Professor Kuon’s work-in-progress talk is yet to be announced.

Informal Talk
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, Bahia

Friday, February 18, 3-4 PM
LAL Seminar Room

An Informal talk by Christopher Dunn (Department of Spanish and Portuguese) and Paulo Miguez (LAL Greenleaf Fellow) on carnival in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, Bahia, the two epicenters of carnival activity in Brazil. This is an informal talk sparked by popular demand for those who want to learn more about carnival in Brazil as we enter into the thick of Mardi Gras season here in New Orleans with the Krewe du Vieux parade the following night. The talk will be given primarily in English, will feature plenty of carnival images, and is targeted to a non-specialist audience. King cake will be served. This event is sponsored by the Richard E. Greenleaf Endowment at the Latin American Library.

Work In Progress Talk by Luis Alberto Arrioja Díaz
Liberalismo, pueblos de indios y tierras comunales en dos espacios del México poscolonial: Oaxaca y Michoacán, 1742-1860 (Liberalism, Indian Towns and Communal Lands in Two Spaces in Post-Colonial Mexico: Oaxaca and Michoacán, 1742-1860)

Friday, February 25, 3-4 PM
LAL Seminar Room

A Work-in-progress talk by LAL Greenleaf Fellow Luis Alberto Arrioja. The talk will be on Liberalismo, pueblos de indios y tierras comunales en dos espacios del México poscolonial: Oaxaca y Michoacán, 1742-1860 (Liberalism, Indian Towns and Communal Lands in Two Spaces in Post-Colonial Mexico: Oaxaca and Michoacán, 1742-1860), and will examine the limits and reach of Liberal policies and political, social, economic and agrarian issues that facilitated or hampered the application of these policies in Indian towns, against the backdrop of broader Liberal discursive forms and practices in Spanish America in general and in Mexico in particular. The talk will be in Spanish. Please join us for a reception after the talk. This event is sponsored by the Richard E. Greenleaf Endowment at the Latin American Library.

Encounters with American Antiquity: Artists, Explorers, and Scholars at the Maya Ruins (1822-1930)

Exhibit opening and talk by Roxanne Dávila, Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

A reception followed the talk.
Friday, October 22
4:00-6:00pm

The Latin American Library Gallery
4th floor, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library

Roxanne Dávila has been a Visiting Research Professor at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University since 2009 and currently teaches in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She has published extensively on nineteenth and twentieth-century Mexican and Central American literature and intellectual history. Dr. Dávila’s current research focuses on nineteenth-century travelers, explorers and scholars who studied the ancient Maya ruins in the early nineteenth century. She focuses on early scholars and artists from Mexico, Yucatán, and Guatemala, as well as from Europe and the United States. She is currently completing a book entitled Inventing the Ancient Maya: Travelers, Explorers, and Scholars in the Early Nineteenth Century (1822-1844), which addresses knowledge production related to American antiquity, and analyzes textual and visual representations of the Maya ruins.

This event was made possible by the Zemurray Foundation through the Doris Stone Endowment to the Latin American Library.

 

 

Past Events: 2010

Work in Progress Talk by Luisa Campuzano.
Friday, June 18, 2010: from 2:30-3:30 PM.

Viajeros cubanos a Estados Unidos en el siglo XIX, contextos y horizontes críticos

Synopsis

En la cada vez más amplia bibliografía sobre la literatura de viajes, el espacio destinado a los  latinoamericanos sigue siendo muy reducido. Un acercamiento a los textos de los cubanos que entre 1823 y 1900 visitan los Estados Unidos permite trazar, a través del estudio de las más diversas experiencias individuales y colectivas, un mapa sui generis de la visión y las expectativas de diversos sectores de la sociedad cubana en relación con "el Norte" y de su confrontación con la condición colonial de la Isla.

Work in Progress Talk by Alfredo Prieto.
Friday, April 16, 2010 from 2-4 PM.

El otro:  Visiones sobre la cultura cubana en los Estados Unidos
Aquí presentaré la imagen de Cuba, los cubanos y su cultura en la literatura de viajes norteamericana de la última década. Intento develar, y en lo posible deconstruir, las mediaciones que intervienen en la percepción de «la otredad» por parte del viajero norteamericano, los estereotipos actuantes, y explicarlos considerando la existencia de factores como el etnocentrismo, la latinidad, las diferencias axiológicas, de lengua y, en última instancia, de culturas distintas.

Coexistiendo, alternando con las visiones tradicionales del discurso político y mediático sobre el sistema cubano de los años 90 a hoy se ha venido produciendo en los Estados Unidos una (re)composición de la imagen de Cuba que se afinca en un sedimento cultural y en una persistencia de la memoria para nada corroídos por el tiempo. Sus ángulos más reiterados remiten a una isla elusiva borrada del mapa cultural durante la Guerra Fría, pero en definitiva ahora (re)descubierta en sus atributos aludidamente totalizadores y esencialistas: el placer mundano, la música y la cuestión sexual.  Esta perspectiva, que omite un cambio cultural y social de más de cincuenta años, no suele matizarse o modificarse mayormente después del contacto directo de muchos norteamericanos con la isla.

La literatura de estos viajes que circula profusamente en los distintos circuitos—desde librerías públicas y bibliotecas universitarias hasta Amazon.com— da abrumadora fe de ello. Tal vez la principal continuidad de este corpus narrativo con su homólogo del siglo xix consista en su etnocentrismo, pero otras determinaciones pueden ser añadidas: la dependencia de fuentes que se reciclan a sí mismas, las diferencias de idioma, así como los estereotipos largamente construidos por la cultura norteamericana al mirar a Cuba y lo cubano —de Weekend in Havana a I Love Lucy. Esto constituye un lastre del que resulta muy difícil desprenderse, que da a menudo pie a la idea de que la visión de la cultura cubana en los Estados Unidos parecería condenada a la repetición.

Work in Progress Talk by Justo Flores Escalante.
Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 3 PM.

Soberanía y excepcionalidad: La integración de Yucatán y la creación de Campeche en el Estado Mexicano, 1821-1857
The construction of the Mexican state began in the first half of the nineteenth century, which brought with it the uneasy integration of the provinces of New Spain. This is the underlying context of the conflictive relations between the Yucatán Peninsula and the central government of Mexico. Yucatecan historians have tended to regard the political movements of the Peninsula as separatist-independist. However, my hypothesis is that the majority of these problems were due to the concept of shared sovereignty in order to preserve internal autonomy. At the same time, the use of shared sovereignty in the Peninsula would lead to the first political territorial division with the creation of the state of Campeche. I therefore propose a new way of examining these relations and a novel explanation of the beginnings of the Mexican state from the perspective of the región of Yucatán.

Sovereignty and Exceptionality: The Integration of Yucatán and the Creation of Campeche Within the Mexican State, 1821-1857
En la primera mitad del Siglo XIX se inició la construcción del Estado Mexicano y con ello la difícil integración de las provincias novohispanas. En ese contexto se insertan las conflictivas relaciones entre Yucatán y el gobierno de México. Los movimientos políticos peninsulares han sido catalogados como separatistas-independistas por la historiografía yucateca, pero sostengo la hipótesis que la mayor parte de los problemas se debieron al uso del concepto de soberanía compartida, ejercido por el gobierno yucateco para conservar la autonomía interna y la excepcionalidad peninsular. A la vez, la utilización de la soberanía compartida en la península conllevaría a la primera división político-territorial: la creación del estado de Campeche. Propongo una nueva forma de ver las relaciones mencionadas y una novedosa explicación sobre los comienzos del Estado Mexicano desde la región yucateca.

Work in Progress Talk by Denise Schaan.
Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 3 PM.

Geoglyphs: Geometric Earthworks of Pre-Columbian Western Amazonia
Indigenous groups who lived between 2,000 and 1,300 years ago in Amazonia built impressive geometric earthworks across a region roughly 60,000 km², that encompasses the western Brazilian state of Acre, south of the state of Amazonas, and northern Bolivia. These enormous earthworks (which reach diameters of up to 380 meters) were only revealed to Western eyes as deforestation advanced across the region.  Denise Schaan has been studying the geometric enclosures with colleagues from Brazil and Finland during the last 5 years, locating more than 250 of such structures, which have impressed scholars working in the region, long thought to be unsuited for permanent settlements.  As a Greenleaf fellow at the Latin American Library, Schaan has been looking for clues on why indigenous groups in that region would have built such structures, and she will discuss new findings.

 

Past Events: 2009

Eruditos o ciudadanos: un testimonio personal
A Talk by Ambrosio Fornet
October 23, 2009

Latin American Library Open House
September 18, 2009

Work in Progress Talk by Tania Regina de Luca.
Thursday, February 12, 2009. : from 3:30-4:30 PM.

Cultural Propaganda: The Getúlio Vargas Regime and U.S. Academic Library Collections (1930-1945)

The authoritarian regime of Getúlio Vargas in Brazil was a period in which anti-democratic practices dominated all facets of government, especially between 1937 and 1945. In an effort to control nearly all aspects of cultural production and political discourse, Vargas created the Department of Press and Propaganda (DIP) in 1939, whose mission was to censor information, intellectual production, cultural expression, and also promote the ideology of the regime. The Department was under the direct supervision of the President, and thus exerted a profound influence on public life during this period. However, the internal records and files of the DIP have never been found, thus hampering research into the internal workings of this important office. My project focuses on one aspect of the regime's propaganda and promotional efforts, namely the dissemination of published material outside of Brazil, specifically through publishing and promotional efforts to cultural institutions in the United States. In this way, I hope to piece together part of the history of the DIP. I examine holdings, acquisition histories of printed works published or sponsored by the DIP in key U.S. academic libraries, as well as the institutional history of Latin American studies collections and programs in university archives. 

This event was made possible through an endowment from Tulane Emeritus Professor Richard E. Greenleaf.

 

Past Events: 2008

LAL Open House & Book Sale
September 26th, 2008

When: Friday, September 26, noon - 4:30 PM
Where: The Latin American Library, 4th floor Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
What: An open house to welcome new faculty and students, meet old friends from the campus and the community, and learn more about the Latin American Library's collections and services. 

 

SALALM LIII: Encounter, Engagement and Exchange: How Native Populations of the Americas Transformed the World May 30th - June 3rd, 2008

The Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) is pleased to announce its 53rd annual meeting to be held May 30-June 3, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The theme for 2008 is "Encounter, Engagement and Exchange: How Native Populations of the Americas Transformed the World." The conference is sponsored by the Latin American Library, the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

Work in Progress Talk by Herman Byrd.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008 from 3-4 PM.

Belize and the Central American Federation, 1821-1839

The copious literature on the territorial dispute between Guatemala and Belize focuses considerable attention on Guatemala 's mid-1940s declaration that its 1859 boundary treaty with Great Britain was “null and void.” However, recently Guatemala shifted the basis of its stance, arguing that half of Belize was an integral part of Verapaz and that, after 1821, Belize came under the jurisdiction of the Central American Federation and then later the Republic of Guatemala. Given that recent works have allotted little attention to the pre-1859 period, a study of the status of Belize in relation to the Federation is needed to fill a gap and shed light on Guatemala 's new contention.

After providing an update on the recent efforts to resolve the long-standing border dispute, Dr. Byrd will examine Guatemala's recent contention that Belize was a part of Verapaz and, by extension, the Audiencia of Guatemala, and review the relationship that developed between Belize and the Central American Federation.

Dr. Byrd has been an Assistant Professor of Belizean History and Education Studies at the University of Belize since 2005. Before that he served for many years as editor and then co-editor of Belizean Studies, the country's leading academic journal, and as an administrator at St. John's College.

This event was made possible through an endowment from Tulane Emeritus Professor Richard E. Greenleaf.

Work in Progress Talk by Danilo Orozco
Monday, April 28th, 2008 from 3-4:30 PM.

Nexos musicoculturales Cuba-Nueva Orleans-Estados Unidos en aspectos medulares de su trasfondo histórico

The lecture and presentation was held on Monday, April 28, from 3-4:30 pm in the Latin American Library seminar room located on the 4th floor of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. Refreshments followed the talk.

La investigación del Dr. Orozco se concentra en aspectos músico-culturales con géneros muy diversos (no sólo alrededor del jazz), que han sido poco estudiados en los nexos históricos entre los contextos culturales de Cuba- New Orleans-Estados Unidos. No se trata simplemente de músicas, cantares o elementos de la danza (de diversa procedencia y estrato) que se suceden a lo largo del tiempo en determinado espacio. Más bien trata de focos o núcleos de inter -relaciones, e incluso de la dinámica de contradicciones en el contacto o toma de fuentes, asimilación, invención y recreación de rasgos y perfiles musicales, sus funciones y trasfondo sociocultural, incidencias sociopolíticas concomitantes, y otros factores sicoculturales. Estos no representan un cúmulo lineal y progresivo, sino vías por las que estas diversas músicas adquieren un sentido, impronta identitaria, y, a través de la reconversión, apropiación y resignificaciones de los mismos protagonistas, alcanzan determinada trascendencia aún en la modernidad global, respecto a cada contexto específico y a sus posibles multi-proyecciones.

This event was made possible through an endowment from Tulane Emeritus Professor Richard E. Greenleaf. 

Work in Progress Talk by Marco Calderón
Friday March 14, 2008 from 3:30-5 PM.

"Social Experiments and Indigenous Education in Mexico"

The lecture and presentation was held on Friday March 14th from 3:30-5 PM in the Latin American Library seminar room located on the 4th floor of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. Refreshments followed the talk.

From 1932 to 1933, Mexico 's Department of Public Education (Secretaría de Educación Pública, SEP) financed a social experiment in the indigenous town of Carapan (state of Michoacán). Despite its short lifespan, the “Experimental Station” at Carapan became an emblem of the history of “culturalist indigenism” throughout Latin America due, in part, to the publication of Moisés Sáenz' book: Carapan: bosquejo de una experiencia, in 1936. Carapan became a “social laboratory” where researchers sought to find suitable methods for integrating indigenous peoples into the Mexican state and nation. Much less well-known is the experience in Actopan, a village in the Mezquital Valley (state of Hidalgo ), where the SEP funded a similar venture. In 1928, a “Permanent Cultural Mission” was set up in Actopan and, in 1931, Carlos Basauri carried out several research projects there, on such topics as culture, folklore and nutrition, among others. At that time, Sáenz was traveling through Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, also looking for methods to effectuate the incorporation of Indian peoples. These two figures were part of the SEP's “Commission for Indigenous Research” (Comisión de Investigaciones Indígenas). Upon his return to Mexico, Sáenz led the Carapan project, in collaboration with Basauri and other notable intellectuals of the time, including José Miguel Othón de Mendizábal. An important antecedent of this history was the program of “Integrated Development” that Manuel Gamio had directed in the Teotihuacan Valley in the late 1910s; a second significant precedent was the John Geddis Gray Memorial Expedition of 1928, a project co-financed by Tulane University and the SEP, in which Basauri also participated.

The objective of my current research is to write a book on education and indigenism in Mexico, based on the concept of these “social experiments”. Such a reconstruction must take into account several elements in order to constitute a true contribution to our knowledge of the history of the organization of cultural differences during the period of Mexican “populism”. Of course, it is necessary to identify the SEP's policies in the context of the cultural change associated with the conformation of the post-revolutionary state. Although a certain consensus did exist at that time on the social and cultural origins of “backwardness” and the “Indian problem”, some of the theories and even some of the indigenists' practices were clearly racist. Other topics to be included in this analysis are the theoretical influences that supported Basauri's and Sáenz' “civilizing proposals” and the wider political context in which these experiments were carried out, given that the existing power relationships influenced the course they would follow.

One other important aspect of this history concerns North American influences on rural education in Mexico in the 1920s and 1930s, when several educators and pedagogues from the United States visited rural schools and cultural missions to study Mexican experiences in “schooling the masses”. The SEP's archives hold a wealth of data on this topic. The most distinguished visitor was John Dewey, who had the opportunity to visit one cultural mission, after which he went so far as to state that Mexico was the country where his educational proposals were best being put into practice.

This event was made possible through an endowment from Tulane Emeritus Professor Richard E. Greenleaf.

 

Past Events: 2007

"Collecting in Cuba: Art from an Embargoed Nation"
A Talk by Sandra Levinson
November 9th, 2007

Held in conjunction with the exhibit "Shooting a Revolution: Photographs from Cuba"

Fall 2007 Open House and Second annual Book Sale
Friday, September 28th, 2007

 

Past Events: 2006

"Latinos and the Media" Town Hall Meeting

Also included an exhibit on the history of the Spanish-language press in New Orleans.

Fall 2006 Open House and First Annual Latin American Library Book Sale

Lectures, Reception and Book Signing
May 19th, 2006

"Overlapping Freedom Struggles: The Cuban Wars for Independence and the Search for Public Rights in Louisiana, 1863-1898" by Rebecca J. Scott, University of Michigan

"The Haitian Revolution and the Sale of Louisiana; Or, Thomas Jefferson's  (Unpaid) Debt to Jean-Jacques Dessalines" by Laurent Dubois, Michigan State University

 

Past Events: 2005

Spring 2005 Lectures

Andeanist historian Kathryn Burns, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

"Reading Notarial Truth: Peru's Colonial Archives"

"Making Indigenous Archives"

January 2005 Lecture

Latin American historian James Lockhart, Professor Emeritus of History at UCLA

"Sources and Methods of the New Philology"

 

Past Events: 2004

Honduras Reception
Co-hosted by the Honduras Consulate in New Orleans
October 15, 2004

Reception to celebrate the opening of the "Maestros de Plata" Exhibit

The Exhibit, curated by Penny Morrill, was displayed at Tulane University's Newcomb Gallery. The Latin American Library featured a concurrent exhibit, William Spratling: Sketches from Mexico from March 4th through the 26th.  Morrill was also an invited speaker at the Latin American Library with a talk on Spratling silver on Friday, March 5th. 

Seminar on the History of the Book in Latin America
Pedro Guibovich Pérez, Princeton University

Opening reception for the the exhibit Reinventing Carnival in the Americas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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