Retreat for Middle and High School Teachers: Human Rights

June 6, 2015
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Knight Library 144
Edmiston Classroom

This retreat will include these panels:

Topic 1: “Gender, Violence and Impunity in Latin America and South Asia,” led by Dr. Lynn Stephen (Anthropology) and Dr. Lamia Karim (Anthropology).

Topic 2: “Teaching Human Rights in Latin America: Problems, Sources, and
Methods,” led by Dr. Carlos Aguirre (History) and David Woken, History & Latin American Studies Librarian.

Topic 3: “Art and Human Rights in Latin America: Pedagogical Approaches”


“Violence, Money, and Piracy in the Homeland of Chocolate: Colonial Guatemala’s Bittersweet Legacy”

April 8, 2015
12:00 pmto2:00 pm
Kathryn Sampeck

Kathryn Sampeck

375 McKenzie Hall
1101 Kincaid St.
UO campus

A Talk by Dr. Kathryn Sampeck

These days, chocolate is a fairly unremarkable part of our daily lives. We have many ideas that we associate with it—what color it is, how it should taste, what kinds of foods it should be part of. All of these qualities seem natural, intrinsic. Little would you suspect that chocolate has a colonial past that involved some of the greatest horrors of Spanish America. The fresh view of chocolate’s history offered in this presentation draws from archaeology, notarial archives, and popular imagery and material culture to understand the complex connections of pre-Columbian origins and colonial incarnations of cacao production and commerce. › Continue reading

CLLAS Director Lynn Stephen Receives Two Significant Professional Awards

Lynn Stephen / photo by Jack Liu

Lynn Stephen / photo by Jack Liu

February 4, 2015—UO anthropologist Lynn Stephen has received two significant professional national and international awards. In March of 2015 she will give the Michael Kearney Memorial Lecture at the meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Pittsburgh. The award is for an outstanding scholar whose presentation will explore the intersection of three themes (migration, human rights, transnationalism) and with a specific focus on a contemporary issue/problem. › Continue reading

Winter 2015 edition of CLLAS Notes now available

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Read updates about action-oriented CLLAS research projects in the latest edition of the CLLAS Notes, the newsletter of the UO Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies. You can learn more about books recently published by faculty associated with the mission and goals of CLLAS. You can read articles from faculty  and graduate students about CLLAS-supported research and events, including an ethnographic study of hip hop in Havana, Cuba, and a hands-on approach to engage Latino community members in the complexities of planning and public policy decision-making. You’ll learn about CLLAS’s first Scholar-in-Residence; the Globalization, Gender & Development Conference held in October; and  ways in which UO students benefitted from an innovative partnership on cultural competency.

If you’re on the CLLAS mailing list, watch for your print edition soon. If you would like to join the CLLAS mailing list, email

“Maluco Beleza: Music of the Brazilian Counterculture,” with Prof. Christopher Dunn

April 16, 2015
6:00 pmto7:30 pm

Dunn-Poster221 Allen Hall
UO campus

UO Latin American Studies program presents Guest Speaker Prof. Christopher Dunn

“Maluco Beleza: Music of the Brazilian Counterculture”

This presentation will explore the popular music associated with the Brazilian counterculture of the early 1970s during the most repressive phase of military rule. In the wake of the Tropicália movement of 1968, a broad range of artists, including Gal Costa, Jards Macalé, Luiz Melodia, Raul Seixas, and the Novos Baianos created music that spoke to the despair and desire of a generation of urban youth. As the revolutionary energies of the sixties subsided, artists explored notions of personal liberation associated with the so-called desbunde, a distinctly Brazilian experience with the international youth counterculture.

Latin American Studies Student Symposium: Dictatorship, Transitional Justice, and Human Rights in Latin America

April 17, 2015
8:30 amto4:30 pm

LAS-transitional-justice-symposium_WEB229 McKenzie Hall
UO campus

Featured Speakers

  • CHRISTOPHER DUNN, Tulane University, “Tropicalia and the Emergence of a Brazilian Counterculture”
  • MICHEL GHERMAN, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “Jews and the Brazilian Military Dictatorship” (via Skype)

Sponsors include Latin American Studies, Global Studies Institute, Clark Honors College, and the Savage Endowment’s Global Justice Program.

Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies Gift Fund

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April 2015