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CLALS | Upcoming Events

CLALS events intend to enrich understanding of Latin America and Latino communities in the U.S. Many are open to the public.

Book Launch and Discussion - Cuba Libre: A 500-Year Quest for Independence

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. | Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service

Please join American University's U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security Program, Department of History, and CLALS for a conversation with Professor Philip Brenner on his most recent book, Cuba Libre: A 500-Year Quest for Independence (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).

Co-authored with award-winning foreign correspondent and former deputy foreign editor at the Washington Post Peter Eisner, Cuba Libre presents an accessible introduction to the history of Cuba since 1492. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event, and a reception will follow the discussion. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

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Final Religion & Climate Change Workshop in Trinidad

October 2-3, 2017 | University of the West Indies-St. Augustine | Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

As a part of its Religion and Climate Change in Cross-Regional Perspective project, CLALS is organizing and co-sponsoring a two-day workshop in Trinidad & Tobago, to take place October 2-3, with a focus on "Small Island Vulnerabilities in the Pacific and Caribbean." Hosted by the Institute of International Relations at the University of the West Indies-St. Augustine, this workshop will convene researchers from Oceania, the Caribbean and Latin America, the US, and Europe, to consider the role of religion in the adaptation to emerging challenges for island ecosystems and states, made worse by climate change. This includes consideration of how rising sea levels, coastal erosion, unpredictable and severe weather patterns, flooding, and related effects of climate change impact the sustainability of economies, societies and community identities, and religious and community responses." This workshop will conclude with a public event addressing the intersection of religion with climate change in small island contexts.

An Evening with Filmmaker Fernando Eimbcke

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service

Through its partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute to promote Mexican arts and culture, CLALS will welcome renowned filmmaker Fernando Eimbcke for a presentation and discussion of his work in the fall. Best known for his debut film Temporada de patos (2004)-- winner of an Ariel Award for Best Film-- Eimbcke's cinema highlights the adolescent experience through a minimalist approach. Known for his "evocative simplicity" and portraits of everyday life, Eimbcke's other films include Lake Tahoe (2008) and Club Sandwich (2013). More information and an event flyer are forthcoming.

Canadian and Mexican Visions of North America

November 2017 | University of Ottawa | Ontario, Canada

In its third workshop, the Robert A. Pastor North America Research Initiative will convene researchers from the region and beyond at the University of Ottawa to explore Canadian and Mexican priorities and strategies for North American integration across a range of themes. What will the countries seek to include or exclude for a renegotiation of continental relationships-- both within and beyond NAFTA? What are the points of convergence and contestation between Mexico and Canada? How might the two states deal with the giant on their doorstep, and what might be the impacts of reforms on trajectories of integration? As with previous workshops, a panel discussion event will be open to the public. More information is forthcoming.