What effects will climate change have on financial stability in Latin America?


Date: April 16th, 2018 at 7:00PM

Location: Diamond 122

Jaime Jaramillo-Vallejo, J.D., Ph.D., was the Senior Financial Sector Expert in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the International Monetary Fund between 2012 and 2016. Prior to that, he was the Head of Country Evaluations and Lead Economist at the World Bank, and a Deputy Division Chief in the Policy Development and Review Department of the International Monetary Fund. He has also served as a consultant on monetary and financial matters to the United States Department of the Treasury, the World Bank, the Harvard Institute for International Development, and the InterAmerican Development Bank. Dr. Jaramillo has published extensively on regulation and supervision in developing economies and was the Dean of the School of Economics of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia. He holds a Juris Doctor from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, as well as a Ph.D. in Economics and a Master in Political Economy from Boston University.

The Rhythm is Gonna Get’ Cha’

Date: April 19th, 2018 at 4:00PM

Location: Diamond 122

¡El Barrio No Se Vende! ¡Se Ama y Se Defiende!

Date: Tuesday February 27th, 2018 at 7:00pm.

Location: Bobby Silberman Lounge (LoPo) 

A reception will be held outside of Bobby Silberman Lounge at 6:00pm.

Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration

Date: Wednesday 14th, 2018 at 4pm

Location: Diamond 122

Dr. Ana Minian’s talk will be drawn from Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration (forthcoming with Harvard University Press in February 2018). In this book, Ana explores the late-twentieth-century history of Mexican undocumented migration to the United States, the growth of migrant communities, and bi-national efforts to regulate the border. She uses over two hundred oral history interviews, government archives, migrant correspondence, privately held organizational records and personal collections, pamphlets and unpublished ephemera, and newspapers and magazines collected in Washington D.C., Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Michoacán, Zacatecas, and Mexico City. As the first sustained history of transnational Mexican migration from 1965 to 1986, this book addresses audiences interested in U.S. and Latin American political history, Latina/o history, and Migration Studies

Ana Minian, Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University 

“Cholo en el Perú, Latino en los Estados Unidos: Race and Racism in the North and South”
Date: Tuesday, October 24 at 4pm
Location: Robinson Room, Special Collections, Miller Library
Marco Avilés, a Peruvian journalist and writer living in Maine, will give a public reading of selections from his new book, No soy tu cholo, whose central theme is the construction of ethnic and racial identity in Peru and in Maine. The talk will be in Spanish and is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program and the Spanish Department.

War’s End: Guerrilla Demobilization in Colombia


Nancy Sánchez is an award-winning Colombian human rights activist. She was the Colby Oak Human Rights Fellow in 2007, and is currently working with the Women’s Alliance of Putumayo: Weavers of Life. She will be speaking Monday October 9th at 4pm in Diamond 122. Sponsored by Anthropology, the Goldfarb Center, Latin American Studies, and the Oak Institute.

The 10th Biannual Walker Symposium. “Water in Latin America”

The Walker Symposium will be held on October 7th from 9 am to 4 pm in the Parker-Reed Room, SSW Alumni Center. Lunch will be provided and a reception will follow from 4:30 – 6:00 pm with music by Homero Oyarce.

Speakers: Ivonne del Valle, Justin Read, Raul Pacheco-Vega, and Nancy Sánchez

The Fuerte River: An Environmental History of Development and Mayo Cultural Change

The Latin American Studies Program is sponsoring a lecture by James Mestaz from Claremont McKenna College on September 20th at 4 pm in Diamond 122. There will be a reception to follow.

Walls, Tunnels, Ditches, and Roads: The Infrastructure of Smuggling on the US-Mexico Border

The Anthropology Department and the Latin American Studies Program are happy to announce a lecture by Shaylih Muehlmann about smuggling on the US-Mexico border. Join us on Tuesday, April 25 at 4pm in Diamond 122 to learn more about this exciting topic. 

An Open Class “On Destructive Creativity”

Join the Anthropology Department and Latin American Studies Program for an open class with Gaston Gordillo in Professor Chandra Bhimull’s Anthropology of Creativity Seminar. The open class will be held on Tuesday, April 25 from 1-2:30pm in SSWA102.

‘Great Times and Beautiful Hopes’: Father Joaquín Pérez and Revolutionary Catholics in the Mexican Huasteca, 1925-1931

Join us in Diamond 122 on April 6th at 4:00pm to hear a lecture by Professor Matthew Butler from the University of Texas at Austin about the Mexican Church and revolutionary Catholics in the Mexican Huasteca. 

Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords: 1969-1976

THROUGH THE EYES OF REBEL WOMEN: The Young Lords, 1969-1976

Come to the Pugh Center on March 7, 2017 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm for an exciting opportunity to hear Iris Morales give a Master Class and discuss her upcoming book on the women of the Young Lords

The Borders of Dominicanidad: Lorgia García-Peña

Join us in the Pugh Center on February 23, 2017 at 4pm for a lecture by Lorgia García-Peña about race, history, and culture in the Dominican Republic. 

Blessed Fruit of the Womb: Documentary and Discussion with WINGS

Please join us in Diamond 122 on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7:30pm for a screening of the documentary “Blessed Fruit of the Womb” and a discussion with Evelyn Landry of Guatemalan reproductive health NGO, WINGS. 

Performance and Lecture: María Magdalena Campos-Pons

Come join us at the Colby College Museum of Art on February 9, 2017 at 7pm for María’s performance. The next day, February 10 at 12pm please join us for her lecture at the Colby College Museum of Art.

A Sermon a Day Keeps the Demon Away

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Laura León Llerena, Assistant Professor at Northwestern University. Hosted by Latin American Studies and Department of Spanish. (Thursday 17, November 2016/ Robinson Room, Miller Library. 4:00pm)

Water, Privatization, and Community in Cochabamba, Bolivia

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Come hear Dr. Erica Simmons of the University of Wisconsin-Madison discuss her research on social movement mobilization around water privatization in Bolivia! 

When: Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 4:00 pm. Where: Diamond 153

Woke Brown Girl: a Post-Colonial Latina Experience


Come attend SOBHU’s last event of Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month! Latin American Studies Program co-sponsor. Monday 24, October 2016/ Ostrove Auditorium, 7:00pm

Prisca Dorcas is a Latinx intersectional-feminist and activist who founded Latina Rebels. She utilizes a social media platform to critique the colonized expectations of acceptability for Latinx/Hispanic women. Dorcas identifies injustice and analyzes how the intersectionality of race and gender affects the Latinx experience.

“Peace in Colombia?”


Professor Winifred Tate, Department of Anthropology (Tuesday, 4 October 2016/ Diamond 122/ 4:00pm / Reception to Follow in Diamond Atrium)

“The Emotional Residue of an Unnatural Boundary”: Brownsville and the Borders of Mental Health


Julie Avril Minich of The University of Texas – Austin
(Monday, 3 October 2016/The Pugh Center/4:00pm)

A Bias For Hope: Studying Politics While Thinking About Social Justice, Government Fall Faculty Lecture

Fall Faculty Lecture Lindsay

Lindsay Mayka, Assistant Professor of Government
(Thursday, 29 September 2016/Colby College Parker-Reed room/7:15pm)

Community Discussion of Teresa Margolles: We Have a Common Thread
Artwork by Teresa Margolles

Mariola Alvarez
(Friday, 22 September 2016/Colby College Museum of Art/7:00pm)

Should the Poor Be Allowed to Violate the Law?
Enforcement Against Squatters and Street Vendors in Latin America w/ Alisha Holland
(Thursday, 14 April 2016/Diamond 122/4:00pm)

LAS Major Presentations
GO456:Civil Society and Social Change in Latin America
Greg Morano, Sophie Bartels, and Emily Sapoch
(Thursday, 28 April 2016/Diamond 343/10:30am)

LAS Honors Thesis Presentation: Caroline Tegeler
Encountering Yaxunah: Exploring the Volunteer Tourism Encounter in Rural Yucatán
(Thursday, 28 April 2016/Diamond 343/9:00am)

Government Honors Thesis Presentation: Emily Boyce
Police Accountability in Mexico: Understanding Trends of Police Prosecution and the Importance of Framing the Victims

(Thursday, 28 April 2016/Diamond 122/1-4pm)

MU298: Experiencing Tango
Tango Lesson and Colby Tango Orchestra Performance
(Thursday, 28 April 2016/Special Collections/7-10pm

Butterflies and their People: Rethinking Monarch Conservation
Dr. Ellen Sharp, Director, Butterflies and Their People Project, Cerro Pelon Butterfly Reserve, Mexico
(Monday, 4 April 2016/Ostrove Auditorium/7pm)

Playing Mestizo: Festivity, Word, and Theater in Yucatán
Dr. Paul Eiss, Carnegie Mellon University
(Thursday, 7 April 2016/Diamond 122/4pm)

Mexico’s Energy Revolution
Duncan Wood, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
(Thursday, 5 March 2016/SSW Alumni Center- Parked-Reed Room/5pm)

Scripts of Blackness:
“Benevolent” Slavery and the Making of Hispanic Whiteness in Puerto Rico
with Prof. Isar Godreau
(Tuesday, 1 December 2015/Diamond 153/4pm)

Funny Voices: Comedy, Gender and Subversion in Hispanic Cinema
with Katy Vernon
(Thursday, 5 November 2015/Diamond 122/4pm)

“After I Pick The Fruit”
Director: Nancy Ghertner (Colby ’71)
(Thursday, 12 November 2015/Diamond 122/7pm)

Cuba & the U.S.: Tides of Change
with Ariel Dacal Diaz, Popular Educator, Cuba
(Tuesday, 27th October 2015/Diamond 122/4:00pm)

9th Annual Walker Symposium
La Frontera
(Saturday, 17th October 2015/Parker Reed Room, SSW Alumni Center/9am-6pm)

Manabu Mabe and Japanese-Brazilian Abstract Act 
Presentation by Dr. Mariola Álvarez
(Thursday, 15th October 2015/Miller Library/12pm)

Debating Dominican’s Race: Human Rights and Nationality in Hispaniola
Talk led by April Mayes (Pomona College)
(Thursday, 1st October 2015/Diamond 122/4pm)

Beyond the Box: Latinx and the Census
Talk led by Thalia Gilardo
(Wednesday, 23rd September 2015/Pugh Center/7pm)

Mexican Photography and Landscape
Reception and Discussion of Photography of
Teresa Margolles and Manuel Álvarez Bravo
(Thursday, 17th September 2015/Colby Museum of Art, Davis Gallery/6-8pm)

Drugs, Death and Disappearance in Mexico
State Responsibility and Deep History in Guerrero’s Human Rights Crisis
(Monday 6th, April 2015/Diamond 141/7PM)

Professor Michele Stephens
A Small, Powerful ‘Being’: Peyote and Huichol History 
(Wednesday 23rd, Apr. 2014/Diamond 122/4:00 p.m.)

Cesar Chavez
(Directed by Diego Luna)
Film Screening 
(Thursday 24th, Apr. 2014/Railroad Square Cinema/8:00 p.m.)

Professor Al Montero
The Brazilian Turnaround: A Serious Country at Last?
(Monday 5th, May. 2014/Diamond 145/7:00 p.m.)

Allison Nolan
La familia que se quedó:
Revolution, Division, and Change for Cubans and Cuban-Americans
(Friday 9th, May. 2o14/Mary Low Coffee House/8:00 p.m.)

Las Voces de los Latinos en Colby
A Student Panel Exploring Hispanic and Latino Experiences at Colby
(Monday 15th, Sept. 2014/Pugh Center/7:00pm)

 The Blending of Culture
Film Screening, Latino Influence on America
(Thursday 18th, Sept. 2014/Pugh Center/12:00pm)

The Dream Act/Immigration Reform Awareness Day
Toni Choi
(Monday 22nd, Sept. 2014)

The Latino Factor
Film Screening
(Thursday 25th, Sept. 2014/Pugh Center/12:00pm)

Blessed Fruit of the Womb
Film Screening and Discussion with Evelyn Landry of WINGS
WINGS is dedicated to strengthening Guatemalan families through reproductive health.
(Tuesday 30th, Sept. 2014/Diamond 122/7:00pm)

The Garifuna Culture Survival Band
Dance the Night Away to Traditional Garifuna music from Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize. Music, Food, and Dance!
(Friday 3rd, Oct. 2014/Page Commons/8:00pm Social Hour/9:30pm Performance

A Day Without a Mexican
Film Screening
(Thursday 9th, Oct. 2014/Pugh Center/12:00pm)

Spiritism in Brazil
Dr. Laura Premack, Bowdoin College
(Thursday 16th, Oct. 2014/Diamond 122/4:00pm)

Samba Band
(Saturday 18th, Oct. 2014/Location TBA/Time TBA)

The Migrant Peacebuilding Project:
Reintegration of Guatemalan Migrants
Panel Discussion
(Thursday 19th, Feb. 2015/Diamond 141/4:00 PM)

Mito y Cuerpo en la Pintura de Tilsa Tsuchiya
Lecture in Spanish
(Monday 2nd, March 2015/Lovejoy 215/4:30 PM)

The Photographic Self-Portraits of Martin Chambi
Reception and Lecture
(Tuesday 3rd, March 2015/William D.Adams Gallery, Museum Lobby/6:30PM)

Globalizing Pathways
Alumni Career Panel
(Friday 6th, March 2015/Pugh Center/4:00PM-5:00PM

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