“Ero-Ideologies: Writings on Spirituality, Art and Decolonization” by Dr. Laura Pérez


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Lecture by Dr. Kimberly Theidon, “Hidden in Plain Sight: Children Born of Wartime Sexual Violence” (2/20/2015)


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Until the Rulers Obey: Voices from Latin American Social Movements Presentation and Dialogue with editors Clifton Ross & Marcy Rein (10/27)


Until the Rulers Obey

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Brazil’s Favelas: Rethinking Models of Urban Sustainability (10/22)



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II Americas Latino Eco-Festival

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Faculty Spotlight: Professor Ernesto Acevedo-Munoz publishes West Side Story as Cinema: The Making and Impact of an American Masterpiece

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Ernesto R. Acevedo-Muñoz (Ph.D. University of Iowa) is director of the CU Film Studies Program and the author of the booksPedro Almodóvar (British Film Institute, 2007) and Buñuel and Mexico: The Crisis of National Cinema (University of California Press, 2003). His research centers on Spanish and Latin American cinemas and culture, Hollywood genres, and classical film theory. His new book, West Side Story as Cinema: The Making and Impact of an American Masterpiece was published in October 2013 by the University Press of Kansas. Theatre and film historian Thomas Hischak (SUNY-Cortland) wrote “This is the definitive and most comprehensive book about the film version of West Side Story. It is filled with fascinating information and thought-provoking commentary, including an Hispanic sensibility that looks at the movie with a fresh point of view. An outstanding work of movie scholarship.”—Thomas Hischak, author of The Oxford Companion to the American Musical.

Professor Acevedo-Munoz will be leading a screening of “West Side Story” with a Question and Answer session on February 12, 2014 from 7:30pm in the Muenzinger Auditorium on CU’s campus.

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Recent Event: Fernando Lima Lecture, “Jaguars, Back-lion-tamarins, Forest and People: A 20-Year History of Conservation Efforts in Brazil”

On Wednesday, January 29th, 2014, Fernando Lima spoke to a group of students, faculty and staff about his research in Brazil concerning human land use and jaguar habitat. Mr. Lima is a wildlife biologist with the Brazilian conservation organization Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (Institute for Ecological Research). His research over the past 10 years has focused on the population ecology of wild neo-tropical felids (including jaguars and pumas) and their prey. His work is aimed at setting priority areas for wildlife conservation based on landscape ecology and demographic parameters. He is currently studying the dynamics of ocelots in Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforest and their conservation. Over the past 5 years, he has taught field conservation biology courses in the Atlantic Forest for Latin American professionals and science and non-science university students from the US.

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Student Spotlight: Jackson Xia

Jackson Xia, an Arts & Sciences student majoring in Computer Science and Film Studies, won the Americas Latino Festival Student Showcase Digital Narrative Competition. Check out his digital narrative about art and the creative process here: http://www.mediafire.com/?4pt9l96wtkp8z3o

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Recent Event: Cuban Hip-Hop Group Obsesion Visits CU Campus

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Alexey Rodriguez and Magia Lopez, the husband-and-wife duo of Obsesion, gave a talk to CU students, faculty, and community members on their activism and music in Havana on October 7, 2013 in the UMC. They addressed topics such as community engagement, artistic expression, hip-hop’s presence and social messages in Cuba, economic and social justice, and racial and gender equality. Obsesion is especially passionate about access to education, artistic support, and stopping domestic violence against women in Cuba. By sharing their story, they inspired a thoughtful and productive question-and-answer session. To see a music video and interview, visit: http://www.havana-cultura.com/en/int/cuban-music/obsesion/hip-hop-artist

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Faculty Spotlight: Brenda Romero

Brenda Romero

Associate Professor

Imig Music Building N149


Mailing Address:

301 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

Brenda M. Romero is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she has been on the faculty since 1988, serving as Chair of Musicology from 2004-2007. She holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of California in Los Angeles, and received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Theory and Composition from the University of New Mexico. She has worked extensively on the pantomimed Matachines music and dance and other New Mexican folk music genres that reflect both Spanish and Indian origins. Since 1998 she has extended her fieldwork and research on Matachines to Mexico and in January 2007 to Colombia, and has published various articles on the subject. She is co-editor with Olga Nájera-Ramírez and Norma Cantú of Dancing across Borders: Danzas y Bailes Mexicanos (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming). She founded and facilitates the College Music Society Summer Institute on the Pedagogies of World Music Theories, which she hosts every other summer in Boulder. In November 2007 she spoke at a UNESCO/Northeastern University Symposium on “Music and Intercultural Dialogue” in Paris.

Dr. Romero learned to sing by the age of two by listening to her mother, and began formal voice study with soprano Margaret Nickson of the Brisbane Music Conservatory, Queensland, Australia in the 1970s. In the 1980s she studied voice with tenor Robert Smith at the University of New Mexico. She studied classical guitar with Hector García at UNM as well. She performed the violin with the Pueblo of Jemez Matachina from 1989-1998 to keep the tradition alive, meanwhile training her successor. She frequently gives lecture/recitals, locally, regionally, and internationally, on the older folk music of New Mexico and southern Colorado, and has appeared on regional television productions as performer and narrator. This includes a 2008 PBS Special on John Donald Robb, who collected most of the songs she sings. Her vocal styles sometimes attempt to mimic the old singers heard in archival recordings, other times her voice reflects Joan Baez and other folk singers. Her expressive devices are often emblematic of the old Indo-Hispano culture of New Mexico.

Dr. Romero is best known among her friends for providing English translations and research notes for the 1987 Elektra recording Canciones de Mi Padre by Linda Ronstadt. In 2000 she was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship to conduct field research on the Matachines music and dance in Mexico. She received the 2005 Society for American Music’s “Sight and Sound” award, a subvention toward the production of her 2008 CD,Caniones de mis patrias: Songs of My Homelands, Early New Mexican Folk Songs. In recognition of her tireless work to promote diversity at CU, she was awarded the President’s 2007 Faculty Award for Diversity.

Brenda Romero writes, “as a teacher, scholar, composer, and performer I have tried to be grounded in social consciousness and responsibility in a world that is deeply troubled. I have worked toward a better, more equitable world by helping to create a greater awareness of world cultures through music.”

* In July, 2013 Professor Romero was inducted into the Chicano Music Hall of Fame.

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