Sep 16

II Americas Latino Eco-Festival

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Feb 05

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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Feb 05

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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Dec 10

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:

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Oct 07

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:

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Sep 30

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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Jan 24

LASC Special Event: Panel Discussion on Unearthing the El Salvador Human Rights Archive at CU

Friday, February 8, 12-1:30 in the WGST Gates Woodruff Cottage library

This special panel unveils the El Salvador Human Rights Archives housed at CU-Boulder.  The discussion will include the opportunities these archives present and the challenges associated with using the archives for research.  Panelists include Michele Leiby, Assistant Professor at the College of Wooster, who has used the archives in her research; Bruce Montgomery and Yolanda Maloney from Norlin library talking about how these archives came into being; and Asuncion Horno-Delgado from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese who has used the archives for class projects.

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Jan 24

LASC Special Lecture: Michele Leiby: Bad Apples or Bad Leaders: Explaining State Repression and Sexual Violence in El Salvador

Please join us for a special LASC event!

Michele Leiby, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the College of Wooster in Ohio

Thursday, February 7, 12:30-1:45 IBS 155

Abstract: This project examines the patterns of state-perpetrated sexual violence and other forms of political violence during the civil war in El Salvador (1978-1992) in an effort to understand why militaries engage in such violence.  The working hypothesis is that sexual violence is not perpetrated randomly, but rather targeted against particular subgroups within the population who present a threat (real or imagined) to the regime.  Data, collected from the archived files of two Salvadoran human rights organizations, will be compared on the timing and location of various forms of violence, as well as the demographic profile of the victims of state violence.  While demonstrating many of the limitations of data on wartime sexual violence, this project represents one of only two quantitatively oriented analyses of first-hand accounts of sexual violence during the war.  As such, despite the tentativeness of its conclusions, this project makes an important contribution to the academic literature on wartime sexual violence as well as to the historical record of violence in El Salvador.

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Nov 27

LASC Special Lecture: Practical and Scientific Challenges of Collecting Survey Data in Latin America

by Mariano Sana, Associate Professor, Sociology, Vanderbilt University

Friday, November 30, 2012, 12:00
IBS Rm. 155B


Please join the Latin American Studies Center and IBS to hear Mariano Sana, Associate Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University and visiting IBS fellow, talk about the “Practical and Scientific Challenges of Collecting Survey Data in Latin America.” Dr. Sana has extensive research experience in data collection issues typically ignored by methodological manuals but that are nevertheless ubiquitous.  Drawing from his experience conducting surveys in Latin America, he will address the particular challenges of working in poor areas and with migrant communities.  He will also highlight available data sources, funding sources and key recommendations for scholars interested in gathering their own data.

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Oct 19

CU Population Center Lecture: Causes and Consequences of America’s War on Immigrants


By Doug Massey, Professor, Princeton Sociology Department
Monday, Oct 29th, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in IBS Room 155B

Abstract: The issue of immigration has spawned strong emotions and political posturing that have obscured the real issues. Illegal immigration is not currently growing and border controls (including military fortifications along the Mexican border) have backfired in important respects. A leading expert on immigration spells out the reality of immigration and sorts out what works and what doesn’t.


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