Charla de Merienda

Charla de Merienda is a new collaborative series that carries forward the tradition of interdisciplinary discussion of research and current affairs in the Latin America and the Caribbean. Moderated by Lawrence Talks! Editor-in-chief, David Tamez, Charla de Merienda models critical debate through dialogue between members of the academy and community. The series is hosted at The Commons, a well-known space to engage with perspectives on broad topics and draw on diverse specializations and experiences. In collaboration, we bring people together to examine topics of national and local interest. Each discussion begins by examining facts to establish common ground, then guest speakers present prepared remarks (5-7 min), and a moderated community discussion follows. It is our hope that this model will raise awareness of the issues concerning the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States and be of interest to: All Ages, Faculty, General Public, Graduate students, Researchers, Staff, Undergraduate Students.

Check out upcoming Charla de Merienda events for Fall 2019:

Friction at the Frontera

Thursday, October 3rd from 2:30pm-4pm @ Spencer Museum of Art

“Friction at the Frontera” will explore the complexity of conflicts that arise around tense borders and borderlands in the Americas. Join CLACS to discuss the human cost of border frictions that have historically plagued countries in Latin America and the U.S. 


  • Cécile Accilien, Director of Haitian Studies Institute and Acting Chair of African and African-American Studies
  • Jesus Alfonso Omaña Guerrero, Visiting Scholar from Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Luis Felipe Lomeli, PhD student in Spanish & Portuguese and Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte - México

Reproductive [In]Justice in the Americas in partnership with the Emily Taylor Center

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 3:30pm-5pm @ Jayhawk Room in the Kansas Union 

The series will go on to consider recent shifts across Latin America regarding women’s health and reproductive rights. For this charla, CLACS will partner with the Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies to delve into multiple facets of the decisions women face regarding their health and sexuality in Latin America today.

Food Security in the Americas

Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5:30-7:00pm @ The Commons, in Spooner Hall 

This charla will bring together people across different disciplines to discuss food security and sustainable farming practices in Latin American and Latinx communities. This event will feature Carlos Centeno, a KU CGIS alumnus who is visiting KU to speak about Panamanian refugees and the Venezuelan food crisis. The conversation will consider many angles on the issue, such as the effects of farming practices, community outreach and public policy. The discussion will seek answers to the following questions: What constitutes food security, and how do we attain it in Latin American and Caribbean communities? How does food security interact with other forms of security, such as economic security and personal safety in the making of a just society?

Visit the Charla de Merienda blog on the Lawrence Talks! website for an archive of past events

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