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.

Upcoming Charlas include: 

Machismo in the #YoTambien Era

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. in The Commons @ Spooner Hall

Machismo is the term and “social construct” that upholds patriarchy and, at best, expects males worldwide (including in Latinx and Latin American communities) to be brave, courageous, and strong providers. At worst, machismo underlies a decades long pattern of male aggression and violence towards women and marginalized communities. In the era of #MeToo and #YoTambién, Charla de Merienda asks: as gender relations are redefined across the Americas, should machismo survive? Join us for a riveting conversation in which we share facts, discuss opinions, and build common ground on matters concerning all of us.

Panelists:

  • Verónica Garibotto, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Pere DeRoy, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Caio de Castro, Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Polo Camacho, Spencer Museum of Art

Confronting Environmental Issues in Latin America

Monday, March 25 from 4:30 to 6:00p in OMA at Sabatini Multicultural Center

The world has become accustomed to the natural resources of the Americas, but at what cost? Ecological degradation resulting from practices such as mining, deforestation and pollution harm precious ecosystems, disrupt the lives of Latin American and Caribbean communities, and often violate indigenous customs and authority. Climate change requires everyone to consider hard choices. How are people in the region adapting to climate change? How can we work together to address these challenges? Join us for a riveting conversation in which we share facts, discuss opinions, and build common ground on matters concerning all of us. 

Panelists: 

  • Matthew Fahrenbruch, Geography & Atomspheric Science
  • Brent Metz, Anthropology
  • Diana Restrepo, Geography & Atomspheric Science 

Spirituality and Religion 

Tuesday, April 30 from 2:30 to 4:00p in The Commons @ Spooner Hall

Western European religion has cast an indelible shadow over the Americas. Catholicism and Protestantism each were used to institutionalize systems of colonial expansion, oppression, and slavery. However, there is also a rich legacy of resistance and liberation in the forms of political protest, human rights movements, and rebellion motivated by Pan-African, Pan-American, and indigenous spirituality. Presently, data suggests that younger generations are more critical in their choice to follow traditional practices. Therefore, Charla de Merienda asks: how can our community reconcile this fraught past and build cross-cultural solidarity? How are people using Pan-African, Pan-American or indigenous spirituality to reclaim identities and traditions? Join us for a riveting conversation in which we share facts, discuss opinions, and build common ground on matters concerning all of us.

Panelists:

  • Marta Caminero-Santangelo, English and Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Christopher Peace, English
  • Tweensa Mills, Indigenous Studies 
  • Ariadna Tenorio, Spanish

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


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