Marcelo Cruz, associate professor of Urban and Regional Studies, is among the roundtable leaders today (Friday, Dec. 4) at the “New Approaches to Latin American Studies” conference hosted by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UW-Milwaukee. His topic is “Challenges for Regional Planning in the 21st Century: the Case of Cantón Tena in the Ecuadorean Amazon.” The UW-Milwaukee conference is aimed at exploring new approaches to pushing boundaries in defining the scope of Latin American Studies.
The campus/community series “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” continues Monday (Dec. 7) with the screening of another film segment and a talk by Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz of the Humanistic Studies faculty. The program begins at 6 p.m. at the Brown County Central Library, 515 Pine St. Saxton-Ruiz will introduce the evening’s installment of the acclaimed PBS “Latino Americans” documentary, the episode titled “Peril and Promise (1980-2000).” An associate professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, Saxton-Ruiz will introduce and later lead discussion on the film about the Cuban Mariel boatlift, the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Central American refugees fleeing death squads, and the current political debate over immigration. Monday’s program is the fifth and final of the semester in the series organized by UW-Green Bay in conjunction with the American Library Association and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. Details can be found at http://libguides.uwgb.edu/c.php?g=388442&p=2635400
Gabriel T. Saxton-Ruiz, associate professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, served as guest editor for the January 2015 issue of Words Without Borders. He wrote the intro — there’s a little UW-Green Bay connection in there, too — and translated two of the pieces featured in the issue. Words without Borders is an online magazine for international literature. The January issue was dedicated to Uchronia, the genre of speculative fiction that imagines divergent histories for world events, and featured writers from Sweden, France, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Chile, and Peru. For example, the piece from Mexico writer Bernardo Fernández, aka Bef, imagines a face-off between Maximilian I and the digital ghost of Benito Juárez.