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LAS Podcast Series

Episode 1: Interview with Cristina Soriano, Associate Professor of Latin American History

Dr. Cristina Soriano talks about her role as a former Director of the Latin American Studies Program at Villanova University, her book Tides of Revolution: Information, Insurgencies, and The Crisis of Colonial Rule in Venezuela (2018), and her current research projects.

Moderated by Dr. Raúl Diego Rivera Hernández, Director of the Latin American Studies Program.

Episode 2: "Narratives of Vulnerability in Mexico's War on Drugs" by Raúl Diego Rivera Hernández

Professor Emerita Silvia Nagy-Zekmi and Dr. Isis Sadek comment on this book and the current human rights crisis in Mexico created by the War on Drugs.

Moderated by Raúl Diego Rivera Hernández, Director of the Latin American Studies Program.

 

Episode 3: (De?) Monumentalizing Christopher Columbus by David H. Colmenares from Boston University

David H. Colmenares analyzes the monumentalization and destruction of Christopher Colombus' statues in Mexico, the Domican Republic, and the United States in the context of Black Lives Matter uprisings, which included actions against statues and symbols of the European overseas expansion.

Moderated by Professor Lowell Gustafson (Political Science) and Assistant Professor Miguel Ibáñez Aristondo (Romance Languages and Literatures).

Episode 4: Poetry for the End of the World: A Lecture by Santiago Acosta

Author Santiago Acosta reads examples of his poetry and discusses the images and experiences that inspired his latest collection El próximo desierto (2018) in the current context of the ecological crisis. El próximo desierto won the 2018 José Emilio Pacheco Literature Prize "Ciudad y Naturaleza" (Guadalajara, Mexico).

Moderated by Dr. Miguel Ibáñez Aristondo (Romance Languages and Literatures).

Episode 5: Interview with Jorge Cuéllar, Asst. Prof. in Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Studies


In this episode, Jorge Cuéllar, Assistant professor in Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Studies, discusses the emergence of the field of Central American Studies in the United States and the politics of everyday life and everyday death in El Salvador.

Episode 6: Interview with Alexandra Délano Alonso, Associate Professor and Chair of Global Studies

In this episode, Alexandra Délano Alonso, Associate Professor and Chair of Global Studies at The New School, reflects on the politics of memory and mourning in the context of Mexico’s ongoing “war on drugs".

Episode 7: Art on Extractivism: War Against the Earth Presentation by Macarena Gómez-Barris, Ph.D.

Macarena Gómez Barris analyzes how the strong activist and public presence of militant feminisms in the Southern Hemisphere is linked to anti-extractive imaginaries that center futures beyond colonial capitalism. In this podcast, Gómez-Barris addresses artistic, indigenous, and trans-feminist/queer approaches to extractivism and brings forward strategies that dismantle to build anew.

Moderated by Assistant Professor Agnese Codebò (Romance Languages and Literatures).

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Program Director
Raúl Diego Rivera Hernández, Ph.D. Associate Professor,
Romance Languages & Literature