Monday, April 16, 2012

UIUC: Learn about about Issues Concerning Indigenous Peoples in Bolivia

La Diablada from Photo Vocab: Spanish Word of the Day.
by Ann Abbott

There are so many interesting and important events that are pertinent to Spanish community service learning (CSL) happening on our UIUC campus in the next few weeks.

When we work in the community, it is important to distinguish between Spanish--the language--and Latin American--a geographical construct. We have Latin American immigrants in our local community who are not Hispanic and not Spanish speakers. Rather, they are from indigenous cultures and speak indigenous languages.

That is why I am so interested and excited about the visit and talks by this visiting scholar:

Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui
Bolivian sociologist, historian, activist, filmmaker and public intellectual of Aymara descent.

Founding Director of the Andean Oral History Workshop, she is a leading scholar of postcolonialtiy and indigeneity in the Andes. She published the classic, Oppressed but Not Defeated: Peasant Struggles Among the Aymara and Quechua in Bolivia, 1910-1980, and numerous essays on subaltern critiques of neoliberalism. A Professor of Sociology a the Universidad Mayor de San Andres in La Paz, she has lectured widely throughout the hemisphere.

Click here to see more information about the events at which she will be speaking:

  1. The Ch'ixi Gaze: Sociology of the Image as a Decolonizing PracticeTuesday, April 17, 2012
    4:00 pm
    Gregory Hall, Rm 319

  2. The Struggle for Indigenous Rights in Bolivia and the Government of Evo Morales
    Wednesday, April 18, 2012
    Lucy Ellis Lounge
  3. Allegories of the Andean Fiesta: Screening and Discussion of Silvia Rivera's Films 
    Wednesday, April 18, 2012 
    66 Library

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