Spring 2017 (updated frequently)


January 28, 7:30pm - Evelyn Chapel*

Hispanic Studies major, and School of Music's Jennings Scholarship recipients in voice, Martha Aguirre ('17), will be  offering a recital showcasing her work on Jan. 28th at 7:30pm. For those who don’t know, the Jennings Scholarship is offered to talented musicians across campus who do not choose to major in music but want to remain active. In addition to the monetary award, they receive free private lessons and perform in our major ensembles. 

January 29, 3pm - Westbrook Auditorium

IWU's Dr. Kent Cook will be featured in the January faculty piano recital. He will play music from two important classical Spanish composers - Padre Antonio Soler (1729-1783) and Joaquín Turina (1882-1949).  He discovered this music during his recent sabbatical to Spain.

February 18, 6pm - Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center

Barrio Fiesta  – Join the IWU SALSA (Spanish and Latino Student Association) in their presentation of Latin American countries. This year they are celebrating Venezuela, Uruguay, Mexico, and Guatemala! There will be special performances by Tamborazo El Pueblo and the Ballet Folklorico of Central Illinois, as well as student-led dances and poetry. Come learn how to dance common Latin American dances. There will be free food (while it lasts), music and dances. 

February 23, 7pm - Old Main Room, Bone Student Center, ISU

Dr. Sujey Vega will offer a public lecture titled "Latino Heartland: Of Borders and Belonging in the Midwest."  Vega offers an account of how Latinos in Indiana interacted with locals at work, in church, schools, and other social spaces. “Through daily acts of ethnic belonging, Spanish-speaking residents navigated their own sense of community that did not require that they abandon their differences just to be accepted.” 


February 24, 7pm - Normal Theater

Normal Theater will be showing the film Neruda (Director Pablo Larraín, 2016, Chile). An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party. 107 min. In Spanish w/ English subtitles.

March 8, 4pm - Davidson Room Memorial Center

Dr. Carolyn Nadeau will facilitate a Poli-Talks discussion about Immigration on March 8th. Poli-Talks is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and the Political Science Department in which members of the IWU campus community will discuss the current political landscape. Multiple perspectives are welcome and encouraged. Let's learn and grow from the diversity that exists at IWU.

March 23, 7:30pm - Westbrook Auditorium

Former president of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, will present an address in the Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture Series titled "Better Growth or Better Climate: Do We Need to Choose?". More information here.

April 13, 4pm - Beckman Auditorium

Thalia Novoa ('16), volunteer coordinator at the Immigration Project in Bloomington, Il will deliver an informal lecture titled "Immigration Stories" where she will talk about the Immigration Project, some client stories, and why she chose the field.


April 17, 5pm - Buck 102

IES Exchange student Nury Araya-Veloso and Emma Alcock ('17) of the Spanish Club will present the game Lotería mexicana. "The game originated in Italy in the 15th century and was brought to New Spain (Mexico) in 1769. In the beginning, lotería was a hobby of the upper classes and eventually became a tradition at Mexican fairs. The current images have become iconic in Mexican culture." source Come and play this popular game and learn more about this Mexican pastime.

April 19, 4pm - Beckman Auditorium

The International Studies Colloquium Series, sponsored by the Latin American Studies team leader Dr. Daynalí Flores-Rodríguez, will host ISU professor, Dr. Juliet Lynd and doctoral student Ana Roncero Bellido for a talk on the work of Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuña. Come learn about how Latin American women contribute to the artistic, political, and cultural revolutions around them. This talk promises to be a nice transition between this year's IWU theme Women's Power, Women's Justice and next year's theme The Evolution of Revolution.   


Fall 2016

September 7, 4pm - Evelyn Chapel Fellowship Hall (lower level)

Dr. Daynalí Flores-Rodríguez will offer a Dialogues Across the Disciplines lecture "New Ways of Engagement - Language Politics and Latino Literature in the Spanish Classroom" with Hispanic Studies major, Sarah O'Rourke ('17) and minor, Amber Stringer ('18). The Dialogues are inspired by the Re-Centering the Humanities grant.


September 15, 7pm - Beckman Auditorium Ames Library

Dr. Christina Isabelli with IES Exchange Student Nury Araya-Veloso and the Spanish Club will present the film Wild Tales  (2014 - Argentina) directed by Damian Szifron. "Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in cause stress and depression for many people. Some of them, however, explode. This is a movie about those people. Vulnerable in the face of a reality that shifts and suddenly turns unpredictable, the characters of Wild Tales cross the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism. A lover's betrayal, a return to the repressed past and the violence woven into everyday encounters drive the characters to madness as they cede to the undeniable pleasure of losing control" (Rotten Tomatoes). This film is part of the International Film Series.

September 15, 7pm - Davidson Room

To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month programming at IWU, the office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a presentation on the countries celebrating their Independence Day, followed by a dance performance by the Ballet Folklorico de Central IL. All are invited. This event is part of the Diversity, Dialogue, and Dignity Series (3D Series), a campus-wide collaboration to have engaging and thought-provoking dialogue.


September 22, 4pm - Beckman Auditorium Ames Library 

As part of the NIH Traveling Exhibit And There’s the Humor of it: Shakespeare and the Four Humors Dr. Carolyn Nadeau will participate in the panel discussion, Women in Early Modern Europe. Her presentation, "Treating Sensory Ailments in the Age of Andreas Vesalius," uses both medical treatises and prescriptive domestic manuals to explore the means by which health care providers (from doctors to household matrons) in early modern Spain maintained the physical faculties and, when necessary, cured sensory deprivation brought on by injury or illness.


September 29, 7pm - Beckman Auditorium Ames Library

Dr. Carmela Ferradáns will present the film Even the Rain (2014) directed by Icíar Bollaín. This film is part of the International Film Series.


September 30, 12pm - Cartwright Room**

Come have lunch with Diana Hammer Tscheschlok '01. She is being awarded the Young Alumni award at Homecoming this year, and the Sociology and Anthropology Department has set up a casual brown bag lunch for faculty and students to get some time with her while she's on campus. Questions can be directed to Prof. Burke (mburke@iwu.edu). Diana's bio: https://www.iwu.edu/homecoming/alumni-award-winners.html


October 4, 4pm - Davidson Room

Faculty Workshop "Culture Shift: Rethinking the Deficit Perspective Toward African American and Latino Students in higher Education". Much of the discourse surrounding  African   American  and  Latino   students  in  higher   education  operate from a  deficit   perspective  highlighting what these  students  are lacking in their educational journeys. In this presentation Drs. Moises Orozco (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and  Brandon  Common (Office of Diversity and Inclusion) will discuss existing literature on  African   American  and  Latino (a)  students  in  higher   education  and share frameworks that challenge  deficit  thinking  toward  these groups.

October 6, 4pm - Beckman Auditorium

Jennifer Carrillo will be giving a public lecture titled "Organizer: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love to Struggle." Jenn  emigrated from Mexico City when she was 10 years old and spent most of her life in the U.S. as an undocumented person. She began engaging in activism around immigrant issues when she was a student at Illinois State University, helping lead the Occupy movement on campus. After graduation, Jenn spent several years working as a community organizer in central Illinois with Illinois People’s Action and National People’s Action. She has organized numerous action-driven campaigns around immigrant rights, environmental issues, racial equity, and economic justice. Jenn is currently the director of Mission Impact at YWCA McLean County. This event is made possible by the Ritchie-Birrer & Birrer Endowment Fund, the IWU Political Science Department and the series Women Changing the World: Activitists and Pathbreakers.


October 13, 7pm - Beckman Auditorium - CANCELLED

Dr. Carmela Ferradáns will present the film El juez y el general (2008) directed by Patricio Lanfranco and Elisabeth Farnswoth. This film is part of the International Film Series.


October 19, 7pm - SFH 102

The office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a presentation on the history behind Día De Los Muertos. The goal is to educate students especially on the cultural significance of the symbols and images that are slowly becoming commercialized and appropriated. Following the presentation, attendees are invited to go to the MC House and decorate a sugar skull which will be displayed at our Part 2 event in November. This event is part of the Diversity, Dialogue, and Dignity Series (3D Series), a campus-wide collaboration to have engaging and thought-provoking dialogue. 


October 20, 7pm - Beckman Auditorium

Dr. Daynalí Flores-Rodríguez will present the film Ixcanul (2015) directed by Jayro Bustamente. This is the first film made in Kaqchikel Mayan language and it tells the story of 17-year-old María, an indigenous woman whose marriage has been arranged by her parents. The film provides a rare window into a culture we are hardly aware of. This film is sponsored by International Studies - Latin American Studies and is part of the International Film Series.


October 24, 4pm - Beckman Auditorium

Stephanie Kirk (Washington U., St. Louis) will give a public lecture on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz:  A Female Intellectual Confronts the Colonial Mexican Church. The event is part of the Religion Department and Women's and Gender Studies Program. Questions can be directed to Prof. Myscofski (myscofsk@iwu.edu)


November 1, 7pm - Multicultural Center House 

The office of Diversity and Inclusion will celebrate the Día De Los Muertos. Students will have an opportunity to celebrate the holiday with food, stories, music, and an altar set up for people to share photos of loved ones, tell stories, and enjoy the company and celebration of Día de los Muertos. This event is part of the Diversity, Dialogue, and Dignity Series (3D Series), a campus-wide collaboration to have engaging and thought-provoking dialogue.


November 4, 1-3pm - Multicultural Center House

Open house at the Multicultural Center to celebrate the mural "La lucha de colores". The artist, Lucero Sánchez ('17) will be there to talk about her work! The multicultural Center is located at 1405 n. Park St (across from Holmes Hall)



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