Past Events


Spring 2017 

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 HumorsDr. 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 ( Diana's bio:


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 (


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)


Wednesdays, 11:30am - Dugout **

Cafecitos (Spanish Conversation Hour) with IES Exchange Student Claudia Quevedo-García. Look for a 'cafecitos' sign at one of the tables. Stop by for a 15-minute conversation in Spanish, no need to stay the whole hour.


January 21, 7pm - CNS C101

The Spanish Club presents the film Frontera  (2014, USA) directed by Michael Berry: "A former Arizona sheriff's wife is killed while riding on their ranch property. It would appear a Mexican man illegally crossing into the US is at fault. As the former and the current sheriff search for answers, lives are changed forever". This film is part of the International Film Series and the IWU theme "Nation(s) Divided?". 

January 28, 7pm - CNS C101

Dr. Ferradáns will present the film El  laberinto del fauno [Pan's Labyrinth] (2006) written and directed by Guillermo del Toro: "In 1944 Spain young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) and her ailing mother (Ariadna Gil) arrive at the post of her mother's new husband (Sergi López), a sadistic army officer who is trying to quell a guerrilla uprising". This film is part of the International Film Series. In Spanish with English subtitles.

February 3, 11:30 - Atrium of the School of Art

Dr. Ferradáns will lead "Te con Lorca: A Festival of Poetry and Music" in conjunction with her Spn 418 students. 

February 18, 7pm - CNS C101

Dr. Lehr will present the film Buen Día, Ramón [Good morning, Ramón], (2015) written and directed by Jorge Ramírez Suarez: "The film tells the heartwarming story of a young man from a small Mexican town who travels to Germany to find work to support his family and becomes stranded without shelter or money". This film is part of the International Film Series. In German and Spanish with English subtitles.

February 19, 2-4pm - ISU, William Halls 314

Dr. Flores-Rodríguez will present TransCaribbean Narratives and the Latin American Imaginary as part of the ISU Latin American and Latino Studies Program "Conversando entre nosotros" Brown Bag Series. The presentation explores how Caribbean writers living in the US challenge ideas of power, violence, and identity commoditized in the Latin American dictator novel through their reinterpretation of Caribbean dictatorial regimes. Their narratives alter ideological mappings of the Caribbean based on the discursive legacy of social revolution and political hegemony and empower individuals to take an active role as architects of the Trans-Caribbean space. 


February 20, 6:30pm - Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center 

Join the Spanish and Latino Student Association for their biggest event of the semester! This year they will be celebrating the rich culture of the following countries: Chile, Honduras, Peru, and Panama. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and food will be served at 7 pm. Come hungry as we will be having delicious food from each of the represented countries. (Remember: Food is 1st come 1st served!). Bring your dancing shoes! We will have several dancing performances as well as some lessons so you may dance the night away. Sponsoring Organization - SALSA. Contact Email -


March 7, 12pm - Turfler Room

Dr. Flores-Rodríguez will present The Case of Puerto Rico during the Non-Org, bring your own lunch, session.


March 28, 4pm - SFH 202

Dr. Maura Toro-Morn, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and Director of Latin American Studies at Illinois State University will give a public lecture titled "Migration and Gendered Webs of Obligation: Caring for my Elderly Puerto Rican Mother in a Transnational Context". This event is sponsored by the IWU Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Free pizza will follow.


March 31, 7pm - Hansen Student Center

MacArthur Fellow, Juan Salgado ('91), will give the Student Senate "Do Good" lecture on March 31st at 7pm in the Hansen Student Center. Juan Salgado is the president and CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino, which creates educational and workforce opportunities for Latino Communities in Chicago.   Salgado was recognized as a 2011 White House Champion for Change for Social Innovation. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund Excellence in Community Service Award. Read more here.


April 6, 12pm - Poem in a Pocket**

Please stop by the atrium of the School of Art after Honors Convocation to celebrate National Poetry Month. Bring your favorite poem to share with students and colleagues. For more ideas on how to celebrate poetry, please visit the page where we found "Poem in Your Pocket" celebration day: Sponsored by the departments of English & Hispanic Studies. For more information, please contact Profs. Joanne Diaz or Carmela Ferradáns


April 30, 11-1pm - Bloomington Public Library

Join us in the Children’s Department for our 9th annual El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros celebration. 

Fall 2015 

September 24, 7pm - Beckman Auditorium

The Spanish Club presents the film Sin Nombre (2009 - Focus Features) written and directed by Cary Fukunaga: "Seeking the promise of America, a beautiful young Honduran woman, Sayra (Paulina Gaytan), joins her father and uncle on an odyssey to cross the gauntlet of the Latin American countryside en route to the United States. Along the way she crosses paths with a teenaged Mexican gang member, El Casper (Edgar M. Flores), who is maneuvering to outrun his violent past and elude his unforgiving former associates. Together they must rely on faith, trust and street smarts if they are to survive their increasingly perilous journey towards the hope of new lives." This film is part of the International Film Series and the IWU theme "Nation(s) Divided?". 

September 28, 4pm - Beckman Auditorium

Dr. Antonio Sotomayor, assistant professor and librarian for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will give a public lecture in English titled "The Sovereign Colony: Puerto Rico in the Olympic Movement." This event is sponsored by the Hispanic Studies Program Tucci Endowment and is also part of IWU's theme "Nation(s) Divided?".

Ceded to the United States under the terms of the Treaty of Paris after the Spanish-American War of 1898, Puerto Rico has since remained a colonial territory. Despite this subordinated colonial experience, however, Puerto Ricans managed to secure national Olympic representation in the 1930s and in so doing nurtured powerful ideas of nationalism. By examining how the Olympic movement developed in Puerto Rico, Antonio Sotomayor illuminates the profound role sports play in the political and cultural processes of an identity that developed within a political tradition of autonomy rather than traditional political independence. Dr. Sotomayor talk describes the surprising negotiations that gave rise to Olympic sovereignty in a colonial nation, a unique case in Latin America, and uses Olympic sports as a window to view the broader issues of nation building and identity, hegemony, postcolonialism, international diplomacy, and Latin American–U.S. relations. 

October 1, 7pm - Buck 108*

Come hear about post-graduation opportunities that are available to you as Spanish majors or minors. Dr. Montserrat Mir from Illinois State University will talk about earning an M.A. degree in Spanish and Dr. Isabelli, professor in the IWU Hispanic Studies Program, will talk about opportunities with Fulbright and the Spanish Ministry of Education.

October 1, 6:30pm - State Farm Hall Rm 002

Dr. Adriana Ponce, professor in the IWU School of Music, will present the film, Pelo Malo. The film follows the life of a 9-year-old boy who is obsessed with straightening his hair, showing how he explores his identity while his actions elicit a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother. Dr. Ponce will lead a discussion immediately following the movie. Popcorn and soft drinks will be served. This film is part of the International Film Series and the IWU theme "Nation(s) Divided?". 

October 9th, 4pm - Buck 204*

Dr. Carmela Ferradáns, professor in the IWU Hispanic Studies Program, will host a discussion, in Spanish, on the Spn 308 Reading Circle book, "Nada" written by Carmen Laforet. Any student that has read the book in Spanish and is able to discuss in Spanish can participate in this reading circle event.

October 29, 4pm - Beckman Auditorium

Dr. Joseph Jordan, associate professor of African/Afro-American Studies at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will present Race, the Black Nation(s), and the Gendering of the Black Aesthetic in the Diaspora. How are ideals of beauty created, transformed, exported and assumed? What role do race and gender play in these dynamics, especially for people living outside of their countries in the American hemisphere?  Can ideals of beauty, gender or race be used to unify and create common grounds for civil and human rights? Using the movie Black Orpheus (1959) to frame his work, Dr. Jordan will examine assumptions, misconceptions and similarities about black beauty in the Diaspora. His presentation, along with the showing of the movie Black Orpheus will be part of the Symposium: Legacies of Africa: Divided Nations and Diasporic Identities, a collaborative and interdisciplinary effort to address the campus annual theme of “Nation(s) Divided?". This event is co-sponsored by the International Studies Program, SALSA, Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Hispanic Studies Program.

October 29, 11:30am - Buck 108*

Hispanic Studies major/minor informational meeting. It's advising time! The Hispanic Studies major/minor is very flexible with lots of options, so it's easy to get confused. That with the fact that we've made changes to our curriculum. We will be holding an information session (pizza included) with the updates that we've made and we will also be presenting courses (and professors) that we'll be offering next semester. We hope to see you there! Link to our updated requirements

November 9, 4pm - CLA 105

Dr. Molly Robey, assistant professor in the IWU English Department, will present "God's Handwriting": Biblical Geography and the Invention of Central America at the Religion Department Colloquium. This event is co-sponsored by the Latin American Studies team of the International Studies program. 

November 11, 11-1pm - Dug Out*

Come support Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Hispanic Honorary Society, and buy a bake sale item. The proceeds will provide a scholarship for a child enrolled in the IWU Language School for Kids Spanish language program. 

November 18th, 4pm - Davidson Room*

Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Hispanic Honorary Society, will initiate its new members. The honorary guest will be Sophie Rebert of the McLean County Health Department.

Spring 2015

February 13, 3pm - State Farm Hall 103

Dr. Alai Reyes Santos, assistant professor at Oregon University, will talk about how competing ideas of Transcolonial, colonial, national, and transnational kinship shape contemporary Dominican-Haitian and Dominican-Puerto Rican relations. Her talk will address how racial ideologies and discourses about migrants shift depending on the kind of kinship narratives mobilized to build or limit Antillean solidarity.  Prof. Reyes Santos is an award winning educator and activist with experience in intercultural dialogue, women of color leadership efforts and coalition and community building. Sponsored by the Hispanic Studies Program and the Latin American Studies team of the International Studies program.

February 20, 6:30pm - Memorial Center Main Lounge

Join the Spanish and Latino Student Association for their biggest event of the semester! This year they will be celebrating the rich culture of the following countries: Costa Rica, Paraguay, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic. Food will be served at 7 pm - food is 1st come 1st serve (and free)!! Bring your dancing shoes! They will have several dancing performances as well as some lessons so you may dance the night away.


April 6, 7pm - Normal Theatre, Uptown Normal, Illinois

free showing of the film  "Speaking in Tongues" , about four children on a journey to become bilingual, will be held at the Normal Theatre. This is a follow-up to the October 2014 "Dual Language Education Summit" town meeting on dual immersion in our local schools held at Illinois Wesleyan University. The event aims to promote a community wide conversation about the potential benefits of dual language education for Bloomington/Normal. The benefits of this conversation are many and may include expanding educational, civic, and business opportunities. Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Studies Program.


April 8, 7pm - Normal Theatre, Uptown Normal

Join The Immigration Project and our community partners for a free screening of the film "Documented" created by Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas about his experience being undocumented in the United States. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the Immigration Project,immigrants, and other immigration advocates and experts. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters.


April 18, 12:15pm - Young Main Lounge

Keynote speaker of the John Wesley Powell Research Conference,  Dr.  Kim Potowski , associate professor of Spanish Linguistics, University of Illinois at Chicago, will give a public lecture titled "How I Became a Language Activist". Dr. Potowski's research focuses on describing and promoting Spanish use in the United States and she has authored, co-authored, and edited works including Language and identity in a dual immersion school (Multilingual Matters 2007), Bilingual youth: Spanish in English-speaking societies (John Benjamins 2008), Language diversity in the USA(Cambridge University Press 2011), Heritage language teaching: Research and practice (McGraw Hill 2014) and El español de los Estados Unidos (Cambridge University Press 2015). She has also authored two Spanish textbooks, one for beginners and a composition book for heritage speakers and advanced second language learners. She is executive editor of the journal Spanish in Context and co-director of the Language in Context Research Group at the University of Illinois at Chicago.



Fall 2014

September 2, 6pm - McLean County Museum of History

A Date with the Museum  and the  Fiesta - A Celebration of Mexican Popular Arts Exhibit

The Museum will offer free Monical’s pizza from 6 to 8 PM to college students who bring their student IDs. " ¡Fiesta! A Celebration of Mexican Popular Art  features over 150 pieces of art made by the people of Mexico, including ceramics, textiles, papier maché, lacquerware, basketry, carved wood, leather, glass, and more from every region of the country.  Visitors to the exhibit are invited to travel through time to learn about the history of Mexico's folk arts and how, as these arts became popular in the United States, they were incorporated into the decorative arts north of the Mexican border."

October 2, 7pm - Beckman Auditorium, Ames Library

Film screening: Cesar Chavez (2014, USA/Mexico - Diego Luna, director)International Film Series. This film is "about the life of American labor leader César Chávez, who cofounded the United Farm Workers. The film stars Michael Peña as Chávez. John Malkovich co-stars as the owner of a large industrial grape farm who leads the opposition to Chávez's organizing efforts" ( )).


October 3, 8pm - Evelyn Chapel

Border of Lights "Frontera de luces" 

October 7, 6:30pm - Hansen Center

Dual Language Education Summit is a town meeting on dual immersion in our local schools. The event is promote a community wide conversation about the potential benefits of dual language education for Bloomington/Normal. The benefits of this conversation are many and may include expanding educational, civic, and business opportunities. To that end, community members, educational, civic, business, and philanthropic leaders have been invited. Sponsored by the IWU Office of Diversity, Conexiones Latinas de McLean County, and ISU's Latin American and Latino Studies Program. RSVP to Brandon Common, IWU’s Director of Multicultural Affairs [].


October 14, 4pm - Beckman Auditorium, Ames Library

Lecture "Conflict, Democracy and Revolution in post-Chavez Venezuela" by invited guest, Dr. Jennifer McCoy, Distinguished University Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University and Director of the Americas Program at The Carter Center in Atlanta. Dr. McCoy will deliver this talk that focuses on Venezuelan political culture and the neo-Bolivarian perspective that is spreading throughout the hemisphere.This event is sponsored by a “Re-centering the Humanities” grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as well as the Hispanic Studies Program, the Latin American Studies team of International Studies, and the Center for Human Rights. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Carolyn Nadeau (


October 27, 7pm - Beckman Auditorium

Antonio Gutiérrez will give a public lecture titled "Undocumented, Unafraid, & Unapologetic: Fighting for Immigrant Rights with Dignity. Mr. Guitérrez is an organizer with the Immigrant Youth Justice League and the Mexico Solidarity network. This event is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and the Hispanic Studies Program.


November 6, 7pm - Beckman Auditorium

Film screening: Love in the Time of Cholera (2007, USA - Mike Newell, director)International Film Series. "Based on the novel of the same name by Gabriel García Márquez, it tells the story of a love triangle between Fermina Daza (played by Giovanna Mezzogiorno) and her two suitors, Florentino Ariza (Javier Bardem) and Doctor Juvenal Urbino (Benjamin Bratt) which spans 50 years, from 1880 to 1930" ( Presented by Adjunct Instructor of Hispanic Studies, Rocío Morales.


November 15, 8-5pm - Buck Memorial Hall

IWU's Language Resource Center will be hosting the 2014 Midwest Association for Language Learning & Technology conference. This is a conference for language teachers and techies who are interested in how technology can assist language teaching and learning. Register here.


November 17, 4-6pm - Beckman Auditorium

Dr. Arturo Márquez Gómez will give a public workshop titled "Against Bad Education: Pedro Lemebel, Student Movement and Sexual Rights in Contemporary Chile". Dr. Márquez Gómez was born and raised in Santiago, Chile. He originally studied and worked as a Psychologist at the Universidad de Chile. He came to the United States to pursue a Master Degree at Middlebury College and later he continued his doctoral studies at the Hispanic Studies Program at Brown University. He is an Assistant Professor at the Romance Languages Department at Kalamazoo College. His research focuses on contemporary Latin American cultural production, literature, film and media. His current work focuses on Pedro Lemebel, a Chilean writer and performer, whose project challenged the identity politics imposed by the military regime and neoliberalism. This event is sponsored by the Latin American Studies team of the International Studies program.


November 18-22, 8pm - School of Theatre Arts

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown performed by IWU Theatre Arts students.

"A musical adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar's beloved film of the same name, WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN is the brainchild of the talented team behind Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Both touching and hilarious, WOMEN ON THE VERGE is a story about women and the men who pursue them... finding them, losing them, needing them, and rejecting them. At the center is Pepa whose friends and lovers are blazing a trail through 1980s Madrid. Along with Pepa, there's her missing (possibly philandering) lover, Ivan; his ex-wife of questionable sanity, Lucia; their son Carlos; Pepa's friend, Candela, and her terrorist boyfriend; a power-suited lawyer, and a taxi driver who dispenses tissues, mints and advice in equal proportion. Mayhem and comic madness abound, balanced by the empathy and heart that are trademarks of Almodóvar's work" (


November 24, 12pm - Davidson Room

Prof. Carolyn Nadeau will present "The physical senses in early modern Galenism debates and prescriptive domestic literature" as part of the IWU Non-Org series.


December 4, 4pm - Beckman

Nathan Douglas ('15) will present the work he carried out as a Mellon Humanities Scholar this past summer: "Y no me esperaba nadie»: Historical memory in Carmen Laforet's Nada". What does literature have to do with history, and what does photography have to do with memory? Supported by grant funding through the Re-centering the Humanities grant and guided by an interdisciplinary approach to research, Douglas spent the summer in Barcelona, Spain exploring the interplay between fictional narrative, history, memory, and photography. Following a brief oral presentation, there will be a "gallery walk" of photos taken during the summer.