Fall 2015




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 Department of Hispanic Studies 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

A 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 Department of Hispanic Studies.


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." http://www.mchistory.org/exhibits/current/fiesta.php

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" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesar_Chavez_(film )).


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 [mcaffairs@iwu.edu].


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 Department of Hispanic Studies, 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 (cnadeau@iwu.edu)


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 Department of Hispanic Studies.


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" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_in_the_Time_of_Cholera_(film)). 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 Department 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" (https://www.iwu.edu/theatre/season/).


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.