Programs and Events

Spring 2014

January 30 - 7pm Beckman Auditorium - Film: Abre los ojos

Visiting Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, Jim Courtad, will present the film "Abre los Ojos"(1997, Spain, Alejandro Amenábar) for the IWU International Film Series.

February 6 - 7pm Beckman Auditorium - Film: Pan's Labyrinth

Professor of Hispanic Studies,Carmela Ferradáns, will present the film "Pan's Labyrinth" (2006, Mexico/Spain, Guillermo del Toro) for the IWU International Film Series.

February 13 - 4pm Beckman Auditorium - Byron S. Tucci Endowed Lecture

Invited guest, Dr. Kim Potowski, Associate Professor of Spanish - University of Illinois at Chicago will give a public talk titled "Bilingualism for all". Dr. Potowski researches issues related to Latinos in the US, one of which addresses the importance that heritage Latino speakers maintain their home language of Spanish. She was awarded a Fulbright to study native language arts in Mexico 2011-12, developing materials for heritage-speaker courses in U.S. high schools and universities. She has been interviewed by Univisión (the American Spanish language broadcast television network) as well as by Instituto Cervantes (non-profit organization created by the Spanish government). Her research has informed the creation of a textbook, Conversaciones escritas: Lectura y cultura en contexto, for writing aimed at heritage Latino students.

February 22 - 6-11pm - Young Main Lounge Memorial Center - Barrio Fiesta

The Spanish and Latino Student Association (SALSA) will be celebrating the cultures and traditions of Cuba, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, and Spain through delicious food, exciting performances (includes a Puerto Rican Modern Folk Dance and a Cuban Salsa/Bachata Dance), great prizes, and so much more! We hope to see you all there with your family and friends! Contact kserrano for more information. 

February 25 - 7pm - McLean County History Museum - Braceros on the Boundaries lecture

The Museum is pleased to welcome Dr. Mireya Loza, assistant professor in the Department of Latina/o Studies and History at the University of Illinois, who will present the program, Braceros on the Boundaries: Activism, Race, Masculinity and the Legacies of the Bracero Program. This enlightening talk will explore the impact of the bracero program, a controversial Mexican guest worker initiative of the 1940s. The program will be held in the Museum's Governor Fifer Courtroom. Free and open to the public, the program is being held in conjunction with the Museum's current exhibit, ¡Fiesta! A Celebration of Mexican Popular Arts. The program will explore the bracero program, its impact on the history of this region, and its lasting legacy today.

February 28 - 4pm Beckman Auditorium - Re-centering the Humanities public lecture

Dr. Sebastiaan Faber is professor of Spanish cultural history at Oberlin College and director of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives housed at the Tamiment Library in New York University. The archives contain an array of primary sources, from personal papers to graphic art of the American volunteers who fought the Spanish Civil War with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the late 1930s. Dr. Faber has published extensively on different aspects of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) mainly on the internationalization of the conflict and the legacy of the war in contemporary Spain. He will present a public lecture titled "The Spanish Civil War in New York and Amsterdam". Sponsored by a Mellon Foundation grant secured by Professor of Hispanic Studies, Carmela Ferradáns.

March 21 - 12pm Davidson Room - International Poetry Day

Professor Carmela Ferradáns and Thalia Novoa ('16) will host an informal poetry slam to read poetry in whatever language and whatever form. World Poetry Day was declared by UNESCO in 1999 to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world. Please contact her if you're interested in participating

March 31 - 4pm CLA 205 - Sociology & Anthropology Colloquium Series

Courtney Cuthbertson, PhD Candidate from the University of Illinois, will give a public lecture on Global Mental Health and Local Constructions of Depression in Chile. Pizza will follow!. This lecture is part of the "Unraveling Inequality" course cluster.

April 3 - 7pm Beckman Auditorium - Film: No eres tú, soy yo

Adjunct Instructor of Hispanic Studies, Rocío Morales, will present the film "No eres tú, soy yo" (2010, Mexico, Alejandro Springall) for the IWU International Film Series.


Fall 2013

September 3 - 7pm Beckman Auditorium, Ames Library - ¡No!

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies, Daynalí Flores-Rodríguez, will present the Oscar nominated film "¡No!" (2013, Chile) for the IWU International Film Series.

Is democracy a product? It is marketable? Can it be sold? In 1988 Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote YES or NO to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition leaders for the NO persuade brash young advertising executive Rene Saavedra (Gael García Bernal) to spearhead their campaign. Against all odds, with scant resources, and under scrutiny by the despot minions, Saavedra and his team devise a plan to win the election and set Chile free. The film is adapted from the unpublished play by Antonio Skarmeta "El plebiscito"


September 21 - 1pm McLean County Museum of History - Dr. Aidé Acosta

Dr. Acosta program is titled "Migrant home making, reshaping the Heartland: Latino diasporic settlement and cultural practice in rural America. She will address the recent migratory flows of Latinas and Latinos into the Midwest, with a focus on Central Illinois. For more information about this program, please contact the Education Department via email at

September 26 - 4pm Beckman Auditorium - Byron S. Tucci Endowed Lecture Series

Invited guest, Kate Regan, Professor of Spanish - University of Portland, will give a brief introduction to her film "Trekking with Quixote in the 21st century" followed by a Q&A session with the audience.


September 26 - 6pm Turfler Room- Hispanic Studies Department Annual Dinner

12th Annual IWU Hispanic Heritage Celebration Dinner celebrating Arab and North African influences in Spanish cuisine. Event capacity has been met.

October 14 - 6:00pm Hansen Student Center - The Latino List

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies, Daynalí Flores-Rodríguez and Arturo García, will hold a Q&A session with Assistant Director of Multicultural Student Affairs after the viewing of the film "The Latino List: Exploring the Meaning of Latino in the 21st Century." The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Studies, the International Studies Program, the Offices of the Dean of Students and Multicultural Student Affairs, and SALSA.

October 24 - 7pm Beckman Auditorium, Ames Library - The Way

Visiting Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, James Courtad, will present the film "The Way" for the IWU International Film Series.

"The Way" is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son's desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn't plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him and his "California Bubble Life". Inexperienced as a trekker, Tom soon discovers that he will not be alone on this journey.

October 28 - 12pm Buck 108 - Hispanic Studies major/minor informational session

Come and hear about what courses you need for a Hispanic Studies major or minor. We'll be covering curricular changes and innovations, internship opportunities and Spring 2013 courses...and pizza! Sign up here so we have an accurate head count.

November 20 - 11am SFH 103 - Spanish for Social Justice oral presentations

Students enrolled in Spn 240: Spanish for Social Justice will talk about the community projects they are researching this semester. You will hear about about various topics such as immigration, teaching in bilingual classes, marketing for a Latino business, Radio Latina, and much more.

December 8 - 8pm Evelyn Chapel - A Multicultural Celebration of the Season of Light

2nd Annual Light the Night: A Multicultural Celebration of the Season of Light service from 8 to 10pm. This program is designed to bring people from different backgrounds together for one communal holiday celebration. As part of the program, SALSA and Assistant Professor, Daynalí Flores-Rodríguez will be speaking about some Christmas traditions common in Spanish speaking countries, such as las posadas and las parrandas navideñas. A example of these traditions will be performed by Hispanic Studies students and members of SALSA (Spanish and Latino Student Association).