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Conference on The Military Complex in the Americas: Continuities and Discontinuities

Speaker: Catalina Cruz

Panelists: Dr. Tony Platt, Adam Isacson, Marcia Esparza, Dr. Pamela Colombo, Dr. Alexandra Moore, Dr. Ana Ros Matturro, Dr. Kevin Gould, Izabel Aceved

May 8-9, 2020


Fifth Biennial Undergraduate Conference

Breaking Down Walls:  Research, Resistance, and Power

March 28, 2020




Café con LACAS


Screening of Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Speaker: Carole Boyce Davies
October 29, 2019


Faculty/Graduate Student/Staff Potluck

October 28, 2019


Drug War Capitalism: Corporate Power, Capital Accumulation and U.S. Drug Enforcement Policy Making

Speaker: Horace Bartilow

October 28, 2019


Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde

Free Concert

October10, 2019


¡Retumba! Echoes of a Sacred Legacy! 

The Popping workshop: M.A.Z.E. (Movement Activates Zoedic Energy)

Speaker: Jorge "Pop Master Fabel" Pabon

April 17, 2019 




Café con Leche



Lessons from El Salvador: The Crisis of Migration 

Speaker: Zulma Tobar of US - El Salvador Sister Cities &

Bernardo Belloso, President of the Association for Rural Development of El Salvador, CRIPDES.

October 9, 2018


Fourth Biennial Undergraduate Research Conference

Activism of the Mind: Producing Knowledge of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Diasporas 

Speaker:  Xhercis Mendez

April 14, 2018




Pura Belpré: A Puerto Rican Librarian in 1920s NYC

Speaker:  Gladys Jiménez-Muñoz

October 23, 2017


LACAS Open House

October 4th, 2017




"Making Cuban Stars: Reflections on US-Cuban History and Migrations Through Baseball"

Speaker: Adrian Burgos

October 27, 2016


“From Citizens to Natives: Tropical Politics of Depopulation at the  Panama Canal Zone”

Speaker: Marixa Lasso

October 7, 2016


“An Island in the Modern World: On Coexistance in Hispaniola”

Speaker: Silvio Torres-Saillant

September 21, 2016


"Remapping Chinese Medicine Overseas: The Case of Peru"

Speaker: Patricia Palma 
May 12, 2016 


"La batalla de los Invisibles: Indocumentados vs. supermercados"

Film Screening 
Speaker: Manuel de Alba
May 5, 2016


"The Currency of Créolité in the Francophone Caribbean"

Speaker: Lydie Moudileno
April 14, 2016 


Third Biennial Undergraduate Research Conference

Speaker: Gladys Jimenez- Muños

March 12, 2016


"From Amazons to Zombies: The Monstrous Caribbean"

Speaker: Persephone Braham
March 11, 2016


"Housing is a Human Right! The Dignified Fight for Homes in Mexico City and Beyond"

Speaker: Luis Saracho, Union de vecionos damnificados 19 de septiembre and Mexico Solidarity Network
February 4, 2016




“The Chinese Community in Mexico at Mid Century: Transnational Ties and National Belonging”

Speaker: Fredy González
December 3, 2015


"Where are all the Yankees? Ownership and Entrepreneurship in Cuban Sugar 1898-1921"

Speaker: Allan Dye
November 19, 2015


“Parrots, Politics, Extinctions: Caribbean Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities”

Speaker: Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert
November 5, 2015


LELACS Fall 2015- Binghamton University

October 24, 2015


"New South/ South Paradigm? The Challenges of China-Ecuador Resource Development Nexus"

Speaker: Ruben González Vicente
October 18, 2015


Annual Open House

October 6, 2015


 "Art as Grave: Radcliffe Bailey, Jason deCaires Taylor,  Edouard Glissant and the unritual"

Speaker: Valérie Loichot
October 2, 2015


"Creating Spaces Envisioning Futures: Uncovering A Transimperial Greater Caribbean"

Speaker: Ernesto Bassi
April 30, 2015


"Brothers Of The Blacklist"  Film Screening and Discussion

Speaker: Sean Gallagher
April 13, 2015


Black Student Union Women's History Month Keynote Speaker

Speaker:Nikki Giovanni
March 19, 2015


LACAS Spring Luncheon

February 23, 2015


"Comparative Chinese Diasporas: Race, Gender, Citizenship and Identity in Cuba and Mexico"

Speaker: Julia María Schiavone Camacho and Kathleen Lopez
February 11, 2015



LACAS Fall Luncheon

December 10, 2014


"Negotiated Compromise and Absolute Rejection in Defense of Life: Contesting Extractive Development in Guatemala"

Speaker: Samantha Fox
November 24, 2014


"Identifying Bodies of Migrants who Cross the Border: Human Rights Implications"

Speaker: Kate Spradley
November 21, 2014


"La Guadalupe de Marfa, Texas: A Map and A Performance"

Speaker: Josh T. Franco
November 17, 2014


"Migrate, Cooperate or Resist: The Civilians' Dilemma in Colombian Civil War, 2000-2010"

Speaker: Carlos Moreno Leon
November 14,2014


"Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love, & the Perfect Meal"

Speaker: Ava Chin
November 13, 2014


Panel: "Who are the Americans of the Future? Immigration, Citizenship and the Dream Act"

November 12, 2014


After I Pick the Fruit Film Screening and discussion with filmmaker Nancy Ghertner

Speaker: Nancy Ghertner, Samantha Fox (respondent) 
November 11th, 2014, Bundy Museum Annex, 129 Main St, Binghamton


Conference: "Coerced Labor Forms Since the Long Nineteenth Century"

October 29, 2014


"The Prisoners' University Project, 1990-2002"

Speaker: Fernando Picó
October 27, 2014


" 'Abajo Los Chinos' : Race and the Public Sphere in Revolutionary Mexico"

Speaker: Jason Oliver Chang
October 23, 2014


New York State Latin American History Workshop

October 18, 2014


"Crossing Borders: Organizing in El Salvador and the U.S"

Speakers: Edith Portillo and Cori Ring-Martínez
October 15, 2014


LACAS Open House

October 7, 2014


"Participatory Democracy in Venezuela: Conceptual Origins and Recent Experience"

Speaker: Josefina Bruni-Celli
September 2, 2014


"Nationalism Thought and Literary Nationalism in the Caribbean"

Speaker: Ileana Sanz Cabrera
April 3, 2014


"For Reynolds and Coke Free"

Speaker: Ray Rogers
March 13, 2014


Spoken Word and Performance

Poet: Avotcja
Performer: Venissa Santi
April 2, 2014


"500 Years of Resistance to Gender Violence and Domination in the Dominican Republic"

Speaker: Lisette Acosta Corniel
March 13, 2014


P'a Fuera y Pa'Lante! Forward and Onward! 2nd LACAS Latin American, Caribbean, Latin@ & Indigenous Undergraduate Student Conference, Banquet, and Dance

Keynote Speaker: Norma E. Cantu
March 1, 2014

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"Spending a Dime While Earning a Nickel"

Speaker: Kingsley Stewart
December 2013

"U.S. Participation in 19th Century Cuban Slave Trafficking"

Speaker: Jorge Felipe Gonzalez
November 14, 2013


"The Banning of Ethnic Study Books and Programs in Arizona Schools"

Speaker: Martin Sean Arce
November 7, 2013


"Race, Education, and the Mexican Immigrant Press in Chicago, 1915-1935"

Speaker: Mario Rios Perez
September 24, 2013


"I'm Still Standing: Thirty Years of Poetry"

Speaker: Dr. Luz Maria Umpierre-Herrera
April 4, 2013

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P.U.L.S.E. 2nd Annual Women Educating and Empowering Conference

December 1, 2012


“Latin American Student Union Banquet”

November 3, 2012


Program attendance at the Puerto Rican Studies Association Conference

University of Albany, NY
October 24-28, 2012


"Afro-Diasporic Cuban Faith: The Role of Women in Osha"

Speaker: María Isabel Berbes Ribeaux
October 9, 2012


First Latin American, Caribbean, Latin@ and Indigenous Studies Undergraduate Student Conference and Banquet

April 21, 2012


"Obama and Beyond: Civil Right and Social Change in the 21st Century"

Speaker: Mary Frances Berry
April 19, 2012


Poetry Reading: Dorothea Smartt 

March 13, 2012

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Program attendance at the 27th Annual Symposium on African American Culture and Philosophy (West Lafayette, Indiana)

December 3, 2011


Latin American Student Union Banquet

November 5, 2011


"Dialogues with Pachamama. Andean Conceptions of "Luck" and "Plenty""

Speaker: Lucila Bugallo
October 12, 2011


"El fruto y su corazón: saber, dignidad, y persistencia en los pueblos surandinos de Jujuy, Argentina"

Speaker: Mario Vilka
October 7, 2011


"Humanizing the Dehumanized in Writing Their Dogs Came with Them"

Speaker: Helena María Viramontes
May 13, 2011


"We're not Dogs! Humanizing the Dehumanized in Writing Their Dogs Came with Them"

Speaker: Helena María Viramontes
May 12, 2011


LACAS Open House

April 22, 2011


Reading from The Origin of Species and Other Poems

Speaker: Ernesto Cardenal
April 14, 2011


"Instant Collectors, Collecionistas de Instantes"

Speaker: Saia Vergara Jaime
March 31, 2011


"Black and Gay Struggles in Cuba"

Speaker: Tomás Fernández Robaina
March 9, 2011


"A Mother/Daughter Writing against State Terrorism: From The Little School to The Strange House"

Speakers: Alicia Partnoy and Ruth Irupé Sanabria
March 3, 2011


"Faith and Religion in Argentine Prison Writing"

Speaker: Alicia Partnoy
March 2, 2011

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"Looking Beyond the Crown: Latin@ and African-American Street Organizations and Communities"

November 18, 2010


Latin American Student Union Banquet

November 6, 2010


Program attendance at the Puerto Rican Studies Association Conference

Hartford, CT
October 21-23, 2010


"Student Activism at the University of Puerto Rico"

Speakers: Alberto Rodríguez Rivera, Alicia Gerena Petru, Hedy Nieves-Crespo,
October 5, 2010


"The University as a Contested Space"

Speakers: Alberto Rodríguez Rivera, Alicia Gerena Petru, Hedy Nieves-Crespo, Roberto Morales López
October 4, 2010


“Return Our Ancestors: American Indians and NAGPRA - Voices from the Haudenosaunee"

Speakers: G. Peter Jemison, Doug George-Kanentiio, Joanne Shenandoah
May 6, 2010


“Caribbean Geographies: Tourism, Environment and Puerto Rico”

Speaker: Roberto R. Morales López
April 21, 2010


“Activism and Media Making”

Speaker: Esther Figueroa
March 3, 2010


“Screening and Discussion of Jamaica for Sale

Speaker: Esther Figueroa
March 2, 2010


Program Participation at the 39th Annual African-American and Puerto Rican Congressional Caucus

Albany, NY
February 12-14, 2010

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Crossroads Conference

November 21, 2009



Speaker: Laura Elisa Pérez
May 7, 2009


“Afro-Caribbean Rhythms”

Speaker: Tito Sandoval
April 23, 2009


“Reading of Writings by Lesbians of Color”

April 22, 2009


“Students to help Nicaragua’s needy”

Facilitator: Nelson Lopez
April 4-12, 2009



March 10, 2009

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“A Reading of the Play Beckett and Godot”

Speaker: Juan Radrigan
February 3, 2009
Speaker: Veronica Leyva
October 23, 2008


“Gender and Women’s Experiences in the Arts” (In Haiti)

Speaker: Lc. Mireille P. Jérôme
October 20, 2008


LACAS Open House

May 8, 2008


Bolivia: Current Political Trends

Speaker: Julieta Paredes
April 29, 2008


Program Attendance at Somos el Futuro Legislative Conference

Albany, NY
April 25-27, 2008

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"Racism in the Judicial System"

May 6, 2006


"Confined Lives in Neo-Colonial Peru: Race, Class, and Imprisonment in Lima"

Speaker:  Carlos Aguirre, University of Oregon
May 5, 2006


"The Importance of Marronage in Diaspora Studies"

Speakers:  William Fred Santiago-Valles, Western Michigan University
April 27, 2006


"Violent Acts: Cultures, Structures, and Retraditionalization"

Speaker: Kumkum Sangari, University of Wisconsin
April 18, 2006


"The Sexual Other in Brazilian Television: Social and Institutional Constraints on Representations"

Speaker: Antonio C. La Pastina, Texas A&M University
April 7, 2006


"Viewing Brazil: Local Audiences and the Interpretation of the Nation"

Speaker: Antonio C. La Pastina, Texas A&M University
April 6, 2006


"Píntame a Dangerous Mujer: Poesía and Prose"

Speaker: Tatiana de la Tierra, SUNY-Buffalo
March 2, 2006


"Candomblé and Umbanda: Syncretism, Afro-traditions and Cultural Resistance in Contemporary Brazilian Religious Practices"

Speaker: Ricardo J. Santos, Nassau Community College, SUNY
February 16, 2006

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"Talking the Talk: The School of the Americas and Human Rights"

Speaker: Lesley Gill, Department of Anthropology, American University
April 26, 2005



Discussion Leader: Miriam Victoria Gomes, Universidad de Buenos Aires Argentina
February 25, 2005

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"A Memorial Teach-in: Dedicado a Pedro Pietri y Richie Pérez"

May 7, 2004


"Juan Sánchez: art and politics"

Speaker: Juan Sánchez
May 2004


"Latinos in the U.S. Criminal Justice System"

Speaker: Juanita Díaz-Cotto, SUNY-Binghamton
March 2004


"Are You Not Receiving Enough Financial Aid? When Should You File a FAFSA? How Can You Afford Graduate School?"

Facilitator: Shevonne McKenzie, Financial Aid Counselor
AMarch 18, 2004


"Birthing the Nation in Color, Black, and White: Afro-Cuban Perspectives on Race and Nation in 19th Century Cuba"

Speaker: Fannie T. Rushing, Benedictine University
March 16, 2004


Past Joint Academic Activities:

The Upstate New York Consortium for Latin American Studies

The Upstate New York Consortium was established to: expand linkages among Cornell University, Syracuse University and the State University of New York at Binghamton to enrich connections among academic disciplines; connections between academic disciplines and the professions; and connections between academic and non-academic publics.

All members collaborated on:

  • language instruction, to provide students with the skills that allowed them to connect effectively to Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • interdisciplinary area studies, to connect the approaches of different disciplines and professions in ways that effectively address pressing public concerns;
  • outreach, to foster informed connections between the region and communities in the United States, including students in K-12 and in post-secondary institutions.

In addition, the members sought to foster more effective collaboration among their libraries and between the Consortium and other colleges and university in Upstate New York.

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Last Updated: 10/31/19