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Nuevo Latino Cuisine: Culinary Artistry, Community and Conversation

April 25th, 2011 | Posted in: Blog | by Arturo

The Library, University of California, Davis invites you to join us on May 9th, 2011, for “Nuevo Latino Cuisine: Books on Latin cuisineCulinary Artistry, Community and Conversation.” The convivium will include presentations by speakers recognized internationally for their contributions to the Latin American culinary world:

Clare Hasler, Executive Director, Robert Mondavi Institute, UC Davis, will comment on the importance of research and outreach across the sciences and humanities/social sciences for food studies and how the RMI has fostered interdisciplinary projects.

Ken Albala, a noted food historian, faculty member at the University of the Pacific and prolific author and editor of publications that include Eating Right in the Renaissance and A Cultural History of Food, will speak on “The Roots of Latin American Food.”

Steve Sando, owner of Rancho Gordo: New World Specialty Food, culinary consultant and author of Heirloom Beans, will discuss “Redefining the New American Kitchen: Bringing Latin American Heirloom Ingredients to the Modern Table”.

Leopoldo López Gil, a founding member of the Slow Food Movement in Venezuela and President of the Academia Venezolana de Gastronomía, with his daughter Adriana López Vermut owns the Pica Pica Maize Kitchen restaurants located in Napa and San Francisco. Señor López will talk about the “new modern Latin cuisine” and the ingredients and culinary traditions that encourage chefs and serious home cooks to experiment and create new fusion dishes.

Location:  Putah Creek Lodge, University of California, Davis
Time:        12 Noon – 5 PM, Monday, May 9th, 2011
Cost:          $50 will cover lunch and presentations
Contact:     Myra Appel

Registration Form (Deadline to register: Wednesday, May 4, 2011)

Campus Map  |  Visitor Parking ($6 a day)

An exhibit titled “Nuevo Latino Cuisine: Culinary Artistry, Community and Conversation” accompanies the convivium.

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Talk & Discussion With Visiting Latin@ Studies & Central-Americanist Scholar

October 21st, 2010 | Posted in: Events | by Arturo

Date:          Nov.4, 2010
Time:         4pm
Location:    3201 Hart Hall

Professor Ana Patricia Rodriguez, from the University of Maryland, College Park, will be visiting UC Davis. She is a Latino/a Studies and Central-americanist scholar.  Click here for the flyer.

Her talk is titled “Los 30”: Documenting Thirty Years of the Salvadoran Diaspora, 1980-2010.

This event is sponsored by the Estudios Culturales en las Americas Research Super Cluster, The Davis Humanities Institute, and the Hemispheric Institute of the Americas.

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Sleep Dealer screening with director Alex Rivera

January 23rd, 2010 | Posted in: Events | by Arturo

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“Why invent a dystopic future for my movie when I could imitate a dystopic present?”

Main Event:  Please join us for a screening of Sleep Dealer (Spanish with English subtitles) with its director Alex Rivera.  (Get event flyer.)

When:  Monday, February 8, 6:30-9pm

Where: 2205 Haring Hall


  • 6:30-6:45: Introduction to Alex Rivera and his presentation of his film, Sleep Dealer
  • 6:45-8:15: Screening of Sleep Dealer (in Spanish with English subtitles)
  • 8:15-8:45: Post-screening Q&A with Alex Rivera

Follow-on Event: “Developing World Subjectivities and Sensibilities in a New Kind of Sci-Fi Film and Digital Media Art”

  • Will include screening of Alex Rivera’s earlier digital media art works and open discussion.

When: Tuesday, February 9, 12-1:30pm

Where: 194 Young Hall

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Simposio 2009

October 16th, 2009 | Posted in: Events | by Arturo

Estudios culturales en las Américas: compromiso, colaboración, transformación

Fecha: lunes-martes-miércoles 26-27-28 de octubre de 2009
Hora: 4:00-7:00PM
Lugar: 126 Voorhies (entrada libre)

topographic_americaEn años recientes han tomado mayor relevancia los cuestionamientos realizados desde el campo de los estudios culturales a las diversas disciplinas pertenecientes a las humanidades y ciencias sociales. Además de lo cual, este proyecto intelectual ha establecido, con cierta velocidad, sus propios espacios institucionales, tales como programas de posgrado, series de libros, congresos y coloquios, revistas especializadas, etc. tanto en América Latina como dentro de los campos de estudios latinoamericanos y estudios latinos en los Estados Unidos (igual que en otros lugares: Canadá, Europa, Australia, etc.).  Mas información

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Presentation by Marisol de la Cadena

October 10th, 2009 | Posted in: Events | by Arturo

Taking Indigenous Politics on its Own Terms Requires an Analysis Beyond “Politics”

Speaker: Marisol de la Cadena, Associate Professor, Anthropology, UC Davis
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 4-6PM
Location: 3201 Hart Hall

Marisol de la CadenaIndigenous politics in Latin America has been branded as ‘ethnic politics,’ a quest to make ‘indigenous cultural rights’ prevail. Yet, what if ‘culture’ is insufficient, even an inadequate notion, to conceptualize the challenge that indigenous politics currently represent? Drawing ethnographic inspiration from recent events in the Andes I argue that current indigenous movements propose an ontological pluralization of politics as they conjure sentient entities (mountains, water, and soil-i.e. what we call nature) into the public political arena. Epistemically, this process cancels the nature-culture divide central to modern forms of representation, and exceeds notions of plurality conceived as the opening of politics to the participation of humans marked by gender, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, religious belief–or any other diacritic of human difference.

Co-sponsor: Latin@American Cultural Studies Research Cluster

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Presentation by Diana Taylor

October 1st, 2009 | Posted in: Events | by Arturo

Trauma as Durational Performance: A Walk Through Villa Grimaldi

Speaker: Diana Taylor,  Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at NYU; Founding Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
Date:  Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009
Time:  4:00-6:00PM
Location:  126 Voorhies

Diana TaylorVilla Grimaldi was a country estate in suburban Santiago that was turned into a covert prison and torture center during the Pinochet dictatorship. The property, mostly leveled, was rescued as something of a museum of memory al fresco in recent years.

This event is cosponsored by: Cultural Studies Graduate Group, Department of Spanish, Department of Theater and Dance, Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory and Hemispheric Institute on the Americas.

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Informal Discussion with Luz Mena

April 1st, 2009 | Posted in: Events | by Arturo

Unsung Architects: Free Blacks in 19th Century Havana (1830s-1840s)

Speaker: Luz Mena, Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies and Geography (UC Davis)
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Time: 1:00-2:30PM
Location: HIA Conference Room (5214 SS&H)

Luz MenaLuz Mena is a Cultural Geographer who works on race and gender issues in colonial relations, gendered configurations in political violence, the body as prime site of space production, and spatial constructions in music and dance. Her regional emphasis is Latin America with a focus in Cuba. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley in 2001. Members of the supercluster, please read Luz’s book prospectus, posted on SmartSite, prior to the meeting.

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