New Series: Voces de Latinoamérica

Voces de Latinoamérica

New Series: Voces de Latinoamérica

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Dear Friends of LAI,
 
Welcome “back” to your home office/dining room table/favorite spot on the patio. We hope you are weathering the pandemic successfully amidst the unprecedented surge of suffering we are seeing in our community.
 
We are writing today to announce a new monthly speaker series, titled Voces de Latinoamérica. The series will feature activists, organizers, or pretty much anyone else from Latin America and the Caribbean who is prepared to talk about the issues that affect their lives. So, for example, one month might feature a trans activist from Brazil. The next month could feature someone working to ensure the rights of Central American immigrants in Mexico. The possibilities are endless. While we welcome scholars who would like to talk about their advocacy or activism, we are not looking for scholars talking about their research. And of course, someone does not need to be a scholar to present: the idea here is to amplify voices we don’t normally hear in the academy in a format that is accessible to everyone. With that latter point in mind, we have decided that speakers can present in English or Spanish. If your speaker speaks Portuguese, Haitian Creole, French, or an indigenous language, you will need to arrange for translation.
 
We want this to be something driven by our community, not simply planned by Kevin, Bryan, and the directors of our affiliated centers. So this is how we see it working. Speakers can be nominated by faculty, staff, grad students, alumni, or donors. (Nominees from undergraduates are welcome, but you should find a faculty member or graduate student to co-nominate with you.) We will take care of publicity and tech logistics. We are also able to cover an honorarium for each guest. The person who nominates will coordinate with the speaker on a date and time. We will also ask the nominator to moderate the event, which could include interviewing the speaker, co-presenting, and fielding questions.
 
We have five (perhaps six) slots available in what remains of this academic year. If you would like to nominate a speaker, please contact Bryan Pitts at bpitts@international.ucla.edu by January 31, 2021.
 
All the best,
 
The LAI Team