Carleton celebrates 15 years of Foro Latinoamericano

The April 26-27 event showcases Latin America as a site of innovative scholarship and creative lived experiences.

Apr. 18, 2019

Every spring since 2004, students, faculty and alumni of Carleton’s Latin American studies program have come together to share in the Foro Latinoamericano, an academic experience focused on the issues and countries of Latin America. Originally designed as a capstone experience for the students of the program, the event has grown over the years and welcomes members of the greater community as well to participate in this annual look at Latin America.

On April 26 and 27, as the Foro Latinoamericano turns 15, organizers plan to showcase Latin America as a site of innovative scholarship and creative lived experiences. Featured speaker Felipe Correa, an architect and urbanist from the University of Virginia School of Architecture, will address large-scale transformation in Latin American cities and to offer a compelling vision of how cities can reconfigure post-industrial structures to alleviate the extreme socio-economic divide between city center and periphery. Joining him in this conversation will be Carleton Latin American Studies alumni Lindsay Mayka ’02, assistant professor of government at Colby College, and Joshua Reason ‘17, who will share their current research and talk about the meaning and relevance of their areas of study.

“For the last 15 years, the Foro Latinoamericano aims to advance a collective understanding of complex issues in the life of Latin America,” said Silvia L. López, Carleton professor of Spanish. “This multidisciplinary event, with lots of interaction time with speakers, invites all of us—that is, young students and older veterans in the study of the region—to learn together and get to know each other better at talks and over meals. It is a grand time on campus for all those interested in Latin America.”

The 2019 Foro Latinoamericano kicks off Friday, April 26 at 5 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum with a welcome by Beverly Nagel, Dean of the College, and a presentation by Correa, titled, “Behind the South American Metropolis.” A reception and dinner follow.

On Saturday, April 27, the Foro Latinoamericano continues in the Athenaeum. Participants are invited to enjoy coffee and rolls at 9 a.m., followed by a presentation at 9:30 a.m. by Mayka titled, “Participatory Politics and Social Citizenship in Latin America.” Then, at 10:45 a.m., Reason will present, “Blood as Thick as Water: (Re)Negotiating the Limits of Black Queer & Transgender Memory.” The public portion of the Foro Latinamericano concludes with lunch.

More information about the event and featured speakers is available on the Carleton website.

The 2019 Foro Latinoamericano is sponsored by the Carleton College departments of Latin American studies, political science, and Spanish; and the office of the Dean of the College. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4252. The Gould Library Athenaeum is located off College Street on the Carleton campus and is accessible via Highway 19 in Northfield.