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May 29, 2019

Las Casas Lecture on Human Rights 2019: Roberto Zamora. Thursday May 30th 5-7pm

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April 9, 2019

Spring 2019 Commencement

LAS Spring 2019  Commencement

Monday, June 17thSpring Audience
Ceremony: 4:00 pm
on the Condon Hall Lawn

Notes all LAS graduates should know before Commencement

Participation: All students who will have completed their INTL and UO requirements in either Fall 2018, Winter, Spring and/or Summer 2019 are invited to participate in the Spring 2019 commencement ceremonies. Students should apply for their degrees on Duckweb by assigning the term their requirements will be complete.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Undergraduates completing their degree in Summer 2019 (or later) need to complete the “Permission to Walk” form with their advisor and turn it into the LAS Undergraduate Coordinator in PLC 175 in order to participate in the ceremony.

Location: Condon Hall Lawn, on 13th Ave near to Lillis Hall. This is an outdoor venue, and guests are encouraged to bring sun and rain protection, depending on weather conditions of the day.

Time: Graduating students are requested to assemble by the check-in table beginning at 3:00 pm. Ceremony begins promptly at 4:00 pm. The ceremony typically lasts around 90 minutes.

Reception: A small reception immediately follows the ceremony at the UO main reception sites with, with cake and other tasty refreshments for graduates and their guests. The reception location will be very close to the ceremony location, and is still being decided.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How many guests can I invite/where can I get tickets? There is no limit to the number of guests you can invite to the LAS ceremony, and there are no tickets to be issued. Seating is first come, first serve. If you have a guest with accessibility needs or mobility issues, please contact the OCIAS office in 175 PLC, or call 541-346-5051.

Can students participate in both the UO main ceremony and that for LAS? Yes! Students can participate both ceremonies. The UO main ceremony is scheduled to end at 10:30, allowing students enough time to relax and make their way from the Matt Knight Arena to the Condon Hall lawn and check in at the LAS table.

I was given permission to walk; why am I not listed as a graduating senior in the program? The LAS commencement program lists all LAS students who will have completed their requirements between Fall 2018 and Summer 2019. Students who have permission to participate in our Spring commencement ceremony, and whose requirements will be completed after Summer 2019, will be recognized individually as they walk across the stage to accept their diploma cover.

Does LAS offer a Summer Commencement Ceremony? The Latin American Studies program does not hold a separate graduation ceremony during the summer. Any LAS major from the UO who will have completed their UO and LAS requirements between Fall 2018 and Summer 2019 can participate in the Spring 2019 ceremonies for the UO and LAS department.




May 1, 2018

Solalinde – Annual Las Casas Lecture on Human Rights

The 2018 Annual Las Casas Lecture on Human Rights Thursday May 3rd 5:30-7:00 p.m. in PLC180.

This year’s speaker is Mexican priest Father Alejandro Solalinde, a candidate to the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 and a tireless fighter for migrant rights in Mexico. He is the founder of the network of shelters and has been the target of death threats, harassment, as well as institutional ostracism from both church and state in Mexico. His talk The Migrant’s Path/El camino del migrants will address the ongoing humanitarian crisis of Central American refugees who cross through Mexico on their way North to the US and who become victimized by both narcos and police forces intent on charging a hefty “fee” for their passage in the form of money, but very often, psychological and physical abuse, rape, torture and in many cases death and disappearance.

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January 31, 2018

Spring 2018 Commencement

The Latin American Studies Spring Graduation Ceremony will be held at 4pm on Monday, June 18th, 2018. Our ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Romance Languages ceremony, in the EMU Amphitheater.

A reception with refreshments will follow, for graduates to enjoy with their guests.

Latin American Studies Major and Minor undergraduates who have applied for their degrees for Fall 2017, Winter 2018  Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 are welcome to participate!

Please email to RSVP.


November 2, 2017

LAS November Speaker Series – Chile in Conversation

November 7th, 4.30-5:45 Global Scholars Hall 131

Walescka Pino-Ojeda, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. The Dissident Homo Economicus: Neoliberal Chile and the Films of Pablo Larraín.

November 9th, 4:30-6:00 175 McKenzie Hall, Yamada Language Center

Ruth Vargas Forman, Options Counseling, Pewmas / Sueños de Justicia: Loncos y dirigentes Mapuche vs Chile en la Corte Interamericana. Santiago LOM, 2017. LAS Book Presentation Series.

November 21st, 4:30-6:00 Mills International Center (EMU)

Jesús Sepúlveda, University of Oregon, Dept of Romance Languages. Poetry Reading. Espejo de los detalles (forthcoming). LAS Book P­­­­­resentation Series.



December 12, 2016

LALISA Conference: April 13-15



Peripheral Mappings: Social and Cultural Geographies from the Underside of Modernity

Conference Information

Click here for conference materials and here for a Full Program.

From March 4th to October 8th, in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Schnitzer Gallery: Diálogos


April 13-15, 2017 University of Oregon
Times/locations subject to change

Thursday April 13  (JSMA Ford Hall)

1:30-2:00 Registration 

2:00-4:00 CSWS-Sponsored Round Table: Achieving justice: Gendered Violence, Displacement, and Legal Access in Guatemala and Oregon.

4:00-4:30 Coffee Break

4:30-6:00 Keynote Address Arturo Arias. “Cosmovisions, Ch’ulel, Lekil kuxlejal? Alternative Knowledge Producers as Purveyors of Self-Generated Cognizance

6:00-8:00 Faculty Club Reception and Cash Bar (JSMA)

Friday April 14

Light Breakfast 8:30-9:00. (Knight Law School)

9:00-10:30 Panel Set 1. (Knight Law School 241, 242, 243)
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-12:15 Panel Set 2. (Knight Law School 241, 242, 243)

12:15-1:30 Lunch Break. (Knight Law School Commons – 1st Floor)

1:30-3:00 Panel Set 3. (Knight Law School 241, 242, 243)
3:00-4:30 Panel Set 4. (Knight Law School 241, 242, 243)
4:30-5:00 Coffee break
5:00:6:30 Keynote Address Enrique Dussel. Las Casas Annual Lecture on Human Rights– “Bartolomé de las Casas: First Critic of Modernity” (Knight Law School 110)

6:30-8:00pm Conference Dinner. (EMU Redwood Auditorium Rm 214. $45)

8:00-10:00pm Teatro Milagro performs El Payaso (EMU Redwood Auditorium Rm 214. Free and open to the public. Tickets available here through EMU ticketing office)

Saturday April 15

Light Breakfast 8:30-9:00. (Knight Law School)

9:00-10:30 Panel Set 5. (Knight Law School 241, 242, 243)
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-12:15 Panel Set 6. (Knight Law School 241, 242, 243)

12:15-1:30 Lunch Break

1:30-2:45 Keynote Address Jill Robbins. “Marginalized Communities and Institutional Sites of Remembrance: Monuments and Archives of the 11-M Train Bombings” (Knight Law School 110)

2:45-3:00 Coffee Break

3:00-5:00 Panel Set 7. (Knight Law School 241, 242, 243)
5:15-7:00 Business Meeting Reception LALISA. (Knight Law School 110)

7:30 “De cajón” Afro-Peruvian Music Concert (Beall Hall, School of Music)

Registration Information

Click here for a Full Program of the Conference
Click here to register for the Conference.
Click here to submit payment.
If you have any issues or questions please contact:
Bethany Robinson, Conference and Events Coordinator, 541-346-3001,

Transportation and Accommodations

Eugene Airport:
Download the UO Mobile app with an interactive campus map here:

Transportation from the Eugene Airport to hotels and UO campus:

Oregon Taxi 541-434-8294
Eugene Hybrid Taxi Cabs 541-357-8294
Hilton Eugene (Airport Shuttle) 541-342-2000
Eugene’s bus lines (EMX & LTD)


Hilton Eugene 541-342-2000 (10 min drive from campus; Hilton will also be providing a shuttle to and from campus for the conference.)
$119 plus tax based on availability. Ask for the group rate for the LALISA conference.
66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene OR 97401

Excelsior Inn 541-342-6963 (On campus, B&B)
754 East 13th Ave, Eugene OR 9741
$110 plus tax based on availability. Ask for the group rate for the LALISA conference. Must be booked by March 29.

Candlewood Suites 541-683-8000 (2.6 miles from campus, does have bike/walking path that leads to campus)
3005 Franklin Blvd., Eugene OR 97403
$149 plus tax based on availability. Ask for the group rate for the LALISA conference. Must be booked by March 31.


Information on the LALISA Call for Papers (deadline past)

From Catalonia to California, Cuba, Chile, to all the many areas impacted by the long Iberian expansion that started in the 15th century, the foundational divisions of center and periphery have constituted cultural and social spaces where languages, bodies, ethnicities, and alternate mappings have resisted colonial hegemonic practices and institutions. According to Mexican philosopher Leopoldo Zea (1912-2004) the peripheral mappings within which Spain and Portugal were placed in the early modern period positioned their colonial territories at “the periphery of a periphery.” Decolonial movements and theoretical discussions have critically revisited the concept of periphery and problematized the discussion with new terms such as Gloria Anzaldúa’s “nepantilism” (“being between crossroads”) and her post-binary discussion of mestizo/a identities. Following on the fruitful discussions of our inaugural conference at Reed College in the spring of 2016, our Second Conference of LALISA at the University of Oregon aims to investigate the validity and contemporary currency of the center-periphery model as a way to understand Latin American, Latino/a, and Iberian cultural productions and social formations. We expect to receive papers from various disciplines across the humanities and the social sciences that will deal with issues related to the central themes of the conference:

Center/periphery; Peripheral knowledges and identities; Colonial and postcolonial cartographies; Spatial identifications; Walls, borders, and the end of globalization; Eurocentrism, white supremacist geographies of exclusion; Environmental humanities; Global/local; Postcoloniality in the post-Hispanic world; Gender formations in the peripheries of modernity; Virtual borders, zones of influence, divisions; Regionalism and nationalism, postnationalism, and neonationalism; Space and the modern/premodern/postmodern debate; Latinidad/hispanidad/indigenismo; Enrique Dusell’s concepts “underside of modernity, Transmodernity”; Marginalization and economic oppression; Racial peripheries, racialized bodies and places; Transatlantic crossings, hemispheric displacements, migrations, diasporas.

Abstracts should include a full title, a 300-word description of the paper, and the institutional affiliation of the presenter. Papers will be accepted in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. Please direct your enquiries and abstract submissions to

LALISA: Latin American, Latino/a, and Iberian Studies Association of the Pacific Northwest

Deadline for receipt of abstracts is January 30th.

Confirmations and a full program will be made available in February. A selection of revised papers presented at the conference will be published in the new UO-based online journal Periphērica: Journal of Social, Cultural, and Literary History in 2017/18.

The conference fee ($50 for faculty, $25 for graduate students) will include light breakfast and lunches on Friday and Saturday; a conference dinner ($45) on Friday will be available for those wishing to attend. Presenters will need to be members of the LALISA association at in order to attend the conference and the business meeting on Saturday, April 15th.

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June 2, 2016

Annual Las Casas Lecture on Human Rights: Alison Brysk

Annual Las Casas Human Rights Lecture: “Femicide and the Gendered Effects of the Human Rights Crisis in Mesoamerica” with Professor Alison Brysk of UC Santa Barbara
Thursday June 2nd, 4pm
Straub Hall 145

LAS Brysk Poster



You are also invited to a follow-up faculty-grad students roundtable discussion and working lunch with Alison on Friday June 3rd at noon-2pm in PLC348. Please let other interested graduate students and faculty know and I hope many of you can make it too. Please RSVP to Brooke Cagno at before noon, places are limited.

June 1, 2016

Public Lecture: Siskind. Wednesday, June 1, 5:30-7pm, Willamette Hall 110, “(De)provincializing World War I: Latin American Literature and the reshaping of global modernism”.

Mariano Siskind is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities, from Harvard University (Department of Romance Languages and Comparative Literature). He has recently published _Cosmopolitan Desires. Latin American Literature and the Discourses of Globalization_ (Northwestern UP) which traces a genealogy of texts on universality and cosmopolitanism, a series of significant instances during the twentieth century when Latin American intellectuals conceptualized the possibility of a Latin American modernity not in terms of particularist affirmations of national or regional difference and specificity, but as a result of assuming a cosmopolitan identity that allowed them to inscribe themselves in the universal field of modernity, and to imagine themselves standing on equal footing with their Western European peers. He is currently working on the legacy of World War I in Latin America’s modernist writing and Global War and Modernism, and is coordinating a workshop on cosmopolitan intellectual genealogies in Latin America, along colleagues from Harvard and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.Cosmopolitan desires

May 17, 2016

Keep Your Eyes on Guatemala MAY 18 at 6pm in Straub 145

Gabriela Martínez’s (SOJC) documentary Keep Your Eyes on Guatemala at 6pm in Straub 145

This is an important documentary which resulted from UO LAS faculty involvement in the recovery of the police archives in Guatemala in collaboration with other international teams. Please circulate widely and mark your calendars!


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May 10, 2016

“Activism and Social Change in Postwar Guatemala”

Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Global Scholars Hall, Room 123
University of Oregon campus
Free & open to the public

Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj is a journalist, social anthropologist, and international spokeswoman who has been at the forefront in struggles for respect for indigenous cultures. Dr. Velásquez Nimatuj is the first Maya-K’iche’ woman to earn the doctorate in social anthropology, and she initiated the court case that made racial discrimination illegal in Guatemala.


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