Fall 2016


Join us for a monthly coffee hour dedicated to building relationships among faculty and students interested in the history, culture and politics of Latin America and the Caribbean! 

Coffee and Empanadas from Island Empanada will be served. 

September 7th

October 5th

November 2nd

December 7th

1:00pm; LACS Lounge (N-337, SBS Building) 

Colombia: War or Peace

Roundtable/Video Conference on Facebook Live


We're All From Somewhere Else: Becoming Latino in America

Join us for a panel discussion exploring important themes of our first-year read, "The Book of Unknown Americans", immigration in the United States and the origins and identities of Latino populations on Long Island. 

1:00PM; GLS/HDV Center, 2nd Floor 

Hispanic Heritage Month Events

Click here for a full calendar of events 



Tinker Presentations 

Session I: Wednesday, September 21st 

Session II: Wednesday, October 19th

1:00PM; LACS Conference Room (N-320, SBS) 

Graduate students who were awarded Tinker Field Research Grants will be presenting on their research in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Lunch and Refreshments provided. 


LACS at the Movies! 

Tuesday, September 20th; 6pm 

"El Juego De Arcibel" (2003, Argentina) 

Thursday, October 20th; 6pm

"Macario" (1960, Mexico) 

Tuesday, November 15th; 6pm

"Sur" (1988, Argentina) 


Films shown in room N-320, SBS. 

Popcorn and refreshments provided. 


Day of the Dead

Tuesday, November 1st; 3-5PM

Come help prepare our altar of flowers and other decorations and enjoy Mexican treats! We encourage you to bring a photo or remembrance of someone whose life you wish to celebrate. 

LACS Lounge (N-337, SBS) 








Spring 2016


Talk by Sinclair Thomson, NYU 

Monday, April 11th; 4:00pm 

N-320, SBS Building 

“Sovereignty Disavowed: Tupac Amaru in the Atlantic World” This talk offers new evidence of the repercussions of the Andean insurrection of 1780- 1783 around the Atlantic world, and an explanation for the invisibility of that experience in the historiography of the Age of Revolution. 

Sinclair Thomson is Associate Professor of History at New York University. He is the author of We Alone Will Rule: Native Andean Politics in the Age of Insurgency and coauthor (with Forrest Hylton) of Revolutionary Horizons: Past and Present in Bolivian History.

Talk by Ted Henken, Baruch College

Wednesday, April 20th; 1:00pm 

N-320, SBS Building 

“Can't Get No Satisfaction!: The Continued US Embargo and the Prospects for Cuban Entrepreneurialism"

Ted Henken teaches in the Departments of Sociology and Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College, and is a renown expert on contemporary Cuba. His most recent book, Entrepreneurial Cuba: The Changing Policy Landscape offers a provocative view of economic reforms and entrepreneurial response under Raúl Castro, and what the U.S. can do to encourage this dynamic.

15th Annual Graduate Student Conference

Friday, April 22nd

Stony Brook Manhattan 


FALL 2015

A conversation with Chilean writer Lina Meruane

Lina Meruane (PhD NYU) is a Chilean writer and scholar established in New York.  She was awarded the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize in 2012 and a Guggenheim fellowship in 2004, among other distinctions. Meruane has published more than ten books in fiction and criticism. She is currently a Master Teacher of Liberal Studies at New York University. Her most recent novel is titled Sangre en el ojo (2012).

Thursday, November 12, from 5:30 to 6:50 in Melville Library N3063. In Spanish.




Click here for our calendar of events for Fall 2015!

 Fall Calendar Final 

Talk by Prof. Ada Ferrer (NYU): Freedom's Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution

Monday, November 30th. 2:30pm, Javits Center 109. Free and opem to the public.

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 Talk by Prof. José Antonio Mazzotti (Tufts Univ): “Las fuentes políticas del Inca Garcilaso”

Friday, November 6th. 4:00pm, Stony Brook Manhattan. Large seminar room. Free and open to the public. In Spanish.

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New faculty Colloquium: Jenniffer Anderson (History) and David Taylor (Sustainability).

Wed Oct 7, 1 to 2.10 pm. LACC seminar room. Free and open to the public.


 Film screening and discussion with director Wilton Martínez

"Transnational Fiesta: Twenty Years Later" (2014).

Friday Oct 2, 1.45 to 3.45 pm in our seminar room (SBS N320)





New York City Latin American History Workshop 2015-2016 at Stony Brook Manhattan. Click on the document bellow for a full list


 Tinker Roundtable

Wednesday, September 30th. 1 pm-2:20 pm in our Seminar Room (N-320 of Social and Behavioral Sciences) 
Lunch and refreshments will be provided!

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Thanks to all graduate students for their presentations and to all undergraduates and faculty for their participation in our 2015 round table!






NEW FACULTY COLLOQUIUM and End of the Year Reception

Prof. Karina Yager (Visiting Assistant Professor, Sustainability Studies Program)

April 29, 2015 , from 1 to 2.15 pm. Lunch will be served. 
LACC seminar room (Social and Behavioral Sciences Building N320)

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 FILMFESTIVAL 2015. See program here.


Talk in Spanish by Hugo Achugar:"Teorías y políticas culturales en el Uruguay del Siglo XXI". Wed April 14, 2015, 2.30 to 3.50 pm in Melville Lib W4530.

Book Presentation with Stony Brook Faculty

Prof. Tiffany Joseph (Sociology) introduced by Prof. Abena Asare (Africana Studies)
Tiffany Joseph, Race on the Move: Brazilian Migrants and the Global Reconstruction of Race. (Stanford Univ. Press in 2015)

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Wed April 15, 2015, 1:oo—2:30 pm
Richard B. Moore Library: S224, Soc. and Behav. Sciences.


Uruguayan Filmmaker Aldo Garay visits Stony Brook University!

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Gender and the Contemporary Latin American Documentary. A Conversation with Uruguayan Director Aldo Garay.
Friday April 17, 3pm-5pm: SB Manhattan,Room 321B, Screening of clips of El hombre nuevo, winner of the Teddy Award at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. Roundtable with Aldo Garay, Adrián Pérez-Melgosa (SBU), and Carl Fischer (Fordham) (in Spanish). Reception to follow.
Screening of El casamiento / The Marriage (Aldo Garay 2011)
Tuesday April 21, 7pm-9pm: Humanities 1006, Part of the Hispanic Film Festival, Followed by Q&A with the director (in English and Spanish)
Uruguayan Transgender Shorts
Wednesday April 22, 5:30pm-7:00pmMelville N3060, Screening of three short documentaries (La Gloria de HérculesSeñorita candidata and Un encuentro con Bety Faría) followed by a discussion with the director (in Spanish).
Sponsors by the Dept of Hispanic Languages and Literature, the Graduate School and Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center


The Initiative in Historical Social Sciences of Stony Brook University presents
SBU Faculty Workshop. Weds, Feb. 18   1-2:20, Social and Behavioral Sciences Building N320

Paul Gootenberg (History & Sociology, Stony Brook)

“From Teonanácatl to Miami Vice:  Latin America’s Contribution to World Drug Culture”

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Co-Sponsored by LACS. Lite Refreshments served

Electronic workshop paper available here.



FEBRUARY 20 1:30 – 5:00PM -- Stony Brook Manhattan

Presented by Javier Uriarte (SBU) and Paul Firbas (SBU)

Pedro Meira Monteiro (Princeton Univ)
Paulo Moreira (Yale Univ)
Robert Newcomb (UC Davis)
Thiago Nicodemo (UERJ, Brazil)
Lilia Schwarcz (USP, Brazil)
Álvaro Fernández Bravo (CONICET)

Co-organized by Paul Firbas, Javier Uriarte and Pedro Meira Monteiro. SEE PROGRAM HERE.

Sponsored by Stony Brook University: Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature, Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC), Department of History, Humanities Institute; and Princeton University: The Race and Citizenship in the Americas Network

See poster here


FALL 2014 

Book Presentation and Roundtable Discussion

"Biography of a Hacienda: Work and Revolution in Rural Mexico" 

Wednesday, November 12th; 1:00pm-2:20pm Room N-320 SBS Building 

Elizabeth Newman



 The Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature and the Latin American and Caribbean Center 

present a talk in Spanish by the Paraguayan Ambassador in Portugal

Luis Fretes Carreras (Centro de Estudos Internacionais, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa)



Wednesday, October 22, 2014, from 1.00 pm to 2.15 pm
LACC Seminar Room, Social and Behavioral Sciences N320

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Guest Speaker: Brenda Elsey of Hofstra University

Wednesday, October 15th 1:00pm. 



CONFERENCE: Latino Pedagogies - Theorizing a Transnational Experience 

Friday Oct 17, 2014 from 9:45 AM - 5:30 PM. Stony Brook University (Main campus)

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International Conference: "Mentiras y secretos en el teatro hispánico del Siglo de Oro".

Friday Oct 3, 2014 from 9.30 am to 5.45 pm, Humanities 2001

Click here for more information and full program


Graduates students will be presenting their research in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Wed. September 24 (2014) from 1 pm to 2.20 pm 
LACC seminar room Social & Behavioral Sciences N320 Tinker 2014

  Graduate students presenting reports after their Tinker Travel Grants (2014)








Graduates students will be presenting their research in Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain.

Wed. Feb 19 (2014) from 1 pm to 2.20 pm
LACC seminar room Social & Behavioral Sciences N320

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Grants were funded by LACC, History, Hispanic Lang & Lit, The Office of the Dean, The Graduate School and Sociology

Prof. Lilia Moritz Schwarcz (University of São Paulo)


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Wednesday, February 26 at 2:30 PM in the Wang Center Theater

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Dept of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Latin American and Caribbean Center, Dept of History and Dept of Sociology


With Stony Brook faculty Paul Gootenberg (History) and Liliana Davalos (Ecology and Evolution)

Wednesday March 12, 12:00-1:20 in the History Department (room tba)

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Wed. April 23 (2014), 1.00 to 2.20 pm

LACC seminar/gallery, Social & Behavioral Sciences N320

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Sandra C. Fernández was born in Queens, New York, but grew up in Quito, Ecuador. She received her MA (1992) and MFA (1995) from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin where she teaches printmaking and book arts. Her photographs, prints, artist’s books and assemblages have been widely exhibited and collected in numerous cities in the US and abroad.

 More on Sandra Fernández's work:

URBAN EXPLORATIONS: Latin America’s Cities, Past & Present

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Brodwyn Fischer  (University of Chicago) 

Friday, April 25, 2014 at Stony Brook Manhattan.


Full schedule soon to be posted

FALL 2013

The Latin American and Caribbean Center: New Faculty Colloquium (I)

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Lori Flores (History): "Fields of Division: The Relationships Between Mexicans and Mexican Americans in U.S. Agriculture, 1940-1970".
Joseph Pierce (Hispanic Lang & Lit): “Este niño de mala raza: Regulating Kinship in Carlos O. Bunge's La novela de la sangre"

Wednesday Oct 23, 1.00 pm to 2.10 pm in LACS seminar room (Social & Behavioral Sciences N320)

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Nancy Hiemstra (Cultural Analysis and Theory): “Migration, Forced Return, and Insecurity: Examining Reverberations of U.S. Detention and Deportation Policies in Ecuador”

Javier Uriarte (Hispanic Lang & Lit): “Adventure, Colonialism, and the Construction of a New Frontier: Theodore Roosevelt's Through the Brazilian Wilderness (1914)”

Wednesday Oct 30, 1.00 pm to 2.10 pm in LACS seminar room (Social & Behavioral Sciences N320)


Film Festival, "New Latino Cinema: Fact, Fiction & The Imagination"

Saturday, October 12, 4.00 pm to 9:00 pm at Wang Center


Film Festival 2013 

New York City Latin American History Workshop (NYCLAHW) an inter-university scholarly project which meets in New York City, on Fridays, 11am-1pm, followed by lunch. A joint project of the graduate programs in Latin American History at Columbia, CUNY, NYU, The New School, and Stony Brook.

Time:  Fridays, 11am-1pm
Location:  Institute of Latin American Studies, Tannenbaum Room
               Columbia University
               420 West 118th Street, 8th Floor IAB, Room 802
               New York, NY  10027

Friday, September 13: Sibylle Fischer, New York University, "Bolívar in Haití: Republicanism in the Revolutionary Atlantic"

Friday, October 18: Tamara Walker, University of Pennsylvania, "Funerals and Fiestas: Public Ceremony, Vassalage, and the Limits of Selfhood in Late-Colonial Lima"

Friday, November 22: Carmen Soliz, New York University, "An Elusive Modernity: The Indian Problem and the Agrarian Question under Debate in Bolivia (1936-1952)"

Free and open to the public.  Discussions are based on pre-circulated papers prepared by each presenter. To join the NYCLAHW e-list and receive electronic papers, e-mail:




Spring 2013 Calendar of Events:

Monday, March 4-7:

Co-sponsoring a Film Festival with Hispanic Languages:
"(Re)turning to Ruins: Nostalgia and Film"
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Humanities 1006
Refreshments will be provided

Friday, March 15-17:
The Latino/a Philosopher: A National Symposium
Co-sponsored with Philosophy Dept.
Harriman Hall, Room 214

FRIDAY, March 15th
2:00-2:30 pm Eduardo Mendieta: Welcome and Introduction

2:45-3:45 pm Jorge J. E. Gracia, "The Impact of Ethnicity and Race on Latino/a Philosophy" Chair: Jeff Epstein
3:45-4:45 pm Grant J. Silva, "The Revolt of the [Lation/a] Masses: On the Nature of Democracy with a Nonwhite Majority"
Chair: Nathifa Green

5:00-6:00 Reception

7:00-9:00 Dinner: Mirabelle Tavern

SATURDAY, March 16th
8:30-9:00 am –COFFEE and BAGELS

9:00-10:00 am José Jorge Mendoza, "The Curious Case of Latino/as in the United States"
Chair: Adam Israel

10:00-11:00am Manuel Vargas, "Implicit Bias, Philosophy, Latinos?"
Chair: Francisco Gallegos de Castillo

11:15-12:15pm Rocío Zambrana, "Latino/a Philosopher and the Case of Puerto Rican Identity"
Chair: Kevin Jobe

12:15-1:15 pm Ofelia Schutte, "Latinas/os Roots in Philosophy: From Authenticity to Intersectionality"
Chair: Rolando Perez

1:15-2:30 pm LUNCH –Room 211

2:30-3:30 Mariana Ortega, "De las otras: On Intersections, Internal Exclusions and Queer Latinidad"
Chair: Roberto Sanchez

3:45-4:45 Gregory Pappas, "The 'demographic challenge' in philosophy and the quest for a philosophy sensitive to context:
some lessons from Latin American Philosophy and Latin Jazz
Chair: Adam Israel

4:45-6:00 Linda Martín Alcoff, "Decolonizing Philosophy"
Chair: Lori Gallegos de Castillo

6:00-8:00 Dinner: Curry Club

Tuesday, March 26:
The Stony Brook Initiative for Historical Social Sciences (IHSS) presents:
Adam McKeown, Dept. of History, Columbia University
"The Big Picture in Migration History, and Why it Matters"
2:30-4:00 pm - LACS Conference Room
@ Social & Behavioral Sciences Bldg., N320
Papers will be posted on the IHSS website:

Wednesday, April 3:
SYMPOSIUM: "Coca at the Crossroads: A Systemic Assessment of the Environmental, Social, and Policy Dimensions of Andean Coca"
This symposium will, for the first time, include both social and natural science experts seeking to understand the systemic impact of the illegal coca trade on the recent history of the region by bringing together scholars and policy experts from the Americas to discuss historical and current issues surrounding coca cultivation and illegal drug trafficking.
Sponsored by FAHSS (Faculty in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) Grant.
1:00 - 6:00 pm
@ Social & Behavioral Sciences Bldg., N318
Refreshments will be provided


Friday, April 12:
Latin American & Caribbean Studies Center's 12th Annual Graduate Conference
Commodities, Capitalism and Culture: Latin America and Global Links

at Stony Brook Manhattan Campus (387 Park Avenue South, 3rd Floor)
9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Keynote Speaker:  MARCY NORTON, George Washington University

Friday, April 26:
"Hemispheric Brazil Conference"
Brazilian Studies from a Trans-American Perspective. New perspectives on an ongoing dialogue.

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Friday, April 26th, 9:30 AM - 5 PM. 
Stony Brook University, Humanities Building 1008
André Botelho (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro)
Tiffany Joseph (Harvard University/ Stony Brook University)
Micaela Kramer (Rutgers University)
Alan P. Marcus (Towson University)
Bryan Mc Cann (Georgetown University)
Pedro Meira Monteiro (Princeton University)
Dylon Robbins (New York University)
Mariano Siskind (Harvard University)
Monday, April 29:
Lecture by Prof. Ulla Berg  (Rutgers Univ, Dept of Anthropology)
2.30 pm - 4.30 pm
Melville Library, Room W4550
Guest in Prof. Firbas HUS 254

"Mediated Migrations: Peruvians between the Andes and the US"

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Monday, April 29. 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm. Melville Library, Room W4550
Guest in Prof. Firbas HUS 254. Co-sponsored with Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Ulla Berg is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies and Anthropology at Rutgers University. Click here for more information on her work.


Wednesday, May 1:
"Revisiting Latin America in the 1960s: A Conversation with Vania Markarian"


Vania MarkarianProfessor of History at Universidad de la República (Montevideo, Uruguay) is currently a Tinker Visiting Professor at Columbia University
Prof. Markarian has published widely on Latin American contemporary history, including Left in Transformation: Uruguayan Exiles and the Latin American Human Rights Networks, 1967-1984 (2005) and most recently El 68 uruguayo: El movimiento estudiantil entre molotovs y música beat (2012)

Wednesday, May 1
1:00-2:20 pm (campus lifetime)
Social & Behavioral Sciences Bldg, Room N320
Refreshments will be provided

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New York City Latin American History Workshop (NYCLAHW), an inter-university scholarly project which meets at New York University, on Fridays, 11am-1pm, followed by lunch. A joint project of the graduate programs in Latin American History at Columbia, CUNY, NYU, The New School, and Stony Brook.

Time:  Fridays, 11am-1pm
Location: CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, New York City

Friday, January 25: Ernesto Pimentel, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, “Crime and Education in Brazil: Imperial Past and Current Debate”

Friday, February 22: Luis Herran Avila, New School University, “Fighting the ‘conjura roja’: The Anticommunist Crusades in Mexico (1952-1972)”

Friday, March 22: Bruno Carvalho, Princeton University, “Founding Fathers, Forgotten Mothers: Race, Relationships, and American Icons”

Friday, April 19: Vania Markarian, Universidad de la República, Montevideo/ Columbia University, “Cultura y política en el movimiento estudiantil uruguayo de 1968”

To join the NYCLAHW e-list and receive electronic papers, e-mail:


Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center
• Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4345  • Phone: 631.632.7517 • Fax: 631.632.9432
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