Past Events

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Global Latin America announces a public lecture and book signing by Dr. Gregory Swedberg on September 14-15, 2017!


Dr. Jamie Starling presented his work at the Museum of South Texas History in May 2017.

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We were pleased to host the screening of Sad Happiness: Cynthia’s Cross Border Journey, produced by Dr. Sonia De la Cruz of St. Martin’s University. Thanks to the generous co-sponsorship of UTRGV’s Office for Global Engagement and University of St. Martin, UTRGV students and community members had to opportunity to meet Dr. De la Cruz and discuss the documentary with her on April 27.

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On April 17 and 18, 2017, UTRGV students and members of the Rio Grande Valley community welcomed Bancroft Prize-winning scholar Dr. Andrés Reséndez. Nearly 250 people attended his public lecture. Graduate students and advanced undergraduates eagerly discussed his most recent book, The Other Slavery, the following day at the Roundtable.


Global Latin America was proud to sponsor one of graduate students, Violeta Hernández, as she gave her very first presentation on her research alongside UTRGV faculty and before an audience of over 60 people.birth-and-death-in-latin-america-and-its-borderlands-flyer-page-001

On November 15, 2016, Global Latin America faculty including Bonnie A. Lucero, Jamie Starling, Mayra Ávila, and Doug LaPrade discussed Cuba, Mexico, and the United States in global perspective in collaboration with UTRGV’s Office for Global engagement during International Education Week.

On November 9, Dr. Selfa Chew participated in a tertulia with Global Latin America, in which she discussed her most recent scholarship on Japanese internment in Mexico, as well as her poetry.


Award-winning author Dr. Kathleen López gave an excellent public lecture on Cuba’s Chinese community for Global Latin America on November 4, 2016. Over 200 students, faculty, and community members attended the event.


On October 20, 2016, Global Latin America welcomed internationally-renowned Cuban musicians to our campus to perform and discuss their craft. More than 100 students packed into the Performing Arts Complex to hear Gretell Barreiro and Yamil Reyes narrate 500 years of Cuban music history, and to hear them play samples of different genres as well as their original works.


Global Latin America’s inaugural lecture featured Dr. Aimee Villarreal, who discussed Mexico’s African heritage on April 29, 2016. She showed portions of her wonderful animated film about Estebanico, one of Mexico’s oldest and most mysterious historical figures. We were pleased to have over 100 people attend this event.


Inaugural Lecture, April 2016


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