Seminars & Events

March 12, 2009 (Lecture)

Political Repression, Forced Disappearances and the Struggle for Human Rights and Freedom in Contemporary Mexico: A Lecture by Senator Rosario Ibarra

Ibarra Lecture



Thursday, March 12, 2009: 12:30pm

University Park Campus
Doheny Memorial Library
Intellectual Commons, Room 233

Admission is free.
Lunch will be provided.
The talk will be presented in Spanish with English translation.


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Mexican senator and human rights activist Rosario Ibarra will present a lecture on the problem of “forced disappearances”—the state’s covert persecution, apprehension and, in some cases, executions of individuals for political reasons— that have been taking place in Mexico since at least the 1970s. Senator Ibarra will also discuss ongoing efforts to obtain information about the fate of her son (who was detained in 1975 and never heard from again) and her work to promote human rights and freedom in Mexico and Latin America as a whole. 

Organized by Professors María Elena Martínez and Carol Wise

Sponsored by Visions and Voices and El Centro Chicano


March 30, 2009 (Discussion)

“Queer Art & Activism featuring Adelina Anthony: A Bonafide Community Tortillera”

Performance artist Adelina Anthony will speak with LGBT students about using artistic expression in queer activism.


Monday, March 30, 7:30 pm

University Religious Center (URC) Room 103


Organized by Professors María Elena Martínez and Carol Wise

Sponsored by Visions and Voices, The LGBT Resource Center, and El Centro Chicano.


April 3, 2009 (Performance)

La Angry Xicana?! A performance by Adelina Anthony


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Friday, April 3, 2009: 8:00pm

University Park Campus
Ground Zero Coffeehouse

Admission is free.
Dinner will be provided at 7:30 p.m


The critically acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Adelina Anthony will present her stand-up solo comedy show. With her trademark use of Spanglish and humor, Anthony delves into Latino cultural taboos around sexuality, religion and community bonds. The show also tackles a variety of other subjects, from Hollywood and corporate media to purported lesbian gang epidemics, conservative politics, Chicano health issues and queer women of color dating rituals.







Organized by Professors María Elena Martínez and Carol Wise

Sponsored by Visions and Voices, the LGBT Center, and El Centro Chicano

Past Events

Fall 2008 and Spring 2009


November 12, 2008: Book Event

Book, Genealogical Fictions




Publication of Genealogical Fictions: Limpieza de Sangre, Religion, and Gender in Colonial Mexico by María Elena Martínez (Stanford University Press, 2008)









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Professors George Sánchez, María Elena Martínez, and Carol Wise



January 22, 2009: Book Event

Publication of Where Memory Dwells: Culture and State Violence in Chile by Macarena Gomez-Barris (University of California Press, 2008)

and God's Heart Has No Borders: How Religious Activists Are Working for Immigrant Rights by Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo (University fo California Press, 2008)

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Professors Macarena Gómez-Barris and Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo



Spring 2008


January 23, 2008 (Presentation)

"Forging New Ties: A Fresh Approach to U.S. Policy in Latin America"

Geoff Thale, Director of Programs for the Washington Office on Latin America

Time:        2-4 pm

Location:   Doheny Library, Intellectual Commons (Room 233)


February 7, 2008 (Faculty Speaker Series)

“Mexico-US Borderlands Archive”

Prof. Michael Dear, Geography

12-1 pm, VKC Library Multi-Media Room

Professor Dear will introduce a prototype for a Mexico-USA Borderlands Archive (MUSBA) he has been developing in conjunction with the Library's Archive Information Management System (AIMS) team.  The archive is designed to be an interactive, working website with an expansive geographic, chronological, and topical focus that reflects the interests its users at USC and beyond, including collaborators from south of the border. His presentation will emphasize feedback on the archive’s current design and content to adapt it better to the USC research community.


March 13, 2008 (Presentation)

“Tortilleras: The Politics of Naming and Shaming”

Prof. Lourdes Torres, Latin American and Latino Studies Program, DePaul University

Time:           3:30 – 5:00 pm

Location:      SOS 250

Co-Sponsored with USC's Center for Feminist Research and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese


Adelina Anthony

March 13, 2008 (Performance)

Adelina Anthony, "Mastering Sex and Tortillas"

Co-Sponsored with USC's Center for Feminist Research


7:00 - 8:00 Reception with food and beverages

8:00 - 10:00 Performance


Ground Zero Performance Cafe

University of Southern California
615 Childs Way




April 2, 2008 (Documentary film)

“¿Puedo Hablar? May I Speak?”  

2-4 pm, location tba

“¿Puedo Hablar? May I Speak?” is a new documentary film by Sol Productions which chronicles the 2006 presidential elections in Venezuela. It offers a snapshot of a society beginning its ninth year under Chavez; a valuable launching point from which its audience will more aptly understand the current state of Venezuela and its president, Hugo Chavez. The trailer for the film is available online at the website,



April 3, 2008 (Faculty Speaker Series)

 “Ordinary Places, Extraordinary Events:Citizenship, democracy, and public space in Latin America”

Prof. Clara Irazabal, School of Policy, Planning, and Development

12-1 pm, VKC Library Multi-Media Room

This presentation, based on a recently published edited volume, will identify a new way of thinking about public space. Public spaces have been and continue to be privileged sites for the enactment and contestation of various public stances on democracy and citizenship. Rather than analyzing urban space as a sociopolitical realm, however, this study looks at it as a more encompassing, multidisciplinary realm. A series of contemporary case studies of Latin American cities with comparable cultural and political trajectories reveal the use and meaning of public space by ordinary people in extraordinary, history-making events.  They also shed light on the contemporary, convoluted redefinitions of citizenship and democracy

in Latin America and, by extrapolation, the world.    


April 17 and 18, 2008 (Conference)

The State of Fiction: Cultures of Contemporary Argentina and Latin America

Time:         tba

Location:    University of Southern California and University of California at Los Angeles



Fall 2007



September 20, 2007 (Lecture)

Denise Dresser, "Mexico's Dysfunctional Democracy:

What's Wrong and How to Fix It"

Time: 12:30-2.00

Location: Doheny 240







MalalecheOctober 24, 2007 (Lecture and Performance)
Colectivo Malaleche presents "Crosses and Crossroads," a visual and performative meditation on the violence, pain, fear and death interlinking the global chain of women migrants

Time: 6:30-8 pm with Reception to Follow

Location: USC Fisher Gallery

Presented in collaboration with Fisher Gallery






November 5, 2007 (Lecture)

Rubén Gallo, "Freud in Mexico: The Enigma of the Pyramid"

Time: 12-1:30pm

Location: SOS 250

Co-sponsored with the Literary, Visual, and Material Culture Lecture Series






2006- 2007



March 7th, 2007
Time: 12:30-2:00 pm
Elena Poniatowska, "Literature that Rises from the Streets, Yesterday and Today"
Location: Doheny 240

Elena Poniatowska


Faculty Seminars

February 28, 2007
Time: 12:00-2:00 pm
Abe Lowenthal, "Beyond the Western Hemisphere Idea"
Location: SOS 250

October 4, 2006
Time: 12:00-2:00 pm
Selma Holo, "Oaxaca at the Crossroads: Managing Memory, Negotiating Change"
Location: SOS 250