Latinx Heritage Month 2020

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at Harvard, also called Latinx Heritage Month, from September 15 to October 15, 2020. This month recognizes the history and contributions of Americans with ancestors from across the Caribbeans, Central and South America, Mexico, and Spain. Latinx Heritage Month began in 1968 as a week of cultural and historical recognition of Latinx Americans and expanded to 30-days in 1988. The start of the month commemorates six Latin American countries’ Independence Day anniversary, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua (Sep 15), Mexico (Sep 16) and Chile (Sep 18).

 

Harvard Events

How COVID has Changed Latin American Economics

September 29, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:20 pm | The economic toll of the Covid crisis on Latin America has been catastrophic. The IMF has projected that the region’s economy will shrink by 9.4 percent this year, by far the worst recession the region has ever faced. Panelists will identify the short- and long-term effects of Covid on the region’s economies and discuss what kinds of medium- and long-term investments and policy changes will be necessary not only to recover but also to tackle such underlying challenges as informality and inequality that made Latin America the global epicenter of the crisis. | Register for How COVID Has Changed Latin American Economics https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-A3OpVdDTDeoa5qHAkSpsA

COVID-19 in Latin America: Situation and Lessons Learned

October 1, 2020, 1:00pm | Speaker: Jarbas Barbosa da Silva Jr., Assistant Director, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) | Presented in collaboration with Department of Global Health and Population, HSPH | Attend the COVID-19 in Latin America Event Link

The Politics of Institutional Weakness in Latin America

October 1, 2020, 4:00pm | Observers often take institutional weakness as an exogenous feature of the landscape, decrying the many ways in which weak institutions get in the way of accomplishing various political agendas. In the book "The Politics of Institutional Weakness in Latin America, these three scholars turn the tables, showing the ways in which institutional weakness is itself a political strategy. Their analysis draws on the contributions of chapters covering an array of formal institutions, from constitutions and electoral rules, to labor laws and indigenous rights regimes. In this presentation, we will hear from the editors and from the authors of chapters on rules pertaining to gender violence, street-vending and squatting, and environmental and labor standards. | Register for The Politics of Institutional Weakness in Latin America Event Registration Link

Open House Deep Dive

October 2, 2020, 10:00am | The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) would love to hear from you! DRCLAS staff will be holding office hours the day after the In-House Open House to discuss programs, events, and student activities. | Register for the Open House Deep Dive Event Registration Link

Afrocubanas: Translating Black Cuban Feminisms

October 2, 2020, 12:00pm | In this talk, Dr. Devyn Spence Benson examines the evolution of black women’s organizing in Havana from a working group to an island-wide intellectual project leading to the group’s first book Afrocubanas: Historia, pensamiento, and prácticas culturales (2011). The book provides new histories, analysis, and testimonies about black women’s lives to challenges negative stereotypes about Afrocubanas in Cuba. Benson will share the process that led to the new English edition (Rowman and Littlefield, 2020), examine the politics of translating black Cuban women’s experiences into English, and explore how translation serves as an act of black activism. | Register for Translating Black Cuban Feminisms https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0vcO-upzsuHdLNSkQV7C1FgL9vfe26SIDp

Making dew in the Atacama: atmospheric water capture by desert plants

October 5, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Harvard - Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez Collaborative Research Grant Series | The ecosystems of Chile are biodiversity hotspots with as much as 50% of their flora composed of species endemic to the country. A particularly high degree of endemism is found in the Atacama Desert where many plant species harbor unique adaptations to acquire water in this extremely arid environment. In this webinar, we will reveal some of the secrets behind the ecological success of these plants. We will conclude this webinar with a discussion of how water acquisition strategies inspired by these plants offer sustainable solutions for the growing water crisis faced by humanity. | Register for Making Dew in the Atacama https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_F7EUT51HSYC689KuZJ_nDQ

ReVista Launch: The Future of the Amazon, Lessons From the Past

October 5, 2020, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | This ReVista launch of the Spring/Summer Amazon issue in a completely redesigned format brings together the authors of the issue in forum format, looking at issues in the Amazon from the perspectives of Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Paraguay. | Register for The Future of the Amazon, Lessons from the Past https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_P8ZEtTBcT_u6sGzN3h76ng

Democracy on the Line in Brazil

October 6, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:20 pm | Halfway through Jair Bolsonaro's government, DRCLAS invited three Brazilian experts to take stock of democracy in their country. What is the state of Brazil's democratic institutions? How have the Brazilian people reacted to what many call the first far-right government in major democracies? What should we expect for the next two years? | Register for Democracy on the Line in Brazil https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-A3OpVdDTDeoa5qHAkSpsA

Libertades literarias: Afrolatinoamérica escribe

October 8, 2020, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm | Coordinado con el seminario "Libertades literarias: Afrolatinoamérica escribe," facilitado por la profesora Doris Sommer, este ciclo de conversaciones virtuales explora técnicas y estrategias literarias con brillantes autores. Sus creaciones inspiran a soñar, pensar, reflexionar y recordar porque, por definición, el arte es irreverente con la realidad y por eso es capaz de alentar cambios. El valor agregado de estas conversaciones a las importantes entrevistas ya realizadas sobre temas y experiencias personales, será la atención particular al arte de escribir desde la encrucijada de culturas llamada Afro Latino América. | Registrarse para Afrolatinoamérica escribe https://harvard.zoom.us/j/93188088470?pwd=dEIvTFp6eWliUEdmWFlaVTNNS2dPZz09

Infancias y juventudes afrocolombianas: muertes racismos y desigualdades

October 9, 2020, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Afro-Latin American Research Institute | Registrarse para Muertes, Racismos y Desigualdades https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIod-CvrjsvG9SNz-HoOiCiae5_gACQG6sG

The Criminalization of Corruption in Latin America: Causes and Consequences of Lava Jato

October 13, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:20 pm | Operation Lava Jato started in Brazil as a money-laundering case. It quickly turned into a full-blown judicial anti-corruption crusade with far-reaching political implications across Latin America. The same companies at the heart of the Brazilian scandal offered kickbacks to public officials in at least 8 other countries. Critics see the prosecutorial zeal behind some of the national chapters of Lava Jato as yet another instance of “lawfare.” For others, however, it anticipates a new era of accountability and political regeneration. In this talk, we discuss our current book project. | Register for Causes and Consequences of Lava Jato https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-A3OpVdDTDeoa5qHAkSpsA

Libertades literarias: Afrolatinoamérica escribe 

October 15, 2020, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm | Afro-Latin American Research Institute | Coordinado con el seminario "Libertades literarias: Afrolatinoamérica escribe," facilitado por la profesora Doris Sommer, este ciclo de conversaciones virtuales explora técnicas y estrategias literarias con brillantes autores. Sus creaciones inspiran a soñar, pensar, reflexionar y recordar porque, por definición, el arte es irreverente con la realidad y por eso es capaz de alentar cambios. El valor agregado de estas conversaciones a las importantes entrevistas ya realizadas sobre temas y experiencias personales, será la atención particular al arte de escribir desde la encrucijada de culturas llamada Afro Latino América. | Registrarse para Afrolatinoamérica escribe https://harvard.zoom.us/j/93188088470?pwd=dEIvTFp6eWliUEdmWFlaVTNNS2dPZz09

Juan Villoro, Author and Journalist - Virtual Lecture: The Obsidian Mirror: Literature and Archaeology in Mexico

October 15, 2020, 6:00 pm | The Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series | Mexican authors Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes, José Emilio Pacheco, Salvador Novo, Rubén Bonifaz Nuño, and Rosario Castellanos, among others, have sought to use language to explore and recover the links between Mexico’s Indigenous peoples and its contemporary society. Focusing on Mexico’s pre-Hispanic past, Juan Villoro will explore the intimate and evocative relationships among literature, archaeology, and culture. | Register for Juan Villoro’s Lecture on Literature and Archaeology in Mexico https://www.peabody.harvard.edu/obsidian-mirror

The Resurgence Of The Right: Evaluating The Impact Of The Trump Policies On The Opinion Towards Cuba And Its Government Within The Cuban Diaspora Of South Florida

October 30, 2020, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm | The work presents the results of the most recent Cuba Poll, (November 2018) and compares the details with the opinions compiled by the research project during the last twenty years (1997-2018) in an evaluation of the changes and political tendencies within the population. The policies of the Trump administration seem to have rekindled the isolationist preferences of the “old guard.” The newer arrivals and U.S. born Cuban-Americans maintain an attitude of engagement with the island. The analysis suggests that rather than guiding U.S. policy towards the island, Cubans in the U.S. follow the lead of Washington in its attitudes towards the homeland. | Learn More on the Resurgence of the Right: The Cuban Diaspora of South Florida https://drclas.harvard.edu/event/resurgence-right-evaluating-impact-trump-policies-opinion-towards-cuba-and-its?delta=0

 

Latinx Resources  

Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center

The Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University is the first research institution in the United States devoted to the history and culture of peoples of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean. Over 95 percent of the Africans forcibly imported into the Americas went to Latin America and the Caribbean, two thirds of them to the Spanish and Portuguese colonies. Many Hispanics in the United States are also of African descent. https://alari.fas.harvard.edu/

Association of Harvard Latinx Faculty and Staff

AHLFS was founded in 2009 through grassroots efforts by a number of employees here at Harvard University. It was established to promote, support and advance the needs and goals of Latinx faculty and staff at Harvard University. Membership is free of charge and open to all faculty, administrators, fellows, and staff at all levels employed at the University and its affiliates. https://employeeresourcegroups.harvard.edu/ahlfs

Center for Public Leadership: U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship

The U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship brings together a diverse and talented group of emerging leaders from any race or ethnicity who are committed agents of transformation in underserved communities. U.S. Latino Leadership Fellows have addressed disparities in their communities through efforts in public policy, education, economic development, health care, immigration, social entrepreneurship, and a variety of other fields. https://cpl.hks.harvard.edu/us-latino-leadership-fellowship

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

Through programs, grants, fellowships, and activities, DRCLAS strives to provide support and resources for students, faculty and scholars working in and on Latin America. Offices are located in Santiago, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Mexico City, as well as Cambridge, DRCLAS offers programs covering all of Latin America. https://drclas.harvard.edu/

Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance

The HLAA seeks to develop a network and sense of community among current and future Harvard alumni who identify as Latina/o/x; to increase Latino representation throughout the University; and to encourage Latino alumni involvement in University activities and affairs. http://harvardlatino.sigs.harvard.edu/

Ph.D. Program in Spanish and Latin American Literatures

The Ph.D. Program in Spanish and Latin American Literatures draws on the talents of a diverse faculty whose research interests span Spain and the Americas, from Medieval and colonial multiculturalism to postmodern currents. Our specialties include Renaissance humanism, the transatlantic Baroque, nineteenth-century nation building, and contemporary negotiations between culture and politics, including gender studies and Latino studies. Language is the core of literary analysis, and our faculty teaches texts in the original, primarily in Spanish and Portuguese, but often including other languages (Arabic, Catalan, French, Galician, Hebrew, Mapuche, Quechua, etc.). https://rll.fas.harvard.edu/pages/spanish-and-latin-american

Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Harvard University’s research center dedicated to confronting complex international, transnational, global and comparative issues since 1958. https://wcfia.harvard.edu/

 

National Hispanic Heritage Resources

National Hispanic Heritage Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/

Hispanic Heritage Month NPR

Join NPR’s Hispanic Heritage Month that goes from Sept 15 through Oct 15. Includes podcasts with special programming featuring Latinx stories all year long. https://www.npr.org/sections/npr-extra/2020/09/15/913241194/join-nprs-hispanic-heritage-month-celebration

 

Books to Read for Latinx Heritage Month

Penguin Random House

Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month by reading along with us! This book list features nonfiction and fiction by and about Latinx and Hispanic authors and characters from all over the world. And if you don’t know where to start, check out our list of Latinx/Hispanic authors recommending novels by other Latinx/Hispanic authors! And for younger readers, browse this list of children’s and YA books by Latinx authors. https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/the-read-down/hispanic-heritage-month