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CLALS | Upcoming Events

CLALS events intend to enrich understanding of Latin America and Latino communities in the U.S. Many are open to the public.

Conflict & Crisis in Venezuela: Human Rights & International Responses

Monday, October 23, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. | Warren NTO1, Washington College of Law

Join CLALS and the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law in examining the political and human rights crises in Venezuela, which have placed the country at the center of discussions over hemispheric security. Recent financial sanctions against the Maduro government have escalated tensions between Washington and Caracas. The Maduro government is facing increasing isolation in Latin America while maintaining strategic relationships with Cuba, China, and Russia.

Experts Maria Corina Muskus Toro (human rights expert), Geoff Ramsey (Washington Office on Latin America), and Carla Bustillos (Democratic Vision), with moderator Michael McCarthy (CLALS), will provide insight into Venezuela's deepening human rights crisis and explain how different international responses have sought to address the conflict-ridden situation. Refreshments will be provided.

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An Evening with Filmmaker Fernando Eimbcke

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service

Through its partnership with Mexican Ministry of Culture's National Fund for Arts & Culture to promote Mexican art and culture, and in coordination with the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, DC, CLALS will welcome renowned filmmaker Fernando Eimbcke for a presentation and discussion of his work with panelists from American University and others. Best known for his debut film Temporada de patos (2004)—winner of an Ariel Award for Best Film—Eimbcke's cinema highlights the adolescent experience through a minimalist approach. Known for his "evocative simplicity" and portraits of everyday life, Eimbcke's other films include Lake Tahoe (2008) and Club Sandwich (2013). An audience Q&A will follow the presentation in English, and refreshments will be served.


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Film Screening with Fernando Eimbcke: Club Sandwich

Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 6:00 p.m.| Inter-American Development Bank | Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium

The day following the AU presentation, the Inter-American Development Bank will host a screening of Eimbcke's Film Club Sandwich. There will be a Q&A with Eimbcke afterward in Spanish.

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Canadian and Mexican Visions of North America

November 8-9, 2017 | University of Ottawa | Ontario, Canada

In its third workshop, the Robert A. Pastor North America Research Initiative will convene researchers from the region and beyond at the University of Ottawa to explore Canadian and Mexican priorities and strategies for North American integration across a range of themes. What will the countries seek to include or exclude for a renegotiation of continental relationships-- both within and beyond NAFTA? What are the points of convergence and contestation between Mexico and Canada? How might the two states deal with the giant on their doorstep, and what might be the impacts of reforms on trajectories of integration? As with previous workshops, a panel discussion event will be open to the public.