September 5, 2017
Dear Fellow Latin Americanists,
It is with great enthusiasm that I take on the position of director of CU’s Latin American Studies Center. Along with our graduate assistant, Ximena Keogh Serrano, we hope to continue the work of previous directors and graduate assistants in making this center a space of dialogue, engagement, and cultural enrichment for our Boulder community and beyond. We especially want to thank and acknowledge the outstanding job done by Donna Goldstein and Arielle Milkman, our predecessors.
Already, we have a great list of projects in way! Please mark your calendars for our first event this season, a symposium on Latin America in the Context of World Literature, wherein invited speakers from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Goethe University in Frankfurt, Humboldt University in Berlin, and Rostock University, will engage on topics of translation, transculturation, and the bridging of reading texts and knowledges across world cultures. The event will be held on September 29th from 9AM to 4PM at the CU’s Natural History Museum, Paleo Hall. Please see flyer for more details.
Part of LASC’s mission has been to strengthen the ties of research and scholarship on campus. This year we hope to expand our connections by holding a “Welcome Lunch” wherein we intend to informally introduce ourselves, our mission, and lend a moment for our community of faculty and students to also present their areas of interest and visions for our program in the future. We are particularly interested in broadening our scope of reach by invigorating our links with scholars working on Latinx Studies. Soon you will receive a message to a doodle poll to set up a time and date for the “Welcome Lunch.”
Meanwhile, follow us in Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lasccuboulder/.
We look forward to a dynamic season of LASC and to meeting you all soon!
Leila Gomez, Ph.D
Dear LASC community,
I write to thank the LASC community for your participation and for growing along with us during the last four years. With your help, we have been able to establish and solidify a community of Latin Americanist scholars and intellectuals on the University of Colorado campus. We are also moving forward in creating greater links with the broader community. I want to thank Danielle Merriman and Arielle Milkman for their incredible contributions as Research Assistants at the Center. Their work was critical in securing Tinker Funding, organizing events, and building community on our website and listserv. Arielle and I have worked particularly hard during this last year to solidify our Tinker Funding process and to slowly and steadily bring Latin America into focus here on campus. I would like to bid you farewell and to heartily welcome in a new team of Latin Americanists who will continue to build our community. I will be on sabbatical in Fall of 2017 and Arielle will be working at the Program for Writing and Rhetoric as a new GPTI.
It is my pleasure to introduce you to Dr. Leila Gómez as the new Director of LASC. Dr. Gómez is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and her work is centered on Latin American literature and culture of the 19th and 20th centuries, with emphasis in the Andes, Mexico, Paraguay and Argentina. She is interested in travel literatures and Empire in the context of Science and Archaeology. She has served on the LASC board since 2012. Incoming Research Assistant Ximena Keogh Serrano is a PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her research explores the representation of liminal subjecthoods in literature and film of the Americas, using interdisciplinary approaches including queer theory, gender theory, and border studies.