Upcoming Events

    Latin America Roundtable Zoom discussion Wed. Oct. 20, 2021 – 4 to 5pm

    In commemoration of Latin American Heritage month, the UBC Latin American Studies program invites you to attend a Zoom roundtable discussion about pressing issues in Latin America today. Everyone is welcome to attend!

    Please RSVP here for Zoom link

    Participants: Jon Beasley-Murray (FHIS), Ben Bryce (History), Max Cameron (Political Science), Bill French (History), Ricardo García (FHIS), Tamara Mitchell (FHIS), María Muñoz (History), Anthony Pearce (FHIS), Manuel Piña (AHVA), Alessandra Santos (FHIS), and Arturo Victoriano (FHIS).

    We look forward to a dynamic discussion, and we hope to see you there!


    UBC Latin American Studies presents

    Carmen Rodriguez Book Launch – Atacama

    Saturday September 11, 2021 – 2pm at UBC Robson Square

    Carmen Rodríguez’s new novel ATACAMA will be released by Fernwood-Roseway Publishing this September:

    *   WHEN: Saturday, September 11, 2:00 pm (doors will open at 1:30 pm)
    *   WHERE: University of British Columbia’s Downtown Campus, Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, room C680-HSBC Hall
    *   People’s Co-op Bookstore will be selling books at the event, with signing, followed by reading accompanied by Hugo Guzmán’s music.

    Atacama – Fernwood Publishing
    Firmly rooted in historical events, Atacama tells the story of Manuel Garay, the son of a communist miner/union leader and an anarchist organizer of working-class women, and Lucía Céspedes, the daughter of a fascist army officer and a socialite. A fateful turn of events leads to twelve-year-old Lucía befriending twelve-year-old Manuel, inextricably connecting them to a common denominator.


    The Social Justice Institute
    Noted Scholars Series presents:

    Diana Taylor

    Professor, New York University

    Performance, Memory, Repair: Reflections on the Politics of Pandemics”

    Co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Film, Latin American Studies, the Dean of Arts Office, and the Transformative Memory Network

    September 22nd, 12-1pm
    on Zoom

    RSVP before September 22nd at 10:00 AM to receive the Zoom link.

    All events are free and open to the public. 

    What can we do when it seems that nothing can be done, and doing nothing is not an option? How do communities hardest hit by Covid-19 transform the traumatic memories of loss into practices of repair? This talk will explore some of the theoretical and practical implications of these questions.

    Diana Taylor is University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at New York University. She is the award-winning author of multiple books, among them: Theatre of Crisis (1991), Disappearing Acts (1997), The Archive and the Repertoire (2003), Performance (2016), and ¡Presente! The Politics of Presence (2020), and co-editor of Holy Terrors (2003), Stages of Conflict (2008) and Lecturas avanzadas de Performance (2011), among others. Taylor was the Founding Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics from 1998 to 2000. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and several other major awards. In 2017, Taylor was President of the Modern Language Association. In 2018 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Science. In 2021 she was awarded the Edwin Booth Award for “outstanding contribution to the NYC theatre community, and to promote integration of professional and academic theatre.”


    We are sorry to announce that, given the current situation, our exhibition and panel discussion to commemorate Monseñor Romero has been POSTPONED.
    We hope to organize this event at a later date.

    “La voz de Monseñor Romero / The Voice of Monseñor Romero” Exhibition and Forty Years After Romero Panel Discussion


    The Latin American Studies program, in collaboration with El Salvador’s Museum of the Word and Image (MUPI) and UBC’s Amnesty International Club have the pleasure to invite you to the exhibition “La Voz de Monseñor Romero / The Voice of Monsignor Romero.”

    El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Romero was a prominent spokesman for the poor and oppressed. On March 24, 1980, he was assassinated, while giving mass, by a member of a death squad linked to the security forces and the Salvadoran extreme right. His murderer has never been definitively identified or prosecuted. Following his death, the country plunged into a bloody civil war, which formally ended with a peace accord in 1992, but whose effects are still evident.

    In 2015, the Catholic Church formally beatified Romero, but for many in El Salvador he has long been a popular saint.

    Months before he was killed, Monsignor Romero gave his friend, Santos Delmi Campos de Cabrera, hundreds of personal photographs, which were later donated to the Museum of the Word and the Image, to be protected and conserved. The Museum has restored and digitalized four hundred colour slides, of which a selection of 14 photos make up the exhibit that comes to Vancouver in commemoration of the Fortieth Anniversary of Monsignor Romero’s assassination.

    This images shows the young priest Romero travelling through the communities and landscapes of El Salvador, as well as on his trips abroad. They reveal his love of photography, through which he captured and honored the people and the environment of his native land.

    In association with this exhibition, we also invite you to a panel discussion, “Forty Years After Romero,” featuring speakers with long experience of El Salvador. Here we will examine the Archbishop’s legacy, as well as the fate of human rights and democracy during the civil war and on into the present. Romero remains an inspiration and a reminder of the importance of the continued struggle for justice and lasting peace.

    With Jon Beasley-Murray (FHIS), Max Cameron (Political Science), Carlos Henríquez Consalvi (El Museo de palabra e imagen), Tamara Mitchell (FHIS), Valeria Pérez (UBC undergraduate), and Susan Soux (International Peace and Development Consultant, formerly of ONUSAL)

    Reception (with Salvadoran food) to follow.

    All are welcome.

    Sponsored by the Latin American Studies program, El Salvador’s Museo de palabra e imagen, and UBC’s Amnesty International Club