Center for the Study of the Peoples of the Americas

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Center for the Study of the Peoples of the Americas

Mission

The Center for the Study of the Peoples of the Americas (CESPA) is devoted to the principle that education is the basis for solutions to societal tensions. To this end a primary concern of the Center is the issues stemming from the lived experiences of our students. The purpose of (CESPA) is to promote interest in and knowledge of peoples descendent of Latin American communities, whether of Latino/a, Asian, European, African or indigenous origins, within the US and south of the border through service learning, student and faculty research. CESPA also promotes faculty and public intellectual workshops, symposia, conferences, and lectures. Multimedia forums are utilized to distribute Center programs and research.

The peoples of the Americas have their roots in African, European, Asian, and indigenous cultures. The Center for the Study of the Peoples of the Americas (CESPA), is committed to a deeper understanding of the creation and movements across borders, and the development of border cultures, identities and economies. A primary concern is the lived experiences of our students. The California State University system has among the largest concentration of students of Mexican and Central American extraction of any four-year university system in the country, as well as substantial populations of Asian American and African American students.

To this end CESPA will bring together a group of scholars, researchers, and creative artists from a wide range of disciplines to more effectively provide accessible information to all students and communities about the experiences and the cultures of the more than 50 million Americans of Latin-American extraction and the more than 600 million people living to the south of the United States.

 

Upcoming Events:

Caracoleando Among Worlds: The Contemporary Maya Literary Movement in Chiapas

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 - 11:00am to 12:15pm

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Dr. Silvia Soto is associate chair in Native American Studies and an assistant professor in Chicano and Latino Studies at Sonoma State University (SSU). Her research focuses on the contemporary Maya literary movement of Chiapas, Mexico, more specifically on concepts of identity formation, gender relations, and Maya cosmovisions. Her first book, tentatively titled Caracoleando Among Worlds: The Re-construction of Maya Worlds in Chiapas, is currently under contract with the University of Arizona Press.

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500 Years of Nicaraguan LGBT History: A Book Talk by Dr. Victoria González-Rivera

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 - 11:00am to 12:15pm

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Dr. Victoria González-Rivera is Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies at San Diego State University. Professor González-Rivera is the first woman of Nicaraguan ancestry to obtain a Ph.D. in Latin American History from a U.S. university and is a pioneer in the fields of Nicaraguan women’s and LGBTQ+ history. Her publications include Radical Women in Latin America: Left and Right (2001) and Before the Revolution: Women’s Rights and Right-Wing Politics in Nicaragua, 1821-1979 (2011), among others.

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