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CESPA Events

April 2018



Una Casa para Abya Yala: Historical Background and

Objectives of the Program on Indigenous Cultures at the

Jaime Gómez Triana

Casa de las Américas 

April 16, 2018


Genocide and the Search for Justice in Guatemala: A Talk by Professor Máximo Ba Tiul (Maya-Poqomchi) 

April 10, 2018


 Why You Should Stop Saying "Mass Incarceration": Carceral Reform as Mandate for [Racial/Anti-Black] Domestic War

April 28, 2018


Tlatelolco Massacre Lecture by Surviving Mexican Activists

April 23, 2018





March 2018



Revolutionary Scholars Open House

March 5, 2018





February 2018


SOMOS Social Justice Art Workshops with Artist Ana Teresa Fernández

February 19, 2018


A Presentation by Tzutu Baktun Kan on Maya Hip Hop

February 12, 2018


 A Talk by Oscar López Rivera

February 6, 2018


November 2017


From the North/South to the South/South: La Bestia, Transmigration and Central America Collective Identity

Dr. Maritza Cárdenas

November 13, 2017





October 2017


"Question de Cheran": A Talk by Mexican Civil Rights Lawyer Samuel Ramos on the Chelan Governing Popular Assembly

October 23, 2017






April 2017



Reconstructing Memories, Struggles, and Communities of Resistance

Dr. Yajaira Padilla

April 10, 2017


Border Crossings: Migration, Survival, and Resistance

Alejandra Díaz and Fabrizio Flores

April 17, 2017



March 2017



Immigration Policy Update and Organizing for Transformative Change

Bernardo López and Jorge Gutiérrez

March 1, 2017


Invisible Latinidades: Afro-Latinos and Indigenous Communities in the U.S. Public Sphere

Ana Niria Díaz Albo

March 8 and 9, 2017


February 2017


A Gathering with California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

February 16, 2017


Blaxicans: The Afro-Latino Experience in the US and Mexico

A Documentary Screening of Nana Dijo

February 16, 2017


 Film Screening and Discussion: 13th

Dr. Melina Abdullah

February 22, 2017





December 2016


A Roundtable Discussion on Cuba and the Revolution

Dr. Martha Escobar, Dr. Alicia Ivonne Estrada, and Dr. Xóchitl M. Flores-Marcial

December 5, 2016







November 2016

 Caravan Against Repression in Mexico 

Memory Arte: A Critical Reflection on the Guatemalan Peace Accords

November 30, 2016


Caravan Against Repression in Mexico

November 15, 2016


Book Talk -- Reclaiming Composition for Chicano/as and Other Ethnic Minorities: A Critical History and Pedagogy

Dr. Iris D. Ruiz

November 10, 2016

October 2016

Borrando la Frontera/Erasing the Border

Artist Ana Teresa Fernández

October 26, 2016

Mexican State Violence and Resistance

A Conversation with Nestora Salgado and Felícitas Martínez Solano

October 20, 2016


Ayotzinapa: Struggle for Justice

Juan Eduardo García Maganda

October 13, 2016

September 2016



Queer Necropolitics: Everyday Death Worlds and Shifting Domains of Struggle

Dr. Silvia Posocco

September 19, 2016


April 2016


A War Without End and the Disobeying Signs of the Central American Diaspora: On Survival and Resistance

Dr. Oriel María Siu

April 27, 2016


Nativism, Environmental Privilege, and the Construction of Immigration as an Ecological Threat

Dr. Lisa Sun-Hee Park and Dr. David Naguib Pellow

April 20, 2016


Queer Migrations: Moving Toward Transformative Change

Bamby Salcedo and Jorge Gutiérrez

April 7, 2016





West Coast Tour: Familias Unidas Por La Justicia in Solidarity with La Alianza de San Quintin

April 6, 2016


Are Latin American Immigrants of Asian Descent Asian Americans or U.S. Latinos?: The Intersections of Nation/Race/Ethnicity in the Global Imaginary of Immigration

Dr. Junyoung Verónica Kim

April 4, 2016


March 2016


Captivity Beyond Prisons: Criminalization Experiences of Latina (Im)migrants

Dr. Martha D. Escobar

March 30, 2016


Historicizing Environmental Justice Failure

Dr. Laura Pulido

March 16, 2016


Casualties of the Drug War: Forced Migration, Enforced Disappearances, and U.S. Foreign Policy in Mesoamerica

SOA Watch and Voces Contra el Olvido

March 1, 2016

February 2016




Town Hall with Environmental Justice Activists

February 17, 2016


November 2015

Our América: A Collection of Photo Essays by Chicana/o Studies Students on Migration and Community Formation in Los Angeles

November 18, 2015


A Conversation with Mario Carranza on Cuban History, Revolution, and Guatemalan Solidarity

Mario Carranza

November 17, 2015


Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta

Director John J. Valadez

November 2, 2015

October 2015



Power in the Classroom: Teaching Ethnic Studies from Theory to Policy and Practice

Assembly Member Luis Alejo, Dr. Christine Sleeter, Dr. Theresa Montaño, José Lara

October 28, 2015


CESPA Roundtable Discussion on Cuba

Dr. Gabriel Gutiérrez, Dr. Martha Escobar, Dr. Alicia Estrada, Dr. Francisco Tamayo, Dr. José Prado

Moderated by Dr. Jorge García

October 14, 2015


April 2015




Possibilities and Limitations of Immigration Executive Action

Susan Bibler Coutin, Emily Ryo

April 23, 2015



March 2015



Book Talk -- Latinos and Latinas at Risk: Issues in Education, Health, Community, and Justice

Dr. Gabriel Gutiérrez

March 27, 2015



March 19, 2015


February 2015




MONO Lake Committee Outdoor Experiences Program Manager

Santiago M. Escruceria

February 4, 2015


Megaprojects, Hydroelectric Dams, Human Rights and Maya Activism in Guatemala

Concepción Santay Gómez and Giovanni Batz

February 2, 2015


April 2014




Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva

April 25, 2014




March 2014





Mexican Presidential Candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador

March 28, 2014








Building Chicano Studies

Hosted by Jorge García and Oscar Castillo

April 27, 2013








Criminalization of Our Urban Communities

April - May 2012









Erasing Race: White Supremacy & The Politics of Imagery

Dr. Enrique de la Cruz, Dr. Gabriel Gutiérrez, CHS Graduate Students

April 28, 2010