Perpetual Journey is a documentary film by Douglas and Laurie Challenger about students and their teachers on the road to Santiago. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and trip leaders.
This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by the Eastman Fund and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund.
Education Studies Initiative presents “Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities: Learning from Social Justice Partnerships in Action.”
Mari Castañeda, Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Joseph Krupczynski, Department of Architecture, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Students, faculty and community partners alike will find "Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities: Learning From Social Justice Partnerships in Action" accessible not only because it includes an array of examples regarding Latinx civic engagement, but also because it demonstrates that personal experiences are powerful tools for the production of new knowledge. This talk, and the book on which it is based, reveals an epistemology of social justice that aims to investigate and develop a new Latinx community-university praxis for how to engage with diverse communities in the 21st century.
This presentation explores the aesthetic and expressive practices that women's groups have appropriated to build peace toward reconciliation in Latin America. Dr. Sánchez-Blake explores women’s resistance and political organizations from Argentina (Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo); Chile (Arpilleras); Central America (Las Dignas); and Chiapas, Mexico (FOMMA Theater troupe), along with an exploration aimed at better understanding of the role that women’s organizations have played in the recent Colombian peace process. She particularly discusses the role of Colombia’s Women’s Pacifist Route (Mujeres de la Ruta Pacífica) in raising awareness about women’s rights through art, testimonials, expressions and performances in order to transform victims of violence to agents of peace in their communities. She will conclude with cases of women's organizations having a key role in ending or stopping bloodshed on the battlefield. This presentation will address issues of historical memory, gender studies, artistic expressions and conflict resolution.
In JM Holmes’ debut collection, How Are You Going to Save Yourself, four friends, coming of age in postindustrial Rhode Island, struggle to liberate themselves from the legacies left to them as black men in America. Michael Schaub at NPR described the book as a “stunning accomplishment” and "a shockingly powerful debut collection from a writer whose talent seems almost limitless. [...] It's hard to overstate what an incredible writer Holmes is.” Holmes was born in Denver and raised in Rhode Island. His literary prizes include the Burnett Howe Prize for fiction at Amherst College, the Henfield Prize for literature and a Pushcart Prize.
The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by refreshments.