71st annual conference to feature anti-racist education in Latin America

Series of panels and workshops will take place March 23-25, 2023

71st annual conference to feature anti-racist education in Latin America

March 1, 2023

On March 23-25, 2023, the University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies will host its 71st Annual Conference, titled “Anti-Racist Education in Latin America: Perspectives on State and Grassroots Projects.” The conference will bring scholars from across Latin America and the U.S. to discuss issues of intercultural and anti-racist education in Latin America.

About the 71st annual conference

Over the course of three panels on March 24, conference speakers will present topics of pedagogy, history, and policy related to intercultural bilingual education, feminism, Afro-Latinidad, and indigenous cultural rights, addressing Latin America at large with perspectives from Mexico, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and Puerto Rico. The conference will also offer two collaborative workshops on March 25 to discuss Afro-Latin and Indigenous experiences in academia (in Spanish) and strategies for decolonizing education in the Americas (in English).

The conference will begin on March 23 at 5:00 pm with a welcome reception in Smathers Library’s Latin American and Caribbean Collection Reading Room. The reception will feature a keynote speech by Dr. Solsiree Del Moral, the Spring 2023 Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar. Dr. Del Moral, a historian of modern Latin America and the Caribbean, will speak about the historical case of Puerto Rican teachers in the first half of the 20th century who strived to fulfill teaching philosophies informed by local history and politics under the constraints of an Americanization campaign of the U.S. colonial government.

In total, eleven speakers will present at the conference, including Gunther Dietz (Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico), Hugo Cerón Anaya (Lehigh University), Luis Alberto Tuaza (Universidad Nacional of Chimborazo, Ecuador) and Francisca de la Maza (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile).

History of the annual conference in Latin American Studies

The UF Center for Latin American Studies held its first annual conference in 1931, commemorating the founding of the Institute of Inter-American Affairs at the university. With the establishment of degree programs in the 1950s, the tradition continued, and since that time the Center’s annual conference has showcased the preeminence of Latin American Studies at the university, bringing together scholars, students, and community members to discuss and develop topics at the forefront of the field. 

More information on the 71st annual conference

All panels and workshops will be held in Smathers Library Room 100 on the University of Florida campus. Please note that some panels will be in Spanish and others in English. The language of the presentation title reflects the language in which the presentation will be delivered. Those planning to attend should register here.

For inquires related to the 2023 Annual Conference, contact Communications Specialist Christa Markley at cmarkley@latam.ufl.edu.

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