Since 2018, the University of Kansas Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies has partnered with Lawrence Talks! to host community forums with in-person and digital access points (an iTunes podcast, blog, Facebook livestream, and live Twitter threads).
The Charla de Merienda series launched last year as a model of critical debate through dialogue among members of the academy and the public around recent research and current affairs in the Caribbean and Latin America. Moderated by Lawrence Talks! Editor-in-chief, David Tamez, each Charla brings people together in conversation to examine topics of Latin American and Caribbean national and local interest. Each discussion begins by establishing a common basis for dialogue through prepared remarks by guest speakers demonstrating different perspectives on the issue, followed by a community discussion where the audience is encouraged to participate. In addition to the in-person discussion, Lawrence Talks! maintains the Charla de merienda blog, where all of our panelists contribute short opinion pieces in the days leading up to each event.
In collaboration, we bring people together to examine topics of national and local interest – neoliberalism, the rise of the right, anti-blackness, and ecological damage in the Americas – to build community, foster symbiotic digital accessibility, create inclusiveness, and move beyond soundbites. Each discussion begins by examining facts to establish common ground, then guest speakers present prepared remarks (5-7 min), and a moderated discussions follows.
It is our hope that this model will raise awareness of the issues concerning the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States and be of interest to: All Ages, Faculty, General Public, Graduate students, Researchers, Staff, Undergraduate Students.
Upcoming and Past Events or Episodes
Araceli Masterson-Algar, Sylvia Fernández Quintanilla, and Hannah Soyer
Charla de Merienda: Latinx Bodies and COVID-19
Giselle Anatol, Timmia Hearn, and Cécile Accilien
Charla de Merienda: Caribbean Carnival Culture
Pantaleon Florez III, Ruaa Hassaballa, Ellie Anderson-Smith, and Carlos Centeno
Charla de Merienda: Food Security in the Americas
Pere DeRoy, Bulaong Ramiz-Hall, and Alesha Doan
Charla de Merienda: Reproductive [In]justice in the Americas
Jesus Alfonso Omaña Guerrero, Luis Felipe Lomelí, and Cécile Accilien,
Charla de Merienda: Friction at the Frontera
Palo Mayombe: Kongo-derived Afro-Cuban Spirituality
Marta Caminero-Santangelo, Christopher Peace, and Ariadna Tenorio
Charla de Merienda: Spirituality and Resistance in the Americas
Peter H. Herlihy, Brent Metz, and Diana Restrepo-Osorio
Charla de Merienda: Indigenous Land Rights and Biodiversity
Pere DeRoy, Polo Camacho, Verónica Ines Garibotto, and Caio de Castro
Charla de Merienda: Machismo in the #YoTambien Era
Chuck Olcese, Karen Lisondra, Gibette Encarnación, and Raúl Saenz
Charla de Merienda: The American Dream or American Carnage?
Laura Hobson Herlihy, Caio de Castro, and Rafael Martins
Charla de Merienda: Authoritarianism and the Rise of the Right in Latin America
Araceli Masterson-Algar, Marta Caminero-Santangelo, and Rafel Martins
Charla de Merienda: Borderlands in the Caribbean, Latin America and the U.S.