The Latin American and Latino Studies External Seminar series (LALSES) brings invited guests to the Penn campus, some of whom will lecture with LALS cross-listed classes, to expand and deepen our intellectual understanding of Latin America across disciplines. 

Dates and locations vary, so please check listings below. 



The following is a list of forthcoming LALSES (tentative) for the 2018-2019 academic year:

Fall 2018

Thursday, September 20 (2-3PM) - Ondjaki, Angolan writer, poet, and director. He will discuss his writing and cinema and film projects related to Angola/Lusophone Countries/Africa/ Brazil. He is one of the most important young Portuguese-language writers in Africa. Co-sponsored by the Hispanic and Portuguese Studies Department and Kelly Writers House.

Location: Iron Gate Theater

Host: Mércia Flannery, Director of the Portuguese Language Program


Thursday, September 27 (2PM) - Leandro Rodrigues Alves Diniz, Associate Professor, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Lecture on Portuguese as a Welcoming Language for immigrants and refugees in Brazil. Hosted by Carlos Pío, Lecturer, Hispanic and Portuguese Studies.

Location: Forum (Perelman building, 36th & Walnut) 

Host: Carlos Pío, Lecturer, Hispanic and Portuguese Studies


Friday, October 12 (4PM) - Roberto Brodsky, Georgetown University. Will discuss Machuca

Location: Forum (Perelman building, 36th & Walnut) 


Monday, November 12 (2PM) – Ana Carolina Garriga, Associate Professor of Political Science, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE), Mexico. Lecture on International Organizations and Political Economy.  

Location: TBD

Host: Julia Gray, Associate Professor of Political Science 


Late October or November (late, Mon or Wed 2-2:50PM). Cesar Rodriguez-Garavito, Director of DeJusticia. Lecture on transformation of law & politics in context of globalization.

Location: TBD

Host: Tulia Falleti, LALS Director and Associate Professor of Political Science; Catherine Bartch, Associate Director of LALS


Saturday, November 17 – Liberato Kani (Ricardo Flores), Independent artist and Quechua Activist. He will present on Quechua & Rap, Urban and Contemporary Indigenous Culture. Co-sponsored by TBD.

Location: TBD

Host: Américo Mendoz-Mori


Monday, September 24 - William Carrigan, Chair & Professor of History at Rowan University.  Lecture on The Lynching of Mexicans in US History.

Location: Forum Room at the Ronald O. Perelman Building

Host: Catherine Bartch, Associated Director for Latin American and Latino Studies. (Tentative)


Spring 2019


April 2019. Roger Toledo Bueno, Artist with the Instituto Superiore de Arte (ISA), Havana, Cuba. He will present on Fine Art and the exploration of Cuban social issues through landscape and cityscape paintings.

Location: TBD

Host: Gwendolyn Dubois Shaw, Associate Professor of the History of Art, and Undergraduate Chair of the Department of the History of Art.


Spring 2019. Carlota McAllister, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, York University. Lecture on a project on Chile focusing on the political possibilities offered by fractures between different spatiohistorical formations of capitalism.

Location: TBD

Host: Ericka Beckman, Associate Professor of Romance Languages; Graduate Chair in Hispanic Studies.


Spring 2019 (March 19th). David Samuels, Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota. Lecture on Brazilian Politics and Voting.

Location: TBD

Host:  Tulia Falleti, LALS Director and Associate Professor of Political Science.


Spring 2019. Eduardo Moncada, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University. Lecture on Business and Urban Violence in Colombia.

Location: TBD

Host: Tulia Falleti, LALS Director and Associate Professor of Political Science.



Previous LALSES 

Spring 2018

Wednesday, January 31st (10AM - 11AM) - David Wheat, Associate Professor, Department of History at Michigan State University, "Slavery & Iberian Expansions: Africans as Surrogate Settlers." 

Location: Annenberg School 111. Co-sponsored by Department of Africana Studies and the Center for Africana Studies. 

Host: Antonio Feros, Associate Professor of History, Department of History


Tuesday, February 20nd (1:30PM) - Julia Rodriguez, Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. "Transnational Americanist Anthropology."

Host: Sebastian Gil-Riano, Assistant Professor, History and Sociology of Science


Thursday, March 1st (5:30PM) - Agustin Panizo Janzana, Director of the Division of Indigenous Languages at the Ministry of Culture of Peru, "Musuq pachakuna siminchikkunapaq: Peru’s National Policy for Indigenous Languages and its New Vision for a Multilingual State."

Location: Houston Hall, Grinski Room 3rd Floor. Co-sponsored by Hispanic and Portuguese Studies, Department of Anthropology, and the Penn Cultural Heritage Center. 

Host: Americo Mendoza-Mori, Quechua Language Program Coordinator


Monday, March 12th (3:30PM) - Debra Castillo, Emerson Hinchliff, Chair of Hispanic Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature, Director of Latino/a Studies Program, Cornell University, "War Games/Puro Vacilón: Performing the US-Mexican Border."

Location: Bennett Hall 401. Co-sponsored by the Department of English.

Host: Jennifer Ponce de Leon, Associate Professor of English


Wednesday, March 14th (4:30PM) - Serge Gruzinski, Historian and Research Director at the National Scientific Research Center (CNRS, Paris) and Director of Studies at EHESS, Visiting Professor at Princeton University, "Writing a Global History: China and Mexico in 1517."

Location: College Hall 209. Co-sponsored by the Department of History.

Host: Ann Farnsworth, Associate Professor of History


Monday, March 19th (12PM) - Rebecca Hamlin, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, "“The Migrant/Refugee Binary and State Responses to Asylum Seekers." 

Location: Silverstein Forum of Stiteler Hall, 208 S. 37th Street. Co-sponsored by the Political Science Department. 

Host: Dan Hopkins, Associate Professor, Political Science Department


Thursday, April 12th (5PM) - Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, Historian and Sociologist, "Colonialism, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Andes." 

Location: Silverstein Forum of Stiteler Hall. Co-sponsored by the Alice Paul Center.

Host: Judith Roth, Berkowitz Lecture


Fall 2017

Tuesday, October 12th at 12PM - 1PM - Nicole Legnani, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University, "Trading Fictions: Love, the Law, and the Enterprise of the Spanish Conquest of the Americas." 

Monday, October 16th at 12PM - Ben Orlove, Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, "End in Sight: Life Below Shrinking Glaciers in Three Continents." 

 Thursday, October 26th (4PM) - Paul Sullivan, Anthropologist, "Engaging Maya Stories and Maya People." 

Wednesday, December 6th (2PM) - David Luhnow, Latin America Editor for The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones, "How Can the American Dream Become the Latin American Dream?" 


Spring 2017

Monday, February 20th at 12 PM - Inês Cordeiro Dias, Teaching Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles, Spanish and Portuguese. She spoke about her research which focuses on how politics and film interact in Portuguese-speaking countries, in particular in Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique and Angola, between 1950s and 1980s. Invited by Dr. Carlos Pio.

Monday, February 27th at 2 PM - Isabella Alcañiz, Dr. Horace V. and Wilma E. Harrison Distinguished Professor in Environmental Politics and Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. “Environmental and Nuclear Networks in the Global South: How Skills Shape International Cooperation.”

Friday, March 31st at 3:30 PM - Stephanie Kirk, Associate Professor of Spanish, Comparative Literature, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (affiliate). Professor Kirk will give a talk for a more informed audience (LALSES) based on the first chapter of her most recent book, which studies the gender politics of the library and print in Colonial Latin America. Invited by Dr. Jorge Tellez.

Wednesday, April 5th at 2 PM - Maristella Svampa, Argentine sociologist, writer and researcher. She is the Principal Investigator of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research(Conicet).

Tuesday, April 11th at 12-1:30- Fran Ilich Morales Muñoz (Fran Ilich), artist invited by Dr. Jennifer Ponce de Leon.