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 for the 2018-2019 academic year:

Fall 2018

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: Perry World House

Host: Américo Mendoz-Mori


Monday, December 10 (2 P.M.)- Eduardo Saad Diniz, PhD in Law from University of Sao Paulo, Professor of Graduation and Post Graduation. He will present "Politics turn, corporations remain: the undne Corporate Transitional Justice in Brazil."

Location: The Forum Room of the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, 133 S. 36th Street


Spring 2019

Friday, March 15 (12 P.M.) - Carlota McAllister, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, York University. “The vital element: water as moral substance in Chilean Patagonia."

Location: TBD

Host: Ericka Beckman, Associate Professor of Romance Languages; Graduate Chair in Hispanic Studies and Veronica Brownstone, Ph.D. Candidate in Hispanic Studies. 


March 19th, 2019. 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. This is also part of the Comparative Politics Workshop.


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. 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.