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Activist-in-Residence MaryJoan Picone

Contributed by Anne Gebelein Thanks to the generosity of the CLAS Dean’s office, El Instituto was able to welcome its first Activist-in-residence, MaryJoan Picone, LCSW, in 2021. MaryJoan has been organizing Mexican farmworkers in the Glastonbury area for over a decade, and volunteers at the U.S./Mexico border as well, assisting migrants in need of food, […]

Eyzaguirre Lecture Series and roundtable: Dr. Marilyn Miller and Eduardo Halfon

Contributed by Damián Deamici After a hiatus due the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eyzaguirre Lecture returned to the University of Connecticut this fall. The lecture honors the memory of Professor Luis Eyzaguirre, who taught Spanish and Latin American literature at the institution for over 30 years. This was the first time that the lecture was held […]

Learn About La Comunidad Intelectual

Contributed by H. Kenny Nienhusser La Comunidad Intelectual (LCI) is a living/learning community with a mission to nurture a sense of community for and support students who identify as Latina/o/x and/or Caribbean or have an affinity to learn more about the Latino and/or Caribbean diasporas. LCI was born from the efforts of many current and former […]

UCONN and UPR Debut Livestreaming Colloquium Series

Contributed by Samuel Martínez UConn’s El Instituto and the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras’ Centro de Recursos de Investigación y Aprendizaje Subgraduados (CRiiAS) and the UPR’s Archivo de Ciencias Sociales are teaming up during the 2021-22 academic year for a new series of on-line livestreaming talks. According to the co-organizers, CRiiAS Director Carmen Maldonado-Vlaar […]

Two New Colleagues Join El Instituto’s Core Faculty; Marysol Asencio Retires

Contributed by Samuel Martínez   El Instituto’s core faculty has added two new jointly-appointed faculty in Fall 2021: Linda Citlali Halgunseth is joining El Instituto through a transfer of one-half of her appointment from the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, where she is a tenured Associate Professor. Professor Halgunseth’s areas of research specialization […]

UConn Stamford Professor, Human Rights Filmmaker Oscar Guerra Earns Two Emmy Nominations

Oscar Guerra is an assistant professor of film and video in the Digital and Design Department at the Department at UConn Stamford. During the extremely hard time we all faced last year because of COVID-19, Guerra captured real insight of a immigrant family from Guatemala and how COVID-19 affected their family. The documentary was named […]

El Instituto Associate Director Recognized in UConn ECE Magazine

The Summer 2021 edition of UCONN ECE Magazine featured a story on the work of Associate Director and Associate Professor Anne Gebelein in supporting Early College Experience classes in Latin American Studies in high schools around the state. The article focused specifically on Gebelein’s lectures on cyclical violence in Central America, human rights at the […]

UConn Graduate Wins PRSA’s 2020 Frank Bonilla Book Award

Ismael García-Colón UConn Anthropology PhD and Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, has been awarded the 2020 Frank Bonilla Book Award by the Puerto Rican Studies Association. According to the book prize selection committee, García-Colón’s book, Colonial Migrants at the Heart of Empire: Puerto Rican Workers on […]