2011-12 Series

SPEAKER

Daniel Chavez, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Spanish & American Studies, Dept. of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, University of Virginia)

TITLE

Does Democracy Need a New Woman? Desire and Politics in Mexican and Latin American Cinema of the 21st Century

WHEN

2011-10-03 @ 5:00 pm

WHERE

Taylor Hall 405; James Madison University–Latino Film Festival

HOST

Karina Kline-Gabel, Lecturer of Spanish, Dept. of Modern Languages & Director, AMISTAD, James Madison University

BIO

Dr. Chavez received his PhD in 2002 from the University of Michigan. He has taught at Vassar College, Washington University in Saint Louis, the University of Kentucky, and Middlebury College in Guadalajara. He is a specialist in contemporary literatures and cultural studies from Mexico and Central America and has published extensively on aspects of Mexican film, the Latin American spectator, representations of neoliberalism in Mexican television, as well as on Carlos Fuentes, Octavio Paz, and Pablo Neruda.

SPEAKER

Lourdes Travieso-Parker, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty member at Christopher Newport University, VA

TITLE

Policies Pedagogy and Practices: Journey to Justice

WHEN

2011-11-14 @ 7:00pm

WHERE

Ballston Center, Truland Auditorium, Marymount University, Arlington VA

HOST

Ms. Francesca Reed, Coordinator of Graduate Admissions, and Dr. Douglas Ball, Associate Professor, Marymount University, Arlington, VA

BIO

Dr. Travieso-Parker has published Policies, Pedagogy and Practices: Educational Experiences of Latino English Language Learners. (VDM Verlag, 2009). This book analyzes the impact of the policies of the No Child Left Behind Act (2001) on the teaching and learning of 10 Latino English language learners (ELL) in an urban high school in Virginia. Learning a second language is a daunting task for immigrants transitioning to a new language and environment.

SPEAKER

Ms. Isabel Castillo

TITLE

Undocumented and Unafraid: Personal Lessons from Community Organizing

WHEN

2012-03-14 @ 4:30pm

WHERE

Room 302, CA Building, Northern Virginia Community College-Annandale

HOST

Ms. Maria Nieto-Shahsavarian, Northern Virginia Community College-Arlington

BIO

Isabel Castillo has lived in the Shenandoah Valley in VA for the past 20 years. She is a graduate of Turner Ashby High School and Eastern Mennonite University. She is a board member for New Bridges Immigrant Resource Center, a volunteer social worker /interpreter for the Harrisonburg Public Schools. Isabel is the founder of DREAM Activist Virginia and co-founder of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance. Isabel advocates for immigrant rights and young students like herself across Virginia and across the country. She has led rallies, organized a march on Washington D.C., and staged a non-violent sit-in at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) office, which led to her arrest but not deportation. On May 2011, the University of San Francisco awarded an honorary doctorate degree to Isabel Castillo for her unwavering advocacy for the passage of the Dream Act. She received this degree on behalf of all undocumented youth who are currently in college or graduated from college.Ms. Castillo has received national coverage for her advocacy: New York Times (February 20, 2011) (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/21/education/21winerip.html?_r=1); Interview with NPR’s Bob Edwards (October 16, 2010) (http://www.bobedwardsradio.com/blog/2010/10/16/children-without-papers.html); Interview with Brent Finnegan of the Harrisonburg News (February 21, 2011) (http://hburgnews.com/?s=isabel+castillo).

SPEAKER

Mariely Lopez-Santana, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University.

TITLE

Heading towards federalism?: Exploring the Implications of the Debt Crisis on the Governance of the European Union

WHEN

2012-04-23 @ 1:30 pm

WHERE

Room 1024 of Oliver Hall, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond

HOST

McKenna Brown, Ph.D, Executive Director, Global Education Office, Virginia Commonwealth University

ABSTRACT

The European debt crisis has drawn attention to the complexities of the European Union (EU). Yet, many do not have a good grasp of the complexities of this supranational organization, as well as the powers ceded by member states to the EU level. To shed light on these matters, this talk will outline the pillars of EU governance. This discussion, in turn, will allow us to explore the implications of the debt crisis on the prospects of EU integration, including the potential deepening of the European federalist project. In a globalization era, in which military powers not longer define states’ capabilities, these issues are extremely relevant as economic transfers of power to the EU level are likely to resolve the question: “what is the EU”?

BIO

Prof. Mariely López-Santana received her PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to joining George Mason University as an Assistant Professor of Politics and Government she was a ‘Max Weber Post-Doctoral Fellow’ at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). In addition, she last year she was an ‘Erasmus Mundus MAPP Visiting Scholar’ in Barcelona, Spain. Her research and teaching interests include comparative welfare states and social policy; comparative federalism; European Union Politics and Europeanization. She has written various articles on Europeanization, soft law, and social policy. Prof. López-Santana is currently working on a book project on the institutional re-design of welfare states across advanced industrial states.