The CUNY Mexican Studies Institute
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders
presented a screening of La Tierra de los adioses (The Land of Goodbyes)
on Thursday June 5 at 6:00pm hosted by
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Haaren Hall, Room 630
Click on the photo to watch the trailer.
La tierra de los adioses. The Land of Goodbyes) won the Best Latin American Short Documentary Film at the Festival Internacional de Cine en el Desierto from the filmmakers Stefani Saintonge and Chantal Flores filmed in Zapotitlán, Oaxaca.
La Tierra de los Adioses (The Land of Goodbyes) is a documentary about Zapotitlán Palmas, Oaxaca, Mexico, a small rural community where 50 percent of residents (80% of men) have migrated to the United States. The women, children and few men left behind continue their lives while watching their town being slowly abandoned. Engulfed in a culture of migration, where most are dependent on family members working abroad, they have the same universal aspirations of progress, a better life and a day where they stop saying good bye.
The Lopez family is split by a border. A mother and her three daughters stay in a rural Mexican town, where the lack of job opportunities have forced 50% of residents (80% of men) to migrate to the U.S. A father, a son and an uncle work construction in Richmond, Virginia dreaming about home but traumatized by the journey they endured to the other side. 'La Tierra de los Adioses' tells the modern immigration story about torn families, a culture of migration and the policies that keep the cycle spinning.
About the filmmakers:
Stefani Saintonge is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and adjunct professor based in New York. She is the recent recipient of the ESSENCE Magazine Discovery Award for her narrative short film, Seventh Grade, a coming-of-age story about adolescent girls and sex. Her documentary short, La Tierra de los Adioses, was named Best Latin American Short Documentary at the Festival Internacional de Cine en el Desierto. She holds an MFA in Documentary Film Studies and Production from Hofstra University, where she currently teaches. Haitian-American and proud, her work focuses on immigration, women, youth and community. She is also a freelance cinematographer. Chantal Flores is a Mexican independent journalist. She has worked in publications in Ghana, Toronto, and New York, and as a media consultant for IWPR in Latin America. For the past years, she has been investigating the social impact of immigration in Mexico and Central America.
A book reading with Mr. Jorge Suárez Vélez of his book
Ahora o Nunca: La gran oportunidad de México para crecer
Tuesday December 3, 2013 at 6:00 PM
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
The Moot Court, on the 6th floor, New Building
(524 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019)
Ahora o Nunca: La gran oportunidad de México para crecer is an urgent and timely diagnostic about the historic opportunity that Mexico has to accelerate its economic development.
How? Since 2008, when the growth of industrial countries diminished, nations like Brazil, Russia, India and China compensated with their vigorous development. However, in actuality those same engines are beginning to slow down and have propitiated an unforeseen crisis in Europe. That process will nurture populist, nationalist, and isolationist movements but it can also become a timely catalyst to adopt postponed measures, as explained by Jorge Suárez Vélez. After several years of industrial capacity that has migrated to China, explains the author, the tendency begins to reverse itself as the Asian nation allows for competitiveness and many North American companies favor the geographical closeness with Mexico. In addition, the selection of Brazil as the chosen destination of foreign investment in Latin America is changing, and many investors have set their sights on Mexico for the relative superiority of its manufacturing industry, its commercial strength and its minimal bureaucratic burden. With an agile style, this minuscule analysis of Mexico's economical panorama adds a key element: the energetic integration with the United States offers an ideal setting to generate an economic cooperation in the region and enables Mexico to become, against all the prognostics, the principal beneficiary of the consolidation of the United States markets.
Reform Without Justice. Latino Migrant Politics and the Homeland Security State by CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies' Board Member, Alfonso Gonzales
Book Launch Reception and Panel Discussion at NYU
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Floor 4, 20 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003
Cristina Beltran, Author of “The Trouble with Unity” & Professor at NYU, Latino Studies
Juan Gonzalez, Journalist and Author of “Harvest of Empire”
David Brotherton, Author of numerous books and Professor at John Jay College, Department of Sociology
Monica Nova, Human Rights Advocate and Consultant with Families for Freedom
The event is free and open to the public. Photo ID required to enter building.
About the book: Placed within the context of the past decade's war on terror and emergent Latino migrant movement, Reform without Justice addresses the issue of state violence against migrants in the United States. It questions what forces are driving draconian migration control policies and why it is that, despite its success in mobilizing millions, the Latino migrant movement and its allies have not been able to more successfully defend the rights of migrants. Gonzales argues that the contemporary Latino migrant movement and its allies face a dynamic form of political power that he terms "anti-migrant hegemony". This type of political power is exerted in multiple sites of power from Congress, to think tanks, talk shows and local government institutions, through which a rhetorically race neutral and common sense public policy discourse is deployed to criminalize migrants. Most insidiously anti-migrant hegemony allows for large sectors of "pro-immigrant" groups to concede to coercive immigration enforcement measures such as a militarized border wall and the expansion of immigration policing in local communities in exchange for so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Given this reality, Gonzales sustains that most efforts to advance immigration reform will fail to provide justice for migrants. This is because proposed reform measures ignore the neoliberal policies driving migration and reinforce the structures of state violence used against migrants to the detriment of democracy for all. Reform without Justice concludes by discussing how Latino migrant activists - especially youth - and their allies can change this reality and help democratize the United States.
“A riveting and groundbreaking account of the modern battle over U.S. immigration policy. Alfonso Gonzales has not only managed to unravel the direct relationship between global capitalism and massive Latino migration to this country, he has fashioned an illuminating analysis of the internal class and racial conflicts that shaped the immigrant rights movement over the past decade — between liberal establishment groups merely seeking immigration reform and grassroots Latino leaders of a new human rights movement.”
— Juan González, author of Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America
“Reform Without Justice is a timely and courageous text that should be required reading for scholars and activists alike. It is an important contribution and bravely offers the critical perspective necessary for the achievement of truly just and humane migration policy.”
–Robyn Rodriguez, University of California, Davis
Cosponsored with Bronx Institute and Bronx Parks
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 (Election Day) 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
“Utilizing New York City Parks Across the Disciplines”
Location: Lehman College, East Dining Room in Music Building
Sean Arce Talks about the outlawing of Mexican-American Studies in Arizona
Nov. 4 9 AM to 12:00 PM East Dining Room, Lehman College, Cosponsored with Lehman DREAM Team
Nov. 6 TBD Brooklyn College, Cosponsored with Brooklyn College DREAM Team
March for Immigrant Dignity & Respect, Oct. 5, 2013. Organized by 2013 Becario Manuel Castro
The Route of Death: Migrants in Transit in Mexico
Oct. 22, 2013 • 6 PM
Graduate Center, Room 9207, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street 6 PM
A talk by Rubén Figueroa, human rights activist, and Moysés Zúñiga, photographer, on their work defending the human rights of Central American migrants in Mexico.
Sponsored by the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies with the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, CUNY; and NYU's Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
For more information, click here.
Hispanic Heritage Month Keynote Lecture: Our youth AND our families: Undocumented youth activism and immigrant rights politics
Friday, October 11, 2013 11 AM East Dining Room, Music Building, Lehman College
Professor Amalia Pallares, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Latin American and Latino Studies Program, University of Illinois at Chicago
Welcome Remarks: President Ricardo Fernández Cosponsored with President and Provost's Offices, Women’s Studies Program, Dept. of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies, and Lehman DREAM Team (Lehman College)
Friday October 18, 2013 Festival de la Palabra 12-2 PM La Casa Azul Bookstore (143 E. 103rd Street). Debate− “América Latina: un viaje literario de ida y vuelta”, con Cristina Fernández Cubas, Ricardo Menéndez Salmón, José Manuel Fajardo, Carlos Vázquez Cruz, and Valeria Luiselli. Cosponsored with School of Arts and Humanities, Dept. of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies, Dept. of Languages and Literature, La Casa Azul Bookstore
Inaugural High School Student Symposium on Latina, Latino, and Latin American Studies: High School students from throughout New York City converged on Lehman College to present their research on Latina, Latino, and Latin American Studies on June 21st, 2013. ISLAS was created to provide a space where students could share and discuss their work with other students, academics, and the greater community of New York. The CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies hosted the event in partnerships with the AfroLatin@ Forum, Mex and the City's Movement Makers Program, the New York Collective of Radical Educators, and the Tertulia Resolana: High School~College~Community~Collaborative. The Latino and Latin American Studies Program at Queens College also sponsored ISLAS, and will host the The Second Annual High School Student Symposium on Latina, Latino and Latin American Studies at the end of the Spring semester of 2014. Video courtesy of Charles Reynoso | AfroLatin@ Forum. Video.
Latin American Women in Education, Science and Technology: Challenges and Opportunities in the Knowledge Society
Dr. Judith Zubieta García, UNAM
Thursday April 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
The CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies is delighted to cosponsor a lecture by
Dr. Judith Zubieta García of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Dr. Zubieta coordinates UNAM's Online and Distance Education. She has a distinguished career promoting women in technology and the sciences. Cosponsors: Office of the Provost, Women's Studies, and Department of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies.
Launching Ceremony of The Baja Musical Arts Initiative, April 19, 2013 7-10 PM at the Graduate Center, Elebash Recital Hall, Room 9205, 365 Fifth Avenue. Cosponsored with the Consulate General of Mexico and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. The event will be followed by a reception. To RSVP, click here or call (646)996-9467. For more information about the Baja Musical Arts Intitative, visit http://www.bajamusical.info or Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/BajaMusical.
Cátedra Cultura de México with Professor Angelina Muñiz Huberman
April 23, 24, and 25, 2013. City College.
Thursday, November 29, 2012 4:00-6:00 PM Mexico's Forgotten Languages/Lenguas Olvidadas de México. The Mott Haven Bronx Public Library. 321 East 140th Street at Alexander Avenue, Bronx, NY 10454. Register for the event. Discover Mexico's linguistic diversity with us as we uncover Mexico's forgotten indigenous languages. Join us as we bring together the local Nahuatl and Mixtecto communities of New York to hear personal accounts as well as video footage on what it means to speak an indigenous language, not a "dialect." Come and see how awareness on how to better serve this growing multilingual community.
Monday, November 26, 2012 Film screening of Precious Knowledge at Lehman College from 3:00 PM in Carman B36. The documentary focues on the the banning of the Mexican American Studies Program in the Tucson Unified School District in Arizona. After the film please join us for a discussion about the film and the current change in immigration attitude as a result of the presidential election. Sponsored by the Lehman College D.R.E.A.M. Team.
Friday, November 9, 2012. The American Heart Association's "Tu Corazon Latino" Summit at the Time Warner Center in NYC.The Summit attracts community leaders and issue experts from the Latino community throughout the metropolitan region. Hosted by CBS2 News Medical Correspondent (and American Heart Association Board Member) Dr. Max Gomez, this event will take an in-depth look at how cardiovascular disease impacts the Latino population, across generations. Beginning with a focus on youth, the event will focus on the trajectory from disease prevention to disease management with a targeted review of issues affecting senior populations. This is a public event and is free of charge. Visit www.heart.org/tucorazonlatino to register for this complimentary event.
Monday, November 12, 2012 Several Ways to Die in Mexico City, 6-8 PM at the Graduate Center, Room 9205, 365 Fifth Avenue. Together with the Center for Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies, we co-host Several Ways to Die in Mexico City: An Autobiography, a discussion of the book by Kurt Hollander. The lecture will discuss the relationship between death and mega-cities in the developing world (using Mexico City as an example), how globalization is changing this relationship, and its effects on local culture. Originally from New York, Hollander has been living in Mexico City for the past 23 years and is a writer (London Guardian, The Ecologist, NY Times, LA Times, Letras Libres), photographer, filmmaker (Carambola), magazine editor (the Portable Lower East Side, Poliester) and translator.
College Prep Fair at Lehman CollegeSaturday, October 20, 2012 10:00 AM-6:00 PM at the Apex, Lehman College.Sponsored by New Futuro, in conjunction with the Consulate of Mexico in New York:e hundreds of bilingual representatives from universities, colleges, and community organizations as well as dozens of small educational sessions with college and career experts--all there to answer your questions and help you get into college and beyond.
Mexican Itineraries: Relocating Literature, Culture, and the NationA conference sponsored by the CUNY PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Languages and Literatures featuring leading scholars from the U.S. and Mexico. October 10-12 at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Creation of CUNY Task Force on Strengthening Educational Opportunities for the Mexican and Mexican American Community
Memorandum of Understanding between the Mexican Consulate and CUNY
Five college fairs, in five CUNY campuses in each of the five boroughs over five years, to promote enrollment in CUNY by Mexican and Mexican-American students
Three conferences on Mexican Immigrants in New York held at Baruch College (2010, 2006) and Lehman College (2006) and sponsored by the Task Force.
Development of Sí Se Puede website
Development with New York City Tech of a restaurant workers' certificate program
Leadership training program at Baruch College with community leaders
Profiling of Mexican community and leaders on CUNY-TV's program Nueva York
Formation of Faculty Initiative for Mexican Studies Initiative
Meeting between CUNY, Department of Education, and Mexican Consulate to address Mexican educational achievement, especially K-12
Mexican and Mexican-American Studies minor at Lehman College
Mex-Ed and MASA: Programs to promote educational achievement of young people
Scholarship fund (IME-Becas) established through the Instituto de Mexicanos en el Exterior (IME, Institute for Mexicans Abroad) of the Mexican government ($62,000 allocated for 2011-12)