‘Environment and Conflict in Latin America’ symposium, film series set for Feb. 27 to March 2

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) and the College of Liberal Arts and several of its departments are combining Latin American studies and environmental humanities in a bilingual film series and symposium titled “Environment and Conflict in Latin America” Feb. 27 through March 2.

Latin America landscapeThe event, which will be held in English and Spanish, is free and open to the public.

The symposium, which will be held in the Lory Student Center’s Grey Rock Room on March 2, features a variety of events:

 Latin American Culture, Environment and Conflict

1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Undergraduate Poster Session

Light lunch provided

Coffee Break 2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Indigenous Knowledge, Environment and Literature

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Graduate Panel

  • “Nature: A Symbolic Element in Biografía de un cimarrón by Esteban Montejo and Miguel Barnet and Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú así me nació la conciencia by Elizabeth Burgos”
    – Valentino Rahming, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, CSU
  • “Entre el monte y la montaña: Análisis literario afrocubano y nicaragüense”
    – Sofía Mena-Molina, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, CSU
  • “Indigenous knowledge, Agriculture and Climate Resilience in the Caribbean”
    – Dominique M. Davíd-Chavez, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, CSU

Coffee Break 3:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Cover of El Abrazo de la SerpienteConflict, Otherness, and Cocaine

3:45 to 4:45 Faculty Panel

  • “Environmental Conflict and Ethnicity in Latin America”
    – Marcela Velasco, Political Science, CSU
  • “Freud y la cocaína. Historia de una explotación (Latino Americana)”
    – Francisco Leal, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, CSU
  • “’Lo difícil que ha sido no morir’”
    – Roberto Forns-Broggi, Modern Languages, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Keynote Address

5 to 6 p.m.

“The Resistance Movement against Fracking in Mexico and the case of the Huasteca Potosina Region”

– Rogel del Rosal Valladares from the Mexican Alliance against Fracking and the Coordination of Peasant and Indigenous Organizations of the Huasteca Potosina. The talk will be delivered in Spanish with simultaneous translation.


6 p.m.

Film series

The symposium will be preceded by a film series from Tuesday, Feb. 27 through Thursday, March 1:

Tuesday, Feb. 27 | 6 p.m. | Behavioral Sciences Building 131
The Embrace of the Serpent–El abrazo de la serpiente (Colombia, 2015). Directed by Ciro Guerra. Award-winning Colombian-Venezuelan-Argentinian movie on the impact of the rubber boom in the Amazonía in the early 20th century; 10 different languages are spoken in the movie. Discussion led by Professor Francisco Leal.

Movie poster for The Lighthouse of the OrcasWednesday, Feb. 28| 6 p.m. | Behavioral Sciences Building 131
The Lighthouse of the Whales–El faro de las orcas (Argentina, 2016). Directed by Gerardo Olivares. A lonely ranger working in the Peninsula Valdes National Park helps a mother and her autistic 11-year-old son by taking him to see and connect with the orcas off the coast. Discussion led by Professor Antonio Pedros-Gascón.

Thursday, March 1 | 6 p.m. | Eddy 212
Daughter of the Lake–Hija de la laguna (Peru, 2015). Directed by Ernesto Cabellos. At the height of the Peruvian gold rush, an Andean woman able to communicate with water spirits uses her powers to prevent a mining corporation from destroying the lake she considers to be her mother. Discussion led by Prof. Roberto Forns-Broggi (Metropolitan State University of Denver).

In addition to SoGES, sponsors of the symposium and film series include the College of Liberal Arts; Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Department of Political Science; Department of Economics; Department of Sociology; Department of History; Department of Ethnic Studies; Department of Anthropology; Department of Journalism and Media Communication; The Rocky Mountain Collegian; Office of International Programs; and Public Lands History Center.

The members of the organizing committee are SoGES Resident Fellow Sophie Esch of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Stephen Mumme of Political Science; and Fernando Valerio-Holguín of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.