Latin American Studies Forum

3rd Latin American Studies Forum
Thursday, March 3, 2022

10:00 – 11:30 Latinx Linguistic Special Session  
                 Virtual Event • Reserve your Spot
12:00 – 1:30 Student Presentations   
                 Miller Hall • Collaborative Space 
12:00 – 1:30 Academic Advising
                 Study Abroad ~ LAS Program 
                 Miller Hall • Collaborative Space
 2:30 – 3:30 Round Table • Miller Hall 131  
                Hispanic, Latinx, Latine, Latinche, 
                Latino, Chicanx. How we call ourselves?

3:30 – 4:00 Coffee and Refreshments 
              Miller Hall 223C 
4:00 – 5:30 Keynote Address • Miller Hall 138  
              Dr. Ileana M. Rodríguez-Silva
              Cimarrón Citizenship: Luis Felipe Dessús 
               and Afro-Puerto Rican Middle-Class Politics    
               in Early Twentieth Century.

Book titled "Latin American Studies"

Sponsored by

Department of Linguistics • American Cultural Studies • Department of Modern 
and Classical Languages • Department of History • College of Humanities 
and Social Sciences •  Latin American Studies Program

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Latinx Linguistics Special Session 

Landscaping the Linguistic of University Campuses as a Culturally Sustaining Practice. A Linguistic Social Justice Issue 

Virtual Event. Thursday, March 3. 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (PT)

• Presenting: Dr. Michelle Ramos Pellicia 
   California State University San Marcos  
• Respondent: Dr. Rodolfo Mata 
   Western Washington University
• Moderator: Dr. Sheryl Bernardo-Hinesley
   Western Washington University

Free online event

Register to reserve your spot




The aims of this session are: 
• to define linguistic landscaping and its applied uses within our discipline.
• to establish the connection between linguistic landscaping and culturally sustaining practices.
• to consider the implications of such practices in the linguistic social justice work. 
Various cases of renaming of university campus buildings, the history behind them, processes, and community advocacy will be examined. In addition, past and present impacts of naming practices will be explored. 

Dr. Michelle Ramos Pellicia

From Bayamón, Puerto Rico, Dr. Michelle Ramos Pellicia earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics from The Ohio State University. At California State University San Marcos, she teaches courses on sociolinguistics, Spanish in the United States, Spanish in the US Southwest, Spanish Dialectology, teaching methodologies, Spanish for heritage speakers, among other courses. She is the author of: Language Contact and Dialect Contact: Crossgenerational Phonological Variation in a Puerto Rican Community in the Midwest of the United States, and the co-author with Dr. Patricia Gubitosi of The Linguistic Landscape in the Spanish-speaking World in press with John Benjamins. Her scholarly articles appear in Latino Studies, International Journal of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest, Confluencias, and Modern Language Journal. She is the co-founder of University without Borders, a collective which she currently co-chairs. She is a board member of the Undocumented People Rise in Solidarity and Empowerment. She is the California Faculty Association CSUSM E-Board Chapter President, as well as the Co-Chair of the California Faculty Association Chicanx/Latinx Statewide Caucus. 

Student Presentations 
Thursday, March 3, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.  
Miller Hall • Collaborative Space

Pizza, fruits, cookies, and coffee will be served!

• Latinx Student Union (LSU)

• Indigenizing the Nation: Indigenous Aesthetics and Popular Culture 
   in 20th Century Latin America  
   Katrisha Andrade, Trevor Ortega, Anthony Ray, Julian Pritchard

• The Roots of Narcocorridos in Mexico
   Rylie Carter, Connor Roble, Ana López Merino

• Origins and Cultural Significance of Vallenato Music
   Atziry Torres Benito, Reed Chesnek, Kaitlyn Barnack, Megan Fritz

• Pulque and its Relationship to Racial Development in Mexico
   Lupita Hernández Rodríguez, Jessica Jiménez, Natalia Guillén, Etta McDowell

• The Trans Community Network of Colombia: Creative Resistance 
   and Inclusive Community in Colombia
   Kenzie Kesling, Hayden Lacoste, Sylvia Cohen, Maddie Gard

• The Mysterious Kidnappings of Ayotzinapa 
   Cyntia Castro, Eric García Ramírez, Dichali Nash

• Lead Artists of the Mexican Revolution: 
   The Murals of Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros
   Anna Brinkerkoff, Elinor Serumgard, Madeline Luck

• Festival of the Sun in South America: Past and Present
   Javin Morrison, Anna Hedrick, Nora Wilson y Madeline Scholten

• When Art and Social Justice Combine: 
   The Venezuelan Artist Cristóbal Rojas 
   Savannah Hastings, MacKenzie Crawford, Soledad Bernal, Davin Rose

• The Return of Socialism in Latin America in the Twenty-first Century
   Logan Ruch, Della Dimuzio, Beatrice King

• When Mayan Food and Rituals come to Life: The Tortilla and Pulque
   Stephanie Hernández, Adrián Ortega, Olga Murillo

• Art as Protest and Identity on the Border Between the US and Mexico  
  Sylvia Sloan, Cara Doyle, Ray Murphy, Eric Guizar

• Sun, Rain, Night, and Life of Aztec Mythology 
   Etta McDowell, Cannon Walker, Kaitlyn Jones, Isabelle Graham

• Latinx Communities through Muralism in the United States
   Leia Kaminsky, Sarah Massie, Valerie Chung, Fiona Martínez

• Moros y Cristianos: The History of Colonization in Cuba   
   Through the Lens of Food
   Aleah Church-Houck, Ethan Nishi, Jaidan Reynolds-Suber, Mads Hall 

• Historical Folklore and Modern Influences on the Carnival of   
   Oruro, Bolivia
   Cherise Russo, Lily Morris, Alex Zahajko, Grace Simantel

• Modern Relationships in Costa Rica through Biodiversity,   
   Ecotourism, and Scientific Advancements
   Amanda Jackson, Bianca Custer, Leanne Kibbee

Study Abroad in Latin America 

Study Abroad Advising 

Thursday, March 3, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.  
Miller Hall • Collaborative Space


Students and faculty jumping for joy along hilly road side

WWU offers many affordable study abroad and internship opportunities in Latin America including Faculty Led Programs, Exchange Programs, Internships, Study Abroad Programs, and Service Learning! 

Meet with Hannah Nevitt to talk about scholarships, financial aid, and program options that would best fit your personal, academic, and language goals.

Hannah Nevitt

Hannah Nevitt 
General Study Abroad Advising 

How close are you to fulfill a Major
in the Latin American Studies Program?
Academic Advising
Thursday, March 3, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.  
Miller Hall • Collaborative Space

Interdisciplinary in nature, the Program offers a rich set of courses, 
preparing students to not only have an in-depth understanding 
of Latinx and Latin American histories, cultures, politics, sociologies, 
and languages, but also to explore Latinx cultures and Latin America’s 
connections with a globalized world.

Focusing on Latin American Studies pairs well as second major to almost any degree program.

Round Table

Hispanic, Latinx, Latine, Latinche, Latino, Chicanx. 
How we call ourselves? 

Thursday, March 3. 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Miller Hall 131 

WWU Participants: 
• Yaileen Gonzalez Gutierrez 
   Latinx Student Union 
• Daniela Reyes
   Latinx Student Union 
• Daisy Padilla  
   Woodring College 
• Dr. Rodolfo Mata 
   Modern and  Classical Languages 
• Moderator: Dr. Angela Fillingim
   Fairhaven College

This round table aims to explore the intersections of identities, labels, and practices. In this context: How do you identify and why? What are the politics of this label? How do systems identify and label you? How does this impact you? How can we use labels and identities to stand in solidarity and agitate for transformation?  

Keynote Address

 Thursday, March 3, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.  
Miller Hall 138

Cimarrón Citizenship: Luis Felipe Dessús 
and Afro-Puerto Rican Middle-Class Politics 
in Early Twentieth Century
Dr. Ileana M. Rodríguez-Silva

This talk is part of an on-going research project that seeks to unearth Afro-Puerto Rican theorizations and practices at the turn-of-the twentieth century about freedom, sovereignty, humanism, and democracy. The main focus  
of this meditation is the work of the journalist-politician-artist Luis Felipe Dessús as a window into the doings of a group of Afro-Puerto Rican middle-class intellectuals in pursuit of civil rights in Puerto Rico during the first phase of US colonial rule. More specifically, it explores the elaboration of radical mestizaje as a racialized historical narrative and identity grounded in African ancestry and slavery as the critical foundation to anticolonial mobilization in Puerto Rico.

Ms. Silva

Ileana M. Rodríguez-Silva is an Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean History at the University of Washington-Seattle. She also serves as the Director of the Undergraduate Program in the History Department. Rodríguez-Silva's research focuses on race-making in the Americas, racial identity formation, abolition and post-emancipation racial politics, and comparative colonial arrangements in the configuration of empires. Rodríguez-Silva’s book Silencing Blackness: Disentangling Race, Colonial Regimes, and National Struggles in Post-Emancipation Puerto Rico, 1850-1920 (Palgrave, 2012) received the 2012-2014 Frank Bonilla Book Award for Best Book on Puerto Rican Studies. She has published several book chapters and articles, some of which you can find in the Hispanic American Historical Review, Positions: Asia Critique, NACLA, and Modern American History. Rodríguez is currently working on a book project titled Cimarrón Citizenship: Reconstituting the Black Middle Class of Early Twentieth Century Puerto Rico.