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Keynote: "The 'Real World' of Mexican Migrants"

North Central Council of Latin Americanists meeting at Augustana

September  13, 2010

The North Central Council of Latin Americanists will hold its annual meeting at Augustana College Sept. 16-18. The theme is "The Past in the Present: Revolutions Then and Now."

Judith Hellman

Judith Alder Hellman, professor of political and social science at York University, will be the keynote speaker. Her talk, "The 'Real' World of Mexican Migrants: Fact and Fantasy in the Immigration Debate," will begin at 8 p.m. Friday in Hanson Hall of Science, room 102. It is free and open to the public.

Hellman holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, and a master's in philosophy and a doctorate in politics from the London School of Economics. She is a fellow of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, and has been editor of the Canadian Journal of Latin America and Caribbean Studies.

She is the author of Mexico in Crisis, Journeys Among Women: Feminism in Five Italian Cities, Mexican Lives and The World of Mexican Migrants as well as articles on peasant movements, rural development, feminism, ideology, distance education, human rights, international migration in the Americas and Europe, and social movements in Europe and Latin America. Her experience with fieldwork began in 1967 in the north-central desert of Mexico.

For more information, contact Professor Molly Todd, (309)794-7290 or Professor Mariano Magalhães, (309) 794-7731.

Schedule:

Friday, September 17

Panel discussions will be held in the College Center

8-9 a.m.: Breakfast and registration

9-10:30 a.m.: Session I -- Protest, music ideals and other agents of change in Argentina, Haiti and Brazil

10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.: Session II
Panel A -- Al Margen: Female and homosexual identity in nation and in fiction
Panel B -- Globalization, trade, armed conflict and other revolutions

2-3:30 p.m.: Session III
Panel A -- History and her stories: Women and their rights from Sor Juana to the working class movements in Venezuela
Panel B -- Between revolution and reform: the left and other concepts of nation

3:45-5:15 p.m.: Session IV
Panel A -- Tools of revolution: Press, memoir and testimonio
Panel B -- Health matters: public health, mission work and social inclusion

8 p.m.: Keynote speaker Judith Adler Hellman, Hanson Hall, "The ‘Real' World of Mexican Migrants: Fact and Fantasy in the Immigration Debate"

Saturday, September 18

Panel discussions will be held in the College Center.

8-9 a.m.: Breakfast and registration

9-10:30 a.m.: Session V:
Panel A -- Identity and Nation: building a national subject
Panel B -- The Mexican Revolution: alternative histories

10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.: Session VI -- roundtable on the 2010 Brazilian presidential election