Here we share videos from CLAS lectures, panels, and conferences, as well as cosponsored campus events.

In addition to the event videos embedded below, you can find additional (unedited) videos on our Facebook page:

  • The Racial Politics of Asylum in Brazil, Katherine Jensen (UW-Madison) [Feb 2020]
  • Brazil in the History of the Anthropocene, Jose Augusto Pádua (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) [Feb 2020]
  • A Blast from the Past: Bolsonaro's Metapolitical Crusade for a New Brazilian Identity, Guilherme Stolle Paixão e Casarões (Fundação Getúlio Vargas) [Jan 2020]
  • Chronicle of a Social Explosion Foretold: Making Sense of the Chilean Sociopolitical Crisis, Andreas E. Feldmann (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Natalia Niedmann Álvarez (University of Chicago) [Nov 2019]
  • Pardos and Pretos: Are We Returning to Traditional Color Classification in Brazil?, António Sérgio Guimarães (Universidade de São Paulo) [May 2019]
  • Partisans, Antipartisans, and Nonpartisans: Voting Behavior in Brazil, David Samuels (University of Minnesota) [Feb 2019]
  • Building from Ashes: The African Collection of Museu Nacional as an Experience of Research and Education, Mariza de Carvalho Soares (Universidade Federal Fluminense/Former Tinker Visiting Professor) [Jan 2019]


The GIS in Latin America Webinar Series: Functional Definition of City Limits, or How to Define the Urban Extent in the Age of Smartphone and Urban Scaling

Presentation by Horacio Samaniego, Universidad Austral de Chile. Defining city limits is an important issue when it comes to planning cities that will match the social and economic activity patterns of urban dwellers. While this issue has historically been left to administrative criteria, varying significantly across countries and political systems, the current availability of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) now permits the development of new quantitative approaches to unveil how social dynamics relate to urban infrastructure. [November 2020]

The GIS in Latin America Webinar Series: Latin America from Above and the Pauliceia Project

"Pauliceia 2.0 – Collaborative Mapping of the History of São Paulo (1870–1940): An Experiment of Open Science in Digital Humanities" presented by Luis Ferla (Universidade Federal de São Paulo) and "Viewing Latin America from Above: Using Aerial and Satellite Imagery in Latin American Environmental History" presented by  Frederico Freitas (North Carolina State University). [November 2020]


The GIS in Latin America Webinar Series: The Use of LiDAR to Understand Ancient Anthropogenic Land Use and Occupation in the Upper Buritaca River Basin, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (Colombia)

Presentation by Santiago Giraldo Peláez (Global Heritage Fund) and Daniel Rodríguez Osorio (University of Minnesota).  Archaeology is increasingly employing airborne LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) in tropical environments where dense vegetation largely hinders the possibility of understanding the extent of ancient landscape modification. This talk presents an unprecedented view of the pre-Hispanic land use and occupation of the Upper Buritaca River Basin,  enabled by the intermingling of the foregoing technology and the knowledge of this area collected by archaeologists during the past 40 years. [October 2020]


Crises of Pandemic Proportions: Latin America in the Age of COVID-19

A panel discussion featuring Benjamin Lessing (UChicago), Ana Arjona (Northwestern University), and Carlos Bravo Regidor (CIDE, Mexico) on how the governments of Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico are reacting to the pandemic, and the ways in which the crisis is exacerbating pre-existing problems and inequalities in the region. Moderated by Brodwyn Fischer (CLAS Director, UChicago). [May 2020]


Crisis in Venezuela: Historical Perspectives and Potential Solutions

This event on current affairs in Venezuela—sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for the Humanities and Northwestern University’s Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center, and cosponsored by CLAS—brought together a panel of prominent scholars of the South American nation to discuss the historical causes of the crisis, the current situation, and the potential outcomes. [March 2018]


Democratization and Memories of Violence: Ethnic minority rights movements in Mexico, Turkey, and El Salvador

Mneesha Gellman, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Emerson College, presents her book that examines how ethnic minority communities make claims for cultural rights from states in different ways depending on how governments include them in policies and practices of accommodation or assimilation. [Feb 2017]


What Is the Latino Vote?

The Institute of Politics, the Katz Center for Mexican Studies, and CLAS welcomed a panel of experts to discuss questions and issues related to the Latino vote in the US. [Oct 2016]


2016 Summer Teacher Institute - Global Issues in Local Contexts: Turning International Journalism into Teachable Lessons 

This two-day professional development workshop brought together award-winning journalists supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and digital educational resources created by Pulitzer Center and UChicago to address the incorporation of current global issues in the classroom. Watch "VIolence and the Lives of Youth in Mexico" by photojournalist Dominic Bracco II. [Jun 2016]