Environment and Conflict in Latin America Bilingual Film Series and Symposium

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 5:00pm to Friday, March 2, 2018 - 8:00pm

CSU campus

For centuries, Latin America has been a region exploited for its natural resources. The extractive and exploitative practices have often led to violent conflict. Over the recent years, numerous environmental activists in Latin America have been killed trying to defend the natural world and their communities. Combining Latin American studies and environmental humanities, this event series invites the CSU and wider Colorado community to a conversation on environmental issues in Latin America through a variety of films and talks by activists, students, and faculty members. Event held in English and Spanish (with translation).

Free and open to the public

Film Series: Tuesday-Thursday

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | 6pm | Behavioral Sciences Building 131
The Embrace of the Serpent--El abrazo de la serpiente (Colombia, 2015). Directed by Ciro Guerra. Colombian-Venezuelan-Argentinian award-winning movie on the impact of the rubber boom in the Amazonía in the early twentieth century, 10 different languages are spoken in the movie. Discussion led by Prof. Francisco Leal

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 6pm | 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 the orcas off the coast. Discussion led by Prof. Antonio Pedros-Gascón

Thursday, March 1, 2018 | 6pm | 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)

Symposium: Friday

Friday, March 2, 2018 | Lory Student Center Grey Rock Room

1:15-2:15pm | Undergraduate Poster Session
Latin American Culture, Environment and Conflict
Light lunch provided

2:15-2:30pm | Coffee Break

2:30-3:30 PM | Graduate Panel
Indigenous Knowledge, Environment, and Literature

  • "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

3:30-3:45 PM | Coffee Break

3:45-4:45pm | Faculty Panel
Conflict, Otherness, and Cocaine

  • "Environmental Conflict and Ethnicity in Latin America"
    - Marcela Velasco, Political Sciences, 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


"El movimiento de resistencia frente al fracking en México y la experiencia en la huasteca potosina" ("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. Talk in Spanish with simultaneous translation

6pm | Reception



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

Organizing Committee:
Sophie Esch (SoGES Resident Fellow), Stephen Mumme, Fernando Valerio-Holguín

School of Global Environmental Sustainability Resident Fellow, Sophie Esch