Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

LAGO 2010 Graduate Student Conference: "Agents of Change: Resistance and Resilience in Latin America"

October 28th, 2010 - October 30th, 2010

Location
Tulane University
Uptown Campus

2010 LAGO Graduate Student Conference

  • Conference Dates: October 28-30, 2010
  • Contact Email: lago.conference2010@gmail.com

Keynote Address: Anderson Sá, Grupo Cultural AfroReggae (Brazil)

Description:

Individual and collective acts of resistance and resilience have long characterized the processes of change in Latin America. Social, economic, political, and cultural transformations do not materialize of their own accord; rather, they are the result of a convergence of forces in a specific context. The ways in which individuals and groups shape change, and their responses to such change, are similarly varied, ranging from violence and mobilization to policy-making and cultural production. Those who represent ‘€œagents of change‘€-whether they are known by name or not‘€“have played important roles in shaping the historic trajectory of the Latin American region. In today‘€™s complex world of globalization, mass communication, global health threats, and increasing inequality, change-and the actors behind it-take on different guises and strategies.

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Keynote Address: Anderson Sá 28 October 201 Richardson Memorial Building 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – reception to follow
  • The Latin American Graduate Organization is proud to present Anderson Sá as the keynote speaker for our conference. Once a gang member, Anderson Sá now devotes his life through Afro-Reggae, a group he helped start, to aid the youth of Brazil’s impoverished favelas through cultural aspects, mainly through music. His life is told in the awe-inspiring film “Favela Rising” (2005).
Film Screening: Favela Rising 29 October Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center 3:30 PM – followed by a Q&A with Afro-Reggae co-founder Anderson Sá
  • This powerful film traces the grassroots efforts of Anderson Sá and his group Afro-Reggae in the favelas of Brazil. Once a drug trafficker, Anderson Sá is now a powerful agent of change who is trying re-direct the youth of the favela towards a better future through music and the veneration of African cultural heritage.

Pachanga
29 October
Woodward Walk Breezeway
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
featuring music by DJ Sereia
sponsored by TULASO

Photo by Stone Center Ph.D. Candidate Jordan Shannon

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