ISLA- Initiative for The Study of Latin America

Past Present Future: 
History and Politics Month

ISLA's Weekly Newsletter
November 1st-7th

To know where we are and where we’re going, we have to know where we’ve been. In November, during ISLA’s History and Politics Month, we feature events that offer opportunities to learn about the history of the Latin American and Carribean region, and its impact on the political, economic, social and cultural reality of its many nations.   
ISLA's La Gran Colombia Event 
Join ISLA on Thursday, November 18th from 1-2pm on Zoom and learn about the history of unity and independence in the Andean region, once known as La Gran Colombia after independence from the Spanish Empire in 1819.  With the participation of faculty as well as students from the region, we will take a closer look at what La Gran Colombia was, and what led to the separation and creation of Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, and Panama, forming the political geography of this region today.
Save the Date!
Zoom information in our next newsletter
Marxe School Virtual Open House
Master of International Affairs (MIA) Program
the Western Hemisphere Concentration 
Youtube Video Premiere!
Check Out ISLA and the Marxe School’s Virtual Open House, now on Youtube! Learn more about the Master of International Affairs (MIA) Program from program Director Prof. Carla Anne Robbins, and about the Western Hemisphere Affairs Concentration from Marxe Chair for Western Hemisphere Affairs Prof. Enrique Desmond Arias. Also, hear about what it’s like to be an MIA student from two current Marxe MIA students Wolf Pamphile and Melanie Orozco (Baruch alum!) through our Why an MIA? Panel Interview.
Faculty Scholarly Presentation
The Fight Against Racial Capitalism:
From Maroon Communities to the Haitian Revolution
Prof. Tshombe Miles
Associate Professor of Black and Latinx Studies

Wednesday, November 3rd
On Zoom
Join the Black Studies Colloquium on Wednesday, November 3rd, 6:00-7:30pm on Zoom whenProfessor Tshombe Miles (BLS) will present his work on the Black Radical Tradition, drawing examples from maroon communities to the Haitian Revolution. The talk will focus on the question of how these communities created spaces of economic development in the face of racial capitalism despite the explicit intent to destroy those communities. This event will be moderated by Professor Rojo Robles (BLS). 
Register below to receive the link.

New York City Latin America Workshop (NYCLAHW)
Friday, November 5, 2021
Newman Vertical Campus (55 Lexington Avenue) Room 8-210

With thanks to Prof. Mark Rice (History) for the initiative, and to our partners in
the WSAS Dean’s Office and the Department of Black and Latinx Studies, Baruch
College will be hosting this prestigious monthly workshop series in 2021-22 for the
first time. And again this month, we will be meeting in person! ISLA is proud to be a
part of this historic effort.

Please join us on Friday, November 5th from 11am-1pm in NVC 8-210
for NYCLAWH’s second workshop of the year:

Isadora Moura Mota (Princeton)
“Looking South for Freedom: Brazil and African-American Abolitionists”

To Register (REQUIRED)
and to receive the paper, please email
Prof. Rice:


LACS Online Course Fair for Spring 2022
Looking to go to new places in Spring 2022? Check out ISLA's Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) Online Course Fair for Spring 2022 on Instagram! Follow us to learn about the different courses on LACS topics that professors across WSAS department are offering for Spring 2022. ISLA's Coordinator of Student Affairs, Diego Gonzalez, interviewed these professors about their courses, and you'll hear all about what students who enroll in their courses can look forward to. Don't miss learning about the amazing courses these professors are teaching next semester, which you will find on ISLA's Instagram:
Click Here!

Office of Health and Wellness + ISLA

Launching Soon:  RADical Health for Baruch Students!

Thank you to everyone who sign up for the program ISLA and the Office of Health and Wellness are excited to be launching this program. We are looking forward to starting our program, and working with all the students on this skill-based wellness experience to be equipped to cope before they reach a critical point.

For more information email:
DM Ofrenda picture to
MexiCulture's Instagram by
MexiCulture is showcasing a contest in which the winner will recieve a Mexculture Tote BagWhat is the contest?  Send your ofrenda picture on MexiCulture's dm's and they will upload your pictures on their stories. Each picture would be assigned a number, and at the end of showcasing each contestant, there will be a poll in which their followers will select "Which ofrenda do you like best?” November 2nd is the deadline to submit your picture, and on November 3rd all pictures will be showcased on their stories with the assigned numbers. After counting the poll numbers to see who got the highest vote, Mexiculture will declare the winner by the end of the day!
MexiCulture Instagram
The Counseling Center 
Let's Talk About It:
Caring Conversations 
November 4th, 2021
Via Zoom 

ZOOM ID: 880 5071 8487
Password: 593496
Cafe con Leche
Thursday, November 4th

Via Zoom
Join ASEDOM Thursday November 4th, 6pm-9pm on their Cafe con Leche event to show off your amazing talents or join them to support your peers and see how well they perform. If you will like to perform fill out the google form by clicking the button below.
Sign Up Here!
Latinx Visions
In this episode, Latinx Vistion hosts BLS professors Rojo Robles and Rebecca Salois look at the novel Clap When you Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, and discuss the poetics of the novel, family relationship dynamics, neocolonialism and tourism, and more. Start listening by clicking the button below (or you can subscribe on Apple, Stitcher or Spotify)
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The Writing Center
Using Sources Stratigically Workshop
Friday, October 5th
via zoom
Join the Writing Center Friday, November 5th 12:30-1:45pm via zoom. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to find and use sources that meet your paper’s needs: not just those that echo your own argument, but also sources that provide background, examples, counterarguments, and analytical methods.
Register Here

The Office of Health and Wellness 

Live Chair Yoga 
Thursday, October 21st & 28th, 2021

November 4th & 11th
What’s Ahead/ El Porvenir for ISLA:

Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center (WJSC) Film Series 2021-22 Jewish/Latinx Cinema

The Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College, CUNY, warmly invites you to the next film in our Jewish/Latinx Film Series generously co-sponsored by Black and Latinx Studies (BLS), the Initiative for the Study of Latin America (ISLA) and Baruch Performing
Arts Center (BPAC)



Mexico, directed by Isaac Cherem, 2021.


Wednesday, November 10th – Thursday, November 11th

Free 48-hour streaming access

Link will be provided in our next newsletter

Leona is an intimate, insightful, and moving film that tells the story of a young Jewish woman from Mexico City who finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love. Ripe with all the drama and interpersonal conflicts of a Jane Austen novel, watching her negotiate the labyrinth of familial pressure, religious precedent, and her own burgeoning sentiment is both painful and beautiful – there are no easy choices to be made and the viewer travels back and forth with her as she struggles with her heart to take the best path.

For more information, email

What’s Ahead/ El Porvenir
From Our Partners:
STARR Career Development Center 
Build Your Online Portfolio with Wix
Thursday, November 16th
Via Zoom 
Join Wix staff on Thursday, November 16th 12:30-2:00PM to learn more about creating your online portfolio website. They will cover how to plan a website, how to use the Wix platform, and explore professional design features.Attendees will receive a one-year FREE Wix premium plan! This event is open to all CUNY students and alumni. 
Register Below!
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This Week in Las Américas

Cuba lawmakers approve greater rights for protesters accused of crimes

Cuban lawmakers and judges said the new laws increase protection for those accused of a crime and should improve transparency.

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ISLA is made possible by the generosity of Mrs. Hedwig Feit, whom we thank for her longstanding commitment to Baruch and its students, and is dedicated to the memory of her beloved grandfather, Valentín Lizana y Parragué.
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