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UIC’s Institute for the Humanities and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program


Immigration Working Group Present:

Amnesty in Immigration: Forgiving, Forgetting, Freedom 
a workshop by Linda S. Bosniak, Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University

Thursday, February 20, 2014 | 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Institute for the Humanities
Stevenson Hall / Lower Level
701 S. Morgan 

Professor Bosniak will be discussing a recent paper titled “Amnesty in Immigration: Forgiving, Forgetting, Freedom,” Critical Review of International Journal of Social and Political Philosophy (2013), which deals with the concept of “amnesty” in the immigration setting and beyond. She will be reworking this material as part of her developing book project on claims based on place.


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For more information contact 312-996-2445 
Link for Professor's Bosniak paper:


Immigration: Politics, Law and Culture in a Global World

The Working Group on Immigration hosts a series of workshops for graduate students and faculty that seek to understand immigration and transnationalism at the intersection of politics, law and culture. We explore the impact of globalization on immigration in relation to broader notions of cohabitation, [re]distribution of resources, recognition, shared precariousness, changing roles of nation/states and citizenship. Additionally, we examine questions regarding the ways in which immigration is framed as a problem that disrupts the social cohesion and identity of the host and home community/country, as well as the ways in which immigration revitalizes and transforms the economy, politics andculture of the host/home community. These workshops are aimed at bringing together faculty and graduate students to read and discuss scholarly works on immigration

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The UIC Latin America and Latino Studies Department and the UIC Institute for the Humanities are delighted to present:

Nadya Araujo Guimarães, University of San Paulo
Lecture:  “Improving employment protection by means of precarious labor relations?  Exploring a Brazilian paradox"
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Location:  Room 1501 UH from 3:30-5:30 PM
Cosponsor: Latino Cultural Center

Abstract: The rise of emerging markets challenges expectations on employment prospects usually shaped by scholarship produced in the developed countries. Brazil is an intriguing case on this subject since the expansion of formally protected job contracts has been occurring amidst a generalized (international) shortage of occupational opportunities. Besides, it correlates with an increasing commodification on job search and recruitment mechanisms, which echoes the recent reconfigurations of job opportunities mainly for youngest and better-educated workers, crucial protagonists on recent urban unrests in Brazil.  One main question will guide the presentation: what is new on labor flexibility when it takes place in an already flexible, scarcely protected and highly unequal labor market like Brazil? 

About the speaker: Nadya Araujo Guimarães is Visiting Researcher at The Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Chair Professor on Sociology of Work at the University of São Paulo Department of Sociology; CNPq Senior Researcher at the Center for Metropolitan Studies, CEBRAP. Her research in Sociology of Work and Economic Sociology focuses on economic change, firm restructuring and workers trajectories; unemployment, job search and labor market intermediaries; gender and race inequalities in the labor market and workplaces. She holds a PhD from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (1983), and was a postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, 1993-94). Previously she was a Visiting Professor at Université Paris 8 / Graduate Program in Sociology (2012), Princeton University / Program in Latin American Studies (2007) and is Associate Researcher at Laboratoire Genre Travail Mobilité (France) and Institute for Employment Research/Warwick University (UK). 

This event is part of the series Precarity:  Labor, Violence, Immigration, and the Environment.

All Precarity events are free and open to the public.  Please check weblistings for locations and cosponsorship of specific events.  


Generally defined as a condition of existence without predictability or security,precarity has been a subject of growing interest among humanists and social scientists. As a political term, precarity refers to living and working conditions without any guarantees. Since the 1980s, the term was increasingly used by scholars of labor to describe a variety of forms of flexible exploitation in the neoliberal era. The effect of “precarity” transcends the problematics of employment insecurity, however, as it is clear from recent scholarship on different forms of political, social, and ecological vulnerability. This series of events aims at exposing scholarly and non-scholarly audiences to recent work on the troubling relationship between capitalism and the creation and reproduction of vulnerability, marginality and  suffering under neoliberalism.


We look forward to seeing you at some or all of these events.  For additional information, contact huminst@uic.edu312-996-6352, or see   Precarity series listing and abstracts.

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Past Events


LALS Brown Bag

SPEAKING FOR THE FUTURE: Statistics, Electoral Demonstrations and Latino Sleeping Giants

Presented by Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz, Brown University


Wednesday, November 20, 2013
At 11:00 a.m.
UH 1550 – Conference Room
Latin American and Latino Studies Program
601 South Morgan Street - 15th floor
Chicago, IL 60607


As part of a broader dissertation project on national Latino civil rights and advocacy organizations, I document nonpartisan efforts to awaken and leverage the so-called Latino "sleeping giant" in the 2012 U.S. presidential election.   Specifically, I focus on the statistically mediated relationship between spokespersons and public demonstrations of "Latino power."   As I trace empirically, demonstrations do not only refer to protests and marches; they also include censuses, elections, and other large scale events that seem to validate, at once and irrefutably, both the ontological existence "Latinos," as a collective and coherent entity, and a future in which this population has realized its full political potential.  Drawing on the writings of Bourdieu, Latour, Beltran, and others, I reflect on the complexities, contingencies, and contradictions inherent in attempts to speak on behalf of the many and a tomorrow yet to be.

Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Brown University. He received an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Illinois-Chicago. His research on Puerto Rican activism in Chicago’s immigrant rights movement appears in the volume, ¡Marcha!: Latino Chicago and the Immigrant Rights Movement (2010, University of Illinois Press). He is also a co-guest editor of a special issue of Qualitative Sociology on Actor-Network Theory. His research interests include knowledge and culture, Latino identity formation and ethno racial politics, coloniality, social and political theory, and ethnographic methodologies.

Bring your Brown Bag lunch and LALS will provide the beverages.
For more information call LALS at 312-996-2445.


This LALS Brown Bag is done in collaboration with the Latino Graduate Student Association (LGSA).    For more information on the LGSA contact Marisol de la Cruz or Amanda Pinheiro at


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LALS Brown Bag


The Politics of Culture: Competing Aesthetics of the City in Oaxaca, Mexico


Ivan Arenas, Visiting Scholar in Residence Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy Social Justice Iniciative


Wednesday, November 13, 2013
12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
UH 1550 - 15th floor
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago
601 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607.


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MOSTRA Brazilian Film Series in Chicago

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
University of Illinois @ Chicago (UIC)
Rafael Cintron Ortiz Latino Cultural Center –
Lecture Center B-2
(312) 996-3095

3:30 PM - 5.30 PM - “Serra Pelada”, Dir. Victor Lopes.

4:00 PM – “Ausência” (short) – Dir. Jardel Tambani

4:20 PM – “A Busca” – Dir. Luciano Moura.

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Bridging Civil Divides: Youth Civic Engagement

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Mikva Challenge
332 S. Michigan Avenue – Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60604

Maria de los Angeles Torres
Judge Abner Mikva
Teresa Córdova

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Join us for a Brown Bag presentation

Indigeneity, Nature and Livelihoods: the Tensions of Vivir Bien in Lowland Bolivia


Wednesday, October 23, 2013
12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
UH 1550 - 15th floor
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago
601 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607.


Speaker : Ariela Zycherman


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LALS & Graduates Brown Bag

Activating a Mural for Civic Discourse Project

Mario Lucero, M.A 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

UH-1550 Conference Room – 15th floor

601 S. Morgan Street


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Latin American and Latino Studies Faculty Book Celebration!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th Street
Chicago, IL  60608

Please join us in the celebration of our faculty’s most recent publications:


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Join us for a very special Brown Bag

Brown Bag presentation of:

Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age

Edited by: Nilda Flores-González, Anna Romina Guevarra, Maura Toro-Morn, and Grace Chang, University of Illinois Press, 2013.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Jane Addams Hull House-Museum
Resident’s Dining Hall
University of Illinois at Chicago
810 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL  60607


Maura Toro-Morn

Nilda Flores-González


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UIC Institute for the Humanities and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program Working Group on Immigration presents

Immigration: Politics, Law and Culture in a Global World

Thursday, April 4th , 2013 at 12:00 p.m.
UH 1550 - 15th floor 601 S. Morgan Street Chicago, IL 60607
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Join us! Latin American and Latino Studies Brown Bag

The Poetic Border presented by Alex Chávez

Wednesday, November 28 at 12:00 p.m.
University Hall 1550 Conference Room

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Join us for our OPEN HOUSE for the
Master of Arts in Latin American and Latino Studies

Thursday, November 15, 2012
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
University Hall - 1550 Conference Room
15th floor
601 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607

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The Magic and Poetry of Havana: A Glance at the Past,Present and Future of a Caribbean Metropolis


CUPPA, 400
University of Illinois at Chicago
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
12:15 p.m.


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Liminal Soundscapes, Political Frequencies. A Conversation with Sound Artist Luz María Sánchez


Latino Cultural Center,
University of Illinois at Chicago
Thursday, September 13, 2012
3:00-4:30 p.m.


Liminal Soundscapes Event Flyer

Community Briefings: Graduate Students Report their Research Findings


Thursday, April 12, 2012 

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Public Library - Rudy Lozano Branch
1805 S. Loomis – Chicago, IL  60608


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LALS presents: Javier Sicilia


Cuando los poetas callan -- Emergencia Nacional en México
When silence comes upon a poet - National Emergency in Mexico


Tuesday, April 17, 2012 

2:00 to 4:00 pm
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at UIC
800 S. Halsted Street – Chicago, IL  60607


Javier Sicilia Event Flyer

Why I Protest: Javier Sicilia of Mexico - TIME's People Who Mattered in 2011 - TIME


"A Romantic Hero to Women, but He is a Man's Friend”: Race, Sexuality, and the Body
in the Making of Silent Film Screen Actor Ramón Novarro's Star Image

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Patient Citizens, Immigrant Mothers
Mexican Women Public Prenatal Care, and the Birth-Weight Paradox

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Music and Performance at the U.S. - Mexico Border

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OPEN HOUSE for our Master of Arts in Latin American and Latino Studies

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Immigration Nation: Raids, Detentions and Deportations in Post - 9/11 America (10/20/2011)
(Event Flyer) (Tanya Golash-Boza's writing blog)


When "foreign" languages aren't foreign: Heritage speakers in the United States(10/12/2011)

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Marcha! Latino Chicago and the Immigrant Rights Movement

(Event Flyer) (Book page)

Latin American and Latino Studies Program (MC 219)
1525 University Hall
601 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7115
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