The Commons presents this series, in collaboration with campus partners and visiting scholars, to invite dialogue across disciplines, that references the broader conversations we face at a societal level. These events broach topics of intersectional identity, community, and the sociopolitical implications of events. While they address themes that are at times difficult to discuss, they encourage conversations worth having. Through this series we endeavor to frame these topics so that conversation is productive despite the difficulty and potential for disagreement.
We recognize that the only way to understand different perspectives is to hear them, and to keep asking questions. Please feel encouraged to contribute to the discussion, and recognize that many of these topics are particularly sensitive.
Partners in programming include: the KU Libraries, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Center for Civic & Social Responsibility, the KU Honors Program, the Office of First-Year Experience, the KU Law School, Peace & Conflict Studies, the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the Spencer Museum of Art, the Department of English, the Department of Design, and the School of Architecture & Design.
Supported by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Lawrence Talks!, and The Commons
Machismo is the term and “social construct” that upholds patriarchy and, at best, expects males worldwide (including in Latinx and Latin American communities) to be brave, courageous, and strong providers. At worst, machismo underlies a decades long pattern of male aggression and violence towards women and marginalized communities. In the era of #MeToo and #YoTambién, Charla de Merienda asks: as gender relations are redefined across the Americas, should machismo survive? Join us for a riveting conversation in which we share facts, discuss opinions, and build common ground on matters concerning all of us.
Verónica Garibotto, Spanish and Portuguese
Pere DeRoy, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Caio de Castro, Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Polo Camacho, Spencer Museum of Art
Charla de Merienda is a new collaborative series that carries forward the tradition of interdisciplinary discussion of research and current affairs in the Latin America and the Caribbean. Moderated by Lawrence Talks! Editor-in-chief, David Tamez, Charla de Merienda models critical debate through dialogue between members of the academy and community. The series is hosted at The Commons, a well-known space to engage with perspectives on broad topics and draw on diverse specializations and experiences. In collaboration, we bring people together to examine topics of national and local interest. Each discussion begins by examining facts to establish common ground, then guest speakers present prepared remarks (5-7 min), and a moderated community discussion follows. It is our hope that this model will raise awareness of the issues concerning the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States and be of interest to: All Ages, Faculty, General Public, Graduate students, Researchers, Staff, Undergraduate Students.
Supported by The Commons, the Raven Book Store, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, the Office of Research, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and the Office of the Provost
Hieu Minh Nguyen is the author of This Way to the Sugar, (Write Bloody Press, 2014) which was a finalist for both a Minnesota Book Awards and a Lambda Literary Awards. His most recent work, Not Here, was released via Coffee House Press in April of 2018.
A queer Vietnamese American poet, Hieu is a Kundiman fellow and a poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine. His work has also appeared in the Southern Indiana Review, Guernica, Ninth Letter, Devil's Lake, Bat City Review, the Paris-American, and elsewhere. Hieu is a nationally touring poet, performer, and teaching artist. He lives in Minneapolis where he flails his arms and forgets to take his clothes out of the dryer.
Tickets are free and available here: https://www.universe.com/events/hieu-minh-nguyen-tickets-lawrence-8CLRNM