Past Events

MCA Past Events

2020 Jan 31

MX Conference 2020

Fri - Sat, Jan 31 to Feb 1, 12:00pm - 8:15pm

Location: 

Harvard Law School (Jan 31); Harvard Kennedy School (Feb 1)
The MX Conference is a student-run initiative at Harvard University that aims to bring Mexico to the forefront of an interdisciplinary conversation. It establishes a space for the community, and everyone interested, to learn, understand, debate and contrast ideas around Mexico. It is a non profit effort to bring high quality speakers to as many students as possible, ticket... Read more about MX Conference 2020
2019 Dec 05

[CANCELED] Harvard Art Museums: Reading and Conversation with Author Valeria Luiselli

6:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been canceled and will be rescheduled (date TBD)

Speaker: Valeria Luiselli, Mexican novelist
Moderator: Mayra Rivera Rivera, Harvard Divinity School; Mariano Siskind, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

Luiselli will offer a reading of her recent work, which explores the human consequences of immigration policies and, in particular, the experience of migrating from Central America to the United States. She will then be joined in conversation by Mayra Rivera, professor...

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2019 Nov 19

Security Matters: Evidence from Brazil, Colombia and Mexico

12:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S216

Speakers: Graham Denyer Willis, Senior Lecturer, University of Cambridge; Annette Idler, Visiting Scholar WCFIA, Harvard University; Director of Studies of the Changing Character of War Centre, University of Oxford

Moderator: Diane Davis, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism, Graduate School of Design

Graham Denyer Willis is University Senior Lecturer in Development and Latin American Studies in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge University,...

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2019 Nov 07

Public Health Crisis at the Border: The Mexican Perspective

12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S020

The Trump Administration's new ‘remain in Mexico’ policy is causing an influx of migrants waiting on the Mexican side of the border. By the time they reach the border, many migrants are traumatized, have untreated chronic diseases and are in need of medical treatment. 

In response to this dynamic situation, The Harvard Global Health Institute, The Woodrow Wilson Center, Boston College School of Social Work, The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and Harvard University Mexican Association of Students, will...

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2019 Nov 01

Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos

(All day)

Location: 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue

Each year, the Peabody celebrates the Day of the Dead with a family event and fiesta and a temporary altar that remains on display for the month of November.

Originating with the Aztecs, the Mexican Day of the Dead is a unique blend of Mesoamerican and Christian rituals. The holiday, which is celebrated on November 1 from 4-8pm, All Saints’ Day, is dedicated to adults;...

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2019 Oct 29

Downwind, Downhill, Downstream: Binational Security on the U.S.-Mexico Border

12:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S250

Speaker: Ieva Jusionyte, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Social Studies
Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

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In the U.S.-Mexico border region, environmental emergencies – from wildfires to floods to toxic spills –...

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2019 Oct 23

Curating Architecture Across the Americas: Spaces of Contact MX-US

4:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S030

Speakers: 
José Esparza Chong Cuy, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Storefront for Art and Architecture
Ruth Estévez, Co-founder, Executive Director and Curator, LIGA and Senior Curator-at-Large, The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University
Julieta González, Artistic Director, Museo Jumex
Sarah Herda, Director, Graham Foundation
Michelle Millar Fisher, Curator, Contemporary Decorative Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Zoë Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and...

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2019 Oct 09

ERRE: A conversation with Mexican artist Marcos Ramírez

6:30pm

Location: 

Senior Common Room (Standish Hall), Winthrop House

Speaker: Marcos Ramírez (ERRE), Artist

Moderators: Doris Sommer, Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies; José Falconi, Lecturer in Fine Arts, Brandeis University

Artist Marcos Ramírez (ERRE) in conversation with Professor Doris Sommer, Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies and José Falconi (Lecturer in Fine Arts, Brandeis University)

Marcos Ramírez, known as ERRE, was born in Tijuana in 1961. He...

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2019 Sep 28

BLIFF: La Camarista (The Chambermaid)

Repeats every day until Sat Sep 28 2019 .
8:05pm

Location: 

Bright Family Screening Room at the Emerson Paramount Center

LA CAMARISTA (THE CHAMBERMAID)
Narrative, 102 mins, Lila Avilés, Mexico, 2018

Eve (Gabriela Cartol) works long hours as a maid at a luxurious hotel in Mexico City. A young, single mother who travels far to get to her place of work, Eve has aspirations for the future and hopes that her diligence will get her a coveted spot as the cleaner on an executive floor. She enrolls in the hotel's adult education program in her quest for a better life but quickly discovers that it's not necessarily the most hard-working who get noticed for advancement. Q&A with producer
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2019 Sep 27

BLIFF: La Camarista (The Chambermaid)

8:05pm

Location: 

Bright Family Screening Room at the Emerson Paramount Center

LA CAMARISTA (THE CHAMBERMAID)
Narrative, 102 mins, Lila Avilés, Mexico, 2018

Eve (Gabriela Cartol) works long hours as a maid at a luxurious hotel in Mexico City. A young, single mother who travels far to get to her place of work, Eve has aspirations for the future and hopes that her diligence will get her a coveted spot as the cleaner on an executive floor. She enrolls in the hotel's adult education program in her quest for a better life but quickly discovers that it's not necessarily the most hard-working who get noticed for advancement. Q&A with producer
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2019 Sep 27

BLIFF: Caballerango (Horse Wrangler)

6:00pm

Location: 

Bright Family Screening Room at the Emerson Paramount Center

Caballerango (Horse Wrangler)
Documentary, 61 mins, Juan Pablo González, Mexico, 2018
A family reflects on a young man’s disappearance in a Mexican village under the watchful eyes of the horse who saw him last.


• Official Selection, 2018 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
• Official Selection, 2019 True/False Film Festival
• Official Selection, 2019 Ambulante
• Official Selection, 2019 Festival Internacional de Guadalajara (FICG)
• Official Selection, 2019 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Trailer: https://youtu.be/...

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2019 Sep 09

The Confessional Community: Narratives of Violence and Survival in Mexico City’s Anexos

4:00pm

Location: 

Tozzer 203

Speaker: Angela Garcia, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University
Moderator: Ieva Jusionyte, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Social Studies

Anthropology Series

In the past decade, drug treatment centers called anexos (annexes) have proliferated throughout Mexico. Run and utilized by the informal...

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2019 Apr 23

Tuesday Seminar Series: The political origins of Mexico’s corruption

12:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

In contexts where corruption is widespread, why do some incumbents choose to not be corrupt? My research argues that party loyalty is a major influence to reduce corruption and test this argument using fine-grained data of 12 billion dollars audited to 3,601 local incumbents over a period of 16 years. Contributing to an unsettled and vibrant debate about the influence of partisan politics in corruption, our data allow us to test three possible mechanisms that could be driving political actors to limit the misappropriation of public resources during their tenure: insurance mechanisms,...

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2019 Apr 18
2019 Apr 17

From 1910 to the 4th Transformation: Actors, Institutions, and Objectives in Mexico’s Revolutionary Politics

12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Graduate School of Design, Sackler 222

cannonSpeakers: Javier Garciadiego, Professor of History, El Colegio de México; John Womack, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History, Emeritus, Harvard University

On occasion of the Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series, join us for a conversation between Javier...

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2019 Apr 16

Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series presents: The Mexican Revolution of 1910: A Sociohistorical Interpretation

6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
zapataSpeaker: Javier Garciadiego Dantán, Historian and Author; Director, Academia Mexicana de la Historia; Former President of El Colegio de México

A rigged election and a political crisis among competing elites, middle classes, and rural workers: What could go wrong? The Mexican...

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2019 Mar 25
2019 Feb 01

The Mexico Conference 2.0: Same Challenges, Different Expectations

Fri - Sat, Feb 1 to Feb 2, 2:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: 

Day One (1pm-8pm) Askwith Auditorium, Graduate School of Education; Day Two (9am-6:30pm): Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School

Mexico Conference 2.0The MX Conference is a student initiative that seeks to bring Mexico to the forefront. It provides a forum for the learning and debate of Mexico’s challenges and opportunities given its recent transition of power; and in addition; highlight the Harvard community and campus to external attendees. The Conference’...

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2018 Nov 05

Film Screening & Harvard Premier of: Song for Cesar: The Music and The Movement

6:00pm

Location: 

Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St.

Cesar Chavez

Please join us for a film screening followed by discussion featuring:

Davíd Carrasco, Professor, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America, with a joint appointment with the Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Abel Sánchez, Film...

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2018 Nov 01

Día de los Muertos Celebration

4:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Remember and celebrate your departed loved ones at this year’s Día de los Muertos altar, savor traditional Mexican hot chocolate and pan de muerto, and enjoy live music. The Catrina/catrín costume contest is at 6:30 pm.

Free and open to the public. ...

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2018 Oct 26

Mexican Literature, Culture, and Film across Borders: Translation, Migration and Frontiers

Fri - Sat, Oct 26 to Oct 27, 9:00am - 7:00pm

Location: 

Boston Univeristy, Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215

“Mexican Literature, Culture, and Film across Borders: Translation, Migration and Frontiers,” a two-day conference organized by the Center of Latin American Studies at Boston University. The central aim of the...

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2018 Oct 15

Conversations on Journalism & Mexico

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Room S250

The New England Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists presents: Conversations on Journalism & Mexico

Featuring: Alfredo Corchado, Marcela Turati, & Maria Garcia.

See flyer below for details.

Journalism and Mexico

2018 Oct 02

Tuesday Seminar Series: Changing Course? Understanding Mexico's 2018 Election

12:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Gustavo Flores Macías, Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University

Gustavo A. Flores-Macías is Associate Professor of Government at Cornell University and the 2017-18 Democracy and Development Fellow at Princeton University. He is the author of After Neoliberalism? The Left and Economic Reforms in Latin America (Oxford University Press, 2012) and editor of the volume The Political Economy of Taxation in Latin America (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press). Before academia, he served as Director of Public Affairs in...

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2018 Apr 24

Tuesday Seminar Series: Puerto Rico: An Exclave in Decline

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Hiram Ramirez-Rangel, Divisional Executive Vice-President and Co-Branch Manager of AXA Advisors, LLC, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s current financial and economic crisis is examined firstly by examining the geopolitical dynamics that once sustained its role as an American exclave, and which gradually changed, giving way to a period of decline in strategic importance. As its importance as exclave began to decline, the Island turned to both external and internal sources of financing to mitigate or defer economic and financial adjustment...

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