Events Calendar

One of CERLAC's goals is to foster a community that values high quality research and academic activities. We organize events and activities to achieve our aim of a well-rounded disciplinary education for York University students. For that reason CERLAC supports a series of events, such as lectures, speaking series, conferences, workshops and student organize brown bags throughout the year.

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If you would like to initiate a new event, please fill out the events application form and send it to CERLAC's Coordinator, Camila Bonifaz at

Defending Land and Water in Peru. The Acuña Chaupe Family vs. the Newport Gold Mining Giant. Talk by Ysidora Chaupe Acuña.
Oct 24 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Defending Land and Water in Peru.  The Acuña Chaupe Family vs. the Newport Gold Mining Giant. 

Talk by Ysidora Chaupe Acuña.  

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
IKB 2027 (Osgoode Hall Law Shool)
2:30pm – 4:30pm

All are welcomed!

Since 2011, Ysidora Chaupe Acuña and her family have been defending their family farm and four highland lakes against the expansion of Newmont Mining Corporation in the highlands of Cajamarca, Peru. The corporation wants to drain the lakes to get at the gold beneath them and to turn one into a tailings containment pool for storing bio-hazardous mining waste.  A Peruvian court ruled in favour of the family in 2014; a US Federal Court decided that it did not have jurisdiction in the case in 2017; and the family’s tenuous struggle against eviction continues in a country where 60 environmental activists have been reported killed in the past 10 years.

Sponsored by: Osgoode Hall Law School
Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES)
Center for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC)

The 2018 Michael Baptista Lecture: Activism, Archives, and Performance: Commemorating 40 Years of CERLAC
Nov 8 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The 2018 Michael Baptista Lecture: 
Activism, Archives, and Performance: Commemorating 40 Years of CERLAC

The 2018 Baptista Lecture commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean with a talk by performance studies scholar Diana Taylor. The lecture will be preceded by a panel highlighting CERLAC’s record in supporting activism in the region over the past 40 years, with a particular focus on the CERLAC archives and their uses for understanding activism in Latin America.


Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018

Time: 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Place: Joseph G. Green Theater (Centre for Film and Theater) York University

Reception to follow

“ 'Making Presence': Regina José Galindo, Earth (2013)”
Is performing testimony, testimony? In Earth (2013), Guatemalan performance artist Regina José Galindo performs an event recounted by survivors of genocide at the trial of the exdictator Efrain Rios Montt. The archival testimony tells of how people were forced to dig a massive pit and then stand in front of it, to facilitate their execution and internment by the armed forces. The performance does not cite or allude to the testimony nor to the criminal acts that led up to it. So my question: what does the performance do or transmit? Does it expose? Denounce? Bear witness? Or is the performance itself a form of testimony?