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2021-2022 Academic Year Events

Asia Center Welcome EventWelcome Mandarin DLI, Asian Studies & U

Please join faculty, staff, and students of the U’sAsian Studies Program, Asia Center andConfucius Institute for a welcome lunch anddiscussion about opportunities to further buildand apply your Mandarin Chinese languageskills here at the U. In addition to a free lunch,members of the Asian Studies community willshare information about majors in Asian Studies,Chinese, and other languages, a Sociology“CLAC” course taught in Mandarin, Scholarshipsfor language study & study abroad, ChineseConversation Corner, and more!
We are excited to welcome you to the U, andlook forward to getting know you andsupporting your learning of language andinternational and area studies!

Humanities in the WildHumanities in the Wild: Aztlan

Join Dr. Roberto Cintli Rodriguez and Tania Pachedco on Antelope Island for a deep dive into the history and folklore about Aztlan, the legendary homeland of the Mexica. Participants will take a two hour hike with Dr. Rodriguez and reflect on the importance of Aztlan to contemporary conversations about place, identity, and social justice. This program is made possible with support from the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Utah, Antelope Island State Park, and Utah Humanities.

The Salt Lake region in the Aztec-Mexica MigrationThe Salt Lake region in the Aztec-Mexica Migration Story Codices and historic maps: Facts or Conjecture?

On Sept 15-16, Dr. Cintli and Tania Pacheco will speak to this ancient story - found in several Mexican Indigenous codices - including La tira de la peregrinacion - that speak to their departure from Aztlan and Chicomoztoc, the seven caves. They will speak to whether this migration actually began in the Salt Lake region. This program is made possible with support from the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Utah, Antelope Island State Park, and Utah Humanities.

Dr. Cintli, emeritus associate professor at the University of Arizona and Tania Pacheco, a healer and Yoga instructor are a writing/editing/translation team that examine the original cultures of the continent, including maiz or Maya-Nahua culture. Part of their work and research includes the topic of origins and migrations. A generation ago, Dr Cintli was led to Antelope Island, based on the reading of the codices and several historic maps, which indicated that from the Salt Lake region, the ancient Mexican Indians departed from there to find their empire. These maps included the 1804 Humboldt, the 1768 Alzate and the 1728 Barreiro maps, amongst others. Additionally, Tania, a healer and Yoga instructor, has translated both of Dr Cintli’s books by the University of Arizona press, Our Sacred Maiz is our Mother: Indigeneity and belonging in the Americas (2014), and Yolqui: a Warrior Summoned from the Spirit World: Testimonios on violence (2019). She also selected the writings for his upcoming Writing 50 Years amongst the Gringos (Aztlan Libre Press Oct 1, 2021), which she will also be translating. The island is purportedly the site of seven caves.

This program is made possible with support from the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Utah, Antelope Island State Park, and Utah Humanities.

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Voice and Inequality Book CoverVoice and Inequality: A Book Celebration with Professor Claudio Holzner

Many countries have a long history of excluding poor people from politics. Holzner and co-author Carew Boulding find, however, that in recent years a majority of Latin American countries have achieved near equality of participation across wealth groups, and in some cases poor people participate more than wealthier individuals. How can this be? Voice and Inequality provides important insights about how the elusive goal of political equality can be achieved even in contexts of elevated poverty and inequality.

Comment by Professors Laura Gamboa and Matthew Burbank followed by discussion with the author.

Red Ants Be Global Ready

Learn more about global opportunities on campus, such as majors, learning abroad, scholarships, internships, and more. Get your passport stamped and receive free international food.

This program is made possible with support from the Asia Center, Center for Latin American Studies, International Studies, Middle East Studies, Learning Abroad, Career and Professional Development, World Languages and Cultures, Hinckley Institute of Politics, and Business, Health and Prosperity at Eccles.

Losing Afghanistan on the Installment PlanLosing Afghanistan on the Installment Plan

Christine Fair, Security Studies Professor at Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service will discuss key factors that made any victory, howsoever defined, in Afghanistan impossible.⁠

This program is made possible with support from the Asia Center and Hinckley Institute of Politics.

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Land of Cranes book coverLand of Cranes and the Moon Within with Aida Salazar

Join the Glendale Branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library for an evening with the powerful Aida Salazar, author of Land of Cranes and the Moon Within.

Nine-year-old Betita knows she is a crane. Papi has told her the story, even before her family fled to Los Angeles to seek refuge from cartel violence in Mexico. He says that Betita and her family are cranes that have returned to their promised land, Aztlán, land of the cranes. But one day, Papi is arrested by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and deported to Mexico. Betita and her pregnant mother are left behind on their own, but soon they too are detained and must learn to survive in a family detention camp. Even in cruel and inhumane conditions, Betita finds heart in her own poetry and in the community she and her mother find in the camp. Their voices fly above the hatred keeping them caged, but each day threatens to tear them down lower than they ever thought they could be. Will Betita and her family ever be whole again?

From the author of The Moon Within comes a heartbreaking story in verse of those subjected to unimaginable cruelty, yet who still find the hope to dream and carry on.

This program is made possible with support from The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Utah, The Salt Lake City Public Library, and Utah Humanities.

2021 America's AwardA Celebration of Children'sand YA Latin American and Latinx Literature at the Library of Congress 

Join the Hispanic Reading Room at the Library of Congress and Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) in a virtual celebration of children’s and YA Latin American and Latinx literature. Hear from authors and illustrators amplifying stories and voices from across Latin American and Latinx communities. Panelists Angela Burke Kunkel, Aida Salazar, Raúl The Third, Sili Recio, and Yamile Saied Méndez will share their creative processes, discuss where they find inspiration, and how they address difficult themes about Latin American and Latinx experiences in their work for young readers. We invite families, educators, and students to take part in this unique celebration during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Call Her GandaFilm Screening and Discussion:

Call Her Ganda

When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina trans woman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women intimately invested in the case-an activist attorney, a transgender journalist and Jennifer’s mother-galvanize a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on hardened histories of US imperialism.

All are welcome to participate in this documentary screening and conversation exploring gender and justice, gender-based violence, and the experiences of transgender people in the context of U.S. militarism and imperialism in the Philippines.


  • Judith Mirkinson, President of the “Comfort Women” Justice Coalition and Cofounder, Gabriela Network
  • Victoria Reyes, Assistant Professor, Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of California, Riverside

This film will have live commentary followed by a short post film discussion.

Call Her Ganda Film Screening and Resources


Utah Film Center, Asian American Student Association (AASA), Center for Equity and Student Belonging, Asian Pacific Islanders American Advocates Utah (OCA), Gender-Based Violence Consortium, Asia Center, Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Utah Chapter

Conversaciones y ReflexionesConversaciones y Relexiones sobre la Cultura Nahua

Este encuentro busca hacer diálogo entre académicos sobre la cultura náhuatl para discutir temas actuales e históricos. En esta presentación se invitan a tres especialistas en la materia quienes se destacan por sus investigaciones en el ámbito histórico, en los estudios mesoamericanos y los estudios coloniales sobre México. En primer lugar, se inicia de la educación formal que se buscaba por las mujeres de una comunidad de Chicontepec y la transmisión de la cultura materna a las nuevas generaciones. Enseguida se presenta el tema de los sueños como una parte asociada con la tradición oral de las comunidades nahuas de hoy en las regiones de Tlaxcala y Puebla. Para finalizar se presentan las obras de teatro en náhuatl producidos durante la época colonial en referencia al diálogo que existe entre el Cristo indígena y los personajes femeninos.

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FLAS Info SessionsForeign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Information Sessions

Come learn more about Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) scholarships! The online application will be available in November, 2021 and is due on Friday, January 28, 2022 for both Summer 2022 (6-10 week intensive language programs abroad or in the US- perhaps virtual depending on travel restrictions) and Academic Year 2022-2023 (2-semester language and area study at the University of Utah) awards. Only one application is needed if you are applying for both awards.


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Filmexico 2021 10th Annual Filmexico: 2021 Contemporary Mexican Films

Filméxico 2021 lineup will feature prominent works by Afro Mexican and Indigenous filmmakers, as well as seasoned, new and local talent. We will also present a series of panel discussions with Mexican filmmakers, Utah community leaders and cultural binational specialists and allies.

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The Donut King flyerUntold Stories: The Donut King

Join us for a film screening and discussion of The Donut King directed by Alice Gu, about Cambodian immigrant Ted Ngoy’s journey building a donut empire right in OC, California. The event will begin at 5:00 pm, with post-film discussion following the film, as well as refreshments and donuts to enjoy! 

This program is made possible with support from the Asia Center and Asian American Student Association (AASA) at the University of Utah.


Viva Peru DanceViva Peru Dance

Kick off International Education Week with a lively outdoor performance of traditional Peruvian culture.

This show features the story of María Landó—a resilient woman journeying in search of her identity. In this voyage she finds herself submerged in the worlds of Peruvian poetry, music, and dance.

Floretine Codex English flyer

Florentine Codex: Life and Art of the Nahuatl World

The Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City in coordination with the University of Utah and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents the virtual event "The Florentine Codex: Life and Artof the Nahuatl world." The life of the pre-Hispanic Nahuatl people was painstakingly documented by Fray Bernardino de Sahagún along with local scribes, grammatists and painters. The resulting work was called "General History of the Things of New Spain" commonly known as "The Florentine Codex". Two extraordinary speakers from different institutions will participate in the cultural activity:

  • Specialist Diana Magaloni Kerpel, Institute of Aesthetics Research (UNAM) and Art of the Ancient Americas Program Director at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will present "Colors of the new world:  Florentine Codex artists and writers"
  • Specialist Abelardo de la Cruz, University of Utah professor and researcher de la Universidad de Utah, specialist of the native Nahuatl language, presenting "Nahua Voices in the 16th Century: A Source of Cultural Continuity"

Both speakers will reveal the peculiarities of the Florentine Codex and their experiences around their research on it.

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Going Global 2021Going Global Career Panel 2021

Each year International and Area Studies in conjnction with the Career and Professional Development Center at the University of Utah coordinates our Going Global event to highlight the global careers, international experiences, and language skills and how those skills and experiences have benefitted them in the workplace. The career panel lasts one hour, in which panelists will answer questions about their careers and the value of global experiences. Following the panel there will be a one-hour networking session. Each networker will be in a Zoom breakout room, and attendees can move from room-to-room freely to meet with each networker.


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Dr. Haan presents Asian Immigration to Canada and Related Social Policy


Dr. Haan is Canada Research Chair in Migration & Ethnic Relations at Western University in Ontario, Canada. He uses 'big data' to understand how people respond to changes in industry: do they move when their plant closes? Do they rely on social assistance? Answers will inform debates on a wide range of topics, including employment insurance, labour market development, immigration and, more generally, the role of governments and citizens in a post-industrial welfare state.

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Last Updated: 12/10/21