2016 Sponsored Events


Andres Oppenheimer


Open House at Pick Hall

December 2, 2016

With welcome remarks from Director Dr. Felicia Marie Knaul, Dean Leonidas Bacchas, and President Julio Frenk, the Pick Hall location of the institute was officially inaugurated to become a research hub of the University on hemispheric issues.


Hemispheric Crossings Series
Gisèle Pineau in conversation with Aleksandra Perisic

November 16, 2016

Pineau is a French-born Guadeloupian writer and former psychiatric nurse. She writes novels, children's literature, essays, and coffee table books. Her works often deal with issues of racism and intolerance from the perspective of Caribbean women. Her work has been translated into multiple languages. She will talk about postcolonial French writing with Aleksandra Perisic (Assistant Professor, MLL). This conversation took place in collaboration with the Consulate Generals of France and of Guadeloupe in Miami, and was co-sponsored by the Program in American Studies and Hemispheric Caribbean Studies.


Hemispheric Crossings Series
Mayra Santos-Febres in conversation with B. Christine Arce

November 14, 2016

Puerto Rican novelist, poet, and radio and television personality Mayra Santos-Febres is Professor in the humanities division of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. She specializes in African, Caribbean, and feminist literature. Her most recent collection of short stories, El exilio de los asesinos y otras historias de amor was published by Miami’s Pereza Ediciones. Her work has been translated into English, French, German, and Italian. She read selections from her new book and discuss diasporic identity, female sexuality, and language use in the Caribbean with B. Christine Arce (Assistant Professor, MLL). This conversation took place in collaboration with Miami’s Pereza Ediciones, and was co-sponsored by the Program in American Studies and Hemispheric Caribbean Studies.


Hemispheric Crossings Series
Abosede George and Aimee Meredith Cox in conversation with Donette Francis

November 7, 2016

Historian Abosede George (Barnard College) and anthropologist Aimee Meredith Cox (Fordham University) discussed their recently published books on Black Girlhood in Lagos, Nigeria and Detroit, USA with Donette Francis (Associate Professor of English, and Director of the American Studies Program). Black girlhood has emerged as a distinct analytical focus of recent social science scholarship. Creative writers and literary critics have historically attended to writing about black girlhood. Within a black feminist genealogy, how does this renewed emphasis depart from or extend earlier framings? What is the analytical distinction that black girlhood marks and why does the category matter? And, all the more so, why now? This conversation was moderated by Professor Francis with attention to how the Caribbean and literary studies complement these new works. The American Studies Program secured funding for this event and Hemispheric Caribbean Studies co-sponsored it.

2016 Annual Energy Security Conference
Consequences of the Fall: Energy, Security, Sustainable Development and Global Warming

October 27-29, 2016

The conference examined continued impacts of the 2014-2015 decline in the price of oil. Participants examined the economic, environmental, social, and political consequences of states and regions, along with their responses.