On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, from 5-6:45 p.m. in the CSB auditorium,  Dr. Wilma Feliciano, Emeritus Professor of Spanish at SUNY New Paltz, will exhibit a short documentary on the reconstruction efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and will have a discussion with the audience. Faculty, staff, and students among others are more than welcome to come. This event is sponsored by Latin American & Caribbean Studies and Languages Literatures & Cultures.

Where: Science Hall 181

When: Tuesday, November 13 at 5 p.m.

We will have the privilege of listening and having a conversation with Luis Argueta, Guatemalan film director and documentarian on Tuesday, November 13 at 5 p.m. Luis Argueta, is one of the most important filmic voices in Guatemala and Central America, and has been working for years on the issues of migration and deportation. What happens to our neighbors, coworkers, and friends when they are exiled from the United States and have to go back to the countries they are supposed to belong? How is life after deportation? Luis will talk to us about these issues and show us some of his most recent work in Guatemala. In these dark and hard times for Central Americans, for immigrant communities across the US, and for everybody that cares about their neighbors, this is of an event of upmost importance.


On Wednesday, November 7th at 6:30 p.m. in Lecture Center 102, The Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program, along with the Latin American Student Union, El Museo Escolar Student Group, Amnesty International Student Group, and the Spanish Club, wants to cordially invite you to the public screening of Dolores (Peter Bratt, 2017). The film documents the life of one of the most important women in the history of this country. Dolores Huerta was the co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, the first union of its kind in the country. As union leader, feminist activist, and mother of 11, Dolores, as she is known in the Latinx community, has worked tirelessly in the struggle for more just conditions for workers, women, Chicanxs, Latinxs, and immigrants. The documentary explores all the different facets of this amazing woman who also coined the chant “¡Si se puede!” [Yes we can!], a phrase that since its inception has become an important part of our community’s political expression. The event is co-sponsored by the Departments of Economics, English, Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the School of Liberal Arts & Science.

The Luigi and Anita Traverso Endowment for Italian Studies, The Italian Studies Program and the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures cordially invite you to The Luigi and Anita Traverso Italian Studies Lecture Series.

The event takes place on Tuesday, November 2nd, and we ask students and community members to gather in the Coykendall Science Building auditorium to hear a lecture and analysis of the critically acclaimed and widely known HBO television series, “The Sopranos,” by Dr. Giancarlo Lombardi from the graduate center of City University of New York. He discusses the world of quality television before online streaming by looking into the past and through the lens of this series.

It is sponsored by The Luigi and Anita Traverso Endowment for Italian Studies. The endowment was created and established in 2001 by New Paltz professor Giancarlo Traverso in memory of his family members.


When: Thursday, November 1st from 1- 5 p.m.

Where: Lobby of Sojourner Truth Library

Come join us on the Day of the Dead to honor the departed on Thursday, November 1st from 1 – 5 p.m. in the Sojourner Truth Library. We’ll learn about the history of this day, the alter, and the offering, while also enjoying Traditional Day of the Dead bread and hot Mexican chocolate.



Please join us on Wednesday, April 26 at 5:30pm in Lecture Center 108 for our next Luigi and Anita Traverso Lecture entitled “Blackness in Italian Culture: Afro-Modernism in F.T. Marinetti’s work” by Sara Marzioli (Bard College).

Sara Marzioli is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian at Bard College. Previously she has taught African American, Comparative and World Literature courses at Penn State and Guilford College. Her research brings into conversation twentieth-century African Diasporic and Italian writers and film directors, whose work addresses the intersection of history with modernist aesthetic and radical politics. She has published in African American Review and Atlantic Studies and has work forthcoming in Modernism/Modernity, as well as a chapter in a forthcoming collection edited by Indiana University Press. Currently, she is at work on a book manuscript titled, The Color of The Archive: Italian and Afro-Modernism Between the Atlantic and The Mediterranean.