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Beyond War, Migration & Violence: Celebrating Central America

March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

A 10-hour workshop open for 1 CTLE credit about the culture and knowledge produced in Central America, taught by Central Americans.

About this event

This is a 10-hour workshop divided into three different sessions. You may register for one, two, or all three sessions but, if you would like to receive CTLE credit, you must attend and complete all three sessions. The sessions are:

  • March 12, from 1pm to 4:30pm EST: (Re)Framing our Historical and Present Understandings
  • March 19, from 1pm to 4pm EST: Central American Literature and Artwork
  • March 26, from 1pm to 4:30pm EST: Pedagogical and Curriculum Dreaming and Building

Workshop’s Objectives

Historically, Central America has been defined by its history of gang violence, poverty and political corruption, much of which is rooted in centuries of structural economic inequality, state-sponsored oppression and institutionalized racism. While this history is critical in understanding the context surrounding Central American migration to the US, it is not all Central America is, nor does it allow for a nuanced understanding of this rich and diverse region. Luckily, a new generation of Central American scholars, activists, artists and creators are challenging these preconceived notions about Central America/ns with their own knowledge and cultural production.

This workshop series is meant to move beyond reductive understandings of the region and instead uplift the emergence of Central American cultural and knowledge production. Rather than relying on historical narratives, research or popular culture about us, this workshop centers the work being produced by us and about us. By doing so, we hope to disrupt harmful narratives about Central America by centering the stories of radical resistance, resilience, solidarity and power.

Given the audience of this workshop will be predominantly educators, there will also be an emphasis on discussing the pedagogical value of the (his)stories, literature and artwork we engage with and how they can be brought into a K-12 classroom.