About the event

How have Queens neighborhoods challenged interborough and interamerican imperialisms during the last fifty years? If we view outerborough and third world as ideological neighbors, how does this challenge geopolitical and disciplinary boundaries, notably of Latin America and Latin American Studies? How can art and scholarship productively inhabit the same neighborhood, to examine and dynamically express the present and the past? This panel brings together scholars, critics, and activists to discuss these issues as explored in the audiovisual installation Between Neighborhoods by audiovisual historian-filmmaker Seth Fein (Seven Local Film). The multimedia work examines the forces that constructed the Unisphere, Robert Moses's iconic monument to 1960s globalization from above in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, and the forces of globalization from below that redefine it in Queens today. Presented in the Founders Lounge adjacent to the café on the main level of The Graduate Center from May 16 through June 16, the installation was created for the Fiftieth Anniversary meeting of the Latin American Studies Association in New York City, which co-sponsors this forum where Freddy Castiblanco (Terraza 7), Amy Chazkel (CUNY), Peter L'Official (Bard), Mary Louise Pratt (NYU), and Laura Wexler (Yale) join the artist for a public conversation.

Event Schedule:

4:00-5:30pm: Public viewing of the multimedia work in the Martin E. Segal Theatre
5:30-7:30pm: Public forum in the Segal Theatre Auditorium

Cosponsored by the Social Choreography Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research, and by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).