Lecture Series

Liberation in the Americas, a speaker and panel series from September 2020 to April 2021, brings national and international multi-disciplinary, humanities-oriented scholars and experienced organizers to the Laredo community to engage community members and students in the ideas and actions embedded in struggles for liberation in the Americas.

Topics include the recent evolution of a philosophy of liberation, liberation from gender based violence, black liberation, and the dilemma of cultural assimilation among immigrant families. Certain speakers will present on a panel with local leaders who are confronting the same issue(s) discussed in order to weigh theoretical and historical vantage points against “real world” experiences stemming from the nuts and bolts perspective of those running an organization that directly impacts those afflicted populations.

All talks are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

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Liberation from Gender-Based Violence

Date: Thursday, March 25
Time: 7 p.m. CST

In “Gender Violence and Peacemaking in Latin America”, Dr. Juan Carlos Sanchez Sierra will discuss how peace agreements to reach stability and settle dynamics of violence provide a prima facie solution for the agents at play, but nonetheless continue to preserve violence that inhibit women´s participation beyond traditional roles. Sister Rosemary Welsh will be discussing what she has learned from her experiences working with survivors of domestic violence.

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Events are co-hosted online by Texas A&M International University and the Laredo Public Library, and made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Previous Events

“The Liberation of Philosophy: From Ideology to Social Criticism and Creativity"

  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 8 - 9 a.m.
  • Select High Schools, in Laredo and Brownsville, TX
  • Live Streamed
“Decolonizing ‘Diversity’: On the Epistemic Value of Diversity in Higher Education”
  • Thursday, October 15, 2020, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Live Streamed

For more information, contact Alfonso Vergaray at 956.326.2604 or alfonso.vergaray@tamiu.edu or William Nolen at 956.326.2660 or william.nolen@tamiu.edu

The Liberation in the Americas series is made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Department of Social Sciences
Academic Innovation Center 313
Phone: 956.326.2475 | Email: brenda.martinez@tamiu.edu