Cultural Curator/Coordinator & Editor
The “Samuel G. Armistead” Spanish Essay Writing Contest
Organizer/Coordinator | 1st, 2nd and 3rd “Samuel G. Armistead”
Spanish Essay Writing Contest
June 2014, June 2015, and June 2016.
With the support of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Davis, the “Samuel G. Armistead” Spanish Essay Writing Contest awards among the Undergraduate Juniors or Seniors in the Spanish major Program students, the talent and efforts to articulate with clarity in a written essay, a topic/issue that students have learned from any of their Upper Division courses in the Spanish major, and analyze what it has taught to them about Hispanic or Latin American Literature, Linguistics or Culture. Also, students are allow to write about any topic they wish, as long as it explores the theme of Hispanic or Latin American literature, linguistics or culture.
World Book & Copyright Day Celebration at UC Davis
Curator Coordinator/Blog Content Editor | “Book Day Celebration & World Book and Copyright Day”, sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Department of Linguistics, and the Graduate Student Association, UC Davis.
April 2012, April 2013, April 2014, and April 2015.
This event recognizes and celebrates the importance of letters, literatures, culture and education, giving center-stage to the book in its various formats while highlighting its importance in our community and in society-at-large. Through the various events organized on April 23rd as well as throughout that same week, our intention is to motivate as many people in our community to come into contact with books and with the practice of reading.
Some of the activities held will be an Open-Mic reading marathon [readathon], Book Bartering, “Garden of Words” and Art Installation: the occupation of indoor public spaces as well as outdoors with brief texts in the various languages represented in our academic community.
Photo: © UC Davis Conference Center
2014 Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium
2014 IGPS Coordinator | Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Symposium, UC Davis. Graduate Student Association, Office of the Chancellor, and Office of Graduate Studies, UC Davis.
December 2013 – May 2014 | Event: April 3-4, 2014.
The Annual UC Davis Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium (IGPS) is an opportunity for graduate and professional students from all disciplines to share their current work with each other, the campus, and the wider community. Program activities included a kick-off event reception and final night awards dinner at the UC Davis Conference Center.
1. Oral/Poster Presentation
2. Art Exhibit or Performance
3. Graduate Student‐Organized Sessions/Panels
Chancellor's Grand Prize for Best Oral Presentation, $5,000
Vice Chancellor of Research's Prize for Best Poster, First Place: $1,000, Second Place: $750, Third Place: $500, Honorable Mention: $100
Provost's Prize for Best Student Organized Session, $1,500
Dean's Prize for Best Oral Presentation, $1,000
Dean's Prize for Best Performance, $1,000, Second Place: $500
Dean's Prize for Best Artwork, $1,000
People's Choice Awards (includes all categories) Voted on by all in attendance, prizes range from cash to gift certificates.
Study/Research Group “Dialogues on Ibero-American Critical Theory: Nuestra Teoría Crítica”
Founder/Co-Chair | Study/Research Cluster Dialogues on Ibero-American Critical Theory: “Nuestra teoría crítica”, Davis Humanities Institute –DHI, and Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UC Davis.
February 2012 – June 2014.
In January of 2012, a group of graduate students related with the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese, History, and Cultural Studies, with an underlying interest in the Designated Emphasis Program in Critical Theory, decided to organize a study/research group to promote the investigation of topics related to our main emphasis. These monthly meetings have created a space for discussing readings, featuring special sessions presented by guests authors, promoting participation in discussion panels, and in assisting with “writing sessions” to promote collaborative work in our personal research. As a research/study group, NTC has been involved in twenty encounters: 10 discussion round tables, 4 writing retreats, 3 meetings with special guests (Dr. Alejandro Zambra, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile, Dr. Darrell B. Lockhart, University of Nevada, Reno and Dr. Alberto Moreiras, Texas A&M University) and 3 annual agenda planning meetings.
All of these meetings over the last several years have focused on the fact that Critical Theory has both a European as well as a Latin American locus of enunciation. The objective of this cluster group has been to focus on the transatlantic exchange and reception of Critical Theory, its most relevant authors, oeuvres and discussions along with its interlocutors in Latin America and Spain in order to examine the epistemologies and discursive practices that bring to the foreground the strong influence of Iberoamerican studies within US academic institutions.
Photo: © Díaz-Luna 
UC Davis Annual Colloquium in Latin American and Peninsular Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Colloquium Chair | 8th Annual Colloquium in Latin American and Peninsular Languages, Literatures and Cultures,
October 26, 2012.
Colloquium Committee/ Latin American Literature Representative | 6th Annual Colloquium in Latin American and Peninsular Languages, Literatures and Cultures. UC Davis.
May 2010 – October 23, 2010.
Colloquium Committee/ Latin American Literature Abstracts Reader | 5th Annual Colloquium in Latin American and Peninsular Languages, Literatures and Cultures. UC Davis.
May 2009 – October 23, 2009.
The Annual Graduate Colloquium on Latin American and Peninsular Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, was entitled “Convergences: Literary, Linguistic, Cultural and Film Studies”.
The colloquium featured speakers and researchers that presented on a wide variety of topics, including Peninsular and Latin American Literature, Culture and Cinema Studies, as well as Hispanic Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. In 2012, the Colloquium presenters came from a variety of universities both from within the U.S. and abroad (including Mexico, Colombia, and Spain).
Photos: © Kayce Davis/Díaz-Luna
Brújula: Revista Interdisciplinaria sobre Estudios Latinoamericanos
Book Reviews Editor | Issue # 9, 2012, and Copy-editor | Issue # 8, 2010, Hemispheric Institute on the Americas, UC Davis.
Brújula: revista interdisciplinaria sobre estudios latinoamericanos [ISSN 1542-5045] is published annually by graduate students of the University of California, Davis, under the auspices of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas. This journal seeks to foster a dialogue between established academics and a new generation of scholars, while including original essays from a variety of fields such as Anthropology, History, Art, Music, Linguistics, Comparative Literature, Sociology, and Native American studies. With each issue, Brújula intends to highlight a theme of relevance in current debates and to create a forum that explores transnational perspectives to critical approaches. Brújula is indexed in the MLA Index.
Simposio 2009 “Estudios culturales en las Américas: compromiso, colaboración, transformación”
Member of the Organizing Committee | UC Davis Research SuperCluster on Estudios Culturales, DHI, UCHRI, HIA, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, COLCIENCIAS.
Este simposio, patrocinado y trasmitido simultáneamente por videoconferencia por la Universidad de California, Davis y la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, reunirá algunas de las figuras más prominentes en los debates sobre los estudios culturales y su relación con procesos y sujetos de transformaciones sociales y políticas, con el ánimo de abrir la discusión sobre nuevos interrogantes, los cuales, desde diferentes perspectivas se sitúan alrededor de lo que se ha llamado la vocación política de los estudios culturales.