Summary of LANI’s events for the month of November
02/11 Día de Muertos Party
Auditorium Jacques-Freymond, from 9pm to 2am
Gisa Gradcom and Latin American Network Initiative – LANI invite you for the Día de Muertos party!
The tradition of Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, grew out of a combination of indigenous beliefs and European catholicism. Indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica have long seen death as transition in a continuum. For centuries the Aztec, Toltec and Maya believed that the spirits of the dead return on this day to pay a visit to their living relatives and friends.
The modern celebration involves making colourful altars or “ofrendas” of food, flowers and other items as an offering to the deceased. Skeletons, skulls made of sugar, ceramics or papier mâché provide final touches to these multilevel altars.
While the Día de Muertos and Halloween have completely different origins and meanings, both entail life and death, the spirits, the mysticism of the unknown and all such things that are still a mystery to humanity.
So in order to celebrate both cultures, put your costume on and let’s party!
WHERE: Auditorium Jacques-Freymond
WHEN: 2nd November, from 9pm to 2am
Complementary welcome tequila shot for the first people to arrive at the party, so don’t be late!
Beer, wine and shots- 3chf
Long drinks- 5chf
Soft drinks- 2 chf
Note: We will have TWINT available at the party as a payment method for drinks!
While dressing up in costume is highly encouraged, it is NOT mandatory.
08/11: Diversity, land, and rights of indigenous peoples in Brazil
A2, from 18-20 hrs
The event aims to discuss diversity and rights of indigenous peoples in Brazil, including the different narratives of integration and assimilation of indigenous persons in Brazil and Latin America more broadly. It will also tackle the importance of the territory for indigenous peoples and the additional challenges faced by them under the new administration in Brazil.
The debate will address the issues of compliance with international environmental preservation and human rights law. It will also explore the connections between trade, consumption, deforestation and land conflicts.
The indigenous leaders are coming in a campaign throughout Europe organized by Brazil’s Indigenous People Articulation – APIB. APIB is the representation of indigenous movements at the national level.
13/11: Cineclub: “A Quiet Inquisition”
Picciotto Common Room, 18-21 hrs
Following the mark of the “Gender and Diversity Month”, LANI will promote a movie screening followed by a discussion around the right and access to abortion in Latin America.
Synopsis: “At a public hospital in Nicaragua, OBGYN Dr. Carla Cerrato must choose between following a law that bans all abortions and endangers her patients or taking a risk and providing the care that she knows can save a woman’s life. In 2007, Dr. Cerrato’s daily routine took a detour. The newly elected government of Daniel Ortega, a former Marxist revolutionary who converted to Catholicism to win votes, overturned a 130-year-old law protecting therapeutic abortion. The new law entirely prohibits abortion, even in cases of rape, incest, or when a woman’s life is at stake. As Carla and her colleagues navigate this dangerous dilemma, the impact of this law emerges—illuminating the tangible reality of prohibition against the backdrop of a political, religious, and historically complex national identity. The emotional core of the story—the experiences and situations of the young women and girls who are seeking care—illustrate the ethical implications of one doctor’s response.”
21/11: Women’s rights in Latin America
Talk on the issue of Women’s Rights Standards in the Inter-American System, including abortion. The intervention will be followed by a Q&A session.
23/11: Libertadores Cup Final
Picciotto Common Room, 21:30-24:00
We will screen the final from the main football competition in South America: The Libertadores Cup. This year, for first time it will be a single match and it will be a great opportunity to enjoy this match all together. Competing for the title are Flamengo (Brazil) and River Plate (Argentina).
28/11: The Latin American Contribution to International Law
A2, 18-20 hrs
Conference “The Latin American Contribution to Public International Law” co-organized by the student initiative the Latin American Network Initiative (LANI) and the International Law Department.