Virtual Coffee Hours


About CLAS Virtual Coffee Hours

CLAS Virtual Coffee Hours are designed to continue offering ways to network and engage with each other on topics and themes related to Latin America. These virtual discussions will take place on Zoom every Thursday from 1:30 - 2:30 PM. Topics and themes will vary, and we ask you to please suggest new themes and/or lead future discussions based on your own personal or professional interests (music, cooking demonstrations, favorite books, review of journal articles, etc.). What would you like to see in future coffee hours? Please email Megan Hasting ( with your ideas!

Visit the CLAS Calendar of Events for future Coffee Hour topics and themes.


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Summary of Previous Coffee Hours


Honors Spanish majors Cara Satullo, Emily Montenegro, and Juhee Park (SPAN 4565H Indigenous Literatures and Cultures) presented their analyses of Andean and Amazonian indigenous cultural representations in the movies PachamamaThe Road to El DoradoThe Emperor's New Groove and Dora and the Lost City of Gold with special participation of Américo Mendoza Mori (UPenn), who was a Quechua Language Consultant for Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

You can watch The Road to El Dorado and Dora and the Lost City of Gold through Amazon Prime Video. Pachamama and The Emperor's New Groove are available on Netflix.

Student written essays are available through CLAS as additional K-12 classroom resources.

You can find the recording of the webinar here (Access Password: 1D?#F+@&).


We invited faculty and students to join us and talk about their LASA presentation, hear about faculty research across campus, and discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with virtual conferencing. 

View the LASA Program:


This discussion was Part Two of the impact that COVID-19 has had on indigenous communities in Latin America. Last week, Elvia Andía Grágeda (OSU Quechua Instructor) shared information about the impact of the pandemic on indigenous communities in Bolivia. This week, Nydia Delhi Mata Sánchez (Rector, Universidad Tecnológica de los Valles Centrales de Oaxaca) lead the discussion. Nydia has taken the lead on programs and projects to increase training and opportunities for young women in STEM careers. She holds an advanced degree from the Instituto Technologico de Oaxaca in Rural Development and collaborates with researchers from the US and Europe on project that focus on women’s rights, food, migration and development.  


CIESAS, Indigenous Mexico, and COVID-19:


During part one of a two part series, the discussion focused on the impact that COVID-19 has had on indigenous communities in Latin America. Elvia Andía Grágeda (OSU Quechua Instructor) led the discussion. Elvia is a linguist specializing in the study and instruction of Bolivian Quechua and Spanish. She holds a master’s degree in linguistic policy of indigenous languages in higher education, and investigates the role of Quechua in such policies, particularly in the Quechua public indigenous university in Bolivia.


CLAS affiliates gathered to discuss the academic adjustments we’ve had to make to online learning and working from home due to the stay-at-home order. ODEE staff were on hand to help find answers about using technology in the virtual classroom. CLAS staff shared how we are modifying programming to accommodate a virtual learning environment, and discussed ways that faculty affiliates can get involved with outreach and programming over the summer. 


The first Virtual Coffee Hour focused on "Latin America and COVID-19", to discuss the impact that the pandemic has had on the region, using the Americas Society Council of the Americas Summary Status a guiding resource for discussion.  Participants shared how the pandemic has impact their personal and professional lives, and discussed solutions and best practices they've identified. The conversation was moderated by Dr. Jeff Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and CLAS faculty affiliate.