NACLA @ LASA 2018 Barcelona

May 22, 2018 to May 26, 2018

Join NACLA at LASA 2018 for a series of special events commemorating NACLA's 50 years in print!

Publishing for Impact: How (and Where) to Write for Popular Readerships

When: Tuesday, May 22, 3:30PM-5:30PM

Where: Hotel Barcelona Princess, 2nd Floor Forum, Avinguda Diagonal, 1, 08019, Barcelona

Featuring Alejandro Velasco (NACLA; New York University), Christy Thornton (NACLA; Johns Hopkins University), and Pablo Navarette (Alborada)

More and more, scholars are called upon to present their work and contribute their expert analysis on current events to readers and audiences beyond the academy. At the same time, the publication landscape offers increasing opportunities for academics to write in more popular registers, as online venues aimed at offering readers sophisticated but accessible views proliferate, while print publications struggle but nevertheless continue to exist and provide spaces for academics to share their views. Yet writing for popular audiences remains a challenge to many scholars more used to writing in refereed and specialized journals. This workshop aims to bring together editors from publications – print and online – based in Latin America, the United States, and Europe, and which cover Latin American politics and society geared for popular audiences. Editors will address how to pitch stories to popular press publications; how to tailor content for attention and impact without sacrificing nuance and sophistication; how working with editors for such publications differs from working with editors for peer-reviewed journals; how to engage public responses meaningfully; as well as take questions from the audience.

Documentary Showcase: Tregua

When: Thursday, May 24, 7:00PM - 8:00PM (first screening); 8:00PM - 10:00PM (second screening with Q&A)

Where: Nook Art Space, Nou de la Rambla 143, 08004, Poble Sec, Barcelona

In partnership with Pablo Navarette and Alborada Films.

Tregua explores the Colombian peace negotiations through the stories of women FARC guerrillas. These women have laid down their arms, left the Colombian jungle and are now  in Havana, Cuba negotiating a peace deal with the Colombian government, which they hope will not only bring an end to the world’s longest armed conflict, but will also guarantee women’s rights and social justice in Colombia. While the drama unfolds, Tregua also turns its lens on the journalists reporting on the peace talks, and on Havana’s inhabitants as they go about their everyday lives.

NACLA 50th Anniversary Reception

When: Thursday, May 24, 9:30PM - 11:00PM; toast at 9:50PM

Where: CCIB (Center Conventions Internacional Barcelona), First Floor Terrace, Room 127, Willy Brandt Square 11-14, 08019, Barcelona

Join us for a reception and toast celebrating 50 years in print! since 1967, NACLA has published the quarterly journal‚ the NACLA Report‚ blending academia‚ journalism‚ and activism‚ as well as regular online content at Please join us in raising our glasses to 50 years of reporting and analysis on Latin America, featuring remarks by our executive editor‚ Alejandro Velasco‚ as well as light snacks and refreshments. Be sure to arrive by 9:50PM for a toast to NACLA's 50th year!

We hope to see you there!