Yale RITM Center talk to explore music, social justice, contemporary Mexico

A panel discussion featuring one or more of the members of the Grammy Award-winning Mexican band Café Tacvba will take place on campus on Sunday, Sept. 23.

The talk, which will focus on music, social justice, and contemporary Mexico, will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in Rm. 201, Sudler Hall, William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St. The panel discussion is open to the public free of charge. It will be held in English and Spanish, with translation.

The participants in the panel discussion are: Alicia Schmidt Camacho, chair of Yale’s Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, and professor of American studies; Rubén Isaac Albarrán Ortega, musician and singer with Café Tacvba; Luis G. Luna, radio host of Módulo Lunar at WPKN, photographer, and former organizer for Make the Road, CT; Ramón Garibaldo, doctoral student in political science and member of Unidad Latina en Acción; and Ever Osorio Ruiz, doctoral student in American studies and African American studies.

The talk will be moderated by Stephen Pitti, director of the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration, and professor of history and of American studies.

Café Tacvba performing in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Sept. 17, 2018.
Left to right: Joselo Rangel, Rubén Isaac Albarrán Ortega, and Enrique Rangel performing with Café Tacvba in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo courtesy of the band, @instacvba on Instagram) performing with Café Tacvba in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo courtesy of the band — @instacvba on Instagram)

Café Tacvba is a band from Ciudad Satélite, Mexico. The group’s musical style covers a wide variety of genres, though it is most commonly labeled as Latin Alternative/Rock en Español. Its music has been heavily influenced by Mexico’s indigenous population and folk music traditions, but also by punk and electronic music and other bands on the Mexico City scene.

After the panel discussion, Café Tacvba will perform at 7 p.m. at College Street Music Hall, 238 College St. Tickets are still available.

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