Volume 11, Number 7
In the spring of 1986 I dropped out of graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, packed up my belongings, and drove 2,400 miles to East Palo Alto so that my then-wife could enroll in graduate school at Stanford University. I had already fulfilled my one dream in life at that time, which was to teach a section of freshman English. Why I wanted to do such I thing I do not know, but I did it, and I was happy. That first night in East Palo Alto, as I slept on the floor avant le moving van, the earth shook ... but it did not swallow me. So the next morning I hit the streets, looking for work. I quickly found the one job I truly despise, even though I have returned to it again and again. I became the cut-in man on a paint crew.
By fall I found myself re-evaluating my future. I wasn't sure what prospects the university offered—I mean, I had already taught, and once that's done, what else is there to do in academia? Nevertheless, I trekked to the central administration building at Stanford University, seeking some guidance. I still believed in the kindness of authorities. I found myself sitting across from an imposing figure—you know, the type who can throw you into profound doubt about the most basic aspects of your very existence by raising an eyebrow. I had just met Cecilia Preciado Burciaga. She held many titles at Stanford: assistant to the president and advisor on Chicano affairs, associate dean of graduate studies, senior associate provost and associate dean and development officer for student affairs. She was the highest-ranking Latino administrator on campus. But the titles and rank hardly explain her forceful and hands-on commitment to increasing the number of Chicanos in graduate education. Without her unflinching belief in my rather ill-defined abilities, without her down-in-the-trenches sense of strategy, I would not have been accepted into a Ph.D. program at Stanford University for the following year. She made things real for me. She pointed to goals beyond my too-easily-realized dream of teaching freshman English.
But Cecilia also pointed to the magical. “You should meet my husband,” she said, “he's an artist.” What I remember now is something I did not appreciate back then: I spent a lot of time in Tony’s studio at Casa Zapata, the Chicano-themed dormitory, where he and Cecilia were the resident fellows. Tony was multi-talented, finding success as a muralist, graphic artist, humorist, and founding member of the comedy group Culture Clash; he was also the author of numerous books of poetry, essays, and dichos. Cecilia and Tony were role models on many levels, not least as a couple committed to—and living—gender equality. They were, as Tony, who passed away in 1996, liked to say, a mixed marriage: Tony was from Texas, un tejano, and Cecilia ... well, she was from California ... . If they could work it out, there was hope for the rest of us. Back then being a Chicano graduate student at Stanford was not easy, especially insofar as we negotiated between our commitment to social equity for our community and the upward mobility a place like Stanford helped us secure as individuals. By 1991 I was a Ph.D. and had landed my first job at the University of New Mexico. Looking back twenty-two years later as a full professor at a major research university, the story of what it means for me to have earned a Ph.D. from Stanford necessarily starts with Cecilia and Tony Burciaga. It is the people, and not the institution, that make a difference.
Cecilia, born in Pomona in 1945 to Mexican immigrants, passed away on Monday, March 25, after a seven-month battle with lung cancer. Today the hundreds of us who were mentored by Cecilia carry on her legacy in seeking educational access for all students. To use Tony’s words in Spilling the Beans: Lotería Chicana (Joshua Odell Editions, 1995, page 101), we are her chameleons: “As we move from one world to the other we exchange colors, ideas, symbols and words in order to fit, to relate and to survive. The result is a prismatic iridescence when the difference of colors play on each other, like a rainbow after a rainstorm in the desert. We are chameleons.” Cecilia Preciado Burciaga, Presente!
Chon A. Noriega
Director and Professor
This commentary is excerpted from “Cecilia Preciado Burciaga, Presente!” published on the Huffington Post. To read the full article, click here.
Associate director wins grant
CSRC associate director Marissa López has received a grant from the UCLA Office of Instructional Development to assist her teaching of English 184/CS 191: “Documenting L.A.: Oral Histories, Podcasting and the Future of the Archive.” Students in this seminar will study oral history as a genre of Chicano and Latino literature and produce a podcast that will be publicly distributed as part of a new initiative at the CSRC. Students will be required to study the writing of two contemporary, L.A.-based Chicano writers, conduct an oral history interview with them, and edit the interviews into one audio and one video podcast, thereby developing broadly transferable skills as archivists and community historians. The grant money will pay for transcriptions and honoraria.
Noriega joins CSPF committee
CSRC director Chon A. Noriega has joined the California State Parks Foundation’s honorary committee for its 2013 conference, “Folding Back the Layers of California’s Latino/a History: The Stories Beneath the Stories.” This two-day conference will take place October 2–3 at the California Endowment Foundation offices in downtown Los Angeles and will feature panels, tours, and cultural events. For more information, visit the CSPF conference website
Noriega to give plenary talk
CSRC director Chon A. Noriega will give a plenary talk at the 41st Annual Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) conference at the Pasadena Convention Center, April 25–29. The conference theme, “Crafting Our Future,” is inspired by Pasadena’s renowned arts and crafts heritage. Presentations will emphasize the importance of building on the past to actively shape the future of art librarianship. For more information, visit the ARLIS/NA conference website
New visiting scholar
The CSRC is delighted to welcome Rosa Urtiaga as a visiting scholar for Spring 2013. Urtiaga is a doctoral student from the Universidad de Zaragoza in Spain. While at the CSRC, she will analyze English language films and the unique position of female characters that exist on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, paying special attention to how contemporary globalization and transnationalism informs these character portrayals. We wish her a productive quarter!
CSRC researcher admitted to Luskin School
The CSRC congratulates Ross Lenihan, who has been accepted into the master’s program in public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Lenihan played an essential role as a research assistant on several CSRC projects, including Hate Speech in the Media and Access to Health Care by Spanish-Speaking Latinos.
Buddy Day held at CSRC
The Vice Provost Initiative for Pre-College Scholars (VIPS) hosted a Buddy Day on March 8 for forty underserved and low-income high school students from the Los Angeles and Pasadena public school districts. For many of these students, this was their first time on a college campus. The visitors attended classes with UCLA students and received admissions information. The CSRC hosted the student panel portion of the program, during which UCLA students addressed the group and answered their questions.
A Ver author elected to CAA board
Constance Cortez, associate professor of art history at Texas Tech University, has been elected to the board of directors for the College Art Association. Among her many publications is Carmen Lomas Garza
, one of the award-winning titles in the CSRC Press’s A Ver book series.
CSRC hosts course on collections management
The CSRC is pleased to serve as the main classroom for CAEM 142/242/IS 289: “Managing Collections for Museums, Libraries, and Archives,” a new undergraduate course taught by Ellen Pearlstein, associate professor in the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and the Department of Information Studies. Using CSRC collections as a guide, this course aims to make students aware of the different roles involved in the preservation of collections held in various institutions. Students will learn how these materials are assessed for physical condition and how documentation—including individual reports and general assessment surveys—are important for attracting funding for the collections’ preservation, a responsibility shared among numerous specialists.
CSRC to record contemporary authors
During the spring quarter the CSRC will be video recording guest authors whose work is being studied in Spanish 155/CS 191: “Chicana and Chicano Narrative.” Héctor Calderón, professor of Spanish and Portuguese, will be interviewing Marco Acosta, Ron Arias, John Rechy, Demetria Martinez, and Lucha Corpi following class discussions about their work. The recordings will be placed in the CSRC Library for future study, similar to Calderón’s interview of musician Aldo Acuña of Maldita Vecindad, which was published in the Spring 2006 issue of Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies
CSRC lends films for screening in London
The South London Gallery will be holding a two-part screening program on April 3 and 10 to celebrate the artistic output of the Chicano arts collective Asco. The first program will feature documentary footage of the Chicano Moratorium interspersed with original material by Asco and their contemporaries. The second program explores individual works by some of Asco’s members in the punk music scene and presents these together with films that take a close look at the self-performative aspects of Chicano art. Jesse Lerner, a Los Angeles-based writer and filmmaker, helped curate the screenings, which are being shown in conjunction with the exhibition Glam! The Performance of Style
at Tate Liverpool, which features some of Asco’s work. The program is available here
. The CSRC loaned films from our Chicano Cinema & Media Arts Series
for the gallery screenings
as well materials to the Glam!
Asco retrospective travels to MUAC
Visiting scholar receives degree for research at CSRC
Madlene Knoll received her master’s degree in political science from the University of Vienna in April 2012 after receiving an “A” on her thesis, “Hybridity as a New Model of Society in a World that is Challenged by Multiculturalism: Analyzing the Example of Chicanos in California.” Knoll conducted a large portion of her research at the CSRC.
Passing of Raymond L. Telles
The CSRC mourns the passing of Raymond L. Telles Jr., the first Hispanic mayor of a major American city, the first Hispanic U.S. ambassador, and a decorated U.S. Air Force colonel. He was also the father of Cynthia A. Telles, director of the Spanish Speaking Psychosocial Clinic at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and a good friend of the CSRC. In honor of the late Ambassador Telles, who passed away March 8, his family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Raymond L. Telles Scholarship Fund
, which has been established to benefit students of El Paso. An official Facebook page
has been created that is devoted to Telles, and an obituary published in the El Paso Times
is viewable on the CSRC website. (PDF)
CSRC in the News
“Ramiro Gomez: From Hollywood Nanny to Non-Confrontational Protest Artist”
ABC News/Univision profiled artist Ramiro Gomez and his recent installations in Washington D.C., with additional mention of Gomez's exhibition at the CSRC.
ABC News/Univision, March 22, 2013 (PDF)
“Cardboard Art Reveals Hidden Immigrant Life Amid the Affluent”
The KCET-TV newsprogram SoCal Connected interviewed artist Ramiro Gomez about his work and exhibition at the CSRC.
To view the segment, click here
SoCal Connected, KCET-TV, March 20, 2013
“We Need Real Immigration Reform”
CSRC visiting scholar Alvaro Huerta published an opinion piece on immigration reform in the Bradenton Herald (FL) that was then republished in UCLA Today.
, March 15, 2013 (PDF)
, March 18, 2013 (PDF)
“Arhoolie Records: 50 Years of Digging for Down-Home Music”
To hear the story with music, click here
NPR Weekend Edition
, March 16, 2013 (PDF)
UCLA Daily Media Coverage
, March 18, 2013 (PDF)
“La emperatriz de Japón visita una exposición del dominicano Freddy Rodríguez en Tokio”
Artist Freddy Rodriguez, who will be the subject of a forthcoming volume in the CSRC’s A Ver
book series, recently held an exhibition of his works in Tokyo and dedicated the show to the victims of the 2011 tsunami in Japan. In a rare public appearance, the Empress of Japan attended the exhibition.
El amanecer de Quisqueya
, March 15, 2013 (PDF)
“Artist Paints Latino Workers onto L.A. Landscape”
CSRC director Chon A. Noriega was interviewed in an Agence France-Presse (AFPTV) video segment on street artist Ramiro Gomez.
, March 7, 2013 (Link
Also announced in UCLA Daily Media Coverage
, March 12, 2013 (PDF)
“The Academy's Conundrum: Lupe Ontiveros”
CSRC director Chon A. Noriega republished his Director’s Message from the March 2012 CSRC newsletter on his blog for the Huffington Post, which was then announced at UCLA and reprinted on UCLA Today.
, March 1, 2013 (PDF)
, March 4, 2013 (PDF)
, March 4, 2013 (PDF)
All “In the News” articles are available in PDF format on the CSRC website.
Executive to present autobiography
Please join us Tuesday, April 9,
4:00–5:30 p.m. in the CSRC Library, when PepsiCo executive Richard Montañez discusses and signs his autobiography, A Boy, a Burrito, and a Cookie: From Janitor to Executive
(Tate Publishing, 2013). Among his many accomplishments, Montañez created the “Flamin' Hot” line of Frito-Lay snack products. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture.
Reception for new library exhibition
A reception celebrating the newest CSRC Library exhibition, Chican@s (re)Imagining Zapata, will be held Thursday, April 18, 3:00–5:00 p.m. Drawing exclusively from CSRC collections, Chican@s (re)Imagining Zapata examines the iconography of Emiliano Zapata, infamous general of the Mexican Revolution, in posters and newspapers produced during the 1960s and 1970s for the United Farm Workers (UFW) and in posters for subsequent Chicana/o organizations. Chican@s (re)Imagining Zapata is curated by Julia Fernandez, a senior art history student at UCLA and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. The exhibition will be on view April 15 through May 10, during regular library hours.
Anzoategui to perform one-woman play
On Wednesday, April 24, 3:30–5:00 p.m., performance artist Karen Anzoategui will perform Catholic School Daze in the CSRC Library. This forty-minute autobiographical work directed by Marcos Najera tells the story of a girl who is forced to attend Catholic high school, where she discovers not only her non-gender-conforming propensities but also her connection with and love of Christ. Bullied by administrators and schoolmates alike, Karen is forced to make difficult decisions to survive Catholic high school, even if it means becoming a “Catholic chola.” The performance will be followed by a Q&A and a “talk back” with the artist on topics such as trauma, religion, spirituality, and the queer community.
EJI series to feature Aguon
The UCLA Environmental Justice Initiative (EJI) Lecture Series continues on Thursday, April 25, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
, when Julian Aguon will present “The Poaching of Our Wildest Dreams: Indigenous Peoples, Predation, and the Law” at the UCLA Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, Room 1200. Aguon is an indigenous Chamoru activist, attorney, and author whose specialty is international human rights, especially the well-being of indigenous peoples of Micronesia and Oceania as a whole. The lecture series is organized by UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Institute of American Cultures, and Luskin School of Public Affairs, with each of UCLA’s ethnic studies centers and the UCLA Library serving as co-sponsors and co-hosts. Advance registration is requested; for more information please click here
Gil shares family history
Please join us Tuesday, April 30,
3:00–4:30 p.m. in the CSRC Library, when emeritus professor Carlos B. Gil discusses his recent award-winning book, We Became Mexican American: How Our Immigrant Family Survived to Pursue the American Dream
This is a candid account of the author’s forbearers, who abandoned their homes in west-central Mexico to go north, eventually laying the groundwork to pursue the American Dream in Southern California. The author reveals how his family adjusted to culture shock, describes the jobs the Gils took to put food on the table (including the micro businesses they launched), and narrates how they survived the Great Depression as well as a tragic accident that nearly derailed them. This event is co-sponsored by the UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies, Latin American Institute Center for Mexican Studies, Department of History, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies Paulo Freire Institute, and the CSRC.
Final week for Gomez exhibition
There’s still time to view Ramiro Gomez: Luxury, Interrupted
, installed in the CSRC Library and vitrine. The exhibition continues through April 8. Ramiro Gomez is a young artist who portrays Latino domestic workers employed in affluent Los Angeles neighborhoods. Gomez’s work has received extensive media attention in recent weeks (see In the News). CSRC Library exhibitions are free and viewable during regular library hours: Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Past events on CSRC YouTube
The CSRC YouTube channel
is your resource for most CSRC events—it’s the next best thing to being here! This month we’ve added a video
of the opening reception for the exhibition Ramiro Gomez: Luxury Interrupted
at the CSRC Library. CSRC director Chon A. Noriega introduced the event and the artist spoke about his work.
Also online is a video
of Maria Nieto discussing her novel Pig Behind the Bear
(Floricanto Press/Berkeley Press, 2012), the story of a junior newspaper reporter who finds herself embroiled in a murder mystery while working on a commemorative piece about Ruben Salazar. The author grew up in Highland Park and based many of her characters and locations on her own experiences.
Forthcoming from the Press
the latest volume in the CSRC’s award-winning A Ver: Revisioning Art History series, goes on press this month. Author Ramón García considers the life and work of Valverde, who dedicated himself to photographing the communities of East Los Angeles. Although Valverde documented people, places, and events, his images are never simply documentary. His work can be enigmatic, even disquieting — qualities enhanced in mixed-media works completed in the decade before his death in 1998, in which he altered earlier photographic prints by marking, painting, and scratching. Ricardo Valverde,
volume 8 in the A Ver
series, can be pre-ordered from the distributor, University of Minnesota Press
The CSRC has two Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship opportunities available this summer. The internships run Monday, June 10, through Friday, August 16, and each offers a stipend of $3,500. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 26, 5 p.m.
Preservation and Research
The CSRC Library is seeking one intern to work on arts-related archival preservation and access through the CSRC Library. The intern will work under the supervision of CSRC librarian and archivist Lizette Guerra and CSRC data assets manager Jennifer Walters. The intern will be exposed to all aspects of archival processing, research, and the registrar processes. Projects will include digital resource management of photo-heavy collections including arrangement, digitization, and metadata. Duties may include but are not limited to:
Processing and documenting Chicano arts materials according to professional archival standards adopted by the CSRC.
Arranging and describing image-heavy collections.
Upload digitized photographs and arts images onto the UCLA Digital Library.
Attaching metadata to digital objects using Encoded Archival Description (EAD), create finding aids for collections.
Applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter via e-mail to Lizette Guerra, CSRC librarian by Friday, April 26, 5 p.m.,
. For details about the internship program, visit the Getty website
Publications and Programs
The CSRC Press is seeking one intern to provide assistance with activities related to the A Ver: Revisioning Art History book series. This series explores the cultural, aesthetic, and historical contributions of Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, and other U.S. Latino artists. Interns will gain career-relevant experience in the area of publications and public programs and will develop their communications and development skills through contact with authors, artists, curators, and museums. Responsibilities may include, but may not be limited to:
Researching and compiling bibliographies and exhibition histories.
Working with authors and artists to develop art programs and illustration captions.
Managing permissions programs.
Archiving series-related materials.
Developing web-based content for the series.
The intern will work under the supervision of the CSRC director and senior editor for a period of ten weeks. The CSRC Press is conveniently located on the UCLA campus, adjacent to the CSRC Library. Applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter via e-mail to Javier Iribarren, CSRC assistant director, at email@example.com
by Friday, April 26, 5 p.m.
For details about the internship program visit the Getty website
Grants for students and advanced researchers
Applications are now being accepted for the CSRC’s 2013-14 small grants program, which is offered in cooperation with the UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC). UCLA faculty, staff, IAC post-doctoral visiting scholars and researchers and graduate students are eligible to apply. While all applications related to Chicano-Latino studies are welcome, the CSRC encourages proposals dealing with interethnic relations that will increase collaboration between the UCLA ethnic studies centers and/or between the centers and other campus units.
The CSRC is also offering two student research awards of $2,500 from the Tamar Diana Wilson Fund. These awards are for conducting original research projects in the United States, Mexico, and Central America on urban poverty and poverty alleviation as they apply to Latinos and Mexican and Central American indigenous populations. To apply, check both the Chicana/o Studies and the Tamar Diana Wilson Fund boxes on the IAC application.
Applicants to either program should submit applications electronically to CSRC assistant director Javier Iribarren. Those interested in applying can read about the application process and access the electronic application on the IAC website
. Questions about the program can be sent to CSRC associate director Javier Iribarren at firstname.lastname@example.org
. All applications are available online and must be received by 5:00 p.m.
on Tuesday, April 23
. Awards will be announced by the third week in June.