CSRC Newsletter - April 2018
Volume 16, Number 8
In March 1968, some 20,000 students in Eastside L.A. high schools walked out of their classes to protest unequal education for students of Mexican descent. It was the largest such student protest in U.S. history. Fifty years later, the walkouts returned in full force as the political voice for minors when students nationwide protested governmental inaction and silence in the face of the increasing number of mass shootings at public schools. A second walkout is planned for April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. The National School Walkout website frames its mission by contrasting policies for weapons and voting: “America is the only country in the world where so many people are killed by guns, and yet our leaders do nothing about it. In many states it’s more difficult to register to vote than it is to buy a rifle. Apparently to some politicians, a vote is scarier than a gun.” The focus of these protests has been the assault rifle, in particular semi-automatic rifles based on the AR-15, a weapon initially developed for the military. Needless to say, there has been a lot of debate and name-calling by the adults, but the students’ point remains clear: the rate of mass shootings has tripled since 2011 and, as each shooting more closely follows the previous one, politicians remain steadfast in expressing their sympathies while declaring that now is the not the time for politics. But if you are a politician, politics is your 24/7 job. Therefore, we must take these retorts as essentially political and as statements aimed at fundraisers more than constituents, who largely support gun control.
Exactly what are the facts? In the United States, there are an estimated 3.75 million AR-15-style rifles among the civilian population, according to one source. How many assault rifles does the US military have? While it’s easy to find out what weapons are in the US arsenal, it’s more difficult to get a precise number for any given weapon. Let’s assume every member of the military is given an assault rifle: that would total 1.43 million assault rifles. Even assuming the US military has an equal number of assault rifles in reserve, the civilian population still has the military outgunned by nearly one million assault rifles. Clearly, the civilian population represents a growth market for makers of assault rifles, since the number of military personnel is unlikely to grow year to year. The profits are shared with elected officials in the form of campaign donations. And the mass shootings at schools and elsewhere increase. Here’s the rub: assault rifles make up just one percent of the firearms in the country.
The Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibition ¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege, will be on view at the California Historical Society in San Francisco from April 7 through September 16. The exhibition, which tells the stories of eight local murals, includes materials on loan from the CSRC. The murals were created by Barbara Carrasco, Yreina D. Cervántez and Alma López, Roberto Chavez, Ernesto de la Loza, Willie F. Herrón III, Sergio O'Cadiz Moctezuma, and East Los Streetscapers. The exhibition was organized by the California Historical Society and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes.
Casos de Justicia: The Los Angeles Street Vendor Movement, an exhibition curated by LeighAnna Hidalgo, a doctoral student in Chicana/o studies at UCLA, will be on view at Espacio 1839 the weekend of April 8. The gallery is located at 1839 E. 1st St. in Boyle Heights. For more information, visit the gallery’s Facebook page. The exhibition, which was on view in February in the CSRC Library, was created with support from grants from the UCLA Institute of American Cultures and the Tamar Diana Wilson Fund, which is administered by the CSRC.
The exhibition Ricardo Valverde: Experimental Sights, 1971–1996, curated by CSRC visiting scholar Cecilia Fajardo-Hill for the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) in 2014, will be on display at Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City from April 19 through July 15. According to Espie Valverde, the artist’s widow, Centro de la Imagen was among the artist’s favorite institutions dedicated to photography. The exhibition at Centro de la Imagen will feature five videos and more than 140 photographs. For more information, visit the museum’s website. The original exhibition was part of an ongoing partnership between the CSRC and VPAM. A PDF of the exhibition catalog, produced by CSRC Press, is available for download from the CSRC website. The award-winning monograph Ricardo Valverde, by Ramón García, was published by CSRC Press and is distributed by University of Minnesota Press.
The CSRC mourns the passing of Joaquin G. Avila, who died March 9. Avila, an expert on minority voting rights and a MacArthur Fellow, crafted the 2001 California Voting Rights Act. In 2003–4 he was a visiting scholar at the CSRC and a visiting professor at the law school. During that time he published the CSRC policy brief Political Apartheid in California: Consequences of Excluding a Growing Noncitizen Population. The report made it into the hands of conservative commentator Lou Dobbs, who derided it on the air, prompting his listeners to make angry calls and send hate mail to the CSRC in the form of dozens of e-mail messages and faxes. (CSRC director Chon A. Noriega’s op-ed about this experience, which was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, is reprinted here.) We honor Avila’s brilliance and his lifelong advocacy for the civil rights of people of color, and we express our condolences to his family and friends.
The CSRC mourns the passing of Francisco García-Ayvens, who died February 12. García-Ayvens was a deeply respected Chicana/o studies librarian. He worked at the CSRC during the 1970s and early 2000s. He also worked at UC Berkeley and at Cal State University campuses in Fullerton and Dominguez Hills. Among his many publications were invaluable reference guides for Chicano studies, including the Chicano Periodical Index (1981; with Richard Chabrán), the Chicano Anthology Index (1990), and Ethnic Orange County: An Ethnic Resources Directory (1987). The CSRC honors his commitment to Chicano studies librarianship and his assistance to and mentorship of countless students and scholars along the way.
CSRC in the News
Miami New Times, March 27, 2018 (PDF)
ArtNews, March 27, 2018 (PDF)
Los Angeles Times, March 23, 2018 (PDF)
Newsday, March 15, 2018 (PDF)
New York Times, March 15, 2018 (PDF)
Associated Press, March 12, 2018 (PDF)
UCLA Newsroom, March 09, 2018 (PDF)
Hyperallergic, March 05, 2018 (PDF)
United Way: Greater Los Angeles, February 26, 2018 (PDF)
ArtNexus, February 09, 2018 (PDF)
All “In the News” articles are available in PDF format on the CSRC website.
Performances through Sunday, April 8
Plaza de La Raza, 3540 North Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031
To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the 1968 Eastside student walkouts, About . . . Productions presents the Evangeline Initiative, a series of youth-oriented programs that include a restaging of the critically acclaimed production Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe. It is the first Eastside staging of this musical about an Eastside high school graduate who is a devoted daughter by day and a West Hollywood go-go dancer by night. The show will run through April 8 at Plaza de la Raza in Lincoln Heights. Evangeline incorporates a Grammy Award–winning songbook by Louie Pérez and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos. Gaby Moreno, a Guatemalan-born L.A.-based singer-songwriter, will perform in the title role. For tickets, click here. The Evangeline Initiative is co-sponsored by the CSRC.
Friday, April 6, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
The fourth session in a series, this event addresses legal and ethical issues pertaining to digital archiving. Featured speakers include representatives from Washington State University, Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, the United States Library of Congress, and the Prelinger Archives. A roundtable discussion and refreshments will follow the presentations. This event is organized by the UCLA Digital Archiving Collective, a cross-campus organization with members from the Department of Information Studies; Department of Communication Studies; Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media; Center for Digital Humanities; Film and Television Archive; Ethnomusicology Archive; Library and Digital Library Program; Music Library; Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies; Asian American Studies Center; American Indian Studies Center; and the CSRC.
Thursday, April 26, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
Jonathan Yahalom, clinical psychologist and a CSRC visiting scholar for 2017-18, will share findings from his extensive study of family caregiving for elders with dementia in rural Oaxaca, Mexico. Yahalom, who conducted his research in the Zapotec language, will explore how aging, dementia, and caregiving are associated with macro-level social changes in Oaxaca, including those related to social cohesion and local stigmas about illness. The presentation will address themes pertaining to clinical psychology, medical anthropology, and contemporary research in Mexico.
All CSRC events are free and do not require an RSVP unless otherwise noted. Programs are subject to change. For the most current information, visit the Events page on the CSRC website.
This exhibition of photographs, newspapers, and ephemera pertaining to the historic Eastside student walkouts of 1968 draws from six CSRC archival collections: Sal Castro Papers, La Raza Newspaper and Magazine Records, La Raza Photograph Collection, Chicano Newspaper Collection, Oscar Castillo Papers, and Oscar Castillo Photograph Collection. The exhibition is divided into four thematic components: photographs by Devra Weber of the walkouts at Roosevelt High School; the East Los Angeles 13; the sit-in at the LAUSD boardroom; and the struggle to reinstate Sal Castro as an LAUSD educator. The exhibition opened March 10, as part of the CSRC’s weekend-long program commemorating the walkouts, and is installed in the CSRC library, vitrines, conference room, and hallways. It will remain on view through August 3 and is open for viewing during library hours. The exhibition is curated by Carlos Manuel Haro and Bryant Partida, with assistance from Oscar Castillo and Johnny Ramirez, and support from the Tamar Diana Wilson Fund and Carlos M. Haro Scholarship Fund. For more information, click here.
On March 15, forty-five students along with three parents and a guidance counselor from Summit Tahoma High School visited the CSRC Library. CSRC librarian Xaviera Flores welcomed the group and gave a presentation to them on the history of the CSRC and its resources for research. Summit Tahoma is a public charter school in San Jose.
On March 20, approximately forty students from Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria visited the CSRC Library. In addition to meeting with the CSRC librarian, the students heard from and spoke with several third-year undergraduate students who had transferred to UCLA from community colleges. The visit was part of an ongoing program coordinated by UCLA’s Center for Community College Partnerships.
The exhibition Memorias del subdesarrollo: El giro descolonial en el arte de América Latina, 1960–1985 (Memories of Underdevelopment: Art and the Decolonial Turn in Latin America, 1960-1985) is on display at El Museo Jumex in Mexico City through September 9. Curated by Julieta González, the show features 127 digitized works from America en la Mira, a touring exhibition that visited UCLA in 1980. Approximately seventy-five percent of the works in America en la Mira is now archived at the CSRC. For more information on this collection, see the finding aid on the Online Archive of California here.
The Chicana/o Education Pipeline: History, Institutional Critique, and Resistance explores the relationships between Chicana/o students, families, and communities and the various school settings that comprise the education pipeline, from kindergarten classrooms through postsecondary programs and postgraduate experiences. The essays, which appeared in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies between 1970 and 2015, present a historical overview that spans the 1880s to the present. The editors, Michaela J. L. Mares-Tamayo and Daniel G. Solórzano, selected the essays for their potential to spark discussions about Chicana/o experiences and resilience in US schools.
The anthology is divided into three parts: Chicana/o Educational History, K-12 Education, and Postsecondary Education. Each part begins with an introduction by Mares-Tamayo and Solórzano and concludes with a list of selected resources. The Chicana/o Education Pipeline reveals how educational institutions have operated in contradictory ways for Chicana/o students: they have depressed and marginalized as well as emancipated and empowered them.
Visit the CSRC Press website to view the table of contents. The Chicana/o Education Pipeline may be ordered from the distributor, University of Washington Press.
This paid summer internship at the CSRC is structured around current and ongoing CSRC projects in the arts. In addition to contributing to the CSRC’s mission to provide information resources on Chicano history and culture, the intern—who must be enrolled in an undergraduate program—will gain career-relevant archival experience. Duties may include but are not limited to:
- Arranging and describing art and artist collections.
- Digitizing cultural heritage materials
- Assisting with creating online exhibitions with our digital archive partners
- Describing and preserving digital objects
- Creating finding aids using Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) and Encoded Archival Description (EAD)
Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Xaviera Flores, CSRC Archivist and Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline: April 27 at 5:00 p.m. For more details about the MUI program, visit the Getty website.