CSRC Newsletter - March 2018
Volume 16, Number 7
This month, the CSRC is proud to present a major two-day event on the fiftieth anniversary of the East L.A. walkouts (see Events, below). The walkouts are a defining feature of the Chicano civil rights movement, and they speak to the ongoing struggle for educational access and equity regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or nationality. We must appreciate the historical contributions of the students in 1968 that protested for equity in the face of intransigent public schools, law enforcement, and government. There are vital lessons to be learned from their example. As a society we can and must do better, not only as a matter of social justice but also because our future depends on the education and opportunities that we provide our youth. In California these youths are predominantly Latina/o: 51.4 percent statewide, 61.6 percent in Los Angeles County, and 72.3 percent among students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. It’s a cliché to say that today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. But that misses the point. As the walkouts made clear in 1968, and as we are seeing today in response to mass shootings at public schools, students can bring about needed change when adults have failed to do their job.
Also at CAA, artist and UCLA professor Judy Baca was honored with a 2018 CAA Distinguished Artist Award. Anna Indych-López, professor of art history at CUNY Graduate Center, interviewed Baca for the Distinguished Artist Interview series. Indych-López is the author of the newly released Judith F. Baca, volume 11 in the A Ver: Revisioning Art History series published by CSRC Press
Charlene Villaseñor Black has been named the founding editor in chief of Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture, a new quarterly peer-reviewed journal to be published by University of California Press. The journal will focus on Latin American and Latinx visual culture from all time periods (ancient, colonial, modern, and contemporary) from Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and the United States, as well as communities in diaspora. LALVC will consider all aspects of visual expression, including art history, material culture, architecture, film and media, architecture, museum studies, pop culture, fashion, public art, and activism. The first issue is scheduled for publication in January 2019. Submissions are being accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Author guidelines can be found here. Other inquiries should be directed to the editorial staff at LALVCeditor@ucpress.edu. Black is also editor of the CSRC’s Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies.
Chicana/o studies graduate student Rafael R. Solórzano and sociology graduate student Rocío R. García have been named the UCLA recipients of 2018-19 dissertation-completion fellowships offered by the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) and the Mellon Foundation. Solórzano and García will be part of a national cohort of outstanding doctoral students from five universities. Fellowships include a stipend, mentorship, and participation in the IUPLR conference and summer institute. The CSRC is a founding member of the IUPLR and contributed to establishing this fellowship program for students who are writing dissertations focused on Chicana/o or Latina/o studies and utilizing humanities-based research methods. The program has been renewed for a second five-year period.
Bernadine Hernández, assistant professor of English at the University of New Mexico and this year’s CSRC IAC visiting scholar, will publish her essay “Dying to Be Beautiful: (Re) Membering the Women of Juárez, the Commodification of Death, and the Non-Universal Standards of Beauty” in WSQ (Women’s Studies Quarterly), in a themed issue dedicated to interdisciplinary explorations of beauty. The issue will be published May 8.
The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is raising funds to display the mural Chicano History as part of its current exhibition Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo. Chicano History was created in 1970 by artists Eduardo Carrillo, Ramses Noriega, Sergio Hernandez, and Sol Solache and installed at the CSRC shortly after the center’s founding in 1969. The museum is holding a crowdsourcing campaign to cover the costs of transporting, installing, and insuring the mural. To donate, click here. The exhibition closes June 3.
The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo, a new documentary by writer, director, and producer Phillip Rodriguez, tells the story of Oscar Zeta Acosta, the Chicano lawyer, author, and activist. Acosta inspired the character of Dr. Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, written by Acosta’s friend Hunter S. Thompson. Rodriguez drew extensively from images in the CSRC’s La Raza Photograph Collection for the film, which premieres Friday, March 23, on PBS. Two free community screenings will be offered in advance of the televised premiere: March 9, 6:30 p.m., LA Plaza De Culturas y Artes, 501 N. Main Street (click here to register); and March 14, 6:30 p.m., West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard (click here to register). Both screenings will include special guests and discussion.
Seraina Rohrer, director of the Solothurn Film Festival and former CSRC visiting scholar, has published the book La India María: Mexploitation and the Films of María Elena Velasco (University of Texas Press, 2017). While in residence at the CSRC, Rohrer conducted significant research on comedienne Velasco and her films.
Laura E. Gómez, professor of law, sociology and Chicana/o studies at UCLA and former CSRC Faculty Advisory Committee member, has published the second edition of her groundbreaking book Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race (NYU Press, 2018). In celebration, the School of Law will host Gómez for a book talk, signing, and reception on March 6 at 6:30 p.m. in room 1314. Gómez will be introduced by Devon Carbado, associate vice chancellor of BruinX for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law. Books (normally $26) will be on sale at a discounted rate: $10 for current students with ID, and $20 for all others. To RSVP, click here.
The CSRC welcomes back to UCLA Karen Umemoto, newly appointed and inaugural holder of the Helen and Morgan Chu Endowed Director’s Chair of the Asian American Studies Center. A Bruin, Umemoto received a master’s degree in Asian American studies from UCLA and a doctorate in urban studies from MIT. Since 1996 she has served on the faculty of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. We welcome her to the Institute of American Cultures, home of UCLA’s four ethnic studies research centers.
CSRC in the News
Los Angeles Review of Books, February 23, 2018 (PDF)
UCLA Library Powell Blog, February 13, 2018 (PDF)
ARTnews, February 13, 2018 (PDF)
CSU Communications Studies blog, January 18, 2018 (PDF)
All “In the News” articles are available in PDF format on the CSRC website.
To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Eastside walkouts, the CSRC will hold a two-day event with panels, lectures, film screenings, and an exhibition. On Saturday, March 10, a speakers’ program will feature walkout participants and scholars; it will conclude with a tour of an exhibition at the CSRC Library of related materials from archival collections. On Sunday, March 11, the 1995 PBS documentary episode “Taking Back the Schools” and the 2005 HBO film Walkout! will be screened. Producers Susan Racho and Moctesuma Esparza, respectively, will introduce their films. A Q&A will follow the screenings. This event is organized by the CSRC and co-sponsored by the Fowler Museum at UCLA, the Institute of American Cultures, the Division of Social Sciences, the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, the Latino Politics and Policy Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies. These events are free but registration is required. To register, please go to the EventBrite pages for both the Saturday and Sunday events. Walk-ins will be accommodated twenty minutes after each day’s program begins, seats permitting.
Plaza de La Raza, 3540 North Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031
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, which opens Saturday, March 10, as part of the CSRC’s weekend-long program commemorating the walkouts (see Events, above), will be installed in the CSRC library, vitrines, conference room, and hallways. It will remain on view through June 15. The exhibition is curated by Carlos Manuel Haro and Bryant Partida, with assistance from Johnny Ramirez and support from the Tamar Diana Wilson Fund.
The exhibition Las Causas: Zines from the Chicano Studies Research Center Archive is on view in the Powell Library Rotunda through March 24. The exhibition was curated by CSRC archives specialist Doug Johnson and showcases small handcrafted booklets created in 2005 and 2016 by undergraduates in Chicana/o Studies 10A and 10B, “Introduction to Chicana/o Studies.” The booklets reflect students’ creative engagement with various aspects of Chicana/o culture. The exhibition also includes zines created and collected by Tatiana de la Tierra, a Colombia-born activist and writer whose collection of papers is housed at the CSRC. Las Causas is on view during Powell Library hours. To read an interview with Johnson and CSRC librarian Xaviera Flores about the exhibition, see In the News, above.
Processing of the Esteban Torres Papers has been completed. Torres represented southeastern Los Angeles County in the U.S. House of Representatives for eight terms, from 1983 to 1999. Before that he worked in the Carter administration, first as the U.S. ambassador to UNESCO and then as the special assistant to the president for Hispanic affairs. Materials in the collection evidence the prodigious research Torres undertook, especially in regard to legislation concerning the environment, labor issues, consumer protection, and defense. The collection also contains administrative files, correspondence with constituents and colleagues, photographs, and campaign materials. His work as an activist and labor organizer prior to his congressional service is also represented. The finding aid for the Esteban Torres Papers will be available soon on the Online Archive of California, after which the collection will be available for research.
On February 15, CSRC librarian Xaviera Flores led a tour of the La Raza exhibition at the Autry Museum of the American West for the Los Angeles Archivists Collective. Flores discussed the behind-the-scenes work of the CSRC La Raza Digitization Project team, which prepared images for the curators and for display. She also discussed the essential role archivists play in museum exhibitions and digital preservation.
The Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP) provides a national forum for graduate students to share, explore, and discuss the representation and interpretation of Latino cultures in the context of the American experience. It provides a unique opportunity to meet and engage with Smithsonian professionals, scholars from renowned universities, and leaders in the museum field. The 2018 program will run July 9 through August 17. Participation is free and includes lodging, round-trip travel to Washington, D.C., and a modest stipend. For more information and to apply, visit http://latino.si.edu/Education/LMSP. Deadline to apply: March 16.