CSRC Newsletter - November 2016

Volume 15, Number 2

Director’s Message

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Chon A. Noriega
Director and Professor
 

News

Day of the Dead celebrated in residence halls
CSRC associate director Charlene Villaseñor Black organized her seventh annual Día de los Muertos celebration for UCLA students who live in the residence halls, with the help of undergraduate resident assistants Lizz Pérez and Clarissa Gómez, who both work with the Chicano/Latino Living/Learning Community in Sproul Residence Hall. On October 28 approximately 200 attendees, primarily undergraduates, made and decorated sugar skulls, set up ofrendas, did face painting, learned papel picado, and feasted on Mexican food, including pan de muertos. Student dancers in Grupo Folklórico de UCLA performed a variety of traditional and regional Mexican dances. Mariachi de Uclatlán, led by ethnomusicology doctoral student Logan Clark, performed traditional music, including a tribute to Juan Gabriel. Villaseñor Black is faculty-in-residence in the residence halls, and a professor in the Department of Art History and the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies. She organized her first Día de los Muertos event as faculty at Michigan State University in 1995 with Latina artist Theresa Rosado.
 
Anreus and Azaceta to appear at museum focused on Cuban diaspora
The American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora will inaugurate its new venue at 1200 Coral Way in Miami on November 17 with the exhibition Luis Cruz Azaceta: Dictators, Terrorism, War and Exiles, curated by Alejandro Anreus, professor of art at William Paterson University. On Saturday, November 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the museum, Anreus will discuss his monograph on the artist, Luis Cruz Azaceta, published by CSRC Press. The artist will be present at the book presentation, which will be followed that evening by the public opening of the exhibition, on view through March 2017. For more information, contact info@thecuban.org.
 
CSRC loans to PST exhibitions
The CSRC is lending artworks from its collection to several exhibitions that are being produced for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an exploration of Latin American and Latino art taking place in Los Angeles beginning September 2017. Most recently, the CSRC has agreed to lend Family Car with Dog (1992) by Frank Romero to Dreamland: A Frank Romero Retrospective at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA). In addition, CSRC will lend a silk-screen print of the poster Welcome to America’s Finest Tourist Plantation (1988) by Elizabeth Sisco, Louis Hock, and David Avalos to The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility at the Craft and Folk Art Museum. The poster, created for a San Diego public art project, was displayed on the back of city buses. The sole surviving mounted poster will be featured at the CSRC Open House on November 17 (see Events).

Haro presents at CYLC
The Chicano Youth Leadership Conference (CYLC), founded by the late education leader Sal Castro, was held October 14–16 at Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu. High school juniors from the Los Angeles Unified School District attended the three-day event, which encourages academic achievement in Chicano and Latino students by teaching cultural history and building ethnic pride. Carlos Haro, CSRC assistant director emeritus, taught a session on the Mendez v. Westminster education case. Since the CYLC’s founding in 1963, approximately 10,000 Mexican Americans and other Latinas/os have attended the annual conference and gone on to attend college. The Sal Castro Collection at the Chicano Studies Research Center is currently being processed as part of the three-year archival project “Providing Access to Mexican American Social History in Los Angeles, 1960s and 1970s,” which is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
 
No Más Bebés wins John E. O’Connor Film Award
The 2016 John E. O’Connor Film Award for documentary filmmaking will be presented to Renee Tajima-Peña (director) and Virginia Espino (producer) for their documentary No Más Bebés (Moon Canyon Films, 2015) at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association (AHA) in January 2017. The O’Connor Award is awarded annually by the AHA for outstanding interpretations of history through film. No Más Bebés tells the story of Madrigal v. Quilligan, a lawsuit brought against the Los Angeles County–USC Medical Center in 1975 for nonconsensual sterilization of delivery patients who were primarily Latina. As part of her research, Espino consulted the Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez Sterilization Papers at the CSRC. In addition, some interviews for the film were conducted in the CSRC Library. A research grant from the CSRC supported various aspects of the project.
 
Visiting scholars for 2016-17
The CSRC welcomes the following visiting scholars and researchers:
 
  • Elizabeth González Cárdenas, PhD
    Cárdenas holds a doctorate and an MA from UCLA in social sciences and comparative education, with a specialization in race and ethnic studies. Her current project, “L@s Semiller@s de Chicana/o Studies,” focuses on the impact of early Chicana/o studies programs on intellectual, curricular, and pedagogical approaches to educating first-generation college students at institutions in Southern California. She will spend her time at the CSRC studying the CSRC Administrative Files and the CSRC Internal Files housed at UCLA Special Collections.
  • Vanessa Díaz, PhD
    Díaz is this year’s CSRC IAC visiting researcher and a Ford fellow. She is a journalist, filmmaker, and scholar. She earned her PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan in 2015. In 2006 she completed the independent feature-length documentary Cuban HipHop: Desde el Principio. She is currently adapting her dissertation, “Manufacturing Celebrity and Marketing Fame: An Ethnographic Study of Celebrity Media Production,” into a book manuscript. Her research focuses on hierarchies of labor as well as ethno-racial and gender politics in the production of celebrity-focused media.
  • Carlos M. Haro, PhD
    Haro, assistant director emeritus of the CSRC, will continue his multiyear research project into Chicano education, oral histories, and comparative and international education. He will also assist with the preservation of the Sal Castro Collection at the CSRC.
  • Celia Lacayo, PhD
    Lacayo holds a doctorate in ethnic studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the sociology department. Her research focuses on race and ethnicity, immigration, and media. Her dissertation, "Mapping Latino Racialization: White Attitudes Towards Latinos and Policy Preferences in Orange County California," examines white attitudes toward Latinos and their policy preferences as well as the role media stereotypes play in contemporary race relations and stratification. Her current research looks at white racial ideologies and Latino segregation.
  • Rafael Arriaga Martínez, PhD
    Martínez holds a doctorate in social sciences from the Sorbonne in Paris. He received an MA in sociology from Université Paris 8 in Saint-Denis. He also lectures at San Diego State University, Imperial Valley Campus, and at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California. His research focuses on the immigration debate in the United States, particularly the assumption that the 9/11 attacks and violence along the US-Mexico border have promoted the comprehension of immigration as a clash of civilizations.
  • Katy M. Pinto, PhD
    Pinto is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her current research focuses on educational and health inequality for Latinos and the structural factors that affect educational and health outcomes.
New videos on CSRC YouTube
 
  • Book Talk: Selfa A. Chew presents “Uprooting Community: Japanese Mexicans, WWII, and U.S.-Mexico Borderlands” (October 13, 2016) (video) Chew, visiting assistant professor of history at University of Texas, El Paso, discusses her recent book examining the difficult circumstances of Japanese Mexicans during World War II. The author uses archival discoveries and oral histories to challenge the notion that Japanese Mexicans enjoyed the protection of the Mexican government during the war, and argue that they were instead victims of racial prejudice. The event was introduced by UCLA history and Asian American studies professor Valerie Matsumoto and special guest Miguel Juárez, a doctoral student in history at UTEP and former CSRC librarian. 
  • Artist’s Talk: Star Montana discusses Tear Drops & Three Dots (October 19, 2016) (video) Montana discusses her solo exhibition Selections from Tear Drops & Three Dots, which was on display at the CSRC Library from August 22 to October 28, 2016. The exhibition was curated by Emily Butts, curatorial assistant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

CSRC in the News

“East L.A. Photographer Laura Aguilar Has Been Doing Something Daring”
L.A. Weekly previewed the forthcoming exhibition Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell, opening at the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) in September 2017. In collaboration with VPAM, the CSRC Press will publish a catalog to accompany the exhibition.
L.A. Weekly, October 25, 2016 (PDF)
 
“UCLA Panel on ‘Political Impacts of Election on Communities of Color’”
The CSRC was mentioned as a co-sponsor of the panel discussion “Beyond the Elections: Political Impacts on Communities of Color,” held October 27 in the CSRC Library.
Asian American Press, October 21, 2016 (PDF)
 
“UC Riverside Holds Second Annual Wong Forum on Art and the Immigrant Experience Symposium”
UCR Today noted that CSRC director Chon A. Noriega will speak at the second annual Wong Forum on Art and the Immigrant Experience at UC Riverside on November 4. This year’s symposium theme will be “The Art of Homeland in the United States.”
UCR Today, October 19, 2016 (PDF)
 
 All “In the News” articles are available in PDF format on the CSRC website.
 

Events

Workshop: Diversity Graduate School Workshop—“Got Graduate School?”
Tuesday, November 8, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Cal Poly Pomona, 3801 W. Temple Ave, Pomona, CA 91768
Lyra Suite, 1st floor of Bronco Student Center (BSC)
Alvaro Huerta, assistant professor at Cal Poly Pomona, will moderate a panel discussion of the application process for graduate school. Panelists include Courtney Knapp, assistant professor and graduate coordinator, Department of Urban Planning, Cal Poly Pomona; Jennifer Choy, associate director of admissions and recruitment, Department of Urban Planning, UCLA; and Monique Garibay, graduate student in urban and regional planning, Cal Poly Pomona. The CSRC is a co-sponsor of this event.
 
Panel: “Caravan Against Repression in Mexico”
Monday, November 14, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
CSRC Library—144 Haines Hall
Representatives fighting against state repression and the U.S. militarization of Mexico will speak at the CSRC about their cause. They include two mothers of the forty-three disappeared students of Ayotzinapa; a student from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero; agricultural workers of San Quintín; a representative and relative of a political prisoner from the Committee of Victims from Nochixtlán, Oaxaca; a member of the Otomí community from Xochicuautla; and a mother from Return Our Daughters Home of Ciudad Juárez. This event is co-sponsored by the Latin American Institute, the American Indian Studies Center, and the CSRC.
 
CSRC Annual Open House
Thursday, November 17, 4:00–7:00 p.m.
CSRC Library—144 Haines Hall
Join us for the annual CSRC Open House, which this year will mark the official opening of Taking to the Streets: Art in Public Space at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, an exhibition curated by Karen Rapp. Taking to the Streets, which will remain on view in the CSRC Library through Winter Quarter, highlights diverse selections from the CSRC’s archival holdings and previous projects that utilize public space as a site for artistic engagement and production. Artists represented in the show are Ramiro Gomez, Daniel J. Martinez, Sandra de la Loza, and the team of David Avalos, Louis Hock, and Elizabeth Sisco. The impetus for the show is a recent donation to the CSRC archive: Avalos, Hock, and Sisco’s Welcome to America’s Finest Tourist Plantation, a poster created by the artists for a public art project launched in San Diego in 1988. The poster was mounted on the back of city buses and offered a commentary on the city’s tourist industry being dependent on illegal immigrant laborers. The only remaining mounted poster has been conserved at UCLA and is now on permanent public display at the CSRC. Also meet CSRC staff and enjoy catering by Casablanca on the patio. See you there!
 
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.
 

CSRC Library

High school students visit the CSRC
October 24-28 was College Week for many schools in Los Angeles and neighboring cities. During College Week high school students have the opportunity to visit college campuses and gain insight into college life. Groups from two schools visited the CSRC Library as part of their tours: Academia Avance and Venice High School. Academia Avance, a charter school in Highland Park, brought thirty prospective students to the library and spent the morning listening to AA and UCLA alums talk about their college experiences. Venice High School brought nineteen students. Xaviera Flores, CSRC librarian, provided both groups with a tour of the library and its services.
 
Chicana/o studies students learn about library resources
CSRC librarian Xaviera Flores has begun offering instructional sessions for students enrolled in Chicana/o studies courses. Students learn about the library’s services, its many collections, and how to use primary sources, as well as the CSRC’s history and relationship to the Chicano Movement. Students from two courses visited the library in October. CS 10A: “Introduction to Chicana/o Studies, History and Culture,” taught by assistant professor Genevieve Carpio, has over 800 students enrolled, and several teaching assistants brought discussion groups of twenty-five to thirty students to tour the library. Students from CS 157: “Chicano Movement and Its Political Legacies,” taught by visiting professor Virginia Espino, also visited the library, where Flores engaged them with an activity that required analyzing different kinds of archival materials and original artifacts from the Chicano Movement era.
 
To schedule a tour of the CSRC Library, contact CSRC Librarian Xaviera Flores at xflores@chicano.ucla.edu.
 

CSRC Press

Aztlán, the premier journal of Chicana/o studies, is inviting new submissions! Aztlán publishes scholarship relevant to Chicana/o studies from all disciplines and interdisciplinary research as well. We welcome submissions in English and Spanish. We are seeking submissions for all three areas of the journal:
 
Essays
Our essays are research-based and come from a wide variety of disciplines—literature, sociology, history, political science, the arts, linguistics, gender studies, ethnic studies, and many other fields—but they always engage the Chicana/o experience. All essays are peer reviewed and are frequently revised to meet the journal’s standards for quality research. Essays typically run about 10,000–12,000 words in length.
 
Dossiers
The dossier section provides a forum for multiple and shorter engagements with a specific theme that examines an aspect of Chicana/o studies; this might be an object of study, theoretical or disciplinary questions, a methodology, or one scholar’s work. The dossier section, while still of a scholarly nature, is designed to be exploratory, provocative, or experimental in approach. Aztlán will consider working with a guest curator—a scholar who wishes to create a dossier theme and can help manage dossier development. Contact Heather Birdsall at hbirdsall@chicano.ucla.edu to explore this opportunity.
 
Book Reviews
If you are interested in writing a book review for us, we will gladly consider suggested titles, or we can recommend a book that matches your field of interest. To inquire about reviews, contact our book review coordinator at revieweditor@chicano.ucla.edu.
 
To submit: All submissions should be sent to our submission inbox at submissions@chicano.ucla.edu. For complete information about Aztlán and our submission guidelines, please visit the CSRC website. Please direct queries to Heather Birdsall, assistant editor, at hbirdsall@chicano.ucla.edu. We look forward to receiving your submissions.
 

Opportunities

Call for applications/nominations: Antonia I. Castañeda Prize
The Antonia I. Castañeda Prize is awarded to a published scholarly article or book chapter of an historical orientation on the intersection of class, race, gender, and sexuality as related to Chicana/Latina and/ Native/Indigenous women. The piece must have been published in the previous year (2016) by a woman who is an ABD graduate student, pre-tenured faculty member, or an independent scholar. The award is designed to promote and acknowledge scholarship of an historical orientation by Chicana/Latina and/or Native/Indigenous scholars working on issues of intersectionality. No books or creative writing considered. A prize of $500 will be given to the awardee at the annual NACCS Conference.
 
Both applications and nominations are encouraged. Submit a PDF copy of the published manuscript, paper, or article and a two-page curriculum vita of the applicant or nominee. The submission must include a short letter by the applicant or nominee addressing the merits of the article or book chapter’s contribution to the field. Applicants are also required to solicit a letter from a third party to that effect (e.g., from an adviser, a chair, a colleague). In all cases, applicant or nominee contact information (email address, telephone number, and mailing address) must be included in the application/nomination letter. Submissions of all materials shall be delivered electronically by the deadline directly to: CastanedaPrize@naccs.org
Application deadline: November 2, application due to NACCS at CastanedaPrize@naccs.org
For more information, contact Dr. Linda Heidenreich, lheidenr@wsu.edu.
 
Call for applications: IAC Visiting Scholars Program for 2017-18
The UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC) offers in-residence appointments to support postdoctoral research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicanas/os. We especially encourage applications that advance our understanding of new social and cultural realities occasioned by the dramatic population shifts of recent decades, including greater heterogeneity within ethnic groups and increased interethnic contact. In the event that an award is for less than three quarters the stipend will be prorated in accordance with the actual length of the award.
 
The 2017-2018 IAC visiting scholars will receive funding for one or more quarters with an approximate stipend of $35,000 for three quarters (contingent upon rank, experience, and date of completion of their terminal degree). For visiting scholars who have a home institution, these funds can be used to supplement sabbatical support for a total that does not exceed the candidate’s current institutional salary. These visiting scholars will be paid through their home institution and will be expected to continue their health benefits through that source. Visiting scholars who do not have a home institution will receive a stipend for living expenses and may be eligible for health benefits. In the event that an award is for less than the nine-month appointment, the stipend will be prorated in accordance with the actual length of the award. Awardees may receive up to $4,000 in research support. The Bunche Center for African American Studies will not host a visiting scholar during the 2017-18 academic year. The online application is available at: https://sa.ucla.edu/IAC/VisitingScholar
Application deadline: January 12, 2017. For more information visit: http://www.iac.ucla.edu/fellowships_visitingscholar.html 
 
Call for applications: IUPLR/Mellon Fellowship Program for 2017-18
The Inter-University Program for Latino Research is now accepting applications for the IUPLR/Mellon Fellowship Program (academic year 2017-18). The program supports ABD doctoral students in the humanities who are writing dissertations in Latina/o studies. Doctoral students in the social sciences whose research uses humanities methods may also be considered. The fellowship facilitates completion of the dissertation and provides professional development, job market support, and mentoring for students who will graduate in Spring 2018.

With support from the Andrew G. Mellon Foundation, IUPLR will select fellows through five designated research centers. Applicants must be affiliated with the following centers to be eligible:  

 
The fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend and travel support to attend IUPLR conferences and a required two-week summer institute in Chicago. For more information and to view the online application, visit https://form.jotform.com/62325487948166
Application deadline: January 6. All queries should be directed to the Mellon coordinator, Dr. Jennifer Boles, jlboles@uic.edu.
 
Call for papers: IUPLR Siglo XXI Conference
The Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) will hold its sixth biennial Siglo XXI Conference at the University of Texas, San Antonio, May 17-19, 2017.  This year’s conference theme is “Mapping Latino Research.” Papers and panels are requested that address the state of Latino research, and research and methods that have the potential to improve understanding of U.S. Latinos today. Submissions deadline: January 30, 2017.
For more information: https://iuplr.uic.edu/iuplr/conferences/siglo-xxi-2017-call-for-papers. The CSRC is a founding member of the IUPLR.