CSRC Newsletter - October 2012
Volume 11, Number 1
As the candidates prepare for the first Presidential Debate on Wednesday, October 3, it is useful to note that the October Surprise actually came early in this election campaign—or, rather, it came during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15. On Monday, September 17, Mother Jones released portions of a video in which presidential candidate Mitt Romney made reference to his Mexican heritage. Speaking of his father, George, who was born in Mexico, Romney noted, “Had he been born of Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot of winning this. But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. He lived there for a number of years. I mean, I say that jokingly, it would be helpful to be Latino.” Then on September 20, Romney appeared on a Univision presidential forum, promising to fix the immigration system, and sporting noticeably darker skin than his post-video press conference earlier in the week [commented upon here and here]. Romney had become Latino! Pundit-comics everywhere skewered Romney for his notion that being “Latino” would be a political advantage in national elections, given how many Latino presidents we have had in U.S. history. But something more pronounced went unnoticed: Romney’s statement about his father presumes that “Mexican” and “American” are racially defined categories. While Romney’s grandparents were U.S. citizens brazenly fleeing federal prosecution and setting up a “Mormon colony” in another country, his father was Mexican by birthright. And like a million other Mexicans, George Romney was part of a large-scale immigration to the United States as a consequence of the Mexican Revolution—the first modern social revolution of the twentieth century. Once in the United States, he was the beneficiary of “welfare relief” and, thanks to such support, one day rose to become a state governor and a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination [video]. Today George’s son Mitt, who qualifies for dual Mexican citizenship [as noted here] and has served as a state governor, is a candidate for the presidency. Our next president will most likely be determined by votes from the children and grandchildren of the million other Mexicans who immigrated to the United States alongside his father. Romney is wrong. It would not be helpful to be Latino—although in some respects he already is—but it would be very helpful to understand Latinos as integral to our nation. To do that would be an unprecedented October Surprise.
Chon A. Noriega
Director and Professor
The CSRC has a new website! Over the past year our Web team worked hard to develop a site where we can present all the activities of the center in an attractive, informative, easy-to-navigate format. We believe we accomplished that goal; check it out and let us know what you think! The new site is the go-to place for the latest news on the CSRC’s events, research programs, and publications. Special thanks go to website development assistant Karla Lopez, who worked tirelessly on this project. Lopez received her BA from UCLA in the spring and is returning to her hometown Chicago this fall.
CSRC Press wins at International Latino Book Awards
The CSRC Press received considerable recognition at the 2012 International Latino Book Awards in June. The L.A. Xicano catalog won first place in the category Best Arts Book – English, Malaquias Montoya won second place in the category Best Arts Book – English, and The Oscar Castillo Papers and Photograph Collection won honorable mention in the category Best Reference Book – English.
Hernández named COLA fellow
L.A. Xicano artist Judithe Hernández has received a City of Los Angeles (COLA) fellowship for 2012-13 from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
De la Loza delivers keynote for SF symposium
A two-day symposium and a mural tour, organized by the San Francisco Art Institute and the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, was held July 11 and 12 to consider the legacy of the Mexican mural movement in contemporary art and activism in San Francisco. L.A. Xicano artist Sandra de la Loza was the keynote speaker. Her art was featured in Mural Remix: Sandra de la Loza, one of the CSRC’s L.A. Xicano exhibitions and one of best-attended Pacific Standard Time shows (see In the News).
Valadez retrospective at MCASD
L.A. Xicano artist John Valadez was the focus of the Santa Ana Condition: John Valadez, 1976–2011, a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in August. The show received a glowing review from Christopher Knight, the art critic for the Los Angeles Times. Valadez’s work was featured in Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement, one of the CSRC’s L.A. Xicano exhibitions. His public talk given in conjunction with the exhibition is available on CSRC YouTube.
Baker’s Dozen features L.A. Xicano talents
In July the Torrance Art Museum presented its fourth annual Baker’s Dozen exhibition, which brought together thirteen Southern California–based artists hand-picked by curators from other art institutions. The show spotlights emerging artists in the Los Angeles area. L.A. Xicano co-curator Pilar Tompkins Rivas was invited to select work, and she chose the light boxes by L.A. Xicano artist Sandra de la Loza that were previously on display first at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in Mural Remix: Sandra de la Loza, and then at the CSRC Library.
Now Dig This! at PS1
The Pacific Standard Time exhibition Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980 was a big hit at the Hammer Museum last year. It’s now traveling to MoMA PS1 in Long Island City in Queens, New York, where it will be on view October 21 through February 2013. CSRC director Chon A. Noriega was on the Curatorial Advisory Committee for the exhibition.
Ruiz on editorial board for HHCI
Maria Elena Ruiz, who served as CSRC associate director for 2010-12, has been selected to serve on the editorial board for Hispanic Health Care International: The Official Journal of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. This is the first time that UCLA has been represented on the journal’s editorial board.
Ruiz presents at APHA
Maria Elena Ruiz, former CSRC associate director, has been invited to present research conducted with two CSRC-funded research assistants, Rebecca Glaser and Carlos Contreras, at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Conference in San Francisco, October 27–31. Ruiz was selected by the Latino Caucus to present the talk “Latinos Aging in Skid Row: Where Culture, Language, Age, Health, Politics, and ‘Los Papeles’ Collide—A Call for Public Policy and Health Reform.” She will also give a poster presentation for the Nursing Forum titled “Homeless Older Latinos Aging in Place: Untangling Stories from Skid Row.”
SACNAS chapter at UCLA recognized
The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) has named the UCLA chapter the 2012 Undergraduate Chapter of the Year. This is the third year in a row that the UCLA chapter has been recognized for its efforts. SACNAS at UCLA provides mentoring, academic and professional guidance, and a sense of belonging for students already in the science education pipeline. In addition, the UCLA chapter seeks to increase the pool of students pursuing science-based careers through various events. Last year the UCLA chapter reached out to over 1,200 K-12 and community college students. The CSRC is the custodian of the SACNAS papers, which are currently being processed by CSRC visiting scholar Reynal Guillen.
Guillen hosts U.S. Forest Service students
On July 20 CSRC visiting scholar Reynal Guillen hosted twelve African American and Latino high school students who were participating in an eight-week study program with the U.S. Forest Service. Guillen introduced the students to the UCLA campus and, specifically, to the resources available at the CSRC Library and the Ralph J. Bunche Library/Media Center. Guillen highlighted the documents in the CSRC’s Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) collection pertaining to environmentalism and ecology.
Malaquias Montoya selected for UC Davis list
Malaquias Montoya, by Terezita Romo, was recommended for summer reading at UC Davis. Montoya, one of the most influential painters, printmakers, and muralists of his generation, is a professor emeritus in Chicana/o studies at UC Davis, where he has taught for more than twenty years. Malaquias Montoya, the sixth volume in the CSRC Press’s A Ver series, is available through the distributor, University of Minnesota Press. (See In the News)
CSRC Wins First Diversity Award from the Society of American Archivists
The Chicano Studies Research Center has been named the first recipient of the Society of American Archivists’ Diversity Award, “which recognizes an individual, group, or institution for outstanding contributions to advancing diversity within the archives profession, SAA, or the archival record.” The announcement notes: “For more than forty years, the CSRC has been at the forefront of collecting and providing access to archival material reflecting the rich history of the Chicano population in the Los Angeles and Southern California area. The Chicano Studies Research Center’s significant achievements in activism, education, outreach, publication, and service on pressing issues facing the Chicano and Latino communities are truly exemplary.” CSRC director Chon A. Noriega and CSRC librarian Lizette Guerra accepted the award on August 10 at a reception held at the annual SAA conference in San Diego. To learn more about Society of American Archivists, visit the organization’s website.
Guerra presents at GSHA-SC
On August 4, the Genealogical Society of Hispanic Americans Southern California Chapter welcomed CSRC librarian Lizette Guerra to their general meeting in Burbank. Guerra presented issues and practices involved in the CSRC archival research project “Documenting and Preserving the Post-World War II Generation of Mexican Americans in Los Angeles.”
Romero receives tenure
The CSRC congratulates Robert Chao Romero, associate professor in Chicana/o studies at UCLA, on receiving tenure. Romero was a UC President’s Post-Doctoral fellow at the CSRC for two years. Romero will participate in the 2012 Latina/o Education Summit on October 5 (see Events), and his research report, Law, Social Policy, and the Latina/o Education Pipeline will soon be available online on the CSRC site.
Grijalva wins Academic Senate award
Carlos Grijalva, professor of psychology at UCLA and member of the CSRC Faculty Advisory Committee has received the 2012 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award from UCLA’s Academic Senate. The CSRC congratulates Grijalva on his achievement.
Iribarren chairs new subcommittee
CSRC assistant director Javier Iribarren has been named chair of the Community Engagement Subcommittee for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Working Group on Global Informed Consent. The UCLA CTSI is a partnership of four institutions—Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and UCLA. It seeks to innovatively address the health needs of Los Angeles and the nation.
Huber accepts position at CSU Long Beach
CSRC visiting scholar Lindsey Huber has been appointed as an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach, in the social and cultural analysis master’s program in the Department of Education. She will be teaching master’s level courses in critical pedagogies, social and educational inequalities, urban education, and student identity, as well as agency and resistance in education. In March, Huber was named one of four Outstanding Dissertation Fellows by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). She serves as vice president of the Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA).
Oberlin College exhibition on indigenous imagery in public murals
Oberlin College student Samantha Williams curated the exhibition The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl and Huitzilopochtli: Indigenous Imagery in the Murals of Mexico City and Los Angeles at Oberlin’s Mudd Library this past May. Williams conducted a large portion of research for the exhibition at the CSRC Library.
Video interview with former CSRC Getty intern
Nathalie Sanchez, artist and arts educator, received a Getty Multicultural Internship at the CSRC in 2006. She currently teaches at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy and was recently interviewed for a “teaching artist” video.
Noriega provides introduction to Gamboa essay
“Civillains: A Fotonovela” by L.A. Xicano artist Harry Gamboa Jr. was published in the summer issue of the art journal x-tra with an introduction by CSRC director Chon A. Noriega. (PDF)
Encuentros symposium video now live
Remarks by CSRC director Chon A. Noriega and Latino art scholars Karen Mary Davalos and Deborah Cullen on artistic encounters between Latin America and the United States are included in a video distributed by the Smithsonian American Museum of Art. The three were participants in “Encuentros: Artistic Exchange between the U.S. and Latin America,” a two-day symposium at the Smithsonian in October 2011. Noriega, Davalos, and Cullen explored how artists and artworks have crossed the border separating the United States from Latin America, creating new artistic dialogues. View the video here.
Noriega publishes Encuentros essay
“Encuentros: Rethinking America through Artistic Exchange,” an essay by CSRC director Chon A. Noriega, highlights the A Ver project at the CSRC as one of the ways that recent attention to Mexican American art is attempting to “expand the foundation on which we can base a history of American art that considers America as both nation and continent.” The essay appeared in the summer issue of American Art, a journal published by the Smithsonian Institution. (PDF)
Webinar on the impact of media stereotypes
CSRC director Chon A. Noriega represented the center in a public webinar on Latino stereotypes in the media and their effect on public attitudes on September 18. The webcast also included speakers from Latino Decisions and the National Hispanic Media Coalition. Noriega discussed findings from the CSRC’s Hate Speech in the Media project.
Staff member weds
The CSRC extends warm congratulations to Jenny Walters, digital and photographic support, on her marriage last month!
On July 31, Barbara Yablon Maida passed away. She was the beloved wife of Carl Maida, professor of public health in the UCLA School of Dentistry and the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and esteemed friend of the CSRC. A devoted and insightful scholar on California, its ecosystems, and its peoples, Dr. Maida was a lecturer in the UCLA Department of Geography and a teaching fellow in UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. The Barbara Yablon Maida Award in Geography and Environmental Sciences and Sustainability Fund at UCLA has been established in her memory. Checks may be made payable to the UCLA Foundation and sent to: UCLA College of Letters and Science, Attention: Kim Morris, 1309 Murphy Hall, Box 951413, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1413.
CSRC in the News
“Hate Speech in Media Negatively Impacts Public Health”
Coverage of the studies from the CSRC Hate Speech in the Media project, as well a study from the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) on how media portrayals of Latinos and immigrants directly promoted negative stereotypes.
VOXXI, September 28, 2012 (PDF)
“PST: The 20 Most Popular Exhibitions”
The Los Angeles Times announced the top twenty most attended exhibitions during Pacific Standard Time, the Getty arts initiative that ran from October 2011 through March 2012. Included on the list are CSRC’s L.A. Xicano exhibitions Mural Remix: Sandra de la Loza (#4) and Art Along the Hyphen: The Mexican American Generation (#11).
Los Angeles Times, September 21, 2012 (PDF)
“Fox News and the ‘Power of the Media to Breed Hate’”
Preview of webinar being offered by the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Latino Decisions, and the CSRC focusing on the series of academic studies and national poll conducted for the collaborative Hate Speech in the Media research project.
News Busters, September 17, 2012 (PDF)
“CI to Unveil Peace Pole Monument During International Peace Day Event”
Civil rights activist Lupe Anguiano, whose personal archives are at the CSRC, was the featured speaker at a Peace Pole dedication ceremony at the California State University, Channel Islands, on September 21. A Peace Pole is an internationally recognized symbol calling for peace that says “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in different languages on each of its four or six sides.
Ventura County Star, September 13, 2012 (PDF)
“Andy Warhol Foundation Taps Christie’s in Big Warhol Art Sell-off”
Story mentions the CSRC as one of the recipients of a 2010-11 Warhol Foundation grant, funds that went toward the L.A. Xicano project.
Los Angeles Times, September 6, 2012 (PDF)
“Hispanic Group Takes a Different Tack Regarding Talk Radio”
Media coverage of the latest report in the Hate Speech in the Media project.
Radio World Online, August 29, 2012 (PDF)
“College-Bound Latino Students at New High”
An NPR story on college-bound Latinos quotes research by Daniel Solorzano, UCLA professor of education and former associate director of the CSRC.
UCLA News, August 23, 2012 (PDF)
“Walking Mural—Asco and the Ends of Chicano Art”
Chon A. Noriega is quoted in this article about Asco.
Los Angeles Review of Books, August 23, 2012 (PDF)
“Can Social Messages from Talk Radio Be Hazardous to Your Health?”
Socio-digital strategist Lauren DeLisa Coleman reports on the latest findings in the CSRC’s Hate Speech in the Media project.
LCD Radio, August 30, 2012 (MP3)
“Biological Markers Reveal Hate Speech Raises Stress and Anxiety Levels”
Devon G. Peña discusses the report Using Biological Markers to Measure Stress in Listeners of Commercial Talk Radio, the third and final study in the CSRC’s Hate Speech in the Media project.
mexmigration (blog), August 21, 2012 (PDF)
“Mapping Truth—Following the Paper Trail in the Murder of Ruben Salazar”
August 13, 2012
Promotes the CSRC commemorative event held on August 29, 2012.
La Bloga, August 13, 2012 (PDF)
“Study Finds Conservative Talk Radio Promotes Echo-Chamber of Hate Speech”
Reports on the release of Social Networks for Hate Speech.
Media Matters for America (blog), August 3, 2012 (PDF)
“Shocking Stats on Radio and Race”
Socio-digital strategist Lauren DeLisa Coleman reports on the pilot study from the CSRC’s Hate Speech in the Media project.
LCD Radio, August 2, 2012 (MP3)
“NHMC—Conservative Talk Radio Spreading Hate Speech”
Story discusses the release of CSRC’s second Hate Speech in the Media report, Social Networks for Hate Speech.
VOXXI, August 3, 2012 (PDF)
“New NHMC Study Cites Role of Conservative Talk Radio in Spreading Hate Speech Targeting Minorities, Religious Groups, and the LGBT Community”
NHMC press release, August 1, 2012 (PDF)
“City of Angles”
Book review of several Pacific Standard Time catalogs, including L.A. Xicano.
Art Journal, Spring 2012 (PDF)
“Mexican American and Chicano Exhibitions Legitimize the Periphery”
Independent curator and writer Lucia Sanroman discusses L.A. Xicano and Pacific Standard Time exhibitions, which sought to generate new narratives about Los Angeles art history.
Art Journal, Spring 2012 (PDF)
"Summer Reading from UC Davis Authors: Beer, Poetry, History and More"
Article recommends CSRC Press publication Malaquias Montoya by Terezita Romo.
UC Davis News and Information, June 28, 2012 (PDF)
“Artist Pays Homage to L.A.’s Unseen Workers”
Discusses the art of Ramiro Gomez Jr., whose work is being digitally archived by the CSRC.
Los Angeles Times, June 4, 2012 (PDF)
All “In the News” articles are available in PDF format on the CSRC website.
All CSRC events are free unless otherwise noted.
Reception for new library exhibition
On Wednesday, October 3, 4:00–6:00 p.m., the CSRC will hold an exhibition reception for Dichos: The David Damian Figueroa Collection in the CSRC Library. The exhibition highlights the personal collection of David Damian Figueroa and also includes objects from his collection of papers, which are archived at the CSRC. Figueroa pairs his mother’s sayings—dichos—with items that represent his life’s journey. Because the Latinas/os that have inspired his career reflect the lives and contributions of the Latina/o community more broadly, the exhibition also serves as a tribute to the amazing men and women that form its history, art, and culture. The exhibition runs from September 17 through October 15.
Olivas to discuss DREAM Act developments
Michael A. Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law and Director at the Institute of Higher Education Law and Governance, University of Houston, will discuss recent legislation and litigation addressing the rights of undocumented college students in “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and Undocumented College Students: 2012 State and Federal Developments,” a talk at the CSRC Library on Thursday, October 4, 4:00–6:00 p.m. Olivas will compare states that have moved to incorporate undocumented college students with those that have enacted statutes or policies to restrict resident tuition or even enrollment. Olivas will also sign copies of his recent book, No Undocumented Child Left Behind: Plyler v. Doe and the Education of Undocumented Schoolchildren (NYU Press, 2012). Olivas will be the keynote speaker at the seventh annual Latina/o Education Summit on Friday, October 5.
2012 CSRC Latina/o Education Summit
The seventh annual Latina/o Education Summit will take place on Friday, October 5, 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m., at the UCLA Faculty Center. This year’s summit, Law and Policy: Conversations across the Disciplines, will focus on litigation and legislation that relate to the education of Chicanos and Latinos. The conference will be national in scope, featuring panelists from across the United States. Please visit the CSRC website to view the full program.
Reception for Latina/o and American Indian students
The Center for Community College Partnerships has organized a welcome reception and lunch on Wednesday, October 10, 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m., for new and continuing Latina/o and American Indian students. The lunch, which will take place in the James West Alumni Center Conference Room, will provide students with an opportunity to meet their peers as well as faculty and staff in the Chicano Studies and American Indian Studies departments and representatives from the CSRC. The CSRC is a cosponsor of this event and is donating books and posters for giveaways. If you are a student interested in attending, please RSVP at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FCGL9BD
2012 Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival
The CSRC Press will be selling books at this year’s Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Come out and see us on Saturday, October 13, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. The festival is sponsored by Latino Literacy Now, which also sponsors the International Latino Book Awards. For more information, visit Latino Literacy Now.
Mosquita y Mari to screen
In conjunction with the 2012 UCLA Queer Studies Conference, the CSRC will cosponsor a screening of Mosquita y Mari on Tuesday, October 16, 6:00–8:00 p.m. This film is a coming of age story that focuses on a friendship between two young Chicanas living in the Huntington Park section of Los Angeles. The film’s award-winning director, Aurora Guerrero, will be present for a Q&A after the screening. Screening location is to be determined; check the CSRC website for current information.
UCLA Queer Studies Conference 2012
The CSRC will co-sponsor the 2012 UCLA Queer Studies Conference, “Queer of Color Genealogies.” This all-day event will feature panel discussions and a keynote address by Jafari Sinclaire Allen, assistant professor of anthropology and African American studies at Yale University. The conference will take place Friday, October 19, 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., in 314 Royce Hall. For more information and to view the full program, visit the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program site.
Malaquias Montoya signing in Davis
In celebration of the recent publication of Malaquias Montoya, author Terezita Romo and artist Malaquias Montoya will discuss his life and work during a book signing on Friday, October 19, 7:00–8:00 p.m., at the Pence Gallery, 212 D Street, Davis, California. Montoya is a professor emeritus in Chicana/o studies at UC Davis. The book is the sixth volume in the CSRC Press’s A Ver: Revisioning Art History book series.
Ethnic studies panel on the election
On Thursday, October 25, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., in the CSRC Library, the four ethnic studies centers will host a panel discussion on the upcoming election. Mark Q. Sawyer, associate professor of political science at UCLA will be the moderator. Guest speakers to be announced.
CSRC Library and Archive
Archival project support from Getty intern
Over the summer, the CSRC once again participated in the Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program. Internships are structured around current and ongoing CSRC archival projects. This summer’s intern was Star Montana, a photography student at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Montana provide support to the CSRC librarian and assisted with the final phase of the Patssi Valdez digitization project, which included attaching appropriate metadata to a collection of digital images of the artist’s work. Montana also helped digitize the Ramiro Gomez Collection of Visual Images. Both collections will be available on the UCLA Digital Library this fall. We wish Star well in her academic and professional pursuits.
SMC Upward Bound visits library
On July 27, high school students in the Santa Monica College Upward Bound Library Research 1 class visited the UCLA campus for a library field trip. On their itinerary was the CSRC Library, where librarian Lizette Guerra won them over with her friendliness and openness to questions. The instructor later wrote to say that the CSRC Library was the students’ favorite.
Additions to archival collections
The CSRC has acquired an additional two linear feet of material for the David Damian Figueroa Papers. These new materials document Figueroa’s career as a civil rights advocate through his work for MALDEF. They include photographs, correspondence, ephemera, books, serials, and audio and visual materials that pertain to many Chicana public figures, including Dolores Huerta, Eva Longoria, Lupe Ontiveros, and Hilda Solis. Some of these materials are now on display in the exhibition Dichos: The David Damian Figueroa Collection, on view in the library through October 15 (see Events). Researchers who wish to consult the collection may contact the librarian, Lizette Guerra, at email@example.com.
Tatiana de la Tierra passes
In early June the CSRC learned that one of its esteemed community partners, Tatiana de la Tierra, was terminally ill. Along with de la Tierra’s mother, Fabiola Barona, and friend and UCLA professor Maylei Blackwell, library staff coordinated the retrieval of the last few items that de la Tierra had bequeathed to her archival collection at the CSRC. With the help of Chicana scholars Rosie Bermudez and Deborah Vargas, the library accessioned the remainder of the materials and also coordinated the creation of a new music collection at the UCLA Ethnomusicology Library, titled The Tatiana de la Tierra Collection of Sound Recordings. This collection includes an extensive collection of LPs of music from across Latin America. The majority of these records highlight the musical contributions of women.
Tatiana de la Tierra was a Latina lesbian activist, artist, writer, and librarian. Born in Colombia in 1961, she immigrated with her family to the United States in 1969. She was an early pioneer of self-published zines that centered on issues of Latina Lesbians, and her work focused on issues of identity, sexuality, and South American memory. She died at her home in Long Beach on July 31. Her archival collection at the CSRC contains personal papers, correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, serials, ephemera, and audio materials, as well as subject files and records related to her professional career as a writer, editor, and librarian. To consult this collection, contact the librarian, Lizette Guerra, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mapping Truth exhibition and presentation
On August 29 Raúl Ruíz, professor of Chicano Studies at California State University, Northridge, gave the talk “Mapping Truth: Following the Paper Trail in the Murder of Ruben Salazar” in the CSRC Library. The presentation marked the forty-second anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium and Salazar’s death. As a journalist and activist in the 1960s and 1970s, Ruiz documented the Chicano Movement’s most important events and created many of its iconic images. During his talk Ruiz discussed his eyewitness account of the day’s tragic events, which will also be detailed in his forthcoming book, Silver Dollar Death: The Murder of Ruben Salazar. An exhibition of Ruiz’s work and archival ephemera was displayed in conjunction with the talk. A video of the event will be available soon on CSRC YouTube.
Los Angeles Latino Families Photo Project
The Los Angeles Latino Families Photo Project was launched at the CSRC in spring 2012. This project is an extension of an earlier initiative from 2007 to combat the invisibility of the Mexican American contribution to Los Angeles and California history predating the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s within textbooks, trade publications, and academic books and articles. In the earlier effort, which had the generous support of the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, the CSRC digitized approximately 3,000 images from the Edward R. Roybal Papers and the Yolanda Retter Vargas Collection of Orphan Photographs. The first collection documents Roybal’s public service career from the 1940s to the 1990s, when he served as a Los Angeles city councilman and as a U.S. congressman. The second was collected by the CSRC’s previous librarian, Yolanda Retter-Vargas, who found the photographs at area flea markets. These images are now in the UCLA Digital Library.
The Los Angeles Latino Families Photo Project was developed as a way to fully capture the complexity of this city’s history as well as to address the issue of preservation through the digitization of vulnerable, image-based collections. One of the project’s goals is to provide an opportunity for community members to contribute photographs and information to the archival record. A Friends of the Library workshop held at the CSRC last spring showed participants how to digitize photographs from their personal collections. These images, which highlight the day-to-day lives of Latinos and Latinas living in Los Angeles from the early years of the twentieth century to the present, may be viewed at the UCLA Digital Library.
Collections in process
The Mexican American Study Project (MASP) resulted in the first major survey to systematically examine changes in long-term intra- and inter-generational socioeconomic status and ethnic identity within any ethnic group. The book based on that study, Generations of Exclusion: Mexican Americans, Assimilation and Race by Edward E. Telles and Vilma Ortiz, was published by the Russell Sage Foundation in 2008. Documents generated during MASP are collected in the Mexican American Study Project Archive. MILS student Angel Diaz began working on this collection, one of the largest at the CSRC, during the summer, and over thirty linear feet of materials have been processed and preserved.
The archive has also processed over twenty linear feet of the Grace Davis Papers. Davis, a native Angeleno, was deputy mayor during Tom Bradley’s administration. The material in this collection relates to her professional career, her activities as a public figure in Los Angeles government, and her personal life. These newly processed papers will be integrated into the extant collection, which can be researched through the Online Archive of California.
Latest A Ver volume
In Rafael Ferrer, Deborah Cullen considers the creative evolution of the Puerto Rican-born artist, who is widely acknowledged for his postminimalist environments created during the 1960s and 1970s. Cullen traces Ferrer’s trajectory, beginning with his early experiments in Surrealism and continuing to the small-scale collages, chalkboard drawings, and paper-bag faces that represent his latest work. She explores the links that tie these works together, including Ferrer’s concern with current events and personal memory, his deep understanding of art history, and his restless, probing curiosity. Rafael Ferrer, volume 7 in the CSRC Press’s award-winning A Ver: Revisioning Art History series, is now available from the distributor, University of Minnesota Press.
New in the Chicano Archives series
The Strachwitz Frontera Collection is the largest repository of commercially produced Mexican and Mexican American vernacular recordings in existence. The CSRC helped with the digitization of the collection, which is available online through University of California’s Digital Library Program. Agustin Gurza, with the help of Jonathan Clark and Chris Strachwitz, explores the recordings from different viewpoints, discussing genre, themes, and some of the thousands of performers who are represented. Illustrated with photographs from the Frontera archives, The Arhoolie Foundation’s Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings offers a fascinating overview of this important digital archive. The book is available from the distributor, University of Washington Press.
New issue of Aztlán
The Fall 2012 issue of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies presents essays on: race and gender in the 1930s film La venganza de Pancho Villa; U.S. agribusiness and Mexican labor in the interwar period; the impact of cultural practice on women’s fertility choices; and charro groups’ efforts to claim suburban space in Southern California. The dossier section explores the punk scene in East Los Angeles, offering a scholarly assessment of its place in the cultural and artistic history of the era, a discussion of the bands that are often overlooked, and an eyewitness account that captures the energy and force of the movement and its music. The art of Marta Sanchez is featured in the artist’s communiqué and on the cover. Subscribe today!
Press support through Getty internship
The CSRD Press participated in the Getty’s Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program for 2012. Over the summer intern Angelica Becerra helped A Ver: Revisioning Art History staff prepare manuscripts for two upcoming volumes: one on Ricardo Valverde, the other on Pepón Osorio. Becerra worked primarily on the art and permission programs for the two books. We wish her the best as she begins graduate school at UCLA this fall.
Institute of American Cultures-Dream Fund
The Institute of American Cultures (IAC) has announced a new program to support faculty work groups at UCLA that explore critical aspects of the “emerging America.” The goal of this program is to facilitate transformative interdisciplinary research with clearly defined outcomes. In 2012 one grant will be awarded to support a single work group for one quarter, which will include a course release for a maximum of five faculty members and up to three campus visits by key scholars. This program is made possible through generous support from the Dream Fund. Proposals will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary faculty committee in November 2012. One award will be made to support work to be performed during the spring quarter, 2013. The application deadline is November 1. More detailed information on proposal format, budget, and timelines will be available on the IAC website.