The Current reported that Altermundos: Latin@ Speculative Literature, Film, and Popular Culture won a 2018 American Book Award. Altermundos was co-edited by Ben Olguín, professor of English at UC Santa Barbara, and Cathryn Josefina Merla-Watson, assistant professor of Mexican American studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The book was published by CSRC Press.
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The UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC), with support from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, seeks applicants for the inaugural cohort of the Social Justice Graduate Fellows (SJGF) program. Completed applications must be received by December 18, 2018, 11:59 p.m.
A tribute to our beloved colleague Leobardo Estrada, a commentary on Camp Hess Kramer and its severe destruction by the Woolsey fire, CSRC books on sale, fellowship opportunities, events, and more in this month's newsletter.
(Image: Leo Estrada in his office in May 2018, prior to his retirement. Courtesy UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs)
The Daily Bruin previewed a book talk and performance by writer and musician Rubén Guevara. The event, which took place on November 30 at the Jan Popper Theater, was co-organized by the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Center for Latino Arts and the CSRC.
Throughout 2018 we have been commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the L.A. walkouts, the series of demonstrations staged in March 1968 by students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Between ten and twenty thousand students walked out of high schools and middle schools located not only in Los Angeles’s Eastside but also other parts of the school district to protest the segregated and inferior education given to Chicano students and other minorities. (Click to continue.)
Image: Students participating in the Chicano Youth Leadership Conference at Camp Hess Kramer, 2013.
Former CSRC visiting scholar Celia Lacayo was quoted in an article in the Los Angeles Times that discusses the privileges afforded to Latino individuals in the United States who have lighter skin, straight hair, and light eyes.
Recently deceased UCLA professor Leobardo Estrada was heralded in a Los Angeles Times article for his championing of voting rights during the 1980s and 1990s. Estrada was a CSRC Faculty Associate and served on the CSRC Faculty Advisory Committee throughout his tenure as UCLA faculty, which began in 1976 and ended with his retirement in spring 2018.
Artbound featured a piece that explored the journeys, identities, and artistic practices of four artists whose work is included in the exhibition Bridges in a Time of Walls: Chicano/Mexican-American Art from L.A. to Mexico, which was on view September 21 through November 25 at Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City. The CSRC was a lender to the exhibition and CSRC director Chon A. Noriega contributed to the catalog.
The UCLA Institute of American Cultures offers in-residence appointments to support research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicana/os. We especially encourage applications that advance our understanding of new social and cultural realities occasioned by the dramatic population shifts of recent decades.