CSRC Newsletter - Fall 2021

Volume 20, Number 1

DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

When I started as the new director of the Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC), UCLA was making significant commitments to supporting the academic success of its Latinx students. Earlier this quarter, Chancellor Gene D. Block announced new investments that will prepare UCLA for its anticipated designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). The chancellor’s HSI Infrastructure Initiative has important implications not only for our Latinx students but our campus community as a whole.
In accordance with the HSI initiative, the CSRC will administer fifteen faculty lines and twenty postdoctoral appointments plus $1,250,000 in research seed grants over the next several years. Additionally, the CSRC received five years of funding for two senior staff positions. These new resources came about in large part through the perseverance and hard work of campus leaders, including Chon A. Noriega, the CSRC’s previous director, and others who have long advocated for Latinx faculty and students. The CSRC is also indebted to Black campus leaders, whose successful advocacy for similar investments through the Rise to the Challenge Initiative helped pave the way.
 
Latinx students are now the majority population in the state’s K-12 public schools, and the HSI initiative will enable UCLA to better reflect this demographic fact. It will allow UCLA to serve its Latinx students more effectively and to contribute to research with implications for Latinx communities. Additionally, the new resources will allow me to further execute my vision of the CSRC as an important hub of research and programming that centers around the experiences and aspirations of the younger members of our communities. These young people include students in California’s public K-12 system, students at various postsecondary institutions, postdoctoral scholars, junior faculty, young artists, and young workers.
As you might expect, I’ve hit the ground sprinting as the new director. With the help of an expanded Faculty Advisory Committee of extraordinary UCLA colleagues (including many in STEM fields), I set in motion plans to recruit postdocs and new faculty. In January, the CSRC will announce its first seed grant competition, as well as the appointment of a senior officer of community-engaged research, who will lead new research initiatives with public impact. In addition, we are now seeking a senior administrator who will spearhead the CSRC’s HSI projects and new high school ethnic studies-related projects. Part of my work has also entailed planning and fundraising for the California Freedom Summer Participatory Action Research Project, which will involve UC, community college, and high school students in non-partisan civic engagement and grassroots efforts across the state.
 
As the director of the CSRC, I feel a deep sense of responsibility to ensure that the resources of this important center have broader public impacts. As noted in our November Día de los Muertos event, “Love and Loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Latinx communities have and continue to experience disproportionate death and related hardships that have arisen from the pandemic. The unjust conditions that have contributed to this suffering persist, and they may soon be exacerbated. Our society and institutions are at a crossroads, and I worry that unless we take collective action in ways that prioritize the needs of the most vulnerable, Latinx communities, especially Latinx youths, will experience increased and lasting setbacks in their ability to thrive. My goal is that the CSRC, through our research and programming, will play a role in tackling multiple social inequalities.
 
I am thus grateful for your ongoing support of the CSRC and your own efforts to make a difference. I wish you and your loved ones happy and healthy holidays, and I look forward to engaging with you in service to our communities in 2022. 
 
¡Felices fiestas!
 
Veronica Terriquez
Director and Professor
 

OPPORTUNITIES

CSRC Senior Administrator of Campus Initiatives
The CSRC is seeking a dynamic individual with exceptional administrative skills and a passion for social justice and ethnic studies to support the expansion of the CSRC's campus leadership role as UCLA becomes a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). As part of the Institute for American Cultures (IAC), CSRC will also be supporting the development and implementation of an ethnic studies curriculum for secondary school students in California. Under the general direction of the CSRC director, the senior administrator of campus initiatives will be responsible for planning and directing the following for both projects: creation and implementation of hiring and recruitment processes; and development and coordination of campus and community programming.  For more information and to apply, go to https://ucla.in/3d6YM1P or visit https://hr.mycareer.ucla.edu and search for Requisition #35000.
Deadline to apply: January 6, 2022
 
IAC Visiting Research Scholar Fellowship in Ethnic Studies
The Institute of American Cultures (IAC) offers in-residence appointments to support research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicana/os. The IAC especially encourages applications that advance our understanding of new social and cultural realities occasioned by the dramatic population shifts of recent decades. For more information and an application preview, visit https://iac.ucla.edu/funding/visiting-scholars
Deadline to apply:  January 6, 2022
 
IUPLR/UIC Mellon Dissertation Fellows Program, 2022–23
The Inter-University Program for Latino Research is now accepting applications for the IUPLR/UIC Mellon Fellowship Program. This is a comprehensive program that provides financial, writing, and professionalization support to doctoral students in the humanities who are writing dissertations in Latino studies. For more information and to apply, visit https://mfp.lals.uic.edu/call-for-applications/
Deadline to apply: February 15, 2022*
*Prior to applying, UCLA doctoral candidates must contact Rebecca Epstein, CSRC assistant director, repstein@chicano.ucla.edu to verify eligibility.
 
IAC Research Grants for UCLA Students, Faculty, and Staff
The UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC) invites applications for support of research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicana/os for 2022–23. The IAC also invites proposals on interethnic relations that will increase collaboration between the four IAC centers and/or between the centers and other campus units. For more information and an application preview, visit https://iac.ucla.edu/funding/grants
Deadline to apply: March 1, 2022
 

NEWS

UCLA commits to becoming a Hispanic-Serving Institution
On September 24, Chancellor Gene Block and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emily Carter announced to the UCLA campus community UCLA's intention to become designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution by 2025. As part of this effort, the university will invest in infrastructure to support HSI status, including providing fifteen new faculty lines across North Campus and South Campus  for scholars whose research is focused on an aspect of the Latinx experience. In addition, the university will significantly increase postdoctoral fellowships for scholars whose work relates for Latinx issues, provide seed grants for research projects, and commit to five years of funding for additional managerial and support staff. The CSRC was named essential to this effort, and it will administer the hiring of faculty and fellows and will manage the seed grants in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities. Read the full statement here.
 
Terriquez co-authors study on youth organizing in solidarity with Black Lives Matter
CSRC director Veronica Terriquez and Ruth Milkman, distinguished professor of sociology at CUNY Graduate Center, published the essay “Immigrant and Refugee Youth Organizing in Solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives” in the July 2021 issue of Gender and Society. The full article is available to the public on the Gender and Society website.
 
Terriquez co-authors report on youth organizing in the Inland Empire
CSRC director Veronica Terriquez is among the co-authors of the report “Emerging Youth Power in the Inland Empire,” recently published by the USC Equity Research Institute. The report takes stock of emerging youth power in the Inland Empire by describing and contextualizing key youth-serving organizations. Ángel Mendiola Ross, Olivia Rodriguez, Jazmine Miles, and Rocio Aguayo contributed to the report. It is available as a PDF on the CSRC website.
 
CSRC receives bequest for research related to artist Ortiz
In June the CSRC announced it had received a $1.45 million in a bequest gift to support research and scholarship related to the art and life of Raphael Montañez Ortiz, a Puerto Rican American pioneer of the 1960s destructivist art movement, founder of the first Latino museum in the United States and recipient of the UCLA Medal in 2017. The gift comes as a bequest from Ortiz’s estate. The Raphael Montañez Ortiz Endowed Fund will support research, publications, fellowships, public events, exhibits and lectures related to the artist’s extensive papers, audiovisual materials and ephemera. Ortiz donated those to the center’s library in 2015. The latest gift marks the largest contribution to the CSRC in its fifty-two-year history. Read the UCLA Newsroom story here.
 
CSRC receives NFPF grant
The CSRC has been awarded a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF). The funding will go toward preserving avant-garde film shorts by destructivist artist Raphael Montañez Ortiz. The preserved films will be stored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive for future screening and research. The CSRC houses the Raphael Montañez Ortiz Papers. Read the announcement on the NFPF website.
 
Chicano films inducted into National Film Registry
On December 14 the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress announced its annual list of twenty-five new inductees. Among them are Chicana (1979), directed by Sylvia Morales; Requiem-29 (1970), directed by David Garcia and produced by Moctesuma Esparza; and Selena (1997), directed by Gregory Nava and produced by Esparza. The CSRC houses the Sylvia Morales Papers and the Moctesuma Esparza Papers, which include documents pertaining to Selena. (See the CSRC Post for a related story.) Morales, Garcia, Nava, and Esparza are all graduates of UCLA. On January 18, May Hong HaDuong, director of the UCLA Film and Television Archive, and Chon A. Noriega, distinguished professor of film, television, and digital media and former CSRC director, will host a virtual conversation with the filmmakers. Register here.
 
Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell named best of 2021
New York Times art critics have named Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell one of the best exhibitions of 2021. The exhibition, which was organized by the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) in collaboration with the CSRC, opened in 2017 at VPAM and has continued to tour. In 2021 it was on view at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in New York. Read The New York Times story here. The exhibition catalog is published by CSRC Press and distributed by University of Washington Press.
 
Santos named CSRC associate director
Carlos E. Santos, associate professor of social welfare, has been appointed associate director of the CSRC for 2021–22. His research focuses on ethnic-racial identity, gender identity, and sexual minority identity, with a particular focus on how identities form, develop, and change over time among Latinx youth. The Luskin School of Public Affairs profiled Santos and his new leadership role at the CSRC (see In the News, below).
 
Guzmán appointed chair of CSRC Faculty Advisory Committee
Joshua Guzmán, assistant professor and vice chair of graduate affairs in the department of gender studies, has been named chair of the CSRC Faculty Advisory Committee for 2021–22. Guzmán’s research interests include performance studies, Latinx cultural studies, feminist and queer theory, and aesthetics.
 
Carpio earns tenure
The CSRC congratulates Genevieve Carpio, professor of Chicana/o and Central American studies, on earning tenure this past summer. Carpio was the CSRC Faculty Advisory Committee chair for 2020–21.
 
Hansen elected to National Academy of Medicine
The CSRC congratulates Helena Hansen, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences and CSRC Faculty Advisory Committee member, on her election to the National Academy of Medicine this fall. Hansen co-chairs the Research Theme in Health Equity and Translational Social Science in the medical school, which cultivates research collaborations between social and biomedical scientists in order to understand the mechanisms by which social determinants cause health inequalities. Hansen was recognized by the academy for “leadership in the intersection of opioid addiction, race and ethnicity, social determinants of health, and social medicine; and for co-developing structural competency as clinical redress for institutional drivers of health inequalities.” Read the UCLA Newsroom story here.
 
López research project profiled
“Picturing Mexican America,” a digital humanities research project led by Marissa K. López, professor in the departments of English and Chicana and Chicano and Central American studies, CSRC Faculty Advisory Committee member, and chair of the CSRC Library Support Committee, was the focus of a Q&A with López in a UCLA Newsroom story September 14. The project, which utilizes archival images to reclaim, re-present, and map nineteenth-century Mexican history in Los Angeles, is supported in part by an Institute of American Cultures (IAC) research grant from the CSRC. Read the UCLA Newsroom story here.
 
Roberto Omar Cabello-Argandoña, presente!
The CSRC mourns the passing of Roberto Omar Cabello-Argandoña, co-founder and the first director of the CSRC Library. Cabello-Argandoña passed away October 24 at the age of seventy-eight. Among his many degrees, he earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a dual master's in business administration and library science from UCLA. Cabello-Argandoña dedicated his life to education, research, and writing, as described in his obituary in the Los Angeles Times. A PDF is available on the CSRC website. Roberto Omar Cabello-Argandoña, presente!
 
CSRC Fellows and Visiting Scholars for 2021–22
The CSRC welcomes the following fellows and scholars for the academic year:
 
  • Vicente Carrillo, PhD candidate: Vicente Carrillo is a PhD candidate in the César E Chávez Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies and the CSRC's 2021–22 IUPLR-Mellon Dissertation Fellow. His dissertation project, “Queer Latinx Regeneration: Boyle Heights and the Geographies of Gentrification,“ explores queer-of-color ascendancies, mobilities, intracommunal negotiations, and cultural representations within the barrio landscape of Boyle Heights, an neighborhood in Los Angeles’s Eastside. Carrillo is recipient of a Gold Shield Alumni Scholarship, a Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, and UCLA graduate research mentorship fellowships. Outside of academia, Carrillo is a practicing artist.
  • Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, PhD: Cecilia Fajardo-Hill is a 2021–22 CSRC research scholar. She is an independent curator and art historian based in Southern California and New York. As a CSRC research scholar, Fajardo-Hill will continue working on the realization of the upcoming touring exhibition Xican-a.o.x. Body (scheduled for 2022) and its related publication, for which she serves as contributor and editor. She is writing about Patssi Valdez’s pioneering performative photographic work in the context of the East L.A. underground community in the 1970s and 1980s. Fajardo-Hill will be a Clark Fellow in residence at the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, in fall 2021 and the Central American Visiting Scholar for 2021–22 at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University. She is currently researching a book on decolonial Latin American, Latinx, and Chicanx art history in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries with a focus on feminism and gender, ethnicity, indigeneity, African heritage, and popular culture.
  • Daniel Millán, PhD: Daniel Millán is a 2021–22 Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of American Cultures (IAC) and the CSRC. Millán earned a PhD in sociology with an emphasis in Chicana/o and Latina/o studies at the University of California, Irvine. He has researched immigrant families and the experiences of undocumented young adults. His current project explores the consequences of a prolonged lack of inclusive immigration policy for members of Latina/o mixed-status immigrant families.
  • Stevie Ruiz, PhD: Stevie Ruiz is an associate professor of environmental justice, critical race theory, and Chicana/o studies at California State University, Northridge and the Institute of American Cultures (IAC) visiting scholar at the CSRC for 2021–22. During his residency, he will complete his current book manuscript, “Stewards of the Land: Race, Space, and Environmental Justice,” a study of the racial origins of the environmental justice movement prior to the 1960s in the U.S. Southwest. The book is under contract with University of North Carolina Press.
  • Uriel Serrano, PhD candidate: Uriel Serrano is a PhD candidate in sociology and critical race and ethnic studies at UC Santa Cruz and a 2021–22 Ford Dissertation Fellow and UC President's Dissertation Fellow based at the CSRC. Serrano’s dissertation project, “Youth in the City of Inmates: Carceral Seepage, Gender, and Resistance,” examines how police violence, criminalization, community-based organizations, and social movements shape the lives of young inner-city Black and Latinx men. Serrano’s mixed-qualitative research explores how criminalization intersects with gender ideologies and emotions. While in residence at the CSRC, Serrano will complete his dissertation and document youth-based movements to defund school police in Los Angeles.
CSRC fall 2021 events on YouTube:
“Plática: A Conversation with Chicano Film Pioneer Efraín Gutiérrez” (September 21) (VIDEO)
Efraín Gutiérrez was born on the Westside of San Antonio, and his first feature, Please, Don’t Bury Me Alive!/¡Por Favor, No Me Entierren Vivo! (1976), is considered to be the first Chicano feature film. In 2014, it was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. This conversation was moderated by Miguel Alvarez, filmmaker and assistant professor of practice in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at UT Austin, with an introduction by Charles Ramírez Berg, University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Radio-Television at UT Austin. Organized by the UT Austin Latino Media Arts and Studies Program and co-sponsored by the CSRC.
 
Book Talk: “Ella Maria Diaz Presents José Montoya” (October 7) (VIDEO)
In a “Chats in the Stacks“ book talk, Ella Maria Diaz, associate professor of English and Latina/o studies at Cornell University, discusses her recently published book on the life and work of prominent artist, educator, and activist José Montoya. José Montoya is volume 12 of the A Ver: Revisioning Art History series from CSRC Press. Organized by the Cornell University Library and co-sponsored by the CSRC.
 
“Día de los Muertos: Love and Loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic” (November 1) (VIDEO)
The CSRC presented an online Día de los Muertos event honoring our ancestors and acknowledging the devastating losses and hardships that Latinx and other racialized communities have endured during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Organized by the CSRC and co-sponsored by the UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies and the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative.
 
2021 IAC Fall Forum (November 9) (VIDEO)
The annual forum featured the 2021–22 Institute of American Cultures (IAC) visiting scholars and predoctoral fellows, who presented their research in conversation with UCLA faculty. Speakers include Stevie Ruiz, associate professor of Chicana/o studies, California State University, Northridge; Debanjan Roychoudhury, Bunche Center Predoctoral Fellow in sociology; Liza Black, assistant professor of history and Native American and Indigenous studies, Indiana University; and Jane Hong, associate professor of history, Occidental College. Organized by the IAC and co-sponsored by the American Indian Studies Center, the Asian American Studies Center, the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, and the CSRC.
 
Panel and Performance: “50 Years of Chicana Feminism: Celebrating the Hijas de Cuauhtémoc” (November 18) (VIDEO)
Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Hijas de Cuauhtémoc, a groundbreaking publication of Chicana feminist activism and philosophy, this event featured two of the publication’s founders, Anna Nieto-Gómez and Corinne Sánchez; scholars Dionne Espinoza (CSULA), Maria Cotera  (UT Austin), and Maylei Blackwell (UCLA); and Grammy-winning musician Martha Gonzalez (Scripps College, Quetzal). Co-sponsored by the UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies, the Center for the Study of Women, and the CSRC.
 
All CSRC events are free to the public. For the most current information, visit the Events page on the CSRC website.
 

LIBRARY

Library outreach
Xaviera Flores, CSRC librarian and archivist, provided instruction and education about the CSRC Library and its holdings and practices at the following events and class meetings:
  • June 30, Flores provided research and library support for students in the UCLA Mellon-May Undergraduate Foundation Writing and Research Training Program.
  • July 29, Flores led the workshop “Navigating the World of Archival Research” for the Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) Summer Institute. A recording of the event can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/582316544
  • August 11, Flores shared resources and helped students navigate digitally available archives for their research project in CCAS 188, “Borders Crossed Us,” taught by CCAS doctoral candidate and IUPLR-Mellon dissertation fellow Alana de Hinojosa. Flores continued to provide library support for the class throughout the rest of the summer C session.
  • August 31, Flores spoke to students in CCAS 113, “Day of the Dead Rituals,” taught by CCAS doctoral candidate Gabriela Rodriguez Gomez, about the community altar and related exhibition presented in the CSRC Library in 2019.
  • September 21 and 22, Flores moderated the Open Archives Symposium for the Alliance of Media Arts + Culture. The event brought together a diverse group of institutional and community-based media and culture archivists, story experts, independent filmmakers, and digital content creators for a conversation to explore accessible and collaborative strategies to design and build archives in the future.
  • September 30, Flores provided library instruction to seventy students in CCAS M175, “Chicana/x Latina/x Art and Artists,” taught by Alma Lopez, lecturer in Chicana/o studies.
  • November 6, Flores spoke at the Los Seis de Boulder: Race and Memory Symposium. The virtual symposium aimed to center the Los Seis de Boulder bombings of May 1974, during which six Chicanx students and activists affiliated with CU were killed, in academic discourse and to continue to foster engagement dialogue on campus about the legacy of this event. Flores spoke alongside other panelists who discussed the impact of memory and archival work in regard to this tragedy. View the recording here. View the whole conference or any other session here.
  • November 19, Flores spoke with fourteen students from Brigham Young University studying Latin civil rights. The students visited several California universities to learn about the Chicano Movement in California and how it’s been preserved and collected.

Collections received
The CSRC is grateful to have received the following additions to its collections:
 
  • Eighteen additional linear feet of materials for the Mimi Lozano Papers. The materials include genealogy research that traces Mexican and Latino ancestry but focuses mostly on California, Texas, and the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • A large collection of street posters for Mexican and Chicano dance hall and musical events, given to the CSRC by an anonymous donor. The collection is estimated to contain approximately four hundred posters dating from the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Two artworks from Kathleen McHugh, professor of English and film and television: a serigraph print by Lisa Flores and a small painting by Frank Romero.
  • The East LA Interchange Collection. East LA Interchange is a documentary that tells the story of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights, the oldest neighborhood in Los Angeles. The collection includes three to four linear feet of production materials, interviews, research, and audiovisual collected during the making of the film. It is housed at the CSRC through a collaboration with the UCLA Center of Community Learning and the UCLA Library. For more information about the film, visit: https://eastlainterchangefilm.com/
Updated finding aids
The following finding aids have been updated. All are available on the Online Archive of California:
 
MALCS began in 1982 as an outgrowth of the Chicana Academic Issues Conference at the University of California, Davis. Seeking to support Chicanas and Latinas and Native American women academics, students, and activists, MALCS publishes a newsletter as well as the journal Trabajos Monográficos. In 1986 it held its first Summer Research Institute, which would become an annual event and the centerpiece of its service. The collection, of approximately forty linear feet, consists of various institutional papers with particular emphasis on the summer programs, newsletters, and membership-related papers. The collection also includes video and audio tapes of various proceedings.
Born in East Los Angeles in 1934 and raised in Chavez Ravine, Manazar Gamboa spent much of the first half of his life incarcerated for a variety of crimes. While serving time in Soledad State Prison for armed robbery, he fell in love with English literature, particularly Shakespeare. He began writing his own poetry, and when he was released in 1977, he embraced the Los Angeles literary scene. While he continued working on his own poetry, prose, and plays, he also held literacy and writing workshops for inmates and at-risk youth throughout Los Angeles County. He remained dedicated to literature and his community until his death on December 13, 2000. The collection consists of manuscripts of Gamboa's poems, plays, and short stories, as well as notes showing his creative process. There is also research material on Chavez Ravine, as well as clippings and other printed material.
From 1992 to 2004 the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles housed the Latino Theater Initiative, which was designed to provide access not only to emerging Latinx artists but also to increase its Latinx audience base by offering theatrical programming that was relevant to the Latinx community and reflected the diversity of Los Angeles. Although the program was cut in 2004, its influence can still be felt throughout the Los Angeles theater community and beyond. Many of the artists who were fostered within the initiative continue to create new work, run local theater companies, and work as scholars and educators. The collection includes manuscripts of plays, both finished and works in progress. There are also programs, administrative papers, and audiovisual materials.
 
Guevara Papers featured in documentary
The Rubén Guevara Papers are featured in Con Safos, a new documentary about the activism and creative work of musician, poet, and performance artist Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara. Con Safos premiered on KCET’s Artbound and PBS SoCal in October and is available for streaming on the KCET YouTube channel.
 
Archie comics exhibition includes text by Flores
On November 28 the Comic-Con Museum opened in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Included in the inaugural exhibitions is a pop-up exhibit Eight Decades of Archie, which features a text piece on the impact of Archie comics in Latino America, authored by CSRC librarian and archivist Xaviera Flores. The pop-up will expand to a full exhibition in February 2022.
 
Exhibitions with CSRC loans
The following exhibitions currently on view include images and artworks from CSRC collections and publications:
The CSRC Library remains closed until further notice. Library staff will continue providing reference services remotely, but onsite services are not available at this time. For more information, please visit our research guide at https://guides.library.ucla.edu/csrc or email us at librarian@chicano.ucla.edu. UCLA Students can also seek reference assistant on the UCLA Slack Channel #csrc-library-reference-help
 

PRESS

José Montoya Wins Gold at International Latino Book Awards
On October 16, the winners of the 2021 International Latino Book Awards were announced. José Montoya by Ella Maria Diaz, volume 12 in the A Ver: Revisioning Art History series from CSRC Press, was awarded a Gold Medal in two categories: Best Biography (English) and Best Arts Book. José Montoya is distributed by University of Minnesota Press.
 
Knowledge for Justice wins Outstanding Book Award
Knowledge for Justice: An Ethnic Studies Reader, a collaboration of all four UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC) ethnic studies centers and published by CSRC Press, has received the 2021 Outstanding Book Award from the Association for Ethnic Studies (AES). The award is offered in “recognition of achieving a level of innovation, quality, and success in advancing the field of Ethnic Studies that few other books have done.” Knowledge for Justice: An Ethnic Studies Reader is distributed by University of Washington Press.
 
New entries on CSRC Post
In conjunction with the exhibition Immersive Distancing: Carmen Argote and Zeynep Abes at the LA Art Show, which that took place July 29 through August 1 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Jacqueline Piña Ascencio, the Getty Marrow Academic Programs and Publications intern at the CSRC, contributed two pieces to CSRC Post, the blog of the CSRC.  “Shining a Light on Immersive Distancing: Carmen Argote and Zeynep Abes provides background on the artists and their work in the show. In “Exploring Unease and Haunting: Reflections on Immersive Distancing: Carmen Argote and Zeynep Abes at LAAS,“  Ascencio offers her personal reflections on the exhibition, which was curated by Chon A. Noriega for the CSRC. The exhibition was part of the DIVERSEartLA program, which showcased women and nonbinary artists whose practice intersects with art, science, and technology. Immersive Distancing comprised two installations: Last Light, by established artist Carmen Argote, and Memory Place, by emerging artist Zeynep Abes. Both artists are based in Los Angeles and are graduates of UCLA, and both created their work during the first lockdown of the pandemic.
 

CSRC IN THE NEWS

All “In the News” articles are available in PDF format on the CSRC website.
 
The Luskin School of Public Affairs profiled associate professor Carlos E. Santos in his new role as associate director of the CSRC. (December 6, 2021) (PDF)
 
A story in the San Antonio Current about the documentary Chulas Fronteras by filmmakers Les Blank and Chris Strachwitz mentions Strachwitz's donation of his Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American recordings to the CSRC, something the writer calls “arguably [Strachwitz's] greatest and most lasting contribution to Mexican American Culture.” (December 1, 2021) (PDF)
 
UC3 in collaboration with the UCLA Digital Library published a blog post detailing the history of the Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings at UCLA and recent technological upgrades related to preserving this extensive digital collection, which was brought to UCLA by the CSRC. (November 18, 2021) (PDF)
 
As reported by UCLA Newsroom, Knowledge for Justice: An Ethnic Studies Reader, a joint publication from the four ethnic studies research centers that make up the UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC), received the 2021 Outstanding Book Award from the Association for Ethnic Studies. (November 17, 2021) (PDF)
 
The CSRC was named in a KCET story about the artists and exhibitions that emerged from “Mustache Mondays” in West Hollywood dance clubs. These events ran from 2007 to approximately 2018. (November 17, 2021) (PDF)
 
Chon A. Noriega, distinguished professor of film and television and former CSRC director, and Pilar Tompkins Rivas, chief curator at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and former CSRC arts project coordinator, were quoted in an ARTnews feature on the forthcoming Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture. The museum is scheduled to open in May 2022 in Riverside, California. (November 9, 2021) (PDF)
 
UCLA Newsroom ran a preview story on the CSRC online event “Día de los Muertos: Love and Loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which was broadcast November 1. The event was open to the public. (October 29, 2021) (PDF)
 
The CSRC's online Día de los Muertos event on November 1 was included in a KFI-AM 640 story about virtual and in-person celebrations in Los Angeles. (November 1, 2021) (PDF)
 
The Latina/o Studies Program at Cornell College of Arts and Sciences reported that José Montoya  by Ella Maria Diaz, associate professor of English and Latino/a studies at Cornell University, won Best Biography (English) and Best Arts Book at the Twenty-third International Latino Book Awards. The book was published by CSRC Press. (October 27, 2021) (PDF)
 
UCLA Newsroom profiled CSRC director Veronica Terriquez and her vision for the CSRC. Terriquez will draw on her background as a community organizer to enhance Latino community networks and presence on campus and to support university-community partnerships. (October 12, 2021) (PDF)
 
UCLA Newsroom profiled the CSRC-led research project “Critical Mission Studies at California's Crossroads,” which is funded by a grant from UC Multicampus Research and Programs Initiatives. Charlene Villaseñor Black, professor of art history and Chicana/o studies and former CSRC associate director, is co-principal investigator on the project. (October 11, 2021) (PDF)
 
Daily Bruin reported on the UCLA's announcement on September 24 to become a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by 2025. UCLA pledged increased faculty lines, fellowships, and other resources to support this effort. The CSRC will play a leadership role in this initiative. (October 10, 2021) (PDF)
 
In a Daily Bruin op-ed, a student reflected on the history of Latinos at UCLA and the role the CSRC has played in supporting the Latino community on campus. The piece also mentions the university’s declaration to become a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by 2025. (October 7, 2021) (PDF)
 
Daily Bruin reported on the nomination of the publication José Montoya, published by CSRC Press, for two International Latino Book Awards. The book's author, Ella Maria Diaz, was interviewed for the story. (October 7, 2021) (PDF)
 
The City Paper Bogota previewed the International Art Fair of Bogotá—ARTBO—and mentioned the CSRC for having loaned films by Raphael Montañez Ortiz to be screened at the fair. (September 30, 2021) (PDF)
 
Chon A. Noriega, distinguished professor of film and television and former CSRC director, was named in a press release for his appearance in Lights, Camera, Acciòn, a documentary focusing on the impact Latinos have made in Hollywood. (September 29, 2021) (PDF)
 
Chon A. Noriega, distinguished professor of film and television and former CSRC director, was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story about Latino representation in the entertainment and media industries. (September 21, 2021) (PDF)
 
Charlene Villaseñor Black, professor of art history and Chicana/o and Central American studies and former CSRC associate director, was featured in a UCLA Newsroom Q&A about how art can inspire empathy. She also described how a conference on Central American migration that she organized for the CSRC is 2015 helped connect her to her grandmother’s migration experience. (September 14, 2021) (PDF)
 
Images from the La Raza Photograph Collection at the CSRC were used to illustrate a story in Interzine on the state of public education for Black and Latino students in the United States. (August 11, 2021) (PDF)
 
UCLA Newsroom reported that Veronica Terriquez, CSRC director, and Michael Rodriguez, professor of family medicine and CSRC faculty advisory committee member, were among the UCLA faculty who contributed to the research and analysis of a “Latino Scorecard” study for the Alliance for a Better Community. The study revealed that Los Angeles County remains a difficult place for Latinos to thrive. (August 4, 2021) (PDF)
 
A story in La Opinión covered the study “Latino/a Scorecard Report: A Policy Roadmap for Transforming Los Angeles,” published July 28 by the Alliance for a Better Community. Veronica Terriquez, CSRC director, was one of the researchers for the report and wrote its conclusion. (July 29, 2021) (PDF)
 
Artfix Daily reported on the return of the DIVERSEartLA program to the LA Art Show. The story mentions an installation organized by the CSRC and curated by Chon A. Noriega, former CSRC director, which was part of the program. (July 29, 2021) (PDF)
 
UCLA Newsroom previewed the CSRC exhibition at the 2021 LA Art Show, Immersive Distancing: Carmen Argote and Zeynep Abes, curated by former CSRC director Chon A. Noriega. Argote and Abes earned their MFA degrees at UCLA. (July 28, 2021) (PDF)
 
CSRC director Veronica Terriquez was interviewed on NPR's “All Things Considered” for a story on writer, educator, and activist Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez, who passed away June 29. (July 2, 2021) (PDF)
 
The CSRC was named in a Los Angeles Times story about the retirement of Rick West, director of the Autry Museum, who oversaw the Autry's collaboration with the CSRC for the exhibition La Raza (2017-19). (June 29, 2021) (PDF)
 
CSRC director Chon A. Noriega was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story about the historically poor representation of Latinos in the Hollywood entertainment industry. (June 13, 2021) (PDF)
 
CSRC director Chon A. Noriega was interviewed for a story in The Wrap about the new feature film In the Heights and its representation of a Latino immigrants. (june 10, 2021) (PDF)
 
CSRC director Chon A. Noriega was interviewed for a PBS NewsHour story about the feature film In the Heights. (June 10, 2021) (PDF)
 
UCLA Newsroom reported the appointment of Veronica Terriquez, associate professor of sociology at UC Santa Cruz, to the position of CSRC director. Terriquez will hold faculty appointments in the departments of urban planning and Chicana/o and Central American studies. (June 8, 2021) (PDF)
 
A reprint in MENAFN of a May 21 UCLA Newsroom story discussing the departure and legacy of CSRC director Chon A. Noriega. (June 6, 2021)  (PDF)
 
Monique Garcia, who worked as an intern at the CSRC in summer 2020 on the Chicano Moratorium 50th Anniversary Project for the CSRC library, was featured in a Cal State Fullerton News story about three graduating Mellon Mays fellows at Cal State Fullertion who will pursue graduate degrees. (June 2, 2021) (PDF)
 
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Image: "Rudecinda Sepulveda de Dodson, daughter of Diego Sepulveda of Palos Verdes, mother of Florence Dodson Schonum.” C.C. Pierce Collection of Photographs, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California. The image is part of Picturing Mexican America, a digital humanities research project led by Marissa K. López, professor in the departments of English and Chicana and Chicano and Central American studies, CSRC Faculty Advisory Committee member, and chair of the CSRC Library Support Committee.
 
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