CSRC Newsletter - February 2009

Volume 7, Number 5

Director's Message

This month we are pleased to release the second book in the A Ver: Revisioning Art History series (see press section below). Yolanda M. López, written by Karen Mary Davalos, documents the life and work of an artist who has produced some of the most iconic and widely circulated images of the Chicano civil rights movement. In López’s art, the political message is clear and purposeful. At the same time, the work cannot be mistaken for art that merely illustrates a position, both because of its formal complexity and because it is engaged in a more complicated project of repositioning the viewer with respect to language and representation. Indeed, as Davalos argues, “López is simultaneously a feminist artist, a conceptual artist, a political artist, and a portraitist working in and against the modernist tradition.” As the first major publication on López, this book explores the artist’s ongoing commitment to an art of social protest, elaborates the social and cultural history and intellectual currents within which she has worked, and brings much-needed attention to the artist in all her complexity.
Chon A. Noriega
Director and Professor


CSRC Study Released in Washington D.C.
Preliminary results of a CSRC pilot study on hate speech on commercial talk radio were presented at a press conference hosted by the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) on January 28 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Chon A. Noriega, CSRC director, and Javier Iribarren, CSRC assistant director, are the principal investigators for the study. The preliminary research suggests that there are four types of hate speech that are directed at vulnerable groups and the social institutions perceived to be in collusion with them. Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the NHMC, led the press conference and revealed the research findings. The findings are reported in a new CSRC Press policy brief, which is available in PDF format on the CSRC website. The press release issued by the UCLA Office of Media Relations can be read online.
CSRC Director Addresses Museum Administrators
CSRC Director Chon A. Noriega gave a plenary presentation at the midwinter meeting of the Association of Art Museum Directors in San Diego, California, on January 29. His talk, “Bringing Diversity to Organizations: Initial Perspectives from In- and Outside the Museum World,” outlined ways to achieve diversity at the curatorial level through exhibitions, publications, and acquisitions and offered strategies for increasing minority leadership in art museums.


Book Presentation and Signing
The CSRC, the UCLA Migration Studies Group, and the UCLA Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles will host a presentation of The Latino Education Crisis: The Consequences of Failed Social Policies, by Patricia Gándara, professor of education at UCLA, and Frances Contreras, assistant professor of education at the University of Washington. The event will take place on Wednesday, February 18, 2:00–4:00 p.m., in the CSRC Library (144 Haines Hall). Rubén Hernández Leon, assistant professor of sociology at UCLA, will be the discussant for this “Authors Meet Critic” session. The Latino Education Crisis, which was published by Harvard University Press, draws on extensive demographic data and case studies to reveal the depth of the education crisis that looms for Latino students, the nation’s largest and most rapidly growing minority group. A book signing and reception will follow the presentation, and books will be available for purchase. Parking is available in structure 2 and can be purchased for $9.00 at the kiosk located at Westholme Ave. and Hilgard Ave.
Special Event Featuring Homeboy Industries
The CSRC and the Young Research Library (YRL) at UCLA are proud to co-sponsor a screening of the documentary Father G and the Homeboys on Wednesday, February 25, 4:00–6:00 p.m., in the YRL Presentation Room (first floor). The film, directed by John Bohm and Pete Tapia, chronicles Father Gregory Boyle’s work with Homeboy Industries. Boyle started Homeboy Industries to provide education, training, and job placement opportunities for at-risk and formerly gang-involved youth. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives from Homeboy Industries. Lizette Guerra, CSRC archivist and acting librarian, will present highlights from the CSRC Library’s Homeboy Industry Archive Collection. Light refreshments will be served. Parking is available in structure 3 and can be purchased for $9.00 at the kiosk located at Wyton Dr. and Hilgard Ave.

CSRC Library and Archive

News from the Archive
The winter break has ended and the work at hand has resumed. Processing is nearly complete on the following collections: the Rigoberto Gonzalez Papers, the Isaac Artenstein Papers, and The Church of the Epiphany Chicano Civil Rights Archive. These collections will be ready for publication on the Online Archive of California in mid-February.
CSRC Librarian Chosen for Leadership Program
Lizette Guerra, CSRC archivist and acting librarian, has been selected to participate in the American Library Association’s 2009 Emerging Leaders program. The program is designed to immerse new librarians from across the country into the profession by giving them the opportunity to participate in a problem-solving workgroup, network with other information professionals, gain an insider’s perspective of the ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Ms. Guerra attended the first program session during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference in Denver in January.
Update on the Edward R. Roybal Photograph Collection
With the generous support of a John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation grant, the CSRC Library has been working diligently to preserve and make widely accessible the late Congressman Edward R. Roybal’s photograph collection. The photographs document Roybal’s public service career from the 1940s to the 1990s. The goal is to make the original photographs available to the public through an online archive hosted by the UCLA Digital Library. Approximately 500 images have been scanned and uploaded onto the digital archive. The project will be completed by early May.

CSRC Press

A Ver Volume 2 Now Available
Yolanda M. López, a groundbreaking exploration of López’s life and work by Karen Mary Davalos, has been praised as “a valuable contribution to American art history and the emerging field of Chicano art studies” (Bruce Robertson, professor of art history and architecture at UCSB). Davalos’s text “reveals the complexity of the artist’s work over time and illuminates the importance of her contributions to Chicana/o art, Chicana feminism, conceptual art, and the politics of representation” (Charlene Villaseñor Black, author of Creating the Cult of St. Joseph: Art and Gender in the Spanish Empire). Yolanda M. López, volume 2 in CSRC’s A Ver: Revisioning Art History series, can be ordered online from the distributor, University of Minnesota Press.
Policy Brief Examines Hate Speech
Hate Speech on Commercial Talk Radio: Preliminary Report on a Pilot Study (CSRC Latino Issues & Policy Brief No. 22) discusses initial findings from a new CSRC research study. In this brief, authors and principal investigators Chon A. Noriega, CSRC director, and Javier Iribarren, CSRC assistant director, explain the research methodology that was developed expressly for the pilot study and present a preliminary assessment of their findings. Through content analysis of radio broadcast segments, the research team identified four types of hate speech that are directed at vulnerable groups and the social institutions that are identified as supporting them. A full report will be issued when the pilot study concludes this spring. Hate Speech on Commercial Talk Radio: Preliminary Report on a Pilot Study is available in PDF format on the CSRC Press’s website.


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