CSRC Newsletter - June 2006

CSRC Newsletter Volume 4, Number 9

Director's Message

Last week, about 230 attendees and speakers focused on the work of the Chicano Youth Leadership Conference (CYLC) and Sal Castro, a life-long Los Angeles schoolteacher who earned a national reputation as a school reformer. Since 1963, CYLC and Sal Castro have made unparalleled contributions to the community. These efforts are now being more widely recognized.

Earlier in the week, at Los Angeles City Hall, Castro was presented with a City Proclamation in recognition of his lifetime service to the City of Los Angeles. The City Council proclamation was presented by Jose Huizar and Jan Perry , with the signatures of all Council Members. Shortly after that ceremony, Castro and CSRC Assistant Director Carlos M. Haro met with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who congratulated Castro for his lifetime of service and contributions to the education of the youth in our region. During the CSRC symposium, Castro received further recognition from the California State Assembly.

Sal Castro demonstrates the powerful impact one person can make, particularly through education. His life's work clearly serves as a model and inspiration for the CSRC mission to support research that makes a difference. Next year we plan on continuing our focus on education with a conference on the role of community colleges in the Chicano/Latino educational pipeline.

Finally, thanks to all our staff, affiliated faculty and students, alumni, and community leaders for their contributions to our activities this year.

Chon A. Noriega, Professor and Director


Chicano Archives Book Receives National Award
The CSRC publication Self-Help Graphics and Art, Inc.: Art in the Heart of East Los Angeles (2005) received the International Latino Book Award for Best Reference Book in English. The award was presented by Latino Literary Now, a non-profit organization supporting literacy and literary excellence within the Latino community, in conjunction with BookExpoAmerica. The author, Kristen Guzmán, is a recent PhD from UCLA and an assistant professor of history at Santa Ana College. The editor, Colin Gunckel, is a doctoral student at UCLA and a CSRC graduate research associate. The book is the first volume in the Chicano Archive series and was published in collaboration with Self-Help Graphics and the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (UC Santa Barbara) and with support from the UCLA Center for Community Partnerships and UCMEXUS.
Sal Castro Conference
The CSRC held its second conference of the year on educational issues in Los Angeles. At the day-long symposium on May 26, a number of panelists spoke to a packed room about Sal Castro and the Chicano Youth Leadership Conference (CYLC). Among the panelists were many CYLC alumni, including California Supreme Court Judge Carlos Moreno. The artist Ignacio Gomez contributed an image of Sal Castro for the cover of the program and was at the conference, displaying his works. Two films were shown, one a recent interview of Sal Castro by Carlos M. Haro, the other the recent HBO film inspired by Castro, Walkout, which was produced by CYLC and UCLA alumni Moctesuma Esparza. The conference program includes statements from each panelist about the importance of Castro and a six-page essay about Castro's life and motivations by Mario T. García, professor of history at UCSB.
Diana Taylor Lecture on Performance
Diana Taylor, professor of performance studies and Spanish and Portuguese at New York University and director of the Hemispheric Institute, on May 25 discussed her award-winning book The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas. This book breaks new ground in understanding the relationship between performance and history, performance and colonization, and performance and intercultural experimentation. She also provided an introduction to the Hemispheric Institute, a consortium of universities, activists, and artists across the Americas. Thirty people attended the lecture, which was cosponsored with the UCLA Center for Performance Studies.
CSRC Program for Undergraduates in Washington, DC
As a member of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR), headquartered at the University of Notre Dame, the CSRC participates in a Summer Leadership Institute for Latino Public Policy for undergraduate students in Washington, D.C. from June 18 to 25, 2006. The CSRC has previously sent four UCLA students Marisela Ruiz, Brenda Robles, Brian Sanchez, and Jorge Pena. This year the CSRC is sending three UCLA undergraduate students to attend the program this summer: Janitzia Villalobos, Latin American studies; Jacqueline Euan, comparative literature/Chicana/o studies; Jeffrey Edwin Juarez, political science.
CSRC Graduate Affiliate Recognitions
Chantal Rodriguez, a doctoral student in the theater department, has received a 2006 Graduate Summer Research Mentorship to work with CSRC Director Chon A. Noriega on a book related to CSRC archival holdings in theater and performance. Rebeca Burciaga and Maria Ledesma, doctoral students in the education department, were awarded Ford Foundation Dissertation Year Fellowships for 2006-2007.
CSRC Faculty Affiliate Recognitions
Kris D. Gutiérrez will be a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto for the 2006-07 academic year. She will also serve as the Noted Scholar in Residence at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia this coming summer. Gutierrez is professor of social research methodology in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Patricia McDonough, professor of education, will be recognized with the 2006 Distinguished Teaching Award on June 4 by the UCLA Alumni Association.
CSRC Staff Recognitions and Activities
CSRC Assistant Director Carlos M. Haro was among the alumni volunteers who were recognized at a UCLA Alumni reception on May 23 for their volunteer activity on behalf of the Alumni Association and UCLA during 2005-06. Dr. Haro served on the Alumni Awards Committee. CSRC Press Manager Wendy Belcher presented a lecture about medieval African literary texts on May 4 as part of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women's (CSW) speaker series. About fifty people attended. For an excerpt from the talk, please see the CSW Newsletter. To receive regular electronic announcements of CSW events, click here. On May 15 at the University of Helsinki, CSRC Director Chon Noriega served as the opponent for a dissertation on Chicana photographers. The doctoral candidate Asta Kuusin had conducted research at the CSRC Library. Her dissertation is the second on North American studies at the University of Helsinki and one of the first on Chicana/o artists anywhere in the world. Fifty people attended the highly formal public exam, in which an opponent questions the candidate for six hours or more.
IAC Chicano Studies Research Grants for 2006-2007
The CSRC awarded the following IAC research grants for 2006-2007.
To UCLA faculty:
Vilma Ortiz, sociology, Educational Mobility among Mexican Americans
Abel Valenzuela, Jr., Chicana/o studies and urban planning, Immigrant Workers and Disaster Relief: Day Labor in the Wake of Katrina
Kelly Lytle Hernandez, history, Mexican Immigration Archives
Maylei S. Blackwell, Chicana/o studies, Indigenous Women's Organizing in the Migrant Stream: Digital Storytelling, Community Memory and Empowerment;
Rubén Hernández-León, sociology, The Migration Industry in Comparative Perspective
To UCLA graduate students:
Erin Fukiko Kimura, education, The Process of Coming Up: How Chicana/o Studies became an Academic Department
Stacy Iene Macias, women's studies, Counter-Femininities: Cultural Circuits of Femme Ontology
Rita Alicia Buck Rico, political science, Pan-Latino Identity and Coalition: Political Strategy or Contrived Grouping
Wendy Jennifer Rivera, education and psychological studies, Social Capital and Student-School Personnel Relationships;
Lauryn Camille Salazar, ethnomusicology, The Academic Mariachi Movement of the West and Southwestern United States
Arely M. Zimmerman, political science, Contesting Citizenship: Examining the Role of 'Extranational' Public Spheres and Alternative Conceptions of Membership in Latino Communities.
Latino Research Program Grants for 2006-2007
The CSRC awarded the following Latino Research Program grants for 2006-2007.
To UCLA faculty:
Steven R. Lopez, psychology and Chicana/o studies, Sociocultural Processes and Mexican American Families' Care-giving
Patricia M. McDonough, education, Understanding Latina/o College Choice: A Chain Migration Perspective
To UCLA graduate students:
Rita Kohli, education, Deconstrucking Racial Perceptions: Internalized Racism and Preservice Teachers of Colorado
Roberto Emilio Montenegro, sociology, Parent Expectations, Spanish-Speaking Doctor-Parent Communications, and Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing for Pediatric Upper Respiratory Infections
Vanessa Jeanette Ochoa, education, What's OK at Foshay? A Case Study Analysis of an Academically Effective High School's Contribution to Latino Collegiate Access
Lindsay Perez Huber, education, Que Siquan Adelante: The Educational Goals and Aspirations of Latina/o AB 540 Students in California
Miguel Zavala, education, Charting the Education and Labor Trajectories of Migrant Students in California: Citizenship, Racialization, and Access to Education
CSRC Events
IAC Postdoctoral Presentation
There will be an IAC Postdoctoral Fellows Colloquium on Tuesday, June 13, 2006, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the UCLA Faculty Center Hacienda Room. The postdoctoral presentation will be “‘. . . And They Were All Sent Away': The Meaning of Japanese American Internment for the Non-Japanese of Boyle Heights” by George Sánchez, professor, USC Department of History and Program in American Studies and Ethnicity. For more information, email Sagrario Hernández or call 310-825-1233.

CSRC Library & Archive

Lupe Anguiano Papers Acquisition
Lupe Anguiano was born into a migrant family that harvested fruit, vegetable, and nut crops in California every year from May to December. Despite her family's annual migration, she graduated from high school in Ventura, California, and later earned her master's degree from Antioch College. Anguiano held several jobs in government agencies including the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. After years of observing federal aid, she decided that the agencies were ignoring women's most basic needs: to learn skills, find jobs, and contribute to society. Since then she has been committed to fighting for women's rights and welfare reform, starting National Women's Employment and Education organization in 1983. President Ronald Reagan honored Anguiano at a White House ceremony with the 1983 President's Volunteer Award. She is currently an activist in the Oxnard area, working against the proposed liquefied natural gas terminal. This collection includes Anguiano's research papers, personal papers, photos, correspondence, publications, awards, and ephemera.
Luis Sedano Papers Acquisition
Filmmaker / photographer José Luis Sedano has donated his papers to the CSRC Archive. This collection spans over one hundred years of the Sedano family's history and includes family photographs, printed materials, and correspondence. Included in the collection are many fine examples of José Sedano's professional photographic work. The CSRC archive will be preserving these materials and scanning selected images and documents to be made available on-line.

CSRC Press  

Aztlán Submissions
Scholars planning their summer writing schedule should remember that Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies welcomes submissions on any aspect of Chicano studies. Aztlán accepts research articles (which are substantive, scholarly, original contributions to the field, less than 10,000 words); dossier articles (which are journalistic pieces or personal views on timely topics, less than 5,000 words); and review articles (which are shorter pieces on books, movies, recordings, events, conferences, exhibitions, and so on). We would especially like to see more essays submitted from the social sciences. Articles may be in either English or Spanish. Submission guidelines are posted online, along with descriptions for junior scholars of what happens at each stage of the publication process.
A Ver Monographs
Now available online is a schedule for the release of the first ten books in the A Ver series. Each is about an individual Latina/o artist, starting with books on Gronk and Yolanda Lopez.
Chicano Studies Textbooks
If you are interested in considering one of our books for a fall course adoption, please email the request to the CSRC Press , noting the course name and expected enrollment. Popular books for the classroom from the CSRC include The Chicano Studies Reader: An Anthology of Aztlán, 1970-2000 and Las Obreras: Chicana Politics of Work and Family.
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