CSRC Newsletter - June 2014

Volume 12, Number 10

Directors’ Message

Last month we celebrated the opening of Ricardo Valverde: Experimental Sights, 1971–1996 at the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) at East Los Angeles College. This exhibition was the capstone in our first year of an ongoing partnership between VPAM and CSRC. Our goal is not only to facilitate critical exchanges between the two campuses and beyond but also to engage audiences with Chicano art in both East L.A. and West L.A. This exhibition establishes an important collaborative and international framework for such a goal.
The exhibition, which remains on view through July 26, builds upon a digital archive of Valverde’s work established at the CSRC by the artist’s wife, Esperanza (Espie) Valverde, and processed by Elize Mazadiego when Mazadiego was a student. That archive resulted in the inclusion of Valverde’s work in Asco: Elite of the Obscure, 1972–1987 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and MEX/LA: Mexican Modernism(s) in Los Angeles, 1930–1985 at the Museum of Latin American Art. But it was Ramón García, professor of Chicano and Chicana studies at CSU Northridge, who undertook the first extended study of the artist in Ricardo Valverde (2013), a monograph in the CSRC’s A Ver: Revisioning Art History series. We were equally fortunate when Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, independent curator and CSRC visiting scholar, agreed to guest-curate the exhibition at VPAM. A panel discussion on the exhibition featuring García, Fajardo-Hill, and artist Rubén Ortiz-Torres will take place at VPAM June 14, and Fajardo-Hill will lead a walk-through of the exhibition June 21 (see Events below). A digital catalog for the exhibition will be published this month as well (see CSRC Press below).
Also last month the Getty Foundation awarded VPAM a research grant supporting a retrospective on Los Angeles-based Chicana photographer Laura Aguilar. Scheduled to open September 2017, this show will be another CSRC-VPAM collaboration. Ana Guajardo, who served as project coordinator of the A Ver series from 2009 until this spring, has joined VPAM to assist with the Aguilar exhibition.
The CSRC-VPAM partnership is off to a running start. In addition to collaborative exhibitions, this year also saw artist exchanges (Shizu Saldamando at the CSRC in November; Willie Varela at VPAM in February), which will continue next year as well. We look forward to seeing you at both locations and we wish you a wonderful summer.
Chon A. Noriega, CSRC Director
Karen Rapp, VPAM Director


The Dossier section of the Spring 2014 issue of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies focuses on jotería studies. This collection of articles, curated by Michael Hames-García (University of Oregon), offers a variety of perspectives on jotería studies, which Hames-García identifies as “an emergent formation” being developed by “a new generation of multigendered queer Chican@s and Latin@s.” Topics range from accounts of the origins of jotería studies to the influence of jotería studies on the disciplines of aesthetics, theology, and performance studies. Several essays incorporate accounts of the author’s personal experiences of discovery. Also included are two keynote addresses from the first National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Joto Caucus, in 2007. For more on the Dossier, click here.
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA announced
On May 6 the Getty Foundation announced the recipients of research grants for its latest arts initiative, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, with exhibitions, programs, and events taking place September 15, 2017, through January 31, 2018. The CSRC is a planning partner for this initiative. (For media coverage, see In the News below.)
Haro to present Castillo photographs in Havana
As part of a weeklong program sponsored by the Programa de Estudios Sobre Latinos en Los Estados Unidos, Casa de las Américas, Cuba, Carlos M. Haro, CSRC assistant director emeritus, will travel to Havana in early June to present a collection of photographs by Oscar Castillo and the CSRC Press publication The Oscar Castillo Papers and Photograph Collection. Joining Haro will be Steven Loza, professor of ethnomusicology and CSRC faculty associate and member of the CSRC Faculty Advisory Committee. Loza will discuss mariachi music in the United States and will introduce a performance by the UCLA Mariachi Group, also attending. The CSRC is cosponsoring this visit, which was organized by the UCLA Center for Latino Studies in the Herb Albert School of Music.
Aguilar in group show at Leslie + Lohman Museum
The CSRC has facilitated the loan of six photographs by Laura Aguilar for the exhibition After Our Bodies Meet: From Resistance to Potentiality at the Leslie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York. The exhibition runs June 5–July 27. For more information, visit the museum’s website.
New appointment for López
Marissa K. López, CSRC associate director and associate professor of English and Chicana and Chicano studies, has been selected as a member of the first cohort of the Faculty Leadership Program at UCLA, commencing in 2014-15. The program identifies and cultivates future administrative leaders at UCLA, providing learning and mentorship opportunities as well as informational access to senior administrators. The program is designed to give members insight into the workings of the university, the challenges facing today’s academic leaders, and their own leadership style.
Núñez-Dúeñas receives Haro Scholarship funds
Giovannié Núñez-Dúeñas, an undergraduate student and aspiring poet, has received financial aid from the CSRC’s Carlos M. Haro Scholarship Fund to attend the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation program at UC Berkeley for writers of color. Núñez-Dúeñas will participate in a weeklong workshop later this month with acclaimed novelist Junot Díaz.
CSRC helps launch international Latina/o Studies Conference
CSRC director Chon A. Noriega and CSRC associate director Marissa K. López will be panelists at the inaugural International Latina/o Studies Conference, an international meeting to be held July 17–19 in Chicago. The conference theme is “Imagining Latina/o Studies: Past, Present and Future,” and a Latina/o Studies Association will be officially established at the event. For more information, visit the conference website. The CSRC is a co-sponsor of this event.
Epstein presents at career conference for graduate students
Rebecca Epstein, CSRC communications and events manager, was invited to speak at the first “Master’s and PhD Career Conference” organized by the UCLA Career Center. The conference took place on campus May 1 and was designed to assist graduate students seeking alternatives to traditional academic careers. Epstein, who has a PhD from the UCLA Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media, was one of four speakers on the panel “Leadership and Entrepreneurship: Professional Rewards of Leveraging the Strengths of Humanities and Social Sciences Degrees.”
McNair scholar Valdovinos presents project
Patricia Valdovinos, a UCLA McNair Research Scholar graduating this spring, presented her research project on May 30 in the Powell Library Rotunda. Valdovinos’s project, “Performing the Personal: Understanding the Effects of Performance on Incarcerated Latino/a Youth,” was conducted with the assistance of CSRC librarian Lizette Guerra and CSRC director Chon A. Noriega, who served as her advisor. For more information about the McNair Research Scholars Program facilitated by the UCLA Academic Advancement Program, click here.
Ortiz film to be included in museum installation
Cowboy and “Indian” Film (1957-58), by Raphael Montañez Ortiz, will be included in Film after the End of Art, at the Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham, England. The CSRC is lending the film for this installation, which will also include works by Malcolm Le Grice, Yoko Ono, and Carolee Schneemann. Curated by Duncan White, the installation will be on display to the public for one day only, June 24, 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. For more information, visit the Nottingham Contemporary website.
Story on bilingual TV nominated for journalism award
The CSRC congratulates Carolina Miranda, Kim Masters, and Darby Maloney on their nomination for a SoCal Journalism Award for Entertainment Reporting/Criticism. Their story on Latino bilingual TV was produced for The Business on KCRW 89.9 FM. CSRC director Chon A. Noriega was interviewed for the story, which can be heard here. The SoCal Journalism Awards are sponsored by the Los Angeles Press Club. Winners will be announced June 29. For more information, visit the L.A. Press Club website.
Jimenez produces “projection map spectacle”
Javier Jimenez, a member of the CSRC Director’s Advisory Board and a UCLA alum, was the executive producer of a film projected onto the exterior of Royce Hall on May 15–17 to launch the fundraising effort “The Centennial Campaign for UCLA.” The ten-minute film, titled Let There Be, was narrated by John Lithgow and was conceived, directed, and produced by Mirada, a design, visual effects, and animation studio co-founded in 2010 by Jimenez with cinematographer Guillermo Navarro and directors Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Cullen. For more information about the studio, visit the website. A press release concerning the Royce Hall projection can be found here.
Latinos and Economic Security posts new videos
The Latinos and Economic Security project, a research project of the CSRC, has posted a new video explaining why it is beneficial for individuals to postpone as long as possible their receipt of Social Security benefits. One version of the video is in Spanish, the other is in English. The videos were produced by the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), which also created a related toolkit. All are accessible through the LES website.
Noriega interviewed for CNN series
CSRC director Chon A. Noriega was interviewed for the ten-part original CNN documentary series The Sixties, executive produced by Tom Hanks. Noriega was interviewed for episode 8, “The Times They Are A-Changin,’” which will focus on social movements. The airdate for the episode is July 24. For more information, visit the series website.
Sánchez publishes op-ed on social justice and arts education
Nathalie Sánchez, an artist and educator who served as a CSRC Getty intern in 2007, published the op-ed “Practicing Social Justice through Arts Education” in the Huffington Post on May 29. (PDF)
Huerta publishes op-eds on socioeconomic inequalities facing Latinos
CSRC visiting scholar Alvaro Huerta published an op-ed in the Daily Bruin on May 22 concerning Latinos’ continuing low position on the U.S. socioeconomic ladder. (PDF) On May 9 Huerta published the related op-ed “Five Ways to Bridge the Inequality Gap” in Lancaster Online. (PDF) An interview with Huerta appeared on LatinoLA on May 30. (PDF)
Visiting scholars report on research
Each year, visiting scholars conduct research at the CSRC to further their teaching, publications, and overall scholarship. In the 2013-14 year we welcomed seven scholars:
  • Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, a curator in modern and contemporary art and former chief curator and vice president of curatorial affairs at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, drew from the Ricardo Valverde Digital Image Collection at the CSRC to curate a retrospective of Valverde’s work at the Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College. Ricardo Valverde: Experimental Sights, 1976-1991 is on view now through July 26. Photographs from the opening reception can be viewed on Facebook.
  • Post-doctoral scholar Juan Herrera conducted research for a book manuscript, “Care Is Political: The State, Philanthropy, and the Making of the Latino Nonprofit Sector,” which analyzes the transformation of organizations founded during the civil rights era, including those associated with the Chicano Movement, into institutionalized nonprofit agencies. Herrera submitted a journal article for review that analyzes nonprofit mediated projects of regulating informal day labor in Oakland, and he is completing an additional article that argues for an analysis of the longevity of Chicano Movement–era organizations and their continued traction in contemporary Latino neighborhoods.
  • Jacqueline M. Hidalgo, assistant professor of Latina/o studies and religion at Williams College, spent the year working primarily on a book project tentatively titled “Reconquest of the Sacred: Scriptures, Utopias, and the Legacies of Revelation’s New Jerusalem in Chican@ Aztlán.” This research examines certain texts and ideas that sprang from the Chicano Movement, especially the concept of Aztlán, as interventions in hemispheric American readings of the book of Revelation and broader notions of “scripture.” The recipient of a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Hidalgo examined archives at the CSRC related to the Church of the Epiphany. In addition, she initiated interviews for a second book project dealing with Latin@ religious hybridity and Latin@s who identify as spiritual but not religious, and she made numerous presentations at conferences, including the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, and at different institutions, including Occidental College.
  • Lindsay Pérez Huber, assistant professor of social and cultural analysis of education at Cal State Long Beach, was co-author on a major policy report published by the UCLA Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles and commissioned by the Eva Longoria Foundation. The report, Making Education Work for Latinas in the U.S., identifies key educational obstacles and positive predictors of college going for Latina students in the United States. The report was featured at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS) Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series in December 2013. The panelists were GSE&IS dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco (moderator), GSE&IS professor Patricia Gándara (lead report author), UC president Janet Napolitano, actress and activist Eva Longoria, and California Community Foundation CEO Antonia Hernández. Additionally, this year Huber was named a 2014 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) Faculty Fellow. This national competition recognizes junior level faculty for their contributions to scholarship and enhancement of Latina/os in higher education. This fall she and Carlos M. Haro, CSRC assistant director emeritus, will co-coordinate the 2014 Latina/o Education Summit, “Where Do We Go from Here? Latina/o Education after DACA and the California DREAM Act,” on October 17 at the UCLA Faculty Center. 
  • Maurice Rafael Magaña, IAC postdoctoral fellow, has used his residency at the CSRC to conduct ethnographic fieldwork in Los Angeles with youth activists. He submitted two article manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals and one book chapter for an edited volume based on his research in Oaxaca, Mexico. In spring quarter Magaña taught a seminar course for upper-level undergraduates through the César Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies and the Labor and Workplace Studies Program; the course was titled “Youth, Culture, and Social Change.” For summer session A, he will teach CS 152, “Disposable People: U.S. Deportation and Repatriation Campaigns,” which will address periods of large-scale, highly organized deportation and repatriation efforts from the nineteenth century through turn of the twenty-first century. Magaña also recently presented his research to the Oaxacan community in Los Angeles at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center.
  • Atsuko Niitsu, PhD student in Latin American studies at the University of Tokyo, conducted research for her dissertation, which concerns public murals in Los Angeles. She surveyed students at UCLA and Cal State Northridge about mural arts in Los Angeles, and she observed tours of L.A. murals hosted by Cartwheel Art and the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) and a lecture and demonstration of mural techniques by Mexican muralist Ariosto Otero Reyes.  In April she reported on her research at the University of Tokyo, Niigata University of International and Information Studies.
New videos on CSRC YouTube
Video recordings of some more of our winter and spring quarter public programs are now available for viewing on CSRC YouTube:
  • Media artist Willie Varela, in person (February 20, 2014)
    In celebration of the release of the DVD Video Art by Willie Varela, the CSRC welcomed renowned El Paso–based media artist Willie Varela, a pioneer in American avant-garde film.
  • Book talk: Alfonso Gonzales presents Reform without Justice (February 19, 2014) Alfonso Gonzales, assistant professor of political science at Lehman College, City University of New York, discussed his new book, Reform Without Justice: Latino Migrant Politics and the Homeland Security State (Oxford UP, 2013) at the CSRC Library.
  • Book talk: Michael Nava presents City of Palaces: A Novel (April 7, 2014) The UCLA LGBT Studies Program, in collaboration with the CSRC, hosted acclaimed novelist Michael Nava, who presented his new novel.
  • Ozomatli Day at the CSRC (April 14, 2014)
    Los Angeles band Ozomatli visited the CSRC to converse with students about art and social activism. Over eighty students from CS/M116— “Chicano Music in the U.S.,” taught by Francisco Javier Crespo-Diaz—attended the event, which concluded with an acoustic performance of two songs from the band’s most recent album, Place in the Sun.
  • A performative lecture by Carmelita Tropicana (April 19, 2014) The CSRC was pleased to host artist and author Carmelita Tropicana performing “Carmelita Can Be a Beast,” a discussion on race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and the animal species in the artist’s work.

CSRC in the News

“Les folies révolutionnaires de Chicanos dans les années 1970”
A review of the exhibition Asco and Friends: Exiled Portraits, on view through July 6 at La Friche Belle de Mai in Marseille.
Beaux Arts, June 2014 (PDF)
“UCLA to Hire ‘Discrimination Officers’ to Tackle Campus’s Alleged Racism”
CSRC director Chon Noriega was quoted in a story about UCLA’s plan to hire two “discrimination officers” to assist the investigation of grievances concerning racism experienced by UCLA faculty.
Education News, May 27, 2014 (PDF)
“Getty Awards $150,000 to Vincent Price Art Museum”
The Vincent Price Art Museum received a grant of $150,000 to put toward research and planning two exhibitions for the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. One of the exhibitions, a retrospective on Chicana artist Laura Aguilar, will be undertaken in collaboration with the CSRC.
ELAC Campus News, May 21, 2014 (PDF)
“UCLA Receives $685,000 in Grants from Getty Foundation”
The UCLA Newsroom reported that the CSRC, Fowler Museum, Hammer Museum, and Film and Television Archive each received grants from the Getty Foundation to research and plan exhibitions for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.
UCLA Newsroom, May 19, 2014 (PDF)
“Ricardo Valverde’s ‘Solo Landing’”
A review by Armando Durón of the exhibition Ricardo Valverde: Experimental Sights, 1971–1991, a collaboration between the Vincent Price Art Museum and the CSRC.
Brooklyn & Boyle, May 2014 (PDF)
“Photos: A Retrospective of Chicano Artist Ricardo Valverde”
A preview of the exhibition Ricardo Valverde: Experimental Sites, 1971–1996.
LAist, May 17, 2014 (PDF)
A review of the exhibition Asco and Friends: Exiled Portraits.
Artist Kunstmagazin, issue 99, May/June/July 2014 (PDF)
“Are U.S. Art Museums Finally Taking Latin American Art Seriously?”
A web exclusive in ARTnews commenting on the increasing number of exhibitions featuring Latino and Chicano artists that are being hosted by U.S. museums. The story mentions the CSRC’s forthcoming show for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.
ARTnews, May 15, 2014 (PDF)
“Getty Announced $5M in Grants for ‘Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA’”
CSRC director Chon A. Noriega was interviewed on Take Two, a news and culture program on KPCC 89.3 FM, concerning the new arts initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. To listen to the broadcast, click here.
Take Two, May 7, 2014 (Selected excerpts are in the attached PDF)
Asco and Friends review
A review of the CSRC co-curated exhibition Asco and Friends: Exiled Portraits, currently on view in Marseille, in an online French art and culture magazine.
Culturopoing, May 7, 2014 (PDF)
“Latino Art Push Takes Shape”
CSRC director Chon A. Noriega was interviewed concerning Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a new Getty initiative that will fund research for three exhibitions in 2017-18: one exhibition organized by the CSRC and two exhibitions on which the CSRC will collaborate.
Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2014 (online and print version PDFs)
Reposted in Latin Post, May 6, 2014 (PDF)
Additional coverage in The New York Times, which includes comments from CSRC visiting scholar Cecilia Fajardo-Hill.
The New York Times, May 6, 2014 (PDF)
“Nearly 20 Years In, Ozomatli Still Charging Forward”
CSRC director Chon A. Noriega was quoted in a feature story on the Los Angeles band Ozomatli. The article references the event at the CSRC on April 14.
The Boston Globe, May 2, 2014 (PDF)
All “In the News” articles are available in PDF format on the CSRC website.


Valverde exhibition public events
Ricardo Valverde: Experimental Sights, 1971–1996, the first survey of the late photographer and artist’s extensive body of work, is on view through July 26 at the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park. The exhibition was curated by CSRC visiting scholar Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and is a collaboration between VPAM and the CSRC. Two related public programs will take place this month at the museum (1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, 91754):
  • Panel discussionSaturday, June 14, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center director Chon Noriega will lead a conversation with exhibition curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, author Ramón García, and artist Rubén Ortiz-Torres. 
  • Curator’s walk-throughSaturday, June 21, 2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m. Join exhibition curator and CSRC visiting scholar Cecilia Fajardo-Hill for a walk-through of the exhibition.
All CSRC events are free unless otherwise noted. Programs are subject to change. For the most current information, visit the Events page on the CSRC website.

CSRC Library

Embodied Aesthetics exhibition continues
The library exhibition Embodied Aesthetics: Thirty Years of Chicana and Women of Color Printmakers at the Self Help Graphics Atelier, curated by fourth-year undergraduate student and McNair Research Scholar Cristal Gutierrez Alba, continues through June 13. The exhibition features twelve prints from the CSRC’s Self Help Graphics Atelier Print Collection and may be viewed in the library and vitrine during regular library hours, Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
CSRC donates to Proyecto Pastoral education program
In May the CSRC donated over 200 books and DVDs to the Proyecto Pastoral education program at Mendez High School in Boyle Heights. These books and DVDs will be passed out to students as a way to increase their interest in pursuing a college education. This donation was organized by student worker Patricia Valdovinos.
New Collections
The CSRC is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Nohemi Lozano Holtzman Papers and the John O. Leal Papers. Both collections were donated by Mimi Lozano, founder of the Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research and editor and publisher of Somos Primos, an online monthly publication dedicated to Hispanic heritage. The Nohemi Lozano Holtzman Papers include Lozano’s personal papers documenting her family life, genealogy, and career as an educator and activist. John O. Leal was an archivist in Texas specializing in geneaology. His papers, which he gave to Lozano before he passed away, include personal correspondence as well as his research into his own family history. Researchers who wish to consult these collections may contact the librarian, Lizette Guerra, at lguerra@chicano.ucla.edu.

The CSRC Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of books and films from Dr. Lilia De Katzew. De Katzew is a retired professor of Chicana and Chicano studies and former chair and director of the ethnic studies department at California State University, Stanislaus. De Katzew generously donated to the CSRC Library 389 books and 39 films on a variety of topics in the field of Chicana and Chicano studies. To learn more about or consult the collection, contact the librarian, Lizette Guerra, at lguerra@chicano.ucla.edu.

New Getty intern
The CSRC welcomes Alejandra Gaeta as this year’s summer intern through the Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program. Alejandra received her BA in May from Whittier College, where she studied English and Latin American culture and literature. At the CSRC Library she will assist with the processing of several arts collections.
Congratulations to graduating student workers
The CSRC congratulates its student workers graduating this spring: Patricia Valdovinos, Rosa Meza, John Andrew Hermosillo, and Cristal Alba Gutierrez. Each has contributed to the success of the CSRC Library by helping us process archival collections, including numerous additions to the Homeboy Industries Papers and the Ricardo Muñoz Papers. They have also helped us with cataloging and inventory tasks. We will greatly miss each of these dedicated individuals. We thank them for their hard work and we wish them the very best.
To learn more about CSRC collections and projects please email your queries to the CSRC librarian, Lizette Guerra, at lguerra@chicano.ucla.edu.

CSRC Press

Ricardo Valverde exhibition catalog
Ricardo Valverde: Experimental Sights, 1971–1996, now on view at the Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College, is the first survey of Valverde’s extensive body of work. A resident of Los Angeles, Valverde worked in diverse styles and from multiple perspectives. His photographs and multimedia pieces focused on many subjects, including families (particularly his own), neighborhoods, and cultural practices in Los Angeles and in Mexico. The catalog for the exhibition opens with a foreword by CSRC director Chon A. Noriega and VPAM director Karen Rapp. The essays—by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, guest curator of the exhibition, Armando Cristeto Patiño, and Jesse Lerner—explore the different aspects of Valverde’s art and argue for his importance as an experimental artist who ranged far beyond the documentary aspects of photography. The catalog, which features more than forty color illustrations, will be available in digital format in mid-June on the CSRC website.


Call for papers: IUPLR Siglo XXI Conference
The IUPLR has issued a call for papers for the IUPLR Siglo XXI Conference, “Intra/Latino/as: Entre Latino/as: Reconceptualizing Nations, Regions, and Disciplines,” April 24–26, 2015, University of Notre Dame. IUPLR is a national consortium of twenty-five university-based centers dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about Latinos in the United States. IUPLR works to expand the pool of Latino scholars and to increase the availability of intellectual understanding about Latinos as well policy-relevant Latino-focused research. The CSRC is a founding member of the IUPLR. The IUPLR has furnished the following information about the conference:
Conference theme
The accelerated impact of globalization and its resulting effects on dispersal of populations across the globe and within nations forces us to rethink the ways nations and regions and disciplines have informed our understanding of Latinos. That nations do not bound economies, politics, and culture has become more evident. Globalization has also reconfigured urban demographics as poorer communities are forced to the perimeters and more affluent professionals are residing in cities. New Latino communities are emerging across the nation in places where there are no established ones. Simultaneously there is more diversity in established communities creating intersections where multiple Latino nationalities coexist creating both tensions as well as opportunities to coalesce politically and engage in a variety of cultural productions. 
Panel composition
The primary purpose of this meeting will be to provide opportunities for IUPLR faculty to share scholarship that is being generated at their respective centers and institutes. We also welcome faculty from other institutions to share their scholarship with the consortium members. This year we will encourage panel proposals that include scholars from multiple disciplines addressing similar topics, as well as the inclusion of advanced graduate students, junior and senior faculty on these panels. We also encourage cross-regional perspectives. Submission deadline: Monday, October 13, 2014. For more information, see the announcement on the IUPLR website.
Call for Papers: LGBT Studies Queer Graduate Student Conference
UCLA’s 2014 Queer Graduate Student Conference on October 17, 2014, will bring together the innovative research of graduate students in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) studies. The theme, “Queers without Borders,” focuses on global trends for LGBTQ rights, culture, health, and safety. With the rapidly changing laws affecting LGBTQ people, legal disparities are particularly stark. At the same time, technology has led to unprecedented cultural and scientific exchange. The organizers are seeking a diverse collection of papers that examine queerness in various international and/or interdisciplinary contexts and on all continents. They are currently accepting papers from graduate students only. Submission deadline: June 30, 2014. For more information, see the announcement on the LGBT studies website. The CSRC is a longtime co-sponsor of this event.
Dissertation competition
The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and Educational Testing Service (ETS) announce the 2015 Outstanding Dissertations Competition. AAHHE and ETS recognize the significant need to increase the number of Hispanics receiving doctoral degrees, entering higher education on the tenure track, and eventually serving in faculty leadership and administrative roles. The first place winner will receive an award of $5,000, the second place winner an award of $2,000, and the third place winner an award of $1,000. All winners will be invited and sponsored to present their dissertations at the 2015 AAHHE National Conference in Dallas, Texas. In addition, one of the winners will be invited to present his or her dissertation at ETS corporate headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey. Deadline for submission is August 15, 2014. For more information, visit the AAHHE website.