CSRC Newsletter - November 2018

Volume 17, Number 2

Director’s Message


Chon A. Noriega
Director and Professor


Día de los Muertos at UCLA
CSRC associate director Charlene Villaseñor Black in collaboration with the Chicanx/Latinx Living Learning Community has organized the annual Día de los Muertos celebration at the UCLA dorms. Activities include skull decorating, paper flower making, face painting, ofrendas creation, and an indigenous blessing of the altars. Entertainment will be provided by Mariachi de Uclatlán, Baile Folklórico, and a DJ. The event takes place Thursday, November 1, 5:30–8:30 p.m. at Sproul Hall Turnaround and is free to the public.
Ortiz wins teaching award
The CSRC congratulates Vilma Ortiz, professor of sociology and chair of the CSRC Faculty Advisory Committee, on receiving a 2017-18 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. Ortiz was selected along with five other academic senate faculty for their leadership in teaching and public service. Lorrie Frasure-Yokely, associate professor of political science and a recipient of a 2018-19 IAC research grant from the CSRC, received the award for Distinction in Teaching at the Graduate Level.
City of Inmates wins awards
Kelly Lytle Hernández, professor of history, interim director for the Ralphe J. Bunche Center of African American Studies, and former CSRC associate director, has been awarded the 2018 Robert G. Athearn Prize for best book on the twentieth-century American West for City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771–1965 (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). The prize, which is given annually by the Western History Association, was formally announced October 17. In addition, the book was recently recognized with an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.
Esparza wins award
On October 12, film producer, civil rights activist, and CSRC collections donor Moctesuma Esparza won the Dionicio Morales Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mexican American Opportunities Foundation (MAOF). A video of his acceptance speech can be viewed here.
Church of the Epiphany wins preservation funding
Church of the Epiphany, a designated historic-cultural landmark in Lincoln Heights, will receive $150,000 in preservation funds from the 2018 Partners in Preservation: Main Streets Program sponsored by American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Main Street America. The church placed fourth among twenty historic sites nationwide that were voted on by the public. The funding will be used to repair the roof, restore and add community rooms, and upgrade the electrical, heating, and cooling systems. The church received landmark status in 2005 for being home to La Raza newspaper, which was produced in its basement, and the planning site for the Chicano Moratorium and other political actions in the 1960s. The CSRC has the Church of the Epiphany: Chicano Civil Rights Archive (view the finding aid here).
UCapture student ambassador presents at CSRC
Guests at the CSRC Open House on October 11 learned about UCLA’s collaboration with UCapture, a company that contracts with retailers to allocate a portion of their sales to fund third-party carbon-offset projects. A free browser extension gives shoppers access to these retailers’ websites. The presentation was by Ana Corcoran, student brand ambassador and a third-year undergraduate majoring in geography/environmental studies and minoring in geographic information systems and public affairs. To learn more and sign up, click here.
Exhibition travels to Triton Art Museum
Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo is on view at the Triton Art Museum in Santa Clara, California. The exhibition, which originated at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, includes Chicano History, a multipanel mural created in 1969 by Carrillo, Sergio Hernandez, Ramses Noriega, and Saul Solache for the founding of the CSRC, which was located at that time in Campbell Hall. The exhibition opened October 27 and closes January 27, 2019. A reception will be held Sunday, November 4, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Sanchez-Nolasco publishes on Valdez
Rocio Sanchez-Nolasco, an undergraduate majoring in art history and minoring in digital humanities, has published the first of six short articles analyzing artworks by Patssi Valdez. The piece, “In the Eyes of the Beholder and the Observed: The Photography of Patssi Valdez,” may be read on the Sanguine Gallery website, here. Sanchez-Nolasco is writing her honors thesis on the artist, and she is volunteering at the CSRC Library to help organize the Patssi Valdez Digital Image Collection. Sanchez-Nolasco’s advisor is Charlene Villaseñor Black, CSRC associate director and professor of art history and Chicana/o studies.
Video available of Baca and Indych-López conversation
On October 18, the CSRC partnered with the Hammer Museum to present a public conversation between Judy Baca, artist and recently retired UCLA faculty, and Anna Indych-López, Stuart Z. Katz Professor in the Humanities and the Arts at City College of New York at The Graduate Center. Indych-López is the author of Judith F. Baca, published by CSRC Press. A video of the conversation is available on the Hammer website.
New videos on CSRC YouTube
  • CSRC Director Chon A. Noriega Receives L.A. Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition (September 6, 2018) (video) CSRC director Chon A. Noriega received a 2018 L.A. Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) at a luncheon on September 6. Noriega was honored with an award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Latino Community.
  • Book Talk: Contributors present Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era (October 23, 2018) (video) The CSRC hosted a panel discussion featuring co-editors and contributors to Chicana Movidas, including Maylei Blackwell, Marisela Chavez, María Eugenia Cotera, Dionne Espinoza, and Anna NietoGomez. An ASL interpreter assisted during the presentation. The event was recorded for Facebook Live.
CSRC visiting scholars
The CSRC welcomes the following visiting scholars for 2018-19:
  • Wanda Alarcón, PhD, is a lecturer in the feminist studies department at UC Santa Cruz. In 2016-17 she was the Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer for Mexican American and Latino Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. As a CSRC visiting scholar, Alarcón will spend the year developing her dissertation, “Sounding Aztlán: Music, Literature, and the Chicana/o Sonic Imaginary,” into a book manuscript. Alarcón explores how soundscapes—language and music—figure into the work of woman-of-color feminist writers and argues that listening, as a decolonial feminist praxis, can preserve Chicana histories of coalition.
  • Cindy Cruz, PhD, is an associate professor of education at UC Santa Cruz. Her research interests include LGBTQ street youth, critical ethnography, race in education, pedagogies of coalition, testimonio, digital literacies, intersectionality, youth resistance and infrapolitics, decolonial thinking, U.S. feminist of color theory, and Latinos in the education pipeline. While on sabbatical for the 2018-19 academic year, Cruz, an urban ethnographer, will continue her research on surveillance and safety pertaining to queer and trans youth at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center's Youth Center in Hollywood.
  • Raúl Pérez, PhD, is a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellow. He is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Denver, where his research centers on the intersections of race, racism, and humor and their connections to social inequality and social movements. Pérez will spend his fellowship year at UCLA completing his first book project, “The Racial Power of Humor,” in which he argues that racist humor, its political and discursive evolution, and organized opposition to it have played a critical role in shaping Americans’ thoughts and actions in regard to race over the past two centuries. Pérez uses ethnography, discourse analysis, content analysis, and archival research in his investigation.
  • Roy Pérez, PhD, is the 2018-19 Institute of American Cultures visiting scholar at the CSRC. He is an associate professor of English and ethnic studies at Willamette University, where he teaches U.S. Latina/o culture from the colonial encounter to the present, contemporary Latina/o media, creative writing, literary and performance studies, critical race analysis, and queer studies. During his fellowship year, Pérez will complete his current book project, “Proximities: Queer Configurations of Race in Latina/o Culture.” The project examines cross-racial representation in art by and about Latina/os to better understand how Latinx identity has been shaped and influenced by other racial formations—including Asian American-ness and African American–ness or blackness—through art, literature, and performance. Pérez will research the work of Laura Aguilar for a chapter that discusses artists’ approaches to fatness, desire, and physical closeness or distance, and he will also examine cultural representations of the Los Angeles River, which connects disparate cultural enclaves
  • Jennifer Ponce de León, PhD, is a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. She is an assistant professor in the Department of English and faculty in Latin American and Latino studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she serves as the associate director of the Critical Theory Workshop/Atelier de Théorie Critique, which takes place every summer at the Sorbonne and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Ponce de León is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research focuses on cultural production and antisystemic movements in the Americas since the 1960s. During her fellowship year she will complete her manuscript “Another Aesthetics Is Possible: Radical Politics across the Arts of the Americas," which theorizes aesthetics as an integral force in contemporary social struggles by examining the experimental and paradisciplinary art practices of Argentine, Mexican, Chilean, and Chicana/o artists and writers. Additionally, she will write about the work of L.A.-based writer Ricardo A. Bracho as it relates to contemporary immigration politics and securitization.

CSRC in the News

“Annual Conference Committee Chair Charlene Villaseñor Black on Why You Can’t Miss CAA 2019"
In an interview with the College Art Association (CAA), CSRC associate director Charlene Villaseñor Black discussed her work with CAA, her thoughts on the field, and what goes into making the CAA Annual Conference a reality each year. The video is available here.
CAA News Today, October 23, 2018 (PDF)
“‘Bridges in a Time of Walls’ Brings Chicano Art to Mexico City"
CSRC director Chon A. Noriega was interviewed for a piece by Artbound about the Bridges in a Time of Walls exhibition currently on view in Mexico City. The CSRC is a lender to the exhibition, which is a collaboration between the Mexican government’s cultural department and AltaMed, and Noriega contributed to the catalog.
Artbound, October 22, 2018 (PDF)
“Professor Shares Experiences with Art History of LA, Community History"
The Daily Bruin featured a piece on comments made by artist and retired UCLA professor Judy Baca during the recent event "Judy Baca and Anna Indych-López in Conversation," which was co-organized by the CSRC and the Hammer Museum.
Daily Bruin, October 19, 2018 (PDF)
“‘Viva Las Fotos: A Day of the Dead Memorial for Laura Aguilar’ at Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles"
A preview of the exhibition Viva Las Fotos: A Day of the Dead Memorial for Laura Aguilar included images courtesy of the CSRC and the artist’s estate.
ARTnews, October 19, 2018 (PDF)
“Connecting Chicano History and Homosexuality: ‘Gaytino’”
Performer, producer, and CSRC donor Dan Guerrero was interviewed by NBC News Los Angeles for a feature celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. The interview was partially filmed at the CSRC Library and features a glimpse of materials in the Dan Guerrero Research Collection. View the segment here.
NBC News, October 7, 2018 (PDF)
“‘La energía y poesía de la vanguardia cubana’: Conversando con Juan A. Martínez”
In an interview regarding the lifetime achievement award he recently received from the Oscar B. Cintas Foundation, art historian Juan A. Martínez discussed his career and notable publications, including María Brito, published by the CSRC Press as part of the A Ver: Revisioning Art History series.
Diario de cuba, October 9, 2018 (PDF)
“Looking for a Dinner Buddy? Ask the Professor Next Door”
CSRC associate director Charlene Villaseñor Black was interviewed by the Daily Bruin for a piece on the Faculty-in-Residence program at the undergraduate dorms.
Daily Bruin, October 8, 2018 (PDF)
“By 2050, the United States Will Be Majority-Minority and Older”
Jacqueline L. Angel and CSRC faculty associate Juan Fernando Torres-Gil, investigators for the Latinos and Economic Security project, published an op-ed in The Philadelphia Inquirer in which they discuss the implications of an aging and majority-minority population. The project is a partnership between the CSRC and the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging. 
The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 4, 2018 (PDF)
“UCLA Study Holds Smithsonian Accountable for Better Institutional Latino Representation”
CSRC director Chon A. Noriega was interviewed for a piece in Hyperallergic concerning the history, research, and findings of the Invisible No More study published in September by the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative (LPPI) and the CSRC. The study examines the Smithsonian Institution’s progress toward implementing the ten recommendations in a 1994 report by the institution's Task Force on Latino Issues.
Hyperallergic, October 3, 2018 (PDF)
“Aumenta fuerza laboral latina en Smithsonian pero continúa bajo el liderazgo”
Hoy Los Angeles reported on the release of the Invisible No More study conducted by the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative (LPPI) and the CSRC.
Hoy Los Angeles, September 10, 2018 (PDF)
“Smithsonian registra mejoras en contratación de latinos pero éstos son ínfimos, según informe”
La Opinión reported on the Invisible No More study, conducted by the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative (LPPI) and the CSRC, and highlighted key findings from the study.
La Opinión, September 10, 2018 (PDF)
“Sept 2018: International Latino Book Awards”
HVA Design's website featured a list of awards recently given to the exhibition catalog Home—So Different, So Appealing, published by the CSRC Press.
HVADesign.com, September, 2018 (PDF)
“Crocker Showcases Diversity of Eduardo Carrillo's Work, from Realism to Myth and Fantasy”
The mural Chicano History, created for the CSRC in 1969 by four artists and currently traveling as part of the exhibition Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo, was mentioned in a review in the Sacramento Bee.
Sacramento Bee, July 06, 2018 (PDF)
All “In the News” articles are available in PDF format on the CSRC website.


Panel: “El Mexico del mas norte”
Tuesday, November 6, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Lydeen Library, 4302 Rolfe Hall, UCLA
The Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT), the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (UCLA), and Martín Camps (University of the Pacific) invite you to a panel and conversation with four Mexican writers from the border: Cristina Rascón, Amaranta Caballero, Nadia López García, and Ana Fuente Montes de Oca. The writers will offer their perspective on transnational and binational relations between Mexico and the United States and recent literary production in Mexico pertaining to topics such as indigeneity, migration, and gender. This event is co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for Mexican Studies, and the CSRC.
Panel: “100 Years of Protests at UCLA”
Wednesday, November 14, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
CSRC Library, 144 Haines Hall, UCLA
This panel brings together UCLA alums who organized and participated in oppositional acts at UCLA in the 1990s and early 2000s. These include walkouts and building occupations against tuition hikes and the elimination of affirmative action and protests against institutional racism and for the establishment of Chicanx studies. Speakers include York Chang, artist and chief counsel, Service Employees International Union Local 1000; Robert Karimi, interactive storyteller, writer/producer, and interdisciplinary conceptual artist; and Jolie Chea, UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Literature at UC Riverside. The event will include visual presentations of undergraduate research for AAS 19, “100 Years of Protests at UCLA.” This panel is part of Refugee Re/Enactments, a series of activities that remembers and revives the history of social and political engagement at UCLA. The event is organized by the UCLA Asian American Studies Department and co-sponsored by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and the CSRC.
Book talk: Leticia Alvarado presents Abject Performances: Aesthetic Strategies in Latino Cultural Production
Thursday, November 15, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
CSRC Library, 144 Haines Hall, UCLA
Leticia Alvarado, assistant professor of ethnic studies and American studies at Brown University and former CSRC visiting scholar, will present her book Abject Performances: Aesthetic Strategies in Latino Cultural Production (Duke University Press, 2018), which explores the work of artists Ana Mendieta, Nao Bustamante, and the Chicano art collective Asco. Alvarado discusses how these artists use a strategy of abjection—incorporating uncertainty, disgust, unbelonging—to represent experiences that occur at the edge of mainstream Latina/o struggles for social justice. She argues for the continuing relevance of aesthetic theory in Latina/o studies and its importance to political practice and the formation of a diverse Latinidad. Books will be available for purchase and a reception will follow the event. This event is co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for Performance Studies, the UCLA Department of English, and the CSRC.
Book talk: Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara presents Confessions of a Radical Chicano Doo-Wop Singer
Friday, November 30, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Jan Popper Theater, Room 1200, Schoenberg Music Building, UCLA
Join us as Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara presents his newly published book, Confessions of a Radical Chicano Doo-Wop Singer (University of California Press, 2018), which is a memoir of his life and a counterhistory of the city of Los Angeles. Guevara is a native Angelino, a Chicano singer-songwriter, a record producer of Chicano rock-and-roll and rock en español compilations, and a performance artist, poet, short story writer, historian, journalist, and activist. This event is co-sponsored by the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Center for Latino Arts and the CSRC. Books will be available for purchase at the event. A reception will follow.
All CSRC events are free and do not require an RSVP unless otherwise noted. Programs are subject to change. For the most current information, visit the Events page on the CSRC website.

CSRC Library

Flores receives recognition
On October 11, at the CSRC Open House, Xaviera Flores, CSRC librarian, was recognized by members of the California State Assembly for her contributions toward preserving the memory and political legacy of Nell and Phil Soto through the creation of the Nell and Phil Soto Papers collection. Flores drew on this collection for Family, Community, Country: The Nell and Phil Soto Story, a CSRC Library exhibition that is on view through the fall quarter. Flores also received recognition from the City of Pomona and Mayor Tim Sandoval for her contribution to the groundbreaking ceremony for Phil and Nell Soto Park, which took place in Pomona on September 27.
Alturas Films Records processed
The Alturas Films Records have been processed. Alturas Films is a production company based in Emeryville, California that specializes in documentaries on Latina/o and Latin American culture. The founder, Rick Tejada-Flores, made his first film in 1973. The collection consists of scripts, grant proposals, budget material, correspondence, research material, and publicity documents from the years 1958 to 2000. Films represented include Low ‘n Slow (1983), about Chicano lowrider culture, and Elvia, the Fight for Land and Liberty (1988), about Honduran civil rights activist Elvia Alvarado. The collection also includes material on films that were not produced. The finding aid is now available at the Online Archive of California.
Additions to CSRC collections
Artist and UCLA Medal recipient Raphael Montañez Ortiz donated an additional 2 linear feet of CDs and audio reels to be added to the Raphael Montañez Ortiz Papers. Charlotte Lerchenmuller, education activist and wife of the late educator Sal Castro, donated over 4 linear feet of CDs, LPs, and audiovisual materials to the Sal Castro Collection.
Flores provides instruction
On October 13, CSRC librarian Xaviera Flores participated in the workshop “Teacher Creativity Studio: Fostering Global Competence in the Classroom” at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. The event was part of a series of programs developed in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institute. Flores led a section titled “Archiving Community History: Documenting a Community and Building a Collective Memory.” Francisco E. Balderrama, professor of Chicano studies at Cal State LA, and Christine Valenciana, associate professor of elementary and bilingual education at Cal State Fullerton, also served as workshop instructors.
On October 19, Flores met with six graduate students in F/TV 221A, “Media, History, and the Archive,” to discuss the requirements and responsibilities of managing, collecting, and preserving Chicano film and working with Chicano filmmakers.
Soto exhibition continues at CSRC Library
Family, Community, Country: The Nell and Phil Soto Story celebrates the lives and careers of Nell and Phil Soto. Both were pioneering Latino politicians who served in the California legislature and their local city councils and school districts. The Sotos promoted public health policies, green spaces and parks for children, protecting the environment and air quality, equal housing, and head-start education. Nell (1926–2009) and Phil (1926–1997) were also parents, raising six children, and active church members. The exhibition draws from the recently donated Nell and Phil Soto Papers and will be on view in the library and vitrine through the fall quarter. The exhibition is free to the public and viewable during library hours, Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sonidos de la Frontera exhibition now online 
An online version of Sonidos de la Frontera: Music across Borders and Time, featuring images of artifacts and links to recordings, is now available as a UCLA Library Research Guide. The exhibition, currently on view at the UCLA Music Library, highlights the Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings, the world’s largest repository of commercially produced Mexican and Mexican American musical recordings.  The exhibition provides a gateway to the collection by using a fraction of the music in combination with material from more than a dozen of the CSRC’s archival collections to present significant moments in Mexican and Mexican American music history. Curated chiefly by CSRC archives specialist Doug Johnson, in collaboration with CSRC librarian Xaviera Flores and music inquiry and research librarian Matthew Vest, the exhibition includes photographs, posters, clippings, pamphlets, flyers, songbooks, and audio recordings in a variety of formats. CSRC collections represented in the exhibition include the Humberto Cané Papers, the Pedro J. Gonzalez Papers, and the Anthony Beltramo Collection. The exhibition, which is a collaboration between the Music and CSRC Libraries, will be on view outside the Music Library Reading Room at the Schoenberg Music Building for approximately one year. The Music Library is open seven days a week during regular session. For hours, click here. The recordings in the Frontera Collection are available to the public through the University of California’s Digital Library Program.
CSRC contributes image to Wells Fargo mural
“Guerra Family of Los Angeles County,” a circa 1918 photograph from the CSRC Los Angeles Latino Family Photo Project, is featured in a new mural at the Wells Fargo bank branch at 11934 Garvey Avenue in South El Monte. Installed in late September, the mural is composed of colorized archival images that reflect the agricultural and civic history of the El Monte area from the mid-nineteenth through the mid-twentieth century. Created as part of the Wells Fargo Community Mural program, the mural is scheduled to remain on view for five years.
Exhibitions on view with CSRC loans
The following off-campus exhibitions include images and artworks from CSRC collections and are on view in November:
To schedule a tour of the CSRC Library, contact CSRC librarian Xaviera Flores at xflores@chicano.ucla.edu or fill out the form on the CSRC Library Services page.

CSRC Press

Altermundos receives award
Altermundos: Latina@ Speculative Literature, Film, and Popular Culture is the recipient of a 2018 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Edited by Cathryn Josefina Merla-Watson and B. V. Olguín, Altermundos is the first collection focused on Chicana/o and Latina/o speculative cultural production. The volume provides a comprehensive alternative to the view of speculative fiction as a largely white, male, Eurocentric, and heteronormative genre. Altermundos features original essays from more than twenty-five scholars as well as interviews, manifestos, short fiction, and new works from Chicana/o and Latina/o artists. American Book Award winners are nominated and selected by a panel of writers, editors, and publishers who represent the diversity of American literary culture. It is available from the distributor, University of Washington Press.


UCLA IAC Visiting Research Scholar Fellowship Program in Ethnic Studies, 2019-20 
The UCLA Institute of American Cultures offers in-residence appointments to support research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicana/os. We especially encourage applications that advance our understanding of new social and cultural realities occasioned by the dramatic population shifts of recent decades, including greater heterogeneity within ethnic groups and increased interethnic contact.

The 2019-20 IAC Visiting Research Scholar will receive funding for one or more quarters and may receive up to $35,000 for three quarters (contingent upon rank, experience, and date of completion of their terminal degree). In the event that an award is for less than three quarters or a 9-month appointment, the funds will be prorated in accordance with the actual length of the award. The Visiting Research Scholar must have a home institution. The Visiting Research Scholar funds will be paid through their home institution and will be expected to continue their health insurance through that source. These funds can be used to supplement sabbatical support for the total that does not exceed the candidate’s current institutional salary. Awardees may receive up to $4,000 in research support. The Bunche Center for African American Studies will not have a Visiting Research Scholar in 2019-20.
Eligibility Requirements: 
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and hold a Ph.D. from an accredited college or university (or, in the case of the arts, an appropriate terminal degree) in a relevant field at the time of appointment. UCLA faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students are not eligible to apply.
Completed applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on January 10, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified in March. In the Upload Documents section of the application, please upload a blank document instead of a Course Description as this requirement is being waived.

The application is available online at: https://sa.ucla.edu/IAC/VisitingScholar
Click here for a preview of the application pages.