CSRC Newsletter - October 2015

Volume 14, Number 1

Director’s Message

The new academic year began with a bang, quite literally, at a recent conference on Central American migration, as participants took swings at a Donald Trump piñata during the closing reception. The CSRC-organized event, “Central American Refugees in Detention: Rethinking U.S. Immigration,” brought together scholars doing important new research on immigration, lawyers crafting legal challenges, activists on the ground, and local community members, including a formerly detained mother. Attorney Peter Schey of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, discussed a suit filed earlier this year against the Obama administration that contests its confinement of immigrant children at U.S. detention centers. On July 24, 2015, Judge Dolly M. Gee of the Federal District Court of California decided in favor of the children, citing the 1997 Flores v. Johnson ruling, which establishes national standards for the detention of minors. Schey, a member of the team that is representing the plaintiffs, was introduced by former television news anchor and reporter Linda Alvarez.
The conference, which was held on September 17 at the UCLA Faculty Center, was attended by more than a hundred people. It was likely the first conference of its kind to showcase such a wide array of voices dedicated to understanding and being of service to current Central American refugees, the majority of whom are mothers and children. Generously funded by CSRC donor Tamar Diana Wilson and given intellectual shape by Leisy Abrego, a professor in UCLA’s César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies, the event proved noteworthy in another way, too, as the CSRC demonstrated its support of issues that are specific to Central America.
I was thrilled to organize this conference in anticipation of my role as interim director of the CSRC this fall. (Chon Noriega is on sabbatical for the quarter.) As an art historian whose research focuses on both seventeenth-century Ibero-American art and contemporary Chicana/o art, I was intrigued by the symbolism of the Trump piñata. In colonial New Spain, piñatas with seven points, denoting the seven deadly sins, were broken during Lent to symbolically vanquish evil. As the conference participants laughed at the swinging effigy filled with Mexican candies, I sincerely hoped that conferences such as this one will help dispel the hatred and ignorance fueling the anti-Latina/o rhetoric that has seemingly become a hallmark of this election cycle.   
Charlene Villaseñor Black
Acting Director and Professor


Spotlight on Archival Research
Henriques researches Frontera Collection for mariachi project
Over the summer Donald Henriques, associate professor of ethnomusicology at California State University, Fresno, visited UCLA to research recordings in the Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Music. Henriques is conducting a study on Tito Guízar, a Mexican singer and the star of the 1936 film Allá en el Rancho Grande. The collection provided information not only on the songs that Guízar recorded but also on the musicians that accompanied him and the companies that issued his recordings. Henriques’s larger project is focused on the development of the modern mariachi voice in the 1930s and the relationship between popular and art music aesthetics. Please note: The new, interactive Frontera Collection website, which will be available to the public, is in Beta phase; look for a formal launch announcement soon.
Durón appointed to L.A. County courts
The CSRC congratulates longtime CSRC friend and dedicated reader of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies Armando Durón, attorney of family law and collector and curator of Chicana/o art, for his new appointment as a commissioner in the L.A. County courts.
Ely Guerra named UC Regents’ Lecturer
The CSRC is proud to announce that award-winning singer-songwriter Ely Guerra has been named a UC Regents’ Lecturer for 2015-16. Born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Guerra is a composer, lyricist, and musician acclaimed for her artistic activism on behalf of women’s freedom, rights of indigenous people, and environmental issues of communities along the U.S.-Mexico border. The CSRC, the Institute of American Cultures, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese will host her visit to campus, which will include a public reception and a concert for UCLA faculty, staff, and students. Check the CSRC website for more details as they become available.
Suárez-Orozcos publish op-ed on immigration rhetoric
Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, dean of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and Carola Suárez-Orozco, professor of education at UCLA, published an opinion piece on September 10 in U.S. News & World Report regarding immigration rhetoric. Carola Suárez-Orozco is a member of the CSRC Faculty Advisory Committee; Dean Suárez-Orozco will give the keynote address at the CSRC’s tenth annual Latina/o Education Summit on November 6 (see Events, below). (PDF)
Torres-Gil publishes op-ed on demographic change    
An opinion piece by Fernando Torres-Gil, professor of public policy and social welfare at UCLA, director of the UCLA Center for Policy and Research on Aging, and CSRC faculty associate, has been published by Zócalo Public Square and Time. In the article, which appeared on June 24, Torres-Gil considers the two fastest-growing segments of the U.S. population—Latinos and the elderly—and discusses the challenges and the opportunities that these two intersecting populations represent. Torres-Gil heads the Latinos and Economic Security Project, of which the CSRC is a founding partner. (PDF)
Patler publishes research report on DACA impacts
Results of a study that was funded in part by a CSRC research grant have been published by the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. The report, From Undocumented to DACAmented: Impacts of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Program, explores longer-term impacts of the federal DACA program, which was initiated in August 2012. It assesses the health, well-being, and educational and socioeconomic status of DACA recipients in comparison with undocumented youth who do not have DACA status. Caitlin Patler, the lead author, completed her research for the report as part of doctoral work in sociology at UCLA. The report can be found on the IRLE and CSRC websites as a PDF.
Curatorial program cited as path to increase museum staff diversity
In July, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation published an “Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey” that cited its undergraduate curatorial fellowship pilot program as an effort toward making “the country’s art museums more representative of the growing diversity of the American people.” CSRC director Chon A. Noriega helped establish this program, which has now completed its first year of implementation, through the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). LACMA and four other major museums (Art Institute of Chicago, High Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art) are participating in the program, which is helping to open up the museum “as a potential workplace to students from historically underrepresented minorities and other undergraduates committed to diversifying our cultural organizations.” The report can be found on the CSRC website. (PDF)
CSRC wins programming grant for Latino Americans
The CSRC has been selected to receive a programming grant for “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.” The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is providing support to 203 nonprofit libraries, museums, historical societies, and cultural and community organizations to participate in this program, which is being co-produced by the American Library Association for a larger NEH initiative titled “The Common Good: Humanities in the Public Square.” The grant-supported programs at the CSRC will include special screenings of the PBS documentary series Latino Americans as well as related guest lectures and other events throughout 2015-16. Keep your eyes on our Events calendar!
Ruiz receives grant for expanding nurses’ role in home care
The CSRC congratulates Maria Elena Ruiz and her collaborators at AltaMed on receiving an HRSA Interprofessional Collaborative Practice grant to improve health outcomes for underserved, low-income Latino populations. The grant allows Ruiz, the principal investigator for UCLA, to advance the “Patient Centered Medical Home Clinical Care Coordinator” model of care, which is designed to expand the role of nurses in improving health outcomes. Ruiz is an assistant adjunct professor at the UCLA School of Nursing and a former CSRC associate director.
Guillen receives grant for STEM minority students
Reynal Guillen, a CSRC visiting scholar in 2011-12 and 2012-13, is the project manager for FIELDS (Fellowships and Internships in Extremely Large Data Sets), a new collaborative project between the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UC Riverside and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. The project, which is funded by a grant from NASA, will train underrepresented minority students how to manipulate, visualize, and model big data. Students selected for the program will have opportunities that range from undergraduate training and research to doctoral and postdoctoral research positions.
Magaña co-edits new publication on deportation and immigrant youth
Dreams Deported: Immigrant Youth and Families Resist Deportation, a new publication from the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, features stories by immigrant youth who have led the national campaign against deportations. The book’s contributing editors include Kent Wong, Nancy Guarneros, and Maurice Magaña, who was the Institute of American Cultures (IAC) Post-Doctoral Researcher for 2013-14 at the CSRC and now teaches in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies. The publication is the third in a series on the topic. All three volumes can be purchased on the center’s website.
Haro hosts ELAC students at CSRC
On August 19, Carlos M. Haro, CSRC assistant director emeritus, welcomed to the CSRC twenty students from East Los Angeles College who are participating in a program developed by the UCLA Center for Community College Partnerships (CCCP). The goal of the program is to help students transfer from community college to UCLA. Haro, who is also adjunct faculty in Chicana/o studies and coordinator for the CSRC’s Latina/o Education Research Project, spoke about the history of the CSRC, and Rebecca Epstein, communications and academic programs officer, shared information about CSRC Press and the CSRC’s public programs and fellowship opportunities.
Stone elected to LAUC executive board
The CSRC congratulates Michael Stone, CSRC archives manager, on being elected to the executive board of the Los Angeles branch of the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC). Stone will serve on the board as secretary for the 2015-16 year. Founded in 1967, LAUC is a statewide organization for UC librarians that advises the university on professional and governance matters, makes recommendations concerning UC librarians’ rights, privileges, and obligations, and provides additional forms of professional support.
Welcome, Andrea Vargas!
The CSRC is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrea Vargas as the CSRC’s new communications and academic programs assistant. A native of Whittier, Vargas comes to the CSRC from UC Santa Barbara Housing and Residential Services, where she was involved with digital communications, event planning, office administration, and providing student support. Vargas received her bachelor’s degree in studio art from UCSB.
Congratulations, Alex Ortega
The CSRC congratulates Alex Ortega on his new position as professor and chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy and director of the Center for Population Health and Community Impact at Drexel University. Ortega was previously professor of health policy and psychiatry and biobehavioral science at UCLA’s Center for Population Health and Health Disparities.  Ortega served as associate director of the CSRC (2011–2014) and led the widely celebrated project “Corner Store Makeovers in East Los Angeles: Improving Healthy Food Access.” While we wish him well, he will be missed at UCLA.
New videos on CSRC YouTube
  • Book Talk: Charlene Villaseñor Black presents Tradition and Transformation (July 6, 2015) (video) UCLA art history professor Charlene Villaseñor Black discussed Tradition and Transformation: Chicana/o Art from the 1970s through the 1990s, an anthology of writings by Shifra M. Goldman. Black is the editor of the book, which was published by CSRC Press. The event, organized in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, included remembrances from Goldman’s family and friends.
  • The UCLA Ethnic Studies Centers’ 45th Anniversary Celebration: “Honoring Our Founders” (May 20, 2015) (video) M. Belinda Tucker, vice provost of the Institute of American Cultures, hosted an event marking the forty-fifth anniversary of the CSRC and the other three UCLA ethnic studies research centers. The founders of the centers were honored for their academic excellence, vision, dedication, bravery, and fortitude.
  • Book Talk: Maya Chinchilla presents The Cha Cha Files: A Chapina Poética (May 11, 2015) (video) The CSRC welcomed author, artist, and educator Maya Chinchilla, who read selected poems from her debut collection. Chinchilla is an Oakland-based Guatemalan femme writer, video artist, educator, and author. This event was cosponsored by the UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies, the Latin American Institute, the Department of Gender Studies, the Office of Instructional Development, and the CSRC.
  • Screening: Efraín Gutiérrez discusses selected clips from Please, Don't Bury Me Alive! (April 30, 2015) (video) CSRC director Chon A. Noriega and filmmaker Efraín Gutiérrez discussed Gutiérrez’s 1976 feature film at East Los Angeles College. Gutiérrez is a former student of ELAC. Inducted in 2014 into the Library of Congress National Film Registry, it is considered by historians to be the first Chicano feature film. This event was held at ELAC’s Vincent Price Museum and was jointly organized by the museum, the East Los Angeles College Department of Chicano Studies, and the CSRC.
CSRC on Instagram!
Adding to your CSRC social media options, you can now find the CSRC on Instagram, in addition to Facebook and Twitter.

CSRC in the News

“UCLA Archive Prepares to Show Off Some of Its ‘Treasures’”
The Los Angeles Times previewed the UCLA Film and Television Archive’s Festival of Preservation, which will include a screening of the 1976 film Please, Don’t Bury Me Alive/¡Por Favor, No Me Entierren Vivo! The CSRC recovered and restored this film in collaboration with the UCLA Film and Television Archive in the late 1990s. Widely regarded as the first Chicano feature film, Please Don’t Bury Me Alive was inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Archive in 2014.
Los Angeles Times, September 26, 2015 (PDF)
“Breaking Boundaries: First Chicano Filmmaker to Screen ‘Run, Tecato, Run’ Saturday, Sept. 26”
CSRC director Chon A. Noriega discussed Chicano filmmaker Efrain Gutierrez’s works in anticipation of a screening of Run, Tecato, Run in McAllen, Texas. In the late 1990s, the CSRC recovered and restored this 1979 film in collaboration with the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
The Monitor, September 18, 2015 (PDF)
“Understanding the Meaning of Shopping Carts”
Mixed-media artist and CSRC digital support staff Christopher Velasco discussed his photographic work in the publication Zócalo Public Square. The CSRC hosted his solo exhibition You Found Me  in the CSRC Library in 2014. The exhibition featured Velasco's photographs of abandoned shopping carts.
Zócalo Public Square, September 16, 2015 (PDF)
“CPP Professor Presents at Symposium on Organizing Latino Immigrants”
PolyCentric, an online publication of Cal Poly Pomona, reported on the May 13 CSRC event “Organizing Latino Immigrants in the Informal Economy.” Alvaro Huerta, assistant professor of urban planning and ethnic and women’s studies at Cal Poly Pomona and former CSRC visiting scholar, organized the event with the CSRC.
PolyCentric, June 29, 2015 (PDF) (The published article is incomplete.)
“Casas Exhibit Too Big for One Gallery”
A feature in the San Antonio Express-News discussed four exhibitions on the work of Chicano artist and Con Safo member Mel Casas, each curated by Ruben C. Cordova. Cordova is the author of Con Safo: The Chicano Art Group and the Politics of South Texas (CSRC Press, 2009).
San Antonio Express-News, June 11, 2015 (PDF)
“Student Overcomes Obstacles to Craft Thesis on Queer Chicana/o Culture”
UCLA’s Daily Bruin profiled Juan Fernández, a fourth-year Chicana/o studies student who, as part of his senior thesis on performance art in queer culture, curated an event at the CSRC in May that featured Maricón Collective, an artist-DJ collective based in Los Angeles.
Daily Bruin, June 7, 2015 (PDF)
“Linda Vallejo: Brown Power Artist”
Los Retratos, a blog about contemporary artists, posted an article on artist Linda Vallejo, whose work was featured in the 2015 CSRC Library exhibition Make ’Em All Mexican. The CSRC video of Vallejo’s artist’s talk at the exhibition opening is included in the post.
Los Retratos, June 3, 2015 (PDF)
“A Conversation with Nathalie Sánchez ‘07”
LMU, the magazine of Loyola Marymount University, profiled Natalie Sánchez, a practicing artist and educator and the CSRC Getty Intern in 2007.
LMU, June 2, 2015 (PDF)
All “In the News” articles are available in PDF format on the CSRC website.


CSRC Annual Open House
Tuesday, October 13, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
CSRC Library—144 Haines Hall
Students, staff, faculty, and friends are invited to the CSRC annual open house! Come learn about the center's current projects, recent accomplishments, and new visiting scholars. Also meet center staff and see an exhibition of new artworks donated to the CSRC archive, including pieces by Barbara Carrasco, Harry Gamboa Jr., Richard Duardo, and Camille Rose Garcia. Plus, enjoy catering by Casablanca!
Symposium: “The Legacy of Che Guevara”
Saturday, October 17, 8:30—6:00 p.m.
121 Dodd Hall
The 17th International Symposium, organized under the auspices of the International Che Guevara Foundation, will explore the continuing influence of the Marxist revolutionary. Co-sponsors of the event are the Division of Humanities, the Latin American Institute, the UCLA Departments of Art History; Film, TV and Digital Media; History; Sociology; and Spanish and Portuguese, and the CSRC. A full conference schedule is on the CSRC website.
The Tenth Annual CSRC Latina/o Education Summit
“Ten Years of the Latina/o Education Pipeline: Lessons Learned and Sites of Possibilities”
Friday, November 6, 9:00 a.m.6:30 p.m.
UCLA Faculty Center - California Room
Ten years ago the CSRC hosted the first Latina/o Education Summit to highlight significant issues related to the Latina/o education pipeline, from K-12 through graduate school. The CSRC has continued to hold this event to examine urgent issues and current research, practice, and policy through discussions among faculty, administrators, students, policymakers, educators, and community members. This year the summit will explore how educational access and opportunity for Latina/o students in California has changed since these discussions began at the first conference. This year’s keynote address, “The State of Latina/o Education in 2015,” will be given by Marcelo Súarez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean and Distinguished Professor of Education in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Registration plus lunch and keynote is $35. Registration *without* keynote and lunch is FREE. Program subject to change. Conference registration through Eventbrite ONLY. Advance registration is required.
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

CSRC Library hosts Academic Talent Search students
On August 7 the CSRC Library welcomed thirty-two high school seniors (class of 2016) from Santa Ana College’s Academic Talent Search program, a federally funded TRiO program that is designed to serve low-income prospective first-generation college students. CSRC director Chon A. Noriega spoke to the students about the CSRC Library, its value to students, and his own struggles and achievements as a first-generation college graduate. CSRC communications and academic programs assistant Andrea Vargas, also a first-generation college graduate, provided advice and guidance based on her own experiences during her college years.
New collections
The CSRC Library is pleased to announce the receipt of the Jimmy Franco Archive. Franco has a distinguished record as an educator with LAUSD, where he specialized in adult-division teaching and dropout prevention. He has been a journalist and community activist since the 1960s, and he hosts the blog Latino Point of View. The CSRC collection consists of one linear foot of rare publications, photos, and films from the Chicano civil rights movement.
Collections recently processed
Two collections will soon be available to researchers at the CSRC Library.
The Ricardo Muñoz Papers contain photographs, sound recordings, correspondence, and personal papers that document Muñoz’s family history, including extensive personal papers of Muñoz’s father, mother, and paternal grandparents. Muñoz was a Los Angeles lawyer and later an administrative law judge with the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, and the collection also contains organizational papers that reflect his juridical work from 1972 through 2004. The collection documents approximately nine decades of family history. 
The Edward R. Roybal Papers contain historical photographs, correspondence, and personal and organizational papers reflecting Roybal’s family history and his years of public service as a Los Angeles city councilman and U.S. congressman. During the spring and summer CSRC archival staff processed and preserved the correspondence component of this vast and historic collection.
New and updated finding aids will be available on the Online Archive of California.
La Raza photos in new documentary
Congratulations to filmmaker Betsy Kalin, whose new release, East LA Interchange, premiered in July at the Downtown Film Festival L.A., where it received the Audience Award. The film focuses on Boyle Heights, considered the oldest neighborhood in East Los Angeles, and how its urban context—particularly the freeways—have shaped the neighborhood’s history. The film includes photographs from the CSRC’s La Raza Photograph Collection. For upcoming screenings visit the Bluewater Media website.
CSRC collections in fall exhibitions
Several exhibitions are taking place this fall that feature works from CSRC collections. Necessary Force: Art in the Police State, at the University of New Mexico Art Museum in Albuquerque (September 11–December 12, 2015), will include a photograph by Harry Gamboa Jr. of a performance by the art collective Asco; Oscar R. Castillo: Documenting Chicano Life and Activism, at the Cascade Gallery, Portland Community College (October 1–November 6), includes photos from the Castillo collection at the CSRC, and A Gathering of Angels: Studio Artists from 1985-2015, at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro (opens November 7), will show work from Laura Aguilar’s “Grounded” series. 

CSRC Press

New issue of Aztlán
The Fall 2015 issue of Aztlán features essays on the racialized identities of Chinese and Mexican immigrant laborers in the early twentieth century, the political significance of corridos from southeastern Texas, the political imaginary of Asco, and the publications of the grassroots organization La Alianza Federal de Mercedes. The dossier section presents the first of two sets of essays on the rich and dynamic field of Chican@ and Latin@ speculative arts. The second set of essays will be published in the Spring 2016 issue. The art and writings of Maceo Montoya are presented in the artist’s communiqué. Subscribe today!
A Ver Volume Wins Book Award
Luis Cruz Azaceta, the tenth volume in the CSRC Press’s A Ver: Revisioning Art History series, won First Place, Best Arts Book (English) at the 2015 International Latino Book Awards. The awards took place June 27, 2015 in San Francisco. This is the thirty-third book award received by CSRC Press.
Aztlán, the premier journal of Chicana/o studies, is inviting new submissions! Aztlán publishes scholarship relevant to Chicana/o studies from all disciplines and interdisciplinary research as well. We welcome submissions in English and Spanish. We are seeking submissions for all three areas of the journal:
Our essays are research-based and come from a wide variety of disciplines—literature, sociology, history, political science, the arts, linguistics, gender studies, ethnic studies, and many other fields—but they always engage the Chicana/o experience. All essays are peer reviewed and are frequently revised to meet the journal’s standards for quality research. Essays typically run about 10,000–12,000 words in length.
The dossier section provides a forum for multiple and shorter engagements with a specific theme that examines an aspect of Chicana/o studies; this might be an object of study, theoretical or disciplinary questions, a methodology, or one scholar’s work. The dossier section, while still of a scholarly nature, is designed to be exploratory, provocative, or experimental in approach. Aztlán will consider working with a guest curator—a scholar who wishes to create a dossier theme and can help manage dossier development. Contact Karrmen Crey at kcrey@chicano.ucla.edu to explore this opportunity.
Book Reviews
If you are interested in writing a book review for us, we will gladly consider suggested titles, or we can recommend a book for you that matches your field of interest. To inquire about reviews, contact our book review coordinator, Daniel Zweifach, at revieweditor@chicano.ucla.edu.
To submit: All submissions should be sent to our submission inbox at submissions@chicano.ucla.edu. For complete information about Aztlán and our submission guidelines, please visit the CSRC website. Please direct queries to Karrmen Crey, assistant editor, at kcrey@chicano.ucla.edu. We look forward to receiving your submissions!
Register for online access to Aztlán
Current subscribers to Aztlán may now register for online access to the journal through ingentaconnect.com. If you have problems accessing your account or questions about your subscription, please contact support@chicano.ucla.edu. Subscriptions to Aztlán include two print issues a year plus full online access to every issue published.


Call for papers and participation: Latino Art Now!
The fifth biennial Latino Art Now! conference, titled “Re-imaging Global Intersections,” will be held in Chicago on April 7–9, 2016. Participants will examine the contemporary shifting contours of U.S. Latino art and the (trans)national and global cultural forces that continuously shape it and how it in turn shapes these forces. At mid-decade we are witnessing growth of the field in American art history as well as in Latino visual culture. Renewed visibility for artists in a wave of major exhibitions at national museums and galleries, the expansion of curatorial and academic infrastructure, and new publication and research initiatives tend to signal wider and expanding opportunities. Can we at the present moment map Latino art activity within a larger transnational, hemispheric, and global context and discourse? Can we re-image a more global American art? How have Latino artists entered transnational and global art networks? Taking cities as critical spaces of globalization, what can we say of urban interventions as sites of artivism? What are the future directions? In other words, what is Latino Art Now?
We invite multidisciplinary submissions of 300-500 word paper abstracts on the following themes:
  • Artivisms/Social Practice Art
  • The City as Site and Source
  • Outside the White Cube: Digital Interventions
  • Queer Geographies of Latino Art
  • Intersections: Latino/Latin American
  • Comparative Art Histories
  • Curatorial Negotiations: Authority and Display
  • Recalibrating Framework and Canon
  • Art from Emergent Latino Groups
  • Public/Private Collecting and Collections
  • Global Networks and Intersections
  • Latino Futurisms
  • Recovering Early Artists and Legacies
  • Reassessing Design and Architecture
  • Latino Art Market
  • Art as an Economic Stimulus
  • Defying Categories
Abstract submissions and deadline for conference papers, panels, roundtable conversations
The conference organizers seek original, innovative papers and panels engaging a wide range of visual media including painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, installation, architecture and design, and digital and new media. In addition, the conference will feature a series of Roundtable Conversations on Artists in the Making of the Equitable City.
Please submit paper/panel/roundtable abstracts electronically to:
iuplr-chicago@uic.edu. Abstract/CV submission deadline is October 19, 2015.
Selection process
The IUPLR Conference Program Committee will select papers that will be presented at the conference. Selected panelists will be notified via email by Monday, November 16,
Call for applicants: IUPLR/Mellon Dissertation Fellowships
The Inter-University Program for Latino Research is now accepting applications for the IUPLR/Mellon Fellowship Program (academic year 2016-17). The program supports ABD doctoral students in the humanities who are writing dissertations in Latina/o studies. Doctoral students in the social sciences whose research uses humanities methods may also be considered. The fellowship facilitates completion of the dissertation and provides professional development, job market support, and mentoring for students who will graduate in Spring 2017.
With support from the Andrew G. Mellon Foundation, IUPLR will select fellows through five designated research centers:
  • The Center for Mexican American Studies and the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin
  • The Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA
  • The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, The City College of New York
  • Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños at Hunter College, CUNY
  • The Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago
The fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend and travel support to attend IUPLR conferences and a required two-week summer institute in Chicago. Matriculation fees and health insurance will be paid by the home institution, provided that the fellow is in residence.
Who is eligible?
Applications will be accepted only from PhD candidates enrolled at UT-Austin, UCLA, CUNY, and UIC. Applicants will be considered by the IUPLR center at their home institution (see list above).
Applicants must have advanced to candidacy (ABD status) and be completing a Latina/o studies dissertation in the humanities or in a humanities-adjacent discipline. Applications will not be accepted from candidates who have not yet defended their dissertation proposal. As this is a dissertation completion fellowship, all applicants should already have a significant portion of the dissertation drafted. Finally, applicants should be planning to pursue a career in teaching or research.
During the fellowship year, students must be enrolled at their home institution. Fellows will be expected to forego other employment during the year.
Application materials
When applying, please prepare a dossier of the following materials:
  • A cover letter listing your name, university, department, the month and year that you advanced to candidacy (reached ABD status), the name and year of any dissertation completion fellowships you have already had (both internal and external), and a fifty-word description of your project’s relationship and significance to the humanities.
  • CV
  • Dissertation prospectus, including chapter outlines
  • Completed chapters (preferably two or three)
  • Writing plan that demonstrates ability to defend dissertation during fellowship year
  • Recommendation letters from 1) the dissertation chair and 2) a Latina/o studies faculty member or other faculty member at the student’s home campus who can speak to the dissertation’s relevance to Latina/o studies. The letter from the dissertation chair should confirm that the applicant has defended the proposal and will be able to graduate by Spring 2017. Letters must be sent directly to the contact person below by the recommenders, not by the applicant.
You should send your dossier of materials in either Word or PDF form, preferably as a single document. If your materials contain images please send a zip file.
Deadlines and important dates
  • Application materials must arrive by January 8, 2016.
  • Decisions will be made by January 29, 2016.
  • Selected fellows will attend the Latino Art Now! Conference in Chicago, April 7–9, 2016 (mandatory).
  • Fellows will attend the IUPLR/Mellon Summer Institute in Chicago, June 2016 (mandatory).
  • Fellowship stipends will begin June 15, 2016.
Send all queries and application materials (Word or PDF) to the IUPLR/Mellon program coordinator, Dr. Meghan Marie Hammond (hammondm@uic.edu), AND the appropriate IUPLR Center director(s). Contact information for applicants applying through UCLA is below. Contact information for the other four centers can be found on the IUPLR website.
UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Dr. Chon Noriega, director
Antonia I. Castañeda Prize
The Antonia I. Castañeda Prize is awarded to a published scholarly article or book chapter with a historical orientation on the intersection of class, race, gender, and sexuality as related to Chicana/Latina and/or Native/Indigenous women. The piece must have been published in 2015 by a woman who is an ABD graduate student, pre-tenured faculty member, or independent scholar.
Purpose of the award
The award is designed to promote and acknowledge scholarship of an historical orientation by Chicana/Latina and/or Native/Indigenous scholars working on issues of intersectionality. No books or creative writing will be considered.
Application/nomination process
Both applications and nominations are encouraged. Submit a PDF copy of the published manuscript, paper, or article and a two-page curriculum vita of the applicant or nominee. The submission must include a short letter by the applicant or nominee addressing the merits of the article or book chapter’s contribution to the field. Applicants are also required to solicit a letter from a third party to that effect (e.g., from an adviser, a chair, a colleague). In all cases, the applicant’s or nominee’s contact information—email address, telephone number, and mailing address—must be included in the application/nomination letter. Submissions of all materials must be delivered electronically by the deadline directly to: CastanedaPrize@naccs.org
November 2: Application due to NACCS
January 5: Awardee is notified by the Selection Committee
January 30: Awardee confirms attendance at NACCS and receives travel information
Terms of the award
A prize of $500 will be given to the awardee at the annual NACCS Conference
Awards committee
The awards committee is composed of three NACCS members who work in the areas addressed by the prize. The committee chair is Dr. Linda Heidenreich.