CSRC Newsletter - October 2020

Director’s Message

Longtime CSRC friend and UCLA Bruin Grace Montañez Davis passed away on August 15. She was ninety-three and had lived a life dedicated to public service and social justice. The CSRC is proud to archive her papers. They make up an extensive collection that demonstrates what one person can do to make a difference. Grace’s public life is—or should be—well-known. In 1949, she helped register voters to elect Ed Roybal as Los Angeles’s first Latino council member since the nineteenth century; in the 1950s she was active in the Community Service Organization; in 1960 she was a cofounder of the Mexican American Political Association; in the 1960s she worked in government on Great Society programs and at the U.S. Department of Labor; and in 1975 she was appointed deputy mayor of Los Angeles and established four new city departments and offices. These accomplishments, by the daughter of immigrants, were preceded by an early interest in civic duty and social justice. As a teenager, she wrote letters to servicemen during World War II, and she was a witness to police violence against the city’s Mexican-descent population. At UCLA, where she was the only Mexican American graduate student, she earned a third science degree. When she entered UCLA in 1949, her advisor told her that if she had any problems as a woman or as a Mexican, she would have to take care of them herself; he didn’t want to know. As deputy mayor, Grace followed a different path. Women and minorities discovered her door at City Hall that was always open to them. When they entered, they found someone who did not so much exercise power as share it, who brought them into the social networks through which the city operated. But Grace also intervened, advising muralist Judy Baca to create a nonprofit and stopping the police from their efforts to intimidate Baca as she developed her citywide mural program. You can listen to Grace speaking at a recent event at the CSRC here. Grace Montañez Davis, presente!

Chon A. Noriega
Director and Professor


CSRC welcomes new IAC visiting scholar
José A. Muñoz is the 2020-21 CSRC Institute of American Cultures (IAC) visiting scholar. Muñoz is an associate professor of sociology at California State University, San Bernardino. He has authored journal articles in Social Movement Studies, Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, Sociology Compass, Migration and Development, Migration Letters, Journal of Public Child Welfare, Humanity & Society, and the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, and has taught courses in qualitative methods, theory, Latino health, Chicano social stratification, migration, and social movements. During his fellowship year, Muñoz will research and write two journal articles on the perspectives of Latino faculty and graduate students in sociology. His research project seeks to understand the experiences of Latinos in academia, examining how first-generation and working-class statuses, mentorship in graduate school, and family support impact Latinos’ presence in the professoriate. This research will include in-depth interviews with Latino faculty and graduate students. The project expands on Muñoz’s research as part of the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on First Generation and Working Class Persons in Sociology. Welcome, José!
CSRC Press wins seven International Latino Book Awards
On September 12, Empowering Latino Futures announced the winning titles in the 2020 International Latino Book Awards competition. CSRC brought home seven awards for three titles. La Raza, edited by Colin Gunckel, received three first-place awards, for Best Arts Book, Best Academic Themed Book, and Best Cover Photo, and an honorable mention for Victor Villaseñor Latino-Focused Nonfiction Book in English. The new edition of the Chicano Studies Reader: An Anthology of Aztlán, edited by Chon A. Noriega, Eric Avila, Karen Mary Davalos, Chela Sandoval, Rafael Pérez-Torres, and Charlene Villaseñor Black, received a second-place award, for Best Academic-Themed Book, and one honorable mention, for Best Nonfiction, Multi-Author Book. The Chicana/o Education Pipeline: History, Institutional Critique, and Resistance, edited by Michaela J. L. Mares-Tamayo and Daniel G. Solórzano, received an honorable mention for Best Academic-Themed Book. All three titles are currently on sale for 50 percent off, tax and shipping included, when purchased directly from the CSRC. Contact Ari Hoyos, CSRC business manager, at ahoyos@chicano.ucla.edu to place an order.
La Raza Interactive wins award
The “La Raza Interactive Experience”—an interactive platform that features all of the images in the CSRC’s La Raza Photograph Collection and was commissioned from Narduli Studio for the La Raza exhibition at the Autry Museum of the American West—won first place for Institutional projects in the 2020 CODAawards. The awards recognize commissioned projects that integrate art into interior architectural or public spaces.
Díaz publishes book
Vanessa Díaz, assistant professor of Chicanx and Latinx studies at Loyola Marymount University and the 2016-17 CSRC IAC visiting scholar, has published her book Manufacturing Celebrity: Latino Paparazzi and Women Reporters in Hollywood (Duke University Press, 2020). Díaz worked on the manuscript while in residence at the CSRC. The introduction is available for free on the Duke website and the book can be purchased at 30 percent off with the code E20DIAZ.
Chávez publishes op-ed
Ernesto Chávez, professor of history at University of Texas, El Paso and the 2014-15 CSRC IAC visiting scholar, published the op-ed “The Chicano Moratorium of 1970 Still Has Plenty of Lessons for Today” in the Los Angeles Times on August 28. 
Benavidez publishes book
Max Benavidez, author of Gronk, volume 1 in the A Ver series from CSRC Press, has published the young adult fiction book Dracula in Beverly Hills: The Vampire Reborn (Lectura Books, 2020). The book, set in Los Angeles, features a Latino protagonist who meets Count Dracula after his car breaks down on his way home from school.
Cárdenas completes PhD
The CSRC congratulates Kendy Rivera Cárdenas, former CSRC IUPLR-Mellon fellow, on completing her doctorate. Cárdenas’s dissertation, “The Tijuana Dream: Fronteriza/os, Transborder Citizenship and Legal Consciousness at the U.S.-Mexico Border,” offers a socio-historical analysis of the fronteriza/o community of Tijuana–San Diego. Cardenas organized a panel on this subject, titled “Transfronteriza/os: Transborder Citizenships,” at the CSRC in 2018.
Documentary on Prop 187 to air October 6
The documentary 187: The Rise of the Latino Vote will premiere on KCET on Tuesday, October 6, at 8:00 p.m. Documents from CSRC archives were consulted during the project’s development, and CSRC director Chon A. Noriega was interviewed for the film. The documentary was initiated by We Are CA, Somos CA Committee, a group of Latina/o leaders in Southern California that was formed to coordinate activities commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the passage of Proposition 187 in 2019. The group now focuses on emerging issues affecting California’s Latina/o communities. Noriega, along with Sonja Díaz, founding director of the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, are members of the group.   
Siqueiros documentary now online
Siqueiros: Walls of Passion on WGBH’s Doc World, a one-hour documentary about Mexican visual artist David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896–1974) that premiered this summer, is now viewable online. The film includes materials from the CSRC archive.
Noriega participates in online panels
In September, CSRC director Chon A. Noriega participated in several online panels that focused on Latina/os and contemporary culture. On September 8, he moderated the discussion “Racism is a Public Health Issue—Essentially Forgotten, How COVID-19 Impacts Frontline Workers,” which was hosted by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and featured panelists Dolores Huerta, Narsiso Martinez, Jess Morales Rocketto, Gabby Seay, and Christine Y. Kim. On September 8, Noriega spoke with author Ed Morales about his book Latinx: The New Force in Politics and Culture (Verso, 2018) for an event hosted by the Whitney Museum of American Art. Finally, on September 23, Noriega participated in the panel “Confronting History: Changing the Narrative,” part of the State of the Art 2020 Summit hosted by the Crystal Bridges Museum of Contemporary Art.  Joining him for the discussion were Naomi Beckwith, Nick Cave, and Thelma Golden. All events were recorded and remain viewable online where linked above.
Josten gives talk on Shifra Goldman and Ida Rodriguez Prampolini
On September 10, Jennifer Josten, associate professor of art and architecture at the University of Pittsburgh and the CSRC’s IAC visiting scholar in 2019-20, gave the talk "México más allá de México: Los puentes construidos por Shifra Goldman e Ida Rodríguez Prampolini en ambos lados de la frontera" as part of a panel celebrating the eighty-fifth anniversary of the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). The panel presentations were conducted in Spanish. They can be viewed on YouTube here.
Gurza discusses songs of the National Chicano Moratorium
On August 28, Agustín Gurza, writer of the blog for the Strachwitz Frontera Collection and editor of the research guide to the collection published by CSRC Press, participated in an online event hosted by LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes that commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the National Chicano Moratorium. Gurza discussed popular protest music from 1970 and songs composed and performed by Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and Chicanos to protest the Vietnam War. The conversation and playlist can be viewed on YouTube here.
CSRC partners with FTV Archive for moratorium screenings
On August 24, the CSRC partnered with the UCLA Film and Television Archive for screenings and a discussion commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the National Chicano Moratorium. The program featured four short works that aired on TV: the first episode of Canción de la Raza, a drama about a fictional Mexican American family (1968); an excerpt from an interview with Ruben Salazar on KNXT-TV’s The Siesta Is Over (1970), The Chicano Moratorium: A Question of Freedom, a documentary about the events at Laguna Park (1971), and an excerpt from an interview with Ruben Salazar on KHJ-TV’s Tempo (1970). CSRC director Chon A. Noriega moderated the post-screening discussion with artist Harry Gamboa Jr. and Los Angeles Times staff writer Carolina Miranda. The video of the event can be viewed here.
New videos on CSRC YouTube:
  • UCLA Medal Ceremony Celebrating the Honorable Esteban E. Torres (July 22, 2020) (video) The CSRC, in collaboration with the Institute of American Cultures and the Chancellor’s Office, hosted a virtual UCLA Medal ceremony honoring former U.S. Congressman Esteban E. Torres. Torres championed labor rights throughout his professional career, first through his work with the UAW and then in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was the member for California’s 34th Congressional District from 1983 until he retired in 1999. Following his retirement, Torres went on to serve on the California Transportation Commission, the National Latino Media Coalition, and numerous boards. The UCLA Medal was established in 1979 and is the highest honor for extraordinary accomplishment that may be bestowed upon an individual by UCLA.
  • “Toppling Mission Monuments and Mythologies: A Conference—California Indian Scholars and Allies Respond and Reflect” (July 15, 2020) This online event was hosted by Critical Mission Studies, a research project based at the CSRC, in collaboration with partners at UC Riverside, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Cruz. Speakers included Deborah Miranda (Ohlone Costanoan Esselen/Chumash), Caroline Ward-Holland (FernandinoTataviam), Yve Chavez (Tongva), Olivia Chilcote (Luiseño, San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians), Val Lopez (Amah Mutsun), Renya Ramirez (Ho-Chunk/Ojibwe), Cutcha Risling Baldy (Hoopa Valley), and Stan Rodriguez (Santa Ysabel/Kumeyaay). Respondents were Amy Lonetree (Ho-Chunk) and, from the University of Virginia, Jalane Schmidt, an organizer with Black Lives Matter. Critical Mission Studies is supported by a grant from UC Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives. Charlene Villaseñor Black, CSRC associate director, is a co-principal investigator on the project. All nine panel recordings are on the CSRC YouTube channel.
  • Book Talk: Robert Chao Romero Presents Brown Church (August 19, 2020) (video) In this online event, Robert Chao Romero, associate professor of Chicana/o and Central American studies at UCLA, presents his new book, Brown Church: Five Centuries of Latina/o Social Justice, Theology, and Identity (InterVarsity Press, 2020). Romero was introduced by Genevieve Carpio and joined by panelists Marisol Sánchez Castillo, Daniel Solórzano, and Charlene Villaseñor Black. A Q&A with the audience followed the discussion. This event was organized by the CSRC and co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies.

CSRC in the News

“UCLA Arts’ ‘10 Questions’ Series Invites Attendees to ‘Reckon’ with the Future”
A UCLA Newsroom story on the upcoming public conversation series “10 Questions: Reckoning,” hosted by the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture, mentions CSRC director Chon A. Noriega, who will participate in the discussion “What Is Power?” on October 19.
UCLA Newsroom, September 30, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
“Laura Aguilar: Transformative Visual Acts in Chicanx and Latinx Portraiture”
On Full Spectrum, a blog hosted by Stanford University’s Center for Comparative Race and Ethnicity, graduate fellow Marco Antonio Flores published an essay on the work of late Chicana artist Laura Aguilar. Flores cites the catalog Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell from CSRC Press.
Full Spectrum, September 21, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
“Professors’ Doc Shines Light on U.S. Border Humanitarian Group”
UCLA Newsroom featured a Q&A with film professor and CSRC faculty advisory committee member Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, co-director of the documentary Águilas. The film, which follows the efforts of volunteers who try to rescue missing migrants in the Sonora Desert, was supported in part by an Institute of American Cultures research grant from the CSRC.
UCLA Newsroom, September 17, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
“2020 CODAaward Winners”
An announcement on the CODAworx website noted the “La Raza Interactive Experience”—an interactive platform that features all of the images in the CSRC’s La Raza Photograph Collection and was commissioned for the La Raza exhibition at the Autry Museum of the American West—won first place for Institutional projects in the 2020 CODAawards.
CODAworx, September 10, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
“The Autry Museum’s CEO Is Retiring; A UCLA Historian Will Take Over”
The Los Angeles Times reported on the upcoming retirement of W. Richard West Jr., CEO of the Autry Museum of the American West. In the story, West refers to the exhibition La Raza, created in partnership with the CSRC, as an exhibition of which he is “particularly proud.”
Los Angeles Times, September 8, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
“How Latinos Can Win the Culture War”
An op-ed in The New York Times about increasing Latino presence in US media and culture mentioned the CSRC’s La Raza Photograph Collection for its “insider view” of the 1970s Chicano power movement.
The New York Times, September 2, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
Mentioned in UCLA In the News, September 4, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
“Arts: The Chicano Moratorium, A Catalytic Moment 50 Years Ago Today”
In a roundup of events pertaining to the fiftieth anniversary of the National Chicano Moratorium, the Los Angeles Times included a link to an online event that included a screening of short videos and a discussion with CSRC director Chon A. Noriega, artist Harry Gamboa Jr., and Los Angeles Times arts writer Carolina Miranda. The video of the event, which was organized by the UCLA Film and Television Archive in partnership with the CSRC, can be viewed here.
Los Angeles Times, August 29, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
“The Historic Chicano Moratorium: Aztlan’s Warriors Keep Fighting for Their Rights 50 Years Later”
CSRC director Chon A. Noriega was quoted in a piece in Al Día about the National Chicano Moratorium and its relevance to current protests against institutionalized racism. CSRC collections donor and moratorium leader Rosalio Muñoz was also interviewed for the story.
Al Día, August 28, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
“La Moratoria Chicana Cumple 50 Años en Medio del Movimiento de Justicia Racial Actual”
Telemundo reported on the fiftieth anniversary of the National Chicano Moratorium with a segment featuring images from CSRC collections and interviews with CSRC librarian and archivist Xaviera Flores and Moctesuma Esparza and Rosalio Muñoz, who were leaders of the moratorium and are donors to CSRC collections. Watch the segment here.
Telemundo 52, August 28, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
Mentioned in UCLA In the News, September 1, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
“How Los Angeles Is Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium”
In a roundup of events pertaining the to the fiftieth anniversary of the National Chicano Moratorium, the Los Angeles Times included a link to an online event that included a screening of short videos and a discussion with CSRC director Chon A. Noriega, artist Harry Gamboa Jr., and Los Angeles Times arts writer Carolina Miranda. The video of the event, which was organized by the UCLA Film and Television Archive in partnership with the CSRC, can be viewed here.
Los Angeles Times, August 27, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
“Ninety-one-Year-Old Activist Continues to Change the World”
Lupe Anguiano, Chicana feminist and activist and CSRC collections donor, was profiled in USA Today’s “Womankind” series. The publication created a video that pays tribute to Anguiano’s life and work and includes images from CSRC collections. To watch the video, click here.
USA Today, August 27, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
“Awesome Online and IRL Events This Week: Aug. 24–27”
In a weekly roundup of events, LAist included the online screening event “Chicano Moratorium 50th Anniversary (1970–2020),” which was organized by the UCLA Film and Television Archive in partnership with the CSRC. CSRC director Chon A. Noriega hosted the post-screening discussion. The event, which took place August 24, can be viewed here.
LAist, August 24, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
“What Store Stickers on Old Records Reveal about History of Mexican American Music”
Agustín Gurza, writer and editor of the blog on the Strachwitz Frontera Collection website, was interviewed on the National Public Radio program All Things Considered about his post on collectors’ interest in store stickers on records and the history they reveal. Listen to the story here. Read the blog post here.
National Public Radio, August 19, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
Mentioned in UCLA In the News, August 24, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
“Opinion: UCLA Provides Opportunities for Students to Learn How to Push for Change”
An op-ed in the Daily Bruin referred to the CSRC and the three other UCLA ethnic studies research centers as resources for students interested in the history of racial justice efforts at UCLA and advancing social justice.
Daily Bruin, August 18, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
“The Forgotten Occupation of Catalina Island”
Images from the La Raza Photograph Collection at the CSRC were used to illustrate this story about the Brown Beret’s three-week occupation of Catalina Island in August 1972.
The radio broadcast of the story, in addition to the text, can be found here.
KQED 88.5 FM, August 14, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
“We Are a Community of Voters: Somos una Comunidad de Votantes”
An image by Luis C. Garza in the La Raza Photograph Collection at the CSRC was used to illustrate an op-ed about the importance of voting in the upcoming presidential election.
People’s World, August 10, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
“We Are California Calls on LA County to Address Health and Economic Inequality”
We Are CA, Somos CA (also known as Somos California), a group of Latino leaders focusing on emerging issues concerning California’s Latina/o communities, released a statement with specific recommendations for Los Angeles County policymakers that could reduce the number of cases of and deaths from COVID-19, which is disproportionately impacting Latinos. CSRC director Chon A. Noriega is a member of Somos California.
Global Newswire, August 5, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
“Meet LA’s Art Community: Chon Noriega Is Working on a Social Justice Sci-Fi Film Series and So Much More”
Hyperallergic interviewed CSRC director Chon A. Noriega about his background and current arts-related projects and interests for the series “Meet LA’s Art Community.”
Hyperallergic, August 3, 2020  (URL) (PDF)
Mentioned in UCLA In the News, August 5, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
“Former Congressman Esteban Torres Awarded UCLA Medal”
The UCLA Medal ceremony for Esteban Torres, former US Representative from California, was included in the weekly highlights announcement from UCLA Newsroom. The ceremony was co-hosted by the CSRC, the IAC, and the Chancellor’s Office.
UCLA Newsroom, July 24, 2020 (PDF)
“Hometown Hero Honored”
The Eastsider previewed the UCLA Medal event honoring former US congressman Esteban E. Torres. CSRC director Chon A. Noriega is quoted in the piece. 
The Eastsider, July 22, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
“Six New Hires Join the Lucas Museum”
LA Downtown News reported on the hiring of six new staff members at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Noted among them is Pilar Tompkins Rivas, former director of the Vincent Price Art Museum and former CSRC arts project coordinator.
LA Downtown News, July 21, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
“Former Congressman Esteban Torres to Be Awarded UCLA Medal”
UCLA Newsroom previewed the virtual ceremony in which the UCLA Medal will be conferred upon Esteban Torres, former labor leader and U.S. congressman representing California’s 34th Congressional District. The event will be co-hosted by the Office of the Chancellor, the IAC, and the CSRC.
UCLA Newsroom, July 21, 2020 (URL) (PDF)
All “In the News” articles are available in PDF format on the CSRC website.


Screening: Please, Don't Bury Me Alive! / ¡Por Favor, No Me Entierren Vivo!
Thursday, October 15
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Efraín Gutiérrez’s landmark independent feature, added in 2015 to the National Film Registry, offers an in-depth look at 1970s-era South Texas Chicano culture. Its central character questions his place in a society that undervalues Latinos while so many Latinos are being killed in the Vietnam War. A historic and influential hit in regional theaters, the film was thought lost before its restoration by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. This virtual screening will be followed by a live Q&A with filmmaker Efraín Gutiérrez and independent filmmaker Cristina Ibarra. The conversation will be moderated by Colin Gunckel, associate professor of American culture at the University of Michigan and former CSRC arts project coordinator. This event is co-presented by the UCLA Film and Television Archive and the CSRC. To RSVP, visit EventBrite.
Talk: "What is Power?" with Chon A. Noriega, Jemima Pierre, and William Boyd
Monday, October 19
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom
CSRC director Chon A. Noriega will participate in a discussion titled "What is Power?" The discussion is part of the series “10 Questions: Reckoning,” which  is the third installment of an annual event series, hosted by the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, that invites the public to join UCLA students in a virtual classroom to engage in conversation alongside faculty and alumni from across the university. Noriega will be joined by Jemima Pierre, associate professor of African American studies and anthropology, and William Boyd, environmental advocate and professor of law. These public lectures will take place every Monday from October 5 through December 7, 7:00 p.m.–8:50 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, visit arts.ucla.edu/10questions.

All CSRC events are free to the public. Programs are subject to change. For the most current information, visit the Events page on the CSRC website.

CSRC Library

Flores completes Open Archive fellowship
Over the summer, CSRC librarian and archivist Xaviera Flores was a 2020 Open Archive Fellow for the Open Archive Initiative, a project within the Alliance for Media Arts + Culture’s Innovation Cultural Studio program. Along with two other fellows and the lead archivist for the project, Flores undertook research to co-author a set of recommendations toward creating, using, and protecting an open and interactive digital media archive. The Open Archive Initiative considers what is needed to preserve collection archives and increase access to them. The Innovation Culture Studio program supports the development of interactive digital media projects, platforms, tools, and approaches to storytelling to foster creative communities.
CSRC launches interactive Chicano Moratorium 50th Anniversary Project website
On August 29, fifty years after the National Chicano Moratorium took place in Los Angeles, the CSRC publicly launched the Chicano Moratorium 50th Anniversary Project website. With images, exhibitions, an interactive map of the moratorium route, and personal narratives, the site is a free archive-based resource dedicated to the event and how it changed the course of the civil rights movement across the United States for the Chicano-Latino community. In partnership with the People’s History Project in Lincoln Heights and the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences through their Mellon Foundation-funded Community Archives Lab, this website is an on-going project, as we find, digitize, and catalog related archival materials. The community can also help. If you have a story or photographs you would like to share with us about your experience at the National Chicano Moratorium, you may contribute to the website here.
Getty Marrow interns complete projects
Over the summer the CSRC hosted two interns through the Getty Marrow Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program. Amado Castillo, a fourth-year UCLA student majoring in sociology and Chicana/o studies, brought together various digital resources in the CSRC archives to create an online exhibition about the fiftieth anniversary of the National Chicano Moratorium. The exhibition, State Sanctioned Violence: Police Brutality during the Chicano Moratorium, can be found online as part of the ongoing Chicano Moratorium 50th Anniversary Project.  Jennifer Payan, a third-year UCLA student majoring in art history, worked behind the scenes describing, collecting data, and cataloging selected digital materials from the Gronk Papers. She also described, catalogued, and provided access to digital materials on the Chicano Moratorium website, including the Ben Juarez Photograph Collection, moratorium photographs from the La Raza Photograph Collection, and materials from the Ralph Arriola Papers.
Mellon Mays fellow completes research on women in the Brown Berets
Monique Garcia, a third-year student at Cal State Fullerton, interned at the CSRC this summer as a Mellon Mays fellow. During her internship, Garcia completed a research project on the women in the Brown Berets. As part of her work, she created an online exhibition based on her research and featuring materials from the CSRC and other resources,. The exhibition, El Grito Para La Igualdad!/The Cry for Equality! Young Chicanas/os’ Participation in the Brown Berets Organization and Their Community Action against Racial, Social, and Gender Disparities can also be found on the Chicano Moratorium 50th Anniversary Project website.
CSRC partners again with Google Arts and Culture
For Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month, the CSRC has developed two online exhibitions for the Google Arts and Culture platform:
  • Murs Murs: Murals, Chicanas, and the Female Gaze, curated and written by Grace Muñoz, a second-year graduate student in UCLA’s Library and Information Sciences program and an Information Studies Digital Resource Initiative fellow. Thanks to artists Judy Baca, Judithe Hernández, Barbara Carrasco, and Yreina Cervantes for allowing their work to be included.
  • Patssi Valdez: Retrospective of Media, curated and written by Jamie Nord, the CSRC’s Getty Marrow Multicultural Undergraduate intern in 2018, and edited by Grace Muñoz.
These exhibitions will premiere October 5 on the CSRC page on the platform. CSRC exhibitions already on the platform are Gronk: Speaking in Many Artistic Tones and Joteria: Documenting Queer Latinx in L.A.
Finding aid updated for Dionicio Morales Papers
The finding aid for the Dionicio Morales Papers has been updated. Morales founded the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) in 1963 to provide services such as education, job services, and childcare to the members of his community. The organization survives to this day, working in partnership with government entities, organized labor, private foundations, and the community at large to, as its mission statement declares, "provide for the socio-economic betterment of the greater Latino community of California, while preserving the pride, values and heritage of the Mexican American culture." This collection includes photographs, clippings and research material, personal papers documenting Morales's family history, manuscripts of essays and speeches written by Morales, and MAOF organizational records. There are also programs and audiovisual materials documenting various MAOF events and ceremonies. The updated finding aid for the Dionicio Morales Papers can be found on the Online Archive of California.
Finding aid updated for Joan Moore Papers
The finding aid for the Joan Moore Papers has been updated. Born on May 17, 1929, Moore attended the University of Chicago, earning her PhD in sociology in 1959. She spent the first part of her career in Southern California, teaching at UCLA, UC Riverside, and USC. In 1975, she began teaching at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, but her research remained rooted in Southern California. She published several groundbreaking sociological studies on Mexican American gangs including Homeboys: Gangs, Drugs, and Prisons in the Barrios of Los Angeles (1978) and Going Down to the Barrio: Homeboys and Homegirls in Change (1991). The collection consists mainly of transcripts of interviews with gang members and their families. It also has a large amount of secondary research material and some of the original audio tapes of interviews. The updated finding aid for the Joan Moore Papers can be found on the Online Archive of California.
Videos from CSRC collection to appear in Home Movie Day
Snippets of César Chávez's home videos will be featured at this year's Los Angeles Home Movie Day on October 17, 2020. The videos, and additional footage of Chávez that will be screened, are from the Lorena Parlee Papers. This collection includes audiovisual materials related to the production of Cesar's Last Fast (2014), which Parlee co-directed. Home Movie Days, which celebrates amateur and regional film, is hosted by the Center for Home Movies as part of LA as Subject's annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar. For more information on how to attend the virtual screening, click here..
Exhibitions with CSRC loans
The following exhibitions, opening this month or currently on view, include images and artworks from CSRC collections and publications:
Library and archive available remotely
In accordance with Chancellor Gene Block’s directive to suspend most on-campus operations, the CSRC Library and its archive are closed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. During this time, CSRC Library staff will remain available via email, and we look forward to engaging with community members remotely. For assistance, please email librarian@chicano.ucla.edu.

CSRC Press

Fall sale!
Through December 18, a large selection of CSRC Press books are available at 50 percent off, tax and shipping included! In addition, all Chicano Cinema and Media Arts series DVDs have been discounted to $15, tax and shipping included. To see the full list of sale titles, visit the CSRC website. To place an order, contact the CSRC directly by emailing Ari Hoyos, CSRC business assistant, at ahoyos@chicano.ucla.edu.
New CSRC Press anthology now available
Autobiography without Apology: The Personal Essay in Chicanx and Latinx Studies is a collection of essays drawn from Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies that focuses on the personal experiences of Chicanx and Latinx scholars, writers, and artists. Each essay is a reflection on the process of self-naming—the role of “I”—in the authors’ work and research. Editors are Chon A. Noriega, professor of film, television, and media studies at UCLA and CSRC director; Wendy Laura Belcher, professor of African literature at Princeton University and former managing editor of CSRC Press; and Charlene Villaseñor Black, professor of art history and Chicana/o studies at UCLA and CSRC associate director.
Autobiography without Apology, volume 7 in the CSRC’s Aztlán Anthology series, expands the earlier CSRC Press publication I Am Aztlán with the inclusion of ten essays that bring the collection up-to-date. The new title acknowledges Aztlán’s growing scope as it embraces Latinx, LGBT, and Indigenous studies as well as Chicanx studies. Autobiography without Apology can be ordered through University of Washington Press, a distributor of CSRC Press books. For a limited time, the book can be purchased directly from the CSRC at 50 percent off (see “Fall sale” above).
Fall 2020 issue of Aztlán
The essay section of Aztlán’s fall 2020 issue begins with an analysis of the public rhetoric of Donald Trump that documents the president’s racist statements about immigrants and Latinos. The following two essays consider how literary strategies challenge established frameworks and preconceived binaries in the work of novelists Ana Castillo and Tómas Rivera. The essay section concludes with a look at Mexican American masculinities in the reality TV show Los Cowboys. A research note on everyday objects found in one of the CSRC's special collections shows how such objects can illuminate the emotional lives of their owners.
The dossier section, curated by Rafael Pérez-Torres, focuses on the temporality of Latinx and Chicanx studies. Pérez-Torres notes that the dossier’s authors “envision the field in response to the spread of repressive practices and policies across many sectors of local and national governance” through writings that are characterized by “their sparkling intensity, their painful honesty, and—at moments—their sparking fury.”
Antonio Bernal, whose mural in Del Rey, California, is considered one of the earliest of the Chicano art movement, is featured in the artist’s communiqué and on the cover.
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UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowships at the IAC
The UCLA Office of Research and Creative Activities and the UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC) with the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program will offer up to four Chancellor’s Postdocs at UCLA (with a possibility of renewal for a second year) for academic year 2021-22. These fellows will form a cohort and be affiliated with the IAC’s organized research units: the American Indian Studies Center, the Asian American Studies Center, the Bunche Center for African American Studies, and the Chicano Studies Research Center. The UCLA Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship provides an additional opportunity to engage in the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (UC PPFP) for a candidate who intends to spend their fellowship year(s) at UCLA. Application is through the UC PPFP, and candidates will be considered for funding from both programs. Application deadline: November 1, 2020. For more information, please contact: iaccoordinator@conet.ucla.edu
IAC Visiting Scholar Fellowship Program in Ethnic Studies 
The Institute of American Cultures offers in-residence appointments to support research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicana/os. The IAC especially encourages 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. Each 2021-22 IAC Visiting 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 nine-month appointment, the funds will be prorated in accordance with the actual length of the award. Visiting Scholar appointments are for persons who currently hold a permanent academic appointment. Visiting Scholar funds will be paid through the awardees home institution and awardees will be expected to continue their health insurance through that source. These funds may be used to supplement sabbatical support for a total that does not exceed the awardee’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 Scholar for the 2021-22 academic year. 
Eligibility Requirements: 
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
  • PhD from an accredited college or university at the time of appointment, or in the case of the arts, an appropriate terminal degree
  • UCLA faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students are not eligible to apply
Applications site will open on October 15, 2020. Application deadline: January 7, 2021, 11:59 p.m. (PDT). Applicants will be notified in March.
To Apply: https://sa.ucla.edu/IAC/VisitingScholar/Home
University of California-Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative (UC-HSI DDI) Grants
The UC Office of the President has launched the University of California–Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative (UC-HSI DDI). This systemwide effort is designed to support faculty diversity by enhancing pathways to the professoriate for underrepresented students from California Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). The UC-HSI DDI program includes two components: 1) Competitive grant awards to UC faculty/faculty administrators that will support short- and long-term programs/projects to enhance and expand pathways to the professoriate for underrepresented minorities, with a goal to increase faculty diversity and inclusion at UC; and 2) Funding to support graduate student preparation for the professoriate (UCOP will coordinate directly with campus graduate divisions for this component of the Initiative). The grant program offers two funding mechanisms, with small awards up to $50K and large awards up to $350K. For more information and to view the full RFP, visit the UC-HSI DDI webpage  or contact gradstudies@ucop.edu. Deadline for proposals: January 29, 2021.
CSRC available remotely
In accordance with Chancellor Gene Block’s directive to suspend most on-campus operations, the CSRC is closed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. During this time, CSRC staff will remain available via email (http://www.chicano.ucla.edu/about/staff) and at csrcinfo@chicano.ucla.edu.
The UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.