"All the Breath We Can Hold", a New Exhibition by Maria Tomasula, ILS Faculty Fellow

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

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ILS Faculty Fellow, Maria Tomasula's work is currently being displayed in a new exhibition titled, "All the Breath We Can Hold", at Forum Gallery in New York, New York through April 7th. 

Soo Y. Dang, Professor of Art History at Chicago State University speaks about Tomasula's exhibition, stating that Tomasula "has spoken about her fascination with the colonial Baroque decorations in the Mexican Catholic Churches she attended as a child. She also vividly remembers the idealized figures of saints, who were presented in scenes of horrific martyrdom that were abundant in those churches as well. This is the genesis of her flower still lives, which, although beautiful in overall appearance, are actually revealed to be tortured upon close examination, as the pieces are strenuously tied, pulled and pierced by nails, hooks, and strings, the recurring instruments of affliction in Tomasula's oeuvre."…

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University of Notre Dame Press Releases 2018 Latino Studies and Literature Catalog

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

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The University of Notre Dame Press 2018 Latino Studies and Literature Catalog was recently released.  This series of books meets the mission to foster scholarship by and about Latinos and the issues that affect them, in 2001 the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame launched a book series in collaboration with the Press. The series publishes work on the cutting edge of scholarship, general works that can be used as college textbooks, and reprints of classics. Titles in the book series address issues in the area of Latino spirituality and religion; border affairs, immigration, and globalization; Latino arts and culture; and social sciences and public policy.…

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Award-winning poet Javier Zamora visits Washington, D.C.

Author: Therese Konopelski

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Notre Dame undergrad and Latino Studies minor Therese Konopelski, class of 2020, is currently studying in Washington D.C. and working with ILS's Letras Latinas program.  She had an opportunity to follow and document Javier Zamora's week long trip to D.C. and experience first hand Zamora's enthusiasm for engaging with the community through schools visits, meet and greets, and public readings.  To read about Javier Zamora's visit and view photos of the many events please click here

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Javier Zamora, award winning poet, visits at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Washington, D.C.

Author: Andrea Acosta, El Pregonero

Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), recently hosted Javier Zamora, award winning poet, in Washington, D.C. for a week of readings, classroom visits, and other related events.  El Pregonero, a Spanish language publication from the Archdiocese wrote about Zamora's visit.  To read the full article please click here

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Liberalism, Human Rights, and Latin American Theology Latino Studies Seminar lecture by David Lantigua


Location: Smith Ballroom, Salon A, Morris Inn

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As part of ILS's Latino Studies Seminar Series, David Lantigua, Assistant Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame, will be giving a lecture titled: Liberalism, Human Rights, and Latin American Theology. Professor Lantigua's lecture will be held on March 20, 2018 at 12:30P.M. at the Morris Inn.  This lecture is by invitation only and RSVPs are required to

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Mapping Island Bodies: Lecture by Tatiana Reinoza


Location: 200 Riley Hall

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Tatiana Reinoza is an art historian whose research and writing focus on contemporary Latinx art.  She received a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016.  Currently, she is a Society of Fellows postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College, where she teaches in the Department of Art History.  Her primary research centers on the history of Latinx printmaking.…

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

U.S. Naturalization Ceremony


Location: Washington Hall

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The Community is invited to attend a special Naturalization Oath Ceremony swearing in over 100 new U.S. Citizens. The event will take place on Friday, April 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Washington Hall on the University of Notre Dame campus. This event is open to the public.…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Guest Lecture by Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director of the National Immigration Justice Center


Location: 210-214 McKenna Hall

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Mary Meg McCarthy is the executive director of Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), one of the nation’s leading immigrant and human rights advocacy organizations. Under Mary Meg’s leadership, NIJC has become a leading immigrant and human rights advocacy organization, contributing to national and international analysis, debate and reform of  immigration law, policy, and practices. She has built a network of 1,500 pro bono

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