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Faculty Recruitment in Latino Literatures and Cultures

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

The University of Notre Dame’s Department of English and the Institute for Latino Studies seek a specialist in Latina/o literatures and cultures at the rank of Assistant or early Associate Professor. The appointment will be housed in the Department of English with a close affiliation to the Institute as a Faculty Fellow. We are open to all historical periods, from the colonial era to the present, and to all conceptual areas of inquiry, including but not limited to post-colonial studies, the study of gender, sexuality, class, race, and/or intersectional approaches.…

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ILS Welcomes New Staff Member

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Evelyngt

We are delighted to announce that ILS has hired a communications coordinator, Evelyn M. González Treto. Evelyn is a recent graduate from Holy Cross College with a background in Communications and Pre-Law. Before coming to Notre Dame, she worked for South Bend immigration attorney Rudy Monterrosa and the South Bend Community School Corporation’s Migrant Education Program. Last summer, she had the opportunity to complete her internship in Washington D.C. at the United States Forest Service as their Internal Communications intern where she developed an involvement in the communications world. Everyone who has worked with Evelyn attests that she is a dynamic and dedicated leader. We look forward to the many contributions she will make as we work together to elevate the profile of ILS on campus and beyond. Please welcome her when you visit the Institute.…

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Latino Studies Graduates of the Class of 2016

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

ILS 2016 Graduates Ceremony Program

On May 14th, 2016, the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) celebrated 13 students graduating as majors during the Latino Studies Certificate Ceremony. These students achieved a Supplementary Major (a 24-credit program, which requires a gateway course, capstone/practicum course, and 18 credits/6 additional Latino Studies courses) or a Minor ( a 15-credit program, which requires a gateway course, capstone/practicum course, and 9 credits/3 additional Latino Studies courses). Beyond these 13 students, ILS Co-Director Luis Fraga commented on the more than 500 students per academic year who ILS reaches through classes, some of whom also attended the ceremony: "It was a blessing to also meet several graduating students and their families who have benefitted from our work at ILS, even though they were not ILS majors and minors. They came to our open house and expressed their appreciation for all ILS has done to enrich their undergraduate experiences at ND."…

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Robert Vargas joins ND Faculty in Sociology and ILS

Author: Brian Wallheimer

Robert Vargas

Robert Vargas, an urban sociologist whose research focuses on violence and health care, is joining Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology this fall as an assistant professor. Vargas, who will also be a faculty affiliate in the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame, was previously on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at Harvard University. Vargas’ first book, Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio (Oxford University Press), will be released May 1. In it, Vargas argues that competition among political groups contributes to the persistence of violence just as much as the competition among street gangs.

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Sociologist Focuses Research on Immigration Policy in the South

Author: Aaron Smith

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones, an assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology, has received the Presidential Authority Award grant from the Russell Sage Foundation for her study of interracial coalitions and their effect on immigration policy in Mississippi and Alabama. Combining archival and media sources with interviews, “Enforcement or Embrace? The Determinants of State-Level Immigration Policy in New Immigrant Destinations” emerged from unexpected patterns Jones identified while researching race relations and immigration in North Carolina.

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Marisel Moreno awarded The Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Professor Marisel Moreno

Marisel C. Moreno, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and fellow of the Institute for Latino Studies, is the recipient of the 2016 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award. This award, bestowed annually on a faculty member in the College of Arts and Letters, is named for the Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., a much-beloved former dean of the College. It recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching, informed by research, over a wide range of courses while employing innovative and creative teaching methods. For more information on this prestigious award, including a list of former winners, see:  http://al.nd.edu/about/the-faculty/sheedy-award

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In Memoriam: Rev. Virgilio P. Elizondo, Notre Dame Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Virgilio P. Elizondo

Rev. Virgilio P. Elizondo, the University of Notre Dame Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology, died Monday (March 14). He was 80 years old.

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2000, Father Elizondo was a native of San Antonio, Texas, where his Mexican immigrant parents owned a grocery store and where he himself spent many years as the pastor of San Fernando Cathedral. The Sunday Spanish Mass at which he presided was televised and carried via satellite from San Fernando Cathedral to more than 1 million households.

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ILS Faculty Member Kraig Beyerlein Leads ND Border Experience

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

ILS faculty members Tatiana Botero, Marisel Moreno, and Karen Richman participated in this Border immersion experience in January of 2016. We are proud to share this story produced by the Notre Dame Office of Public Affairs and Communications. The original story authored by Brendan O'Shaughnessy, along with accompanying videos and photographs can be seen at https://www.nd.edu/features/a-transformative-journey/

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Psychologist Named Fellow of American Educational Research Association

Author: Josh Weinhold

Darcia Narvaez

Notre Dame psychologist Darcia Narvaez has been named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, an honor bestowed on academics with notable and sustained research achievements. Narvaez, a professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Letters, is one of 22 scholars who will be inducted as fellows at the AERA’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on April 9.

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The Institute for Latino Studies offers Summer Research Grants

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Julian Samora Library study space

The Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) is pleased to announce a call for applications for two summer 2016 grants to fund undergraduate student research. The two topics are: 1) current policies and practices of institutions of higher education regarding admission to graduate and professional schools for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students, and 2) current policies, practices, and related strategies for funding graduate education for DACA students. This competition is open to any current Notre Dame undergraduate student who will be returning (or studying abroad) for the fall 2016 semester.…

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ILS partners with National Portrait Gallery and Library of Congress for event featuring U.S. Poet Laureate

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Poets Unite Event

Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS)—in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery and the Library of Congress’ Hispanic Division and Poetry & Literature Center—is pleased to present “Poets Unite!,” featuring U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, alongside poets Diana Garcia and Arlene Biala.…

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Observer Letter to the Editor: #MigrantLivesMatter

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Two ILS students co-authored the following editorial that appeared in The Observer campus newspaper.

#MigrantLivesMatter
Letter to the Editor | Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The cooler opened and the pungent smell immediately hit our noses. Before our eyes were dozens of dead bodies, most of them labeled John and Jane Doe. Migrant deaths at the U.S.-Mexico border are flooding the Pima County medical examiner’s office with hundreds of migrant remains each year. As a result, the office has been forced to expand its storage facilities by introducing outdoor coolers and trucks.…

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Karen Richman publishes new study on the Significance of Gender for Latino Retirement

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Karen Richman

Karen Richman led an interdisciplinary research team’s investigation of The Significance of Gender for Latinos’ Savings for Retirement. She will be presenting study findings at Financial Security Day, a multi-disciplinary workshop sponsored by University of Notre Dame and the local United Way, which will bring national experts from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the financial wellness industry to campus on February 25. Richman, a cultural anthropologist, collaborated in the research with economist Wei Sun, political scientist Justin Sena and sociologist Sung David Chun to conduct statistical analysis of national survey data and a qualitative, case study of in 2012-2014 of Mexican immigrants and (native-born) Mexican-Americans’ in metropolitan Chicago. The project was sponsored by the National Endowment for Financial Education.

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