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In new book, anthropology chair details why creativity is the key to human exceptionalism

Author: Josh Weinhold

Agustín Fuentes finds the four predominant arguments that seek to explain human evolution and human nature to be compelling but extremely simplified. Years of research and an emphasis on cross-disciplinary conversations has instead led him to a more complete story of human evolution. Creativity and collaboration, he argues in The Creative Spark, are the most important explanations for why we are the way we are.

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ILS Faculty Fellow Interviewed

Author: Evelyn Gonzalez

Francisco Aragon

Faculty Fellow Francisco Aragón, who directs the Institute’s literary initiative, Letras Latinas, was interviewed recently at Blog This Rock, in his capacity as a finalist for the Freedom Plow Award. The award, a program of the organization, Split This Rock, “honors a poet or poetry collective doing transformative work at the intersection of poetry and social activism.” The interview with Aragón was subsequently picked up and highlighted at Harriet

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Faculty fellow, Jennifer Jones on understanding race relations

Author: Todd Boruff

Jennifer Jones is an assistant professor of sociology and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her research uses qualitative methods to explore increasing migration, the growing multiracial population, and shifting social relations between and within racial groups. In this video, she discusses her work on how race relations are changing and what race means for politics and inequality.

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In Destiny of Desire student trip to Chicago

Author: Evelyn Gonzalez

Trip To Chicago Anne Karen

On March 26, three Latino Studies Faculty, Tatiana Botero, Anne Garcia-Romero and Karen Richman took 45 of their students to Chicago to experience Latin American Street cuisine at the new theme restaurant, Latinicity, and to see a play by an award-winning Latina playwright at the Goodman Theatre. In Destiny of Desire,

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Poetry and migration event to take place at Notre Dame

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

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SOUTH BEND — Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, is pleased to be partnering with Notre Dame’s Creative Writing Program to present, “Because We Come From Everything: a night of poetry and community.” This campus event will feature students, faculty, staff, and members of the community, who will all be sharing poems on the theme of migration. The reading will take place on Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 PM in the banquet hall in the basement of McKenna Hall.

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ILS Co-director Luis Fraga quoted on Today's Catholic in regards to the area's first Catholic School Immersion Track

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

The Institute for Latino Studies' Co-director Luis Fraga has been working in collaboration with the Alliance for Catholic Education and Holy Cross grade school to initiate the area's first Catholic school Spanish-English immersion program.  

 

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ILS collaborates in launching the area's first Spanish-English Immersion program at Holy Cross Grade School

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

New Immersion Track at Holy Cross Grade School holds March 15 Open House

SOUTH BEND —In collaboration with the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies and the Alliance for Catholic Education, Holy Cross Grade School is launching a Spanish-English Immersion program this Fall at the pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten levels.…

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ILS faculty member named finalist for national prize

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Francisco Aragon

Francisco Aragón, director of Letras Latinas, the Institute for Latino Studies’ literary initiative, has been named a finalist for the 2017 Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism, given by Split This Rock, a national poetry organization based in Washington, D.C. Aragón is one of four finalists who will be honored at a gala ceremony and reading at the Arts Club of Washington on the evening of April 21. The winner will be announced the week of March 13.…

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Mass dedicated to immigrants and refugees

Author: Evelyn Gonzalez

In the midst of troubling decisions by our government leaders surrounding immigrants and refugees, Campus ministry in collaboration with the Office of the President and Student Government, held a mass yesterday afternoon. The mass held at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart was celebrated by ILS faculty fellow, Fr. Daniel Groody.…

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University community urged to consider ‘What’s Your Next Step?’ at second annual Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon

Author: William G. Gilroy

Judge Ann Williams And Erin McGinley

Three thousand members of the University community gathered Monday (Jan. 23) to reflect on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and what they mean for America today in the midst of national division. The luncheon program featured a conversation with U.S Court of Appeals Judge Ann Claire Williams, a Notre Dame alumna and trustee.

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ILS Co-Director Luis Fraga quoted in Observer regarding Sanctuary Status

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

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A panel co-sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns and the Institute for Latino Studies discussed what it means for a city, state, university or faith-based organization to be declared a sanctuary, and what the implications of using the “sanctuary” designation might be. The moderator, director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights Jennifer Mason McAward, led the panelists, who included co-director of the Institute for Latino Studies Luis Fraga, professor of law Rick Garnett, graduate student Leo Guardado and professor of law Lisa Koop.…

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Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing

Author: Richman, Karen

Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing
Society for Humanistic Anthropology
AAA Meetings, Minneapolis, MN
November 19, 2016

Karen Richman, Committee Chair’s Remarks

On behalf of the Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing committee, it is has been an enormous pleasure to read this embarrassment of riches. The committee, including Lucas Bessire and Mustafa Mirzeler, received 62 ethnographies of the highest quality.  Having to reduce the winners to three and two honorable mentions was a challenge.  We made our selections for the prizes based on the following criteria: originality, innovative methods, experience-near approach, quality of writing, presentation and engagement with humanistic anthropology and to anthropological literature and theory in general.  We chose the ethnographies that we found to be exemplars of the best ethnographic writing, the ones destined to make a significant impact on the doing and writing of ethnography. …

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Institute for Latino Studies Co-Director Timothy Matovina Awarded the 2016 Richard Cardinal Cushing Medal for the Advancement of Church Research

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Timothy Matovina

October 24, 2016 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—– Timothy Matovina, Co-Director of the Institute for Latino Studies and Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected to receive the 2016 Richard Cardinal Cushing Medal for the Advancement of Church Research. The Cushing Medal is intended to recognize the work of Church leaders, who, like Cardinal Cushing, have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the Catholic Church’s needs through research.…

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Cuba: Crossroads of the Americas

Author: Evelyn Gonzalez

Havana, Cuba—Following the visit of Pope Francis to Cuba, a theology class takes part in a conference convened by the Institute for Latino Studies and LANACC. The class professor and Cuban expert  Peter Casarella, director of Latin American/North American Church Concerns at Notre Dame. Casarella joined the University’s Institute for Latino Studies to host the first intercontinental conference examining the significance of Pope Francis’ visits to the Americas. 

 

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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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