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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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Notre Dame scholars address challenges for Latino Catholic education

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Luis Fraga

Luis Ricardo Fraga, Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership, Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science and co-director of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, served as co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of Catholic Education, its first issue ever to focus specifically on Latinos and Catholic education.

According to Fraga, the Jan. 28 special issue, titled “Latinos, Education, and the Church,” concerns the opportunities and challenges confronting the Catholic Church in providing educational opportunities for the children of Latino families.

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Institute for Latino Studies announces participants for the 2016 Young Scholars Symposium

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

The Institute for Latino Studies is pleased to announce the participants for our 2016 Young Scholars Symposium, to be convened March 15-17 on the University of Notre Dame campus. These scholars will present a dissertation chapter or essay draft for discussion with ILS faculty fellows and our 2016 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity, Director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, Director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, University of Southern California. Congratulations to our 2016 honorees:…

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ILS Co-Directors and Faculty Discuss Papal Visit to Mexico

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Pope Francis

When Pope Francis travels to Mexico Feb. 12-17, he will visit six cities — including two in the state of Chiapas, Mexico’s poorest state — and will celebrate a Mass in Ciudad Juárez across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. The first pope from Latin America, where 40 percent of the world’s Catholics live, he will be touring the country that’s home to the second largest Catholic population in the world.

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ILS mourns literary luminary, Francisco X. Alarcón

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

The Institute mourns the loss of Chicano luminary, Francisco X. Alarcón, who lost his battle with cancer on January 15th. Author of numerous books of poetry for both adults and children, Francisco X. Alarcón first visited Notre Dame in the Fall of 2002 as one of the featured poets at a Latino poets conference, co-sponsored by ILS.…

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ILS Co-Director Luis Fraga participates in MLK Remembrance panel at Notre Dame

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

ILS Co-Director Luis R. Fraga was invited to participate in a panel discussion at the first ever university-wide Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration luncheon hosted by University President Fr. John Jenkins. The luncheon was held on Monday, January 18th at the Joyce Center.

The full luncheon video can be seen here or at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK5LadSbpFA&feature=youtu.be

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ILS Collaborator Joseph Corpora, CSC to Receive Papal Recognition

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Joseph Corpora, C.S.C.

ILS congratulates our dear friend and frequent collaborator, Father Joseph Corpora, CSC, on his selection as a Missionary of Mercy by Pope Francis. Read the full story by Michael O. Garvey below.

Rev. Joseph Corpora, C.S.C., director of university-school partnerships for the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), has received a mandate from Pope Francis to be a Missionary of Mercy.

The Missionaries are some 800 priests worldwide selected by the pope to be special confessors and “living signs” of God’s forgiveness during the Holy Year of Mercy officially proclaimed in his letter, Misericordiae Vultus (The Face of Mercy), last year.

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Documenting the Border: A Photo Essay by Marisel Moreno

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Professor Marisel Moreno

Latino Studies faculty fellow Marisel Moreno shares her recent southern Arizona border experience after attending a faculty immersion seminar to learn about border issues. Her essay was posted online on January 12, 2016 to the Huffington Post blog and can be read at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marisel-moreno/documenting-the-border_b_8958508.html

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Alex Chávez: Parallels among Latino, Mideast and North African migration

Author: Gene Stowe

Alex Chávez

Alex E. Chávez, an assistant professor in anthropology and Fellow of the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), sees parallels between longstanding Latino migration to the United States and the current crisis of Middle Eastern and North African migration to Europe. He was part of a group of ILS faculty fellows who met with Italian scholars to discuss immigration at Notre Dame’s Global Gateway Center in Rome in October.

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Spanish students connect with South Bend through community-based learning

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Originally published in the December 2015 issue (page 6) of NDWorks.

BY JOSH WEINHOLD, COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS

Students ‘gain as much as they give’

Notre Dame student Colleen Wade watches as the Valero family reads a book chronicling multiple generations of their family history. Wade made the book as part of a community-based learning Spanish course in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

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Shattering the Silence: Undocumented Twins Share their Story

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

ILS faculty and staff have been actively involved with the University's efforts to admit and support "DREAMer" students to pursue their aspirations through a Notre Dame education. We are proud to share this story of Notre Dame students Brizzia Munoz Robles and her twin sister Maria Munoz Robles produced by the Notre Dame Office of Public Affairs and Communications. The original story authored by Brenda O'Shaughnessy, along with accompanying videos and photographs, can be seen at www.nd.edu/features/shattering-the-silence/

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ILS Faculty Fellow Jennifer Jones on NPR

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

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Listen to Institute for Latino Studies fellow and Sociology professor Jennifer Jones comment on Black-Latino Coalitions in the South on NPR. The original interview by Laura Lee & Frank Stasio of WUNC 91.5 (North Carolina Public Radio) appeared on their website on November 20, 2015. See full story at http://wunc.org/post/black-latino-coalitions-south#stream/0

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Karen Richman: 'We are a nation of immigrants'

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Originally published in the November 2015 issue of NDWorks.

BY GENE STOWE, FOR NDWORKS 

Karen Richman

Her long-view historical perspective sees the current U.S. immigration debate as another in a long series of resistance followed by acceptance as newcomers contribute to an evolving society and economy.Karen Richman, director of undergraduate studies for the Institute for Latino Studies, was one of the first scholars who saw both sides of immigration as it created transnational interdependent communities in the late 20th century.

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Historian’s Award-Winning Book Offers New View of Turbulent Times for Mexico

Author: John Slott

Jaime Pensado

Notre Dame historian Jaime M. Pensado has been awarded the Conference on Latin American History’s 2014 Mexican History Book Prize for his first book, Rebel Mexico: Student Unrest and Authoritarian Political Culture During the Long Sixties. An unprecedented look at student activism in 1960s Mexico, the book was judged to be the most significant work on the history of Mexico published in 2014.

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Scholars Gather in Rome to Bridge Migrant Issues

Author: Josh Weinhold

Rome skyline

An interdisciplinary symposium hosted this week by the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies aims to facilitate conversation and collaboration between scholars from the United States and Italy who are researching issues related to immigration. “Transnational Migration in Comparative Perspective: Italy and the United States” offers the chance for academics to learn from one another about immigration experiences and discuss ways that research can better inform policymakers.

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