Furiously strumming his jarana into the early morning hours of a stranger’s backyard birthday party in Austin, Texas, Alex Chavez was having fun with the hired musicians who had brought him along as an impromptu guest. He was also doing fieldwork. Chavez, who joined Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology in 2014 as an assistant professor, studies “the aesthetic dimensions of contemporary lived politics”— sometimes referred to as cultural poetics. He focuses on the unfolding of this expressive grammar among Latino migrant communities in the United States.
Conference reflects on the history, future of Latino research
April 15, 2015
The Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR), a University of Illinois at Chicago-based national Latino research consortium, will host its fifth biennial conference, Siglo XXI: Intra-Latinos/as: Entre Latinos/as: Reconceptualizing Nations, Regions and Disciplines.…
“How do we tell a more inclusive story that represents the broad and deep history of religion in the lands that became the United States?” said Thomas Tweed, the W. Harold and Martha Welch Endowed Chair in American Studies and professor of history at the University of Notre Dame.
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 very proud of all our students, including the authors of the following editorial that recently appeared in The Observer…
Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), is pleased to announce its fourth “PINTURA: PALABRA” workshop: “Creative Dialogues: An Ekphrastic Writing Workshop in Brief Prose”—slated to take place at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) the weekend of March 28-29…
The University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL) has launched a new online adult faith formation program for Hispanic Catholics.
The Institute for Latino Studies is pleased to announce the participants for our 2015 Young Scholars Symposium, to be convened April 8-10 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 2015 Virgilio Elizondo Distinguished Visiting Professor, Davíd Carrasco. Congratulations to our 2015 honorees:
Lloyd Barba, University of Michigan
Kiku Huckle, University of Washington
Marzia Milazzo, Vanderbilt University
Aida I. Ramos, University of Texas at San Antonio
Javier Ramirez, Indiana University
Sujey Vega, Arizona State University
ILS congratulates John Phillip Santos on his reception of The Anthony J. Lauck Award from the Notre Dame Alumni Association. John Phillip has been a favorite among our students during his various visits to campus for ILS events, and we are grateful he has received this prestigious recognition.
"Notre Dame made a committment to have an Institute for Latino Studies in 1999 out of a sense of its central mission as a Catholic institution to provide opportunities for predominantly Catholic immigrant communities. I knew that the University was unquestionably serious about doing everything it could to make Notre Dame the best place in the country to understand these communities and their future role in the United States. That is an exciting opportunity." says Luis Fraga.…
“I want to do research that provides some hints to both major political parties as to how they might be able to make effective appeals to Latino communities, and through Latino communities, to many other communities across the United States,” said Luis Fraga, the Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership and professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame.
Notre Dame students, administrators, and South Bend community members rallied together to support the Ayotzinapa Movement in a vigil held at the Grotto on Thursday, November 20th. Organizers united the Notre Dame and South Bend communities in prayer, rememberance, and to demand truth and justice for the families of the missing students.
Luis Ricardo Fraga, a heralded scholar and pioneer in the field of Latino politics, joined the faculty of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters this fall. Fraga has been named the Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership in the Institute of Latino Studies and a professor in the Department of Political Science.
ILS affiliated faculty member Marisel Moreno, associate professor of US Latina/o Literature in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame, recently made a special contribution to La Respuesta: A Magazine to (Re)Imagine the Boricua Diaspora. The piece titled Reflections of a Puerto Rican Teaching US Latina/o Literature in the Midwest…
Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), is pleased to announce its third “PINTURA : PALABRA” workshop, slated to take place on Saturday, October 11 and Sunday October 12 at the Crocker Art Museum. The two-day, ten-hour workshop is being held in tandem with the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s traveling exhibit, “Our America: the Latino Presence in American Art,” which opened on September 21 and will be on view through January 11, 2015. There will also be a reading, free and open to the public, on Sunday, October 12 at 5 PM at the Sacramento Poetry Center after the workshop concludes, featuring the workshop participants and their facilitator, the noted poet Francisco X. Alarcón.
On Sept. 27 (Saturday), the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Children and Families and the Department of Psychology will partner with Attachment Parenting International to host a day-long parenting conference, Nourishing Parents for Child Well-Being, bringing together scholars, practitioners and professionals who work with children and families. As part of the Pathways to Child Flourishing symposium, presenters at the workshop will address a variety of topics, including birth, breastfeeding, sleep, discipline and adult-child relationships.