Fall 2014 Newsletter (archive)

Volume 5, Number 1

Fall 2014

Fall Spotlight: Luis Ricardo Fraga Joins ILS Faculty

We are pleased to announce that Luis Ricardo Fraga is the inaugural Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership at the Institute for Latino Studies and concurrent Professor of Political Science. Professor Fraga will oversee the Transformative Latino Leadership Lecture Series at the Institute. During the spring semester he will launch a new course entitled "Latinos in the Future of America: Building Transformative Leadership" that will be offered in conjunction with the Lecture Series.

Prior to his Fall 2014 appointment at Notre Dame, Fraga was Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, Russell F. Stark University Professor, Director of the Diversity Research Institute, and Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. He had the responsibility for developing strategies and policies with the Provost, Vice Provosts, Deans, and Department Chairs to recruit, promote, and retain faculty at the UW. He has been on the faculty at Stanford University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Oklahoma. He is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas.

He received his A.B., cum laude, from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Rice University. His primary interests are in American politics where he specializes in the politics of race and ethnicity, Latino politics, immigration policy, education politics, voting rights policy, and urban politics. His most recent co-authored book is Latinos in the New Millennium: An Almanac of Opinion, Behavior, and Policy Preferences (Cambridge University Press 2012). He has two other recent books: the co-authored Latino Lives in America: Making It Home (Temple University Press 2010) and United States Government: Principles in Practice (Holt McDougal 2010), a high school textbook. He has also published the co-authored book Multiethnic Moments: The Politics of Urban Education Reform (Temple University Press 2006). He was a member of the APSA standing committee on Civic Engagement and Education that co-authored Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation, and What We Can Do About It (Brookings Institution Press 2005). He is also co-editor of Ethnic and Racial Minorities in Advanced Industrial Democracies (Greenwood 1992). He has published extensively in scholarly journals and edited volumes including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, Perspectives on Politics, The Journal of Politics, Urban Affairs Quarterly, Western Political Quarterly, Dubois Review, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, and the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy. He is also completing the co-authored manuscript Invisible No More: Latino Identities in American Politics as well as The Changing Urban Regime: Toward an Informed Public Interest, a history of the political incorporation of Tejanos in San Antonio city politics from 1836-2009.

In 2011 President Barak Obama appointed him to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. The Commission develops action plans and priorities for President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to improve the educational attainment of Hispanics. He is co-chair of the Higher Education Committee that organized a symposium in August 2012 entitled “Enriching America Through the 21st Century: Enhancing Latino Postsecondary Completion.” In 2011, Hispanic Business named him one of the top “100 Influentials” in the U.S. In 2013, Seattle Mayor Michael McGinn appointed him to the Immigrant Voting Rights Task Force where he serves as co-chair. He is the immediate past president of the Board of Directors of OneAmerica, an immigrant rights and advocacy organization based in Seattle, WA. In 2011 Archbishop Peter Sartain appointed him to the board of the Fulcrum Foundation that provides financial support to families and schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle. In 2008 he was appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire to serve on Washington’s New Americans Policy Council.

He is a past Vice-President of the American Political Science Association (APSA). He was also co-chair of the Presidential Task Force on Political Science in the 21st Century of the APSA. He was Secretary of the APSA in 2006-07. He served on the Executive Council of the APSA in 1998-2000. He served as president of the Western Political Science Association in 1997-98.

In 2003-04 he was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, and in 1989-90 he was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University.

Fraga is also one of six principal investigators on the Latino National Survey (LNS), the first-ever state-stratified survey of Latinos in the U.S. The LNS asks questions regarding political attitudes, beliefs, behavior, and policy preferences. This project received $1.5M in support from major foundations and universities.

Fraga received a number of teaching, advising, mentoring, and service awards at Stanford including the Rhodes Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1993), the Dinkelspiel Award for Distinctive Contributions to Undergraduate Education (1995), the Allan V. Cox Medal for Faculty Excellence Fostering Undergraduate Research (1997), the Faculty Award from the Chicano/Latino Graduating Class (1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001), the Undergraduate Faculty Advisor of the Year Award (2001), and the Associated Students of Stanford University Teaching Award (2003). The Luis R. Fraga Fellowship was established in 2007 in his honor through the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University. He was also given the Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Award for Exemplary Mentoring of Graduate Latina/o Students by the Committee on the Status of Latinos in the Profession of the American Political Science Association (2001) and this same award for mentoring junior faculty (2004). In 2010 he received an award from the Graduate School of the University of Washington for exemplary advocacy and leadership on behalf of graduate education. He was recognized as one of the Champions of Catholic Education in 2012 for his work to establish the first Spanish-English, two-way immersion school in the Seattle Archdiocese, the Juan Diego Academy at Holy Rosary School in Tacoma, WA. In 2013 he was the first recipient of the Juan Diego Award.

ILS Welcomes Professors Amezcua and Chávez

The Institute is also pleased to welcome to our faculty Professors Mike Amezcua and Alex E. Chávez.

Mike Amezcua, History, specializes in the fields of Latina/o history, U.S. urban history, and comparative race relations. His research is driven by an exploration of the intersections of race, culture, immigration, and metropolitan transformation. A native of Los Angeles, he earned his PhD at Yale University (2011) and received his undergraduate education from UCLA (2004). He is currently at work on a book entitled The Second City Anew: Mexicans, Urban Culture, and Migration in the Transformation of Chicago, 1940-1986. The book examines Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans as they encountered, responded to, and helped shape Chicago’s midcentury modernity in its various forms: racial formations, spatial change, and cultural practices. He is the recipient of numerous research and teaching awards from Northwestern, the University of Illinois, the University of California San Diego, the National Museum of American History, and Yale. When not teaching or doing research, Dr. Amezcua, an avid music fan, enjoys visiting local record stores and adding to his ever-growing vinyl collection.

Alex E. Chávez, Anthropology, earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in folklore and public culture and also holds doctoral portfolios in both Mexican American Studies and Cultural Studies. Centered around the US-Mexico Borderlands and Latinas/os in the United States, Chavez’s research and teaching interests explore the innermost workings of transnational migration, embodiment, place-making, and everyday life as manifest in political economies of performance with particular emphasis on music and language. His most immediate research project was a multi-sited ethnographic study of the performance of huapango arribeño music among transnational Mexican migrants in both the United States and Mexico. With the support of the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation, this work forms the basis of his book manuscript, ¡Huapango!: Mexican Music, Bordered Lives, and the Sounds of Crossing. In collaboration with Daniel Sheehy—Director and Curator of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings—he is currently lead consultant for a Folkways recording of huapango arribeño for inclusion in the world-renowned Tradiciones music series, lending an anthropological perspective on this music to a broader audience. In a similar capacity, he also serves as co-contributing editor of the Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists column in Anthropology News, helping anthropological research focused on U.S. Latinas/os communities to reach a wider public. He has published in the Latin American Music Review and has contributed to Celebrating Latino Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions (2012), Icons of Mexico (forthcoming), Latino, American, Dream (forthcoming), in addition to Con La Música a Otra Parte: Migración e Identidad en La Lírica Queretana (2010) published with the support of the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes in Mexico.

Professors Pensado and Ramírez Earn Tenure

Two ILS faculty members were up for promotion this year and both earned their tenure in their respective departments. Jaime Pensado is the Carl E. Koch Associate Professor of History. He specializes in modern Mexican history with a particular emphasis on student politics, youth culture, and the Cold War. He is the author Rebel Mexico: Student Unrest and Authoritarian Political Culture during the Long Sixties (Stanford University Press, 2013). Ricardo Ramírez is an Associate Professor of Political Science whose scholarly interests include political behavior, state and local politics, race and ethnicity, and immigration. His recent book is Mobilizing Opportunities: The Evolving Latino Electorate and the Future of American Politics (University of Virginia Press, 2013). We congratulate our colleagues on this milestone in their academic careers.

Afro-Latino Conference

ILS faculty fellow and sociology faculty member Jennifer Jones will convene a conference on Afro-Latinos in Movement: Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas on October 31. Speakers for this national conference include Alejandro de la Fuente (Director, Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University), and Miriam Jiménez Román and Juan Flores (editors of The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States and leaders of the Afrolatin@ Forum). The conference will be at Remick Commons in Carol Sandner Hall on Friday, October 31 from 8:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Further information and full conference schedule and registration link are available at http://latinostudies.nd.edu/news-events/events/2014/10/31/28458-afro-latino-conference/.

ILS Mourns Loss of Beloved Advisory Council Member Olga Villa-Parra

It is with a heavy heart that the Institute for Latino Studies pays tribute to this phenomenal community leader. Olga will be long remembered for her roles as former director of both the Midwest Council of La Raza and later the Midwest Hispanic Catholic Commission based at the University of Notre Dame. The Institute for Latino Studies was privileged to have her serve as an Advisory Council member, 2001-2010. Our most sincere condolences to her husband Ricardo, her other loved ones, and her close circle of friends.

New Website

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new website. Keep up with our latest news and events at latinostudies.nd.edu/.

Call for Applications, Young Scholars Symposium

The Institute is pleased to announce our annual Virgilio Elizondo Distinguished Visiting Professorship named for our esteemed senior ILS colleague, the eminent theologian, Fr. Virgilio Elizondo. Our visiting professor for this year is Dr. Davíd Carrasco, the Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America, Harvard Divinity School, joint appointment with the Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University.

Professor Carrasco’s activities on the Notre Dame campus will include a symposium for advanced doctoral students and pre-tenured professors. We seek applications from young scholars who are working on a dissertation, a book, or another research project related to the study of U.S. Latina and Latino populations. Successful nominees will attend Professor Carrasco’s public lecture and participate in a symposium at which they will present a dissertation chapter or essay draft for discussion with Professor Carrasco and ILS faculty fellows. ILS will cover all expenses and offer an honorarium of $500 to each young scholar selected to participate in these events, which will take place April 9-10, 2015 at the University of Notre Dame.

Applicants are asked to submit a CV, one letter of recommendation, and a brief (2 pages or less) application letter that presents (a) a general summary of your dissertation project and/or overall research agenda, (b) a précis of your proposed chapter or essay submission for the symposium, (c) a statement of your progress to date on the overall project and on the proposed chapter or essay submission, and (d) a statement of how specifically Professor Carrasco’s expertise and mentorship will enhance your research. Please submit your application materials no later than January 15, 2015 to latino@nd.edu.

Professor Jennifer Lee Presents to Latino Studies Seminar

Professor Jennifer Lee, Department of Sociology, University of California Irvine, presented her research to the Latino Studies Seminar on September 22. Her talk, “Reframing Culture and Success: Why Mexicans are the Most Successful Immigrants in America,” drew on research from her forthcoming book on this topic. She addressed issues of how one defines success, including her insightful observation that most studies examine the end result of a person’s trajectory rather than their starting point. Thus she asked whether a person with a college degree whose parents both had graduate degrees actually achieved greater “success” than a counterpart who earned an associate degree but whose parents never finished high school. Professor Lee attracted a large group of faculty and students who engaged her in fundamental questions of how one measures success in the lives of immigrants and their descendants, and the implications of how one measures success for public policy and other initiatives. This event was cosponsored by the Mexico Working Group of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

ILS in the University News

Father Gutierrez to Receive 2014 Gittler Prize

National Poetry Prize Winner to Read at Notre Dame

Theology Professor Awarded for Social Justice Work

Theology Professors Receive Catholic Press Association awards

Theology Professor Awarded Two Prestigious Research Grants

Video: Peter Casarella on the Future of Latino Theology

Art Exhibit Brings Notre Dame Literary Initiative to Sacramento, CA

Faculty Accomplishments and Activities

Francisco Aragón, ILS Letras Latinas, has organized a visit of creative writers to three Latino studies classes during the fall term. Paul Martínez Pompa will speak at Aragón’s “Latino/a Poetry Now” class on October 29; Marcelo Hernández Castillo will visit Marisel Moreno’s “Migrant Voices” class on November 4; and Reyna Grande will present to Karen Richman’s “Mexican Immigration: South Bend Case Study” class on November 6.

Alex E. Chávez, Anthropology, won a Course Development Grant for his College Seminar course on "American Borderlands." He also won a Teaching Beyond the Classroom grant which enabled him to include in his Seminar a workshop and visit with acclaimed poet Roger Reeves. Over the summer, he finished co-producing a Smithsonian Folkways recording of Guillermo Velázquez y Los Leones de la Sierra de Xichú for inclusion in the world-renowned Tradiciones series.

Luis Fraga, Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership at ILS and concurrent Professor of Political Science, co-chaired the symposium “Postsecondary Access and Completion for All: Latina/os in America’s Future” as a member of the Postsecondary Education Subcommittee of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. The June 9-10 symposium was held at the Roosevelt House in New York City and convened 100 invited participants, including keynote speaker Undersecretary Ted Mitchell of the Department of Education.

Rev. Daniel G. Groody, CSC, Theology, and Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, OP, Theology, received a Catholic Press Association book award in the social teaching category for their coedited volume The Preferential Option for the Poor beyond Theology.

Timothy Matovina, Theology, was a finalist for the 2014 Excellence in Publishing Award of the Association of Catholic Publishers. The honor was for his book Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America’s Largest Church. He also won a Catholic Press Association Award for best feature article in a scholarly magazine for his essay “The First Guadalupan Pastoral Manual: Luis Laso de la Vega’s Huei tlamahuiçoltica (1649).” Finally, Notre Dame president Father John Jenkins, CSC presented him the Rev. William A. Toohey, CSC Award for Social Justice at the annual university faculty dinner.

Orlando Menes, English, had his poetry manuscript Heresies chosen as a finalist for the National Poetry Series. Publication is set for 2015 with the University of New Mexico Press.

Recent Publications

Francisco Aragón, ILS Letras Latinas. “January 21, 2013.” Poem published in MiPoesías, Summer, 2014. “Academia Escolar” and “Gloria’s.” Poems published in Great River Review, Spring 2014.

Francisco Aragón, ILS Letras Latinas, “Etched in Glass: Remembering Jack Walsh.” Essay published in Origins (online), Fall 2014.

Francisco Aragón, ILS Letras Latinas, “Poem as Prism.” Review of Orlando Ricardo Menes’ poetry collection, Fetish (University of Nebraska Press, 2013), in Notre Dame Review 38 (summer/fall 2014).

Virgilio Elizondo, Theology, and Timothy Matovina, Theology, eds. New Frontiers in Guadalupan Studies. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2014.

Timothy Matovina, Theology, “The Origins of the Guadalupe Tradition in Mexico” and “A Response to Stafford Poole.” Catholic Historical Review 100 Spring 2014: pp. 243-270, 284-291.

Timothy Matovina, Theology, “Building Bridges.” ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America 14 Fall 2014: pp. 102-104.

Marisel Moreno, Romance Languages and Literatures, “Reflections of a Puerto Rican Teaching US Latina/o Literature in the Midwest.” La Respuesta: A Magazine to (Re)Imagine the Boricua Diaspora 7 October 2014. At http://larespuestamedia.com/pr-teaching-literature/.

Karen Richman, Latino Studies, “Possession and Attachment: Notes on Moral Ritual Communication among Haitian Descent Groups.” In Spirited Things: The Work of "Possession" in Afro-Atlantic Religions (s). Paul C. Johnson, ed., pp. 207-223. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2014.

Karen Richman, Latino Studies, “The Impact of Collectivism on Savings Behavior: A Case Study of Mexican-Americans and non-Mexican Latinos.” With Joelle Saad-Lessler. Review of Economics of the Household. 2014.

Student Accomplishments and Activities

Víctor Carmona, Theology, successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, “Neither Slave nor Free: A Critique of U.S. Immigration Policy in Light of the Work of David Hollenbach, Gustavo Gutiérrez, and Thomas Aquinas.” Dr. Carmona has joined the faculty of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, where he teaches moral theology and Christian ethics.

Justin Sena ‘14 was the editor-in-chief of Beyond Politics, an annual student publication highlighting outstanding undergraduate political science scholarship at the University of Notre Dame.

Congratulations to our graduates in the class of 2014:

Adriana Camacho: major in Political Science and supplemental major in Latino Studies. After graduation she joined the Mexican National Fencing Team.

Victor Manuel Cruz: major in Anthropology and a supplemental major in Latino Studies. He is an account executive at SoCal Office Technologies.

Maggie Duffy: major in Anthropology, a supplemental major in Latino Studies, and minor in Peace Studies. Maggie wrote her thesis in Latino Studies on the changing roles and images of the coyote on both sides of the border. She is a field organizer for Battleground Texas.

Lindsay Rojas: major in Psychology and a supplemental major in Latino Studies. She is now a graduate student in Canine Life Sciences at Bergin University.

Katelyn Campbell: major in science pre-professional studies and minors in Africana Studies and Latino Studies. She is a graduate student in the Master of Science in Global Health program of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute.

Jordan Lange: major in Information Technology Management in the College of Business and a minor in Latino Studies. Jordan is an IT consultant with Grant Thornton, LLP, a leading audit, tax, and advisory firm in Chicago.

Chelsea Lehman was a student in the Glynn Family Honors Program and a Hesburgh-Yusko scholar. She completed a major in Anthropology, a supplemental degree in pre-health, and a thesis in Latino Studies, which examined how the Affordable Care Act is likely to affect Latino health in the United States. She is in medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, which has special opportunities for doing medical rotations in their secondary health science center in Harlingen near the U.S.-Mexican border.

Lauren McGrath: major in American Studies and a minor in Latino Studies. Lauren is doing a year of service as an ESL Teacher at Hua Hin Salesian School in Thailand.

Grace Parsons: major in Anthropology, a supplemental major in Pre-Health Studies, and a minor in Latino Studies. Grace is teaching English and serving a community on the Northern coast of the Dominican Republic.

Justin Sena: double major in Political Science and Theology and a minor in Medieval Studies. Justin was a research assistant and academic affairs assistant for three years in the Institute for Latino Studies. He is a graduate student in political science at the University of Chicago.

Recent Events

ILS Faculty & Graduate Student Reception: Welcome event for our new graduate students and new faculty members Mike Amezcua, Alex Chávez, and Luis Fraga. August 27.

Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Reading: Dan Vera, author of Speaking Wiri Wiri. September 10.

Latino Studies Seminar: Jennifer Lee, Professor of Sociology, University of California Irvine, “Reframing Culture and Success: Why Mexicans are the Most Successful Immigrants in America.” September 22. Cosponsored by the Mexico Working Group.

Panel Presentation: Isabel Valenzuela and Tony Nelson, Centro Autónomo, Chicago, “We Question While We Walk: Building Community through Popular Education in Albany Park, Chicago.” October 6.

Latino Studies Seminar: Lindsey Passenger Wieck, PhD student, History, “Lattes, Skyscrapers, and Comunidad: Fighting for Space and Safety in Postwar San Francisco.” October 8.

Letras Latinas Workshop and Poetry Reading: Pintura: Palabra poetry workshop and post-workshop reading featuring 18 poets. Facilitated by noted poet and educator, Francisco X. Alarcón. Sacramento, California. October 11-12. Convened in tandem with the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s traveling exhibit, “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art.”

Future Events

Día de los Muertos Celebration: “Remembering the Undocumented across the Rio Grande.” Altar created by noted artist Sandra Fernandez. Opening reception and altar dedication. Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture, Thursday, October 30, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Día de los Muertos Lecture: Professor Sandra Fernandez, University of Texas at Austin. Annenberg Auditorium, Snite Museum of Art, Friday, October 31, 4:00 p.m.

Conference: Afro-Latinos in Movement: Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas. October 31. For further information, see related story above.

Latino Studies Seminar: Amy Langenkamp, O’Shaughnessy Assistant Professor Chair of Educational Studies, Sociology, “Latinos’ Transition to College: How Families and Schools Are Sculpting the Next American Generation.” 112-114 McKenna Hall, Tuesday, November 4, 12:30.

Extended Study Hours: ILS will host extended study hours in the Julian Samora Library (204 McKenna Hall) during final examinations. Free snacks and drinks will be provided. 204 McKenna Hall, Friday, December 12 & Monday-Friday, December 15-19.

Latino Studies Seminar: Mike Amezcua, Assistant Professor, History, “The Second City Anew: Mexicans, Urban Culture, and Migration in the Transformation of Chicago, 1940-1986.” 112-114 McKenna Hall, Wednesday, January 28, 12:00 noon. Cosponsored by the Mexico Working Group.

Latino Studies Seminar: Jason Ruiz, Assistant Professor, American Studies, “Searching for Mañana: A Century of American Re-Creationism in Mexico.” 112-114 McKenna Hall, Tuesday, February 10, 12:30. Cosponsored by the Mexico Working Group.

Virgilio Elizondo Distinguished Visiting Professor: Davíd Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America, Harvard Divinity School, joint appointment with the Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. Professor Carrasco will lead the ILS Young Scholars Symposium April 9-10 and present a public lecture on Thursday, April 9 at 4:00 p.m.

Young Scholars Symposium: April 9-10. See call for applications to young scholars in Latino studies in related story above.

IUPLR Siglo XXI Conference: “Intra-Latinos/as: Entre Latinos/as: Reconceptualizing Nations, Regions, and Disciplines.” April 23-25, 2015, Notre Dame Conference Center. ILS will host the fifth biennial conference of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR). Full program TBA.