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October Spotlight: Institute Fellow Cynthia V. Duarte

In this issue of New Horizons we turn the spotlight on Institute Visiting Faculty Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology Cynthia V. Duarte. A qualitative sociologist with a PhD from Columbia University, Duarte foregrounds a pressing question for contemporary society in her research: How do our dynamically changing social structures—waves of immigration, class dynamics, public policies, housing patterns—influence daily interactions and life chances in urban communities in an age of globalization? Duarte explains:

As a sociologist I am interested in questions such as: How do urban and suburban neighborhoods influence the integration of Latino populations? What are the impacts of immigration and segregation on identity formation? And how does the shape of the city affect the dynamics and life chances of various populations. With the current immigration debates, questions about the ability of Latinos to integrate successfully, and the reality that 60 percent of the Latino population is US-born and are here to stay, my research offers a possible lens into what factors will influence ethnic and racial identity beyond the second generation.

Duarte, a native of Los Angeles, is currently working on a book that examines how the changing urban and suburban landscape in Los Angeles over the last 50 years, particularly in the San Gabriel Valley, combined with a continuous flow of immigrants from Mexico frames the ethnic identity and racialization of third-plus-generation Mexican Americans.

Duarte, whose appointment is partially funded through the College of Arts & Letters and the College of Science, brings both her urban studies and race/ethnicity research into the classroom in the two courses she teaches at Notre Dame. Her "Latinos and the City" course examines the city as a locus of ethnic, racial, gender, and class relations to explore how urban life affects and is affected by Latinos—past and future. Her course "Race and Ethnicity and the Latino Population in the US" exposes students to the key issues and research studies related to US racial and ethnic minority groups, particularly Latinos.

I want my undergraduate students to have a firm grasp on the theoretical frameworks that inform these big topics of race/ethnicity and urban studies and also how they apply to the Latino experience. These are issues that affect our lives on a daily basis regardless of our race or ethnicity since most of us live in major urban or metropolitan areas. I want my students to come away from my classes with a comprehensive understanding of where we live and who we live with so they can be better informed and more thoughtful citizens.


October News

The Institute calendar of events is continually updated, so please be sure to check for up-to-date event information at latinostudies.nd.edu.



Call for Proposals: Development Grants for New Latino Studies Courses

The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA) and the Institute for Latino Studies invite faculty to submit proposals to fund the design of a new course related to Latino Studies. A $2,500 course development grant will be awarded to two proposals each year. Faculty from all colleges in the University are welcome to apply. Interdisciplinary team-taught courses, as well as experiential learning courses, are also welcome.


For the new course proposal to qualify for consideration, at least forty percent of the course content must concern Latinos and/or Latin American immigrants in the United States. The deadline for the 2010 applications is November 15, 2010.

For assistance or additional information, contact Professor Agustín Fuentes, Director, ISLA, at afuentes@nd.edu or 631-7531.


ILS Welcomes Visiting Scholars

  • Jessica Hamar Martínez comes to Notre Dame as the project manager for the Chicago Latino Congregations Study, working through the Sociology Department's Center for the Study of Religion and Society and the Institute's Center for the Study of Latino Religion. Martínez is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Arizona, where she also completed her MA. Her main research interests include religion, gender, race and ethnicity, and family, and her dissertation focuses on religious switching among Latinos in Chicago. While at Notre Dame she plans to write several reports highlighting findings of the Chicago Latino Congregations Study and complete her dissertation.
  • Daniel E. Martínez is completing his dissertation and developing various articles co-authored with his advisor, Notre Dame assistant professor of sociology Kraig Beyerlein. Martínez is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Arizona. In addition to a master's degree in sociology, Martínez also holds a master's in Mexican American and Raza studies from the University of Arizona. His academic interests include immigration, criminology, social movements, race and ethnicity, and research methods.


Institute Director Gives Talk on Immigration

On September 10, 2010, Gilberto Cárdenas gave a lecture entitled "Across the Border: Perception and Reality" at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, to open an exhibition of artwork from his personal collection at the college's Eric Dean Gallery. His address used the artwork to examine past and current immigrant policies and the effects they have on society and on the everyday lives of immigrants and migrant workers. For more information on this event please visit http://blogs.wabash.edu/fyi/2010/09/11/cardenas-collection-puts-faces-on-immigration-issues/.


Cárdenas Welcomes US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

In mid-August Institute Director Gilberto Cárdenas and Associate Director Allert Brown-Gort welcomed more than 200 US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce leaders at a reception held in the press box of Notre Dame Stadium. The event kicked off a year-long program designed to provide executive education to the Hispanic business community. This program is a partnership between Notre Dame's Nonprofit Executive Programs (NEP) Department at the Mendoza College of Business and the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation.


Father Groody in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

This summer Rev. Daniel Groody, CSC, director of the Institute's Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture, traveled to the Caribbean to speak with victims of the earthquake in Haiti and refugees in the Dominican Republic as well as scholars from the region. Fr. Groody gave the Inter-University Keynote Address entitled "The Human Face of the Migrant" in Gonavïes, Haiti, and he also gave the keynote address at the Conferencia Magistral on Migration at the Universidad Nacional Evangélica, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.


Migration: Theological and Spiritual Perspectives

Fr. Daniel Groody also presented at the conference of the World Council of Churches entitled "Healing the Wounds: Orthodox Women Facing the Challenges and Ambivalences of Post-Modern Societies" held in Tirana, Albania, July 8–12. Drawing on his work at the Mexican border, Fr. Groody presented a paper entitled "A Promised Land, A Devil's Highway: Spirituality, Justice, and Healing in Migrant Communities."


Richman Article on Haitian Religion

Karen Richman, director of academic affairs and the Center for Migration and Border Studies, coauthored with Terry Rey an article entitled "The Somatics of Syncretism: Tying Body and Soul in Haitian Religion." The article appeared in the journal Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 2010 39:379.


Mexico-Chicago 2010 Committee

On the night of September 15 Associate Director Allert Brown-Gort took part in Mexican Independence Day celebrations in Chicago in his capacity as a member of the Mexico-Chicago 2010 Committee. The committee, comprised of prominent members of Chicago's Mexican community, assisted the Consulate General of Mexico in the creation of a series of events in the metropolitan Chicago area to commemorate the bicentennial of Mexico's independence and the centennial of the 1910 Revolution.


ILS Participates in Notre Dame Club Networking Breakfast

Angela Anderson, director of the Institute's Center for Chicago Metropolitan Initiatives (CMCI) was one of six featured hosts at the Notre Dame Club of Chicago's Networking Breakfast Meeting held on September 16, 2010, in downtown Chicago. Anderson used the opportunity to promote and highlight the Institute's research initiatives and to discuss her objective to support capacity-building and an understanding of the Chicago-area Latino community in her role as director of CMCI. More than one hundred participants were in attendance at this event.


Guest Lecturer David Leal

On Thursday, September 23, David Leal, associate professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, gave a lecture entitled "One Foot Here, One Foot There: Exploring the Political Implications of Transnationalism among Mexican Immigrants." Leal's primary academic interest is Latino politics, with the goal of understanding how Latino individuals and communities shape—and are shaped by—politics in the United States. Leal also gave a lecture at the Rooney Center for American Democracy entitled "Latino Political Influence: Myths, Realities, and Prospects for the Future."


Cárdenas Lecture at Art Museum of the Americas

Gilberto Cárdenas gave a gallery talk on September 26 entitled "Mi gente y tu gente: La vida chicana en los EEUU/My People and Your People: Chicano Life in the USA" at the Art Museum of the Americas for the Organization of American States, Washington, DC. The talk was held in conjunction with an exhibition of documentary photography by Cárdenas co-sponsored by the Organization of American States, the Smithsonian Latino Center, and the Institute for Latino Studies. The exhibition provides a firsthand account of the Chicano community's struggle for civil rights during the latter half of the twentieth century.


Oral History Interview Transcripts Now Available Online

Several transcripts of oral history interviews have been added to the Institute's website. Transcripts from interviews with the following Latino artists and writers are among recent additions: Naomi Ayala, Pedro Cabiya, Maria Elena Castro, Ernest de Soto, Scherezade Garcia, and Lolita Hernandez. All of our interviews are available for viewing on our website (Oral History Project) and for download free of charge at ND iTunes U (http://itunes.nd.edu/).


Gift of Latin American and Caribbean Art Exhibition Catalogs, Slides, and Artwork

Author Dorothy Chaplik recently donated a second installment of her papers to the Julian Samora Library. The gift includes 132 rare Latin American and Caribbean art exhibition catalogs dating from the 1960s to the 1990s, over 1,000 slides, several hundred photographs, and select original artwork by Rafael Tufino, Lorenzo Homar, Patricio Texidor, and Fernando Olivera. The Chaplik collection now includes more than 300 rare Latin American and Caribbean art exhibition catalogs.


"A Celebración of Our Gentes"

In honor of the National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Institute co-sponsored an evening of celebration at South Bend's Civil Rights Heritage Center located in the former Engman Natatorium. The September 30 event featured live bands, dance, and visual arts.


Segura Publishing Featured at Sangrias Wine Bar

The fine art prints of Segura Publishing, headed by visiting faculty fellow Joe Segura, are featured in the dining room of Sangrias Wine Bar, 123 N. Michigan Street, South Bend, Indiana. The exhibition opened during Art Beat 2010, and the works will be on display until early November, 2010. Featured in this exhibition are lithographs by the late Luis Jiménez, one of the nation's most successful Latino artists. Also included are works by Cristina Cárdenas, Cesar Martínez, Ester Hernandez, and Claudia Bernardi.


On-Campus October Events

Book Signing: Moving Beyond Borders: Julian Samora and the Establishment of Latino Studies

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we invite you to a special event on Friday, October 1, 5:00–6:00 pm, at the Julian Samora Library, 204 McKenna Hall, to celebrate Dr. Julian Samora's lifelong work and accomplishments. We will hear from two of the editors of the book Moving Beyond Borders: Julian Samora and the Establishment of Latino Studies, Alberto Pulido and Carmen Samora, who will share their insight and experiences about the history of the Mexican American graduate studies program Dr. Samora founded at the University of Notre Dame. Books will be available for purchase. The event is co-hosted by the Institute and the Notre Dame Hispanic Alumni Board.


Library Open House to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

In celebration of American Archives Month and Hispanic Heritage Month, the Julian Samora Library will host an open house for faculty, staff, students, and the public. Join us and tour the renovated and expanded library and view displays of its collection of primary source materials, rare books, and oral histories. Information on how to schedule class visits and/or primary source workshops will be available. Refreshments will be served. The open house will be on Tuesday, October 5, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Institute's Julian Samora Library, 204 McKenna Hall.


Lecture by National University of Ireland Vice President

Lawrence Taylor, vice president for international affairs at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, will speak on the moral geography of the US-Mexico border. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 5, at the Institute's Julian Samora Library, 204 McKenna Hall.


Students: "Add some Spice to Your Research Papers"

Attend this workshop to get tips on how to spice up your term papers using primary source documents from the Julian Samora Library's special collections. If you are studying topics such as the Civil Rights Movement, protest and resistance movements, youth in American culture, American art and culture, or American society, the library's collection is a rich resource. The workshop will be on Tuesday, October 12, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm at the Institute's Julian Samora Library, 204 McKenna Hall. If you are unable to attend please feel free to make an appointment for an individual research consultation with archivist Tracy Grimm. She can be reached at tgrimm@nd.edu.


USAID Information and Recruitment Session for Students

Tom Davis, chief of outreach and marketing at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), will be on campus to discuss career or internship opportunities for USAID's Civil Service and Foreign Service. This opportunity will take place on Tuesday, October 26, at 5:00 p.m. at the Institute's Julian Samora Library, 204 McKenna Hall. Refreshments will be served.


Annual Day of the Dead Celebration

The Institute will co-sponsor a Day of the Dead celebration with the Snite Museum and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies on Monday, November 1, 5:30–7:30 pm. This year's event will feature an ofrenda by artist Artemio Rodríguez, printmaker and co-founder of La Mano Press. It will be held in the great hall of the Kellogg Institute in conjunction with the Kellogg Institute's Mexico 2010 celebration of the bicentennial of Mexico's independence and centennial of the Revolution.


Off-Campus October Events

Immigration Talk at Wabash College

Allert Brown-Gort will give a public lecture at Wabash College on October 11 at 7:00 pm in Fine Arts Department Room 120. The talk is entitled "The Immigration Discourse: How Did We Get Here?" This event is sponsored by Wabash College student group Unidos por la Sangre.


Palabra Pura: Special Edition

Letras Latinas partners with the Guild Complex and the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing to present Maurice Kilwein Guevara and Roger Bonair-Agard. In an effort to enhance cross-cultural dialogue between the Latino and African American poetry communities, these special editions of Palabra Pura pair a Latino poet with an African American poet. A reading will take place on Wednesday, October 20, at 7:00 pm at Decima Musa, located at 1901 S. Loomis, Chicago, Illinois, 60608. For more information about the Guild Complex, please visit http://www.guildcomplex.org/.


National Society of Hispanics MBAs (NSHMBA) Conference 2010

"Winds of Opportunity Chicago 2010," the NSHMBA Annual Conference and Career Expo is an unparalleled tribute to higher education in the Hispanic community. Companies that embrace diversity attend to find the most talented Hispanics for a wide range of positions. Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business and the Institute for Latino Studies will host an exhibit. For more information visit www.nshmba.org/Conference. The conference will take place October 21–23 at the McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois.


Latina Conference 2010

The third annual Latina Conference, brought to the Michiana community through the primary sponsorship of Memorial Hospital & Health Systems, will focus on "Celebrating the Entrepreneurial Spirit." The conference will feature informative breakout sessions on various topics of interest to women, including business opportunities, finance, investments, education, health care, life balance issues, and fitness. Many of the conference sessions will be offered in both English and Spanish. This family-friendly conference is free, made possible through the additional collaboration of Saint Mary's College, the Hispanic Leadership Coalition, and La Casa de Amistad—all non-profit organizations with a longstanding commitment to the betterment of the community. This year's event will take place on the campus of Saint Mary's College at the Noble Student Center on Saturday, October 23, from 9 am to 5 pm. Please visit www.hispanicleadershipcoalition.org for additional details.


A "Virtual" Day of the Dead Celebration

October 27 through November 2, the Institute will participate in the Smithsonian Institute Latino Virtual Museum's (LVM) second annual Day of the Dead celebration in the virtual world Second Life. Designed to teach cultural practices and provide artist, curator, and historian interaction with virtual visitors from around the world, this five-day event features an All Souls procession, concerts, films, interactive games, build-your-own altars, learning altars, curriculum-related materials for classroom use, and much more. For more information on the LVM and how to attend this event from your computer please see http://latino.si.edu/education/LVM_Main.htm.