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Volume 3, Number 2
Spring 2013


Spring Spotlight: ILS-Related Graduate Students Form Association

Graduate students whose scholarly interest encompass Latino studies convened during the fall 2012 at the invitation of Professors José Limón and Timothy Matovina in order to enhance a Notre Dame tradition originally begun under the leadership of Dr. Julian Samora. Our group has continued to add new members and to meet periodically through the spring. Over twenty graduate students have participated, including those of Latino/a descent and others who are non-Latino/a but whose academic work and research involves U.S. Latino/a communities. Our group members come from a variety of academic disciplines including Creative Writing, English, History, Psychology, Sociology, and Theology. We have chosen board members with designated responsibilities and also articulated a vision as “a group for social, professional, and personal development as pertained to Graduate Latino communities at Notre Dame.”

Besides being active in ILS-sponsored job talks and conferences, the various members of the association of Latino/a graduate students were able—through the leadership of Mayra Duarte—to participate in a partnership with a local outreach community organization called Adelante América. The result of this partnership was the “Real Me” project. As part of her Master of Fine Arts in Design thesis project, Duarte organized a monologue and multimedia project in which members of the association shared their personal stories with the local Latino/a community in an effort particularly intended to impact Latino/a youth.

With support from the Institute for Latino Studies, our graduate student group has also continued to meet regularly for fellowship and to discuss our current and future academic projects and experiences. Our hope is that this group will serve as both a platform for graduate students working in Latino/a-related areas to form a community that is both welcoming and supporting. Future plans include inviting Latino/a faculty at Notre Dame to present their work to the group, as well as sessions in which we as students present our work to one another.

  • article submitted by graduate students Mayra Duarte, Lynda Letona, and Lauro Vázquez


Accomplishments and Activities of ILS-Related Faculty

Marisel Moreno, Romance Languages, presented a paper, “’Sea of Fields’: Puerto Ricans in the Midwest in Fred Arroyo’s Western Avenue and Other Fictions“ at the 1st Biennial U.S. Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference convened March 7-9 at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She will be giving an invited presentation titled “Rethinking the Puerto Rican Canon: 'La gran familia' as Literary Contact Zone” as part of a meeting that will commemorate the 30th anniversary of “Images and Identities: The Puerto Rican in Literature,” a landmark conference in the development of Puerto Rican cultural and literary studies. The conference will take place at Rutgers University on April 12.

Darcia Narvaez, Psychology, offered two keynote addresses at the International Values and Education Symposium in Istanbul, Turkey during November, 2012. Her other recent presentations include addresses to the Character Education Partnership in Washington, D.C., the Association for Moral Education in San Antonio, and the Symposium on Human Evolution and Human Development convened on the Notre Dame campus.

Thomas Anderson has been appointed chair of the Department of Romance Languages effective fall 2013.

José E. Limón, Professor of English and Director of ILS, was the Ida C. Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa, October 15-16, 2012 where he delivered a principal lecture, “Al Norte Toward Home: Texas, the Midwest, and Mexican-American Critical Regionalism” and a lecture for undergraduates, “The Day the Music Died: Latinos, Race, and Rock-n-Roll.” On February 2, 2013, he also delivered the Distinguished Lecture in Mexican-American Studies, “Hispanic Self-Fashioning: The Making of a Mexican-American Middle Class Identity” at the University of Houston.

Virgilio Elizondo, Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology, recently offered conferences on “The Land of Jesus” at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and on “The Contribution of Vatican II to U.S Latinos” at a major theological conference in Mexico City. He is currently working with Notre Dame graduate students on a fourteen-part television series on the Holy Land titled “Follow Me – a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.”

Francisco Aragón, Latino Studies and director of Letras Latinas, was invited to read from his work in the Live Oak Reading Series at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth on February 20, and was a guest at a TCU graduate seminar on Latino poetry on February 21, where his anthology, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (University of Arizona Press, 2007), was being taught. Aragón also presented at two sessions at the annual conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), held in Boston this year on March 7-9: “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” on literary arts administrators of color, and “Sons of Boston” as convener and moderator of a reading/colloquium featuring poets Tino Villanueva and Don Share.

Professor of theology and executive director of ILS Timothy Matovina’s recent book Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America’s Largest Church was selected as one of CHOICE’s “Outstanding Academic Titles” for 2012. The book also received the 2013 Paul J. Foik, C.S.C. Award from the Texas Catholic Historical Society.


Recent Publications

Timothy Matovina (Theology)“Latino Contributions to Vatican II Renewal.” Origins 42 December 20, 2012: pp. 465-71. Available at http://originsplus.catholicnews.com/databases/origins/42/29/4229.pdf.

Timothy Matovina (Theology)“Caught Between Two Worlds: The Editors Interview Timothy Matovina.” U.S. Catholic 78 March 2013: pp. 18-22.

Darcia Narvaez (Psychology). “Development and Socialization within an Evolutionary Context: Growing up to Become ‘A Good and Useful Human Being.’” In D. Fry, ed., War, Peace and Human Nature: The Convergence of Evolutionary and Cultural Views. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 643-672.

Karen Richman (Latino Studies). “Male Migration, Female Perdition: Narratives of Economic and Reproductive Impotence in a Haitian Transnational Community.” Anthropologica 54, #2 (2012): pp. 189-198.

Karen Richman (Latino Studies). “Religion at the Epicenter: Agency and Affiliation in Léogâne after the Earthquake.” In The Idea of Haiti: Rethinking Crisis and Development.  Millery Polyne, ed.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013.


Accomplishments of ILS-Related Graduate Students

Belkys Torres (English) successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, “Serial Storytelling, Female Audiences and Telenovelas: Television's Influence on Contemporary Latina/o Fiction,” on March 25.

Michael Anthony Abril (Theology) passed his doctoral comprehensive examinations with high honors in Systematic Theology with a minor area in Latino Theology on March 26. He also coauthored (with Prof. Timothy Matovina) the “Catholicism” entry in the recently-released Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies for which Ilan Stavans served as general editor with Oxford University Press.

Angel Daniel Matos (English) authored an article titled “Writing through Growth, Growth through Writing: The Perks of Being a Wallflower and the Narrative of Development” that was recently accepted for publication in the 40th Anniversary summer issue of The ALAN Review, one of the premier peer-reviewed academic journals on Young Adult Fiction.

Christopher Ángel (Theology) has an article accepted for publication. His essay “Vatican II: Much Work Still to Do /El Vaticano II: Queda mucho por hacer” will appear in English and Spanish in the Summer 2013 issue of AIM: Liturgy Resources.

Lauro Vázquez (Master of Fine Arts) was selected to participate on the roundtable “Towards a Literature of the Undocumented” at the annual conference of the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS), held this year in San Antonio from March 20-23. During the spring semester Vazquez is moderating an online roundtable featuring eight Latino/a poets currently enrolled in MFA programs around the United States for publication in the ILS Letras Latinas Blog. He is also co-convening the inaugural on-campus gathering of these graduate student poets the weekend of April 5-7.


Undergraduate Activities

Summer 2013 Cross Cultural Leadership internship Program (CCLIP)

CCLIP offers Notre Dame students summer internship opportunities within community-based organizations where they are immersed in real-world application of their academic studies through exposure to the diverse needs of specific Los Angeles and Chicago communities. This year’s pool of applicants was the largest ever. ILS collaborates with the Center for Social Concerns to offer this eight-week summer program for academic credit. Former ILS faculty member Professor Cynthia Duarte, who recently moved with her family to Los Angeles, will be the instructor for the Los Angeles CCLIP course. Felicia Johnson O’Brien of the Center for Social Concerns is overseeing the Chicago CCLIP with assistance from ILS-related faculty. The 2013 CCLIP interns are:

Bianca Almada, First year, English and Spanish supplementary major, journalism minor; La Opinión, Los Angeles

Diana Gutierrez, Sophomore, anthropology major; Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles

Diego Lopez, Sophomore, English and sociology; MALDEF, Los Angeles

Mayra Martinez, Sophomore, anthropology and French major; Archdiocesan Office of Peace and Justice, Chicago

Juan Rangel, Sophomore, political science major, Latino studies, minor; Archdiocesan Office of Immigration, Chicago

Ana Rodelas-Rodriguez, First Year, business administration/finance; Casa Juan Diego (Education), Chicago

Samanta Rosas, First Year, business administration/finance; Urban League, Los Angeles

Amanda Varela, Sophomore, English and sociology; Chicago (placement pending)


Sueños sin Fronteras/Dreams without Borders

Sueños Sin Fronteras annually brings South Bend middle and high school students to the Notre Dame campus to learn more about the realities of college. It is a conference entirely initiated, planned, and run by Latino students of Notre Dame and is sponsored by ILS. This year’s rendition of Sueños will be held April 6-7. Our students have prepared an exciting program that consists of leadership, college-prep, and self-esteem workshops, as well as a variety of university experiences. Response to this annual event continues to grow. This year’s program will welcome 76 area students for a two-day, overnight stay, as well as an additional 25 students that will join in daily activities. Parents have been invited to a morning workshop on April 6 to learn more about the process of applying to college. With the additional assistance of a local attorney and a representative from the South Bend Community School Corporation, parents will learn about their crucial role in encouraging their children to pursue a higher education.


Announcements and Events

Lawrence J. Taylor, Vice President for International Affairs and Professor of Anthropology at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, presented a reading from his book Burying Sheila Cassidy: A Border Story to ILS faculty and students on Wednesday, March 20.

Young Latinidad and the Future of America

What will be the nature of American society and identity by 2050, when one out of every three Americans will be Latino? Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the School of Medicine at UCLA, will address this question in a data-based presentation that offers insightful scenarios for the future. This ILS lecture is on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in McKenna Hall Auditorium. A reception and opportunity to meet Dr. Hayes-Bautista will follow.


Letras Latinas Events

Poet Maria Melendez and fiction writer Fred Arroyo are slated to read from their work at the Library of Congress (LOC) in Washington, D.C. on the evening of April 11. They will also be carrying out audio recordings that day for the LOC’s “Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape” as part of new partnership with Letras Latinas, which is serving in a curatorial capacity. Inaugural poet Richard Blanco will also be recorded on May 20. The fourth installment of “Latino/a Poetry Now,” a national Letras Latinas initiative in partnership with the Poetry Society of America, will convene on April 25 at the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona, featuring Roberto TejadaCarmen Giménez Smith, and J. Michael Martínez.


Julian Samora Library

Viveca Pattison Robichaud joined the Institute for Latino Studies working half time as the librarian and archivist for the Julian Samora Library. Currently underway is a project to more thoroughly describe the archival collections, which will allow for increased discoverability both within the Institute for Latino Studies community and among outside researchers. Additionally, more of the Reading Room’s print collection will be cataloged and will, therefore, be searchable through the Hesburgh Libraries main catalog. Robichaud is also a librarian in the Architecture Library and prior to joining ILS was the reader services librarian in the department of Rare Books and Special Collections in the Hesburgh Libraries.