Spring 2014 Newsletter (archive)

Volume 4, Number 2
Spring 2014

Spring Spotlight: ILS Launches Distinguished Visiting Professorship

ILS is pleased to announce the inauguration of the Virgilio Elizondo Distinguished Visiting Professorship. This professorship will bring renowned scholars of Latino Studies to the Notre Dame campus for a series of events that engage faculty, students, and the wider community. The Distinguished Visiting Professorship includes activities such as a public lecture or performance, a symposium, presentations in Latino Studies classes, and meetings with graduate and undergraduate students to mentor them in their research projects and careers.

This professorship is named for our esteemed senior ILS colleague, the eminent theologian Fr. Virgilio Elizondo, the Notre Dame Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology and a Fellow of the Institute. As readers of this newsletter are well aware, Father Elizondo is widely acclaimed as the “the father of U.S. Latino religious thought.” His numerous honors and accomplishments include the founding of the influential Mexican American Cultural Center in 1972, his transformative leadership and establishment of the internationally televised Misa de las Americas when he served as rector at San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio from 1983 to 1995, his recognition as one of Time magazine’s spiritual innovators for the new millennium, and his reception of Notre Dame’s prestigious Laetare Medal in 1997.

The inaugural Virgilio Elizondo Distinguished Visiting Professor is Dr. Arlene Dávila, a professor of Anthropology and American Studies at New York University whose research spans urban ethnography, the political economy of culture and media, creative economies and consumption, immigration, and geographies of inequality and race. Professor Dávila’s extensive publications encompass six books, including Latinos, Inc.: The Marketing and Making of a PeopleBarrio Dreams: Puerto Ricans, Latinos and the Neoliberal CityLatino Spin: Public Image and the Whitewashing of Race; and her newest book, Culture Works: Space, Value and Mobility Across the Neoliberal Americas. Her Latino Spin volume won the 2010 Distinguished Book Award in Latino Studies from the Latin American Studies Association.

Dr. Dávila will visit Notre Dame and ILS from April 23-26, 2014. She will present a public lecture, “Locating Neoliberalism in Time, Space and ‘Culture,’” at 4:00 on Thursday, April 24 in the Eck Center Auditorium. Professor Dávlia will also meet with ILS faculty and students, and lead a Young Scholars Symposium for advanced doctoral students and pre-tenured professors. ILS faculty will also participate in the Symposium to lend their guidance and expertise to the young scholars, each of whom will present a sample of their scholarly work. A national call for applications to participate in the Young Scholars Symposium drew 92 proposals. The six successful applicants and the papers they will present at the Symposium are:

Priscilla Leiva (PhD candidate, American Studies, University of Southern California), “Dodgertown, Home of Los Doyers: Contested Civic Identities in Majority-Minority Los Angeles.” 

Jesse Mumm (PhD candidate, Anthropology, Northwestern University), “Aquí Luchamos: Gentrification, Sovereignty and Displacement in Puerto Rican Chicago.” 

Belinda Linn Rincón (PhD, English, Cornell University, currently assistant professor of Latin American and Latino/a Studies and English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY), “The Chicana/Latina Patriot and the Feminist Soldier: Representations of the Chicana/Latina Soldier in the Global War on Terror.”

Michael Rodriguez-Muñiz (PhD candidate, Sociology, Brown University), “Awakening the Sleeping Giant: The ‘Latino Vote,’ Electoral Demonstrations, and the Politics of Statistics.”

Jonathan Rosa (PhD, Linguistic and Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Chicago, currently assistant professor of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst), “‘Latino Flavors’: Ethnoracial Emblems, Embodiments, and Enactments.”

Belkys Torres (PhD, English, University of Notre Dame, currently academic director, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Miami), “Transmedia Storytelling and Contemporary Latina/o Fiction.”

A number of other applicants presented promising scholarly projects, so the selection committee had to focus on strong proposals that have the best “fit” with Dr. Dávila’s primary areas of expertise. In the future, we plan to choose holders of the Elizondo Distinguished Visiting Professorship from other scholarly disciplines so we can enable a wide range of young scholars to benefit from the leadership and mentorship ILS provides.


Mayor Julián Castro to Present Transformative Latino Leadership Lecture

Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio, Texas will make a presentation for the ILS Transformative Latino Leadership Lecture Series on Monday, April 7 at 7:00 in DeBartolo 101. Mayor Castro will address the topic of “American Politics in the 21st Century: Latino Civic Engagement” in interview format with Luis Fraga, the Russell F. Stark University Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. This event is cosponsored by Multicultural Student Programs and Services and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy. The Transformative Latino Leadership Lecture series engages prominent figures in politics, entertainment, business, activism, the church, and other fields who present both their personal experiences and a vision of effective leadership in their sphere of influence. This lecture series links Notre Dame with the “who’s who” of Latino leaders in the United States. The primary audience for the series is young leaders of all backgrounds and its primary purpose is to attract speakers who inspire and inform them about the possibilities, pitfalls, and principles they should know as leaders in our contemporary world.

Church and Immigration Conference

ILS convened a national conference on the Church and Immigration March 2-5. This conference brought together over 400 scholars, students, pastoral workers, public policy leaders, and advocates committed to responding to immigrants and the laws that shape their lives in the United States today. The conference focused on what the Church has done, what it is doing, and what it might do better in its outreach to immigrants and refugees. More than 30 speakers addressed a wide variety of topics. Keynote speakers included Notre Dame president Father John Jenkins, CSC; Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini of Huehuetenango, Guatemala; Professor Nancy Foner of Hunter College and Graduate Center, City University of New York; and Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa of John Hopkins University. A complete list of conference presenters and topics is available at http://latinostudies.nd.edu/assets/118685/the_church_and_immigration_conference_program_.pdf. Video recordings of the principal sessions from the conference will soon be available on the ILS website.

Latino Studies Seminar

During the spring semester ILS is initiating the Latino Studies Seminar. This series will enable our Latino studies intellectual community to examine the research and publications of Notre Dame faculty and graduate students, as well as visiting scholars. Seminar sessions will be convened in a communal atmosphere that fosters conversations across academic disciplines. Our spring 2014 sessions are:

Timothy Matovina (Theology), “Engaging a New World: Theologies of Guadalupe and the Making of America.” Tuesday, March 25, 12:30.

Michael Innis-Jimenez (American Studies, University of Alabama), will present from his new book Steel Barrio: The Great Mexican Migration to South Chicago, 1915-1940 (NYU Press), Monday, March 31, 12:00 noon (cosponsored by the Civil Rights Heritage Center at Indiana University South Bend).

Jennifer Jones (Sociology), “Enforcement or Embrace? The Determinants of State-Level Immigration Policy in New Immigrant Destinations.” Wednesday, April 9, 12:00 noon.


New ILS Logo and Website

We are in the final stages of launching a new ILS website, which should go “live” within the next two months. This issue of New Horizons in Latino Studies presents the ILS logo for the new website.


Faculty Accomplishments and Activities

Peter Casarella (Theology) has been awarded two prestigious grants to support research and writing on his forthcoming book God of the People: A Latino/a Theology. Professor Casarella won both the Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology award and the Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers. Professor Casarella’s project will examine Latino/a names of God (e.g. DiosDiositoJesúsel Señor) and the ways they foreground the beauty of popular Catholicism and the struggle for justice. Engaging Latino/a theology and faith experience within the context of the wider Christian tradition, his study will bring the contemporary process of translating God back into the center of theological reflection.

Jennifer Jones (Sociology), along with co-investigator Hana Brown (Wake Forest University), were awarded a Presidential Authority Award grant from the Russell Sage Foundation for their project “Enforcement or Embrace? The Determinants of State-Level Immigration Policy in New Immigrant Destinations.” The project compares immigration policy outcomes in two new destination states: Mississippi and Alabama. Given their similar racial demographics, recent and dramatic increases in their foreign-born and Latino populations, and political and racial conservatism, existing theories would predict that both states would adopt restrictive anti-immigrant legislation. In fact Alabama made national headlines when it enacted the country’s strictest anti-immigrant legislation in 2011, while similar efforts in Mississippi have failed dismally. Combining archival, media, and interview data, this project will evaluate the effect of interracial coalitions, immigrant civic capacity, and political context on immigration policy outcomes in Alabama and Mississippi. ILS provided a seed grant that assisted Professor Jones in her achievement of winning this prestigious national award.

Francisco Aragón (Institute for Latino Studies, Letras Latinas) moderated, “New Kids on the Block: Emerging Latino Voices Engage in Discourse on Poetry, Community, and Craft,” a panel session which included ILS-affiliated graduate student, Lauro Vázquez. The panel stemmed from the young poets gathering at Notre Dame last spring, which launched the ILS/Letras Latinas Writers Initiative—a network for Latino/a writers pursuing graduate degrees in creative writing. Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference & Bookfair, Seattle, WA, Feb. 26 – March 1.


Recent Publications

Francisco Aragón (Institute for Latino Studies, Letras Latinas). “2012,” “Voices,” and “December 31, 1965.” Poems published in: MANDORLA: Nueva Escritura de las Américas/New Writing of the Americas, number 16.

Daniel G. Groody (Theology) and Gustavo Gutiérrez (Theology), eds. The Option for the Poor beyond Theology. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013.

Timothy Matovina (Theology)Recollections of a Tejano Life: Antonio Menchaca in Texas History. Jesús F. de la Teja, co-editor. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013.

Timothy Matovina (Theology)“The First Guadalupan Pastoral Manual: Luis Laso de la Vega’s Huei tlamahuiçoltica (1649).” Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society 40 December 2013: pp. 159-77.

Jaime M. Pensado (History). “‘To Assault with the Truth’: The Revitalization of Conservative Militancy in Mexico during the Global Sixties.” in “Latin America in the Global Sixties,” special issue, The Americas 70 January 2014: pp. 489-521. 

Karen Richman (Institute for Latino Studies, Director of Undergraduate Studies). “Work and Retirement.” Co-authored with Joelle Saad-Lessler and Teresa Ghilarducci. In Keith Whitfield and Tamara Baker, eds., Handbook of Minority Aging. Springer Publishing Company, 2014, pp. 507-523. 

Ariana Salazar-Newton (PhD student, sociology). “The Practice of Reading and the Formation of the Moral Imagination.” Co-authored with Richard Osmer. Ecclesial Practices, 2014, 1:51-71.


Student Accomplishments and Activities

Leo Guardado (PhD student, Theology and Peace Studies) was selected to participate in the 2014 Bologna Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, and Reconciliation sponsored by the International Peace and Security Institute (IPSI). The international symposium brings together about 55 individuals from top academic institutions, NGOs, International Organizations, grassroots peace movements, and the armed services. In the course of a month, participants are trained with the theoretical and practical skills necessary to transform violent conflict and foster peace in communities across the world.


Summer 2014 Cross Cultural Leadership Internship Program (CCLIP)

We are happy and deeply grateful to announce that Art and Joanne Velasquez have endowed CCLIP Chicago. CCLIP Chicago was officially renamed the Arthur R. and Joanne Velasquez Cross Cultural Latino Internship Program at the closing ceremony for CCLIP there this past July. 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 communities. Increasing student interest in CCLIP led us to add a new set of internship sites in Washington, D.C., which will complement our ongoing sites in Chicago and Los Angeles. ILS faculty member Francisco Aragón is the instructor for the student interns in Washington, D.C. Cynthia Duarte will continue to teach the Los Angeles CCLIP course, as will Felicia Johnson O’Brien for Chicago CCLIP. The 2014 CCLIP interns are:

Roberto Cruz, First Year, business major, Latino studies minor; Casa Juan Diego Summer Youth Programs, Chicago

Patricia Fernández de Castro, Sophomore, finance and economics major, film and theater minor, La Opinión, Los Angeles  

Katie Hamel, Junior, anthropology major, Spanish minor; U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington D.C.

Kristin Hillgamyer, Junior, anthropology major; Taller de Jose Community Outreach, Chicago

Katrina Linden, Sophomore, English and Latino studies major, journalism minor; National Council of La Raza, Los Angeles

Dejorie Monroe, Sophomore, Spanish major, theology minor; MALDEF, Los Angeles

Fatima Montez, Sophomore, psychology and Spanish major, poverty studies minor; St. Agnes Youth Outreach/House of Connections, Chicago

Matthew Munhall, Sophomore, English major; Office of Peace and Justice, Archdiocese of Chicago

Jessica Pedroza, First Year, business management consulting major, sociology minor; Self-Help Graphics, Los Angeles

Carolyn Perez, Junior, American Studies major; U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington D.C.

Nidia Ruelas, Sophomore, political science major, theology minor; The Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

John VanBerkum, Sophomore, political science and philosophy major, Latino studies minor; Office of Immigrant Affairs and Education, Archdiocese of Chicago

Celeste Villa-Rangel, Sophomore, political science major, National Council for La Raza, Washington D.C. 


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 5.


Student Immigration Events

In preparation for the Church and Immigration conference that ILS convened March 2-5, the Notre Dame Student Coalition for Immigration Advocacy (SCIA) organized Immigration Week 2014: You Are Being Called the week of February 24-28. The topics of the five consecutive evenings of student-led events were Call to Unity: Immigration Celebration; Call to Engagement: Immigration Debate/Discussion; Call to Action: Political Advocacy; Call to Serve: Trip to La Casa de Amistad; Call To Prayer: Immigration Mass. Besides ILS, cosponsoring groups for these events were MariachiND, Ballet Folklorico, Coro Primavera, Irish Dance, La Alianza de ND, and the Center for Social Concerns.


Recent Events

Lecture: David Leal, University of Texas at Austin, “Public Opinion on Public Policy: The Latino Connection.” January 23.

Lecture: Tatiana Reinoza, University of Texas at Austin, “Latino Print Cultures in the U.S., 1970-2008.” February 3.

Book Launch with introductory comments from Dean John McGreevy for four ILS faculty fellows who published their first books: Jaime Pensado (History), Yael Prizant (Film, Television, and Theater), Ricardo Ramírez (Political Science), and Jason Ruiz (American Studies). February 3.

Panel Presentation: American Politics in the 21st Century: The Latino Vote and the 2014 Elections. Panelists were Michael Jones-Correa (Cornell University), Ricardo Ramírez (University of Notre Dame), and Sophia Wallace (Rutgers University), with Notre Dame Professor Christina Wolbrecht moderating the event. Convened in collaboration with the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy and the Building Bridges Lecture Series. February 5.

Lecture: María del Mar González-González (University of Utah), “Shaping the Cultural Landscape: Allora and Calzadilla Latin/o Americanism at Venice.” February 10.

Lecture: Alex E. Chávez (University of Illinois at Chicago), “Going South: Questions of Intimacy, Family, and Homeland in Latino Migrant Lives.” February 11.

Lecture: Cristina Ortiz (University of Minnesota), “School Inclusion Illusion: Benevolent Racism as Gatekeeping in a Rural Community.” February 13.

Colloquium: “Pintura/Palabra: Poetry Inspired by Art,” featuring Brenda Cárdenas and Valerie Martínez. Organized by Letras Latinas, the Institute’s literary initiative, in partnership with the Library of Congress’ Hispanic Division and the Poetry and Literature Center. February 14.

Lecture: Luis Fraga (University of Washington), “How Ethnic Are Latino Voters? Co-ethnicity, Language, and Latino Voter Preferences.” February 27.

Conference: The Church and Immigration. March 2-5 (see story above).

Symposium: American Empire Symposium organized by ILS faculty fellow Jason Ruiz and Rebecca McKenna (ILS is a cosponsor of this event). March 21-22.

Latino Studies Seminar: Timothy Matovina (Theology), “Engaging a New World: Theologies of Guadalupe and the Making of America.” March 25.

Latino Studies Seminar: Michael Innis-Jimenez (American Studies, University of Alabama), will present from his new book Steel Barrio: The Great Mexican Migration to South Chicago, 1915-1940 (NYU Press). March 31 (cosponsored by the Civil Rights Heritage Center at Indiana University South Bend).


Future Events

Transformative Latino Leadership Lecture: Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, with Luis Fraga, the Russell F. Stark University Professor of Political Science, University of Washington. “American Politics in the 21st Century: Latino Civic Engagement.” Monday, April 7, 7:00, DeBartolo 101 (cosponsored by Multicultural Student Programs and Services and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy).

Latino Studies Seminar: Jennifer Jones (Sociology), “Enforcement or Embrace? The Determinants of State-Level Immigration Policy in New Immigrant Destinations.” Wednesday, April 9, 12:00 noon, McKenna 250I.

Letras Latinas Lecture: Rigoberto González, “Latino Poetry: Pivotal Voices, Era of Transition.” April 10, 6:30, Library of Congress Montpelier Room (Madison Building, 6th floor), Washington, D.C.

Poet Gathering: second annual Master of Fine Arts Poets Gathering at Notre Dame. April 12-14.

Poetry Reading: Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize reading, featuring Laurie Ann Guerrero (winner) and Francisco X. Alarcón (judge). April 14, 7:30, McKenna 210.

Poetry Reading: Pablo Miguel Martínez and Elizabeth Acevedo. April 20, 5:00, Busboys and Poets at V and 14th NW, Washington, D.C. (co-sponsored by Split This Rock).

Lecture: Arlene Dávila, Professor of Anthropology, Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. “Locating Neoliberalism in Time, Space and ‘Culture.’” April 24, 4:00, Eck Center Auditorium.

Extended Study Hours: ILS will host extended study hours in the Julian Samora Library (204 McKenna Hall) during finals. Free snacks and drinks will be provided. May 2 & May 5-9.

Graduation Event: Latino Recognition Ceremony. 7:30 p.m., Washington Hall. Friday, May 16.

Graduation Event: ILS Open House for graduating students. 10:00 – 1:00, with Certificate Ceremony for graduates who completed the supplementary major and minor in Latino Studies at 11:00. McKenna Hall. Saturday, May 17.

Poetry Reading: Barbara Brinson Curiel, Carmen Calatayud, David Tomás Martinez, and Pablo Miguel Martínez in the “Word for Word” series. June 107:00, Bryant Park, New York City (co-sponsored by the Bryant Park Reading Room).

Conference: ILS will host the biennial national conference of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) April 23-25, 2015. Details on the topic and call for papers will follow in a future newsletter.