Spring 2015 Newsletter (archive)

Volume 5, Number 2
Spring 2015

Spring Spotlight: Professor Davíd Carrasco to Present Elizondo Lecture and Lead Young Scholars Symposium

The 2015 Virgilio Elizondo Distinguished Visiting Professor is Dr. Davíd Carrasco, the Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America at Harvard Divinity School, with a joint appointment with the Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. Professor Carrasco will visit ILS from April 8-11. On April 9 he will present the Elizondo Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture, “From Huntington to Elizondo to. . .?: Encounters in the Anglo-Latino Borderlands,” at 4:00 p.m. at the Eck Visitors Center Auditorium. He will also lead the ILS Young Scholars Symposium, at which scholars will present a dissertation chapter or essay draft for discussion with Professor Carrasco and ILS faculty fellows. ILS faculty selected Young Scholars Symposium participants from a national pool of applicants based on the dual criteria of the scholarly excellence of their proposal and the compatibility of their research with Professor Carrasco’s areas of expertise. Congratulations to our 2015 honorees:

Lloyd Barba (PhD candidate, American Culture, University of Michigan), “Farmworker Frames: Mexican Pentecostal Counternarratives in California.”

Kiku Huckle (PhD candidate, Political Science, University of Washington), “¿Es su casa mi casa? Latinos and the Catholic Church.”

Marzia Milazzo (PhD, Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara, currently assistant professor of English at Vanderbilt University), “Encountering the Indian: Chicana Decolonial Imaginaries and Colorblind Logics.”

Aida I. Ramos (PhD, Sociology, University of Texas at Austin, currently assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at San Antonio), “A Matter of the Heart: Understanding Reasons for Latino/a Catholic to Protestant Conversion.”

Javier Ramirez (PhD candidate, Film and Media Studies, Indiana University), “Mexican Cinema in el otro lado: A Case Study of the Exhibition of Angelitos negros in San Antonio, Texas.”

Sujey Vega (PhD, Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, currently assistant professor of Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University), “Latinos as Lamanites: Present, Past, and Complicated Identities in Latino Mormondom.”


ILS to Host IUPLR Siglo XXI National Conference

ILS will host the fifth biennial Siglo XXI conference of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR), a national consortium of university-based centers dedicated to the advancement of the Latino intellectual presence in the United States. The conference is April 23-25 at McKenna Hall and will address the theme Intra-Latinos/as: Entre Latinos/as: Reconceptualizing Nations, Regions, and Disciplines. Featured speakers include Luis Alberto Urrea, LAS Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and our own Luis Fraga, the ILS Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership. A number of ILS-related faculty and graduate students will also present their scholarly work at the conference. A full conference schedule and further information are available at http://iuplr.uic.edu/iuplr/2015-siglo-xxi-conference.


2015 Cross Cultural Leadership Program (CCLP) Participants

The ILS Cross Cultural Leadership Program (CCLP) engages our students in real-world applications of their academic studies through summer service learning in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. ILS faculty member Francisco Aragón is the instructor for CCLP Washington, D.C., Cynthia Duarte for the CCLP Los Angeles course, and Felicia Johnson O’Brien for CCLP Chicago. Students chosen from a competitive field of applicants for CCLP 2015 and their service learning leadership appointments are:

Laura Camarata, Junior, Psychology major; Latino Studies supplementary major; Education, Schooling, and Society minor. Taller de José Community Outreach, Chicago.

Amanda Castañeda, Sophomore, Psychology major, Latin American Studies minor. The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Xitlaly Estrada, Sophomore, Political Science major, Philosophy second major, International Development Studies minor. National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Los Angeles.

Marshall Hopkins, Junior, Science-Business major, Latino Studies minor. Casa Juan Diego Summer Youth Programs, Chicago.

Gregory Jenn, First Year, Political Science major, Spanish second major, Latino Studies minor. Office of Immigrant Affairs, Archdiocese of Chicago.

Ray’Von Jones, Junior, Spanish major; Sociology second major; Education, Schooling, and Society and Poverty Studies minors. Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), Los Angeles.

Enrique Lorenzo, Junior, Applied Math and Political Science majors, Latino Studies minor. La Opinión, Los Angeles.

Dulce Macias, First Year, International Economics with German major; Spanish, second major; Education, Schooling, and Society minor. The Resurrection Project, Chicago.

Sarah Neuberger, Junior, Political Science major, Education, Schooling, and Society and Business Economics minors. National Council for La Raza (NCLR), Washington, D.C.

Desiree San Martin, Junior, Film, Television, and Theatre major; Education, Schooling, and Society minor. Self-Help Graphics, Los Angeles.

Evelyn Trejo, Sophomore, American Studies major. Office of Migration and Refugee Services, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Washington, D.C.

Aniela Tyksinski, Sophomore, History major, Spanish supplementary major, Latino Studies minor. Office of Peace and Justice, Archdiocese of Chicago.

Rose Urankar, Junior, Theology major, American Studies minor. Hispanic Ministry Office, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Washington, D.C.


Latinos in the Future of America: Building Transformative Leadership

Professor Luis R. Fraga is offering this class for the first year. It will be taught every year. The primary goal of the class is to understand the opportunities and challenges of building leaders who are interested in and committed to the future of Latinos in the United States and the Catholic Church.

Among the guest speakers who are invited as part of the Arthur Foundation Transformative Leadership Speakers Series this year are:

José Ángel Gutierrez, Professor of Political Science and Founding Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies, University of Texas at Arlington, and one of the primary founders of the Raza Unida Party.

Albert Gutierrez, President and CEO of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka, IN, and ILS advisory council member.

Zachary Hudgins, State Representative (WA), ND ’89, primary author of legislation to provide state-funded, need-based financial aid to DREAMER students in Washington State.

Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).


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 Notre Dame students and is sponsored by ILS. This year’s Sueños event will be held Saturday, April 11. For information and to apply, visit https://latinostudies.nd.edu/student-opportunities/sueos-sin-fronteras/.


ILS in the University News

Notre Dame launches online theology program for Hispanic Catholics

Congratulations to John Phillip Santos ‘79

Working with Latino Communities Leads to Fulfilling Career

Video: Latino Politics and the Role of Latino Studies at Notre Dame

Video: Political Scientist on Latino Civic Engagement in America

Prayer Vigil at Grotto for 43 Missing Students of Ayotzinapa

Political Scientist Luis Fraga Joins Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies

ILS Professor Jennifer Jones to Convene Afro-Latino Conference

Marisel Moreno Reflects on Teaching Latina/o Literature in the Midwest


Faculty Accomplishments and Activities

Mike Amezcua, History, won a Faculty Research Support Program (FRSP) grant to support research for his project, “The Second City Anew: Mexicans, Urban Culture, and Migration in the Transformation of Chicago, 1940-1986.” The FRSP grants are major awards the Notre Dame Office of Research offers on a competitive basis.

Francisco Aragón, ILS Letras Latinas, has been chosen as one of the first annual winners of the VIDA Awards. These awards honor those who have contributed to American literature. Aragón also convened the “Latino Catholic Writers” panel at the conference “The Future of the Catholic Literary Imagination,” held at the University of Southern California. Joining him on the panel was Orlando Menes, English.

Luis R. Fraga, Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership and
Professor of Political Science, will host in April an invited group of scholars to present essays addressing strategies to increase the presence of Latino families in Catholic education. The essays will appear in a special issue of The Journal of Catholic Education that will be co-edited by Professor Antonia Darder, Loyola Marymount University, and Professor Fraga.

Anne García-Romero, Film, Television, and Theater, had a play, Paloma, featured for a workshop presentation at the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC), where it will be produced in June 2015.  In July 2014, her newest play, Mary Domingo, received a staged reading at the Goodman Theatre, as the culmination of her year in the Goodman Theatre Playwrights Unit.

Timothy Matovina, Theology, was awarded the 2014 Presidio La Bahia Award for best book on Texas history, particularly in the colonial era, for Recollections of a Tejano Life: Antonio Menchaca in Texas History (coedited with Jesús F. de la Teja).

Marisel Moreno, Romance Languages and Literatures, was elected to a three-year term as co-chair of the Latino Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association. She also presented two papers: “Blood Borders: Writing against the Denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian Descent in the Dominican Republic” at the Haitian Studies Association annual conference and “The Drama of War: Panethnicity across Hemispheric Borders in Quiara Alegría Hudes’ The Happiest Song Plays Last” at the Biennial Puerto Rican Studies Association conference.

Thomas Tweed, The W. Harold and Martha Welch Endowed Chair in American Studies, has assumed his role as president of the American Academy of Religion, the world's largest association of scholars in the field of religious studies and related topics.


Recent Publications

Francisco Aragón, ILS Letras Latinas. “Sludge, and the Alternatives.” Essay published in #47 of Evening Will Come: A Monthly Journal of Poetics (online), November 2014.

Francisco Aragón, ILS Letras Latinas. “Asleep You Become A Continent: Philip F. Clark with Francisco Aragón.” An interview at The Conversant: interview projects, talk poetries, embodied inquiry (online), December 2014.

Brown, Hana and Jennifer A. Jones, Sociology. “Panethnicity and Racialization: An Integrated Framework.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 1:1 (2015): 181-91.

Peter Casarella, Theology, and Maria Clara Bingemer, eds. Witnessing: Prophecy, Politics, and Wisdom. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2014.

Peter Casarella, Theology, ed. Jesus Christ: The New Face of Social Progress. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015. 

Peter Casarella, Theology. ”Priestly Ministry: Helping the Search for True Life.” In Entering into the Mind of Christ: The True Nature of Theology, ed. Deacon James Keating. Omaha, NE: Institute for Priestly Formation, 2014, pp. 191-223.

Peter Casarella, Theology, “Public Reason and Intercultural Dialogue.” In At the Limits of the Secular: Catholic Reflections on Faith and Public Life, ed. William Barbieri. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014.

Marisel Moreno, Romance Languages and Literatures. “‘I am an American Writer:’ An Interview with Daniel Alarcón.” With Thomas F. Anderson, Romance Languages and Literatures. MELUS Journal 39.4 (Winter 2014): 186-206.

Darcia Narvaez, Psychology. Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture, and Wisdom. New York: W.W. Norton, 2014.

Thomas Tweed, American Studies. “Following the Flows.” In Understanding Religious Pluralism: Perspectives from Religious Studies and Theology, ed. Peter C. Phan and Jonathan S. Ray. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2014, pp. 1-19.


Student Accomplishments and Activities

Colleen Cross, project coordinator for the ILS immigration project, has been accepted into the joint doctoral program with Notre Dame’s theology department and Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. She will pursue her studies in systematic theology and continue to focus research and attention on issues related to international migration.

Suzanne Garcia, a Master of Fine Arts student in Creative Writing, has been selected for the Gender Studies Teaching Apprenticeship for the 2015-2016 academic year. She has also been nominated by the University of Notre Dame Creative Writing Program for the AWP Intro Awards for her poem “POP!Goes the Gum!”

Ae Hee Lee, Master of Fine Arts, attended the third gathering of the ILS/Letras Latinas Writers Initiative – a network for Latino/a writers pursuing graduate degrees in creative writing. This year’s gathering took place at Arizona State University (ASU) and included MFA candidates from American University, ASU, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Notre Dame.

Karen Hooge Michalka, a Ph.D. student in Sociology, was awarded a grant from the Center for the Study of Religion and Society of Notre Dame to support transcription work on her dissertation, “Embodied Cultural Transitions in Protestant Latino Congregations.” She is a fellow with the Latino Protestant Congregations Study, a nationwide research initiative focused on the changing religious landscape of the United States, and is comparing cultural strategies of incorporation and integration in two congregations.

Felicia Moralez, a Ph.D. student in History, presented a paper titled “Motherhood, Catholicism, and Citizenship in Mexican Gary, 1920-1927” at the biannual Urban History Association (UHA) conference. Her presentation was part of a panel session called “New Work on the Mexican Midwest: Gary, Chicago, and Indianapolis.”

Luis Vera, a Ph.D. student in Theology, has received a tenure-track teaching position at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Christopher L. Weaver, a Ph.D. student in Political Science, had an article accepted for publication in the journal Politics and Religion. His article is titled “Political and Spiritual Migration: The Adaptive Formation of Religious and Partisan Attachments among Latino Immigrants in the United States.”


Recent Events

Latino Studies Seminar: Mike Amezcua, History, “The Second City Anew: Mexicans, Urban Culture, and Migration in the Transformation of Chicago, 1940-1986.” January 28. Cosponsored by the Mexico Working Group.

Latino Studies Seminar: Jason Ruiz, American Studies, “Searching for Mañana: A Century of American Re-Creationism in Mexico.” February 10. Cosponsored by the Mexico Working Group.

Lecture: Cristina Rodriguez, University of California Irvine, “‘Cautious of Paper’: A Local Reading of Salvador Plascencia’s The People of Paper.” February 10.

Lecture: Reneé Hudson, University of California Los Angeles, “Invented Filiations: Junot Díaz’s Revolutionary Bildungsroman.” February 16.

Lecture: Long Le-Khac, Stanford University, “Transnarrative Communities and the Aesthetics of Stereotype.” February 19.

Community Leaders Panel Presentation: Pablo Bueno, Jr., migrant farmworker and Jesusa Rivera, bilingual case manager, Proteus, Inc. “Migrant Farmworkers: The Struggles in the Fields of Indiana and Beyond.” February 20.

Transformative Latino Leadership Lecture: José Ángel Gutiérrez, University of Texas at Arlington and founder of La Raza Unida party, “Latinos in the Future of America.” February 23.

Meet the Artist and Letras Latinas Poetry Reading: Session with artist Maceo Montoya, including a reading from Montoya’s Letters to the Poet from His Brother and Master of Fine Arts students from Notre Dame’s Creative Writing Program. February 26. In collaboration with the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture.

Panel Discussion: Leo Chávez, Professor of Anthropology at University of California-Irvine; Alex Chávez, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Notre Dame; José Limón, Director of the Institute for Latino Studies (moderator). “Migration in Mexico Today: Addressing Issues with Human Rights, Central Americans, and the US-Mexican border.” Co-sponsored with the Mexican Working Group. March 16.

Art Exhibit: Cielo Rojo: Paintings by Maceo Montoya. February 2-March 31. Prints on display at Galéría Ameríca at ILS and the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture.


Future Events

Film Screening: Colectivo Altepee, Ayer, Hoy, y Mañana: Música Tradicional de Cuerdas. March 25, 7:30, Eck Visitors Center Auditorium.

Workshop: Letras Latinas PINTURA:PALABRA workshop, held at the Utah Fine Arts Museum in Salt Lake City, in tandem with the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s traveling exhibit, “Our America: the Latino Presence in American Art.” Facilitated by noted fiction writer, Fred Arroyo. March 27-29.

Lecture: Anita Casavantes-Bradford, History and Chicano/Latino Studies, University of California Irvine. Tuesday, April 7, 5:00, Morris Inn Private Dining Room.

Latino Studies Seminar: Sujey Vega, Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University, “Latino Heartland: Redefining Indiana’s Socio-Cultural Landscape.” April 8, 12:30, McKenna Hall, room 210-214.

Virgilio Elizondo Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture: 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. “From Huntington to Elizondo to. . .?: Encounters in the Anglo-Latino Borderlands.” April 9, 4:00, Eck Visitors Center Auditorium.

Young Scholars Symposium: Professor David Carrasco will lead the ILS Young Scholars Symposium April 9-10. See related story above.

Panel presentation: “Pintura/Palabra: Latino Writers Respond to Art.” Francisco Aragón will convene and moderates a discussion among Latino/a writers who have been responding creatively to “Our America: the Latino Presence in American Art.” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference & Bookfair (AWP), Minneapolis, April 8-11.

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). See related story above.

Letras Latinas Residency: former Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize winner Laurie Ann Guerrero inaugurates the first (of three) annual weeklong ekphrastic residencies in Washington, D.C. April 28-May 5.

Extended Library 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. April 30-May 1 & May 4-8.

Literary Reading: “Literature in Conversation: Tim Z. Hernández.” May 6, 6:30 at the Library of Congress Mumford Room (Madison Building, 6th Floor), Washington, D.C.

Graduation Event: Latino Recognition Ceremony. Washington Hall, Friday, May 15, 7:30.

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 16.

Literary Reading: Rosebud Ben-Oni, Sheila Maldonado in the “Word for Word Series.” June 2, 7:00, New York City (co-sponsored by the Bryant Park Reading Room).