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ILS director's lecture on the enrollment of latino students in Catholic schools featured in The Observer

Author: Steven Koich

Luis Fraga Hesburgh Lecture

Luis Fraga, Director of the Institute for Latino Studies, discussed the under enrollment of Latino students in American Catholic schools at the 2017 Hesburgh Lecture Wednesday at the Eck Center.

Latinos now comprise 35 percent of all Catholics living in the United States; for practicing Catholics under 30, Latinos comprise 52 percent. Yet, only 15–17 percent of all students enrolled in Catholic schools are Latino.…

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Department chair strives to bring literary and cultural context to American understanding of Cuba

Author: Carrie Gates

For Thomas Anderson, it’s hard not to be fascinated with Cuba. Anderson, a professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has written two books on Cuban literature and culture and has published an edited volume of a leading Cuban author’s letters. Currently, he is working on a book that focuses on images of the U.S. civil rights movement in Cuban poetry. “I think for a lot of people, Cuba has always been seen as this forbidden country, and it’s something people are drawn to,” he said. “But it’s also a country with an incredibly rich literary and cultural history.”

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In new book, anthropology chair details why creativity is the key to human exceptionalism

Author: Josh Weinhold

Agustín Fuentes finds the four predominant arguments that seek to explain human evolution and human nature to be compelling but extremely simplified. Years of research and an emphasis on cross-disciplinary conversations has instead led him to a more complete story of human evolution. Creativity and collaboration, he argues in The Creative Spark, are the most important explanations for why we are the way we are.

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ILS Faculty Fellow Interviewed

Author: Evelyn Gonzalez

Francisco Aragon

Faculty Fellow Francisco Aragón, who directs the Institute’s literary initiative, Letras Latinas, was interviewed recently at Blog This Rock, in his capacity as a finalist for the Freedom Plow Award. The award, a program of the organization, Split This Rock, “honors a poet or poetry collective doing transformative work at the intersection of poetry and social activism.” The interview with Aragón was subsequently picked up and highlighted at Harriet

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Faculty fellow, Jennifer Jones on understanding race relations

Author: Todd Boruff

Jennifer Jones is an assistant professor of sociology and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her research uses qualitative methods to explore increasing migration, the growing multiracial population, and shifting social relations between and within racial groups. In this video, she discusses her work on how race relations are changing and what race means for politics and inequality.

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In Destiny of Desire student trip to Chicago

Author: Evelyn Gonzalez

Trip To Chicago Anne Karen

On March 26, three Latino Studies Faculty, Tatiana Botero, Anne Garcia-Romero and Karen Richman took 45 of their students to Chicago to experience Latin American Street cuisine at the new theme restaurant, Latinicity, and to see a play by an award-winning Latina playwright at the Goodman Theatre. In Destiny of Desire,

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Poetry and migration event to take place at Notre Dame

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

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SOUTH BEND — Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, is pleased to be partnering with Notre Dame’s Creative Writing Program to present, “Because We Come From Everything: a night of poetry and community.” This campus event will feature students, faculty, staff, and members of the community, who will all be sharing poems on the theme of migration. The reading will take place on Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 PM in the banquet hall in the basement of McKenna Hall.

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