Young Scholars Symposium

The Young Scholars Symposium is an annual ILS initiative that convenes young scholars who are working on a dissertation, a book, or another research project related to Latinas and Latinos in the United States. Participants are chosen through a national call for applicants. Selected young scholars present a chapter or essay in advance of the symposium. The Distinguished Visiting Professor – who ILS also brings to campus annually – serves as mentor and commentator for symposium participants and their work. ILS faculty members and graduate students also participate in the symposium sessions. The goal is to create an enriching environment that provides mentorship in the profession and helps make good scholarly work even better. 

This year’s symposium will take place April 29th-May 1st, 2020 at the University of Notre Dame.  Professor Villaseñor Black will deliver a keynote address as part of the symposium and respond to the work of each participant. Selected participants travel on Wednesday, April 29th to South Bend, Indiana. Each Scholar will present a completed essay, chapter, or manuscript up to 30 pages in length, previously reviewed by both the Distinguished Visiting Professor Villaseñor Black and members of the Notre Dame faculty. All expenses are covered by ILS including an honorarium of $500 for up to eight participants selected from a broad national pool of applicants. Participants travel home on Saturday, May 2nd, after two full business days of presentations and working group meetings at ILS from 8:30am to 8:30pm.

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