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.…

Read More

Letras Latinas to convene in Arizona alongside national poetry leaders

Author: Paloma Garcia-Lopez

Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, will take its place alongside nearly twenty other poetry organizations from across the Unites States for a national convening from November 30 to December 2 in both Tucson and Phoenix, AZ.

Thanks to a major grant from the Ford Foundation secured by the Academy of American Poets, the groups will tour the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center, which helps lead the coalition, and then trek to Phoenix for a reading by Sandra Cisneros, Rita Dove, and Joy Harjo at the Phoenix Art Museum, hosted in partnership with ArchiTEXTS: A Conversation Across Languages with Natalie Diaz.…

Read More

Emmy Pérez: from the borderlands to the Midwest

Author: Evelyn Gonzalez

Emmy Perez Photo

Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies, is pleased to present Emmy Perez, who will be performing her poetry on campus on Tuesday, November 7, at 7:30 pm in room 210 of McKenna Hall. There will be a pre-reading reception at 6:15 PM at Galería América outside of 230 McKenna Hall (mezzanine level). A book signing will follow.

Read More


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

MLK Walk the Walk Panel Discussion: White Nationalism and American Politics: The Mainstreaming of Anger and Resentment


Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls


In conjunction with MLK Walk the Walk events, the Institute for Latino Studies and the Department of Africana Studies will cosponsor a presentation by Professor Rory McVeigh, Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Social Movements, entitled "White Nationalism and American Politics: The Mainstreaming of Anger and Resentment."

Read More

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta Photo Exhibit

Location: Galería América @ ND, 230 McKenna Hall


Galería America @ ND at the Institute for Latino Studies presents César Chávez and Dolores Huerta: Legacy of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement photo exhibit by photographer José Galvez.

Photographing Latino life for over 40 years, José Galvez has used black and white film to create a powerful and unparalleled historical record of the Latino experience in America. His compelling work, done with respect, pride and no pretense, captures the beauty of daily life.…

Read More

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Lecture by Nilda Flores-González


Location: 112-114 McKenna Hall


The Institute for Latino Studies welcomes Nilda Flores-González, Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, to present on her latest book titled Citizens but Not Americans: Race and Belonging among Latino Millennials. A reception and book signing will precede the event at 6:15 p.m. in the McKenna Hall Atrium. The lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m.…

Read More

Monday, February 12, 2018

Lecture by Frederick Luis Aldama


Location: 210-214 McKenna Hall

Frederick Luis Aldama Pic

Frederick Luis Aldama, Professor in the Department of English at The Ohio State University, will present a public lecture titled Real & Reel Latinx Lives Matter!

For “Real & Reel Latinx Lives Matter!” Aldama will unzip his brain, offering a multimedia extravaganza of all things Latinx in the 21st century. This includes an exploration of contemporary mainstream film, TV, music, animation, comic books, video games that simplifies and straightjackets Latinx identity and experience. He contrasts this with today’s abundance of Latinx created cultural phenomena that vitally complicates and enriches our understanding of Latinx identity and experience. Along the way Aldama presents a dynamic model for understanding Latinx subjects as active transformers of the world we live in today.…

Read More