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Sociology and Latino Studies guide recent grad to Fulbright in Mexico

Author: Oliver Ortega

Since high school, Erin Albertini has been focused on becoming a bilingual doctor serving children and families.

Erin Marie Albertini
 

But the recent Notre Dame graduate’s path to medicine is uniquely intersectional. Eschewing traditional pre-med majors such as biology and chemistry, Albertini instead took on sociology, Latino studies, Spanish and early childhood literacy during her time at Notre Dame, which culminated this May.

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Latino Studies Instrumental in Lives of Majors, Minors, & Grad Students

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Despite the pandemic currently embroiling most of the world, Notre Dame students this May are celebrating their degree conferral and other end-of-year accomplishments as a particularly long and trying semester winds down to a halt.

The Institute for Latino Studies, like the rest of the university, continues to support students in their educational endeavors.  This year, we are awarding certificates to twenty graduating seniors who majored and minored in Latino Studies. In addition, we congratulate Juan Valdez -- now Dr. Valdez -- for receiving his PhD in Political Science under the guidance of ILS director and Notre Dame Professor, Luis Fraga, and affiliated Political Science Professor, Ricardo Ramírez.

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Notre Dame anthropologist awarded prestigious Newberry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Author: Brian Wallheimer

Notre Dame anthropologist Alex Chávez has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities long-term residential fellowship at the Newberry Library in Chicago. During the nine-month fellowship, Chávez will work on a second book project, tentatively titled Audible City: Urban Cultural History, Latinx Chicago, and the Sonic Commons, which explores the relationship between sound and the city of Chicago.

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Notre Dame elects Marie Lynn Miranda provost

Author: Dennis Brown

Marie Lynn Miranda, the former provost of Rice University and a distinguished scholar in the field of children’s environmental health, has been elected the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost of the University of Notre Dame by its Board of Trustees. She will succeed Thomas G. Burish, who is stepping down July 1 after 15 years as Notre Dame’s provost.

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There Is A Target On My Back: Notre Dame Students Visit The Border to Speak to local leaders on the front lines of the “Wait in Mexico” Policy & the El Paso Massacre

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

A dozen Notre Dame students and two alumni traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border in October as part of a social justice trip sponsored by the Institute for Latino Studies and the Latinx Catholic Leadership Coalition.  This Latinx Catholic Leadership Coalition was born from lay and ministry leaders who participated in the National Symposium on Catholic Hispanic Ministry. These lay leaders wanted to visit the border to see first hand what recent immigration rhetoric and policy actually looks and feels like through a teach-in for college students of Catholic universities and socially concerned Catholic leaders from across the nation.

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I am ND: Paloma Garcia-Lopez

Author: Christina Clark, for NDWorks

Educated at Stanford University with a career in the Silicon Valley, Paloma Garcia-Lopez saw herself living her entire life on the West Coast that she loved.

Paloma was born and raised in California and her roots run deep in the state’s culture and history. Her parents worked closely with American labor leader Cesar Chavez, who ran the Community Service Organization and co-founded the United Farm Workers out of California. 

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How a Latino Studies Scholar found his voice at Notre Dame through theology, journalism, and political science 

Author: Ashley Lo

Junior Aaron Benavides is pursuing faith through service, building community through writing and design, and understanding where in the world he stands through the study of politics and theology. Through all of those activities, on campus and abroad, he is further exploring his heritage — and contemplating its significance. 

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Call for Applications: Young Scholar Symposium 2020

Author: Oliver Ortega

Call for Applications
Submission deadline: January 6, 2020

Institute for Latino Studies - Young Scholars Symposium
University of Notre Dame 
April 29 - May 1, 2020

Annually, the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) convenes advanced graduate students and junior scholars from across the nation for a dynamic Young Scholars Symposium, to enhance their research in Latino Studies. The symposium is hosted by the Institute for Latino Studies Director Luis R. Fraga. Professor Fraga is the Rev. Donald P. McNeill, C.S.C., Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership and Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.  

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Latino Studies Spring 2020 Courses

Author: Dulce Macias

Course listings for Latino Studies for the Spring 2020 semester.

20000 Level
  • ILS 20011 The Hyphenated American: U.S. Theatre (CRN 32072) Anne Garcia-Romero - TR 12:30P - 1:45P
  • ILS 20041 Latinos, Literacy and Gender(CRN 25780) Erin Moira Lemrow - MW 9:30A-10:45A
  • ILS 20101 Race and Racism (CRN 28020)Agustin Fuentes - TR 2:00P - 3:15P

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Letras Latinas presents off-campus event in the community

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Juan J. MoralesJuan J. Morales

Letras Latinas, the literary initiative of the ILS, is pleased to present, for the first time, an off-campus event in our local community—specifically, at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture, located at 1045 West Washington. The poets Juan J. Morales, Oliver Baez Bendorf, and Roy Chicky Arad, will be performing their work on Thursday, November 7, at 7 PM. …

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ILS Faculty Fellow Jason Ruiz, Associate Professor of American Studies, receives 2019 Sheedy Award for Excellence in Teaching

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Screen Shot 2019 11 04 At 12Prof. Jason Ruiz lectures during a Winter Research Trip to Colombia

ILS Faculty Fellow Jason Ruiz has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Sheedy Award for Excellence in Teaching. Ruiz is an associate professor of American Studies who teaches courses on race and popular culture, Latinx history and studies, and gender and sexuality studies.

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In the News: Todd Miller lecture “Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration and Homelands Security” covered in The Observer

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Todd Miller ILS LectureCredit: Serena Zacharias | The Observer

Todd Miller's lecture “Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration and Homelands Security,” an event co-sponsored by the Institute for Latino Studies as part of its Hispanic Heritage month programming, was featured in Notre Dame's The Observer. 

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Latino Studies Scholars Travel to Mexico to Collaborate with Monterrey Institute of Technology

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

             

Evento Nacional Grupo Notre Dame                           

          A group of six Latino Studies merit scholars from Notre Dame traveled to Mexico this summer in a cultural exchange trip organized by the Institute for Latino Studies. There, the LSSP scholars teamed up with students at the Monterrey Institute of Technology, popularly known as “El Tec,” at the university's Sante Fe campus in Mexico City. The El Tec students were part of the Lideres del Mañana (Leaders of Tomorrow) Program, which offers generous scholarships to low-income students from around Mexico to attend one of the 26 campuses comprising El Tec’s University System, considered one of the best in Latin America. This is the third year that Notre Dame Latino Studies students have participated in the trip.…

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ILS' Hispanic Heritage Month 2019 Events

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Join us in celebrating this years' Hispanic Heritage Month! The Institute for Latino Studies presents its second annual Hispanic Heritage Month at Notre Dame. This month is comprised of diverse and unique events and scholarly activities aimed to acknowledge the importance and educate the campus community about the intellectual richness that Latino communities provide to the U.S.…

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ILS's Bond Hall featured in ND's newspaper The Observer

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Bond Hall

Bond Hall, the new home of the Institute for Latino Studies, was featured in a recent Observer article "Recently renovated Bond Hall welcomes new departments, initiatives" (Sept 13 2019).

According to the story, Bond Hall was originally built in 1917 and served as the University's main library until 1964. Currently it houses the ILS in addition to the Graduate School, the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars, the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, and a new initiative for first-year science and engineering students. The ILS moved from McKenna Hall at the end of Spring semester as the building undergoes a two-year renovation.…

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