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ILS partners with National Portrait Gallery and Library of Congress for event featuring U.S. Poet Laureate

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Poets Unite Event

Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS)—in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery and the Library of Congress’ Hispanic Division and Poetry & Literature Center—is pleased to present “Poets Unite!,” featuring U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, alongside poets Diana Garcia and Arlene Biala.…

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Observer Letter to the Editor: #MigrantLivesMatter

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Two ILS students co-authored the following editorial that appeared in The Observer campus newspaper.

#MigrantLivesMatter
Letter to the Editor | Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The cooler opened and the pungent smell immediately hit our noses. Before our eyes were dozens of dead bodies, most of them labeled John and Jane Doe. Migrant deaths at the U.S.-Mexico border are flooding the Pima County medical examiner’s office with hundreds of migrant remains each year. As a result, the office has been forced to expand its storage facilities by introducing outdoor coolers and trucks.…

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Karen Richman publishes new study on the Significance of Gender for Latino Retirement

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Karen Richman

Karen Richman led an interdisciplinary research team’s investigation of The Significance of Gender for Latinos’ Savings for Retirement. She will be presenting study findings at Financial Security Day, a multi-disciplinary workshop sponsored by University of Notre Dame and the local United Way, which will bring national experts from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the financial wellness industry to campus on February 25. Richman, a cultural anthropologist, collaborated in the research with economist Wei Sun, political scientist Justin Sena and sociologist Sung David Chun to conduct statistical analysis of national survey data and a qualitative, case study of in 2012-2014 of Mexican immigrants and (native-born) Mexican-Americans’ in metropolitan Chicago. The project was sponsored by the National Endowment for Financial Education.

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Notre Dame scholars address challenges for Latino Catholic education

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Luis Fraga

Luis Ricardo Fraga, Arthur Foundation Endowed Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership, Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science and co-director of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, served as co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of Catholic Education, its first issue ever to focus specifically on Latinos and Catholic education.

According to Fraga, the Jan. 28 special issue, titled “Latinos, Education, and the Church,” concerns the opportunities and challenges confronting the Catholic Church in providing educational opportunities for the children of Latino families.

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Institute for Latino Studies announces participants for the 2016 Young Scholars Symposium

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

The Institute for Latino Studies is pleased to announce the participants for our 2016 Young Scholars Symposium, to be convened March 15-17 on the University of Notre Dame campus. These scholars will present a dissertation chapter or essay draft for discussion with ILS faculty fellows and our 2016 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity, Director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, Director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, University of Southern California. Congratulations to our 2016 honorees:…

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ILS Co-Directors and Faculty Discuss Papal Visit to Mexico

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Pope Francis

When Pope Francis travels to Mexico Feb. 12-17, he will visit six cities — including two in the state of Chiapas, Mexico’s poorest state — and will celebrate a Mass in Ciudad Juárez across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. The first pope from Latin America, where 40 percent of the world’s Catholics live, he will be touring the country that’s home to the second largest Catholic population in the world.

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ILS mourns literary luminary, Francisco X. Alarcón

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

The Institute mourns the loss of Chicano luminary, Francisco X. Alarcón, who lost his battle with cancer on January 15th. Author of numerous books of poetry for both adults and children, Francisco X. Alarcón first visited Notre Dame in the Fall of 2002 as one of the featured poets at a Latino poets conference, co-sponsored by ILS.…

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