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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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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.…

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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.

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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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The Institute for Latino Studies Mourns the Tragic Loss of Mayra Martinez and Her Husband Jeremy

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

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The Institute for Latino Studies is mourning the tragic loss of Mayra Martinez, who died along with her husband Jeremy, in a car accident in France on August 6. Mayra touched everyone she met with her brilliance, compassion, and joyfulness. Mayra graduated in 2015 with majors in Anthropology and French and a minor in Latino Studies. She also participated in the Institute’s summer internship program, CCLP

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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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Notre Dame partners with the University of California for an event with U.S. Poet Laureate in Washington, D.C.

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Juan Felipe Herrera by Carlos Puma

Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS)—in partnership with the University of California Washington Program (UCDC)—is pleased to present “A Poet Laureate’s Journey: a conversation and reading with Juan Felipe Herrera.” The evening event will take place on Monday, April 24 in Washington, D.C. at the University of California Washington Center.…

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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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Award-winning Chicano writer to read at Notre Dame

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

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Award-winning Chicano writer to read at Notre Dame

Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the Institute for Latino Studies, is pleased to present an evening with Rigoberto González. Author and editor of seventeen books in multiple genres, and winner of numerous awards, González will be reading from his work on Wednesday, April 19 at 7:30 PM in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies Auditorium with a pre-event reception to take place at 6:15 PM in the west lounge on the second floor of McKenna Hall.…

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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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