ILS Director speaks about his experience at Harvard

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

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ILS Director, Luis R. Fraga, discusses his time as part of the "Harvard 15" with Leslie Sanchez of CBS news. Fraga was raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, and believes his admission to Harvard resulted from a decision made by the university "to admit small numbers of low-income students, first-generation-to-college students, and to see what that would be like."…

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Tatiana Botero: 2018 Indiana Spanish Teacher of the Year

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

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Congratulations to Tatiana Botero, Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and ILS Faculty Fellow for being awarded the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, its 2018 Indiana Teacher of the Year in the University Category. Tatiana Botero is a dedicated and passionate teacher, who is devoted to the success and advancement of her students inside and outside the classroom, by incorporating ILS guest lectures, community based learning, and field trips to South Bend and Chicago.…

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Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director of Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center, Visits the University of Notre Dame

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

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Public Lecture: April 17, 2018 at 4:30 P.M., 210-214 McKenna Hall, University of Notre Dame


NOTRE DAME, IN – April 9, 2018 – The Institute for Latino Studies is honored to host Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director of Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center on April 17, 2018 for a community lecture.  McCarthy will be speaking on Due Process and Access to Justice: The Immigrant Reality. This lecture is free and open to the public.…

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Author: Institute for Latino Studies


June 25 to July 3, 2018

224 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL




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The University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, in collaboration with the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, and the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, is seeking writers to participate in a one-week playwriting workshop, in the tradition of award-winning playwright Maria Irene Fornés, to be held in downtown Chicago.…

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Karla Burgos-Morón awarded the 2017-2018 Lou Holtz Leadership Scholarship

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

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Karla Burgos-Morón, class of 2019, has been awarded the 2017-2018 Lou Holtz Leadership Scholarship. This merit-based scholarship was established by Mr. Mike Harper in 1995 and is awarded annually. Mr. Harper created this award to honor Lou Holtz because of the high level of respect he has for Coach Holtz’s leadership capability. The purpose of the grant is to encourage scholarship recipients to develop their own leadership qualities, which are so exemplified by Lou Holtz.

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"All the Breath We Can Hold", a New Exhibition by Maria Tomasula, ILS Faculty Fellow

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

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ILS Faculty Fellow, Maria Tomasula's work is currently being displayed in a new exhibition titled, "All the Breath We Can Hold", at Forum Gallery in New York, New York through April 7th. 

Soo Y. Dang, Professor of Art History at Chicago State University speaks about Tomasula's exhibition, stating that Tomasula "has spoken about her fascination with the colonial Baroque decorations in the Mexican Catholic Churches she attended as a child. She also vividly remembers the idealized figures of saints, who were presented in scenes of horrific martyrdom that were abundant in those churches as well. This is the genesis of her flower still lives, which, although beautiful in overall appearance, are actually revealed to be tortured upon close examination, as the pieces are strenuously tied, pulled and pierced by nails, hooks, and strings, the recurring instruments of affliction in Tomasula's oeuvre."…

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University of Notre Dame Press Releases 2018 Latino Studies and Literature Catalog

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

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The University of Notre Dame Press 2018 Latino Studies and Literature Catalog was recently released.  This series of books meets the mission to foster scholarship by and about Latinos and the issues that affect them, in 2001 the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame launched a book series in collaboration with the Press. The series publishes work on the cutting edge of scholarship, general works that can be used as college textbooks, and reprints of classics. Titles in the book series address issues in the area of Latino spirituality and religion; border affairs, immigration, and globalization; Latino arts and culture; and social sciences and public policy.…

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Award-winning poet Javier Zamora visits Washington, D.C.

Author: Therese Konopelski

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Notre Dame undergrad and Latino Studies minor Therese Konopelski, class of 2020, is currently studying in Washington D.C. and working with ILS's Letras Latinas program.  She had an opportunity to follow and document Javier Zamora's week long trip to D.C. and experience first hand Zamora's enthusiasm for engaging with the community through schools visits, meet and greets, and public readings.  To read about Javier Zamora's visit and view photos of the many events please click here

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Javier Zamora, award winning poet, visits at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Washington, D.C.

Author: Andrea Acosta, El Pregonero

Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), recently hosted Javier Zamora, award winning poet, in Washington, D.C. for a week of readings, classroom visits, and other related events.  El Pregonero, a Spanish language publication from the Archdiocese wrote about Zamora's visit.  To read the full article please click here

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Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies to Host Award Winning Writer in Washington, D.C.

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

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Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), in partnership with Duende District Bookstore, is pleased to welcome award-winning poet, Javier Zamora, who will be in Washington, D.C. from February 26 through March 1. While in Washington Zamora will give a public reading, take part in a colloquium with university students, spend time with students at a bilingual elementary school, and dialogue with students in a college-level writing workshop.…

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Dolores Huerta speaks on activism, community organizing

Author: Madison Riehle

Welcomed by an audience cheering her famous phrase, “Si, se puede! Si, se puede!” Dolores Huerta, the co-founder of the United Farm Workers and civil rights icon, took the stage in McKenna Hall Tuesday night to discuss her career as an activist and leader. 

The lecture was hosted in conjunction with the Institute for Latino Studies’ Transformative Latino Leadership Lecture Series which involved a discussion with the Institute for Latino Studies director Luis Fraga along with the Notre Dame and South Bend community.…

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ILS director's lecture on the enrollment of latino students in Catholic schools featured in The Observer

Author: Steven Koich

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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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