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February Spotlight: The Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR)

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This month’s spotlight falls upon the national headquarters for Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR), which has been based at the Institute for Latino Studies since 1999. This February is a particularly timely moment to feature IUPLR since later this month (February 23–25) its fourth biennial Siglo XXI conference, “Forging the Future of Latinos in a Time of Crisis,” will take place in New York City.

Founded in 1983, the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) is a national consortium of university-based centers dedicated to the advancement of the Latino intellectual presence in the United States. IUPLR has promoted core research on issues of importance to Latino communities and the broader US society and has become a respected national catalyst and facilitator of in-depth research. Through its working group model, IUPLR brings together researchers from different regions, national origins, and intellectual perspectives to conduct collaborative and interdisciplinary research.

Since 2005 the IUPLR has staged the biennial Siglo XXI Conference, which has become the leading national academic conference in the field of Latino studies. The 2012 conference, held at the City University of New York February 23–25, will address the current realignments stemming from the 2007–2008 global financial crisis, the US economic downturn, and Great Recession that have been a factor in restructuring American life. The conference seeks to elucidate how US Latinos are facing the crisis and forging the future. It will feature the IUPLR distinguished lecture, a distinguished speakers plenary panel, and 38 sessions with panelists affiliated with more than 55 universities across the United States and the Spanish Caribbean.

The biennial conference is just one example of how IUPLR serves as an information clearinghouse about academic research on Latinos. In an effort to increase knowledge about the history, culture, contributions, and needs of the Latino population among the general public and the academic and policy-making communities, IUPLR holds regular research and policy forums to inform policy groups, legislative groups, government organizations, and the media of the latest research findings.

IUPLR plays a critical role in making higher education more relevant for Latinos and increasing their rates of college completion. Through its short-term intensive seminars and training and long-term internship programs, it encourages students to move through the higher education ‘pipeline’ from undergraduate to postdoctoral level. IUPLR creates opportunities for students and young researchers to increase their qualitative and quantitative skills, join research teams with senior scholars, and learn to effectively use research for policy analysis.

There is still time to register for the 2012 Siglo XXI Biennial Conference. See http://iuplr.nd.edu/news/siglo.php for more details.

IUPLR Summer Institute for Latino Public Policy Washington DC






IUPLR Summer Institute for Latino Public Policy, Washington DC


Attention Students: Cross-Cultural Leadership Internship Deadline February 10
Get your application in now for the Cross-Cultural Leadership Intern Program (CCLIP). CCLIP engages students in real-world applications of their academic studies through exposure to the diverse needs of the Los Angeles and Chicago Latino communities. Students will be immersed as interns in community-based organizations in the neighborhoods of Chicago and Los Angeles for eight weeks to live as members of, learn from, and serve the Latino community. Successful applicants must have a strong interest in issues facing the Latino community. For more information and application materials please visit http://latinostudies.nd.edu/academics/cclip/ or contact Courtney Maesel, program coordinator, 574-631-3796 or latino@nd.edu.

Attention Students: Apply Now for Summer Institute in Latino Public Policy
The Summer Institute for Latino Public Policy (SILPP) is an opportunity for undergraduate students to gain training and insight into public policy and the legislative process. The intense week-long institute in Washington DC (June 11–16, 2012), takes students through a series of seminars, workshops, site visits to national organizations, and meetings with Congressional representatives. The application deadline is April 15, 2012. For more information visit http://iuplr.nd.edu/education/silpp.php or send direct inquiries to Olga Herrera, IUPLR national coordinator, 202-974-6282.

Latino Studies Course Development Grants Deadline February 15
The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts and the Institute for Latino Studies invite faculty to submit proposals to fund the design of a new course related to Latino Studies. Faculty from all colleges in the University are welcome to apply. Interdisciplinary team-taught courses, as well as experiential learning courses, are also welcome. A $2,500 course development grant will be awarded to two proposals each year. The spring deadline for 2011–2012 applications is February 14, 2012. For more information see http://isla.nd.edu/for-faculty/internal-funding/course-development/development-grants-for-new-latino-studies-courses/.

Notre Dame Hosts Democracy in Mexico Forum
On January 12, in the first-ever event of its kind in Chicago, representatives of Mexico’s seven major political parties shared their visions for Mexico’s future in dialogue with leading Mexico experts from area universities. The forum, entitled “Constructing Mexican Democracy,” was organized by Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Institute for Latino Studies, and the Office of Internationalization and sponsored by the Federal Electoral Institute—the autonomous public organization that runs Mexico’s federal elections. ILS Associate Director and Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow Allert Brown-Gort along with ILS Faculty Fellow Jaime Pensado, who co-chair the Kellogg Mexico Working Group, were among the forum’s organizers.

Mikels-Carrasco Issue Expert for Health Disparities Roundtable
Waldo A. Mikels-Carrasco, ILS research associate director, served as an issue expert for the roundtable “Service Delivery and the ACA: Ensuring Access to Care for Underserved Populations” at the December 2011 National Patient Advocacy Leadership Summit (PALS) in Washington DC. The roundtable addressed strategies to assure that health disparities are ameliorated through the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) and the establishment of health exchanges to serve diverse populations in the communities where they live.

ILS Faculty Fellow Rivera Publishes on International Business Management
Foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates, and inflation are the three major external factors that affect multinationals’ budgets. Chief financial officers know they have no influence or control over this “Bermuda Triangle” of outside forces. Nonetheless, these elements must be estimated, evaluated, and examined as part of a multinational’s strategic plan. Juan Rivera’s article, “Budgeting for International Operations: Impact on and Integration with Strategic Planning” examining these issues appears in Management Accounting Quarterly, Summer 2011, Vol. 12, No. 4. Rivera is a fellow of the Institute and associate professor in the Department of Accountancy, Mendoza College of Business.

ILS Faculty Fellow Narvaez’ Commentary Goes Viral on Social Media
ILS Faculty Fellow Darcia Narvaez’ commentary “Dangers of ‘Crying It Out’: Damaging Children and their Relationships for the Long Term,” which appeared on her Psychology Today blog Moral Landscapes has received over 478,000 hits and over 100,000 Facebook likes since December 11, 2011. As a result, over the holidays she was on Wisconsin Public Radio for an hour-long talk show and was interviewed by ABC News Radio nationally and in San Francisco. Narvaez is associate professor of Psychology and director of the Collaborative for Ethical Education. Narvaez’ blog can be accessed at http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201112/dangers-crying-it-out. The post has also been translated into Spanish:

Celador Angón’s Books Honored
Two books by Institute Visiting Fellow Oscar Celador Angón have been featured in the prestigious Osservatorio delle libertà ed istituzioni religiose (OLIR). See http://www.olir.it/libri/index.php?autore=109 to learn more. Celador Angón is a senior lecturer with tenure on the faculty of legal and social studies at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid.

Aragón Guest Edits Immigration-Themed Literary Journal
Francisco Aragón, director of Letras Latinas, the Institute’s literary program, has edited and introduced a special issue of Beltway Poetry Quarterly, an online publication that “showcases the literary community in Washington DC.” The issue features poets from around the United States, all of whom had previously taken part in an event called, “Floricanto in Washington DC: A Multicultural Reading in Response to SB 1070.” Among the diverse and award-winning voices featured are Marilyn Nelson, Martín Espada, Aracelis Girmay, and Francisco X. Alarcón, who is currently serving as the final judge of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize—a Letras Latinas initiative. To access the special “Floricanto” issue of Beltway, visit http://washingtonart.com/beltway/contents.html.

Closing Reception: Christmas Posters from Puerto Rico’s DIVEDCO
On January 17 the Institute hosted a closing reception for an exhibition of Christmas posters from the collection of Professors Thomas Anderson and Marisel Moreno, both of whom are fellows of the Institute. From the early 1950s until it was disbanded in 1990, Puerto Rico’s Division of Community Education (DIVEDCO) produced at least two commemorative Christmas posters each year. As a group, these can be seen as powerful symbols of the program’s embrace of local traditions and its attempts to maintain Puerto Rico’s cultural integrity in the face of the ever-increasing influence of the United States. A broader selection of prints and books produced by artists who worked for DIVEDCO is now on display at the Snite Museum through March 11 under the title “Art at the Service of the People.”

Junior Faculty Workshop
On January 20 a number of junior faculty participated in the third junior faculty workshop of the year. The previous workshops focused on publishing and teaching. The topics of the January workshop were “The Unwritten Rules for Promotion: Academic Service” and “How to Manage Mentors from the Bottom Up.” The Institute for Latino Studies has organized this year-long series of mentoring workshops for ILS and Kellogg junior faculty, Moreau and Peters Fellows, as well as other interested junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows in College of Arts and Letters.

Report Illuminates Economic Impact of Landscaping and Lawn Care Industry
Three ILS researchers working under the auspices of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) recently released the report, “The Economic Impact of the Landscaping and Lawn Care Services Industry on US Latinos.” Among the report’s key findings are that Latino households where at least one member is employed by the landscaping and lawn care services industry obtain more than $25 billion in annual income. The authors of the report are Juan Carlos Guzmán, Cynthia Duarte, and Daniel Martinez. A PDF version of the report can be accessed at http://iuplr.nd.edu/pubs/landscaping2011.pdf.

ILS Welcomes New Latino Studies Subject Librarian
Bart Burk has become the new Latino Studies Subject Librarian, replacing Felicia Smith, who took a position with Stanford University Libraries last Fall. For the past 20 years Bart has been the Social Sciences/Hispanic Cataloging Librarian at Hesburgh Libraries with responsibility for cataloging Spanish and Portuguese materials. Bart has catalogued portions of the rare book collection at the Julian Samora Library for the past few years. He welcomes suggestions and purchase requests for Latino studies materials for the Hesburgh Libraries and is available to provide other services you might need at Hesburgh. He will also be available at the Julian Samora Library on most Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.

Work of ILS Midwest Research Team Featured in International Digital Archive
A research team based at the Institute’s Julian Samora Library is one of three teams to have their work featured in a newly released digital archive. A project of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA) at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Documents of Twentieth-Century Latin American and Latino Art is the result of a decade-long, multimillion-dollar initiative to identify and retrieve thousands of primary and critical texts by notable Latin American and Latino artists, critics, curators, and others who have played an important part in the development of the art produced along this cultural axis. The documents have been catalogued, digitized, and entered into a web-based archive that will create a foundational intellectual corpus for further research and scholarship. Institute Director Gilberto Cárdenas, librarian/archivist Tracy Grimm, and IUPLR national coordinator Olga Herrera led the Midwest team, one of 17 teams across the Americas. The web portal for the archive was formally launched to the public during an international symposium held in Houston on January 19–20, 2012. The Digital Archive may be found at http://icaadocs.mfah.org/icaadocs/. The ILS-Midwest team’s work was also mentioned in a January feature article in the Wall Street Journalhttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204542404577157201024787634.html.

Julian Samora Library Develops Free iPad App
What began as a demonstration project by the Institute’s Julian Samora Library to explore how the documentation of cultural events could be contextualized and presented to new audiences through emerging technologies has resulted in the first University of Notre Dame iPad app developed in-house to be available to the public. Day of the Dead: Experience the Tradition is a virtual exhibit that allows users to learn about Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), which has in recent years become a cross-border cultural movement embraced as a new—and evolving—American tradition. Drawing from an archive of the University of Notre Dame’s ten years of celebrating the Day of the Dead, this visually rich teaching and learning tool will bring the Day of the Dead to iPads and to grade-school classrooms in a format that makes exploring special libraries and museum collections more exciting to teachers and to students of all ages. The goal of the app is, in part, to share the collections and research of the University with the community, both local and global. The app, developed with Notre Dame student talent, is available on the iTunes Store as a free download.

Day of the Dead Skull App








On-Campus Events

EU Official to Speak on Multicultural Cities in the Twenty-First Century
Ignacio Vázquez Moliní, will deliver a talk titled “Multicultural Cities in the Twenty-First Century: The Common Challenges of Chicago and Lisbon.” Part of the “ILS in Conversation” series, this lecture will take place Friday, February 3, 4:00 pm, McKenna Hall room 200. Dr. Moliní has been a European Union official since 1992. He is the Principal Policy Officer, Diplomatic Relations, for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. He teaches comparative literature at the Instituto de Estudios Ibéricos e Iberoamericanos, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal and has published many articles on literature and history and several works of fiction. Dr. Moliní will also speak on the same topic in Chicago on Thursday, February 2, at 4:30 pm, CST, at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, 31 West Ohio Street.

Dedication Ceremony and Gallery Opening Reception
You are cordially invited to attend a pair of events on Wednesday, February 8. At 4:30 pm the Institute will be dedicating the sculpture Jesús Crucificado, a gift of Marianne O’Shaughnessy in honor of her late husband Michael O’Shaughnessy (’63). Jesús Crucificado was created in 2001 by Carlos Barela. The Institute is most thankful to Mrs. O’Shaughnessy for her generosity in donating this sculpture to us, and we are honored to provide a home for this treasured piece from their collection. The dedication ceremony will be held on the second floor of McKenna Hall outside the Julian Samora Library and Archives. A reception will follow.

Concurrent with the dedication ceremony you are invited to attend an opening reception for an exhibition of the frescoes of Frederico Vigil, who joins the Institute as our featured artist for Spring 2012. Vigil’s work will be on display in Galería América on the McKenna Hall mezzanine February 6 through April 27, 2012. The exhibition will consist of 30 dichos (small frescos) and sketches of his cartoon series. Frederico Vigil is a renowned artist of buon fresco—or “true fresco”—a technique in which pigment is painted onto layers of wet plaster. Vigil learned the buon fresco technique in the 1970s from Lucienne Bloch and Stephen Pope Dimitroff, disciples of the great Mexican painter Diego Rivera. Vigil will also give a lecture on buon fresco on Thursday, February 9, in 112 McKenna Hall at 4:30 pm with a reception preceding at 4:00 pm.

Guzmán to Speak on Mental Health Research in the Latino Community
Institute Director of Research Juan Carlos Guzmán will be speaking on the topic of conducting research within Latino populations and on issues of health and mental health in the community. The lecture will be on Thursday, February 9, at 12:30 pm in DeBartolo Hall Room 304. The lecture is open to the public.

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas to Present Lecture on Mexico Today
Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, president of the Foundation for Democracy and Notre Dame Prize laureate will speak on “Mexico Today: At the Bicentennial of Independence and Centennial of the Revolution” on Wednesday, February 22, at 6:00 pm in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Visiting Photographer Mark Klett
On Thursday, March 1, at 7:00 pm photographer Mark Klett will present a number of his collaborative photographic projects that address time, place, history, and culture. He will discuss the collaborative nature of his artistic process, including his work with writers and other photographers, and how these collaborations often lead the research into new territories that no one in the collaboration could predict. Klett’s projects include Third ViewYosemite in TimeReconstructing the View (work from the Grand Canyon), and The Half Life of History (about the Wendover airbase on the Nevada/Utah state line, once the biggest airbase in the world where they prepared to drop the first atomic bomb). The presentation will take place at the Annenberg Auditorium, Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame.

Off-Campus Events

IUPLR National Conference to Examine Latinos and the Economy
The Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) headquartered at the Institute for Latino Studies in the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame announces its Fourth Biennial Siglo XXI Conference, “Forging the Future of Latinos in a Time of Crisis” to take place February 23–25, 2012, at the City University of New York (CUNY) in New York City. Among featured distinguished speakers are Luis R. Cancel, CEO, Entrepreneurial Cultural Consulting; Héctor R. Cordero-Guzmán, PhD, Program Officer, Economic Development Unit, Asset Building and Community Development Program, The Ford Foundation; Teresa L. Córdova, PhD, Director & Professor, Community & Regional Planning, School of Architecture & Planning, University of New Mexico; and Saskia Sassen, PhD, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University and Centennial Visiting Professor, London School of Economics. For more information and to register, please visit the conference web page at http://iuplr.nd.edu/news/siglo.php.