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October Spotlight: Latino Studies Minor Nelson Guillen

Nelson Guillen

This summer Latino studies minor Nelson Guillen (Notre Dame 2014) completed the five-day Google BOLD Immersion Program, a series of professional development workshops designed to help students learn what it takes to be successful in Google’s various departments, including finance, “people ops,” marketing, and sales. He learned about what a day in the life of each of these sectors was like and also participated in interview and résumé workshops. The highlight of his trip was the three days students spent working on a case study addressing the challenge of reaching small minority-owned businesses. As part of a team of seven students, Nelson participated in designing a marketing strategy with a $50,000 budget to reach minority-owned businesses and increase acquisitions of Google’s enterprise products. On the last day of the program, all eight groups presented their marketing strategies and Nelson’s group came in third place.

“One of the things I found extremely useful in completing the case study,” says Guillen, “was the knowledge that I had gained through the Latino studies courses I have taken, including the Cross-Cultural Internship Program and the Migrant Experiences Seminar. The fact that such a big company like Google is dedicating time to conducting case studies focused on the needs of small minority-owned business, that are often predominantly Latino, reaffirms my belief that I made the right choice by being a Latino studies minor and that it will continue to play an important role in my business career and future endeavors.”

Nelson states the immersion program was an incredibly rewarding experience: “I cannot wait to intern at Google summer of 2012!” Nelson is an IT management major.


Moreno-Anderson Wins Governor’s Award for Service Learning
The Institute congratulates Marisel Moreno-Anderson, a fellow of the Institute and assistant professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, for being awarded the prestigious Governor’s Award for Service Learning. The award is one of Indiana’s most prestigious awards for volunteer service and is presented through its Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. The award comes in recognition of Moreno-Anderson’s work in the creation of the first upper-division Spanish literature and culture courses to be offered at Notre Dame. Students in these courses—“Migrant Voices: Latino/a Literature through Service Learning” and “Race and Ethnicity in US Latino/a Literature and Community Based Learning”—work with La Casa de Amistad (http://www.lacasadeamistad.org/), a community outreach organization that has been involved with the Latino community in South Bend since 1973. Professor Moreno-Anderson will be honored at the 2011 Governor’s Conference on Service and Volunteerism Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 13.

Elizondo on Immigrants, Borders, and Love of Neighbor
Rev. Vigilio Elizondo led a seminar entitled “The Future is Mestizo: Communities of New Creation at the Borders of Separation” during the Reconcilers Weekend Conference co-sponsored by Duke Divinity School, the Center for Reconciliation, and the Hispanic House of Studies on September 16 and 17. The seminar on Mestizo Theology and the Galilean Journey reflected on the growing communities of mixed ancestry, language, and cultures and explored what it means to follow a savior who was considered a child of an unknown father and who broke down identity barriers and crossed segregated boundaries.

Advisory Council Meets
On September 15–17 the Institute’s Advisory Council convened on campus for their annual meeting. Among topics discussed were the Institute’s transition to the College of Arts & Letters and the approval of the Institute’s five-year strategic plan. Dorene Dominguez, CEO of Vanir Group, Inc., Sacramento, California, began her term as chair of the council.

Elizondo Delivers Swanstrom Lecture, Presents at International Colloquium
Fr. Elizondo presented a Swanstrom Lecture for Catholic Relief Services on September 7. The lecture was webcast. He also presented a lecture, “The Practice of Theological Elaboration,” at the International Colloquium on Practical Theology held at Laval University, Quebec, September 22–24.

Groody Publishes Book on Spiritual Writings of Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez
Rev. Daniel Groody, CSC, associate professor of theology and director of the Institute’s Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture, has published Gustavo Gutiérrez: Spiritual Writings. The book explores the writings of Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, OP, who is considered the leading voice of liberation theology. Groody selected, edited, and arranged Gutiérrez’ writings to explore “the profound spirituality that has forged Gutiérrez’ theological vision.” Gustavo Gutiérrez: Spiritual Writings, is published by Orbis Books as part of its Modern Spiritual Masters series.

Latino Community Leadership Seminar Reunion
On September 22 the Institute hosted the annual Latino Community Leadership Seminar (LCLS) alumni reunion at the Julian Samora Library. The seminar, sponsored by the Office of Pre-College Programs and the Institute, has been held annually since 2005 to bring rising high school seniors to campus to learn about the University and to explore the role of Latinos in US society through a series of presentations, discussions, and experiences.

Junior Faculty Mentoring Workshop
On September 23 the Institute held the first of its series of mentoring workshops for junior faculty of ILS and the Kellogg and Kroc Institutes, as well as Moreau and Peters Postdoctoral Fellows. This session included two 45-minute panel presentations by three senior faculty members: “How to Publish a Refereed Journal Article” was presented by Erika Doss, Dan Myers, and Dianne Pinderhughes and “How to Publish Your Book” was presented by Jose Limón, Tim Matovina, and Darcia Narvaez. Future planned topics include “How Great Teaching Can Help Your Scholarship and Career,” “Engaging the Media and the Public as a Scholar,” and other subjects of interest and help to junior scholars. The workshops are open to any junior faculty or postdoctoral fellow in College of Arts and Letters. Please contact Courtney Maesel (courtney.maesel@nd.edu) for more information on future mentoring workshops.

Institute Participates in Leadership Seminar on Immigration in Indiana
Institute Associate Director Allert Brown-Gort and Visiting Faculty Fellows Daniel Martinez and Jessica Hamar-Martinez presented at the September session of the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program on Immigration and Changing Demography in Indiana held at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Brown-Gort led the session “Immigrants in Indiana from a Latino/a Perspective” while Daniel and Jessica Martinez shared their research in a session entitled “Migrants from Mexico.”

Brown-Gort Keynote Speaker at Hispanic Heritage Month Event
Institute Associate Director Allert Brown-Gort was the keynote speaker at the Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne campus on September 22. The luncheon also included a student presentation and a Q & A following the keynote.

Course-Tailored Primary Source Research Instruction Offered
The Julian Samora Library annually offers hands-on primary source instructional sessions tailored to course syllabi. The library’s special collections research materials—personal papers, flyers, pamphlets, photographs, posters, etc.—allow students to personally encounter first-hand experiences of American history covering an inter-disciplinary range of topics including the civil rights movement, identity and race topics, American culture and art, labor, immigration, and literature. Sessions include an introduction to the research value of archives and special collections libraries, including what to expect when visiting one, hands-on document analysis, and group discussion. To arrange an instructional session for a Fall 2011 or Spring 2012 course, please contact archivist Tracy Grimm at tgrimm@nd.edu.


On-Campus Events

Lecture on Global Migrant Labor
Cindy Hahamovitch, professor of history at the College of William and Mary and a leading historian of American farm workers, will deliver a public lecture entitled “Guest Workers of the World, Unite! You Have Nothing to Lose but Your Job, Your Passport, Your Visa: The United States and the Global History of Deportable Labor.” Based on Hahamovitch’s new book No Man’s Land: Jamaican Guestworkers in America and the Global History of Deportable Labor, this lecture will be of special interest to students and faculty studying migrant labor, questions of political economy, Catholic social teaching, and food studies. The lecture will take place on Monday, October 3, at 6:00 pm in the Andrews Auditorium of the Center for Social Concerns, Geddes Hall. Please contact Dan Graff, director of undergraduate studies in the Department of History (574-631-5733, dgraff@nd.edu) for more information.

Distinguished Author Daniel Alarcón at Decio Mainstage Theater
On October 4 Daniel Alarcón will read from his novel-in-progress and share some of his experiences as a writer of Peruvian descent who straddles both the North American and South American cultural landscapes. The New Yorker recently named Alarcón as one of 20 writers under the age of 40 to keep an eye on (“20 under 40”). He is the author of two books, a short-story collection, War by Candlelight, a finalist for the 2005 PEN-Hemingway Award, and Lost City Radio, which was a named “Best Novel of the Year” by the San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post. Alarcón is also associate director of Etiqueta Negra, an award-winning quarterly published in Lima, Peru, contributing editor to Granta, and producer of Radio Ambulante, a new Spanish-language podcast that will focus on stories about Latin Americans set to launch in 2012. This is a Worldview Initiative event (Office of the President), co-sponsored also by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the Kellogg Institute, the Graduate School, the Institute for Latino Studies, Letras Latinas, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Creative Writing. The event, entitled “At Night We Walk in Circles: An Evening with Peruvian-American Author Daniel Alarcón,” will be held on Tuesday, October 4, at 7:00 pm in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Decio Mainstage Theatre. The reading will be followed by a Q & A and a book signing. This is a free but ticketed event. Please call 574-631-2800 to reserve tickets. Maximum two tickets per person.

Cardinal Mahony In Residence in October
His Eminence Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles 1985–2011, will be a visiting scholar of the Institute for the month of October. Cardinal Mahony will conduct research on immigration reform and work closely with Notre Dame students through class visits and lectures. To kick off his campus visit, Cardinal Mahony will provide commentary and conversation on a presentation by Jessica Brock (JD ’10, LLM ’11) on “The DREAM Act: Its Provisions and Promise” Thursday, October 6, at 12:45 pm in 1140 Eck Hall of Law. The event, sponsored by the Program on Law and Human Development of the Notre Dame Law School, the Center for Social Concerns, and the Institute for Latino Studies, is open to students, faculty, and staff of the University of Notre Dame.

Distinguished Notre Dame Alumnus to Read from New Book
John Phillip Santos will read from his latest book, The Farthest Home is in an Empire of Fire. A Notre Dame graduate, Santos is a freelance filmmaker, producer, journalist and author. In 1979 he became the first Mexican-American Rhodes Scholar. His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles TimesSan Antonio Express-News, and the New York Times and he has served as executive producer on over forty broadcast documentaries on culture, religion, politics, and spirituality for CBS News and PBS, some of which have been nominated for Emmys. He has been awarded the Academy of American Poets’ Prize at Notre Dame, the Oxford Prize for fiction, and the Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. His family memoir, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation, was a finalist for the National Book Award. The reading will take place on October 11 at 4:30 pm in 202 McKenna Hall. A reception and book signing will follow. Santos’ visit is sponsored by Letras Latinas, the Institute’s literary program, and the Graduate School.

Attention Students! Summer 2012 Internships Open House
The Summer 2012 Internship Open House for the Institute’s Cross Cultural Leadership Internship Programs will be held in the McNeill Room, Geddes Hall, at the Center for Social Concerns, 5:30 pm, Tuesday, October 25. Student participants from the summer of 2011 will give a brief presentation on their experiences and be available for questions. Internship coordinators will also be available for questions and applications for summer 2012 will also be available. For more information about the programs see http://latinostudies.nd.edu/academics/cclip/.

Henkels Lecture: “Birthright Citizenship Debates Beyond Black and White”
This talk by University of California, San Diego Professor Natalina Molina sheds light on the history of debates over birthright citizenship. Historically, matters of birthright citizenship have been discussed in conjunction with African Americans (such as with the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment) and, to a lesser extent, the Chinese (with the 1898 Wong Kim Ark Supreme Court decision). This talk demonstrates why Mexican immigrants became the targets of campaigns to deny them birthright citizenship in the 1930s. This is the third in a four-part Henkels lecture series titled “Race: Critical Reflections on Culture, Power, and Change in the United States.” The lecture will take place at 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 27, in McKenna Hall 210-214, with a reception preceding the lecture at 4:30 pm. It is free and open to the public.

Student Poster Exhibition Featured at Galería América
Currently on display at Galería América is UNITY, an exhibition of selected works from Graphic Design 3, taught by Notre Dame professor Robert Sedlack. The course, an advanced course in visual communication, explores how design can effect positive social change. During the 2010–2011 academic year, the class focused on how the idea of unity relates to civil and human rights. The class work involved considering the South Bend’s Civil Rights Heritage Center’s identity and publicity campaign, as well as entering the posters into a national contest, “Poster Clash.” Several of the posters advanced within the competition and one, submitted by student Coleman Collins, finished second overall. Congratulations to Coleman and please stop by the Galería, located on the mezzanine level of McKenna Hall, to view these powerful and thoughtful works. The gallery is open 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Off Campus Events

Letras Latinas Unveils Its 2011–2012 Season
Letras Latinas, the Institute’s literary program, recently unveiled its 2011–2012 schedule featuring sixteen writers over ten events. The series “Letras Latinas Presents” includes collaborations with the Library of Congress, Harvard University, Georgetown University, and the Bryant Park Corporation in New York, among others. The full season can be viewed at Letras Latinas Blog: http://latinopoetryreview.blogspot.com/2011/09/letras-latinas-presents-20112012.html.