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From the Director

Welcome to a new academic year and to the first issue of New Horizons in Latino Studies, the newsletter of the Institute for Latino Studies.

New Horizons is a fitting name. When the Institute celebrated its tenth anniversary as part of the Notre Dame community in 2009, we took the opportunity not just to reflect on everything we have accomplished but to look forward to new beginnings. We venture into our next ten years with renewed energy and focus in pursuit of our vision of making Notre Dame the leading academic institution in the country in Latino studies and research by the year 2020.

These are exciting times for Latino studies at Notre Dame. We are happy to announce that enrollment in the Latino studies minor and supplementary major more than doubled this year. In May we graduated the largest class ever of students with a minor or supplementary major in Latino studies. The ceremony took place in our Julian Samora Library and Archives, which has been newly renovated and continues to expand and flourish as an aid to students and faculty pursuing research on the US Latino experience. We would like to thank the family of Lloyd Boehnen, including Julio and Lesley Casillas, and Marcos and Yazmin Ronquillo for their generous support of the library renovations.

The Institute continues to explore the future of Latinos and the US Catholic Church through academic offerings such as the popular course US Latino Spirituality, cross-listed with the Theology Department, through research endeavors such as our collaboration with the Institute for Educational Initiatives to examine the participation of Latinos in Catholic schools, and through outreach such as our participation in the Catholic Leadership Program with the Mendoza College of Business.

This academic year we are also pleased to welcome to campus three new scholars with expertise in Latino studies: Ricardo Ramírez joins the Department of Political Science as a visiting associate professor. Anne Garcia-Romero comes to the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre as a Moreau postdoctoral fellow. And Jaime Lara joins the Department of Theology as a visiting associate professor with a concurrent appointment in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design.

Each month New Horizons will chronicle the Institute's latest academic, research, and outreach activities. In each upcoming issue we will turn the spotlight on a particular member of the Institute family—undergraduate students, Institute fellows, faculty researchers—to share with you the exciting academic and research work they are doing.

It is our hope that New Horizons will provide you with a fresh perspective and a deeper understanding of the work of the Institute. Please join us as we do our part in maintaining Notre Dame's place as the premier Catholic university in the nation.

Gilberto Cárdenas
Director, Institute for Latino Studies


September News

ILS Internship Programs

Ten students participated in annual ILS-sponsored summer internship programs that allow undergraduates to supplement their academic experience with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and explore professional interests. The Cross-Cultural Learning Internship Program in Los Angeles (CCLIP) is made possible, in part, by the Notre Dame Club of Los Angeles, and the Latino Leadership Intern Program (LLIP) in Chicago is cosponsored by the University of Notre Dame's Center for Social Concerns.


New this year is the Julian Samora Library Internship Program in partnership with the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE). The program provides opportunities for undergraduate students to gain primary source research and analytical skills essential for graduate and professional degree studies. American studies major Bilma Canales and theology major George Felix are the first students to participate in the program. Their summer projects investigated the cultural effects of migration and remittances on urban and rural communities in El Salvador and the role of liberation theology in the 1970s Chicano civil rights movement in the Midwest, respectively. Both students will use their summer internship as a basis for their senior theses.


Leadership Seminar for Young Latinos

Forty of the best and brightest Latino high-school students from across the country congregated at Notre Dame July 11-17 to take part in the Latino Community Leadership Seminar (LCLS). The seminar, sponsored by the Office of Pre-College Programs and the Institute, has been held annually since 2005 to bring rising 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.


ILS Welcomes Visiting Faculty Fellows

This summer the Institute was pleased to host two visiting faculty fellows:

  • Oscar Celador-Angón, senior lecturer with tenure on the faculty of legal and social studies at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Spain. Dr. Celador-Angón conducted research in preparation for his new book US Immigration Public Policies: Specific Problems and Peculiarities of the Latino Minority. He will return to Notre Dame for the 2011-2012 academic year to teach and continue his research.
  • Amelia Malagamba-Ansótegui is assistant professor at the Arizona State University Herberger College of the Arts. Her research addresses a variety of topics including Latina/o visual arts and culture, border art, and Mexican photography. She spent the summer at the Institute writing and revising her book manuscript Tracing Border Art Spaces.

This fall the Institute welcomes three visiting faculty fellows:

  • Javier Esguevillas is a tenured professor of international public law and international relations from the Universidad de Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain. He will be team-teaching the class Immigration, Political Rights, and Citizenship: New Perspectives with Allert Brown-Gort.
  • Alex E. Chávez recently earned his PhD in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in folklore and public culture and holds doctoral portfolios in both Mexican American studies and cultural studies. He will be team-teaching the class Introduction to Latinos in American Society with Gilberto Cárdenas.
  • Joe Segura, Arizona State University, is an internationally renowned master printer and filmmaker. Segura's work has been collected by numerous museums including the Walker Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Photography, the National Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Fogg Art Museum. He will be teaching the class Latino Printmaking: History, Critique, Practice.

Summer Institute in Washington DC

The Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR), headquartered at the Institute, held its annual Summer Institute for Latino Public Policy (SILPP) in Washington, DC, June 13-19, 2010. This year's participants included 21 junior and senior college students representing Boston College, Florida International University, University of California-Davis, University of Massachusetts-Boston, University of Notre Dame, University of Texas at Austin and the Universidad de Puerto Rico en Arecibo. Participants attended a congressional breakfast with Senator Dianne Feinstein and met with Congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart and Ed Pastor and the chief of staff of Congressman Stephen Lynch. They visited the Washington offices of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), and the Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC) and attended presentations by faculty from the University of Notre Dame, the University of Arizona, California State University San Marcos, and officials from the Embassy of Mexico.

Institute Participates in Student Orientation Events

In late August the Institute participated in the First Year of Studies Orientation Open House as part of the University's 2010 Academic Exploration Sessions as well as the Notre Dame Centers and Institutes Open House for Graduate Students. Participation in these orientation events is designed to connect the Institute with new students who may have a research interest in Latino studies.

Museum Studies Fellowship in Washington, DC

A group of 16 fellows including advanced graduate students, art administrators, and curators specializing in American, Latino, and Latin American art and related studies attended the Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP) at the Smithsonian Latino Center in Washington, DC, from July 11 to August 7, 2010. Since its establishment by IUPLR in 1994 in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, the program has addressed issues of interpretation and representation of Latino cultures in a museum/gallery setting. Participants came from a number of museums and universities in the United States and abroad.

Workshop on Obesity Research

In July the Institute hosted a workshop for scholars from around the nation as part of its National Latino Overweight and Obesity Education and Prevention Project to discuss the state of research and explore research methodologies. This marks the fifth year of the Institute's participation in a grant funded by the US Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health to address the obesity epidemic among Latinos. The initiative seeks to increase Latinos' knowledge and awareness of the adverse health consequences of overweight and obesity and of the importance of healthy eating and exercise.

ILS Faculty Support the Catholic Leadership Program

On July 17 Allert Brown-Gort and Rev. Daniel Groody, CSC, addressed participants in the Catholic Leadership Program, an executive education program of the Mendoza College of Business. Fr. Groody, director of the Institute's Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture, spoke on "A Theology of Migration," while Institute Associate Director Brown-Gort spoke on "Understanding the US Latino Population."

Important Acquisitions for the Julian Samora Library

The Julian Samora Library and Archives acquired several important collections this summer. The papers of community activist José Juárez include reports, letters, meeting minutes, and newsletters related to various minority education and school district desegregation task forces and studies in South Bend, Indiana, during the late 1970s. Papers concerning the activities of the artist group Vistas Latinas and a series of exhibitions—Vistas Latinas Parts I, II, III, IV, and V, held in New York from 1990 to 1993—were donated to the library by curator and artist Regina Araujo Corritore. More than 1,700 art exhibition catalogs, rare books, and pamphlets related to Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean art and the Chicano Civil Rights Movement were donated to the Julian Samora Library by art collector and Institute Director Gilberto Cárdenas. The collection is a significant resource for scholars and students of art, Latino studies, and the civil rights era. Cataloging of these items began over the summer. Each of these donations is a welcome addition to the Library's growing collection.

New Book in ILS Book Series

The Institute is pleased to announce the publication of Beyond the Barrio: Latinos in the 2004 Elections edited by Rodolfo O. de la Garza, Louis DeSipio, and David L. Leal. Beyond the Barrio is the seventh book in the Institute's Latino Perspectives series published by the University of Notre Dame Press (Gilberto Cárdenas, series editor).

Cárdenas Participates in National Commission

Institute Director Gilberto Cárdenas participated in several meetings this summer as a member of the National Museum of the American Latino Commission. Cárdenas was appointed to the Commission in 2008 by President George W. Bush. The Commission has been tasked with studying the potential of a national museum in Washington, DC, dedicated to the art, culture, and history of the Latino community in the United States.

Brown-Gort in Spain

Institute Associate Director Allert Brown-Gort traveled to Spain during the summer to teach and participate in various conferences and meetings. In Tenerife he attended the IV Hispanic Leaders of North America Conference sponsored by the governments of Spain and of the Canary Islands. In Madrid he presented a paper entitled "The Application of UNESCO Treaties in North America" as part of the International Seminar on UNESCO Treaties, Cultural Cooperation, and the Processes of Integration at the Escuela Diplomática of the Spanish Foreign Ministry. He also met with Secretary General Enrique Iglesias of the General Secretariat for Ibero-America (SEGIB) to discuss collaboration with IUPLR and taught a three-day seminar Migration in the Americas, presented as part of the master's program on international development at the Universidad de Rey Juan Carlos.

ILS Provides Expert Analysis

Over the summer Institute Associate Director Allert Brown-Gort provided expert analysis on immigration and international relations with Mexico in appearances as a guest commentator on the PBS NewsHour, the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, on CNN en Español, and on a variety of radio outlets in the US and Mexico.

NALAC Leadership Institute

Institute Art Coordinator Teresa Hayes-Santos attended the Tenth Annual National Association of Latino Art and Culture (NALAC) Leadership Institute in San Antonio, Texas. The program brings emerging Latino artists and key staff of community-based Latino arts and cultural organizations from across the nation for intensive training in nonprofit arts management and leadership development.


On-Campus September Events

Introducing Latino Scholars Lecture Series

The Institute is pleased to announce the continuation of its Introducing Latino Scholars Lecture Series, which serves both to introduce Latino studies scholars to the Notre Dame community and to introduce our campus to new and emerging experts in the field of Latino studies.


  • For the first lecture Gina Perez will present "Latina/o Youth, JROTC, and the New American Militarism." Dr. Perez is associate professor/chair of comparative American studies at Oberlin College & Conservatory. Her new project is an ethnographic study of the experiences of Latina/o youth in JROTC in a high school in Northeast Ohio. This lecture is cosponsored by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts and the Henkels Lecture Series. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, September 15, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in McKenna Hall Room 112-114.
  • "Blockading the Border and Human Rights: The El Paso Operation That Remade Immigration Enforcement," the second lecture in the series, will be given by Timothy J. Dunn. Dr. Dunn examines the paradigm-changing Operation Blockade and related border enforcement efforts in the El Paso region in great detail, as well as the local social and political situation that spawned the approach and has shaped it since. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, September 28, at 4:30 pm in McKenna Hall Room 112-114. A reception will precede the lecture at 4:00 pm.


Theology of Immigration Lecture

The Institute is pleased to cosponsor with the Kellogg Institute "Dying to Live: A Theology of Immigration," a lecture by Rev. Daniel Groody, CSC, associate professor of theology and director of the Institute's Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture. A scholar, teacher, and award winning author and film producer, Fr. Groody's work focuses on issues of theology, globalization, and immigration. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, September 7, from 12:30 to 2:00 pm in Hesburgh Center Room C-103.

LCLS Alumni Reunion

On Tuesday, September 7, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm the Institute will host the annual Latino Community Leadership Seminar (LCLS) alumni reunion meet-n-greet in the Julian Samora Library and Archives. (See news item above for more about LCLS.)

Student Meet-n-Greet

On Monday, September 13, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in McKenna Hall's Julian Samora Library West Lounge, the Institute will host a meet-n-greet for students wishing to learn more about the Latino studies minor and supplementary major programs. Current students in the programs will be available to answer questions, as will Director Gilberto Cárdenas, Associate Director Allert Brown-Gort, and Director of Academic Affairs Karen Richman. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Student Welcome Back Picnic

The Institute will participate in the annual Student Welcome Back Picnic sponsored by Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS) and cosponsored by a number of academic, administrative, and culturally focused departments at Notre Dame. The picnic provides opportunities for students to connect with various departments, student clubs, and campus organizations interested in celebrating Notre Dame's diversity. The picnic will take place on Thursday, September 16, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on the North Quad under the giant tent.

Limón Lecture

José Limón, Mody C. Boatright Regents Professor of American and English Literature at the University of Texas at Austin, will give a lecture on Monday, September 20, at 4:30 pm in 322 Jordan Hall. The lecture entitled "Remembrances of Things in Texas Past: On Mary Karr and John Phillip Santos" is sponsored by the Department of English. Limón's many academic interests include Chicano literature, cultural studies, anthropology and literature, Mexicans in the United States, US-Mexico cultural relations, critical theory, and folklore and popular culture. Limón will offer an informal presentation followed by a question-and-answer session at an ILS cafecito on Monday, September 20, at 10:30 am in McKenna Hall B024.

Panel Discussion on the Latino Vote

A panel discussion entitled "American Politics in the 21st Century: The Latino Vote" will take place Wednesday, September 22, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the McKenna Hall Auditorium. Panelists include Michael Jones-Correa (Cornell University), Ricardo Ramirez (University of Notre Dame), Matt Barreto (University of Washington), and Maria de los Angeles Torres (University of Illinois in Chicago) with moderator Dianne Pinderhughes (University of Notre Dame). A reception will follow. Sponsors include the Institute for Latino Studies, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, the Rooney Center, and campus student groups.

Student Workshop

Juan Carlos Guzmán, the Institute's director of research, will conduct a student workshop on the topic "What is the Current and Future State of Latinos?" The workshop will feature a discussion of the demographic, educational, and economic future of Latinos, who are set to be around a quarter of the US population by 2050 but currently have the lowest educational and economic indicators of all groups. The workshop will be held on Thursday, September 30, from 12:00 to 12:45 pm in McKenna Hall room 250-I. Bring your lunch. Dessert and drinks will be provided.


Off-Campus September Events

OAS Chicano Photography Exhibition

An exhibition curated by Institute Art Coordinator Teresa Hayes-Santos will be held at the Organization of American States' Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, DC, September 15-October 15, 2010. The exhibition, Mi gente y tu gente: La vida chicana en los EEUU/My People and Your People: Chicano Life in the USA, will feature photographic works by scholar Gilberto Cárdenas.

Poetry Readings and Collaborations

Letras Latinas, the literary program of the Institute for Latino Studies, collaborates with contemporary Latino writers and organizations to enhance the visibility, appreciation, and study of Latino literature. September events include:


  • Poetry Off the Shelf: Valerie Martínez & Silva Curbelo—Letras Latinas partners with the Poetry Foundation and the Guild Complex to present Silvia Curbelo and Valerie Martínez, who will perform their work at the Jazz Showcase at 806 South Plymouth Court in Chicago, Illinois. The reading will take place on Wednesday, September 15, at 6:00 pm. For more information, visit
  • Celebrando Chicana Poetry—Letras Latinas partners with the Poetry Society of America, the University of Southern California, and Southwest Airlines to present Diana Garcia, Maria Melendez, Emmy Pérez, who will perform their work at the "Festival de Flor y Canto: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow." The reading will take place on Thursday, September 16, at 6:30 pm at Friends Lecture Hall, Doheny Memorial Library, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. For more information, visit
  • Cave Canem & Letras Latinas—Letras Latinas partners with Cave Canem and the American Poetry Museum to present R. Dwayne Betts, Brenda Cárdenas, Paul Martínez Pompa, and Ines P. Rivera Prosdocimi, who will perform their work at the Sumner School at 1201 17th Street NW, Washington, DC. The reading will take place on Thursday, September 16, at 7:00 pm, with a colloquium to follow. For more information, visit This reading is made possible, in part, by the Weissberg Foundation.
  • Intersections: Cave Canem & Letras Latinas Redux—Letras Latinas partners once again with Cave Canem to present Brenda Cárdenas, Teri Cross Davis, Gregory Pardlo, and Paul Martínez Pompa, who will perform their work at the Writer's Center at 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, Maryland. The reading will take place on Friday, September 17, at 7:30 pm. For more information, visit This reading is made possible, in part, by the Weissberg Foundation.
  • Fall for the Book—Letras Latinas partners with George Mason University's Hispanic Culture Review to present J. Michael Martínez and Barbara Jane Reyes, who will perform their poetry at this annual multi-day festival that celebrates the written word. The reading will take place on Tuesday, September 21, at 6:00 pm at George Mason University, Research Building, Room 163, Fairfax, Virginia. For more information, visit This reading is made possible, in part, by the Weissberg Foundation.


Immigration Presentation

On Friday, September 24, at 6:00 pm the Instituto Cervantes in Chicago will host a presentation by Mexico's immigration commissioner Cecilia Romero Castillo and the Institute's associate director Allert Brown-Gort, who will lead a public discussion on "Beyond the Border: Sharing Responsibility for Immigration." The Instituto Cervantes ( is located at 31 West Ohio Street, Chicago, Illinois.