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A Message from the Director

Gilberto Cardenas

As many of you know, I will be stepping down as director of the Institute effective July 1, 2012. I look forward to working with the administration in this transitional period and beyond, and am pleased to say that I will not be leaving Notre Dame, but will continue to teach and to assist the provost while fitting in, at some point, a long-awaited sabbatical. I am very grateful for the support the University has given me from the founding of the Institute in 1999 through the present. As we begin a new academic year, my last as director of the Institute, I would like to take a moment to reflect on some of Institute’s key accomplishments and future promise.

Since our doors opened in 1999, the Institute has contributed a total of 321 course offerings and added 38 new classes to the Notre Dame curriculum, the majority of these supported by Institute resources. I am grateful for the guidance provided by the faculty serving on the Institute’s Executive Committee as we continue to move forward in developing this critical academic program.

Since 1999 the Institute has hosted 211 Notre Dame undergraduates and 66 graduates as student workers, research and teaching assistants, and/or interns. Some of my most rewarding moments over the years have been hearing from our alumni how valuable and special the Institute was to them during their years at Notre Dame. Many recount how the Institute not only provided them with a taste of professional work or research experience but also how the warmth of the Institute’s faculty and staff and the space of the Institute, with its cultural familiarity, served as an invaluable home-away-from-home.

The coming academic year will be an outstanding one. The University will have the highest number of students enrolled in the Latino studies minor and supplementary major and we are offering more courses in Latino studies than ever before. We also expect to make great strides towards the completion of the Notre Dame Center for Creative Arts. I am pleased to welcome Carlos Jauregui, who will be joining the Romance Languages faculty, to the University as a new colleague. Along that line, now that the Institute has been incorporated into the College of Arts and Letters, I look forward to working with Arts and Letters department chairs this year to help identify and recruit Latino faculty—a priority Dean John McGreevy has established for the College.

I also look forward to working with the ILS Advisory Council, a dedicated group of individuals who have become an integral part of what the Institute is doing now and in the future. Their advice, counsel, and financial support have been invaluable in advancing the goals of the Institute.

As I reflect on the past decade I am particularly thankful to the Institute’s leadership, especially Associate Director Allert Brown-Gort and Assistant Director Doug Franson. We have been blessed also to have the wisdom and leadership of Fr. Virgil Elizondo, Fr. Dan Groody, Fr. Don McNeill, and Tim Matovina in helping us advance our Catholic mission in all our endeavors. Lastly, I want to thank the Institute staff for their creativity, dedication, and commitment and I look forward to another productive and successful year.

Gilberto Cárdenas
Director, Institute for Latino Studies

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Institute Website Redesigned
In September the Institute rolls out a new look and design for its website. The new site has been designed for ease of navigation and is streamlined to allow visitors easier access to important information about our academic programs, news and events, research, library, and publications. We hope you’ll take a few moments to visit the site at


Institute Welcomes New Visiting Faculty Fellows
We welcome two visiting faculty fellows with expertise in law and immigration who join the Institute for the 2011–2012 academic year.

  • Professor Oscar Celador-Angón is a senior lecturer with tenure on the faculty of legal and social studies at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. His main research interest focuses on constitutional comparative law, human rights and public liberties, the legal situation of religious, ethnic and minority groups, emigration and human rights. He will be conducting research and preparing his new book, US Immigration Public Policies: Specific Problems and Peculiarities of the Latino Minority.
  • Professor Javier Esguevillas is a tenured professor of international public law and international relations at the Universidad de Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain. He will teach a course during the fall semester on “Immigration, Political Rights, and Citizenship.”

Moreno Presents Research on Literature and Diaspora
Faculty Fellow Marisel Moreno recently published her article “‘Burlando la raza’: La poesía de escritoras afrodominicanas en la diáspora” in Camino Real: Estudios de las Hispanidades Norteamericanas 3.4 (2011), the journal of the Instituto Franklin of the University of Alcalá, Spain. In July she presented her paper “Bateyes, yolas y diáspora: Los derechos humanos de la mujer en la literatura dominicana-americana” at “The Spanish Caribbean Conference: Toward a Field of its Own” in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The conference was organized by the Inter-University Program for Latino Research’s (IUPLR) Working Group on the Spanish-Caribbean.

Limón’s Work Goes South!
José E. Limón, Institute faculty fellow and Notre Dame Professor of American Literature, presented a plenary address on July 18, 2011, at the annual Faulkner conference at the University of Mississippi, a gathering of leading William Faulkner scholars. Limón’s lecture, “South by Southwest: Faulkner and Greater Mexico,” offered a previously unexamined connection between Faulkner’s work and the history and politics of what Américo Paredes called “Greater Mexico,” a connection most evident in one of Faulkner’s most famous novels, Light in August, but also enabling all of Faulkner’s narratives as a result of the South’s role in the US-Mexico War of 1846 leading directly to the Civil War.

Martinez Presents on Migration
Institute Adjunct Professor Daniel E. Martinez presented a chapter from his dissertation entitled “The Facilitation of Unauthorized Migration Attempts: New Evidence from the Arizona-Sonora Border Region” at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, which took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 20–23. The theme of this year’s conference was “Social Conflict: Multiple Dimensions and Arenas.”

Rivera Receives Kellogg Research Grant
Juan Rivera, Institute fellow and member of the Mendoza College of Business faculty, received a research grant from the Kellogg Institute to fund field research work for his project “An Assessment of a Model for Crop Substitution for Sustainable Agricultural Development in Rural Mexico.”

Summer 2011 ILS Cross Cultural Leadership Internships
Nine Notre Dame students completed eight-week internships as part of the ILS Cross Cultural Leadership Program (CCLIP). CCLIP engages students in real-world applications of their academic studies as interns in community-based organizations in Chicago and national minority-serving organizations based in Los Angeles. Interns live as members of, learn from, and serve the minority communities in these urban settings. In Chicago students and their placements were Luis Huerta (Chicago Archdiocese), Jacqueline Covarrubias (Las Caras Lindas), Maya Younes (MALDEF), Ricardo Barrios (Casa Juan Diego), and Nelson Guillen (Interfaith Leadership Project.) This year’s Los Angeles-based interns and their placements were Amanda Meza (Urban League), Michael Savage (MALDEF), Eugene Staples (La Opinion), and Victor Cruz (Self-Help Graphics). Projects undertaken included grant writing, filming and editing on-line journalism reports and instructional videos, running a youth arts program, working with families facing deportation, assisting families facing home foreclosures, website design, and at-risk youth community programming. CCLIP is open to all Notre Dame undergraduates. The summer 2012 internship program open house will take place later this fall. For more information contact Cynthia V. Duarte ( or Courtney Craig (

Summer Institute in Washington, DC
The Inter-University Program for Latino Research, headquartered at the Institute, conducted the 2011 Summer Institute for Latino Public Policy in Washington, DC, June 12–17. The program gathered students from IUPLR member institutions for training in leadership, public policy, and advocacy. This year’s theme focused on issues of culture, education, and migration.

Brown-Gort Participates in Unaccompanied Migrant Youth Committee Meeting
Institute Associate Director Allert Brown-Gort participated in an August 2011 meeting of the Mexico-US Working Committee on Unaccompanied Migrant Youth. The meeting was convened to address challenges faced by unaccompanied migrant children and to assess the current work being done by each country. The committee, headed by First Lady of Mexico Margarita Zavala, includes representatives from the US Department of Homeland Security Administration of Children and Family Services as well as Mexico’s Youth Protection Services and the Office of Inter-Institutional Relations at the National Institute of Migration. It also includes delegates from non-government organizations such as UNICEFAppleseed, and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). Participating academic institutions were the University of Notre Dame and ITAM in Mexico City.

Latino Community Leadership Seminar Adds Second Week
Twice the number of talented, rising high school seniors were admitted to the annual Latino Community Leadership Seminar (LCLS) this year, bringing the number of this year’s participants to seventy. 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. The opportunity to expand the 2011 program to include a second group was made possible by the generous financial support of Institute Advisory Council Chair Doreen Dominguez. Her commitment and support for the Institute and the University is deeply appreciated. The seminars took place July 10–16 and July 24–31.

Sixty High School Students Tour Institute, Talk Education and Careers
On July 22 sixty high school sophomores and juniors representing 15 Chicago area high schools toured the Institute’s library and offices as part of a summer enrichment program of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. Institute Associate Director Allert Brown-Gort and Program Coordinator Courtney Maesel led discussions with the students about their plans for college and the paths in higher education that lead to various careers. Students had interest in a range of fields such as medicine, engineering, teaching, cosmetology, business, and government service.

Institute Hosts Guanajuato Delegates
As part of the City of South Bend’s welcome to delegates from its new sister city, Guanajuato, Mexico, the Institute hosted a University tour and reception for the committee on August 24. The addition of Guanajuato to South Bend’s sister cities is another recognition of the importance of the Latino community to the city and region.

Letras Latinas Presents Slate of Writers in New York
Letras Latinas, the Institute’s literary program, was invited to curate an evening of literature in performance in mid-town Manhattan at “Word for Word,” the open-air summer reading series in Bryant Park. Poets Cynthia Cruz, J. Michael Martínez, and Maria Melendez were joined by Notre Dame alum and fiction writer Toni Margarita Plummer, all of whom read from their work. Book sales and a signing followed the reading, which took place on August 26. To stay up to date on Letras Latinas-related news, visit Letras Latinas Blog at

Letras Latinas Welcomes Lauro Vazquez
Letras Latinas is pleased to welcome MFA candidate Lauro Vazquez, who joins the ILS staff to assist with Letras Latinas’ mission. Among the tasks Lauro will be carrying out is providing new and regular content for Letras Latinas Blog, including author interviews, book reviews, and other items of literary interest. He will also be carrying out Letras Latinas’ oral history interviews. Lauro holds a degree from Dominican University and is a member of CantoMundo, a national Latino/a poets’ collective (

Brown-Gort Named to Editorial Board
In July Associate Director Allert Brown-Gort was named to the Editorial Board of Diálogo, a bilingual journal published by the Center for Latino Research at DePaul University.

Groody and Brown-Gort Speak to Catholic Leaders
Rev. Daniel Groody, CSC, and Allert Brown-Gort provided presentations to the Mendoza College of Business’s Catholic Leadership Program. On Friday, July 15, Groody spoke on “Dying to Live: A Theology of Migration,” while Brown-Gort gave a presentation on July 16 entitled “Understanding the US Latino Population.”


On-Campus Events

Welcome Back Picnic for Notre Dame Students
Students, don’t miss the welcome back picnic this Thursday, September 1, at 4:00 pm on the North Quad. Music by DJ3J, live performances from student clubs, a photobooth, magic by EuGene (yes, really), and lots of free food. And a chance to win a FREE Nintendo Wii! Everyone is welcome.

Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection
A showcase of 65 paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection comes to the Snite Museum of Art this fall. This exhibition is derived from Marin’s most recent passion—collecting small paintings at most 16” square and smaller in size. In contrast to other works in his collection representing and promoting the Chicano art movement of the mid-60’s and 70’s, the content of many of these small paintings leans more towards the artists’ internal or personal statements rather than responses to political, social or cultural situations. The exhibition will be on display at the Snite Museum of Art, O’Shaughnessy West Gallery, September 4 through November 14, 2011. For more information and a short video about the exhibition please see

Henkels Lecture by Dr. George Lipsitz
American Studies scholar George Lipsitz will present the lecture “Affinities, Affiliations, and Alliances: Why Asian American Studies Matters Now” September 8 on the Notre Dame campus. Lipsitz is a leading scholar of social movements, urban culture, and inequality in the United States and has authored several books, including The Possessive Investment in Whiteness. He serves as chairman of the board of directors of the African American Policy Forum and is a Professor of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This is the first in a four-part Henkels lecture series entitled “RACE: Critical Reflections on Culture, Power, and Change in the United States.” The lecture will take place at 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 8, in the Eck Visitor Center Auditorium, with a reception preceding the lecture at 4:30 pm. It is free and open to the public.

Lecture by Dr. Barbara M. Loste
Barbara M. Loste will present the lecture “Corita Breaking (all) the Rules” on Tuesday, September 13, in McKenna Hall 112-114 at 4:00 pm with a networking reception 4:30 pm. The subject of the lecture, Sister Mary Corita (1918–1986) was a prolific twentieth-century American artist treasured for her juxtaposition of colorful shapes and visionary quotes, often inspired by everyday pop culture. As an art professor at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles in the late 1960s, Corita assembled a set of rules for students and teachers. Rule 1: “Find a place you trust and try trusting it for a while.” Rule 4: “Consider everything an experiment.” By rule 10, Corita quoted avant-garde musician John Cage by adding, “We’re breaking all of the rules, even our own.” Sister Corita’s creative life and legacy—as an artist, teacher, and woman religious—can be examined in light of her uncanny ability to break some rules. Loste teaches in the Modern Languages & Literatures Department at Eastern Washington University and is a team leader for the University’s Advanced Languages Program in high schools and previously directed a bilingual exhibition at the Library of Congress and was a consultant with the USDA Forest Service for development projects in Central America and the Caribbean.

Tour of Latino South Bend
Join us for a fun and informative exploration of Latino South Bend. See how Mexican immigrants have revitalized South Bend’s west side. Taste authentic food such as paletas, conchas, huevos rancheros, horchata, tacos de lengua, and participate in the vibrant Spanish-language mass. The west side has developed an enclave of businesses, shops, restaurants, groceries, mechanics, and financial institutions. Become familiar with agencies that serve this community and are in need of student volunteers, including La Casa de Amistad, El Campito, Sabor Latino radio station, and clinics. The date of the tour is Sunday, September 18, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Space is limited so please contact the Institute for Latino Studies academic director, Karen Richman, at to reserve your spot.

Julian Samora Library Open House
In celebration of American Archives Month and Hispanic Heritage Month, the Julian Samora Library will host its annual open house for faculty, staff, students and the public on Monday, September 26, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Julian Samora Library, McKenna Hall 204. Please join us to tour the library and see samples of its collections related to the Latino experience and contributions to American civic and cultural life, including rare books, manuscripts, and oral history interviews. Information about the library’s course-tailored instructional sessions on primary source research will also be available. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Henkels Lecture by Dr. David Roediger
Professor David Roediger will present the public lecture “Race Management: Production and the Production of Difference in US History” on Thursday, September 29, on the Notre Dame campus. Professor Roedifger has written on US movements for a shorter working day, on labor and poetry, on the history of radicalism, and on the racial identities of white workers and immigrants. His publications include Our Own Time, The Wages of Whiteness, and How Race Survived US History. Roediger teaches history and African American Studies at the University of Illinois. This is the second 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, September 29, in the Snite Museum of Art’s Annenberg Auditorium, with a reception preceding the lecture at 4:30 pm. It is free and open to the public.

Lecture on Revolution and Liberalism in Mexico
On September 29 Dr. Jose Antonio Aguilar will present the lecture “The Ideological Legacies of Revolution and Liberalism in Mexico.” Dr. Aguilar is a professor of political science at CIDE, one of Mexico’s most prestigious universities. A graduate of the University of Chicago with research interests in multiculturalism, electoral processes, and voter behavior, he is most recently the editor of The Sword and the Pen: Liberty and Liberalism in Mexico 1821-2005. The lecture will be held on Thursday, September 29, at 4:00 pm in Hesburgh Center Room C103.

Off-Campus Events

North America Now: A Closer Look at the Continent Ten Years After 9/11
An evening of art and social conversation designed to explore the state of North America and the border relations between Canada, the United States, and Mexico will take place on Wednesday, September 7, at 7:00 pm at the Instituto Cervantes, Chicago. The event will feature local politicians, cultural leaders, and television personalities with creative performances and visual art woven into the conversation. Institute Associate Director Allert Brown-Gort will be a featured panelist along with 5-time Emmy award-winning journalist Marcus Riley, among others. The evening will also include performances by Teatro Luna and Bailiwick Chicago. The event is sponsored by the Bailiwick Chicago and Teatro Luna in partnership with the Consulado General de Mexico en Chicago, the Consulate General of Canada, and the Instituto Cervantes. For more information and to purchase tickets for the event please see Instituto Cervantes is located at 31 W Ohio Street, Chicago, Illinois.