Mixed-Status Families In the US/Mexico Borderlands

October 3, 2016
1:30 pmto3:00 pm


castaneda_talk_final2Knight Library
Browsing Room

Mixed-Status Families In the US/Mexico Borderlands: Inequality and the Meanings of Citizenship in the Contemporary Migration Experience

A talk by Dr. Heide Castañeda (Anthropology, University of South Florida)

Monday October 3, 1:30-3pm

There are 2.3 million mixed-status families in the US, in which the undocumented legal status of some members influences opportunities and resources for all. A focus on individuals in law and policy largely overlooks cumulative ripple effects on families, although individuals are always embedded within these complex social units. This talk examines how mixed-status families experience specific policies related to health care, education, and mobility, and seeks to understand how they collectively navigate opportunities and obstacles. It is necessary to understand the experiences of these families – including and especially the impacts on some 4.5 million US citizen children – in order to ensure equitable application of policy and to reduce disparities. › Continue reading

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Mexican Bracero Food and Foodways: New Mexico and West Texas, 1942-1964

October 6, 2016
4:00 pmto5:30 pm

Browsing Room
Knight Library
1501 Kincaid St.
UO campus

photo-2Please join us October 6, 2016 from 4:00-5:30 in the Browsing Room of the Knight Library for this presentation by Juan Manuel Mendoza Guerrero, Autonomous University of Sinaloa, Mexico

Food was a central concern for the Mexican workers who arrived to the U.S. under the so-called Bracero Program (BP), from 1942-1964 and “braceros’” decisions about migrating, remaining, or returning to their home country. Food was a source of diplomatic controversy between the signatory countries to the BP; at the same time, food served as raw material for those sectors of U.S. society that were opposed to this massive immigration coming from Mexico. Southern New Mexico and West Texas formed a region of intense immigration of Mexican laborers, attracted by the cultivation of cotton, alfalfa, and vegetables. Unlike in California, the food patterns of laborers in this region were influenced by the proximity to Mexico, by the size of farms (smaller than in California), and by the existence of people of Mexican origin who acted as employers. While bracero food in this area did not escape the influence of U.S. national guidelines, which sought to make the tastes and preferences of braceros consistent with “scientific” food, bracero eating habits were a dynamic reflecting disadvantages such as low wages and vulnerabilities in hiring with the ability to cook for themselves and the reality of having Mexico nearby. › Continue reading

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“Myths, Lies and Truths: The Re-Invention of Ladino Song as Ancient”

October 10, 2016
6:00 pmto8:30 pm
Guy Mendilow Ensemble

Guy Mendilow Ensemble

Public Lecture: October 10, 6:00 pm, 145 Straub Hall, 1451 Onyx Street; “Myths, Lies and Truths: The Re-Invention of Ladino Song as Ancient”

Concert: October 9, 7:30 pm at The Shedd; “Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom”

Class: October 10, 12:00-1:50pm, 30 Pacific, UO campus: “Introduction to Ladino song”

As part of her class on Sephardic Cultures in the UO Clark Honors College, Monique Balbuena (Associate Professor of Literature, Clark Honors College) is bringing the Boston-based international band Guy Mendilow Ensemble, “an award-winning sextet of world-class musicians with members hailing from Israel, Palestine, Argentina, Japan, the UK and the USA.” The band will be here in its trio formation.

Balbuena’s upper-division colloquium focuses on the history, music and literature of Sephardic Jews—Jews who originated in the Iberian Peninsula and went on Diaspora after the 1492 expulsion from Spain. It will discuss the development of Ladino, or vernacular Judeo-Spanish, the Jewish language that formed as a result of the encounter of different varieties of Spanish in the Ottoman Empire. Early in the term Guy Mendilow’s Ensemble will be in residence in Eugene. The musicians will come to town and participate in a series of events. › Continue reading

Thursday, September 15th, 2016 Academic Courses, Art, Music & Culture, Events No Comments

Cherríe Moraga: Lorwin Lecture on Civil Rights & Civil Liberties

October 13, 2016
6:00 pmto8:00 pm
October 14, 2016
10:00 amto11:30 am
Cherríe Moraga

Cherríe Moraga

Lorwin Lecture
“The Last Exhale of Our Mother’s Breath” — The ‘Work’ of the First Generation Writer

Crater Lake Rooms
Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
1222 E. 13th Ave.

Activist Methods Workshop
Many Nations Longhouse
1630 Columbia St.
Workshop space limited:
please RSVP to

The UO Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) hosts esteemed and iconic Chicana writer, feminist activist, poet, essayist, and playwright Cherríe Moraga for the keynote Lorwin Lecture on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 13 at the Erb Memorial Union on the UO campus. She will lead an activist methods workshop (see description below) for faculty and graduate students from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 14 at the Many Nations Longhouse. Workshop space is limited. Please RSVP to to reserve your space. CLLAS is a cosponsor.

Maestra Moraga has been an artist-in-residence at the Stanford University Department of Theater and Performance Studies and in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity for nearly twenty years. A poet, playwright-director, writer-essayist, educator, and cultural activist, she is also the co-editor of the seminal anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, which won the Before Columbus American Book Award in 1986. Her most recent work, A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings 2000 – 2010, was published by Duke University Press in 2011.

She is the recipient of the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature, the American Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Lambda Foundation’s “Pioneer” award, among many other honors.

Description of “Activist Methods” Workshop

“There is no ‘method’ to being an Activist. There is only, courage, consciencia and commitment. There is the rigor required in recognizing what we do not know and the willingness to learn on the spot. There is the process of coming to understand the difference between the too-often ease of political rhetoric vs. the true complexity of direct action.” Cherríe Moraga

In this two-hour workshop Maestra Moraga will field questions from participants about activist organizing strategies and obstacles. She will discuss the relationship between cultural/art production and direct action; on-line activism and direct action; educational institutions and direct action; and more. She will also engage participants in a theater exercise (or two) to approach embodied understanding of power relations and our response to them.

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Monday, September 12th, 2016 Art, Music & Culture, Books, Events No Comments

Study Abroad Scholarship – Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires – University of Oregon

October 15, 2016

Deadline: October 15, 2016

Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina is proud to announce the SABE (San Andrés Building Excellence) scholarship for
undergraduate international students interested in studying in the PROGRAM IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES. We welcome applications from students at University of Oregon for the Mar-Jul 2017 or Aug-Dec 2017 semesters.

Partial and complete tuition scholarships (full tuition is $8000 USD) will be awarded based both on merit and need. The deadline to apply
for the program and for the scholarship is Oct 15, 2016. Universidad de San Andrés is a private university modeled on the liberal arts college with one of the best academic rankings in Latin America. › Continue reading

Sunday, September 11th, 2016 Academics, Events No Comments

Mario Sifuentez: Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest

October 28, 2016
12:00 pmto1:30 pm

Knight Library,
Browsing Room

Speaker: Mario Sifuentez, Assistant Professor, University of California, Merced

Lecture title: “Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest”

Lecture date: Friday, October 28, 12-1:30 PM, Knight Browsing Room

Professor Mario Sifuentez, a UO alum, will be giving a public talk about his new book, Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest,on Friday October 28. The book includes several chapters on Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), the Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United organization whose papers are housed in UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives..

BIO: Mario Sifuentez is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of California Merced. Professor Sifuentez grew up in Eastern Oregon, the child of migrant farmworkers and attended the UO, graduating with a triple major in Political Science, History and Ethnic Studies in 2002. He received an MA in History at the UO in 2004, and went on to receive his PhD at Brown University in 2010.

Sifuentez is returning to campus on October 28 to talk about his groundbreaking first book, Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest, from Rutgers University Press. Employing an innovative approach that traces the intersections between Chicana/o labor and environmental history, Sifuentez shows how ethnic Mexican workers responded to white communities that only welcomed them when they were economically useful, then quickly shunned them. He vividly renders the feelings of isolation and desperation that led to the formation of ethnic Mexican labor organizations like the Pineros y Campesinos Unidos Noroeste (PCUN) farm workers union, which fought back against discrimination and exploitation. Of Forests and Fields not only extends the scope of Mexican labor history beyond the Southwest, it offers valuable historical precedents for understanding the struggles of immigrant and migrant laborers in our own era.

Sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies. Cosponsored by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.

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