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CLLAS TEACH-IN “Cuba’s Change of Leadership & Cuba-U.S. Relations”

May 1, 2018
6:00 pmto7:00 pm

245 Straub Hall
UO campus

CLLAS invites you to a Teach-In with Will Grant, one of the UK’s leading broadcast journalists on Latin American affairs. He has been the BBC’s Correspondent in Cuba since 2014. In that time, he has covered such historic moments as President Obama’s ground-breaking visit to Cuba and the death of the founder of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.

Grant has also covered Venezuela during the years of President Chávez and has worked in Mexico covering the war on drugs and the transit of thousands of Central American migrants making their way North.

This event is sponsored by CLLAS and cosponsored by the School of Journalism and Communication.

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Monday, January 1st, 2018 Events, Public Policy No Comments

Farmworkers deserve better pesticide rules

Editor’s Note: David Vázquez is a former interim director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS). He is the Head of the UO Department of English.

Eugene Register-Guard Op-Ed: “Farmworkers deserve better pesticide rules”

by Lisa Arkin, executive director of Beyond Toxics; David Vázquez, associate professor of English at the University of Oregon; and Raoul Liévanos, assistant professor of sociology at UO.

December 4, 2017—

More than 1 billion pounds of poisonous pesticides are applied on farms annually in the United States, resulting in as many as 20,000 physician-diagnosed poisonings annually among agricultural workers. University of Oregon environmental studies scholar Sarah Wald puts the number of farmworkers exposed to toxic levels of pesticides closer to 300,000, more than 10 times the official number. A 2008 report by the state ­Department of Agriculture showed that 15.5 million pounds of pesticides were applied on Oregon farms.

For the full text, go to: Farmworkers deserve better pesticide rules

Puerto Rico Teach-In

On November 21, 2017, CLLAS sponsored a teach-in titled, “History of Environmental, Economic, and Political Debts: Puerto Rico and the US,” featuring professors Cecilia Enjuto-Rangel (Romance Languages) and Rocío Zambrana (Philosophy). They engaged in conversation about Puerto Rico and its place in the contemporary colonial history of the United States.

We are now making available the PDF, “History of Environmental, Economic, and Political Debts: Puerto Rico and the US,” put together by Professor Enjuto-Rangel.

For more information about that event, go to: http://cllas.uoregon.edu/puerto-rico-history/

President Michael Schill: Making hostages out of Dreamers in a battle over borders (Guest opinion)

Read UO President Michael Schill’s opinion piece in The Oregonian:
http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/10/making_hostages_out_of_dreamer.html

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Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 Human Rights, News, Public Policy No Comments

Dreamer ally training sessions available for faculty and staff

From Around the O: Dreamer ally training sessions available for faculty and staff
 
October 30, 2017—The second “Dreamer” ally training for faculty and staff will be held Friday, Nov. 17, at the UO’s Many Nations Longhouse.

The UO uses the term Dreamers to refer to students who are undocumented, participate in DACA, receive tuition equity or are from families with mixed immigration status. DACA refers to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an immigration policy that allows two-year stays for some undocumented immigrants who entered the country before their 16th birthday and who have attended school or joined the military.

At the four-hour training, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to explore the challenges facing UO students whose immigrant legal status is precarious or unresolved or who have family members in that situation.

In addition to interactive exercises and discussion, information will be provided on basic laws and policies affecting these students, appropriate referral resources and what to do should immigration officers come to campus. Participants will also receive guidance on how to effectively support Dreamers and will be asked to identify one or more positive changes that they and their unit can make to support Dreamers on campus. › Continue reading

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Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 Human Rights, Public Policy No Comments

Pulitzer winner Jose Antonio Vargas to be in residence at UO

Pulitzer winner Jose Antonio Vargas to be in residence at UO / Around the O 

October 5, 2017 — At age 16, Jose Antonio Vargas went to the motor vehicles department to get a driver’s license and discovered he was in the U.S. illegally.

Jose Antonio Vargas

The green card he’d been given by family when he moved to America from the Philippines as a child was a fake. For years Vargas kept his status a secret, even as he became a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose writing appeared in publications such as the San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone and the New Yorker.

Vargas will be telling his story to University of Oregon audiences as the 2017-18 Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics. On Oct. 24, he will give a public lecture, “Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.” The event begins at 7 p.m. in Room 156, Straub Hall.

In 2011, Vargas wrote a groundbreaking essay for New York Times Magazine revealing himself as undocumented and appeared on the cover of Time magazine in conjunction with a follow-up story he wrote. Some of the ramifications were immediate: He lost the driver’s license he’d finally managed to obtain, and he had to have difficult conversations with close friends to whom he’d never told his secret. His status makes it unsafe to have a fixed address, so he travels most of the time, living in hotel rooms and staying with friends. › Continue reading

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