2015-16 CLLAS Impact Report

2016-cllas-impact-rpt-web-version_page_1The 2015-16 CLLAS Impact Report is available in hard copy for those who request it. The PDF version can be accessed at: 2016-cllas-impact-rpt-web-version

This report includes a record of project highlights, research funding, events, contributions, and commentary from AY 2015-16.

It includes a profile of last year’s visiting scholar, a letter from our interim director, and important statistics reflecting CLLAS’s impact on campus.

Saturday, November 26th, 2016 Publications No Comments

Now available: Spring 2016 CLLAS Notes

0516_CLLAS_Notes_WEB_Page_1Spring 2016 CLLAS_Notes

CLLAS founding director Lynn Stephen passes the torch of leadership and highlights the history and many achievements of the past nine years in the formation and growth of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.

This spring issue of CLLAS Notes also includes greetings from the 2016-17 interim director, Gabriela Martínez, an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication. You’ll learn about Anabel Lopez-Salinas’s experiences as CLLAS Visiting Scholar. UO graduate student Lidiana Soto tells her moving personal story about crossing the border in her comments made as a panelist at the CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium.

Read about CLLAS-supported faculty and graduate student research and news and updates on research action projects, our Latino Roots Project, and faculty and graduate student achievements. Updates on CLLAS events include the CLLAS spring forum “Latin@s and the 2016 Election: Policies, Immigration, and Action,” a concert by Zapotec hip-hop artist Mare Advertencia Lirika, and a visit by artist Hector Villegas.

All this and more are included in this spring 2016 edition of CLLAS Notes, the twice-yearly newsletter for the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies. Watch for yours soon in your campus or home mailbox, or view it now online.

Sad Happiness: Cinthya’s Transborder Journey

Sad-Happiness-DVD-front-coverSad Happiness: Cinthya’s Transborder Journey

directed by Lynn Stephen; produced by Sonia De La Cruz and Lynn Stephen
Creative Commons
39 minutes

Lynn Stephen is co-director of CLLAS and a professor in the UO Department of Anthropology.

This documentary “explores the differential rights that U.S. citizen children and their undocumented parents have through the story of one extended Zapotec family. Shot in Oregon and Oaxaca, Mexico, and narrated by eleven-year old Cinthya, the film follows Cinthya’s trip to her parent’s home community of Teotitlán del Valle with her godmother, anthropologist Lynn Stephen. There she meets her extended family and discovers her indigenous Zapotec and Mexican roots. … At a larger level, Cinthya’s story illuminates the desires and struggles of the millions of families divided between the U.S. and other countries where children are mobile citizens and parents cannot leave. In English, Spanish, and Zapotec with English subtitles. TRT: 39 minutes.

Watch it on Vimeo at these links:  Sad Happiness: English   Sad Happiness: Spanish

Winter 2016 CLLAS Notes now available

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Articles focused on CLLAS-supported faculty and graduate student research, updates on past events, descriptions of recent faculty books and film, and news of upcoming events are all included in the winter edition of CLLAS Notes, the twice-yearly newsletter for the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies. Watch for yours soon in your campus or home mailbox, or view it now online.

CLLAS co-director Gerardo Sandoval brings you up-to-date on fall events in his Director’s Letter, where he also extends a warm welcome to our new CLLAS Visiting Scholar, Anabel Lopez-Salinas, a native of Oaxaca, Mexico, and a PhD candidate in public affairs and policy at PSU. She will helping Dr. Sandoval and others to coordinate the CLLAS Latino Civic Participation Project, which is featured on page 7 of CLLAS Notes for its role in helping to make the City of Eugene’s parks and community centers a more welcoming and inclusive place for its growing Latino population.

You can also read about honors and awards, the latest on CLLAS Research Action Projects, and a full report on the October symposium “Latina/os and K-12 Education: Bridging Research and Practice.”


Monday, January 4th, 2016 News, Publications No Comments

CLLAS board member Kristin Yarris receives the Society for Psychological Anthropology’s Stirling Award

Kristin Yarris

Kristin Yarris

Kristin Elizabeth Yarris, assistant professor in the UO Department of International Studies and a member of the CLLAS Executive Board, was recently awarded the Society for Psychological Anthropology’s Stirling Award for best published article in Psychological Anthropology for “‘Pensando Mucho’’ (‘Thinking Too Much’): Embodied Distress Among Grandmothers in Nicaraguan Transnational Families,” published in Cult Med Psychiatry (2014) 38:473–498. Access the article here: Yarris. CMP. 2014

Professor Yarris also recently had a chapter published in a book. Citation: Yarris, Kristin E. 2015. Grandmothers, Children and Intergenerational
Distress in Nicaraguan Transnational Families. pp.117-234. In: Brandon Kohrt and Emily Mendenhall (Eds.) Global Mental Health: Anthropological
Perspectives (Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press).

Saturday, November 14th, 2015 Advisory Board, Books, Publications, Research No Comments

Spring 2015 edition of CLLAS Notes now available


0515_CLLAS_Notes_WEBRead testimonials and film synopses from three students in the 2015 Latino Roots class taught by Dr. Lynn Stephen and Dr. Sonia De La Cruz  in the latest edition of the CLLAS Notes, the newsletter of the UO Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.

Learn more about books recently published by faculty associated with the mission and goals of CLLAS. Read articles from faculty  and graduate students about CLLAS-supported research and events, including a look at Oregon Latin@ high school students and equity, an examination of the experiences of self-identified Latin@ undergraduates at UO, a description of the documentation of a highly endangered indigenous language from the Brazil-Bolivia border area, and an examination of the role of U.S. governmental institutions in intimate partner violence  against immigrant women and women seeking asylum. › Continue reading

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