University Theatre season closes with lost comedy of New Spain

Editor’s Note: There is still time left to see this play recently unearthed by UO Latin American studies director Pedro García-Caro. The director is UO doctoral candidate Olga Sanchez Saltveit, who is a 2018-19 CLLAS Graduate Student Research Grant awardee. Ticket info

From Around the O: University Theatre is putting on the first-ever English translation of a 1789 Spanish Enlightenment comedy that looks at Latino culture and racial classification in the New World.

The play, “Tricks to Inherit: A Nephew and his Uncle,” originally was written by Fermín de Reygadas in Mexico City and was recently unearthed by UO Latin American studies director Pedro García-Caro.

Shortly after its transcription, director and UO doctoral candidate Olga Sanchez Saltveit translated the play into English and added a modern flair to illuminate the play’s complex themes.

“It’s part of reclaiming Hispanic history in California,” Sanchez Saltveit said. “I think it’s in keeping with the kind of theater that matters.”

Students and community members will be able to see Sanchez Saltveit’s adaptation, “Tricks to Inherit,” at Robinson Theater May 25-26, June 1-3 and June 8-9. UO students are admitted free by claiming tickets at the box office one hour before the show. › Continue reading

Brenda Garcia Millan wins prestigious fellowship & teaching award

2017 Tinker Fellow Brenda Garcia Millan (MA International Studies, 2018) has been selected to participate in the prestigious Latino Mental Health International Research Training Program (MHIRT), sponsored by the University of Southern California Department of Psychology. As a MHIRT fellow, Brenda will spend her summer working alongside her faculty mentor, Dr. Shoshana Berenzon Gorn, at the National Psychiatric Institute in Mexico City, where her research will focus on improving access to mental health care for underserved communities. MHIRT is funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, and is designed to train the next generation of researchers focused on reducing mental health disparities for U.S. Latinx communities. Kristin Yarris, assistant professor of international studies, is also an MHIRT Faculty Mentor.

Brenda was also awarded the distinguished and extremely competitive Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Award to teach in Madrid, Spain. Starting Fall 2018, Brenda will be working at an instituto (secondary school), where she will prepare students for the Global Classrooms (Model UN) project. Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, or other multilateral body, which introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making.

Brenda’s Fulbright ETA award is funded by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Institute of International Education (IIE), and the Community of Madrid.

Eye of the storm: UO students reach out to hard-hit Puerto Rico

Alai Reyes-Santos

From Around the O

April 13, 2018—UO ethnic studies professor Alaí Reyes-Santos made a major revision to the curriculum for her “Race, Ethics, Justice” course last fall: She added a trip to Puerto Rico.

It was week three of the term and Reyes-Santos, a native Puerto Rican, was frustrated with the lack of federal aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. It had been weeks since the storm devastated the island and there were still widespread power outages and severely limited access to potable water and medical care.   

She saw an opportunity to have her students consider how the overarching questions they were examining about race, ethics and justice were applicable to the crisis, and to use that analysis and knowledge to create resources to help educate the public and spur conversations about those issues. The resources the class created were just published on a new website, “The UO Puerto Rico Project: Hurricane Maria and its Aftermath.” › Continue reading

Katie Meehan is engaged in a 3-year-research project funded by NSF

Katie Meehan

April 2018—Last summer, Katie Meehan, associate professor in the UO Department of Geography,  started a three-year research project funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, exploring how scientists integrate and mobilize climate change knowledge across disciplinary cultures, spatial scales, and international borders. The project examines three case studies of research initiatives in the Americas, including a US-Brazil project, the Fulbright NEXUS, and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI). Here is the link to the project website: https://www.knowledgeintegrationproject.org/

This research was profiled in a short media story by reporter Emily Halnon for Around the O: https://around.uoregon.edu/content/uo-researcher-trails-intriguing-subject-other-researchers.

Go here for Meehan’s recent article based on a hemispheric study of climate change knowledge at the science-policy interface across the Americas, supported by the Fulbright NEXUS grant: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0162243917745601

Provost awards new Knight Chair to professor of anthropology Lynn Stephen

Lynn Stephen speaks at the 2017 Latino Roots Celebration / photo by Jack Liu

From Around the O

March 22, 2018—UO anthropology professor Lynn Stephen, a renowned scholar of Latin American studies, has been awarded a prestigious Philip H. Knight Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Stephen is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences as well as a member of the graduate faculty in ethnic studies. She is also a participating faculty member in women’s, gender and sexuality studies and Latin American studies.

She was awarded the honor as a way of “recognizing a limited number of truly outstanding professors,” according to her letter of appointment from Jayanth Banavar, provost and senior vice president. › Continue reading

Ana-Maurine Lara’s “Kohnjehr Woman” a finalist for Lambda Literary Award

March 6, 2018—Kohnjehr Woman, a book of poetry by Ana-Maurine Lara, has been nominated as a finalist for the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards.

Lara, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Oregon and a CLLAS affiliated faculty member, is an award-winning poet and fiction writer whose novels include Erzulie’s Skirt (RedBone Press 2006) and When the Sun Once Again Sang to the People (KRK Ediciones 2011).

As the foundation states, “The Lambda Literary Award is the most prestigious LGBTQ book prize in the world. With nearly 1000 total submissions considered for nomination it is a significant achievement to be named a finalist.”

Lara will be performing at the 2018 CLLAS Symposium on March 8 at Gerlinger Lounge during the reception (6 pm to 7:30 pm) as part of Riffiando: Dominican Artists in the House!

For a complete list of finalists: https://www.lambdaliterary.org/features/news/03/06/lambda-literary-award-finalists/




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