CLLAS Executive Board member Kristin Yarris comments on Youth Circulations

Kristin Yarris

Kristin Yarris

Source: Blog — Youth Circulations     Post: January 25, 2016

Editor’s Note: CLLAS Executive Board member Kristin Yarris, a migration scholar and assistant professor in the UO Department of International Studies, comments on representations of Central American and Mexican migrants in the blog Youth Circulations. In the post titled “Visualizing Risk and Potential: Migrants in Zones of Transit,” Dr. Yarris writes: “What is the role of the U.S. media, of photographers and journalists working for outlets such as the New York Times, in providing not only coverage of the movement of people across borders, but also an explanation as to why people migrate? In the historical moment we find ourselves in the U.S. today, when xenophobia and social exclusion seem to shade our responses to displaced persons; the potential role of the media in contextualizing the motives for migration, and in humanizing migrants themselves, seems more crucial and essential than ever.”

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Survey results now in for Latina/os & K-12 Education, Bridging Research and Practice

Survey results are in from attendees of CLLAS’s October 2015 event, Latina/os & K-12 Education, Bridging Research and Practice. Almost half of the 250 attendees completed a questionnaire that asked questions such as: What do you see as the most critical issues regarding Latina/os and K-12 Education? How do you think we can improve the education experience for Latina/o children and their parents? What additional research regarding Latina/os and K-12 education would you like to see happen?

To see the compilation of responses, open this PDF of the 2015 Latina:os K-12 Survey Results.

Links for UO Channel video recordings of the CLLAS-organized event held Oct. 15, 2015, Latina/os and K-12 Education: Bridging Research and Practice.

BE Musica features Quetzal and Martha Gonzales

February 25, 2016
7:30 pmto9:00 pm
Martha Gonzales

Martha Gonzales

UO campus
Beall Concert Hall
961 East 18th Avenue
Eugene, OR

Join us as we celebrate with East LA Chicano Alternative Rock Band Quetzal and Martha Gonzales for several events over two days!

The first event is a large concert in Beall Hall for everyone!


From the ashes of the 1992 Los Angeles rebellion/riots arose a collective of East Side musicians committed to respectfully continuing the legacy of over 70 years of Chicano Rock. The Grammy-winning ensemble Quetzal has created a path that has earned them the title of “one of Los Angeles’ most important bands” (The Los Angeles Times).

Quetzal forges a sound that will simultaneously make you dance and contemplate change, a sound as rich and complex as their pluri-ethnic barrio experience. The group’s unique combination of community activism and creative compositions has allowed them to travel the world using music as a tool for creating a global network of musicians committed to building community.

Quetzal’s fifth album, “Imaginaries,” released by Smithsonian Folkways, received the Grammy Award in 2013 for Best Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative Album.

$12 general admission, $8 students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the UO Ticket Office, 541-346-4363

Event sponsored by the UO School of Music and Dance, EMU’s theBEseries; the Oregon Humanities Center; the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art; UO Academic Affairs; UO Fandangueros; the UO Justice, Difference, Inequality Cluster; the UO Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies; the UO Folklore Program; the UO Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE); the UO Multicultural Center (MCC); and the UO Women’s Center.
BE there and BE música.

UO graduate student teaches Spanish to children through music at United Music Academy

United Music Academy students practice for their holiday concert.

United Music Academy students practice for their holiday concert.

January 8, 2016 — University of Oregon graduate student Corie Brown is teaching Spanish to children through music at Eugene’s United Music Academy, which she directs. United Music Academy offers weekly music classes to students ages 4 – 14, featuring songs in multiple languages, especially Spanish. The Academy aims to make access to high-quality music classes possible for all local kids in this age range, regardless of income or aptitude. “Music is not as available in the public schools as it used to be,” says Brown. “All children deserve the opportunity to participate in music.”

Brown brings enthusiasm and experience to the program. She recently moved to Eugene from Colombia, South America where she was working on the cultivation of choirs in the renowned national music program of 4,500 children, “Fundación Batuta.”  She is currently finishing her master’s degree in choral conducting at UO, where she works with Dr. Sharon Paul. Brown brings a diverse set of experiences and passion from not only South America, but also her experience in the Midwest where she grew up and began her teaching career.

The Academy offers Children’s Choir (ages 7-9) and Youth Choir (ages 10-14), which are both conducted by Corie Brown and focus on developing the young singer musically and socially through fun world and classical choral music. The Academy also includes Music for Preschool (ages 4-6), taught by Santiago Valderrama. Valderrama holds a bachelor’s in early childhood music education and has eight years of experience teaching preschool and elementary music in his native Colombia. › Continue reading

CLLAS Executive Board members Gabriela Martínez and Ellen McWhirter among UO’s 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Award winners

Gabriela Martínez

Gabriela Martínez

Ellen McWhirter

Ellen McWhirter

See story in Around the O

Two CLLAS executive board members are among the recipients of the University of Oregon’s 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Award. They are:

  • Gabriela Martínez, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication.
  • Ellen McWhirter, Ann Swindells Professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology.

The awards recognize university classified staff, faculty and officers of administration whose contributions to the campus community, beyond typical job expectations, also uphold and exemplify ideals supported by Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards winners were selected based on nominations from campus colleagues. › Continue reading

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