Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant featuring Jose Antonio Vargas

October 24, 2017
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

156 Straub Hall
1451 Onyx Street
Eugene   View map

Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas will discuss how American identity and citizenship are construed in culture and policy, through the telling of his own story. Vargas, the 2017-18 Wayne Morse Chair, is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and filmmaker. He is the founder of Define American, a nonprofit organization that uses storytelling to shift the conversation about immigration, and #EmergingUS, a multimedia startup for a new multi-ethnic, multiracial America.

In 2011, Vargas wrote an essay for the New York Times Magazine in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. A year later, he appeared on the cover of TIME with fellow undocumented immigrants as part of a follow-up story he wrote. He also wrote, produced, and directed Documented, an award-winning documentary on his experience. Vargas will be in residence at the Wayne Morse Center mid-October to mid-November 2017. His visit is in conjunction with the Wayne Morse Center’s 2017-19 theme of inquiry, Borders, Migration, and Belonging.

Study finds microfinance can help, even if goals aren’t met | Around the O

Erin Beck

Editor’s Note: Erin Beck is a member of the CLLAS Executive Board.

Source: Study finds microfinance can help, even if goals aren’t met | Around the O

August 7, 2017—UO political scientist Erin Beck thinks development organizations aren’t asking the right questions if they want to truly understand what the money they spend trying to help lift poor people out of poverty around the globe is actually doing.

Her new book, How Development Projects Persist, outlines her takeaways from researching nongovernmental microfinance organizations for poor rural women in Guatemala and challenges standard ways of measuring the success of development projects. She argues that organizations rely too much on numbers and often overlook critical human interactions, which are not as easily measured but are central to understanding how development projects function and persist.

“We can’t just think about what the projects are doing for people but should also examine what people do for projects,” Beck said. “We need to look at how policies get transformed on the ground.” › Continue reading

Latino Roots | Around the O

June 27, 2017—Editor’s Note: Now live on the Home Page of the University of Oregon website, a feature story on the Latino Roots classes co-taught by CLLAS codirector Gabriela Martínez, and CLLAS founding director Lynn Stephen.

Latino Roots, Oregon Branches

BY JASON STONE

2017 Latino Roots celebration

“You come to college to take classes like this one.

“It’s part history, part sociology, part anthropology, part journalism and part documentary filmmaking, but it’s all about the experience. The 400-level Latino Roots course is an example of the many compelling, hands-on, educational opportunities we offer at the University of Oregon. With an eye on history and a hand in technology, this course combines the theoretical with the practical and empowers students to apply their new knowledge in the real world.

“An intensive, two-term, 20-week course, Latino Roots is offered every other academic year. During the first term, centered in a formal classroom setting, students learn about the history of racial identity formation in Oregon. Next, the class moves to the Cinema Studies Lab in Knight Library for hands-on training in the use of audio-video technology and editing software, as well as learning the art of documentary storytelling.”

For the full story, with video & photographs, go to: Latino Roots | Around the O

Volunteer Opportunity with Centro Latino Americano

Source: Volunteer Opportunity with Centro Latino Americano – University of Oregon

Monday, August 7 at 3:30pm

More dates through November 1, 2017

Centro Latino Americano

Centro Latino Americano is looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming Community Navigators. These are community members who receive specialized training to provide quality immigration information and services for their communities in an empowering and effective way. They are also liaisons between their community, legal service providers, social service organizations, and government representatives.

Your role will be to provide accurate information in your community (i.e. informational sessions after church, at school, or at your place of work, organizing in the community to defend or create pressure against the new administration’s actions, reporting victimization, etc), you will refer applicants to trusted legal service providers and community-based organizations, and are responsible for reporting victimization of immigrants by fraudulent “attorneys.”

If you are interested, please visit our webpage and contact Karla Schmidt Murillo (Community Navigator Organizer & Trainer) for more information and to set up an interview.

Email: karlasm@centrolatinoamericano.org

Website: http://centrolatinoamericano.org/2017/02/community-navigators-volunteer-opportunity-with-centro-latino-americano/

Thanks!

DACA and DREAMer students see new face of support

Source: DACA and DREAMer students see new face of support | Around the O

Justine Carpenter

July 17, 2017—“Students who are Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals, more commonly referred to as DACA students, have a new face of support in Justine Carpenter.

“Carpenter has been named director of multicultural and identity-based support services, with an expansion of her role to include supporting DACA and DREAMer student services within the Dean of Students Office.

“Jane Irungu, assistant vice president of student engagement, has been serving in the role, but will be leaving the university for a new position at the University of Oklahoma as director of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies. › Continue reading

An Evening with Maria Hinojosa, host of NPR’s Latino USA

October 5, 2017
7:30 pmto9:00 pm

156 Straub Hall
1451 Onyx St.
UO campus

An Evening with Maria Hinojosa, host of NPR’s Latino USA

 



2017 Latino Roots Celebration


Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies Gift Fund

Access the above link for giving to the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies Gift Fund. Online gifts may be made using the form available at this link; all gifts are processed by the University of Oregon Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization responsible for receiving and administering private donations to the University of Oregon.

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