Lunes Latinx: National Celebration of Spanglish Day Presentations

October 24, 2016
8:00 amto6:00 pm

Title: Lunes Latinx: National Celebration of Spanglish Day Presentations

Date: October 24th

Time: 8am-6pm

Location: EMU Ampitheater

Description: Come enjoy students in the department of Romance Languages present their creations in celebration of Spanglish and translanguaging!

Mario Sifuentez: Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest

October 28, 2016
12:00 pmto1:30 pm

Knight Library,
Browsing Room

Speaker: Mario Sifuentez, Assistant Professor, University of California, Merced

Lecture title: “Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest”

Lecture date: Friday, October 28, 12-1:30 PM, Knight Browsing Room

Professor Mario Sifuentez, a UO alum, will be giving a public talk about his new book, Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest,on Friday October 28. The book includes several chapters on Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), the Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United organization whose papers are housed in UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives..

BIO: Mario Sifuentez is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of California Merced. Professor Sifuentez grew up in Eastern Oregon, the child of migrant farmworkers and attended the UO, graduating with a triple major in Political Science, History and Ethnic Studies in 2002. He received an MA in History at the UO in 2004, and went on to receive his PhD at Brown University in 2010.

Sifuentez is returning to campus on October 28 to talk about his groundbreaking first book, Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest, from Rutgers University Press. Employing an innovative approach that traces the intersections between Chicana/o labor and environmental history, Sifuentez shows how ethnic Mexican workers responded to white communities that only welcomed them when they were economically useful, then quickly shunned them. He vividly renders the feelings of isolation and desperation that led to the formation of ethnic Mexican labor organizations like the Pineros y Campesinos Unidos Noroeste (PCUN) farm workers union, which fought back against discrimination and exploitation. Of Forests and Fields not only extends the scope of Mexican labor history beyond the Southwest, it offers valuable historical precedents for understanding the struggles of immigrant and migrant laborers in our own era.

Sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies. Cosponsored by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.

New study delves into state approaches to immigration | Around the O

Daniel Tichenor

Daniel Tichenor

Source: New study delves into state approaches to immigration | Around the O

Daniel Tichenor, a UO political science professor and CLLAS faculty affiliate, is engaged in a “States of Immigration” study with professors Robin Dale Jacobson from the University of Puget Sound and Elizabeth Durden of Bucknell University. The researchers were recently awarded a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help them pursue this research over the next two years.

“Their project is unusual in its in-depth analysis of how attitudes, laws and experiences differ across states, especially in states that are not the typical receiving grounds for immigrants, like Texas, California and New York. Instead, their research will examine two pairs of neighboring states — Arizona and New Mexico, and Virginia and Maryland — that have markedly different immigration laws and policies.

“‘The states with the highest immigrant populations tend to inform many people’s views on this hot-button issue,’ Tichenor said. ‘Examining pairs of states that are less studied and have strikingly different attitudes on immigration should give us a deeper understanding of the historical and contemporary challenges surrounding immigrant integration.’”

See the full story in Around the O.

“Bicycle Justice and Urban Transformation,” a new book coedited by CLLAS co-director Gerardo Sandoval

image001Bicycle Justice and Urban Transformation: Biking for all? 
Edited by Aaron Golub, Melody L. Hoffmann, Adonia E. Lugo, Gerardo F. Sandoval (2016, Routledge, 270 pages).

How can our cities better provide for all bicyclists, not simply prioritize those with the privilege of biking for fitness and fun? CLLAS co-director Gerardo F. Sandoval’s newly released book on bicycle justice provides multiple perspectives on re-designing cities for people on bike with a lens of equitable planning, policy, and advocacy. Along with coeditors Aaron Golub (Portland State University), Melody L. Hoffmann (Anoka Ramsey Community College), and Adonia E. Lugo (California State University-Los Angeles), Dr. Sandoval has drawn from multiple disciplines to provide a timely perspective on how cities’ increasing move to enhancing their bicycle transportation systems can do so in a way that serves all community members. Dr. Sandoval is an associate professor in the UO Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management. › Continue reading

Optimism, broad communications experiences drive new SOJC dean

Juan-Carlos Molleda

Juan-Carlos Molleda

July 15, 2016—“Juan-Carlos Molleda starts each day with a cup of freshly ground Colombian coffee and a good dose of NPR. Then he scans The New York Times, Washington Post, Oregonian, Economist and his Twitter feed to see what’s happening in global news.

“‘It’s a challenge to remain optimistic, but for me it’s a priority,’ he says.

“Optimism is a given for the new Edwin L. Artzt Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication, who also brings a fresh perspective and a firm commitment to ensuring a vibrant future for the SOJC.

“‘I have big shoes to fill but I am so excited,’ Molleda said. ‘I will be articulating the message of the school and building bridges not only in local and state communities, but nationally and internationally. I’m also looking forward to collaborating with my colleagues and helping them achieve greater heights.’

“Formerly chair of the Department of Public Relations at the University of Florida, Molleda created and directed UF’s online master’s program in global strategic communication, was an affiliated faculty member of UF’s Center for Latin American Studies, and served as a Fulbright senior specialist.”

For the full story, go to Around the O: Optimism, broad communications experiences drive new SOJC dean | Around the O

Founding director Lynn Stephen passes CLLAS leadership torch

A Farewell Letter from CLLAS founding director Lynn Stephen

Lynn Stephen holds a plaque that commemorates her service to CLLAS.

Lynn Stephen holds a plaque that commemorates her service to CLLAS.

Nine years ago, I worked with others to begin creating an intellectual community and collaborative research space that would connect UO faculty, students, and administrators to Latino and Latin American communities in Oregon, the United States, and abroad. Because this kind of space didn’t exist, we had to build it. Our vision was hemispheric, bringing together Latino/a and Latin American studies across many different borders, disciplines, and perspectives. We believed that intellectual and human connections that brought community into the university and the university into the community were at the heart of knowledge production, teaching, and research.

In the fall of 2007, the life of CLLAS began when an official advisory board was formed with Carlos Aguirre, Cecilia Enjuto Rangel, Pedro Garcia-Caro, Michael Hames-García, Kathryn Lynch, Ernesto Martínez, Gabriela Martínez, Edward Olivos, Analisa Taylor, Tania Triana, Stephanie Wood, and me as members. From that beginning, CLLAS has grown from a small center that was incubated with the support of the Center for the Study of Women in Society to an independent research center that sponsors dozens of events every year, supports graduate student and faculty research, runs four research action projects, and is widely connected in the state of Oregon, the United States, and in a number of Latin American countries.

On Saturday, April 24, 2010, CLLAS was formally launched at a family-friendly event at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art with CLLAS board members, community activists, students, and other supporters. Following are some of our outstanding accomplishments over the past six years:  › Continue reading



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