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.

Book celebration: Alaí Reyes-Santos presents “Our Caribbean Kin: Race and Nation in the Neoliberal Antilles”

May 20, 2016
11:00 amto1:00 pm

Reyes-Santos_bookcoverAlder Building Conference Rm
(first floor)
818 E. 15th Ave.
UO campus

Ethnic Studies professor Alaí Reyes-Santos presents her book Our Caribbean Kin: Race and Nation in the Neoliberal Antillesat UO. Prof. Amalia Cabezas, UC, Riverside, will discuss the contributions of the book to the fields of Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies, and Caribbean, Latin American and Latino Studies. Join us in this celebration and meet renowned scholar Amalia Cabezas!

Sponsored by Ethnic Studies and the Center for the Study of Women in Society. › Continue reading

“Exploring Mexican Immigrants’ Engagement in Oregon Civic Life,” with Anabel Lopez-Salinas

April 11, 2016
12:00 pmto1:30 pm

Anabel-Lopez-Salinas_2Condon 330
1321 Kincaid St.
UO campus

CLLAS Visiting Scholar Presentation

Anabel Lopez-Salinas is a native of Oaxaca, Mexico. She holds a master’s degree in regional and technological development from the Instituto Tecnológico de Oaxaca. Her focus was on economic development and migration between the United States and the Mixteca, the poorest region of Oaxaca and the birthplace of her parents. In 2010 Anabel came to Oregon to pursue a PhD in public affairs and policy at Portland State University. Since her arrival, she has worked and volunteered with the Latino immigrant community in Oregon and served as board secretary of the Beaverton Hispanic Center. While working on her dissertation, entitled “Exploring Transnational Economic, Social, and Political Participation of Mexican Immigrants in Oregon,” she has interviewed immigrants and public officials on the economic, political, and social incorporation of immigrants in Oregon. While at the University of Oregon, she will help coordinate the CLLAS Latino Civic Participation Project (LCPP).

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

Combining Activism and Research: Synergies and Obstacles

May 10, 2016
3:00 pmto5:30 pm

AmericasRIG_large_poster_final2Browsing Room
Knight Library
1501 Kincaid St.
UO campus

Panel: Combining Activism and Research: Synergies and Obstacles

Presentations by:

  • Daniel HoSang, UO Department of Political Science
  • Lynn Stephen, UO Department of Anthropology
  • Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj

Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj is a journalist, social anthropologist, and international spokeswoman who has been at the forefront in struggles for respect for indigenous cultures. She was Executive Director of the Mecanismo de Apoyo a Pueblos Indígenas Oxlajuj Tzikin (Support Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples) (2005-2013). Dr. Velásquez Nimatuj is the first Maya-K’iche’ woman to earn the doctorate in Social Anthropology and she initiated the court case that made racial discrimination illegal in Guatemala.

Irma Velasquez

She has won numerous academic fellowships and awards for her journalism, She was a member of the Latin American Consulting Group of Indigenous Leaders for UNICEF and participates in the UN through the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She also served as advisor on indigenous issues for the Latin American and Caribbean office of UN Women (2014-2015). She is the author of Pueblos Indígenas, Estado y Lucha por Tierra en Guatemala (AVANCSO 2008) and La pequeña burguesía indígena comercial de Guatemala Desigualdades de clase, raza y género (AVANCSO-SERJUS 2002). She writes a weekly newspaper column in elPeriódico de Guatemala and through both her political and academic efforts seeks to create viable and realistic ways to create equality for indigenous people and a truly democratic and participatory democracy in Guatemala.

Sponsored by CSWS’s Americas Research Interest Group (Americas RIG), CLLAS, Department of Political Science, and the College of Arts and Sciences Program Grant.

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