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.

Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj, “Activism and Social Change in Postwar Guatemala”

May 11, 2016
5:00 pmto6:30 pm

AmericasRIG_large_poster_final2Global Scholars Hall
Room 123 (Great Room)
Poster PDF

Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj,  “Activism and Social Change in Postwar Guatemala.”

Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj will speak about activism and social change in postwar Guatemala in a talk at the Global Scholars Hall at 5 pm on May 11.

Irma Velásquez 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. 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), the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS), Department of Political Science, and the College of Arts and Sciences Program Grant.

Latin@s and the 2016 Election: Policies, Immigration, and Action

May 13, 2016
4:00 pmto7:00 pm

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Straub Hall
Room 156
1451 Onyx St.
UO campus

Latin@s and the 2016 Election: Policies, Immigration, and Action

This event will explore the current nature of the Latin@ electorate and the issues most relevant to this constituency. Presenters will also discuss the presidential candidates and their respective policy positions.

This event will feature:

  • Larry Kleinman, Head of National Initiatives, CAPACES Leadership Institute
  • Antonio Huerta, Outreach Manager, Opportunities Program, University of Oregon
  • Breakout sessions on gender, immigration/deportation, and youth participation
  • The Latino Roots exhibit
  • And more!

Opening Reception: 4 – 4:30 pm

Opening Talk: 4:40 – 5:30 pm     

Break-out Sessions: 5:30 – 6:30 pm

  • Gender and immigration
  • Immigration / deportation
  • Youth–Millennial voting

Closing remarks: 6:30 – 7 pm

Sponsored by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS).



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