Hector Tobar and Brent Walth: Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists join SOJC faculty

Brent Walth (left); Hector Tobar

Brent Walth (left); Hector Tobar

April 1, 2015—“Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists with strong connections to the university and the state are joining the faculty of the UO School of Journalism and Communication.

“Brent Walth, managing editor for news for Willamette Week, has accepted a full-time assistant professor of journalism position. Walth shared the Pulitzer Prize for public service reporting for stories The Oregonian wrote in 2001 about what was then the Immigration and Naturalization Service.” …

“Hector Tobar has been teaching journalism classes in the SOJC for the past year as a visiting assistant professor and recently accepted a permanent position. His latest work, Deep Down Dark, The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free, is a New York Times bestseller and is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. “Deep Down Dark” also was listed in the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014.”

For the full story, go to: Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists join SOJC faculty | Around the O.

UO Law Professor Michelle McKinley Awarded a 2015 Fulbright Fellowship

Michelle McKinley

Michelle McKinley

March 31, 2015—Michelle McKinley, an associate professor in the University of Oregon School of Law and an affiliated faculty member and former board member of the UO Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, has been named a 2015 Fulbright Fellow. This prestigious fellowship will support the expansion of McKinley’s work on Hispanic urban slavery to Cartagena, Colombia and the viceroyalty of Nuevo Granada (now Bogotá).

Currently on fellowship at Princeton University’s Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA), Professor McKinley is conducting archival research for her project “Degrees of Freedom: Intimacy, Slavery, and Legal Mobilization in Colonial Latin America.” This project explores the issues with enslaved women as legal actors within the landscape of Hispanic urban slavery, in reference to women who are socially disfavored, economically active, and extremely litigious. › Continue reading

2015 CLLAS Symposium featured panels, keynote addresses, and a dance performance

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University of Oregon, March 12, 2015—The first ever CLLAS Symposium featured keynote addresses by two young Dream Act activists, four panels representing the four CLLAS Research Action Projects, a reception, and a dance and music performance by Puerto Rican Bomba & Proyecto Union. Between 200 and 300 people attended the day’s series of events, which moved across campus between the Knight Library Browsing Room, the Gerlinger Hall Alumni Lounge, and the Frohnmayer Music Building. In attendance were teachers from Salem and Woodburn, a principal from Eugene School District 4J, community representatives  from the Eugene/ Springfield area, several of the people interviewed in the original Latino Roots class, community activists and leaders, and many UO students, faculty, and administrators. Some people came for the music, some for the panel discussions, others for the lively and intense keynote talks, and some attended the full day of activities.

Symposium schedule: › Continue reading

Dr. Lynn Stephen’s book “We are the Face of Oaxaca” chosen for national award

Stephen_Face_of_Oaxaca_CVRcomps.inddMarch 11, 2015—A book authored by Professor Lynn Stephen, director, UO Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Delmos Jones and Jagna Scharff Memorial Book Award from the Society for the Anthropology of North America. We are the Face of Oaxaca: Testimony and Social Movements (Duke University Press, October 2013) tells the story of a massive uprising against the Mexican state of Oaxaca, which began with the emergence of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) in June 2006.

Dr. Stephen is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology. In announcing the award, the selections committee stated: › Continue reading

“Violence, Money, and Piracy in the Homeland of Chocolate: Colonial Guatemala’s Bittersweet Legacy”

April 8, 2015
12:00 pmto2:00 pm
Kathryn Sampeck

Kathryn Sampeck

375 McKenzie Hall
1101 Kincaid St.
UO campus

A Talk by Dr. Kathryn Sampeck

These days, chocolate is a fairly unremarkable part of our daily lives. We have many ideas that we associate with it—what color it is, how it should taste, what kinds of foods it should be part of. All of these qualities seem natural, intrinsic. Little would you suspect that chocolate has a colonial past that involved some of the greatest horrors of Spanish America. The fresh view of chocolate’s history offered in this presentation draws from archaeology, notarial archives, and popular imagery and material culture to understand the complex connections of pre-Columbian origins and colonial incarnations of cacao production and commerce. › Continue reading

Rethinking Race and the Anthropocene

May 7, 2015 1:00 pmtoMay 9, 2015 12:00 pm



May 7th. 12-5pm, Knight Library Browsing Rm

Symposium schedule

1:15pm Introduction: Stephanie LeMenager, Marsha Weisiger, David Vazquez

1:30-3pm Rethinking Race/Ethnicity in the Anthropocene
Moderators: David Vazquez, Sarah Wald
Roundtable: [10 minute presentations, then moderated discussion] Naveeda Khan (Johns Hopkins U), Julie Minich (U Texas Austin), Julie Bacon (U of Oregon), Jennifer James (George Washington U)
Provocateur/audience member with a question: April Anson (U of Oregon)

3:30-4pm. Keynote Address: Julie Sze (UC-Davis)

4pm-4:30. Structured Conversation with Julie Sze: Kari Norgaard (U of Oregon), Nicolae Morar (U of Oregon), Taylor McHolm (U of Oregon)

4:30-5:00. Q and A with Julie Sze, Kari Norgaard, Nicolae Morar, Taylor McHolm › Continue reading

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