“The Border as a Way of Seeing,” by Alex Rivera

October 22, 2020
4:00 pmto5:30 pm

Virtual Event

Please join us for the 2020 CLLAS Distinguished Lecture with Alex Rivera. Rivera is a filmmaker who’s been telling ground-breaking Latinx stories for more than twenty years. His first feature film, a cyberpunk thriller set in Tijuana, Mexico, Sleep Dealer, won multiple awards at Sundance and was screened around the world.  Rivera’s second feature film, a documentary/scripted hybrid set in an immigrant detention center, The Infiltrators, won both the Audience Award and the Innovator Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.  Rivera’s work has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Tribeca Film Institute, the Open Society Institute, and many others. This is a remote and event will take place over Zoom. Please follow THIS LINK by October 20 to subscribe to the CLLAS email and receive Zoom event login information!

Beni in Processing, an image from Alex Rivera’s latest film The Infiltrators (2019)

For borders to be enforced as sites of social and material control, there must always be an accompanying system of visual production.  Today, that system includes drones, infrared cameras, biometrics, and more.  For over twenty-five years Alex Rivera has been using the language of moving images to contest those systems with visions of a different kind of border. 

CLLAS invites you to view Rivera’s latest film, The Infiltrators (2019), before attending the CLLAS Distinguished Lecture. Find the streaming information at https://theinfiltrators.vhx.tv/checkout/university-of-oregon-presents-the-infiltrators/purchase. The code for free access is: CLLASFILM. It can be entered by checking the promo code box below the credit card inputs. Please note that you will have 72 hours to watch the film after opening the link.

The Infiltrators (2019) is a docu-thriller that tells the true story of young immigrants who get arrested by Border Patrol, and put in a shadowy for-profit detention center – on purpose. Marco and Viri are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a group of radical Dreamers who are on a mission to stop deportations. And the best place to stop deportations, they believe, is in detention. However, when Marco and Viri try to pull off their heist – a kind of ‘prison break’ in reverse – things don’t go according to plan.

These events are part of the CLLAS two-year theme (2019-2021), “The Politics of Language in the Americas: Power, Culture, History, and Resistance,” and are cosponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost.

Stream Alex Rivera’s Latest Film, The Infiltrators (2019)

Film Screening: The Infiltrators

You are invited to watch Alex Rivera’s latest film, The Infiltrators (2019), before attending the CLLAS Distinguished Lecture. Please note you have 72 hours to complete the film after opening the link.

Streaming info: Please go to https://theinfiltrators.vhx.tv/checkout/university-of-oregon-presents-the-infiltrators/purchase

The code for free access is: CLLASFILM. It can be entered by checking the promo code box below the credit card inputs.

The Infiltrators is a docu-thriller that tells the true story of young immigrants who get arrested by Border Patrol, and put in a shadowy for-profit detention center – on purpose. Marco and Viri are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a group of radical Dreamers who are on a mission to stop deportations. And the best place to stop deportations, they believe, is in detention. However, when Marco and Viri try to pull off their heist – a kind of ‘prison break’ in reverse – things don’t go according to plan.

Sustaining Essential Work

Virtual Symposium

October 22-23, 2020

The Center for Environmental Futures is collaborating with the UO Office of Sustainability, the Student Sustainability Center, and the UO School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management to address how questions of economic dignity, climate justice, racism, immigration, and labor rights are intertwined and in need of urgent attention as we attempt to build sustainable futures. The symposium features two keynote speakers, Prof. Helena María Viramontes and Prof. Mario Sifuentez, plus guest consultants the RAD (Research-Action-Design) collective and PCUN Executive Director Ms. Reyna Lopez.

Visit the CEF website for more information, including how to RSVP for this inaugural lecture and symposium.

NUESTRA IMAGEN ACTUAL | OUR PRESENT IMAGE: MEXICO AND THE GRAPHIC ARTS 1929-1956

Museum Exhibit

October 3, 2020 to February 14, 2021

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is offering an Almuerzo y arte | Lunch and Art (programa virtual) (virtual program) on Wednesday, October 21, 12 – 12:30 p.m.

Join JSMA curator Cheryl Hartup and UO student Wendy Echeverría García converse about their favorite works in the exhibition Nuestra imagen actual | Our Present Image: Mexico and the Graphic Arts, 1929-1956.

For more information, go to: https://jsma.uoregon.edu/NuestraImagenActual

The 2020 Election and the Latinx Community: A conversation with Jaime Arredondo

Video

FOLLOW THIS LINK to access a talk by Executive Director at CAPACES Leadership Institute, Jaime Arredondo!

Arredondo addresses the work of Alianza Poder to support Latinx communities during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as discuss the upcoming elections and impacts on the Latinx communities. 

In addition to his work at the CAPACES Leadership Institute, Jaime serves as a Trustee with Collins Foundation Board, Vice-President of Western Oregon University Board of Trustees, President of PCUN’s Board of Directors, and member of Oregon’s Youth Development Council. Jaime is also a member of Oregon Future Labs, Oregon Community Foundation Latino Partnership Project Mid-Valley Advisory Council, among many other positions across the Mid-Willamette Valley. Based in Woodburn, the CAPACES Leadership Institute builds leadership in the Latino and farmworking community.

Jaime Arredondo
Executive Director at CAPACES Leadership Institute Jaime Arredondo

CLLAS Teach-In with Alex Rivera

October 27, 2020
12:00 pmto1:30 pm

Virtual Event

Please join us for this conversation about filmmaking, visual production, and the border with filmmaker, Alex Rivera. This is a remote and event will take place over Zoom. Please follow THIS LINK by October 26 to subscribe to the CLLAS email and receive login information.




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CLLAS Common Reading Brunch with author Helena María Viramontes / Photos by Mike Bragg / Courtesy of the UO Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

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