2021 CLLAS Symposium

April 22, 2021
3:00 pmto6:00 pm
April 23, 2021
10:00 amto6:30 pm

Languages on the Move: Linguistic Diaspora, Indigeneity, and Politics in the Americas

April 22, 2021 – April 23, 2021

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How To Attend

All panels, presentations, and performances will be remote. To join the CLLAS email list and receive Zoom login information, please email us at cllas@uoregon.edu or subscribe here.

This symposium falls directly within our theme of inquiry with focus on linguistic diaspora, indigenous languages, other forms of language, and the politics of language in the Americas.  

CLLAS Announces New Director

On behalf of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) it is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Chris Chávez as the next director for CLLAS, starting July 1.

Chris Chávez is professor of Media Studies, Advertising, and Latinx Studies, tenured in the School of Journalism and Communication. He has been involved with CLLAS since he joined the UO in 2013, serving a three-year term as member of the executive board and actively participating in CLLAS research and programming activities. The executive board and I are confident that under Chris’ leadership the mission of CLLAS will continue strong and the Center will remain a thriving space, engaging faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students. CLLAS will continue partnering up with community organizations across Oregon. Its standing as an important research and community outreach Center dedicated to Latino/a and Latin American Studies in the Pacific Northwest and the West Coast will continue to grow.

Our warmest welcome to Chris!

Gabriela Martínez, CLLAS Director, Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication

Mapas de la UO

Senior Career Instructor of Spanish Heather Quarles and Latin American Studies Librarian Bronwen Maxson developed a UO campus map in Spanish

Senior Career Instructor of Spanish Heather Quarles and Latin American Studies Librarian Bronwen Maxson developed a UO campus map in Spanish in Spring 2020 as part of a term long collaborative exercise with two Spanish 228 classes. The SPAN 228 students translated the initial set of 519 labels that we received from the Campus Mapping & GIS office.

Quarles and Maxson also reviewed and updated an additional 262 terms following the SPAN 228 student-developed translation guide. They hope to have students review their work during a future course.

Learn more about this important work by following the links below:

Maxson, B. K. (2020, May 8). Mapping Latinx at UO: Translating UO Campus Maps to Spanish. UO Libraries Instruction & Engagement Blog. https://blogs.uoregon.edu/libraryinstruction/2020/05/08/mapping-latinx-at-uo/

Elliot, M. (2020, August 18). Breaking down barriers: UO students and staff translate campus maps into Spanish. Daily Emerald. https://www.dailyemerald.com/news/breaking-down-barriers-uo-students-and-staff-translate-campus-maps-into-spanish/article_c8cf4900-e0f1-11ea-a4c2-8b406314d17a.html

Halnon, E. (2020, July 28). New maps make campus more accessible to Latinx community. Around the O.  https://around.uoregon.edu/content/new-maps-make-campus-more-accessible-latinx-community

Shadow Suburbanism: Mexican Immigration, Urban Change, and Place in Greater Atlanta

May 25, 2021
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

CLLAS Faculty Event

Please mark your calendar for the

CLLAS Research Series Faculty presentation: John Arroyo (School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management), “Shadow Suburbanism: Mexican Immigration, Urban Change, and Place in Greater Atlanta.”

This is a remote event and will take place over Zoom. To join the CLLAS email list and receive Zoom login information, please email us at cllas@uoregon.edu or subscribe here.

CLLAS Graduate Student Colloquium

May 12, 2021
12:00 pmto1:00 pm


Please join us for the Spring 2021 CLLAS Research Series Graduate Student Colloquium.

Polet Campos-Melchor (Anthropology), “LGBTQ+ Migrants: Demystifying Love and Survival in Ciudad Juárez” 

Lola Loustaunau (Sociology), “The hands that feed us: analyzing the experiences of migrant Latinas in food processing”

This is a remote event and will take place over Zoom. To join the CLLAS email list and receive Zoom login information, please email us at cllas@uoregon.edu or subscribe here.

Mapping the promises and perils of distance education during the COVID-19 pandemic: Peru’s case

Article co-written by CLLAS Director Gabriela Martínez and Keya Saxena

On March 16th 2020, the government of Peru ordered its borders closed due to COVID-19, along with a series of other decrees, such as instructing people to stay at home, impositing curfews, and requiring the use of masks or protective face shields. These decrees brought the country to a grinding halt. The government deployed the army and police to patrol streets, making sure people complied with the orders. The pandemic reached Peru as summer was winding down and students getting ready to return to school. However, as COVID-19 raged like wildfire across the world in the early months of 2020, schools in the northern hemisphere shut down to discourage the spread of the infection. In the southern hemisphere most governments, including Peru’s, ordered that schools, about to open, remain closed….


To read more, please FOLLOW THIS LINK to find this piece on Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media

Visual Lexicon of Aztec Hieroglyphs, a Stephanie Wood Work-in-Progress Report

April 7, 2021
12:00 pm


To view a recording of this remote event, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

This digital humanities project has as its focus the visual writing system developed by the Nahuas of central Mexico in pre-contact times and which lived on well after contact. This writing system bequeathed a rich historical and cultural corpus of manuscripts (codices) that infuse our knowledge of central Mexican indigenous peoples with respect for their ingenuity, diligent record keeping, appreciation for historical memory and narrative. 

Winner of the CLLAS Faculty Seed Grant, Stephanie Wood is the Director of the Wired Humanities Projects and a Research Associate with the Center for Equity Promotion (CEQP) in the College of Education at the University of Oregon.  Between 1992 and 2015, she taught on campus and directed dozens of theses in various departments, such as History, Latin American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, International Studies, and Romance Languages. But for more than a decade, her principal focus has been externally-funded digital reference and curricular projects on under-represented aspects of history (Mesoamerican and Native American), primarily with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). She has been the Principal Investigator on eleven NEH projects and has held sub-awards on another two.

Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies Gift Fund

Access the above link for giving to the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies Gift Fund. Online gifts may be made using the form available at this link; all gifts are processed by the University of Oregon Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization responsible for receiving and administering private donations to the University of Oregon.



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