Announcing Our Undergraduate Award Recipients for 2023

From left to right: Allison Lake, Kat Sincuir, Iris Valenzuela, Patti Araiza-Merlin, and Jennifer Linares Espinoza

In late May, we gathered together at Southwest Campus Green to honor and celebrate this year’s incredible group of undergraduate award recipients. Students were joined by their family, friends, and University of Oregon staff and faculty to share about their work, which ranged from poetry and film projects, to research about the impacts of Coca-Cola on Mexico’s government, health, and religion. Opening remarks and comments were provided by  Janet Woodruff-Borden: Interim Provost and Executive Vice President, Chris Chávez: CLLAS Director and Professor of Advertising, Audrey Lucero, CLLAS board member and Director of UO Latinx Studies, and Jessica Lloyd: Board Chair for UO’s Patos Alumni Network.

Undergraduate Award Recipients

Kat Sincuir – Film: Y el amor triunfo

Kat, pictured above, created a film that follows her family on their lifelong journey to remain together and build a home founded in love, hope, and perseverance. The film features a series of anecdotes that speak about the highs and lows of the family’s experiences. Kat says the film is meant to inspire audiences to believe in the power of love, and the strength of family ties.

Click here to watch Kat’s film!

Iris Valenzuela – Booklet of poetry: Chingona Libro

Iris, pictured above, created a Cartonera booklet of poetry which tells personal stories about her life, and her perception of the world, while growing up in a Mexican household. Cartoneras, also known as chapbooks, are small books that originated in Latin America which were used to spread an author’s works in a cost-effective and simple way. While creating her Cartonera, Iris drew inspiration from the card game Lotería, which she loves to play with her family.

Click here to read Iris’ poems!

Jennifer Linares Espinoza – Research Paper: How have Coca Cola products impacted Mexico and its society which includes government, religions and cultures in the 21st century? 

Jennifer’s powerful research paper examines Coca-Cola products, and the company’s impact on government, religion and culture in Mexico. Jennifer was inspired to explore this topic while taking PS410, a Globalization and Development class centered around the theme of globalization, and the impacts that institutions have on economies around the world.

Click here to read Jennifer’s research paper!

Allison Lake – Film Analysis: Death of a Bureaucrat  

Allison, pictured above, created a video in which she analyzes the film “Death of a Bureaucrat” by director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. In her video, she highlights the political messages, as well as the filmmaking methods that Alea used to convey meaning throughout the film.

Click here to watch Allison’s video!

Undergraduate Award Honorable Mentions

Patti Araiza-Merlin – Booklet of poetry: El American Dream

Rowan Glass – B.A. Honors Thesis: “Reweaving the Uaman L uar: Cultural Reproduction and Contested Autonomy among the Kamëntšá”

Congratulation to CLLAS Director and Board Member!

We would like to congratulate Christopher Chavez, CLLAS Director, for winning the Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Research Award!

We also would like to congratulate Lynn Stephen, CLLAS Executive Board Member, for winning the Outstanding Career Award!


Thursday, June 9th, 2022 Archives, Uncategorized No Comments

Becoming Heritage: Recognition, Exclusion, and the Politics of Black Cultural Heritage in Colombia

March 3, 2022
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

CLLAS Faculty Research Presentation

180 PLC, University of Oregon

Join CLLAS for our first 2022 faculty research presentation: “Becoming Heritage: Recognition, Exclusion, and the Politics of Black Cultural Heritage in Colombia.” Maria Fernanda Escallón (Department of Anthropology) will share her work on March 3, 2022, 3:30-5pm.

This in-person event will take place in 180 PLC. Masks are required. Attendance will be capped at 100.

Photo by Maria Fernanda Escallón

Maria Fernanda Escallón is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon. She was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, where she completed a BA and MA in Anthropology and Archaeology at the Universidad de Los Andes. In 2016 she completed her PhD in Anthropology at Stanford University. Before starting her doctorate, she worked in sustainable development and heritage policy-making for non-governmental organizations and Colombian public entities, including the Ministry of Culture and Bogotá’s Secretary of Culture and Tourism.

Maria Fernanda is interested in cultural heritage, race, diversity politics, ethnicity, and inequality in Latin America. Prior to joining the Anthropology Department at the University of Oregon, she was a 2015-2016 Dissertation Fellow in the Department of Black Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. She has conducted field research in Colombia for over 10 years analyzing how and why certain multicultural policies that are ostensibly inclusive, can end up replicating, rather than dismantling, inequality and segregation across Latin America. Her latest book “Becoming Heritage: Recognition, Exclusion, and the Politics of Black Cultural Heritage in Colombia” is currently under contract with Cambridge University Press.

Her research has received support from a variety of sources, including the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Wenner Gren Foundation, the Social Sciences Research Council, the Fulbright Program, the Mellon Foundation, and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Her most recent work appears in Cultural Anthropology, the International Journal of Cultural Property and the International Journal of Heritage Studies.

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Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022 Archives, Event Videos, Uncategorized No Comments

Founding CLLAS Director Publishes New Book on Elena Poniatowska

Faculty Publication

Founding Director and member of the CLLAS Executive Board, Lynn Stephen (Anthropology), has published a new book on Mexican intellectual and author, Elena Poniatowska.

From Duke University Press:

From covering the massacre of students at Tlatelolco in 1968 and the 1985 earthquake to the Zapatista rebellion in 1994 and the disappearance of forty-three students in 2014, Elena Poniatowska has been one of the most important chroniclers of Mexican social, cultural, and political life. In Stories That Make History, Lynn Stephen examines Poniatowska’s writing, activism, and political participation, using them as a lens through which to understand critical moments in contemporary Mexican history. In her crónicas—narrative journalism written in a literary style featuring firsthand testimonies—Poniatowska told the stories of Mexico’s most marginalized people. Throughout, Stephen shows how Poniatowska helped shape Mexican politics and forge a multigenerational political community committed to social justice. In so doing, she presents a biographical and intellectual history of one of Mexico’s most cherished writers and a unique history of modern Mexico.

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