CLLAS Undergraduate Award Ceremony

June 2, 2021
12:00 pmto1:00 pm


Please join us for the 2021 CLLAS Undergraduate Award Ceremony! We will be celebrating the work of the talented and hard-working students who have been awarded the CLLAS Undergraduate Award.

The CLLAS Undergraduate Award recognizes outstanding academic work on Latinx and Latin American topics and/or issues. Please find the award description here.

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 or subscribe here.


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Researching Experiences of Uncertainty and Collective Care

May 12, 2021
12:00 pmto1:00 pm


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

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 or subscribe here.

Photo by Polet Campos-Melchor

Polet Campos-Melchor (Anthropology), “El Noa Noa: Strategies of Love and Care at the U.S.- México border”

In this talk, I textualize my ethnographic research conducted in Ciudad Juárez during the summer of 2019 and the 10 follow up virtual interviews I conducted in 2020. The questions that informed my research are: How do trans asylum seekers re-conceptualize love as a survival strategy in the context of migration? What strategies do trans asylum seekers utilize while navigating the U.S.-México border? How do trans asylum seekers narrate their experiences of love in the face of trans bigotry and at the intersections of trans phobia, homophobia and xenophobia?  By focusing on trans asylum seekers’ experiences, I propose that trans asylum seekers’ strategies of love at the U.S.- México border challenge existing heteronormative migration narratives and stories of LGBT+ subjectivities.

Photo by Lola Loustaunau

Lola Loustaunau (Sociology), “From disposability to collective care: experiences of migrant essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic”

For migrant workers in food processing “becoming essential” during the past year meant the exacerbation of their disposability. This research explores these workers’ experiences as the pandemic unfolded, how they struggled for their and their families’ survival, and as they did so, built new and expansive communities of care. I argue that unpacking the affective dimension of their working conditions and their collective organizing allows seeing how these workers turned coraje into courage and defied the structural oppression that had rendered them disposable.

Polet Campos-Melchor and Lola Loustaunau were both awarded the 2020 CLLAS Summer Research Grant.

Polet Campos-Melchor is a PhD student in Anthropology and Graduate Certificate student in WGSS at the University of Oregon. Her research explores how trans and lesbian migrants and scholars articulate and narrate strategies of love and care, expanding beyond only the imaginary into tangible strategies of survival. Polet is also a University of Oregon Promising Scholar. Her research has been funded by the Tinker Foundation, the University of Oregon’s Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, and the Center for the Study of Women in Society.

Lola Loustaunau is a Ph.D. candidate in the Sociology Department. Her research focuses on precarity, low-wage migrant workers, emotions, and collective organizing. She has received several awards for her dissertation work and will be a Wayne Morse Graduate Fellow for the AY 2021-2022. She has recently co-authored: ‘No choice but to be essential: expanding dimensions of precarity during the COVID-19’ (Sociological perspectives, 2021) and ‘Impossible choices: how workers manage unpredictable scheduling practices’ (Labor Studies Journal 2019).

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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.

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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

For complete information, follow this link:

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 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.  

A Springfield Community Event Co-Sponsored by CLLAS

The Dolores Huerta/César Chávez Celebration 

This event features remote activities every day from César Chávez’s birthday on March 31 through April 8, two days before Dolores Huerta’s birthday on Apr. 10. 


  • Mar. 31 — Quizzes + raffle drawing
  • Apr. 1 — Cooking demonstration + raffle drawing
  • Apr. 2 — Video of student submissions + raffle drawing
  • Apr. 3 — Book read-aloud with Emilio Hernandez and Naomi Raven + raffle drawing
  • Apr. 4 — Online photo gallery + raffle drawing
  • Apr. 5 — TBA + raffle drawing
  • Apr. 6 — Guy Lee student performances + raffle drawing
  • Apr. 7 — Mariachi del Sol performance + raffle drawing
  • Apr. 8 — Dolores Huerta interview at 7:00 p.m.

For more information, check out this linked flyer and visit the The Dolores Huerta/César Chávez Celebration website!


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Remote Research: Sharing Ideas for Domestic and International Research During the Pandemic

March 5, 2021
12:00 pmto1:00 pm


CLLAS hosted a conversation to share ideas and resources about research in the era of COVID. UO professor Lanie Millar (Department of Romance Languages) and UC Fullerton professor Ricardo Valencia (Department of Communications) led this remote event.

To view a video of this event, please FOLLOW THIS LINK.


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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