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Political Discussion Networks, Political Engagement, and the Latino Electorate

January 23, 2020
4:00 pm

Knight Library, Browsing Room

Marisa Abrajano is professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests are in American politics, particularly in developing ways to increase politics participation and civic engagement amongst racial/ethnic minorities. Her most recent book is White Backlash: Immigration, Race and American Politics (with Zoltan Hajnal, 2015).

Sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics. Cosponsored by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.

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Friday, October 18th, 2019 Events, Public Policy No Comments

Joseph Pierce, “Beyond Translation: Toward a Queer/Cuir Latin American Studies”

January 30, 2020
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Knight Library Browsing Room, 6pm

Joseph Pierce

Joseph Pierce, associate professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University, will give a lecture titled “Beyond Translation: Toward a Queer/Cuir Latin American Studies,” on January 30, 2020. 

Professor Pierce’s research focuses on indigenous studies, queer studies and hemispheric approaches to citizenship and belonging. He is the co-editor of a forthcoming special issue of GLQ, “Queer/Cuir Américas: Translation, Decoloniality, and the Incommensurable,” and he is the author of Argentine Intimacies: Queer Kinship in an Age of Splendor, 1890-1910 (SUNY Press, 2019). Professor Pierce’s visit to the UO is planned in conjunction with a course to be taught by  Sergio Rigoletto (associate professor, romance languages) in winter term 2020: RL407/507 Queer from the South.

* CLLAS is cosponsoring this talk as part of its two-year theme (2019-2021) 
The Politics of Language in the Americas: Power, Culture, History, and Resistance.

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Fiesta Cultural, Latinx History Month help launch fall arts events

From Around the O

As summer winds down, arts events at the University of Oregon are warming up.

Kicking off Latinx Heritage Month on Sept. 5 is Fiesta Cultural, Lane County’s largest annual celebration of Latinx arts and culture. Enjoy live music, dance performances, food trucks, kid’s activities and more in downtown Eugene on Sept. 5.

Be sure to also drop by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and take in the Latinx-focused art exhibition “Resistance as Power: A Curatorial Response to ‘Under the Feet of Jesus,’” opening Sept. 7.

Cinema

All new and returning Ducks are invited to get acquainted with the student orientation staff Sept. 29 at the Global Scholars Hall for an as-yet-to-be-determined Movie on the Lawn event.

Art exhibitions

On view beginning Sept. 7 at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History is “Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo,” a photography exhibit on the North America’s gay rodeo circuit between 1988 and 1992. Combining portraiture and rodeo action, the exhibit includes 41 black-and white photographs chronicling this LGBTQIA tradition while also exploring complex themes of identity and community in the West. While you’re there, be sure to check out all the resplendent exhibits and fun activities the museum has to offer.

'The Fallen,' 2018. Acrylic on canvas

Resistance as Power: A Curatorial Response to ‘Under the Feet of Jesus,’” opening Sept. 7, is the museum’s fourth “Common Seeing” exhibition in conjunction with the UO’s 2019-20 Common Reading of “Under the Feet of Jesus,” a 1995 novel by Helena Maria Viramontes. The exhibition includes two special loans from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, including “Farm Workers’ Altar” by Emanuel Martinez and “Braceros” by Domingo Ulloa, which complement the themes in Viramontes’ novel and contemporary works.

Don’t miss “Art Heals: Reflections and Connections,” a special exhibition at at the art museum that features artwork made in the Alzheimer’s arts access program in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter. The Reflections and Connections program offers free workshops to individuals living with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners. Participants tour the museum galleries for inspiration and spend an hour in the museum’s studios creating their own art.

Pam Stout, 'Friendly Island'

Artist Mohamed Murshed’s portraits of current UO students and alumni artists with their artwork is on display in the Adell McMillan Gallery in the Erb Memorial Union until Sept. 20, when Murshed, along with several of the artists depicted in his work, will return for a closing reception.

On exhibit at the Aperture Gallery in the EMU is “Border Lands 2019: A Sketchbook Journey” by Oregon artist Betty LaDuke. The sketches frame the experience of migrants, asylum seekers, individuals and families on both sides of the Arizona and Mexico borders who are desperately seeking the dream of safety and opportunity in the U.S. The exhibition continues through Sept. 11.

Cultural events

Mark your calendars for more Latinx Heritage Month-related events taking place at the art museum this fall, including Madre’s Club, a community art club for Spanish-speaking mothers and their children who want to express their creativity and improve their art skills; a visit from Mexican photographer Fernando Soto Vidal, who will discuss his photographs of ofrendas colgantes — “Day of the Dead: Hanging Altars of Coatetelco and Other Expressions from Morelos” — from indigenous communities in Morelos, México, on Oct. 30; and a variety of activities surrounding the Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead celebrationin November.

—By Sharleen Nelson, University Communications

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Saturday, September 14th, 2019 Events No Comments

Award winning documentary filmmaker Almudena Carracedo coming to UO Jan 13-14

January 13, 2020
6:00 pm
January 14, 2020
6:00 pm

Emmy and Goya-award winning documentary filmmaker Almudena Carracedo is coming to campus for two special screenings of her critically acclaimed films. Carracedo will present the films and hold a Q and A.

Made in LA

Screening: 156 Straub Hall Jan 13 @ 6pm

Made in L.A. is an Emmy award-winning feature documentary that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer. In intimate verite style, Made in L.A. reveals the impact of the struggle on each woman’s life as they are gradually transformed by the experience. Compelling, humorous, deeply human, Made in L.A. is a story about immigration, the power of unity, and the courage it takes to find your voice.

The Silence of Others

Screening: 156 Straub Jan 14 @ 6 pm

The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day. Filmed over six years, the film follows victims and survivors as they organize the groundbreaking “Argentine Lawsuit” and fight a state-imposed amnesia of crimes against humanity, in a country still divided four decades into democracy.

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Saturday, September 7th, 2019 Film, Human Rights No Comments

Melissa Lozada-Oliva: CLLAS Latinx Heritage Month Events

October 9, 2019
10:00 amto11:00 am
4:00 pmto5:00 pm

A teach-in and poetry slam on campus

CLLAS Teach-In: Language and Poetry as Resistance, October 9, 10am-11am, Knight Library Browsing Room

CLLAS Latinx Heritage Month Poetry Slam by Melissa Lozada-Oliva, October 9, 4pm-5pm, 240C McKenzie Hall

Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a spoken-word poet, author, and educator. Her book Peluda (Button Poetry 2017) explores the intersections of Latina identity, feminism, hair removal & what it means to belong. She performs her poems in hundreds of universities & venues across the country. She also does workshops on incorporating humor into poetry & general creative writing classes. Lozada-Oliva is the co-host of podcast Say More with Olivia Gatwood and her work has been featured in REMEZCLA, The Guardian, Vulture, Bustle, Glamour Magazine, The Huffington Post, Muzzle Magazine, The Adroit Journal, and BBC Mundo. She lives in New York City.

Sponsored by CLLAS. Cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society and other UO units.

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

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 Art, Music & Culture, Events No Comments

Helena María Viramontes: “Under the Feet of Jesus”

October 21, 2019
4:00 pm

2019-2020 UO Common Reading Selection: Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena María Viramontes

A story of loss and survival, Under the Feet of Jesus is a lyrical, powerful novel about the lives of the children, women, and men who endure a difficult existence and labor under dangerous conditions as migrant workers in California’s fields. Through central characters like the teenager, Estrella, and her mother, Petra, the book explores interrelated topics of farm labor, health care, material resources, and environmental justice. The title of the book refers to birth certificates and other important documents kept in a portable statue of Jesus that moves with the family to each new location along the agricultural production cycle.

Learn more about Viramontes’ Under the Feet of Jesus here.

  • October 21 at 4 pm
    Public Talk: EMU Ballroom
  • October 22 at 6 pm
    Public Reading & Conversation: Eugene Public Library
  • October 23 at 10 am
    Teaching Writing Workshop for Faculty and GEs

Sponsored by the UO Common Reading Program. CLLAS is a cosponsor for the campus visit of Helena María Viramontes.

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Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 Books, Events, Farmworker Rights No Comments



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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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