Latinx Studies Celebration

January 7, 2021
3:00 pmto4:00 pm


Save the date to celebrate! Please join us in launching the new Latinx Studies minor. This virtual celebration will include remarks by Latinx Studies Program Director Audrey Lucero (College of Education), UO President Michael Schill, and Provost & Senior Vice President Patrick Phillips, live music, and more!

Aztlan Topializtli Mural located in Erb Memorial Union

This event is sponsored by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) and the Latinx Studies minor. It will take place over Zoom. To join our email list an receive login information, please follow this link:


Monday, November 23rd, 2020 Events, Latinx Studies, Uncategorized No Comments

The (un)Masked Writer: Writing, Language, and Empathy

November 16, 2020
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

Virtual Event

In an age of distorted perception, language, and critical thinking, how does the socially distanced writer bear witness? In this talk, Nelly Rosario unmasks the empathic writer to reveal a complex anatomy of eye and ear, tongue and heart, mind and pen.

Nelly A. Rosarion

Nelly Rosario is an associate professor in the Latina/o Studies Program at Williams College. She is the author of Song of the Water Saints, winner of a PEN/Open Book Award, and holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. Her fiction and nonfiction work appears in various journals and anthologies, including Critical Diálogos in Latina and Latino Studies (NYU Press) and Teaching Black: Pedagogy, Practice, and Perspectives on Writing (University of Pittsburgh Press), both forthcoming. She is the recipient of a Creative Capital Artist Award in Literature for desveladas, a collaborative project of visual stories about the Americas, and conducts research for the MIT Black History Project. Rosario is currently at work on a speculative novel about community medicine.

This is a virtual event. To join our email list an receive login information, please follow this link:

Thursday, October 29th, 2020 Events No Comments

CLLAS Teach-In with Alex Rivera


On October 27, award-winning filmmaker and CLLAS 2020 Distinguished Lecturer, Alex Rivera, led a teach-in on film-making, visual production, and the border. During the teach-in, Rivera invited his virtual audience to join him in making this short film about the border!

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


PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK to view 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.

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 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, the Office of the Provost, and the new Latinx Studies minor.

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Saturday, October 24th, 2020 Events No Comments

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


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

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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

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.



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