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

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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 https://theinfiltrators.vhx.tv/checkout/university-of-oregon-presents-the-infiltrators/purchase. 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.

NUESTRA IMAGEN ACTUAL | OUR PRESENT IMAGE: MEXICO AND THE GRAPHIC ARTS 1929-1956

Museum Exhibit

October 3, 2020 to February 14, 2021

For more information, go to: https://jsma.uoregon.edu/NuestraImagenActual

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

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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

Motivations to Help: Local Volunteer Humanitarians in US Refugee Resettlement

Kristin Elizabeth Yarris, Brenda Garcia-Millan, and Karla Schmidt-Murillo recently published an article in Journal of Refugee Studies. Their article, “Motivations to Help: Local Volunteer Humanitarians in US Refugee Resettlement,” began as a CLLAS summer research project, funded by the 2017 CLLAS Collaborative grant. You can read the article abstract here.

Sustaining Essential Work

Virtual Symposium

October 22-23, 2020

The Center for Environmental Futures is collaborating with the UO Office of Sustainability, the Student Sustainability Center, and the UO School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management to address how questions of economic dignity, climate justice, racism, immigration, and labor rights are intertwined and in need of urgent attention as we attempt to build sustainable futures. The symposium features two keynote speakers, Prof. Helena María Viramontes and Prof. Mario Sifuentez, plus guest consultants the RAD (Research-Action-Design) collective and PCUN Executive Director Ms. Reyna Lopez.

Visit the CEF website for more information, including how to RSVP for this inaugural lecture and symposium.

Silence and Gendered Violence in the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Lynn Stephen, Founding Director of CLLAS and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology

Read Dr. Stephen’s opinion piece in The Globe Post here: https://theglobepost.com/2020/07/09/coronavirus-gendered-violence/




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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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