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Bilingualism: Myths Abound!

February 13, 2020
6:00 pm

Powerpoint Links Now Included

Gumwood Room, EMU 245

Bilingualism (and multilingualism) are prevalent across the United States, yet myths about its development, value, and role in educational spaces continue to spread. Join faculty researchers from the College of Education and the Department of Linguistics as we share our research related to bilingualism at all stages of the lifespan, and dispel some of the common misconceptions you may have heard.

Moderated by Lillian Durán, Associate Professor of Special Education

View Powerpoints of the following presentations:

This event is co-sponsored by CLLAS and the College of Education.

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Winter 2020 CLLAS Notes

Winter 2020 CLLAS Notes

The 2020 winter edition of CLLAS Notes, our twice-yearly newsletter, is now available online. Print edition will be available after January 1.

Gabriela Martínez, CLLAS director and SOJC professor, revisits our fall events. Fall saw the kick-off of a new two-year theme, “The Politics of Language in the Americas: Power, Culture, History, and Resistance.” CLLAS organized several fall events, including partnering with the UO Common Reading program and Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art this fall to host a brunch with Helena María Viramontes, author of Under the Feet of Jesus.

Read about award-winning poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva’s visit to UO on October 9, which included a poetry slam and a teach-in where guests teamed up to compose original poems. Learn about CLLAS-funded faculty and graduate research on topics ranging from agricultural practices in Amazonian Ecuador to gender-based violence in Brazil. 

The 2020 winter edition of CLLAS Notes, Volume 11, Issue 1, includes:

  • Letter from Director, Gabriela Martínez
  • “Poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva a Big Hit with UO Students”
  • Graduate Research—“Transmission of Traditional Botanical Knowledge among the Shuar of Amazonian Ecuador”
  • Graduate Research—“Recalling Runaways: Studies of Slavery and Absenteeism in Cuba”
  • Graduate Research—“The Struggle Continues: Gender-based Violence and the Politics of Justice and Care in Urban Brazil”
  • Faculty Research—“Decolonial Environmentalisms: Race, Genre, and Latinx Literature”
  • News & Book Notes
  • Event Reports

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Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 Publications, Research No Comments

The Jewish Diaspora in Latin America Website Launch

March 11, 2020
3:00 pmto5:00 pm

Join us for undergraduate research presentations and the launching of the website “The Jewish Diaspora in Latin America.” The event showcases the work of students from the Honors College Colloquium focusing on Latin America’s Jewish diaspora, their customs and languages, led by professor Monique Balbuena.

This event is part of CLLAS’ Two-year Theme, “The Politics of Language in the Americas: Power, Culture, History, and Resistance.
Refreshments will be served!

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EARTHQUAKES IN PUERTO RICO: ​A Teach-In on the current situation

February 4, 2020
1:00 pmto3:00 pm

Tuesday February 4  / 1pm-3pm at Columbia 150

EARTHQUAKES IN PUERTO RICO
 ​A Teach-In on the current situation

  • Alaí Reyes Santos (Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies)
  • Javier Bonnin Orozco (Architecture)
  • Iris Soto Ruiz (Romance Languages)
  • Cecilia Enjuto Rangel (Romance Languages)

This event is supported by Romance Languages department, Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, Latin American Studies, Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies and Department of Architecture.

For information about donations, go to: Brigada Solidaria del Oeste

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Friday, January 3rd, 2020 News, Puerto Rico No Comments

Gender and Sexuality in Latin America Graduate Colloquium

January 21, 2020
12:00 pm

Browsing Room, Knight Library, 1501 Kincaid St.

Photo by Emily Masucci

Winter Graduate Research Colloquium
a CLLAS Research Series event 

  •  “The Role of Inner Exile in Racial, Sexual, and Gendered Minority Community Formation and Sustenance in Chile And Argentina,” Jon Jaramillo, Romance Languages
  •  “LGBTQ+ Migrants: Strategizing Survival and Love at the U.S.-Mexico Border,” Polet Campos-Melchor, Anthropology
  • “’A Luta Continua:’ Gender-based Violence and the Politics of Justice and Care in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,” Emily Masucci, Anthropology

Moderated by Gabriela Martinez, School of Journalism and Communication.

The research presented at this  CLLAS Research Series event was funded by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies and the Tinker Foundation. All events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments to be served. Please call (541) 346-5286 or visit cllas.uoregon.edu for more information. EO/AA/ADA Institution; Committed to Cultural Diversity.

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“Decolonial Environmentalisms: Race, Genre, and Latinx Culture,” Latinx Studies Seed Grant

February 20, 2020
3:30 pm

EMU 119

Speaker: David J. Vázquez, UO Associate Professor and Head of Department of English

David J. Vázquez

The environmental humanities explore relationships between literature, culture, and the environment with the goal of creating an earth-centered scholarly vision. Although this body of scholarship centers environmental concerns, some forms of U.S. environmentalism put ideologies of American exceptionalism to work for the movement’s political goals of, as Rob Nixon puts it, “wilderness preservation, on wielding the Endangered Species Act against developers, and on saving old-growth forests.” Although the social justice turn of the environmental humanities has integrated Environmental Justice (or EJ, the study of the uneven distribution of environmental harms and benefits to people of color and the poor) approaches, some pockets of environmental thought continue to emphasize first-world, privileged perspectives over those of people of color, indigenous people, the economically disempowered, the colonized, and the formerly colonized.

“Decolonial Environmentalisms: Race, Genre and Latinx Culture,” intervenes in these trends by identifying parallel and countervailing environmental representations in contemporary Latinx literature and culture that intertwine decolonial and anti-racist forms of thought with environmental imaginaries. Building on the work of environmental humanities scholars who point to privileged perspectives in environmental thought, this project identifies Latinx literary and cultural texts that express neglected environmental perspectives, often through innovative aesthetic forms. These literary texts and cultural productions question stylized pastoral visions of agriculture and speak powerfully to EJ frameworks. The presentation will conclude with a close reading of Alex Rivera’s 2009 film Sleep Dealer as a case study for how decolonial environmentalisms operate in Latinx culture.

David J. Vázquez is Associate Professor and Head of English and a contributing faculty member in the Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies Department and the Program in Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon. He is the author of Triangulations: Narrative Strategies for Navigating Latino Identity (Minnesota 2011) and co-editor of Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial (forthcoming Temple). His articles appear in such journals as Arizona QuarterlySymbolismContemporary Literature, CENTRO and Latino Studies. He has also contributed to the Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature and Erasing Public Memory: Race, Aesthetics, and Cultural Amnesia in the Americas.

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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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