CSRC Newsletter - February 2004
CSRC Newsletter Volume 2, Number 6
This month the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) unveils two major projects in the arts: the Strachwitz Frontera Collection website and a Latino arts preservation initiative. We have been working on both projects for several years and will be inviting the public and the arts community to see our progress to date. Later in the month, we will also co-host a town hall on faculty diversity at UCLA. In all cases, we see these efforts as part of the University of California mission of serving the state and the community through research, publications, and library collections. We hope to see you at our events this month!
Chon A. Noriega, Director and Professor
UC Latino Faculty/Administrator Meeting
The CSRC hosted the UC Latino Faculty and Administrators Group on January 16, 2004. The meeting brought together ninety-six faculty members and administrators from across the UC system in order to address a comprehensive set of issues impacting the ability of the UC to serve the Latino community. These issues included outreach, admissions, graduate studies, faculty and administrative diversity, and research. Data presented at the meeting revealed that Latino faculty appointments have declined in the UC - especially at UCLA and UC-Berkeley-despite an increase of 52 percent in the pool of underrepresented minority PhD students. After the daylong meeting, CSRC hosted a meal for fifteen UC directors of Latino-oriented research centers as part of an effort to develop a Latino research agenda for the state. It was the third time the directors had met this year. The UC Latino Faculty and Administrators Group will meet again on March 12 at UC-Berkeley.
Latino Art Summit
The CSRC will host eighteen Latino art organizations on Friday, February 20, for a daylong arts summit at UCLA that will address the urgent issue of preserving the history of Latino arts in Los Angeles. This meeting will bring together Latino arts organizations with librarians, archivists, arts conservationists, museum curators, and scholars. The CSRC is co-hosting the summit with Self-Help Graphics and Art in East L.A. Our two organizations have a long history of working together; and, for the past year, have collaborated on a community partnership grant in order to upgrade the facilities for Self-Help's on-site collections and to develop a computer management system and archival internship program. We feel that this project provides a collaborative model for future efforts aimed at preserving Latino art history while also strengthening community-based arts organizations.
CSRC Events This Month
Frontera Collection Website Launch
The CSRC will launch a new website this month with 15,000 Mexican and Mexican-American recordings from 1907 to 1954. The site is expected to grow to 30,000 recordings by 2005. This project was started under former Director Guillermo E. Hernandez in 2001 with generous support from the Los Tigres del Norte Foundation to digitize the Arhoolie Foundation's Strachwitz Frontera Collection, the largest repository of its kind. The UCLA Music Library will host the site. The Frontera Collection website includes the first recordings of corridos, canciones, boleros, rancheras, sones, norteÃ±o, and conjunto, as well as speeches and vernacular comedy skits. The launch will include a digitally projected demonstration of the web site, an opportunity for hands-on use of the collection at computer terminals, and a chance to meet the project partners. Speakers will include Chris Strachwitz and Tom Diamont of the Arhoolie Foundation and Dwayne Ulloa of the Los Tigres del Norte Foundation. The launch will take place at the CSRC Library (144 Haines Hall) on Tuesday, February 3 at Noon to 1:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served at 11:30 am.
Spanish Scholar Panel to Discuss Chicana/o Literature
On Wednesday, February 4 from 3 to 5 pm in the CSRC Conference Room (179 Haines Hall), CSRC will host a group of Chicana/o literature scholars from Spain. Professors Isabel Durán, Ana Antán-Pacheco, and Antonio Gurgui - from La Complutense University in Madrid - will discuss Chicana/o Literature as seen from Spanish/European perspectives. UCLA Professor Guillermo E. Hernandez will moderate the panel.
Faculty Diversity Town Hall
The CSRC will host a town hall on faculty diversity on Friday, February 13 from 12 to 2 pm, in the CSRC Library (144 Haines Hall). The event-which is co-sponsored with the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, the Asian American Studies Center, and the Center for American Indian Studies-marks one year since the centers submitted a UCLA Faculty Diversity Initiative to Chancellor Albert Carnesale. Vice Chancellor Claudia Mitchell-Kernan will present a keynote that provides an overview of the past year and looks ahead to the future. In addition to faculty and students at UCLA, the event is expected to draw concerned alumni, community leaders, and elected officials. The event is open to the public and represents the second time that all four centers have collaborated on a town hall forum. Light refreshments will be served outside the Library from 11:30 am to noon. To RSVP or for more information, contact the front office or 310-825-2363.
Latino Art Open House
CSRC will host a Latino Art Open House on Friday, February 20, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm in Haines Hall. This event is open to the public and will cap a daylong art summit with eighteen Latino arts organizations. The open house will showcase CSRC arts and preservation projects, similar efforts at other public institutions, and the works of local Latino artists and arts groups. For more information, contact Rita Gonzalez.
Library Fund Now On-Line
In order to continue our development of a state-of-the-art library serving the community, we are asking for contributions to the CSRC Library Fund. Donations will be used for (1) acquiring new books and reference works, (2) expanding the special archival collection, including the Hunger Strike special collection, (3) supporting library exhibitions in Chicano studies, and (4) enhancing on-line and computer services. You can make donations to the CSRC Library Fund on-line at the CSRC home page (then click on the CSRC Library Fund) or go directly to UCLA Giving.
We Come to You!
CSRC Library now offers Document Delivery for more information go to CSRC Library Document Delivery.
Ordering Our Books for the Classroom
Our two anthologies of AztlÃ¡n articles are now being used widely in the classroom. If you haven't already, you may want to consider using one in your classroom: The Chicano Studies Reader: An Anthology of AztlÃ¡n, 1970-2000 and Las Obreras: Chicana Politics of Work and Family, both in their second printings.
You won't want to miss the next issue of AztlÃ¡n: A Journal of Chicano Studies! Subscribe now so that you can read about CÃ©sar ChÃ¡vez and Rudolfo "Corky" Gonzales, Mexico and sound film in Hollywood, transculturality at the San Diego-Tijuana border, and the newly recovered files of the tech-illa network by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Guillermo Gomez-Pena. E-mail your postal address to CSRC Press in order to receive a subscription package!
Briefs and Reports
If you would like to receive electronic versions of the Latino Policy & Issues Brief or the CSRC Research Report, please email CSRC Briefs and Reports and include in the body of your message the line (and nothing but the line) SUBSCRIBE CHICANO [first name, last name] (don't enter the brackets, just your name)
The UCLA School of Public Health and the CSRC are jointly seeking a tenure-track faculty member with a focus in the field of Latino Health. Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and the names and addresses of at least three references to Rebecca Wolfe, Coordinator, Latino Health Search Committee, Office of the Dean, UCLA School of Public Health, 650 Charles E. Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772; Phone: (310) 825-8508, Fax: (310) 794-1805, E-mail: email@example.com.
The UCLA Department of Information Studies and the center are also jointly seeking a tenure-track faculty member with a focus in the field of Chicano-Latino Information Studies. Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and three references to Virginia Walter, Chair, UCLA Department of Information Studies, 2320 Moore Hall, Box 951521, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521. For more information, contact Clara M. Chu, Chair of the Search Committee; Phone: 310-206-9368.
Eight new dissertation-year fellowships ($24,000-30,000 for Sept. 2004 to Aug. 2005) are available from the Northeast Consortium for Faculty Diversity. Students from underrepresented minority groups who are approaching their dissertation-writing stage or already in this stage are encouraged to apply immediately for this Visiting Scholars-in-Residence support. The deadline for applications has been extended to March 1, 2004. For info on the program and how to apply to one or more host campuses, go to the website or contact the program director.
Call for Papers
The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies is accepting papers for its Afro-American Graduate Students Research Conference held on February 26. Students in ethnic studies, social sciences, and humanities are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline for papers is February 6 at 4:00 pm. Call 310-825-9821 for more information.
Public Relations Internships
CSRC is sponsoring two or more internships with Valencia, Perez & Echeveste (VPE) Public Relations, the country's largest Hispanic PR firm. The internships are for winter and spring quarters 2004. Learn media pitching, media database management, special event coordination, networking opportunities, administrative duties, and get paid, too! These are ideal positions for students wanting to gain hands-on experience in media and public relations serving the Latino community. VPE is looking for students with strong writing and oral communications skills. Spanish preferred. Qualified candidates please submit resumes via fax to 626-403-1700 or email Kayleen Maya-Aviles.
Opportunities for Students
The CSRC welcomes undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in Chicano Studies to work as interns and volunteers in various areas of the Center. If interested, send an inquiry to Carlos M. Haro.
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