CSRC Newsletter - November 2004
CSRC Newsletter Volume 3, Number 2
This month the CSRC continues its focus on the Latino arts of Los Angeles with a new five-year agreement with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (see below). Our ongoing arts projects include a community partnership with Self-help Graphics and Art, an extensive survey of the Latino arts archival materials funded by the Getty Grant Program, and the upcoming launch of our Latino artists book series. On other fronts, look for policy briefs on public health, nursing, education, and prime time television in the next few months.
Chon A. Noriega, Director and Professor
Latino Arts Initiative
A reception was held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) West to announce the Latino Arts Initiative on October 27, 2004. The initiative starts with a five-year partnership between LACMA and the CSRC that includes development of exhibitions, publications, educational activities, research projects, artistic collections, and community relations. The initiative has been set in motion with the appointment of CSRC Director Chon A. Noriega as adjunct curator of Chicano and Latino Art in the LACMA Center for the Art of the Americas.
CSRC Hosts Institute for Latino Studies
The CSRC hosted members of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame on October 14, 2004. Director Gilberto Cardenas, Archivist Tracy Grimm, and Project Coordinator Brookes Ebetsch met with CSRC staff to discuss our recent arts-related projects as a model for similar efforts in the Midwest. The working meeting also featured a discussion of the potential role of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) in advancing the preservation of Latino arts archival materials.
Frank del Olmo Book
Magdalena Beltran-del Olmo visited the CSRC in October and presented the center with a copy of Frank del Olmo: Commentaries on His Times, a compilation of Los Angeles Times columns by her late husband that she co-edited. Beltran-del Olmo is currently investigating ways to get the writings of Frank del Olmo, who posthumously received the lifetime achievement award from MALDEF this month, into public schools. The book is available for purchase on the Los Angeles Times website.
UCLA Latino Alumni Association Awards Dinner
The thirteenth annual Fiesta de Inspiration happened on October 28, 2004. The UCLA Latino Alumni Association hosted this dinner and awards ceremony to award scholarships to Latino students attending UCLA and pay tribute to the alumni who have achieved records of outstanding achievement.
CSRC Events This Month
Workshop on Applying to Graduate School
The CSRC will host a workshop for all students interested in applying to graduate school. Panelists will include professors Ray Rocco (Political Science) and Leo Estrada (Urban Planning), and CSRC Graduate Associates Rebeca Burciaga (Education) and Estela Zarate (Education). It will be held Monday, November 15, 4:15-5:30 pm, Haines Hall 179. Please RSVP by sending an email to the front office.
Workshop on Becoming a Teacher
The CSRC and the UCLA Teacher Education Program will host a workshop for students who are interested in becoming teachers. The workshop will provide an opportunity for students to learn about UCLA's Teacher Education program, the application process, and to meet faculty, current students, and alumni. Students who are interested in teaching in Spanish-speaking communities are particularly welcome. It will be held Tuesday, November 30, 4:15-5:30 pm, Haines Hall 179. Please RSVP by sending an email to Jules Guerra.
New Acquisition in Folklore
The CSRC Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Mexican Folklore in Los Angeles: Elaine Miller Audio Tapes Collection. The collection includes audio tapes of Mexican American and Latin American women sharing ghost and mythical stories passed down through their oral traditions. The material was collected during the mid-1960s for Elaine Miller's UCLA Ph.D. dissertation Mexican Narrative from the Los Angeles Area, which was published under that title by the University of Texas Press in 1973.
Collections Available for Research
For those interested in the Latino image in album art, the finding aid for the Robert Legorreta (Cyclona) Record Collection will be available in mid-November. The library is processing materials from the documentary film Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema (2002) for eventual deposit in the UCLA Film and Television Archive. The finding aid will be available in mid-December. Finding aids for these and other CSRC collections can be found on the CSRC Library website and the Online Archive of California website.
New Library Storage Facility
The Library has a new climate-controlled on-site storage facility for CSRC collections. Most CSRC collections are stored off-site at the Southern California Regional Library. The new facility provides a much needed space at the center for collections as they are being processed and for faculty, students, and researchers to quickly access those CSRC collections with the highest demand. Finding aids for CSRC collections can be found on the CSRC Library website and the Online Archive of California. To make an appointment to view an item from the CRSC collections, send an email to Archivist Mike Stone.
Subscribe Now to Aztlán
If you are an Aztlán subscriber, look for your issue in the next two weeks. If you are not an Aztlán subscriber and want to be one, e-mail your postal address to the CSRC Press in order to receive a subscription package! In this fall issue, read about artists Marion C. Martinez and Roberto Gutierrez, the seasonal foreign worker program today, 1960s Chicano student walkouts in South Texas, debates surrounding the university affirmative action policies, and a brief history of U.S. Latinos by Professor William (aka Guillermo) Gómez-Peña, Ph.D.
The Personal Essay in Chicano Studies
The third volume in the Aztlán anthology series has landed! This exciting new anthology features some of the most intimate and challenging essays published in Chicano studies today. Twelve authors reflect on how their families and identities have shaped their scholarship, from great-grandmother's stories, home towns, father's Mexican LPs, and a secret family rape, to cockfighting, founding a Latina lesbian journal, working against museum and gallery censorship, teaching Los Angeles, and marketing as a Latina. John Philip Santos has called I Am Aztlán: The Personal Essay in Chicano Studies “fascinating” and Genaro M. Padilla has called it “important.” This volume should prove useful in teaching undergraduate and graduate students how to write personal scholarship well. To order a copy now, email the CSRC Press.
Information about all our publications is available at the CSRC Press website.
CSRC Grants & Fellowships Recipients
The CSRC offers a number of important fellowships and grants in Chicano studies to researchers (see below). For further information about any of these, please contact the CSRC Assistant Director Carlos M. Haro. Applications are available on-line at the IAC website.
IAC Postdoctoral/Visiting Scholar Fellowship in Chicano Studies
The Institute of American Cultures (IAC) in conjunction with the CSRC offers fellowships to postdoctoral/visiting scholars to support research on Chicana/os. Applications are due by January 14.
IAC Predoctoral Fellowship in Chicano Studies
The IAC and the CSRC offer predoctoral fellowships to current UCLA students to aid in the completion of a dissertation. UCLA doctoral students with a demonstrated interest in Chicano studies and who will have advanced to candidacy by the beginning of the fellowship year are eligible to apply. Applications are due by January 14.
IAC Research Grant Program in Chicano Studies
The IAC and the CSRC announce the availability of small grants for support of research on Chicana/os. UCLA faculty, staff, graduate students, and IAC postdoctoral fellows/visiting scholars are eligible. The IAC particularly encourages proposals that will make a contribution to the CSRC. It also invites proposals on interethnic relations that will increase collaboration between the UCLA ethnic studies centers and/or between the centers and other campus units. All applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposal before submission with Carlos M. Haro. Applications are due by April 29.
CSRC Latino Research Program Grants
UCLA faculty members are invited to apply for research grants from the CSRC Latino Research Program (LRP). The program places an emphasis on applied and policy-oriented research and receives support through the University of California Committee on Latino Research. To apply, just check the "Latino Policy Studies" box on the IAC form. To be considered for both IAC and LRP funding, check both boxes. Applications are due by April 29.
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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