from Dr. Josie Mendez-Negrete:
Great news! As a result of Dr. Norma E. Cantú nomination, Verónica Castillo Salas has received an NEA National Heritage Fellowship for 2013. What a great honor to have her reside in this beautiful city of San Antonio, Texas. Her contribution speaks to the affluence of our artistic capital!
Felicidades Verónica de parte de MALCS!!!!General News | Comment (0)
Dr Luzma Umpierre Herrera is a foremost figure within contemporary Puerto
Rican literature and culture. Dr. Umpierre’s most recent work is “I’m Still
Standing: Treinta años de poesía / Thirty Years of Poetry.” This volume
serves as a lasting proof of Umpierre’s dedication to her life’s work in
the areas of poetry, immigration studies, LGBT advocacy, Caribbean, Latin
American, and Latino Studies
Dr. Luzma Umpierre-Herrera will be featured reading from her new book “I’m
Still Standing: Thirty Years of Poetry” at the following venues and dates:
Friday May 17th at De Paul University Student Union, Room 312, 2550 N
Saturday May 18th as part of the Butterfly Poetry Project at Calles y
Suenos, 1900 S Carpenter, 2-4pm
Saturday May 18th, En Las Tablas Performing Arts Center, 4111 W Armitage
Ave. 1st Floor, 7-9pm
All three events are free and open to the public. Books will be available
for purchase and signing.
Dr. Luz María Umpíerre-Herrera will read from her newest complete work,
I’m Still Standing: Treinta Años de Poesía/Thirty Years of Poetry. “I’m
Still Standing…is complex, interdisciplinary in scope, and a must read for
students of Latin American Studies, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and
Transgender Studies, Puerto Rican Studies, and Women Studies, just to name
a few, as well as for those who have an insatiable thirst for eloquent
poetry… Once you start reading this poetic memoir, you will not be able to
put it down. Umpierre’s poetry is original, absolutely exquisite!”
–Dr.Cheryl Keyes, Professor of Folklore & Ethnomusicology,
Don’t miss the rare opportunity to experience the brilliant work of this
iconic figure of twentieth century Puerto Rican literature.
These events are sponsored by the Center for Latino Research and the
Women’s Center, De Paul University, The Butterfly Poetry Project, Casa de
Cultura Calles y Suenos, En Las Tablas Performing Arts Center, Voces
Primeras and the LBTQ Giving Council of the Chicago Foundation for Women.
For more information: 773-998-8902
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MALCS will awarding 4 scholarships to attend its 2013 Summer Institute in Columbus, Ohio: ¡Aquí Estamos! / We Are Here!: Movements, Migrations, Pilgrimage and Belonging, Thursday, July 18, 2013 – Saturday, July 20, 2013.
To apply for the scholarship, you must:
- Be a current MALCS member
- Submit a letter of interest and why you are applying to the 2013 Summer Institute scholarship,
- One letter of recommendation—one from the advisor and/or from a MALCS member in good/current standing.
- Attach a current copy of your transcripts for students (cumulative GPA of at least 2.57) and for graduates students/others – resume and/or cv.
- Include a name of paper and/or workshop title that you will present, with evidence of and travel arrangements to Ohio.
All materials and questions should be sent to:
MALCS Executive Administrator, Lupe Gallegos-Diaz at: email@example.com
Deadline: May 30, 2013.
If selected, you will be notified no later than June 6, 2013.Filed under Announcements, General News, MALCS Summer Institute | Comment (0)
By MALCS Executive Committee: Mónica Torres, Theresa Delgadillo, Rita Urquijo-Ruiz, Ester Hernandez, Marivel Danielson, Judith Flores Carmona, Lupe Gallegos Diaz.
Early in 2013, the MALCS Executive Committee accepted Susana Gallardo’s resignation as Webjefa. The Executive Committee of MALCS would like to take this opportunity not only to express our appreciation for Susana’s many contributions to to promoting the mission and goals of MALCS in her fifteen years of service but also to honor her for creating a distinct digital presence for MALCS by awarding her a life-time membership in MALCS.
Susana took over the administration of our organization’s website in the late 1990s from Kathy Blackmer Reyes, who created the first MALCS webpage. When Susana became responsible for the site, she created an entirely new site with important subdivisions dedicated to Leadership, History, Summer Institute and our Journal. As Webjefa Susana secured the domain names and server space for MALCS and related websites to exist, and three years ago created an entirely new online “.org” architecture for us and migrated our website from the previous “.net” architecture. Before that, however, Susana created the dynamic “blog” feature of the organization’s website, where members shared news as well as CFPs and job ads, commented on current events and posted interesting news from other websites. Susana was the motor behind this feature of the site which our members quickly became accustomed to reading and checking and which undoubtedly contributed to the dynamism and stability of MALCS. In recent years, Susana created a MALCS presence on Facebook now largely managed by MALCS Secretary Judith Flores Carmona and Chair Elect Rita Urquijo-Ruiz (where the job ads and call for papers that members share with each other have migrated) and assisted in developing the Mujeres Talk site focused on original research and commentary. Both of these recent developments, in which Susana played an important part, have also expanded member participation in the organization. Susana spearheaded MALCS technology initiatives such as MALCSmail, an email service for members on the Google email platform that she also oversaw and administered. At the Summer Institutes in recent years, Susana reached out to MALCS members to join in blogging for the website with a “how-to” workshop.
When she began as Webjefa, Susana was a graduate student in the Religious Studies Department at Stanford University, where she completed her Ph.D. in 2012. On the way, she joined the staff at San Jose State University and became a mother. Between dissertation research and writing, motherhood and university teaching, Susana managed to find time to make an absolutely critical contribution to growing and promoting MALCS: building a strong MALCS digital face online. The stability and strength of MALCS as well as our ability to continue to attract new members and to carry out our mission and goals owes much to the outstanding work of outgoing Webjefa Susana Gallardo. Susana, we thank you!
REPRINTED FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST, APRIL 1, 2013
By Chon A. Noriega
In the spring of 1986 I dropped out of graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, packed up my belongings, and drove 2,400 miles to East Palo Alto so that my then-wife could enroll in graduate school at Stanford University. I had already fulfilled my one dream in life at that time, which was to teach a section of freshman English. Why I wanted to do such I thing I do not know, but I did it, and I was happy. No one else in my family had ever been to college, per se…. Well, my father did live in the locker room at the University of New Mexico during one semester of classes before opting for the army. Then he married, started a family, and continued his education while working full time.
That first night in East Palo Alto, as I slept on the floor avant le moving van, the earth shook … but it did not swallow me. So the next morning I hit the streets, looking for work. I quickly found the one job I truly despise, even though I have returned to it again and again. I became the cut-in man on a paint crew. For those of you who don’t know, the cut-in man is the FNG who is handed a three-inch brush and directed to paint all the corners and trim, making things a breeze for the person who rolls out the rest of the wall or ceiling. I had worked in heat treatment factories, restaurant kitchens, parking garages, and even a public relations firm, all settings that demand rapid movement and a tolerance for temperatures that can top 100 degrees. But if Satan has a special corner of Hell for some sinners, no doubt there is an FNG crouched down beside the baseboard, cutting in before they arrive. That was me. And I was the worse cut-in man in the world.
By fall I found myself re-evaluating my future. I wasn’t sure what prospects the university offered — I mean, I had already taught, and once that’s done, what else is there to do in academia? Nevertheless, I trekked to the central administration building at Stanford University, seeking some guidance. I still believed in the kindness of authorities. I found myself sitting across from an imposing figure — you know, the type who can throw you into profound doubt about the most basic aspects of your very existence by raising an eyebrow. I had just met Cecilia Preciado Burciaga. She held many titles at Stanford: assistant to the president and advisor on Chicano affairs, associate dean of graduate studies, senior associate provost and associate dean and development officer for student affairs. She was the highest-ranking Latino administrator on campus. But the titles and rank hardly explain her forceful and hands-on commitment to increasing the number of Chicanos in graduate education. Without her unflinching belief in my rather ill-defined abilities, without her down-in-the-trenches sense of strategy, I would not have been accepted into a Ph.D. program at Stanford University for the following year. She made things real for me. She pointed to goals beyond my too-easily-realized dream of teaching freshman English.
But Cecilia also pointed to the magical. “You should meet my husband,” she said, “he’s an artist.” What I remember now is something I did not appreciate back then: I spent a lot of time in Tony’s studio at Casa Zapata, the Chicano-themed dormitory, where he and Cecilia were the resident fellows. Tony was multi-talented, finding success as a muralist, graphic artist, humorist, and founding member of the comedy group Culture Clash; he was also the author of numerous books of poetry, essays, and dichos. I also spent time with Cecilia in her office. She made things happen, and she offered perspective. Cecilia and Tony were role models on many levels, not least as a couple committed to — and living — gender equality. They were, as Tony liked to say, a mixed marriage: Tony was from Texas, un tejano, and Cecilia … well, she was from California…. If they could work it out, there was hope for the rest of us. Back then being a Chicano graduate student at Stanford was not easy, especially insofar as we negotiated between our commitment to social equity for our community and the upward mobility a place like Stanford helped us secure as individuals.
By 1989 I was seriously prepared to drop out and return to being a cut-in man full time — my graduate stipend had never allowed me to give it up altogether. It was at this point that I met Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, who showed me a different model for participating in academia, and Roberto Trujillo, who paid me a whopping ten dollars an hour to follow that model as an archival assistant for the Mexican American Collection at Stanford’s library. By 1991 I was a Ph.D. and had landed my first job at the University of New Mexico. Looking back 22 years later as a full professor at a major research university, the story of what it means for me to have earned a Ph.D. from Stanford necessarily starts with Cecilia and Tony Burciaga. It is the people, and not the institution, that make a difference.
Cecilia, born in Pomona in 1945 to Mexican immigrants, passed away on Monday, March 25, after a seven-month battle with lung cancer. Tony had passed away in 1996. Both their children are teachers. Artist and educator Amalia Mesa-Bains, who once worked closely with Cecilia, puts her impact in historical context: “She was a person of leadership in the Latino community long before it became fashionable. If things were unjust, unfair, not right, Cecilia would take up the cause and she wouldn’t back down until the problem was fixed. I would consider her one of the people who most embodied the movement toward justice.”
They say that no good deed goes unpunished. That is the price of a commitment to social change. In 1994 Stanford provost Condoleezza Rice laid off Cecilia and closed the crucial position she had occupied for two decades. In 1995 Cecilia became a founding dean for student affairs at the new California State University campus in Monterey Bay. In 2002 the university settled a lawsuit over racial discrimination brought by Cecilia and two other Latino staff members. The settlement included establishing a $1.5 million scholarship fund for low-income students from California’s Central Coast.
Cecilia was there when I walked into her office seeking guidance, and she firmly and kindly directed me toward a lifelong calling years before I knew it was mine. I was not alone in receiving this kind of help from her; I was one among hundreds. Today those of us who were mentored by Cecilia carry on her legacy in seeking educational access for all students. To use Tony’s words in Spilling the Beans: Lotería Chicana (Joshua Odell Editions, 1995, page 101), we are her chameleons: “As we move from one world to the other we exchange colors, ideas, symbols and words in order to fit, to relate and to survive. The result is a prismatic iridescence when the difference of colors play on each other, like a rainbow after a rainstorm in the desert. We are chameleons.” Cecilia Preciado Burciaga, Presente!Filed under General News | Comment (0)
Chon A. Noriega’s tribute to Lupe Ontiveros on the Huffington Post makes our list of must read online material. To read more than the brief excerpt below, click on the title click:
It’s a conundrum, to be sure. What do you do when your longtime maid dies? After all, she practically raised your children. She cooked your eggs just so, lightly sprinkling them with something red. You asked her what, but you could not make out her response. (Sounded like “tapas”…) So do you send flowers to her family? Does she even have a family? Do you mention it in your year-end letter to friends and relatives? After all, she worked for you for almost 40 years. These are delicate matters. It is what makes life in Hollywood so very challenging……[see full essay at Huffington Post by clicking on link in title above]Filed under General News | Comment (0)
Based on Antonia Castaneda’s 2012 MALCS Plenary presentation “MALCS’ Decolonizing Work: Naming and Undoing Institutional Violence, From SB1070 to Chicana/o Studies”
Reprinted from News from Nepantla, UCSB Chicano Studies Newsletter, Fall 2011, No. 5. Thank you to Aida Hurtado, Jessica Lopez Lyman, andWilliam Calvo-Quiros.Filed under General News, Members in the news | Comment (0)