IUPLR - DEMEMBER Faculty E-mail Update
We have completed our move from the University of Texas at Austin to the University of Notre Dame. As you can imagine, the move was incredibly difficult, but our spirits have been refreshed by the wholehearted welcome we received from the Notre Dame community. People on and off campus have been very excited about the establishment of the Institute and those in the know have expressed their great delight about Notre Dame becoming an integral part of IUPLR. Now that the move is behind us, we are ready to face the many challenges that await us.
The Institute's mission is to promote teaching and research on Latino life in America from interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives. The Institute will strive to represent the concerns of all the major Latino groups in the US regarding history, culture, literature, and socio-political status. And, like all the IUPLR member centers, the Institute will foster scholarship on the links between community life among Latinos in the US and their respective countries of origin. Unlike most other Latino university-based organizations, the Institute will have a religious function too. To be in concert with Notre Dame's history and mission as a Catholic institution, we will be working very hard to establish leadership and scholarly competency in Latino theology and pastoral service. So as we begin to work with departments to recruit Latino experts for Notre Dame faculty appointments, we all will be mindful of all these interests.
Allert Brown-Gort, who served as the associate director of development for IUPLR at UT-Austin, has assumed the new position of associate director for the Institute. He will be responsible for leading the overall administration, operation and institutionalization of the Institute. Mr. Brown-Gort's appointment includes a non-tenure position as a full-voting member of Notre Dame's faculty. Dr. Philip García, formally the deputy director of Institutional Research at the Office of the Chancellor's for the 23-campus California State University System, has come on board as associate director of IUPLR and Institute-Based Research. Dr. García will take the lead in undertaking research projects based at Notre Dame and in coordinating joint multi-site projects involving the IUPLR member centers. He also will be teaching Latino Studies courses via the sociology department at Notre Dame. Dr. García's appointment too is a non-tenure position with full-voting rights conferred to Notre Dame faculty.
Regarding other IUPLR affiliated-staff, Dr. Robert Valdez continues in his position as IUPLR's national director of Research, and in that capacity he serves as IUPLR's principal point person in Washington, DC. Professor Valdez provides invaluable leadership to the IUPLR DC site office, housed at the Arts and Industries Building at the Smithsonian Institution under the auspices of the Center for Latino Initiatives. More recently, through Dr. Valdez's leadership, IUPLR organized and conducted a faculty mentoring program and workshop in DC aimed at strengthening competency in health-related research focusing on Latinos. IUPLR also still maintains very close ties to the Center for Latino Initiatives at the Smithsonian. With the leadership of Dr. Refugio Rochin, we continue joint sponsorship of the annual Graduate Training Seminar in Latino Research as well as the Humanities Fellows and Residency Program, an initiative supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Our new web site address is: http://www.nd.edu/~iuplr. Please bookmark this page and visit us often, as links, news, and on-line resources are continually updated.
Gilberto Cárdenas Assistant Provost & Director
Institute for Latino Studies
University of Notre Dame
Inside the December 1999 IUPLR E-mail Update:
* IUPLR is now at the University of Notre Dame
* The Smithsonian Institution and IUPLR announce the 2000-2001 Humanities
Fellowships in Latino Cultural Research in a National Museum Context
* CMAS at UT-Austin has placed a call for abstracts for its May 2000 conference on U.S. Latinos
and Latinas and World War II
* Jorge Bustamante and Rev. Vergilio Elizondo are named associates of the Latino
Studies Institute at Notre Dame
* Gilbert Cardenas named to advisory board of Gates Millennium Scholars Program
* The Mauricio Gaston Institute and the Mexican American Studies Research Center,
both IUPLR member centers, have faculty openings
IUPLR HEADQUARTER NEWS
The next official IUPLR event will be a meeting of the IUPLR Co-Directors at Notre Dame, tentatively scheduled for February 4-5, 2000. Information packets are being prepared, so you will have all the facts about on-campus accommodations and the agenda.
IUPLR and the Smithsonian Institution announce the 2000-2001 Humanities Fellowships in Latino Cultural Research in a National Museum Context: Issues of Representation and Interpretation. This year's Fellowship theme is Latino Cultural Studies, with a residency at the Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies and at the National Museum of Natural History. By analyzing culture, different issues concerning representation and interpretation within the frameworks of the national identity construct can be addressed in an interdisciplinary manner and cross-institutional setting. For application materials and information, please write to: Humanities Fellowship Program, Center for Museum Studies, A&I 2235, MRC 427, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560, or e-mail at: email@example.com, or visit the website at: http://www.si.edu/cms/humfell.htm. The application deadline is January 30, 2000. Fellowships will be announced by April 1.
IUPLR staff members are currently working on a national program to foster and promote AIDS education through visual, oral and seminar strategies. A proposal developed by IUPLR for multi-year funding is under considerations by the DHHS. And, working with a distinguished group of colleagues, Dr. Valdez is developing a strategy to evaluate a national youth program sponsored by the DHHS. This is a large scale, multi-year project as well. More details about each one of these projects will be provided at a later time.
IUPLR and the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, in partnership with the Hispanic Research Center at ASU and the Institute for Latino Studies, have begun planning for the National Scholars Conference scheduled for October 2000 in Washington, D.C. This conference will convene sessions that feature research papers by associated faculty and invited guests. Several sessions will be organized by the host committee to assure a well-rounded conference. The Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives with the assistance of the IUPLR also will convene sessions involving past participants in a jointly sponsored seminar on qualitative methodology held annually at the Smithsonian Institution. Some ninety-graduate students from universities throughout the U.S. have participated in these seminars. Returning as "alumni," they will present papers around topics concerning issue of representation and interpretation of Latino culture. The IUPLR sessions will cover a wide range of topics including such areas as public policy, history and critical literary studies. We are hopeful that the conference will enable us to take stock of the state of the art in research and scholarship regarding Latino Studies.
IUPLR was awarded a contract from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), via the RAND Corporation, to further investigate factors affecting educational attainment among Latinos. This new research effort is in line with the intent of HSF to provide more financial aid and to more forcefully advocate on the behalf of Latino college-students. The findings will underpin the HSF agenda for the 2000-2001 college year. IUPLR will collect and analyze responses from college students and staff; and it will profile each selected institution regarding its enrollment diversity and its production of undergraduate transfers or graduates. Preliminary results are due on June 15, 2000, and final reports are due on August 15, 2000. We will send more information about how IUPLR members can participate in the research program.
Center for Mexican American Studies, UT-Austin
In May, 2000, the Center for Mexican American Studies, at UT-Austin, will be co-sponsoring a conference on U.S. Latinos and Latinas and World War II. This conference represents a long-overdue recognition of the Latino contribution in World War II. Also, because conference proceedings will be published, it will allow an opportunity for a critical assessment of this neglected experience to be widely-disseminated. If you are working on any aspect related to this topic, please submit an abstract or panel by December, 1999, to: World War II Conference, UT Department of Journalism, Mail Code A1000, Austin, TX 78712. The conference will be held on May 26-27. 2000, at the University of Texas at Austin Alumni Center. For more information on this important conference, visit the website at http://www.utexas.edu/projects/latinoarchives, or contact Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez at (512) 471-0405, or e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University
New JSRI Publications:
"Latina Mothers' Involvement in their Children's Schooling: The Role of Maternal Education and Acculturation." Author: Robert P. Moreno, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Jose A. Lopez, Ph.D., Kaiser-Permanente [Working Paper No. 44, July 1999] The present study examined Latina mothers' acculturation and education levels with respect to various sociocultural, personal, and contextual factors related to mothers' level of parental involvement.
"The Concept of Acculturation in Health Research: Assumptions about Rationality and Progress." Author: Linda M. Hunt, Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio [Occasional Paper No. 69, August 1999]
"Exiles, Migrants, Settlers, and Natives: Literary Representations of Chicano/as and Mexicans in the Midwest." Author: Theresa Delgadillo, UCLA [Occasional Paper No. 64, August 1999]
The University of Notre Dame recently facilitated the appointment of two new associates for the Institute. The first was Professor Jorge Bustamante, a fellow at Notre Dame's distinguished Kellogg Institute and founding-past president of COLEF (MX). The second was Reverend Virgilio Elizondo, founding leader of the outstanding Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) in San Antonio, Texas and a visiting professor of theology at Notre Dame. Professor Bustamante will assist us in executing the core of our mission. He has assumed a position in the Institute as associate director for Inter-American and Border Affairs. The Reverend Elizondo will provide leadership in the area of religion. He will be affiliated with us as the Institute's new associate director for Latino Theology and Pastoral Concerns. We are extremely fortunate to have both individuals as colleagues.
Institute Director Gilbert Cardenas was recently named to the advisory board for The Gates Millennium Scholars Program. Conceived by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the program will financially assist 20,000 economically disadvantaged students over a 20-year period, beginning in the fall of 2000. The Foundation has partnered with The United Negro College Fund, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the American Indian Scholarship Fund to promote the program and recruit candidates from within the targeted communities
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR STUDENTS
The San Francisco Foundation is seeking applicants for its 2000 Multicultural Fellowship Program. The Multicultural Fellowship Program seeks to increase diversity in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors by providing young professionals of color with challenging work experiences and leadership opportunities in the areas of grant making and community building in the Bay Area. Offered as a two-year position, the Fellowship Program is designed to enhance the professional development of the Fellows as future nonprofit and public service leaders. Interested applicants should forward inquiries to: Sharon Samelson, Human Resources Specialist, The San Francisco Foundation, 225 Bush Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94104. The deadline for submission of resumes is January 8, 2000.
Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, is seeking applicants for its 2000 Bolin Minority Graduate Student Fellowships. The two fellowship opportunities are designed for Ph.D. candidates in fields taught at Williams to spend a year in residence at Williams while completing dissertations and teaching one course. Applications may be forwarded to: Assistant to the President, Williams College, P.O. Box 607, Williamstown, MA 01267. For more information, please forward electronic correspondence to: email@example.com.
The National Urban Fellows, Inc., is seeking applications for the National Urban/Rural Fellowship Award, Class of 2001. They seek to recruit exceptionally talented mid-career individuals, from traditionally underrepresented communities, who are committed to assuming leadership roles in public service. The National Urban/Rural Fellowship program is a premier graduate fellowship that offers a unique learning experience: a fourteen-month academic program combined with a practical hands-on, nine-month mentorship with a senior public administrator. For more information, send electronic correspondence to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at: http://www.nuf.org.
The Mexican American Studies & Research Center at the University of Arizona, an IUPLR member center, seeks applicants in Psychology or Public Health for its tenure-track assistant professor position beginning in August 2000. The position will focus on violence, mental health, and/or substance abuse on the Mexican American or Hispanic population. Application review begins in early December, 1999, and continues until the position is filled. Please forward all inquiries to: Arturo Gonzalez, Chair, MASRC Search Committee, Economics Bldg., Rm. 208, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721. For more information, visit the website at: http://www.gened.arizona.edu/gonzalez.
The Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy is seeking applicants for a joint appointment with the College of Public and Community Service (CPCS) at the University of Massachusetts-Boston for a tenure track Assistant/Associate Professor position. The research component will be performed from the Gaston Institute and consists of conducting research on the socio-economic status of Latinos in New England, grantsmanship, program planning and evaluation. The teaching component consists of teaching three courses at CPCS per year. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in a Social Science discipline or in any of the following: urban planning, social welfare, social work, or public policy. ABD may also be considered. Applicants must also have experience conducting research on the Latino population. Knowledge of Latino community organizations and bilingual ability is preferred. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to: Office of Human Resources, Search 850, University of Massachusetts-Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125-3393. A copy of the cover letter and vitae should also be sent to Mary Jo Marion of the Gaston Institute at the same address. For more information, visit the website at: http://www.umb.edu/cgi/jobs/faculty. Review of applications will begin in early December, 1999, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, is seeking candidates for faculty openings. Faculty openings in 2000-2001 include tenure track positions in: Spanish language and literature, Sociology, Afro-American Studies/English and Afro-American Studies/History among others. Applications may be forwarded to: Assistant to the President, Williams College, P.O. Box 607, Williamstown, MA 01267. For more information, please forward electronic correspondence to: email@example.com.
EVENTS, CONFERENCES, and ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Chicano-Latino Law Review, at the UCLA, announces a Call for Papers for its Spring 2000 journal publication entitled, "Hate Crimes." The special issue will be published in conjunction with a Spring Symposium on Hate Crimes at the UCLA School of Law on March 17, 2000. They are seeking submissions to both publish in the journal and participate in the Symposium. Send submissions to: Chicano-Latino Law Review, UCLA School of Law, 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095. For more information, call (310) 825-2894, or e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions will be accepted through December 1999.
The Cross Cultural Health Program announces the completion of its new web site, located at http://www.xculture.org. The site is designed for better access to CCHCP's program, products, and related links, all addressing issues that impact the health of individuals and families in ethnic minority communities in Seattle, WA and nationwide. For more information, call Bookda Gheisar at (206) 621-4474, and visit their new website.
Georgetown University invites applicants for its Master of Arts in Latin American Studies program, offered through Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. For more information, call (202) 687-0144, or send e-mail to: email@example.com, or visit their website at http://www.georgetown.edu/sfs/programs/clas/clas.htm.
The Center for Latin American Culture, at Georgetown University, in conjunction with the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, is sponsoring an eight-week summer program at the graduate level in Santiago, Chile, from mid-June through mid-August, 2000. This unique partnership offers students of the Georgetown program in Santiago access to many outstanding Chilean academics. For additional information, contact Diana Bartholomew, Director for Academic Programs at the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown University at: (202) 687-0144, or e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at: http://sfswww.georgetown.edu/sfs/programs/CLAS/clas.htm.
IUPLR E-mail Update compiled by:
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