IUPLR -- OCTOBER Faculty E-mail Update
Dear Colleagues --
As you know September 15-October 15 was once again proclaimed Hispanic Heritage
Month in the United States. In D.C. this means symposia, awards programs, Gala
dinners and openings of art exhibits and other activities. For the historians
and history buffs out in our network I want to alert you to a Smithsonian Publication
that was released this month as part of the SI Office of Education efforts to
bring the Smithsonian to the Classroom. (By the way, you can visit their web
) The publication
is called, Establishing Borders: The Expansion of the United States, 1846-48.
It is intended to be a resource guide for elementary school teachers (grades
3-8). It contains a bilingual Q & A section, a background essay and some
provocative maps of the period (I'm sure that a number of you may have something
to say about it - and I invite you to share your thoughts and reactions), and
suggestions for lesson plans. By the way, the Library of Congress has put online
an original copy of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo at http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/ghtreaty/ghtreaty.html
The site includes multiple views of the document as well as a map used by the
I invite you again to help us build a Latino reference room as part of the Smithsonian's
Latino Initiative's Office. Donations of your work, especially books and other
creative works would be greatly appreciated and help quickly create a Latino
intellectual presence at the SI. Donations can be sent to the IUPLR D.C. office
(address); or directly to Wil Rochin at the SI Latino Initiatives Office (Center
for Latino Initiatives, Office of the Provost, Smithsonian Institution, 1000
Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, DC 20680).
How many of you travel and find the newspaper USA Today under your hotel door
in the morning? USA Today has made a name for itself in providing little "factoid"
panels in which they display a chart or graph. The Education director at USA
Today has invited us - the IUPLR network of scholars - to submit results from
your studies that might be of interest to a larger national audience. The USA
Today audience generally tends to be influential individuals in business and
government so this may be an effective tool to get our messages and findings.
If you have items to contribute please send them on to the D.C. office.
Lastly, our Drop out Crisis policy seminar on the Hill last month was absolutely
superb. For those of you interested in copies of the blue ribbon panel's report,
"No More Excuses" and the Secretary of Education's official response,
they can be found on the U.S. Department of Education web site at: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/index.html
or you can order a copy from 1-800-4ED-PUBS.
Robert Otto Valdez, Ph.D.
Professor, Health Policy & Management, UCLA
National Research Director, IUPLR
Inside the October IUPLR E-mail Update:
* IUPLR, in collaboration with the Center for Museum Studies of the Smithsonian
Institution, announces the second annual Humanities Fellowship in Latino Cultural
Research in a National Museum Context.
* CMAS at UT-Austin and JSRI at Michigan State University announce their fall
schedule of events.
* The Hispanic Research Center at Arizona State University, along with IUPLR
and the National Council of La Raza, invites all to participate in its conference
entitled, "1848/1898@1998: Transhistoric Thresholds,"
* The University of New Mexico announces a call for papers for the 8th Annual
Conference on Ibero-American Culture and Society.
IUPLR HEADQUARTER NEWS
IUPLR, AVANCE, and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for
Hispanic Americans are hosting a dialogue to discuss strategies that support
Latino parents in their quest to attain excelencia en educacion for their children.
The event, to be held on October 6-7, 1998 in San Antonio, Texas, is entitled,
"Excelencia en Educacion: The Role of Parents in the Education of Their
Children." For more information on this event, call (210) 270-4630.
Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University
Friday, October 9, 1998. Visiting Scholar, Ralph Cintron, will give a lecture
entitled, "Listening To What the Streets Say: Some Thoughts on Gangs and
the Ideologics of Vengeance."
Wednesday, October 14, 1998. Visiting Scholar, Ronnie Fernandez, will give a
lecture entitled, "Empires and Serfs: Migrant Labor in the United States."
Wednesday, October 28, 1998. Visiting Scholar, Theresa Delgadillo, will give
a lecture entitled, "Looking for the Real Thing: Literary Representations
of Chicanas and Chicanos in the Midwest."
For more information on these JSRI events, call (517) 432-1317.
Center for Mexican American Studies, UT-Austin
Wednesday, October 21, 1998, 12-1pm. The Center is hosting a panel discussion
on "Access and Opportunity in Higher Education, Revisited," >from
12-1pm at the Texas Union Governor's Room, 3.116.
Friday, October 23, 1998, noon. John Ross Platica and Booksigning. The activist,
journalist, poet, and now novelist John Ross, who has been working out of Mexico
City since 1985, will present a CMAS Platica titled "The Zapatistas and
the New Millennium," at the Texas Union Chicano Culture Room, 4.206.
Thursday, October 29,1998, 4:30-6:30pm. The Center and the General Libraries
of UT-Austin are sponsoring a presentation ceremony on the occasion of the donation
of the Jose Cardenas and IDRA (Intercultural Development Research Association)
papers to the Benson Latin American Collection. The ceremony will take place
in Sid Richardson Hall, 1.101, at the Rare Books Room.
Friday, November 6,1998, noon. Leticia Garza-Falcon, director of the Center
for Multicultural & Gender Studies and assistant professor of English at
Southwest Texas State University, will talk about her recent book, "Gente
Decente: A Borderlands Response to the Rhetoric of Dominance" (University
of Texas Press). The Platica will take place at the Texas Union Governor's Room,
Richard Flores, associate professor of Anthropology and Mexican American Studies
at UT-Austin, published an article, "Memory-Place, Meaning, and the Alamo,"
in the Fall 1998 issue of American Literary History, an Oxford University Press
Neil Foley, associate professor of History at UT-Austin, has received another
award, the 1998 Pacific Coast Branch Book Award for "The White Scourge:
Mexican, Blacks, and Poor Whites in Texas Cotton Culture" (University of
California Press, 1997). This award is presented by the Pacific Coast Branch
of the American Historical Association, for the most distinguished first book
by a scholar residing in the area from which the branch draws its membership.
IUPLR, in collaboration with the Center for Museum Studies of the Smithsonian
Institution, announces the second annual Humanities Fellowship in Latino Cultural
Research in a National Museum Context. The Fellowship, funded by the Rockefeller
Foundation, offers a mix of residencies for Ph.D.-level scholars and museum
professionals. Application deadline is January 30, 1999. For more information,
contact Humanities Fellowship Program, Center for Museum Studies, A&I 2235,
MRC 427, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560, or check the IUPLR web
site for the flyer at: http://iuplr.utexas.edu/flyer/index.html
The Mexican American Studies & Research Center (MASRC) at the University
of Arizona seeks qualified applicants in the fields of history or ethnic/cultural
studies with an emphasis on Mexican American history for the position of tenure-track
Assistant Professor beginning August 1999, or contingent on availability of
funding, January 2000. The position requires graduate and undergraduate instruction
including advising responsibilities, as well as an active research agenda. Also,
the successful candidate will be assigned co-director for the Border Academy,
a 1-1/2 week summer graduate seminar Dealing with economic development, environmental
issues, and other current U.S.-Mexico border topics. To apply, please submit
a letter of application which should include a description of the candidate's
research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and four
letters of recommendation to: Arturo Gonzalez, Chair, MASRC Search Committee,
Economics Bldg., Room 208, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721. Please
reference job number 12933. Review of application materials will begin 12/18/98
and will continue until position is filled.
The university of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is searching for two faculty
members at the assistant professor level, assistant professor of Spanish American
Literature: Tenure-track , and assistant professor/specialist in SLA related
to Spanish: Tenure track. Applicants should hold the Ph.D. by the date of appointment.
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. To ensure consideration,
send CV, three letters of recommendation, sample publications and/or dissertation
chapter, and evidence of excellence in teaching (statistical summaries for at
least three courses preferred) by Dec. 1, 1998 to: Dr. Paul Borgeson, Chair
of Search Committee, Dept. of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 4080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews
Ave. MC-176, Urbana, IL 61801. For more information, call (217) 244-3250 or
The Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) program at the University of California,
Santa Cruz invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or
Associate Professor (tenured) in the general area of the humanities. LALS is
a transdisciplinary program that integrates the analysis of Chicano/a and Latino/a
populations in the United States with the study of the history, politics, economics
and cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean. Applicants from all Humanities
fields are encouraged to apply; they are particularly interested in candidates
who focus on cultural studies, especially with an emphasis or concentration
on popular culture, media studies, the analysis of visual and aural art, and/or
the intersections of culture and politics. Candidates who take a cross-border
approach to U.S. Latino experiences, making use of theoretical and empirical
work from both Latin America and the U.S., are especially encouraged. Interested
persons should forward a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement
of research and teaching interests, samples of written or other work, course
syllabi and at least three letters of recommendation to: Chair, Search Committee,
Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Merrill College, University of California,
Santa Cruz, California 95064. For more information, call (831) 459-4284.
The Department of Sociology at UC-Santa Cruz invites applications for a tenure-track
assistant professorship focused on the Sociology of the Chicano/Mexicano/Latino
experience. They especially encourage applications from candidates who have
conducted research in race relations in the Southwest, ethnic inequality, border
studies, immigration, urban politics, or the sociology of diversity. Along with
the letter of application, interested applicants should submit a curriculum
vitae, three letters of reference, a writing sample, a detailed description
of teaching experience or a proposed syllabi. Completed applications can be
sent to: Sociology Department Search #485, Sociology Department, College Eight,
University of California-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA 95064. All materials must
be received by November 18, 1998.
The University of New Mexico at Albuquerque seeks an assistant professor of
Art in Studio Art, tenure track. Responsibilities include teaching all levels
of undergraduate and graduate painting and drawing as well as 2D design, and
service on committees. Qualifications include an exhibition record, and University
level teaching experience beyond teaching assistant including graduate level
teaching experience. All application materials must be received by December
16, 1998. Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, 20 slides
of personal work, curriculum vitae, SASE, and complete addresses (mailing address,
telephone/fax numbers, e-mail address) of three references to: Michael Cook,
Chair, Painting Search Committee, Department of Art and Art History, University
of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-1401.
The University of California-Davis is seeking an assistant, associate, or full
professor with a strong background in Chicana/o Studies and/or relevant comparative
cultural and gender studies that would advance the interests of Chicana/o Studies.
This is full time, ladder-rank tenure track position. The appointee should have
the ability to teach "Introduction to Chicano Studies" or "Introduction
to Chicana/o Culture". Appointee is expected to develop upper division
and graduate courses in his or her area of interest, and to actively contribute
to the formation of Chicana/o Studies and theories through research and practice.
Appointee is expected to conduct research in his or her field of interest, and
interact with faculty and students conducting research in our program. Applications
should be sent to: Malaquias Montoya, Chair, Chicana/o Studies Search Committee,
One Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA. 95616. For inquiries
about the position, call (916) 752-2421. Applicants should submit: a curriculum
vitae; a statement of research and teaching interests; copies of published articles
or other examples of scholarly writing or portfolio; and the names and addresses
of at least three people from whom letters of reference may be requested.
The Women's Studies Program at Mount Holyoke College plans to hire a full-time
tenurable associate or full professor of Women's Studies, beginning Fall 1999.
Women's Studies, a collaborative interdisciplinary program, is strongly committed
to fostering connections between campus and community, and to constructing a
vigorous intellectual community of feminist scholars and teachers at Mount Holyoke
and its neighboring colleges. No later than November 30, 1998, applicants should
send a curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and a letter presenting
(1) their specific qualifications for the position; (2) their ideas critical
issues facing Women's Studies programs in the next decade; and, (3) their view
of the goals of women's education today. Applications should be addressed to:
Julie Inness, Chair, Women's Studies Search Committee, Dickinson House, Mount
Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 01075. For more information, send email to:
EVENTS AND CONFERENCES
The Hispanic Research Center at Arizona State University, along with IUPLR and
the National Council of La Raza, invites all to participate in its conference
entitled, "1848/1898@1998: Transhistoric Thresholds," to be held December
8-12. The conference is designed to present wide-ranging scholarly research
on, and creative representations of, the historic milestones and numerous political,
economic, cultural, and other cumulative consequences of 1848 and 1898. Together
with artistic and cultural events including an art exhibit, film program, and
major book display, the conference is planned to accommodate up to 1,500 participants.
The conference strongly encourages the scholarly participation of researchers,
educators, and government and other officials residing abroad, with special
emphasis on Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, the Philippines, Hawaii, Guam, and
American Samoa. Deadline for mailed pre-registration materials is October 12,
1998. For more information, write to: 1848-1898 Conference, c/o Hispanic Research
Center, P.O. Box 872702, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-2702, or
e-mail at: 1848/98.Conference@asu.edu
The Institute of Latin American Studies Student Association at UT-Austin is
issuing a call for papers for its Nineteenth Annual ILASSA Student Conference
on Latin America, to be held February 26-27, 1999. Deadline for submission of
one-page abstracts is November 10. For more information or to send an abstract,
contact ILASSA Conference Abstracts Committee, Institute of Latin American Studies,
University of Texas at Austin, SRH 1.1310, Austin, TX 78712, or call (512) 471-5551,
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
TACHE, the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education, is holding its
Twenty-Fourth Annual Conference in Houston, at the Park Plaza Warwick Hotel
on November 15-17, 1998. Over forty-five workshops, presentations, and discussion
sessions on a wide variety of topics are scheduled. For more information, call
Ed Apodaca at (713) 743-9567, or email: email@example.com
The University of New Mexico announces a call for papers for the 8th Annual
Conference on Ibero-American Culture and Society. This year's conference, to
be held February 4-6, 1999, is entitled "Looking for Oñate's Foot:
Cultural, Chicano, Border Studies in the Nuevo Mexico Cuarto Centenario."
Please send abstracts by November 15 to: Enrique Lamadrid/Tey Diana Rebolledo,
Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque,
NM 87131-1146, or fax: (505) 77-3885, or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
IUPLR E-mail Update compiled by:
Graduate Research Assistant
Inter University Program for Latino Research
University of Texas at Austin