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UIC Institute for the Humanities and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program Working Group on Immigration presents
Josh Kun, Professor of Communication at the University of Southern California.
"The Aesthetics of Allá,"a talk on 21st century Mexican music in the United States and its role in shaping migrant politics and identity. He is the author of "Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America(University Press, 2005).
Thursday, April 4th , 2013 at 12:00 p.m.
UH 1550 - 15th floor 601 S. Morgan Street Chicago, IL 60607
Josh Kun is Associate Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the Department of American Studies & Ethnicity at USC, where he directs the Popular Music Project of The Norman Lear Center. He is the author or editor of seven books, including 2005's Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America (UC Press) and 2012's co-edited collection Tijuana Dreaming: Life and Art at the Global Border (Duke UP). His next book, Songs in the Key of L.A.: Sheet Music and the Making of Southern California, part of a multi-platform collaboration with the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library, will be published by Angel City Press in Spring 2013. As a curator, his exhibits and music installations have appeared at The Grammy Museum, The Museum of Latin American Art, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, and The Santa Monica Museum of Art, where he is currently the Collector in Residence. He co-edits the book series "Refiguring American Music" for Duke University Press, and is currently completing a study of 21st century Mexican migrant music in the U.S., from which this talk will be drawn.
The reading material for Josh Kun's talk can be pick up at UH 1525 / LALS Office. Thank you.
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The Working Group on Immigration will host a series of workshops for graduate students and faculty that seek to understand immigration and transnationalism at the intersection of politics, law and culture. We will be exploring the impact of globalization on immigration in relation to broader notions of cohabitation, [re]distribution of resources, recognition, shared precariousness, changing roles of nation/states and citizenship. Additionally, we examine questions regarding the ways in which immigration is framed as a problem that disrupts the social cohesion and identity of the host and home community/country, as well as the ways in which immigration revitalizes and transforms the economy, politics and culture of the host/home community. These workshops are aimed at bringing together faculty and graduate students to read and discuss scholarly works on immigration.
Join us! Latin American and Latino Studies Brown Bag
The Poetic Border
presented by Alex Chávez
Wednesday, November 28 at 12:00 p.m.
University Hall 1550 Conference Room
The Poetic Border is a chapter in Chávez’s developing book manuscript, Companions of the Calling: Huapango Arribeño and the Poetics of Place—the first ethnographic study of the formal and cultural poetics of huapango arribeño, a form that hails from north-central Mexico. While his book follows the moments of huapango arribeño performance within the lives of audiences and practitioners across Mexico and the US-Mexico border, this talk specifically explores Michel De Certeau’s cursory concept of the poetic city in relation to embodied performance as an aspect of transnational migrant life, particularly how it unfolds according to its own spatializing logics and rhetoric, interrupting and intimating the legible social field of violences that target migrant bodies.
Alex Chávez earned his PhD in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 with a concentration in folklore and public culture. Centered around Mexico and the US- Mexico Borderlands, Chávez’s research focuses on political economies of discourse and performance; transnational migration; and social constructions and vernacular negotiations of illegality. Combining a variety of critical approaches in linguistic anthropology, cultural geography, ethnomusicology, and critical theory, his explorations of ethnic-Mexican music, language, and expressive culture reveal the dissonances and meanings behind the social structures and racialized zones they emerge out of and often refuse. A specialist in these areas of study, his work also bridges scholarship and creative expression, as he has consistently crossed the boundary between performer and ethnographer.
Bring your brown bag lunch -- we will provide the refreshments.
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Join us for our OPEN HOUSE for the
Master of Arts in Latin American and Latino Studies
Thursday, November 15, 2012
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
University Hall - 1550 Conference Room
601 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Meet our current students, faculty and staff
Find out more information about the Master of Arts in Latin American and Latino Studies
Light refreshments will be served
For more information or to RSVP for the Open House
please call LALS office at 312-996-2445
This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate College of the University of Illinois at Chicago
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The Magic and Poetry of Havana: A Glance at the Past,Present and Future of a Caribbean Metropolis
University of Illinois at Chicago
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Havana was spared the damage of global urban renewal and keeps intact its traditional urban fabric. Its unique and appealing spirit stems not only from the well-known quality of its music and rhythms, its vibrant street life and its friendly ambience, but also from its built environment. However, the city's harmonious juxtaposition of different architectural styles, displayed by an impressive collection of buildings authored by world famous local and international architects, is currently threatened by overdevelopment, sprawl and neglect. A comprehensive Master Plan aimed at preserving the city's spirit and its historic, urban and architectural legacy has been devised to encourage Havana's future urban and economic development, while respecting its spirit and remaining true to its history, its people's idiosyncrasies and its landscapes.
About Julio César Pérez Hernández
Julio César Pérez is the only Cuban Loeb Fellow from Harvard University where he has been selected as the 2012-13 Wilbur Marvin Visiting Scholar. He is a practicing Cuban architect, urbanist, professor and author of the books Inside Havana (2011), and Inside Cuba (2006), and A Master Plan for XXI Century Havana. Professor Pérez is a guest lecturer and visiting scholar in many international conferences including Canada, the United States, and Europe. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame, and is the founding Chair of the Cuban Chapters of C.E.U. and I.N.T.B.A.U.
Sponsors: Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Great Cities Institute and the Latino Cultural Center at UIC.
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Liminal Soundscapes, Political Frequencies. A Conversation with Sound Artist Luz María Sánchez
Latino Cultural Center,
University of Illinois at Chicago
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Mexican-born artist Luz María Sánchez and Latin American Studies professor Alejandro L. Madrid will discuss Sánchez's work and the many artistic, disciplinary, and geographic boundaries it explores. The conversation will focus on how she uses sound-based art to engage the public in urgent social issues such as immigration and alarmist discourse about immigrants.
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Community Briefings: Graduate Students Report their Research Findings
Thursday, April 12, 2012
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Public Library - Rudy Lozano Branch
1805 S. Loomis – Chicago, IL 60608
Join us for an evening of civic engagement as our Master’s graduates
present their reports and received feedback from our Community Partners.
Mony Ruiz-Velasco, National Immigration Justice Center/Heartland Alliance
Laura de los Santos
Vanessa Sanchéz, Yollocalli Arts Center/National Museum of Mexican Art
Imani Beard & Yanelet Delgado
Fred Tsao, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Martin Torres, Latino Policy Forum
Jessica Gutiérrez & Lauren Mesa
Evelyn Guerrero, Hispanic Housing Development Corporation
Omar Duque, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
María de los Angeles Torres, Moderator
UIC Latin American Studies Program and the Institute for Policyand Community Engagement. Co-sponsored by: The Chicago Public Library Rudy Lozano Branch.
This event is free and open to the general public - Refreshments.
For more information or to RSVP call Marta Ayala at (312) 996-2445.
LALS presents: Javier Sicilia
Cuando los poetas callan -- Emergencia Nacional en México
When silence comes upon a poet - National Emergency in Mexico
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at UIC
800 S. Halsted Street – Chicago, IL 60607
JAVIER SICILIA, a renowned author and poet, visits Chicago sharing his journey from writing poetry to leading a national Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity in Mexico. Shortly, after his son's death last March - victim of the drug war violence in Mexico, Sicilia stated "Poetry doesn't exist in me anymore." His poetry is silenced but not his will to say we are "Hasta la Madre! We've had it!” This movement has given voice to the 50,000 victims of the continuing drug war in Mexico.
UIC welcomes Javier Sicilia ~ Poesia en Abril welcomes Javier Sicilia.
Sponsors: UIC Latin American and Latino Studies Program; the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum; the Liberal Arts & Sciences College; the Vice Provost of Programs and Planning; the UI Hospital and Health Science System, Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Latinos (CCSL); The Latino Cultural Center, Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES); Global Exchange; the Illinois Humanities Council, Contratiempo/Poesía en Abril, and UIC Campus Housing.
"A Romantic Hero to Women, but He is a Man's Friend”: Race, Sexuality, and the Body
in the Making of Silent Film Screen Actor Ramón Novarro's Star Image
Patient Citizens, Immigrant Mothers
Mexican Women Public Prenatal Care, and the Birth-Weight Paradox
Music and Performance at the U.S. - Mexico Border
OPEN HOUSE for our Master of Arts in Latin American and Latino Studies
When "foreign" languages aren't foreign: Heritage speakers in the United States(10/12/2011)
Marcha! Latino Chicago and the Immigrant Rights Movement