News & Events
Maria Ibarra Participates in American Anthropological Association Meetings
CCS professor Maria Ibarra participated in the panel “Decolonizing Borderland Ethnographies: Indigenous and Feminist Methodologies of Resistance,” with four other Chicana feminist anthropologists, at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings in San Francisco this past November. Anthropologists, from left to right: Jennifer Najera, Maria Ibarra, Karen Mary Davalos, Maria Elena Cruz, and Brenda Sendejo.
New article by Maria Ibarra in Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age, Interdisciplinary perspectives on an underrepresented labor force
CCS professor María Ibarra has written an article focusing on the intimate relationships that develop between Mexican immigrant women and their elderly white patients in private homes. The article is based on anthropological research conducted in Santa Barbara, California, and is titled “Extending Kinship: Mexicanas and Their Wards.” This article—forthcoming in 2013—forms part of an exciting edited collection that brings together research in labor studies, women’s studies, and ethnic studies.
Isidro Ortiz Comments on the 2012 Latino Vote
CCS professor Isidro Ortiz was interviewed by both the San Diego Union-Tribune and San Diego's NBC 7 news channel with regard to the Latino vote in this year's presidential election.
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Maria Butler Named Faculty Coach of the Aztecs’ Football Team
Maria Butler, who has been teaching in our CCS department since 1990, was named “faculty coach of the game” of the winning Aztecs’ football team. Butler was honored during the October 27th game against the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which SDSU won 24-13. This selection was made by SDSU’s marketing department and the athletic department advisors. Butler considered it an honor and an exciting experience to be singled out and to be recognized as a “faculty coach” in front of thousands of people. Most interesting to her was being invited to visit the football players in the Qualcomm Stadium locker rooms and seeing how they prepare for a game. She considered this a fascinating moment, adding that, “What was even more special were all of the well wishes and hugs I received from the guys I’ve had as students (3/4 of the team). To me, it was an indication of how much they appreciate me and I am happy I received this honor.” Congratulations, Maria! CCS also greatly appreciates you!
Día de los Muertos Altar
A sincere “thank you” to the students, faculty, and members of the community who joined us on Thursday, November 1st, to honor our dead and reflect upon the current state of higher education. Everyone was invited to enjoy coffee and pan de muertos, while listening to traditional Mexican songs interpreted by Coral MacFarland-Thuet accompanied by the guitar of renowned musician Jaime Valle. Our Altar de Muertos was both traditional and innovative. It was traditional by honoring those who are no longer with us; it was innovative by addressing this year’s theme, “A Critical Reflection on the Promise and Peril of Public Education.” The altar displayed pictures of dearly departed family and friends. The art submitted by CCS students indeed reflected the theme in their creative work, which also contrasted the general impact of higher education’s crises and their effects on the students’ lives.
CCS and CLAS, cosponsors, would also like to thank the students who shared their work. A special gracias goes out to Bertha Hernández, Priscila Moreno (CCS), and Alejandra González (CLAS) for all their help in setting up the beautiful altar and working to make this event a success.
Artist Rafael Lopez Inspires CCS Students
Award-winning artist Rafael Lopez—best known for creating the Voces Unidas 2008 Obama/Biden official campaign poster and the U.S. postal stamps honoring Latino music legends Selena, Celia Cruz, Carlos Gardel, and Tito Puente—was a guest lecturer in Coral MacFarland-Thuet’s U.S./Mexico Border Folklore class last November 5. The students were inspired by Lopez’s colorful and imaginative work, his charisma, and his involvement in community projects not only in San Diego, but in other parts of the country and in Mexico. In addition to demonstrating the art creation process from beginning to end, Lopez emphasized the importance of giving back to the community. He has given back by volunteering his time to community art projects, including many in San Diego’s East Village.
Lopez’s work also includes illustrations in several children’s books for which he has received many awards. He shared with students the steps to take when creating art, highlighting how important it is to jot down ideas when they come. He also mentioned that his choice of colors is highly influenced by street life in Mexico.
We are grateful for the opportunity to have shared this time with him. Lopez has visited our class in the past and we hope that he does so again in the future.
To view Lopez’s work, visit his website at www.rafaellopez.com
Coral MacFarland-Thuet in the News
In addition to being one of CCS’ lecturers, Coral MacFarland-Thuet is also a professional singer. She has been teaching at CCS since 2007, and her courses range from oral communications to Mexican and Chicano music. In recent weeks, her singing trajectory has been covered by several news outlets. We are proud to have Coral at CCS and sharing her knowledge with SDSU students!
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Internationally Renowned Artist Marcos Ramírez “Erre” Visits SDSU
Marcos Ramírez—better known as “Erre”—delivered an engrossing presentation on his art to a full-capacity crowd on Tuesday, November 20th. Ramírez, based in his native Tijuana, was a special guest in Norma Iglesias-Prieto’s U.S./Mexico International Border course. For about two hours, “Erre” showcased a selection of his art, and his descriptions ranged from the humorous to the tragic. The images he projected included many provocative and controversial ones, some critical of both the U.S. and Mexican governments. When asked by a student if he feared retaliation, he said “a little bit” but that his work was based on the truth and he simply pointed out the facts that could easily be verified. In addition to Mexico and the United States, his art has been exhibited in Russia, China, Cuba, France, Spain, among other countries.
For more on Erre’s work, please visit: http://marcosramirezerre.com/
Norma Iglesias-Prieto Featured in the Frontera Newspaper
CCS’ chair and professor Norma Iglesias-Prieto was featured in a couple of articles published in Frontera, a Spanish-language newspaper, in its San Diego weekly edition.
For the November 15-21 issue, Iglesias-Prieto was one of three leading members of the San Diego Latino community who were interviewed about what they expect of newly re-elected President Obama in his second-term administration, especially with regard to immigration reform and the economy. The article titled “Confían latinos en gestión de Obama” (Latinos Trust Obama’s Administration) featured the opinions of Jason Wells (Executive Director, San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce; Vice President, San Ysidro School Board), Enrique Morones (President, Border Angels; Founder, Casa de México at Balboa Park), and Iglesias-Prieto.
An article in the November 22-28 issue featured Iglesias-Prieto and her scholarly work, particularly as it pertains to transborder issues. Titled “Enfocada en entender la FRONTERA” (Focused on Understanding the BORDER), the article provides a brief glimpse into Iglesias-Prieto’s academic expertise and specifically on what the border means to her.
An Exciting Cultural Event!!
Canciones de Lucha
Saturday April 6 at 4 p.m. at Barrio Logan Library
Don't miss this opportunity to hear and see some of the original founders of Chicano Movement music in San Diego. The show will be filmed by Paul Espinosa and your donations used to help make sure that this music is preserved for the next generation.
View the event flyer (.pdf)
This fundraiser will keep our historic music alive through the Chicana/o Archive Collection at SDSU.
CCS310 Mexican and Chicano Music
Date Monday, March 11
Time: 4- 5:30
Presentation: Live music performance by José "Pepe" Villarino and Los Románticos
Theme: Musical Journey of the great composers of Mexican/Chicano Music- Cost: Free- all are welcome
Room: HH 221
Arts & Letters Conference Room 362
The speakers in our lunchtime series are scholars, artists, and/or activists whose work informs the vibrant and interdisciplinary field of Chicano/a Studies. In an intimate seminar setting, speakers present new or ongoing work and ask that audience members provide their insights and feedback. The talks generally focus on contemporary and historical social justice topics, especially as these relate to issues of inequality tied to the intersections of class, race, gender, nationality, and sexuality. The lunchtime talks also offer an opportunity for speakers to present “best practices” as they relate to policy-making or applied work. Please join us—and bring your lunch!
Wednesday, February 13
This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule this event for sometime in April.
D. Emily Hicks, Professor and Artist, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and English and Comparative Literature (SDSU): “Complexity and Holography: The Peoples of Los Angeles”
This paper focuses on artistic collaboration and complexity in the holographic exhibition “The Peoples of Los Angeles,” an exhibition that Hicks co-directed in 1984, in conjunction with the Olympics, with Daniel J. Martinez. The show consisted of nine holographic portraits shot on location. The audience listened to texts/stories shared by the subjects of the holograms.
Wednesday, March 13
César López, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies (Mesa College): “Lost in Translation: From Calle de los Negros to N*** Alley to North Los Angeles Street to Place Erasure, Los Angeles, 1855-1951”
López traces the short Los Angeles byway once known as Calle de los negros and its changing human and spatial geography, as well as its eventual erasure, from 1855 to 1951.
For more information, please contact Prof. María Ibarra at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lunchtime “Brown Bag” Talks
Wednesday, October 24
Kristen Hill Maher, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science (SDSU): “Media Framing and Inequality: Photojournalism on Mexican Migrants in the Union-Tribune”
This project addresses the Union-Tribune’s photojournalistic coverage of Mexican migrants in the San Diego region from 2000 to 2010. It evaluates the ways in which the pattern of representations reinforces or challenges dominant narratives in San Diego about Mexicans, as a people, and Mexican migrants, in particular. Maher is currently interpreting her findings and analyzing their functions within the local (and perhaps national) economic and social order.
Wednesday, November 21
María Ibarra, Associate Professor, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies (SDSU): “Invisible Activists: Mexicana Immigrant Caretakers, Subjectivity, and the Defense of Aging Patients”
This research is based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted between 2009 and 2011 in Southern California. The author shows how Mexicana eldercare providers—in various for-profit medical care settings—attempt to defend aging patients from perceived devaluation and abandonment. Ibarra explores women’s subjectivities as migrants and workers to better understand their activism.
The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies invites you to a presentation by world renowned artist MARCOS RAMIREZ “ERRE”
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Arts and Letters (AL) 101
Open to the public
Altar de Muertos
The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and the Center for Latin American Studies are designing an Altar de Muertos (Day of the Dead altar) that will be both traditional and innovative and invite you to participate! The altar will be set up on the third floor of the College of Arts and Letters building, near the elevators. It will be on display from October 29 through November 9, 2012.
This year’s theme is “A Critical Reflection on the Promise and Peril of Public Education.” The innovative altar will include pieces created by students that address this topic and is also open to the SDSU community’s creativity on the issue.
Also, as a traditional altar, we will honor those who are no longer with us. We invite you to bring a photo of your departed loved one(s) and/or any food, beverages, or other items they enjoyed during their lifetime.*
On Thursday, November 1st, at 12 noon, we will be serving coffee and pan de muertos (sweet bread). Coral MacFarland Thuet, one of our own CCS professors, and Jaime Valle, jazz musician—both renowned talents—will be performing traditional Mexican songs beginning at 12:30 pm.
Please plan on joining us!
For more information, please contact Priscila Moreno or
Bertha Hernández at 594-6452.
* Please keep in mind that these items will be unattended. You may pick them up starting Tuesday, November 13, at the CCS office (AL 348). Unclaimed items will be discarded or used for next year’s altar.