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​LSGS's Spring 2017 programming focuses on ongoing public talks entitled, "Histories of the American Latino/a: Lectures, Archives,
 and the Public," which gives prominence to the diverse and complex histories of U.S. Latino and Latina communities. The two featured historians for this semester are Professors GERALDO L. CADAVA and LORRIN THOMAS.

Also visiting the Program this term is JOHN MORÁN 
GONZÁLEZ from the University of Texas at Austin.

... And students enrolled in the LSGS 490 seminar on Autobiography and Memoir will participate in Skype sessions with memoirists LILA QUINTERO WEAVER and WENDY C. ORTIZ.

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    • Geraldo L. Cadava is Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University. He is the author of Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland (Harvard University Press, 2013), recipient of the 2014 Frederick Jackson Turner Award by the Organization of American Historians. Prof. Cadava will speak on the history of Latino conservatism, the topic of his second monograph. This project focuses on the rise and fall of a conservative Hispanic movement between the 1960s and the 1990s. Conservatism among Hispanics in the United States, the book argues, was forged in the crucible of U.S.-Latin American relations, and what distinguishes Hispanic conservatism from mainstream American conservatism—what’s “Hispanic” about Hispanic conservatism—is the emphasis that Hispanics place on immigration and hemispheric economic, military, and cultural relationships. Professor Cadava's talk will take place on Tuesday, 7 February, at 4p, in the Pink Parlor of the East Duke Building.

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    • ​Students enrolled in the LSGS 490​ seminar on Latino/a Autobiography and Memoir this Spring will be joined by author and artist Lila Quintero Weaver on Wednesday, 8 February, and Los Angeles writer Wendy C. Ortiz on Monday, 6 March.

      Lila Quintero Weaver's Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White (University of Alabama Press, 2012) centers on her family's migration to the Jim Crow South from Argentina in 1961. Her graphic nonfiction work was developed, as Publishers Weekly notes, "from Quintero Weaver’s senior project for the University of Alabama’s External Degree Program, which serves adult students returning to school. She produced a miniature graphic novel, which led to an art exhibit on campus, which, in turn, attracted the attention of the University of Alabama Press in December 2007. Daniel Waterman, editor in chief of the U of A Press, noted, 'Lila’s artwork is not only arresting and beautifully expressive, the tone of her prose and her use of dialog struck us as natural, authentic, and persuasive.'" Writing for Public Books, Jean-Cristophe Cloutier remarked that Darkroom "allows for fresh insights into race, language acquisition, and immigration." The memoir, he added, "is deeply invested not only in a photographic sense of seeing, witnessing, and documenting, but is also caught in that liminal moment when 'the latent image flowers' before our very eyes. Eyes are in fact the most recurrent image in the book, staring back at the reader with serenity, racial hatred, fear, shock, love."

      Wendy C. Ortiz's Bruja (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016) is a "dreamnoir," or in her words: "a narrative derived from the most malleable and revelatory details of ones dreams, catalogued in bold detail. A literary adventure through the boundaries of memoir, where the self is viewed from a position anchored into the deepest recesses of the mind." Ortiz's craft takes us, as the Los Angeles Times put it, to "the undergrowth of Ortiz’s subconscious, catching glimpses of a self projected in shifting constellations." The word bruja, Ortiz noted in an interview with Electric Lit, "is one who can, among other things, live on other planes than just the one we think we know and refer to as reality. In Bruja, I’m describing the world I lived in while asleep, that felt just as real, just as emotional and vibrant and frightening as the world I lived in during the day. In that sense, I lived in two different planes and tried to document that experience. The word bruja, Spanish for witch, then, just references one of the identities I inhabit."

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    • John Morán González, Associate Professor in the English Department and Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at the University of Texas at Austin​, speaks on 21 March 2017. His talk will focus on the "Refusing to Forget" project, alongside scholarly interventions and activism with the public sphere. This lecture is co-sponsored with the UNC Latina/o Studies Program and will be held in the Donovan Lounge (223 Greenlaw Hall) on the UNC campus on Tuesday, 21 March at 5p.

Latin@ Studies Workshop Series
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    • LSGS and the UNC Latina/o Studies Program have joined analytical forces and started a Latin@ Studies Workshop Series. The goal of this collaborative undertaking is straightforward: to explore and dynamically engage with the scholarship being produced by Latin@ Studies interlocutors at both Universities. What are you working on now, what are you working on next? What are you revising? What are we, as Latina/o Studies faculty, studying? Write us and let us know if you'd like to share your work with us this semester.

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Elizabeth Barahona 
is a History and LSGS Certificate Major, from Orlando, Florida, and President of Mi Gente​, the Duke Latinx student organization. “I want to be an educator and eventually work as a policymaker in the field of education, working with the most marginalized and underrepresented students, which right now are the undocumented.
The repertoire of texts, theories, and knowledge LSGS offers is foundational for that work. I would say that it’s one of Duke’s gems because of the mentorship, the nurturing and inspiration it provides. LSGS is crucial to the goals of the University. It builds leaders, change makers, and develops thinkers.”

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Michael Courtney, from Miami, F​lorida,​ is a Sociology major with an Education minor​. He​ came to the LSGS Certificate, in part, to explore his own Latinidad. “Latino/a Studies 101 with Prof. Walter Mignolo gave me a perspective on my roots, where my mom comes from (Panama), and how she transitioned and adapted to the environment when she moved to Miami. All three programs have helped me become more global by teaching me more about different cultures, my own cultures, and the structures that influence people in those cultures. I’m exploring different avenues of working in Panama, particularly with some NGOs there, and I think LSGS will be hugely important to that.”

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Norma De Jesus is a double major in Public Policy and Cultural Anthropology from Edinburg, Texas​. She came to LSGS through curiosity about her own identity.​ “I was curious about the history, the creative expressions and the literature that encapsulate the reality of being Latinx in the United States.​ LSGS courses expose you to many topics that may seem clear at face value, but have layers of depth. They have provided me with critical tools for understanding what it means to be Latinx, and how our experiences are part of the American narrative. With my desire to go to law school and potentially return to my home state of Texas, I see LSGS being crucial to my career pursuits.”

Student portraits by Zoe Litaker Photography.


Some of this semester's course highlights include:

Black/Latinx Intersections
Prof. Marisol LeBrón
Brains Everywhere
Prof. Antonio Viego
Latina/o Autobiography and Memoir
Prof. Claudia Milian
Linguistic Rights
Prof. Liliana Paredes

& More


Last fall semester, we initiated the Lunchtime Talk Series with LSGS Alums. This Talk Series attends to how the field of Latino/a Studies is at work in the world, and namely through our LSGS Certificate Majors.

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    • A snapshot of Angie Díaz (Trinity '14) animated talk, “The Latinx Files: Pachuquismo, Chicanidad, and the Armadillo Grill,” on 4 October 2016.

Angie Díaz, a graduate student in the Program in American Studies at Yale University, inaugurated our efforts to promote the Program's sustained engagement with our graduates, and especially between our current and former students. Her talk, “The Latinx Files: Pachuquismo, Chicanidad, and the Armadillo Grill,” delivered on 4 October 2016, detailed her academic trajectory at Duke. She recalled that, at the time, “I took a lot of classes that had the word ‘America’ in the title.” Díaz traced the geographical importance of Houston in her scholarly formation, as manifested in her senior honors thesis in History, entitled “Interstitial Resistance in the Role of Pachuquismo in (Re)Shaping Chicanidad in Houston.” Her undergraduate project at Duke earned Díaz the Gilder-Lehrman History Scholar Award, an honor that recognizes 15 of the top history students nationally. Díaz gave shout-outs to the Program as well as to Professors Antonio Viego (Literature) and Sally Deutsch (History): their critical seminars were foundational spaces that allowed her to “learn how to talk about race and ethnicity.”

Díaz also gave us a snapshot of some of her Latino/a Studies deliberations in graduate school, which are currently being pursued at Yale's American Studies Program. Among her preoccupations are configurations of “newness” in the context of the U.S. Southeast, the tensions between Chicano/a Studies and the broadening scope of Latino/a Studies, paired with digital representations and discussions of race and Latinidad in popular blogging sites such as Tumblr.

Watch the video of some of Díaz's main parts
here, including h​er question and answer session. Among the queries raised were: ​h​ow do you go about forming specific research questions and f​rom undergraduate work at Duke to graduate studies at Yale, how has your understanding of different versions of “Americanness” shifted?

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LSGS seeks interdisciplinary scholars with a comparative, innovative, and transnational approach, trained and solidly grounded in U.S. Latino and Latina History. Research interests may include any––or a combination––of the following areas: historical agency and memory; ethnoracial formations; gender and sexuality; citizenship; empire; migration; hemispheric studies; and related topics. LSGS is particularly interested in scholars who move beyond traditional studies of communities bounded by a singular national origin.
The successful candidate will receive a salary of $47,000, plus benefits; teach two courses per year; pursue research; and participate in the development of public and intellectual programming in Latino/a Studies at Duke. To receive full consideration, please submit the following application materials: (i.) letter of intent; (ii.) curriculum vitae; (iii.) research proposal; (iv.) outline of possible course offerings; (v.) statement of possible programmatic initiatives or collaborations while at Duke; (vi.) article-length writing sample; (vii.) graduate transcript; and (viii.) three confidential letters of recommendation by 20 March 2017.
Please submit application materials electronically to this link. Recommendation letters should be mailed separately, also by the same deadline to: 

Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South
Duke University
Box 90441
Durham, NC 27708

Applicants must have completed their doctorates by the Fellowship start date.

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Mauricio Castro originally hails from San Jose, Costa Rica. He first moved to the United States to pursue his undergraduate degree at Vassar College. He later moved to Lafayette, Indiana where he pursued his PhD in American history from Purdue University. While in graduate school, he worked at and eventually came to manage a record and comic book shop.  Mauricio has recently arrived in Durham with his record collection and his nine-year-old Rottweiler, Marlowe.

His work focuses on the interactions between the Cuban exile and Cuban American community, the federal government, and the City of Miami. He first visited the United States through South Florida and even at an early age he was fascinated by the mix of cultures in the region. Mauricio’s research illustrates the interplay between policy and culture and the impact of Latino/a communities in shaping contemporary American cities. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled “Casablanca of the Caribbean: the Cuban Diaspora, Federal Policy, and the Transformation of Miami. “ This manuscript serves as a history of both the city of Miami and the Cuban diaspora, combining political, cultural, and foreign policy history to show how local events are shaped by and themselves shape transnational trends.

 YouTube Channel

​Tune into our ever expanding YouTube channel, which features highlights from a number of distinguished speakers who have given public talks sponsored by the Program. Professor Raúl Coronado spoke on "Surrounding One's Self with the Beauty of Life: Historicizing Nineteenth Century Latina/o Writing." Professor Lázaro Lima, E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair in the Liberal Arts and professor of Latin American and Iberian Studies and American Studies at the University of Richmond, delivered a public lecture entitled "Losing Sotomayor: On the Political Limits of Representative Latinidad." Author Jennine Capó Crucet read from her collection of short stories How to Leave Hialeah (University of Iowa Press, 2009), and answered questions from students in the “Introduction to Latino/a Studies” seminar, taught by Walter Mignolo, William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature and Romance Studies.

Our YouTube channel also features:

• "A Conversation with Artist, Cartoonist, & Writer Lalo Alcaraz," who visited LSGS on 9 November 2015 and screened the premiere of Fox Television’s animated show Bordertown, where he served as a consulting producer.

• Key moments from Russell Contreras's talk, “Diss/Appearing Latinos: Immigration Politics and Contemporary News Coverage.” Contreras 
is a reporter for the Associated Press in Albuquerque, N.M. covering race, immigration, and the American Southwest. He serves as President of UNITY: Journalists For Diversity, and  is completing a book on President John F. Kennedy’s last night and his historic visit with Mexican American civil rights leaders.

• A reading by Rodrigo Toscano, an experimental poet, playwright, and labor activist. Toscano is the author of several collections of poetry, among them: Explosion Rocks Springfield (Fence Books, 2016); Partisans (O Books, 1999); The Disparities (Green Integer, 2002); Collapsible Poetics Theater (Fence Books, 2008), which was chosen for the National Poetry Series; and Deck of Deeds (Counterpath Press, 2012).



Highlights from Juan Felipe Herrera's poetry reading at Duke University, sponsored by the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South, on 17 November 2016.

Herrera is the twenty-first Poet Laureate of the United States. He was first selected for this honor on 10 June 2015, and was reappointed in 2016 to serve as a “consultant in poetry.” Herrera’s role as National Poet Laureate heralds the first time that a Mexican-American––and by extension, a Latino––author has been recognized with the country’s highest honor in poetry since this post was created in 1936. A poet, photographer, anthropologist, cartoonist, and multimedia artist, Herrera is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Stanford University, and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He is the author of thirty books in a wide array of genres, including collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels, and picture books for children. Herrera also served as the Poet Laureate of California from 2012–2014 and was elected as a chancellor for the Academy of American Poets in 2011. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and two Fellowships in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), among many others. He has won, as well, awards from PEN USA; PEN American Center; the Smithsonian Institute; and the National Book Critics Circle, to briefly enumerate a handful of his accolades. The position of U.S. poet-in-chief involves crafting projects and broadening audiences for poetry. During his laureateship’s first term, Herrera embarked on a nation-wide poetry project entitled “La Casa de Colores” (“The House of Colors”). Herewith, Americans were (and still are) invited to contribute a verse to an “epic poem” about the U.S. experience. Herrera’s vision essentially asked poets and nonpoets––in a word, the nation––for a poem. As the Library of Congress website notes, the aim of “La Casa de Colores” is to have “a house for all voices [where] we will feed the hearth and heart of our communities with creativity and imagination. And we will stand together in times of struggle and joy.” “La Casa de Colores” is updated monthly. The project champions multiple voices and histories and highlights a new theme each month about an aspect of American life, values, or culture. This undertaking also allows, as Herrera told NBC News, for his poetic voice to be “made by everyone’s voices.”

Read the Chronicle's coverage of Herrera's event at Duke: "U.S. Poet Laureate's Work Focuses on Multiculturalism, Social Issues."

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