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Indigenenous People’s Day

Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day — a day of remembrance and celebration of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians throughout this country. 

from Southern Oregon University Public Radio website

Indigenous people have remained resilient, innovative and invaluable long before the image of the United States. But for far too long, Indigenous populations and communities have been underrepresented and undervalued in our government and economic systems.

The federal policies we have in place today continue to disenfranchise and displace Indigenous people and eradicate their culture. It’s crucial that we never forget the centuries-long campaign of violence, displacement, assimilation, and terror brought upon these communities. And our government has an obligation to invest in the future of Indigenous people.

As we work together to shift our country towards one that values, empowers, and supports all communities of all colors, religions, races, and backgrounds, we need to prioritize the reparation and restoration of our neighboring Indigenous communities. We must be resilient in our fight for climate action and protecting natural resources, and end the economic profit-to-pollution pipeline for the health of our shared nation.

Today, we proudly recognize Indigenous people’s strength and the positive impact they have made on every aspect of our country. Today, along with every day moving forward, we must reaffirm our commitment to uplifting, investing, and celebrating Indigenous people and the cultures that make up our country.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 – October 15

 From the Office of Human Resources at City College we have the following list of events for Hispanic Heritage Month. You can also download the flyer by clicking on this link: http://National Hispanic Heritage Month/Latino Heritage Month

 We commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize and pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic-Americans who have positively influenced our nation and inspired others to achieve success. It is also a time to celebrate the traditions and history unique to the Hispanic and Latin cultures. 

The timing of Hispanic Heritage Month is significant because it coincides with the Independence Day celebrations of several Latin American nations—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. These nations declared their independence from Spain 200 years ago on September 15, 1821. 

To follow are some ways to honor and connect with la cultura latina throughout the month and all year long. 

 to learn more. The event is free, but pre-registration is requested. Attend a Virtual Event 

Virtual Pajama Party ~ 9/25 from 8:00pm-9:00pm ET 

Geared toward children ages 8-12 and their families, this online event focuses on the themes of fairness, friendship, civil rights, and persisting through adversity. Participants will read and discuss Sylvia & Aki, an inspiring book based on the true story of civil-rights activist Sylvia Mendez. The program will feature Ms. Mendez and the book’s author, Winnifred Conkling. Click here

Panel Discussion on Children’s and YA Latinx Literature ~ 10/11 @ 6:00pm-7:00pm ET 

Join the Hispanic Reading Room at the Library of Congress and Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) in a virtual celebration of children’s and YA Latin American and Latinx literature. Panelists will share their creative processes, discuss where they find inspiration, and how they address difficult themes. Click here

Homegrown: Cambalache ~ 9/29 from 12:30pm-1:00pm ET 

Enjoy traditional san jarocho through this online performance by Cambalache, a Chicano-Jarocho group based in East Los Angeles. The program will premiere on Facebook and YouTube and be available for viewing afterwards on these sites. Click  here to learn more and add the event to your calendar. 

Connect with History and Culture 

The PALABRA Archive 

Featuring original audio recordings of 20th and 21st century Luso-Hispanic poets and writers reading from their works, this archive close to 800 recordings, a portion of which are available here for online streaming. 

MOLAA EN CASA 

The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), based in Long Beach, CA, can be explored from anywhere in the world. Click here to explore the museum’s online exhibitions featuring a wide array of modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art. 

Hispanic Heritage @ history.com 

Visit the History Channel Online to learn more about milestones in Hispanic history; the origins of the terms Latino, Hispanic, Latinx, and Chicano; how Sonia Sotomayor saved baseball; and much more! 

Learn How to Latin Dance 

Salsanerd 

The studio’s renowned instructors teach you how to salsa from the comfort and convenience of your mobile device. Whether you’re a beginner learning the basics, or need to brush up on your skills, the video library contains over 100 videos, with new lessons released each week. Click here to learn more about online classes, and if you’re in the DC-area, check out the physical school

Watch and Learn 

Latino Americans 

This 6-part documentary from PBS chronicles the rich and varied experiences of Latinos who have helped shaped America over the last 500+ years. Click here to view online or download the PBS Video app. 

True Colors 

Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, astronaut Ellen Ochoa, and actor John Leguizamo are a few of the Latinx trailblazers featured in this 8-part docuseries. Each episode takes a closer look at their beginnings, family, friends, struggles and successes. Episodes can be viewed on Peacock, NBC’s free streaming service. While you’re there, check out featured Latino programs as well! 

Pantaya 

This Spanish-language streaming service offers an unmatched collection of films and shows. Download the Pantaya app on your mobile device or visit the website to learn more. 

Other suggestions include supporting Latina-owned businesses, learn how to perfect authentic dishes from Peru to Costa Rica alongside Latin American chefs, check out the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Telemundo, or check out the daily Google Doodle spotlighting the Latino experience all month long. 

We also encourage you to check your local listings and community boards for online and in-person events in your area. 

However you choose to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month, we hope all of your celebrations are safe and meaningful. 

Dominican Studies Association – CONEXIÓN Oral History Project – Biennale di Venezia 2021

This recent DSA oral history project has brought together current and past board members of the Dominican Studies Association (DSA). 

Members of the Dominican Studies Association (DSA) collaborated with the CONEXIÓN Dominican Republic proposal for the 17th La Biennale di Venezia 2021. This year’s 17th International Architecture Exhibition, titled “How will we live together,” is curated by Hashim Sarkis. 
In keeping with the biennale’s theme, members of the DSA board aim to answer one question: how will we live together? / ¿cómo viviremos juntos? As immigrants or first/second generation Dominicans in the United States, DSA board members engage in dialogue about inclusion/exclusion in spaces on the island or their host/home country. Board members reflect upon their personal and professional experiences, where they discuss inclusive spaces and how these might be expanded. 

You can learn more about the project by visiting the DSA website at: 
https://www.dominicanstudiesassociation.org/conexion

The Key Role of Professors and Mentors in Minority-Majority Schools: First Generation Empowerment Workshops

On October 19th, 2021, during Hispanic Heritage Month, the Latin American & Latina/o Studies Program (LALS) is continuing to present programming relevant to the Latinx experience. Professor Norma Fuentes-Mayorga has prepared a special talk for our Department, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. Professor Mayorga will be speaking about the key role of Professors and Mentors in Minority-Majority Schools as part of the First Generation Empowerment Workshop. This talk will take place at 12:30pm-1:45pm and the link to register is here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0iytapFKd5V8wmzj5bWQRxr5_kVVY3fJqPbkZW0e6AuE5Mw/viewform

In addition, Dr. Fuentes Mayorga has led a special workshop: “Pigmentocracy: Hispanics, Colorism & the LatinX Generation” which was prepared for Adelante: Hispanic and Latino Professionals & the LatinX Decoded Network, on
September 24, 2021 (12-2pm).

Dr. Fuentes-Mayorga will also be presenting “The US Hispanic Population & The Challenges of Ambiguous Racial Identities” on October 12th, 2021 (2-3pm), prepared for Diageo and Diageo Cares. She is Assistant Professor in Sociology in Latin American and Latina/o Studies.

 

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 at LALS

This September/October Hispanic Heritage Month celebration during 2021, we are celebrating with a fascinating lecture on the making of Puerto Rican identity in the US specifically related to musical culture. Dr. Rojo Robles, a faculty member at Baruch College Black and Latino Studies Department, will be presenting a talk during one of our classes on Zoom. The talk is entitled Salsa, reggaetón y nación: Race, music and the building of the Puerto Rican Identity.

Dr. Rojo Robles Mejías is a Puerto Rican professor, writer, playwright, and filmmaker

Our class, LALS 10200, Latin American & Caribbean Civilization, taught by LALS faculty member, Dr. Mariana Romo-Carmona, will welcome Dr. Robles via Zoom on Tuesday, October 5th, from 5:00-6:15 pm. This lecture is open to LALS students and faculty. In order to attend, contact Prof. Romo-Carmona at mromocarmona@ccny.cuny.edu to request a Zoom link.

The Latin American & Latin@ Studies Program of the Colin Powell School at City College can be found online here https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/latino as well as on this page on the Commons Our program Director is Dr. Iris López. Full time faculty include Dr. Norma Fuentes Mayorga, and Dr. Sherrie Baver.

You can see our Student Blog on the CUNY Commons here https://lalstudentblog.commons.gc.cuny.edu/

New Directions in Puerto Rican Studies

Our LALS professor, Dr. José Laguarta Ramírez, presented “Rethinking Puerto Rican Studies in a Moment of Danger” at a recent one-day symposium at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. Professor Laguarta examines and contextualizes Puerto Rican History in Puerto Rican Studies at CUNY, and considers the field in terms of interdisciplinary studies, intersectionality, and critical race studies, among other issues. The presentation can be viewed by accessing this link. You can also watch other presentations from the symposium.

RSF-Gates Foundation Pipeline Grants Awarded to Emerging Scholars

The Russell Sage Foundation, in partnership with the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is pleased to announce twenty-one awards made in the second round of their Pipeline Grants Competition.  Together, these research projects by emerging scholars represent a wide range of innovative research on economic mobility and access to opportunity in the United States. The RSF-Gates Pipeline Grants initiative is designed to support early- and mid-career tenure-track scholars who are underrepresented in the social sciences and to promote diversity broadly, including racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity.

Among the scholars funded is Professor Norma Fuentes-Mayorga, of the Latin American & Latin@ Studies Program. Congratulations!

Yana Kucheva (CUNY, City College) and Norma Fuentes-Mayorga (CUNY, City College) will study mixed-status Latino families to examine how the social safety net contributed to new inequalities during the pandemic.

LALS 31998- A talk with poet, essayist, and educator, Cheryl Clarke

This coming March 11, 2021, 5:00-6:16 pm, we will welcome a special guest speaker for our Latinas in Latinx Studies class, LALS 31998. Dr. Clarke will be talking with our class as part of our curriculum, and we would like to invite all interested students to attend. Please contact Prof. Romo-Carmona to register for the event. Email: mromocarmona@ccny.cuny.edu

New Program from the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) directorate at the NSF

The Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) directorate at the NSF has developed a new program to increase underrepresented groups to pursue PhD studies in computer science.

It is aimed at CS alumni, who finished an undergraduate degree in CS between 2016 and 2019, and who have not pursued any form of graduate studies since. The deadline is April 13, 2021.

The Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Graduate Fellowships (CSGrad4US) aim to increase the number of diverse, domestic graduate students pursuing research and innovation careers in the CISE fields: computer science, computer engineering, or information science. In particular, CSGrad4US provides an opportunity for bachelor’s degree holders who may be working in industry or other sectors to return to academia and pursue research-based doctoral degrees. In its inaugural year, a diverse cohort of 70 CSGrad4US Fellows will be selected based on their demonstrated interest and potential in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in a CISE field.

https://www.nsf.gov/cise/CSGrad4US/

We encourage all interested alumni to apply!

Dr. Iris Lopez, Director of LALS at City College speaks on CBS News about Covid-19 vaccine and Latinx communities

Professor Iris Lopez speaks on CBS News about current hesitancy in Latinx communities regarding vaccination for COVID-19. See the clip HERE!

The Biden administration faces several hurdles to inoculating the U.S. against COVID-19 as quickly as possible, including hesitancy among Latino communities. A recent poll shows nearly half of Latinos in the U.S. will wait and see how the vaccine affects those who receive the shot. Professor Iris Lopez, the director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at City College of New York, spoke to CBSN’s Tanya Rivero about the history of mistrust among Latinos with the medical community.

Dr. Iris López is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Program in Latin American and Latin@ Studies at City College, a program she has directed for several terms beginning in 1999. Previously, Dr. López has chaired the Sociology Department (2013-2016).

In addition to establishing key academic connections between Latin American, Caribbean, and Chicano/a Studies programs, her research and publications on the Puerto Rican Diaspora in Hawai’i and on sterilization abuse of Puerto Rican women has highlighted crucial connections to globalization, reproductive freedom, and social justice. As an invited speaker and panelist at numerous U.S.-based and international conferences, Dr. López continues to present critical work and speak about her areas of expertise in Latino/ education, gender issues, pre-natal care, and sterilization abuse.