CLRC News for 2005-2006
June 5, 2006:
Retirement Reception to Honor Professor Beatriz Pesquera,
The CLRC supported this reception to honor Professor Pesquera, nationally recognized Chicana feminist scholar, colleague, teacher and mentor. This reception was well attended with students, staff, faculty, and community paying respect to Dr. Pesquera through music and art.
May 25, 2006:
Migración Indigena Purhépecha a Estados Unidos. La Formación de una Comunidad Transnacional. by Dr. Casimiro Leco Tomas,
The CLRC brought Professor Leco as part of the work of the Purhépecha Research Cluster. He is from Cherán, Michoacan, and he is the first Purhépecha to research Purhépecha migration to the United States. He received his doctorate from El Colegio de Michoacán in 2005. He gave a public lecture and then participated in an informal discussion with the members of the research cluster and other interested individuals. His presentation of issues of methodology was particularly important (in relation to working with and in indigenous communities).
May 4, 2006:
Mujeres Ayudando La Raza de UC Davis (10th Annual Youth Conference: Nuestra Juventúd: El Poder de Ayer, Hoy y Mañana)
The CLRC supported this youth conference made up of several workshops that benefited 120 students and their respective counselors in the Sacramento area. Given the current climate where Chicanas/Latinas have experienced a significant drop in matriculation to higher education, this conference cold not come at a better time.
April 10, 2006:
El Feminismo en Disputa, Public Lecture by Dr. Maricruz Castro Ricalde,
The CLRC co-sponsored this event to bring Dr. Maricruz Castro Ricalde, Professor of Humanities, Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Toluca campus, to UC Davis. She lectured on “El feminismo en disputa to discuss Mexican film from the perspective of gender. Her discussion centered on Mexican female film directors, such as María Novaro, and their problematic relationship with feminism.
March 1st, 2006
Supporting Local Video Makers in the Bay Area
The C/LRC co–sponsored the screening of the documentary “Blossoms of Fire” with Bay Area video maker Maureen Gosling. The audience and Maureen Gosling engaged in a productive discussion about the relationship between the video maker and the Zapotec community in the Isthmus, and issues of translation for the script. Students interested in video making, cultural issues, music, and gender roles had the opportunity to directly approach the video maker: this helped students formulate new ideas, goals for their education, and research projects. This event also sparked new interests in students from other disciplines.
February 16, 2006
Santa Barraza: Artist of the Borderlands Visits UC Davis
Tejana artist Santa Barraza gave a talk on artistic approaches to preconquest symbols, tradition, and memory. Her talk discussed the uses and potential of rigorous cross–interdisciplinary methodology, and the importance of contextualizing personal narratives along with history. Barazza engaged students in a conversation about art, post modernism, and post colonial theory in very accessible ways. Santa Barraza continued to entertain us both academically and informally at the reception held in her honor at the Gorman Museum. Her artwork “Homage to My Mother, Frances” will be the cover of the forthcoming Tejana anthology, Entre Guadalupe y Malinche: Tejanas and Literature in Art, co–edited by Inés Hernández–Avila and Norma Cantú.
December of 2005
Supporting Scholarly Work by Graduate Students
The C/LRC provided support for the publication of Brujula´s, “Working Gender: Cultural Representations of Women and Labor (vol.4),” a scholarly journal published annually by graduate students at UC Davis. Brujula focuses on relevant themes in current debates and strives to create a forum that explores transnational perspectives to critical approaches.
November 29, 2005
Professor Leo Chávez, Professor of Anthropology & Director of Chicano/Latino Studies, UC Irvine Visits UC Davis
Professor Leo Chávez gave two lectures on two different ends of the UC Davis campus. His areas of research include transnational migration, immigrant families, labor market participation, social and cultural change, media representations, and medical anthropology. Professor Chávez´s has also collaborated with film producer and director Paul Espinosa on video documentaries. His Shadow of the Law, a one–hour documentary examining the lives of four Mexican undocumented families, was shown nationally on PBS in the fall 1987 and was later nominated for a national Emmy Award. Uneasy Neighbors, a half–hour documentary exploring escalating tensions between migrant camps and affluent homeowners in San Diego aired nationally on PBS in 1989. Professor Chávez met with several members of the C/LRC Steering Committee and also met with our current C/LRC Dissertation Fellow, Melissa Moreno.
November 19, 2005:
10th Annual MECHA Chicana Conference: "Sé La Mujer Que Eres No La Muñeca Que Te Venden" (Be the Woman who you are and not the Doll you are Sold),
The CLRC supported the MECHA conference, which provided a variety of workshops and discussions around women of color feminism, sexual violence of women in the United States and around the U.S/Mexico border. The conference was well attended not only by undergraduate students, but also by100 high school young women, faculty, and community of Davis.
October 28, 2005
Undergraduate Personal Statement Workshop
the C/LRC sponsored a workshop for undergraduate students applying to graduate school or professional school, including law school. The C/LRC Steering Committee worked hard to secure faculty from diverse departments across campus including: Professor Jennifer Chacón from the Law School; Professor Gloria Rodriguez from the Department in Education; Professor Miroslava Chávez–García and Professor Beatriz Pesquera from the Department of Chicana/o Studies; Professor Lorena Oropeza from the Department in History; Professor Raquel Scherr–Salgado from the Creative Writing Program; and Professor Inés Hernández–Avila from the Department in Native American Studies. This event was well attended and the presence of seven mentors allowed for students to receive quality time with faculty.
October 27, 2005:
Arte y Movimiento: Dialogue with Professors, Artists, activists, and Students,
Organized by Professor Beatriz Pesquera, the CLRC sponsored an engaging dialogue between activists, professors, and artists around the development of Chicana/o Studies and the relationship of artistic expression to movement activism of the 1960s and 1970s. The participants included artist and Professor Malaquias Montoya (UCD), art critic and Professor Cary Cordova (Visiting Professor, UCD), playwright and Professor Roberta Orona (CSU-Northridge), and novelist and poet Lucha Corpi. The event yielded a standing room only audience in one of the largest meeting rooms at the student union.
October 21, 2005
Rigoberta Menchú Speaks at UC Davis
the C/LRC co–sponsored Nobel Peace recipient Rigoberta Menchú´s visit to UC Davis. Rigoberta Menchú, author of I, Rigoberta Menchú, an Indian Woman in Guatemala and survivor of genocide was eloquently introduced at the Mondavi Center by Professor of Native American Studies and Director of the C/LRC, Inés Hernández–Avila. Prior to Menchú´s talk, HIA, the C/LRC, and other sponsors such as the Women´s Resources and Research Center, Law School, and representatives of the College of Letters and Science Division of Social Sciences and Division of Humanities Arts and Cultural Studies, held an intimate reception in honor of Rigoberta Menchú.
October 20, 2005
Book Presentation and Signing for Chicana/Latina and Native Women Scholars on the UC Davis Campus
The C/LRC presented the following 2005 book publications: Miroslava Chávez–García´s Negotiating Conquest: Gender and Power in California, 1770s to 1880s, Lorena Oropeza´s Raza Sí Guerra No: Chicano Protest and Patriotism During the Viet Nam War Era, and Inés Hernández–Avila´s Reading Native American Women: Critical/Creative Representations. The authors discussed the impetus for their book projects and answered questions about methodology and discussed future projects. This function was well attended by various department representatives, including the Acting Chair for Cultural Studies, Juana Maria Rodriguez; Chair of History, Suzanne Mann; Director of Hemispheric Institute on the Americas (HIA) and Professor of History, Thomas Holloway; and other faculty such as Professors Cathy Kudlick from the History Department, Kari Lokke from Comparative Literature, Robert Irwin from the Spanish Department, and Desirée Martín from the English Department. Graduate and undergraduate students, including C/LRC Steering Committee Members, also attended this event.
Women’s Indigenous Native Caucus (WINC), Plenary at MALCS 2005 Conference:
The CLRC co-sponsored the annual MALCS conference by sponsoring the travel of the WINC plenary participants. WINC is an official caucus of MALCS. The CLRC provided the funds to support the travel of Professor Maylei Blackwell (UCLA), Elisa Diana Huerta (UCSC), and Professor Ines Talamantez (UCSB). CLRC Director Inés Hernández-Avila moderated this panel. She was also elected as the WINC Representative to the MALCS Executive Committee.
August 4-6, 2005:
MALCS 2005: Sabiduría y Acción: La Fuerza de las Mujeres,
The CLRC 2004-2005 Dissertation Fellow, Mary De La Rosa, organized a panel for this MALCS conference composed of graduate and undergraduate students who all presented their research. This conference was an intellectual space for our students to receive constructive criticism and network with Chicana/Latina and indigenous scholars and community. The reports for graduate students, Rosalinda Salazar and Amanda Morales and undergraduate students, Lisceth Cruz, Rocio Canchola, and Roxana Damas are in the appendices.
2005 Leadership Opportunity Program,
The CLRC sponsored Psychology undergraduate student, Melina Franco, to attend this leadership program in Boston, Massachusetts. This conference allowed Ms. Franco to present her research and network with congresswoman, Linda Sanchez.