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Special Call for Papers (Short Form Research or Informed Commentary/OpEd) for  – Latinx Talk
What does the pardon of Joe Arpaio mean in the lives of Latinx, meaning Chicanas/os, Mexicans, Latinas/os in the U.S.?  What does the virulent anti-Mexican and anti-Latina/o discourse and actions gripping the headlines in the U.S. mean and how shall we interpret them? What is the relationship between anti-immigrant, anti-Mexican, and anti-Latina/o discourse? How will this discourse impact political and policy issues for the Latina/o community? For much of the past year, virulent and toxic anti-immigrant discourse has worked to send all immigrants back into the shadows -- even as new points of immigrant activism have surfaced. The growing presence of discourse over the past decade has completely scuttled efforts at immigration reform and has uncovered new areas of work for Latina/o communities. Yet, much of the response to the discourse has not addressed the anti-Mexican and anti-Latina/o undercurrent. Yesterday’s pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio following his conviction for racial profiling in violation of the constitution arrives on the heels of the current President’s recent stinging refusal to immediately condemn white supremacists and his encouragement to law enforcement to engage in violence. How do we respond to these threats to our communities? What are the legal and juridical issues at stake here? What Latina/o Studies knowledge has been unacknowledged in this current moment? We welcome submissions of 1000-1600 words, particularly from scholars in Law, Public Policy, Political Science, or History, and from community leaders, on the contemporary ramifications of these recent actions and their interconnectedness to other issues and populations for a special issue of Latinx Talk in September 2017.  Please send submissions to: or
For information on Latinx Talk

Atkins Library will be hosting the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition, “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964 / Cosecha Amarga Cosecha Dulce: El programa Bracero 1942-1964” this Fall 2017 from September 2 through November 12, 2017.

The exhibit includes photographs and audio excerpts from oral histories that explore the lives and experiences of bracero workers. As part of the programming, there will be an opening and closing reception with guest speakers on Thursday, Sept. 14 and Wed. Nov. 1, respectively. Please click here for more information on the exhibit itself and click here for more details on programming and other resources at UNCC.

We would like to cordially invite the Latinx/Hispanic Faculty Staff Caucus to participate in the programming by incorporating the exhibit in the Fall 2017 curriculum when possible, or exploring the possibility of organizing additional events such as movie screenings and workshops on related topics such as immigration, history, food systems, economics, and more. The Latinx/Hispanic Faculty Staff Caucus may also host an informational table at the opening and closing receptions.

We hope that you will accept our invitation to join Atkins Library in exploring this important era of Mexican and American history.




The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures proudly presents the 31st Regional Arts Training Workshop to take place in Charlotte, NC on June 2-3. What better way to kickstart NALAC’s 28th Anniversary than with a regional gathering of intergenerational artists and cultural thinkers representing multiple Latinidades, arts disciplines and geographies.The 2-day multi-media event will activate dynamic, timely, thought-provoking experiences, resources, and conversations featuring speakers from the region and across the country.

Our communities have collectively been at the center of public discussions around equity, inclusivity, stewardship and advocacy. No stranger to the urgency of taking corrective action and responding to our communities’ needs, NALAC has curated a series of resourceful, accessible and aesthetically powerful experiences thanks to feedback from the regional artistic community, and in partnership with the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Investment in Latino arts is an investment in the national arts and cultural landscape. With this in mind, the Regional is sure to inspire and empower members of all artistic communities, from all backgrounds, all are welcome!  Just ask participants from the recent Detroit and Miami Regionals: 100% of the attendees surveyed said the gathering was so powerful, that they would recommend it to their peers.

The convening of artists, administrators, educators and more is just $20 for NALAC members, and $40 for future members. If you are interested in volunteering in exchange for a pass to the full Regional, please send an email to


Charlotte Regional Webpage:

Agenda at a Glance:

Latinx in the New South:

Facebook event:

FYI, I'm moderating a session that will take place on  Saturday, June 3, 2017 (Classroom B: UNC Charlotte Center City), starting at 1:30 PM:

Meeting Communities Where They Are

Communities of color in the US are intimately familiar with the idea that borders and boundaries are fluid in nature and not necessarily limited to geographic or political mappings, some borders are transparent and shifting. What are some of the ways that Latinx artists and culture workers in the South are linking communities, building bridges and increasing accessibility to the arts? Interdisciplinary speakers will describe the spectrum of engagement models they employ through their work in community including: urban artmobiles, rural organizing, youth development and civic collaborations.

I hope you can make it! Please share with others.


Festival Latino 10-8-16 from 12-8PM in Symphony park Live performance Luis Enrique



Spanish Legal Panel: Tonight


Dia de los Muertos/ Day of hte Dead/ Festival of Souls: November 2nd Levine Museum of the New South

Brochure Diverse Careers in Banking Nov 12 @ 5:30PM Dale Harton Reading Room

One of Our own Erica Edwards quoted in this NYT article.

Documentary Screening-Forbiden Oct.20 @ 6PM Student Union Movie Theater


Latino Awareness Showcase Brochure - September at 6pm in Cone Courtyard


This event is free of charge!!!

Call for Applications:
American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE)
Multidisciplinary 2015-2016 FACULTY FELLOWSHIP (info below)

Announcement: The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE), Inc. is now accepting applications for the AAHHE Junior Faculty Fellows Program for the 2016 AAHHE National Conference. The conference will be held March 10-12, 2016, at the Hilton Costa Mesa Hotel in Costa Mesa, California. Participation in the Faculty Fellows Program will begin on Wednesday March 9th, continue throughout the conference, and end at noon on Saturday March 12th.

Fellowship Applicants will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Hispanic, Latina/o and or Chicana/o Background
  • Currently serving as an untenured, tenure-track faculty member with priority given to applicants in years one, two, or three
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to a defined area of scholarship
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to the enhancement of Latinas/os in higher education

The AAHHE/Ford Multidisciplinary Faculty Fellowship includes:

  • Conference registration fees
  • Special events
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Travel (funds available for faculty unable to secure additional support from their departments)

Fellowship recipients are expected to participate in the following:

  • Attend the entire conference (including special events sponsored by AAHHE)
  • Provide staffing support for AAHHE activities (interact with other AAHHE members)
  • Provide an unpublished manuscript for review by a senior faculty member
  • Participate in all Faculty Fellows activities

Application Procedures:
Applications are due by Friday, September 25, 2015 by 5pm(EST).

Latino Initiative - Mint Museum

1) Movie: A La Mala (from Mexico), Wednesday September 2 at 6 pm; At Mint Museum Randolph
"A la Mala - When aspiring actress Maria Laura's best friend begs her to flirt with her boyfriend to test his fidelity, Maria finds a lucrative new career. After being hired by women across the city, Maria is given a gig that should be business as usual until she ends up falling head over heels for her latest mark. A la Mala is a 2015 Mexican romantic comedy written by Issa López and Ari Rosen and directed by Pedro Pablo Ibarra."
CineMás: Latino Film Series
Admission: $5 at the door (Tickets at the door).

2) Latin Music Concert No. 1, Thursday September 17th,  6:30PM - 8:00PM, At Mint Museum Uptown.
The first of a series of four concerts, the Latin Music Concert Series seeks to showcase different rhythms from Latin America, highlighting the talents of local musicians from the Latin American community. From classical music to Latin jazz, these concerts will provide a taste of the variety of cultures from the all corners of Latin America.

Latin Music Concert Series
Admission: $15 Mint members; $20 non-members
For this concert you need to register Online:

More events as part of the Latino Initiative can be found in:

Jürgen Buchenau presentation, autographs, and dessert reception

UNC Charlotte researcher Jürgen Buchenau explores the causes, dynamics, consequences, and legacies of the Mexican Revolution in his book, Mexico’s Once and Future Revolution: Social Upheaval and the Challenge of Rule since the Late Nineteenth Century. His most provocative conclusion is that the Mexican Revolution fundamentally reshaped global debates about human rights in that the revolutionaries posited the existence of a series of social rights including the right to work, housing, food, medical care and education.

We invite you to learn more about the revolution and how he came to write about it at Personally Speaking with Jürgen Buchenau at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th Street (Charlotte 28202).

The conversation with Buchenau, professor and chairman of the History Department at UNC Charlotte, will be followed by a dessert reception where Buchenau will autograph copies of his book.

The event is open to the public without charge, but RSVPs are requested at Click on the Buchenau title, then click on REGISTER NOW. 

Complimentary parking is available at the two lots directly across 9th Street and directly across Brevard Street from Center City.

This is the first of the 2015-2016 Personally Speaking series co-sponsored by UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and J. Murrey Atkins Library.

First Generation College Students

We are looking for UNCC Faculty, Staff and Alumns who are the first in their families to obtain a four year college degree, First Generation College students.  We are looking to have your narratives.  Please contact Pamela Richardson - Nowak at

Hispanic Family Engagement Symposium: June 25: Charlotte NC

We would like to bring your attention to an event that will be held in Charlotte next week, at which our Executive Director Alejandra Ceja will be participating. As part of the National PTA Convention, there will be a Hispanic Family Engagement Symposium on Thursday, June 25 at 9-11:30 am. The symposium will discuss the growth – and growing importance – of the Latino community in the United States, and explore ways that schools and communities can engage Hispanic parents and families, to help students reach their full potential in the classroom and beyond.

Details for the event are included in the attached flyer link here – please share it with your networks, and we hope to see you there!

On behalf of Marcus A Davis - Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

Research Study Community Announcement on Behalf of UNC Chapel Hill

Looking for Parents in the Chapel Hill - Durham Area

Dear Parents,

We would like to invite you to join us in an exciting research project on Immigrant Parents and Children’s Transitions to kindergarten and first grade.  This study is being conducted by a Research Team at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with support from the Spencer Foundation.  The study will begin this June and conclude in the winter of 2017.  Participating families will receive gift certificates up to $350 if they remain in the project for its duration. 

If you or someone you know is an immigrant from China or Mexico with a 4- or 5-year old child and would like to learn more about this project, please send an email [en español or English] with contact information to our project email at . A bilingual member of the research team will get back to you as soon as possible. 


Queridos padres, 

Les queremos invitar a participar en un estudio sobre las transiciones escolares de niños jóvenes en familias inmigrantes. Este estudio empezará este junio y terminará en el invierno del 2017. Familias que participan pueden ser elegibles por $350. 

Estamos buscando familias: de México, quienes han venido a los Estados Unidos en los últimos 10 años (2005 o más recientemente), con hijo/a(s) nacido(s) en 2010 o 2011.

Para más información, escríbanos al Para hablar directamente con un miembro de nuestro equipo: Dra. Altha Carvey 919-962-5157 (español) o Dr. Rebecca New 919-962-7844 (inglés).  

Muchas gracias, 

Dra. Rebecca New, Dra. Xue L. Rong and Dra. Altha Cravey 

UNC-Chapel Hill