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César E. Chávez Undergraduate Research Symposium in Latino Studies
March 30-31st, 2017

Call for Presentations
To Participate in the Symposium
Apply by Friday, December 2nd, 2016

The Latino Studies Program at Indiana University invites undergraduate students to participate in our fourth César E. Chávez Undergraduate Research Symposium to be held Thursday March 30 and Friday March 31, 2016. Students are invited to share their work through research papers, multi-media or poster presentations, in an engaging and welcoming environment. We invite students to develop and present research they have done in a class that focuses on Latinas/Latinos in the U.S. and in transnational contexts. Students will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with a faculty member or graduate student to develop their projects. Students selected to participate will attend a workshop on presentation skills and poster-making to help them better prepare for the Symposium.

The aim of the symposium is to encourage undergraduate interdisciplinary research in Latino Studies and invite the general public to engage in conversations about Latina/o lived experiences.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:
Education | Migration | Diasporas | Gender and Sexuality | Culture Production | Latino Spiritualties | Literature | Health Media | Public Policy | Activism | Social Justice | Identity Politics | Building community | Citizenship | Race and Class




Indiana University proudly welcomes the current United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera to Bloomington for a day-long celebration of Poetry and Latino culture.

In 2015, Herrera was appointed as the nation’s 21st Poet Laureate, and the first Latino to be named to the distinguished position. Mr. Herrera is the author of over thirty books and collections of poetry and he is the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference. Mr. Herrera writes in a wide variety of forms and genres, including poetry, prose, young adult fiction, and children’s books, and his work empowers Latino and other minority communities, giving voice to those too often not represented on the national stage. Through his writing and other work, Mr. Herrera is a tireless champion for young people and an advocate for the power of poetry.

As part of national Hispanic Heritage Month, the event brings together the IU campus, local area schools, and the City of Bloomington. Together we celebrate the work that poetry can do to create community and the work our communities can do, together, to shape our world.

Please join us for a reading and discussion with Mr. Herrera the evening of September 30, 2016, 7:30pm, at theBuskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 East Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408.

The event is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required. Please visit the BCT box office, in person or online, to obtain tickets:

This event is sponsored by the College Arts & Humanities Institute; Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts & Cultures; the Latino Studies Program; IU’s College of Arts and Sciences Ostrom Grants Program; the Center for Research on Race & Ethnicity in Society; the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies; the Department of American Studies; the Department of English; the Creative Writing Program; the Department of Spanish & Portuguese; La Casa Latino Cultural Center; the Susan D. Gubar Chair in Literature; and the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Multicultural Affairs.

For more information, please contact Alberto Varon,


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Latino Film Festival & Conference, April 7-9
All the info you need on the film fest is here!


Spring 2016 Brown Bag

Brown Bag Talks will be held on Fridays at 12pm at La Casa 715 E 7th St.

February 5 - Bernard Fraga "Latino Voter Turnout: Past, Present, and Future.”

March 25 - Amanda Smith "From Gallegos’s Canaima to Canaima National Park: Literature, Shamanism, and the Limits of National Space"

April 22 - LaNita Campbell "Contemporary Virus, Outdated Responses: HPV and Latino Men's Health"


Photos from our Feb 5th Brown Bag!


Latino Studies Program Dissertation Year Fellowship Program Details
The Latino Studies Program offers a fellowship of $18,000 stipend and student health insurance coverage. It does not include a fee remission. The award will enable a doctoral candidate to engage in work leading to the completion of a Ph.D. dissertation.

Congratulations to 2016- 2017 LATS Dissertation Fellow Yarí Elisa Cruz Ríos!

Latino Studies Program Essay Competition Details
DEADLINE: March 4, 2016
Best Undergraduate and Graduate Essays in Latino Literature, Arts & Culture will be considered for the Davila Award. Winners will also recieve a $250 bursar credit!

Download the Call for Papers/Submission form here for more details.