latino studies

Local Attention for Ilan Stavans’ “El Illuminado”

by Phillip Witteveen November 28, 2012

Ilan Stavans, author of A Critic’s Journey, was featured in the ABQ Journal for his most recent project, a graphic novel called El Illuminado, which the paper describes as  “a mystery set amid the Crypto-Jews of New Mexico.” Professor Stavans, author and literary critic, chose this interesting subject because of a “personal and professional interest … as well as his desire to marry history with imagination.”

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Immigrants, Minorities, and the Search for A Genuine Democracy

by kris bishop January 13, 2010

Check out new release Newcomers, Outsiders, and Insiders for a look at how the arrival of “new minorities” has affected the efforts of long-standing U.S. minority groups–Blacks, Latinos, and Asian Pacific Americans–to gain equality through greater political representation and power. The authors predict that, for some time to come, the United States will function as a complex multiracial hierarchy, rather than as a genuine democracy. From the University of Michigan Press series: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity Available Now: NEWCOMERS, OUTSIDERS, AND INSIDERS: Immigrants and American Racial Politics in the Early Twenty-first Century, by Ronald Schmidt Sr., Yvette M. […]

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Q&A with Ilan Stavans, author of A Critic’s Journey

by University of Michigan Press January 5, 2010

Ilan Stavans has been a lightning rod for cultural discussion and criticism his entire career. In A Critic’s Journey, he takes on his own Jewish and Hispanic upbringing with an autobiographical focus and his typical flair with words, exploring the relationship between the two cultures from his own and also others’ experiences. Stavans has been hailed as a voice for Latino culture thanks to his Hispanic upbringing, but as a Jew and a Caucasian, he’s also an outsider to that culture —something that’s sharpened his perspective (and some of his critics’ swords). In this book of essays, he looks at […]

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Republican Heroes: The Racial Breakdown

by kris bishop November 3, 2009

Below: “Republican Heroes,” from the Republican National Committee Site Of the Republican Heroes posted: 8 out of 18 are identified as African American men 5 out of 18 are white men 1 is identified as a Latino man 4 out of 18 are white women 0 out of 18 are identified as Latino women 0 out of 18 are identified as African American women 0 out of 18 are identified as Asian American 0 out of 18 are identified as Native American Want to know more? Check out Race, Republicans, and the Return of the Party of Lincoln, by Tasha […]

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Author David Kairys: Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings Are…Hard to Watch

by kris bishop July 16, 2009

by David Kairys, author of Philadelphia Freedom, Memoir of a Civil Rights Lawyer. (Orginally posted July 16, 2009, on the blog of the American Constitution Society) “It’s hard for me to watch the Sotomayor confirmation hearings, not only because of the Senators’ generally unfocused, rambling questions. Conservatives and many of their most cherished values and ideas were just resoundingly defeated in an election. Congress is overwhelmingly Democratic, with 60 Democrats in control of the Senate, which will vote on the nomination. Yet, the hearings and the media coverage of them are dominated by conservatives and conservative ideas about law and […]

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