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Third Annual Sal Castro Memorial Conference on the Emerging Historiography of the Chicano Movement Feb. 26 & 27 

Credit: Chicana/o Studies Department

Join us in honoring Sal Castro, an educator and activist who played a pivotal role in the 1968 Los Angeles student walkouts also known as the "Blowouts." He empowered students to protest and demand that the unequal conditions of their schools be changed. 

The Third Annual Sal Castro Memorial Conference highlights the historical importance of the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The keynote address, "On the Past and Present of the Chicano Movement: Some Reflections and Questions," will be delivered by David Montejano, an ethnic studies professor from UC Berkeley. 

When: Friday, Feb. 26, & Saturday, Feb. 27

Time: 8:30 am - 6 pm

Where:UCSB McCune Conference Room, 6020 Humanities and Social Science Building  

Price: Free and open to the public



An Evening with Tavis Smiley on Nov. 17

Tavis Smiley. Photo courtesy of the MultiCultural Center The Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Academic Policy and The Office of Equal Opportunity and Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance in conjunction with the MultiCultural Center (MCC) will host internationally known author, talk show host, and political commentator Tavis Smiley on Tuesday, November 17, at Corwin Pavilion.

Smiley has written 18 books, including "Covenant with Black America" and "What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America," both New York Times bestsellers. In 2009 he was named to TIME magazine’s list of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People."

"An Evening With Tavis Smiley" is co-sponsored by the Department of Chicana/o Studies, The Chicano Studies Institute, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Santa Barbara Foundation. Tickets may be purchased here

What: An Evening with Tavis Smiley

Time: 7 to 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, November 17

Where: Corwin Pavilion

Price: $5, UCSB students and children under 12; $10, general public


Panel Discussion on Publishing Practices in the Humanities and Social Sciences May 11

The UCSB Graduate Division and the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies will host an informational panel on publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences:

Monday, May 11

2 to 3:30 p.m.

SRB Multipurpose Room

Panelists for this event include:

The panel will uncover the "mysteries" of what it takes to publish an article in an academic journal, including addressing the do's and don'ts of the process. They will also offer concrete tips on how to approach journals and editors, to tailor an essay for a specific audience, and to respond to reviewers. The panel is highly recommended for those interested in publishing academic essays in journals, edited book collections, or similar venues.

This event is open to all UCSB graduate students and postdocs, but space is limited. To RSVP, please complete the form below. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions about this panel or any other career resources, please contact Robert Hamm.


Interactive Dia de Los Muertos Event: Painting, Discussion and Silent Auction

LUNA and EOP, in collaboration with La Familia de Colores, Phi Iota Alpha, and IDEAS, will present "Celebración de la Gente: Día de Los Muertos" on Wednesday, October 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Chicano/Latino Cultural Resource Center (CLCRC) in the Student Resource Building. All students, organizations, departments, faculty, staff, and the larger UCSB community are invited to construct and present altars that celebrate individuals' unique cultures.

This event will feature interactive activities such as frame decorating, sugar-skull painting, and more. A discussion led by Chicana/o Studies Professor Gerardo Aldana on the socio-historical and cultural significance of día de los muertos will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. There will also be a silent auction with cultural artwork to raise funds for undocumented students.  

Setting up of the altars will take place on October 27 and 28. If you’re unable to do an altar, you are welcome to contribute to a community altar in the CLCRC during the setup times. Attend an informational meeting today, October 22, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the EOP conference room (SRB 2228).

You are also invited to donate artwork related to día de los muertos or Latino culture for a silent auction. All the proceeds from the auction will go toward a fund for undocumented students. Donated artwork can be dropped off at the EOP front desk.


What: "Celebración de la Gente: Día de Los Muertos"

When: Wednesday, October 29, 4-7 p.m.

Where: Student Resource Building

More info: Questions or event suggestions? Contact Joanna Hernandez at


Interdisciplinary Workshop on Language, Race, and Learning to be Held Oct 17


What: The Politics of Race and Language in Learning Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop
When: Friday, October 17, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Where: Education Building 1217

This informal workshop presents initial research results from UCSB’s year-long interdisciplinary graduate seminar "The Politics of Race and Language in Learning Contexts" which took place during the 2013-14 school year. The ongoing collaboration brings together faculty from Chicana and Chicano Studies, Education, and Linguistics as well as graduate students from numerous disciplines. The research presentations focus on race, language, education, and power through the lens of the multi-sited UCSB-based academic outreach and sociolinguistic justice program SKILLS (School Kids Investigating Language in Life and Society).

For the complete workshop schedule, click here.

This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested by Wednesday, October 15. To register, email your name and affiliation to Mary Bucholtz.


May 8 Colloquium for Chicana/o Studies

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 8, the Chicana/o Studies department of UCSB will host Dr. Felicity Amaya Schaeffer as she engages her audience for her talk titled "Cybermarriage and Citizenship Across the Americas." Dr. Schaeffer is a faculty member of the UC Santa Cruz Feminist Studies department. Her areas of research interest are transnational feminism, migration, Latin American/Latino Studies, Chicana/o Studies, technology and the body, and sexuality. The event will be held in the Dolores Huerta Conference Room (South Hall 1623) and will run from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Please join the Chicana/o Studies department as they welcome Dr. Schaeffer. Please see flyer below for any additional information.


Chicana/o Studies May 1 Colloquium to Feature Deborah Vargas

Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of La Onda
Wednesday, May 1
3:30 to 5 p.m.
South Hall 1623

Message from the co-coordinator, Dra. Dolores Ines Casillas:

We are excited to host Deborah Vargas (Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside)! Her recently published book Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of La Onda (University of Minnesota, 2012) offers a feminist and queer analysis of the contributions made by key Tejana and Chicana figures—Rosita Fernandez, Chelo Silva, Ventura Alonzo, Eva Ybarra, and our beloved Selena. Vargas refers to these women as "dissonant divas" or performers who stimulate our listening for an alternative borderland. Vargas' Research inspires Ethnic and Queer studies scholars to question gender, sexuality, and power within Chicana/o culture through innovative and interdisciplinary methods. Everyone is welcomed to attend!


Chicana/o Studies to Host Event Honoring Sal Castro

Rosie C. Bermudez created this altar for Sal Castro's Memorial this week. Credit: UCSB Chican@ Studies Facebook pagePlease join the Department of Chicana/o Studies as they celebrate the life, achievements, and legacy of Sal Castro on Thursday, May 2, in the Dolores Huerta Room (SH 1623) from 4 to 6 p.m.

Sal Castro was an educator and advocate for the Chicana/o communities. After a recent bout with cancer, Castro passed away. Castro is most known for his involvement with the East Los Angeles Walkouts of 1968. Castro was also known for educating the Latina/o community and informing them of their rights as students and of their options for attending colleges and four-year universities.

Castro helped inform, inspire, and empower many young people to attend college and become educated. In 2006 HBO Films released a movie titled "Walkout."

If you have the time, and would like to learn more about the legacy of Sal Castro, please think of attending this event. I hope to see you there.