Monthly Archives: September 2011

Lecture on “The Reorder of Things: On the Institutionalization of Difference”

An Invited lecture by Dr. Roderick Ferguson

Thu, October 6, 2011
3:00 – 5:00 PM
SAC 1.118

Reception to follow.
This event is free and open to the public.

In this talk, Dr. Ferguson critiques the production of normativity as modern institutions incorporate racialized, gendered, and sexualized differences. By centering gender and sexuality, his work offers a framework for analyzing racial formations as heterogenous and anti-essentialist.
Roderick Ferguson is Associate Professor and Department Chair of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He is the co-editor of Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization and author of Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique.

Contact: Sharmila Rudrappa, Ph.D. (

The talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology, the Department of English, the Department of American Studies, the Center for Women and Gender Studies, and the John L. Warfield Center for African & African American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Mi Voto, My Power: Latino Faculty/Staff and Student Mixer

With special guest speaker: Representative Joaquín Castro

Date: October 5, 2011
Place: SAC 2.412
Time: 12:00-2:00 p.m.

*Free food will be served

Sponsored by Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. at The University of Texas at Austin. Kappa Delta Chi prides itself on producing, enhancing, and cultivating leadership. We are hosting a LFSSM to raise awareness throughout campus about current issues affecting the Latino community both at-large and on campus by creating dialogue between students and faculty members. This year’s theme for LFSSM is “Latinos de Impacto: The political impact of the Latino vote.” Low voter turnout has long been an issue for the Latino community. Voter turnout continues to lessen despite the fact that Latinos are an exponentially growing population in the United States. The numbers alone indicate the great possibilities that could come if Latinos were more politically active. The purpose of this year’s event is to encourage an increased involvement in the political process.

This event was forwarded by LMS student Stephanie De Luna (

Lecture on {S}ecstatic Cinematic Divas: The Mexican Spitfire and Other Goddesses in the Pantheon of Hollywood Dreams and Nightmares

CMAS Plática: William Nericcio
Friday, September 23, 2011
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Chicano Culture Room (UNB 4.206), Texas Union
The University of Texas at Austin

On the Trail of {S}ecstatic Cinematic Divas: The Mexican Spitfire and Other Goddesses in the Pantheon of Hollywood Dreams and Nightmares
This plática by William Nericcio builds on the arguments made in a key chapter of Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the “Mexican” in America (2007, UT Press). That piece, “Lupe Vélez Regurgitated; or, Jesus’s Kleenex: Cautionary, Indigestion-Inspiring Ruminations on “Mexicans” in “American” Toilets” sought to understand the loving/loathing dialectic afoot in the history of Latina representation in Hollywood. With “{S}ecstatic Cinematic Divas” Nericcio continues his devotion to the ghost of Lupe, extrapolating his findings to more contemporary Latina stars/targets like Eva Mendes, Salma Hayek, and William Levy.
William “Memo” Nericcio directs an interdisciplinary/cultural studies program known as M.A.L.A.S. (Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences) at San Diego State University. Additionally, he serves there as a Professor of English and Comparative Literature and a member of the faculties in the department of Chicana/o Studies (CCS) and the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). Nericcio dabbles in an publishes in various fields including 20th and 21st century American Literature, Latin American Studies, Chicana/Chicano Studies, Film Theory, Cultural Studies, and semiotics–though whispers suggest he is best known as the bastard, “rascuache” student of Deconstruction.

Knight Center for Journalism Events: Migration in the Americas

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas invite the UT community, especially faculty members and students interested in the topic of Migration in the Americas, to participate in two very special events on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at the College of Communication (CMA building): a panel discussion and a digital photo exhibit.

Thursday, Sept. 8
Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas’ events open to UT students and faculty, at LBJ Conference Room (panel) and College of Communication (CMA Building, 5.160) lobby area (photo exhibit and reception)

6:00-7:30pm: Covering International Migrations in Central and North Americas, a panel discussion at the LBJ Conference Room, on the 5th floor of the CMA building

Chair: Professor Charles Hale, director of the Lozano Long Institute ofLatin American Studies, UT Austin
· Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune, USA
· Cecilia Alvear, National Association of Hispanic Journalists and UNITY Journalists of Color, USA
· Oscar Chacón, National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, USA
· Fabián Sánchez, I(DH)EAS, strategic litigation for Central Americans in Mexico
· Jose Luis Sierra, New America Media, USA

7:30-8:30pm: Cruzando Fronteras en las Américas/Crossing Borders in the Americas – A digital exhibit of photographs on migration in the Western Hemisphere: inauguration and reception at the lobby (3rd floor) of the College of Communication (CMA Building)

Dozens of photos on migration in the Americas, from Argentina to the USA will be shown in eight plasma screens. It is an impressive collection of photos by 11 award winning photographers from Latin America and the United States: Toni Arnau, Donna DeCesare, Irene Herrera, Felipe Jacome, Carl Juste, Lisa Krantz, Pepe Mateos, Edu Ponces, Eli Reed, Eduardo Soteras and Nuri Vallbbona.

Free and open to the public.