Monthly Archives: October 2012

Opening the Blinds: Talking race, sex and class at UT Austin by Juan Portillo


Opening The Blinds: Talking race, sex and class at UT Austin: by Juan Portillo

What: Academic Panel Presentation
When: Tuesday, October 30
Time: 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Where: BUR 214

While college is sold to everyone as the key to a better life, it can often be a violent experience for students who do not fit neatly in our imagined community. The interactions between students of color, female students, and low SES students with their peers, professors, TAs, and UT staff are filled with messages that question their right to be here. This is because the UT community negotiates their integration into a campus that has been shaped by whiteness, heteropatriarchy, and middle-class values. The recent bleach-bombings of students of color in West Campus, the race-themed Greek parties, and the Fisher versus Texas case are all examples of resistance to the presence of students who do not fit the imagined white, male-centered and middle-class college campus.

As a response to these recent developments, the Sociology Department at The University of Texas at Austin invites you to a panel presentation and discussion to promote an understanding of issues of race, sex/gender and class at UT Austin. Through an interdisciplinary and intersectional lens, the presenters will provide much needed perspectives to contextualize the eruption of racial, gender and class violence on campus. Come participate in the conversation and help us answer: What can we learn from the experiences of students of color, female students, and working class students on campus? Why do we experience microaggressions along the lines of race, gender and class? What can scholars and members of the UT community do to transform the campus racial, gender and class climate?


  • Marleen Villanueva, Spanish Senior, member of La Colectiva Femenil
  • Marianna Anaya, Mexican American Studies and Radio, Television and Film Junior, member of La Colectiva Femenil
  • Juan Portillo, PhD Student in Sociology
  • Ganiva Reyes, PhD Student in Cultural Studies in Education
  • Rocio Villalobos, MA, Cultural Studies in Education, UT Alum and Program Coordinator for the Multicultural Engagement Center

Moderator: Dr. Christine Williams, Chair of Sociology

The event is free and open to the public.”

-UT Sociology Department

An Evening with Maya Cinema

A Session on Maya Films presented by K’iche’/Kaqchikel poet and film maker Rosa Chávez

 Monday October 29,  BEN 2.104, 6 p.m.

Four short films by Maya men and women film makers will be shown and discussed by poet and film maker Rosa Chávez.


Rosa Chávez (1980) is a Guatemalan poet of Maya K’iche’ origin. Her books of poetry include Casa solitaria (2005),Piedra abaj’ (2009), El corazón de la piedra (2010), and Quitapenas (2010). She is currently studying cinema and television in Casa Comal and participates as part of the Mayan Artists’ Movement, Ri Akux Nikotzijan.

Her work has been published in many journals and anthologies of poetry throughout the United States and Latin America. She has been invited to a number of poetry readings across the Americas and Europe.


Clara” directed by Josefina Cuxl Xuc

Produced 2011. Duration: 3 minutes. Subtitled in English.


Following her parents and ancestors customs, a Young woman must comply with an arranged marriage.


 “Volver a Creer” directed by Elvis Caj

Produced 2011. Duration: 5 minutes. Subtitled in English.


Yax loses interest in preserving his ancestral customs. His sister tries to convince him not to abandon the tradition. Thanks to a dream, he realices that to abandone one’s customs is to abandon oneself.


Sobre el Comal” directed by Leyzer Edinter Chiquin Cho

Produced 2011. Duration: 5 minutes. Subtitled in English.


Rosibel’s mother has forbidden her to make tortillas over the stove. Secretly, she has not stopped making them. Her grandmother, when she notices her enthusiasm, decides to perform a secret Maya ritual so she can continue with this custom with the gift of energy offered by the Moon.


Qómaneel” directed by  Cleida Maruquita Cholotio

Produced 2011. Duration: 9 minutes. Subtitled in English.


Candelaria, a spiritual healer, attends her patients with sincerity and humility. Her talent has turned her into an indispensable person por the inhabitants of a village by Lake Atitlan. However, this millenarian practice is being affected by rapid modernity.

The show is sponsored by the Spanish & Portuguese Department and  LLILAS

Unspeakable Violence: the LLILAS Faculty Book Talk

Next Wednesday, October 17, you can join the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies for a faculty book talk about “Unspeakable Violence: Remapping U.S. and Mexican National Imaginaries.”

According to LLILAS, “Unspeakable Violence addresses the epistemic and physical violence inflicted on racialized and gendered subjects in the U.S.–Mexico borderlands from the mid-nineteenth century through the early twentieth. Arguing that this violence was fundamental to U.S., Mexican, and Chicana/o nationalisms, Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández examines the lynching of a Mexican woman in California in 1851, the Camp Grant Indian Massacre of 1871, the racism evident in the work of the anthropologist Jovita González, and the attempted genocide, between 1876 and 1907, of the Yaqui Indians in the Arizona–Sonora borderlands. Guidotti-Hernández shows that these events have been told and retold in ways that have produced particular versions of nationhood and effaced other issues. Scrutinizing stories of victimization and resistance, and celebratory narratives of mestizaje and hybridity in Chicana/o, Latina/o, and borderlands studies, she contends that by not acknowledging the racialized violence perpetrated by Mexicans, Chicanas/os, and indigenous peoples, as well as Anglos, narratives of mestizaje and resistance inadvertently privilege certain brown bodies over others. Unspeakable Violence calls for a new, transnational feminist approach to violence, gender, sexuality, race, and citizenship in the borderlands.”

The event will be on October 17 at 12:15 pm.

It will be in the Hackett Room, SRH 1.313.

You can RSVP and see more information on the Facebook event page.

Latinometro Internship Opportunity

Looking for an awesome internship to put on your résumé?

Check out this one from Latinometro, a new website from the publishers of LATINO Magazine! See the photo below for more details!

Latino-oriented, Spanish-language media conference: Extended submission deadline

A call for papers by October 31, 2012 and check out this fantastic conference in February! It’s hosted by El Centro at Texas State University.