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Scholars Share Research on Latinos

“Latinos in California II” Conference Brings Scholars to the Mission Inn

Topics include education, health, politics and popular culture

(September 5, 2003)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Scholars from all over California will meet with policy-makers at the Mission Inn in Riverside Thursday, Sept. 11 through Saturday, Sept. 13 for a conference called "Latinos in California II, 1996-2003."

The conference, called to bring government policy makers into conversation with scholars who work on Latina/o issues, will cover new research in education, health, politics, the economy, media and popular culture, among other topics. It is co-sponsored by the UC Committee on Latino Research (UCCLR) and the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS), headquartered at UC Riverside.

The panels and discussions are free and open to the public. (However, reservations are required for conference meals as space is limited).

The first such conference, "Latinos in California, 1990-1995," was also held at the Mission Inn in the fall of 1995. It presented a rich array of scholarly work on policy issues and cultural studies and the humanities as well as cultural events and keynote talks by leaders in the policy arena.

This second conference showcases the maturation of the research related to Latinos on the ten UC campuses, and in academia as a whole, said Juan-Vicente Palerm, director of UC MEXUS.

“Research on Latinos has increased significantly since 1989, when the California State Legislature asked the University of California to research the state’s growing Latino population,” Palerm said. “UC MEXUS has played a leading role in that research, a field that is more important than ever considering the growing demographic, economic, and political importance of Latinos in California.”

Overall topics include the Chicano movement, literature and culture, education, domestic violence, poverty, queer identities, the portrayal of Latinos in popular culture, migrants, feminism, health and politics. A full schedule is attached.

Keynote speakers include Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials; and State Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny, D-San Diego.

Additional information, including a registration form, is available at
Information is also available by telephone, at (909) 787-7340.



Research Initiatives Undertaken by the Faculty and Students of the University of California System

September 11-13, 2003
The Mission Inn
Riverside, California


THURSDAY, September 11

All Day Exhibits
Ho-O-Kan Rm Silk Screens
Oriental Garden UC-Campus Center Displays

8:30 a.m. Registration Continental Breakfast for Principal Investigators
Oriental Garden

9:00 a.m. Principal Investigators Meeting
Ho-O-Kan Rm MODERATOR Patricia Zavella, UCCLR Chair

11:45-1:00 Luncheon for Principal Investigators
Ho-O-Kan Rm

1:00-3:00 p.m. Principal Investigators Discussion
Ho-O-Kan Rm MODERATOR Patricia Zavella, UCCLR Chair


Ho-O-Kan Rm The Chicano Movement

MODERATOR Ramón A. Gutiérrez, UC San Diego

PANELISTS Alicia Gaspar de Alba, UC Los Angeles
Staying, Leaving and Returning: An Overview of Race and Place as Aesthetic Systems in Chicana/o Art

Ramón A. Gutiérrez, UC San Diego
From Latin America to Harlem and the Barrios of LA: Internal Colonialism Theory

Ray Huerta, UC Santa Barbara
Chicano/a Civil Rights and the Courts: 1944 to the Present

Lorena Oropeza, UC Davis
Protesting Patriotism: The Chicano Movement’s View on U.S. Foreign Policy

Spanish Art Literature and Culture
MODERATOR Rosa Linda Fregoso, UC Santa Cruz

Carl Gutiérrez-Jones, UC Santa Barbara
Chicano Humor on Trial

Norma Klahn, UC Santa Cruz
Questioning Genealogies/Contesting Canons: Post National Autobiographical Practices

Josh Kun, UC Riverside
The Corner of the World: Reading California From Tijuana

Francisco A. Lomelí, UC Santa Barbara
Popular Culture in the Santa Barbara Area: Transformation, Borrowing and Hybridity

Santa Barbara Queer Identities
MODERATOR Aída Hurtado, UC Santa Cruz

Maylei Blackwell, César E. Chávez Center for Chicana/o Studies
Mapping the Politics of Desire: Transnational Lesbian Organizing in Mexico and the U.S.

Héctor Carrillo, UC San Francisco
Mexican Male Homosexualities: Modernization, Cultural Hybridity and Sexual Migration

Horacio N. Roque Ramírez, UC Los Angeles
Communities of Desire: Oral History and Queer Latino/Sexualities

Deborah R. Vargas, UC Davis
With a Microphone in Her Hand: Chelo Silva “La Reina Tejana de Boleros”

6:00 p.m. Registration Closes
Dinner (on your own)

8:00-11:00 p.m An Evening of Theatre Readings, Poetry, and Prose
Spanish Art Una Tarde de Lecturas de Teatro, Poesía, y Prosa

Ramón A. Gutiérrez, UC San Diego

Readers/ Macedonio Arteaga, Jr. UC San Diego
Performers Teatro Izcalli

Rubén C. González, UC Davis
Diary of a Mad Mexican (excerpts)

María Herrera-Sobek, UC Santa Barbara


FRIDAY, September 12

8:30-9:30 a.m. Registration Opens with Continental Breakfast
Upper Level Of
Oriental Courtyard


Ho-O-Kan Rm K-12 Education

MODERATOR Denise A. Segura, UC Santa Barbara

Kris D. Gutiérrez, UC Los Angeles
The Failure of Educational Policies in California Schools: The Increasing Vulnerability of English Language Learners

Russell W. Rumberger and Brenda Arellano, UC Santa Barbara
Understanding and Addressing the Latino Achievement Gap in California

Daniel Solórzano, UC Los Angeles
An Equal Opportunity Analysis of Advance Placement Courses in College and University Admissions

Discussant, Jennifer Kuhn,
Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst,
California Legislature

Santa Barbara Organizing Latino/a Labor
MODERATOR Ruth M. Milkman, UC Los Angeles

Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval, UC Santa Barbara
Title t.b.a

Carolina Bank Muñoz, UC Riverside
Challenges and Opportunities in Immigrant
Worker Organizing Post 9/11

Edna M. Bonacich, UC Riverside
Challenges and Opportunities for Organizing Latino Workers in the Logistics Sector of Southern California

Spanish Art Representations of Latinas/os in the Media and Popular Culture
MODERATOR Patricia Zavella, UC Santa Cruz

Rosa Linda Fregoso, UC Santa Cruz
Cultural Activism and Transnational Human Rights Policies

Gilbert González, UC Irvine
American Orientalism: Images and Popular Perceptions of Mexico and Mexican Immigrants, 1880-1930

Olga Nájera-Ramírez, UC Santa Cruz
The Politics of Passion and Gender: La Canción Ranchera

Chon A. Noriega, UC Los Angeles
Looking for Latinos on Prime-Time Television: From Content Analysis to Media Policy

11:45-1:00 p.m. Luncheon
Music Room


Ho-O-Kan Rm Feminisms
MODERATOR Denise A. Segura, UC Santa Barbara

Socorro Castañeda, UC Santa Barbara
Chicana/Mexicana Empowerment: Lessons Learned from the Mexican American Cultural Center

Yvette G. Flores-Ortiz, UC Davis
Intimate Partner Violence on Both Sides of the Border: Conflict Negotiation and Familismo among Mexicanos

Aída Hurtado, UC Santa Cruz
Up Close and Personal: Lessons Learned from Academically Successful Latinas

Patricia Zavella, UC Santa Cruz
Changing Constructions of Sexuality and Risk: Migrant Mexican Women Farmworkers in California

Legislative Discussant:
Senator Gloria Romero

Santa Barbara Migrants: Sojourners and Settlers

Rubén Hernández-León, UC Los Angeles
Mexican Immigrant Communities in the South and Social Capital: The Case of Dalton, Georgia

Susanne Jonas, UC Santa Cruz
Guatemalan and Salvadoran Migrant Settlers in the U.S.: Can Legalization Struggles Become A Catalyst for Cross-Border Change?

Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez, UC Riverside
The Political Ecology of Coachella, California and the Hatch Valley of New Mexico.

Christian Zlolniski-Palacios, UT Arlington
High-Tech Industrial and Rural Migration: Towards a Trend of Conversion?

Spanish Art Chicano/Latino Politics
MODERATOR Andrés E. Jiménez, Director, California Policy Research Center, UCOP

Lisa García Bedolla, UC Irvine
Resources and Participation: the Importance of Social Capital for the Latino Community

Patricia Hamm, Iowa State University
Political Role of Mexican Immigrants in California

Ricardo Ramírez, University of Southern California
Where No Party Has Gone Before… Non-partisan Latinos Voter Mobilization and Issues of Contactiblity

Caesar D. Sereseres, UC Irvine
Latinos, California, and Foreign Policy Links

María Blanco, MALDEF


Ho-O-Kan Rm Educational Dilemmas Across the Pipeline: Undergraduate and Faculty Access and Retention

MODERATOR Aída Hurtado UC Santa Cruz

Julie López Figueroa, UC Santa Cruz
Social Responsive Networks: Latino Male Undergraduates Brokering Systems of Knowledge to Build Relevant Academic Practice at West Coast University.

Leticia Oseguera, UC Los Angeles
Degree Attainment among Latinas/os Attending Four-year Colleges and Universities Within California

Denise A. Segura, UC Santa Barbara
Navigating Between Two Worlds: Chicanas in Higher Education

Discussant, Max Espinoza,
Policy Analyst, Assembly Budget Committee

Santa Barbara Mobility
MODERATOR Juan-Vicente Palerm, UC Santa Barbara

Sally Ann Davies-Netzley, San Diego State University
On the Road to Riches? Patterns of Latina Entrepreneurship and Questions of Mobility

Travis Du Bry, UC Riverside
The New Pioneers of Mecca: Farm Laborers, Socioeconomic Mobility, and Homesteading in the California Desert

Vilma Ortiz and Edward Telles, UC Los Angeles
The Mexican American People: A Generation Later

Spanish Art Los Angeles History
MODERATOR Ramón A. Gutiérrez, UC San Diego

Eric R. Avila, UC Los Angeles
Los Angeles and the Geography of White Racial Formation

Anthony Macías, UC Riverside
Good Neighbors Indeed: Pachucos, Tarzánes, and the Mambo in Los Angeles and Mexico City

Natalia M. Molina, UC San Diego
Untangling Race, Place and Culture: Explaining Disease in Early Twentieth Century Los Angeles

Devra A. Weber, UC Riverside
Raices fuertes: Cultural corridors, grassroots organizing and the Mexicano left of Los Angeles, 1906-1942

5:30 Registration Closes

6:00-7:00 p.m. Cocktails/Dinner (Reservations Required)
Spanish Art
Gallery Master of Ceremonies, Conference Welcome
Patricia Zavella, UCCLR Chair

8:00-9:30 p.m. Conference Greetings
Spanish Art Gallery
Lawrence B. Coleman,
Vice Provost for Research, UCOP

France A. Córdova, Chancellor
UC Riverside

Key Speaker: Arturo Vargas, President and CEO of the
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

9:30-12:00 p.m. Entertainment with D.J. Josh Kun
Spanish Art Gallery Baile Baile Baile

SATURDAY, September 13

8:30-9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast/Registration Opens
Upper Level Of
Oriental Courtyard


Ho-O-Kan Rm K-12 Education
MODERATOR Richard Durán, UC Santa Barbara

Richard Durán , UC Santa Barbara
Educational Policy and School Community Practice: The Challenge of Providing and Supporting Latino Student Opportunity to Learn

Michael Strong and Stephen Fletcher, UC Santa Cruz
What State and District Data Reveal about New Teachers and the Test Score Gains of Latino Students in California

Olga Vásquez, UC San Diego
Latinos in the Global Context

Discussant, Kimberly Rodríguez,
Policy Analyst, Assembly Budget Committee

San Diego Room Poverty and Welfare
MODERATOR Andrés E. Jiménez, Director, California Policy Research Center, UCOP

Juan-Vicente Palerm, UC Santa Barbara
Misunderstanding the Working Poor in Rural California: Consequences for Public Policy

Manuel Pastor, UC Santa Cruz
Poverty and Work: Latinos in California's New Economy

Ellen R. Reese and Elvia Ramírez, UC Riverside
The Politics of Welfare Inclusion: Explaining State Variation in Legal Immigrants' Welfare Rights

Abel Valenzuela, Jr. UC Los Angeles
Making Ends Meet: Surviving on Day Labor

Discussant, Lupe Díaz,
Legislative Advocate, Western Center on Law and Poverty

Santa Barbara Health

E. Richard Brown, UC Los Angeles
Effects on Immigration on Latino Access to Health Services

Sylvia Guendelman, UC Berkeley
Access to Health Care for Children of Working Poor Families

Catherine Maternowska, UC San Francisco
Gender, Power, Culture and Reproductive Health:
A Binational Study

Kurt C. Organista, UC Berkeley
HIV Prevention with Mexican/Latino Migrant Day Laborers: Cultural, Community, and Academic Collaboration

11:45-12:30 p.m. Luncheon
Monterey Room

12:30 p.m. Concluding Keynote
Monterey Room Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny

3:00-5:00 p.m. ORU Directors Meeting
Ho-O-Kan Rm

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