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CMASR acquires new collection from late Chicana poet, activist

The Center for Mexican American Studies and Research has acquired a collection of papers from Angela de Hoyos, the late Chicana poet, artist, songwriter and activist. 

Her body of work featured feminism, gender and Chicana philosophy as prominent themes. De Hoyos wrote Spanish language song lyrics in the 1950s and poetry and essays in the 1960s and 1970s when she emerged as a prominent voice in the Chicano movement.

She also produced drawings and other artistic motifs that included flowers and nature, buildings in the Spanish architectural style, sculptures and family portraits. De Hoyos enjoyed an international reach, as several of her works were translated and published in South America and Europe. The poet and author Raúl R. Salinas referred to her as the “spiritual den mother of Chicano letters.” 

In 2021, her husband Moises Sandoval donated materials related to her career to the CMASR Special Collections at OLLU. The Angela de Hoyos papers consist of approximately five linear feet of printed and digitally scanned documents, audio and video saved to CD and DVD, spanning her career from the 1940s through the 2000s.

Included in the collection are original poetry, books, instructional pamphlets, royalty statements and various publications in which she was featured. The digital files contain photos of her paintings, sculptures and block prints, dresses and pottery. 

The finding aid to the Angela de Hoyos papers is published under the Our Lady of the Lake University Library webpage for the Center for Mexican American Studies and Research. 

The papers are accessible in person by appointment at the Special Collections for the CMASR, located in the Our Lady of the Lake Convent, room 112. Through the summer, the archive is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Contact archivist Joseph De León at jdeleon6315@ollusa.edu.

CMASR to celebrate Afro-Latinidad on Thursday

Lee Rios of Semenaya Dance Studio will lead the event, “Celebrating Afro-Latinidad,” on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in the Mall Area. Sponsored by the Center for Mexican American Studies and Research, the celebration will include Afro Caribbean dance and music. All are invited to come and learn basic Salsa steps and see Merengue, Bachatá and Kizomba. 

Free Puerto Rican food will be available from El Coqui.

If the weather is too cold, the event will be held in the Multicultural Activities and Recreation Center (MARC), formerly known as the International Folk Culture Center (IFCC).

For a complete calendar of CMASR events this spring, look here:

Latinx Indigeneities Book Talk to be held on Wednesday

The Center for Mexican American Studies and Research (CMASR) will hold a virtual Latinx Indigeneities Book Talk with anthropologist Sherina Feliciano-Santos, PhD, on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Feliciano-Santos will discuss an indigenous community incorrectly believed to be extinct — the Tainos of Puerto Rico. To join the one-hour Book Talk via WebEx, go to: https://bit.ly/RazaEvents.

For more information, contact Dr. Aimee Villarreal at amvillarreal@ollusa.edu.

CMASR looking for graduate assistant and undergraduate work study

The Center for Mexican American Studies and Research (CMASR) is looking to hire a graduate assistant and undergraduate work study. Interested students may email CMASR Director Aimee Villarreal at amvillarreal@ollusa.edu.

CMASR supports OLLU’s mission and values as a Hispanic Serving Institution. The Center promotes awareness of the broad diversity of Mexican Americans and the Latinx communities through cultural events, scholarship and activism. CMASR sponsors cultural events and activities, advances research and knowledge and inspires campus engagement. 

U.S. Reps Castro, Raskin to join virtual conversation with OLLU, local community

U.S. Representatives Joaquin Castro, D-TX, and Jamie Raskin, D-MD, will have a two-hour virtual conversation with the OLLU and San Antonio community on April 7 at 6 p.m. 

Facilitated by OLLU student leaders and hosted by the Center for Mexican American Studies and Research (CMASR), the conversation will focus on what it’s like to serve in Congress. It will also cover the pressing issues our communities are facing and how people can stay engaged in the political process.

The event, “Our Voices, Our Future: A conversation with Representatives Joaquin Castro and Jaime Raskin,” will be held via WebEx: WebEx: https://bit.ly/2OQrhbP. Password: CMASR

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Congressmen Castro, Raskin to join virtual conversation with OLLU, local community

U.S. Representatives Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) will join in a virtual conversation with the OLLU and San Antonio community on April 7 at 6 p.m.

The conversation, facilitated by OLLU student leaders and hosted by the Center for Mexican American Studies and Research (CMASR), will focus on what it’s like to serve in Congress. It will also cover the pressing issues our communities are facing, and how people can stay engaged in the political process.

The two-hour event, “Our Voices, Our Future: A conversation with Representatives Joaquin Castro and Jaime Raskin,” will be held via WebEx: https://bit.ly/2OQrhbP. Password: CMASR

CMASR to present screening of animated film, ‘Chica y Rita’

The Center for Mexican American Studies and Research will present the final La Calle 24 Film Festival event on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. with a screening of the animated film, “Chico y Rita.”

The event will include a conversation about Afro-Latinidad and Afro-Caribbean music with Marc Perry, PhD, Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Jessica Hajek, PhD, Assistant Professor of Music at Our Lady of the Lake University.

“Chico y Rita” is a musical love story with a jazzy soul set between Havana, Paris and New York City that enlivens Afro-Latinidad in a distinct moment in musical history. “Chico y Rita” is now open for viewing on the film festival website.

To register: 

https://ollusa.webex.com/ollusa/onstage/g.php?MTID=e0bb39add443e69c2d3e70fca9d7cd236

Watch the film: https://pragda.com/sfc-event/our-lady-of-the-lake-university/

Username: SFC@OurLadyoftheLakeUniversity

Password: CMASR2020

CMASR to mark International Women’s Day with two films

The Center for Mexican American Studies and Research (CMASR) will celebrate International Women’s Day on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. with two films featuring Indigenous women in Latin America as part of the La Calle 24 Spring Film Festival programming.

Dr. Patricia Alvarez, anthropologist and ethnographic filmmaker from Brandeis University, will discuss the film, “Ixcanul, Volcán.” Set in Guatemala and steeped in Mayan folklore, the film is about a young Kaqchickel woman who plans to escape an arranged marriage. 

Dr. Alvarez also will discuss her award-winning ethnographic film, “Entretejido,” which is about the intersections between Indigenous weaving collectives and high fashion in Peru. The one-hour event is free and can be viewed on WebEx and Facebook Live.

To register, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indigenous-women-in-latin-american-cinema-tickets-143848465633

For more information, contact CMASR director Aimee Villarreal, PhD, at amvillarreal@ollusa.edu.

See flyer here: