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March 20, 2012

David Maawad Photography Exhibit: Shining Rock / Resplandor de Roca

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art will be hosting an outstanding display of Mexican photography from April 3rd-April 29th.  Over thirty-five black and white photographs by Mexican artist David Maawad will be on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (Gilkey Study). The exhibit is entitled “DAVID MAAWAD: Shining Rock / Resplandor de Roca” and it will be  in Eugene for three weeks (April 3 to April 29).  There will also be a public lecture led by Maawad on Wednesday April 25th, 5.30 pm at the Ford Lecture Hall in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.  The exhibition will then travel to downtown Portland to be hosted at the UO White Stag Building (May 3-June 9).

David Maawad, born in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 1952, has been documenting the social, cultural, and environmental impact of mining in Mexico over the course of more than thirty years with spectacular vistas of unearthly postindustrial landscapes. His black and white photographs capture the human dimensions of this economic activity with astonishing beauty, showing the resilience and strength of Mexican mine workers, but also the difficult conditions under which they perform their labor.

This event has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Americas in a Globalized World Initiative; the Oregon Humanities Center Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities; the Latin American Studies Program; the Environmental Studies Program; the Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies; the Office of International Affairs; the Global Oregon Initiative; the Department of Art History; the Department of English; the Department of Ethnic Studies; the Department of Romance Languages; the Department of Comparative Literature; Academic Affairs, Portland; the College of Arts & Sciences; and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

October 18, 2011

Supernova presents: Valley Girls and Fresas in Mexico: Does everybody talk like Paris Hilton?

A presentation by Claudia Holguín Mendoza of Romance Languages.  Tuesday, October 25th at 7 pm in PLC 180.  Refreshments available.

This talk analyzes the construction of an emergent identity through language in a particular social network of bilingual Mexican youths on the U.S.-Mexico border of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. The formation of these identities shows how current social stereotypes (i.e. ¨valley girls,¨ ¨fresas¨) in linguistic communities are expressed through their language use. The study also uncovers how these plural gendered ethnic identities are recreated by speakers through language within a particular ideological bilingual border setting that should no longer be seen as a periphery at the margins of two countries where locals “betray” their national identities, but rather as a socioeconomic and political center within neoliberalism and globalization.

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