Welcome Message from the Director

Dear Friends of Latino Studies @ Princeton:

It is my pleasure to welcome new and returning students, faculty, and alumni to participate in the Latino Studies Blog! As our program matures, this venue will help record the numerous events and accomplishments that give our community a presence at Princeton University.

I have so much good news to report. Three new assistant professors joined the LAO community effective July 1 and will greatly enrich the course offerings that satisfy the requirements for the Latino Studies Certificate: Jessica Delgado in the religion department; Brian Herrera in the theater program; and Ali Valenzuela in politics. In addition, Rosina Lozano will join the history department in fall of 2013! Jessica Delgado, who was trained at UC-Berkeley, has been affiliated with the religion department since 2009 as a Stewart Fellow and lecturer.  This semester she will be teaching REL 378/GSS 378/LAS 379 Religion, Gender, and Sexuality in Early Latin America; REL 505/LAS 505 Studies in the Religions of the Americas – Religion and Church in Mexican History; and REL 521 Religion and Culture Workshop.  Trained at Yale, Brian Herrera taught performance history at the University of New Mexico before joining the Princeton faculty. Professor Herrera will offer THR 330 Special Topics in Performance Practice – Casting: History, Theory, Practices in fall 2012. Ali Valenzuela has been in residence at Princeton since fall 2011 as a research fellow in the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics. In fall 2012, Professor Valenzuela will offer POL 423/LAS 423/LAO 423 Seminar in American Politics: Latino Politics in the U.S. and POL 547 Identity Politics. We look forward to Lozano’s arrival next fall.

LAO exists, in part, because of the accomplishments of its alumni and seeks to forge stronger ties with the Association of Latino Princeton Alumni (ALPA). With the assistance of Jessica Gamboa ’10, we seek to establish ties with certificate recipients as well as ALPA members to plan activities that will invigorate the intellectual content of the program offerings. For example, we will plan a session for reunions and welcome your suggestions. Jessica will reach out to recent concentrators to solicit their suggestions but please use the BLOG venue to keep in touch.

We face several challenges, including fund-raising to support student activities and academic events on campus. To date, LAO has largely assumed a “co-sponsorship” role, but with the vibrant faculty additions, LAO is now well positioned to take the lead on new academic initiatives. We welcome your ideas.

The Program in Latino Studies also welcomes submissions from students, alumni, faculty, and members of the Princeton community.  If you are interested in submitting an article for possible posting on the LAO blog, please send your submissions to latino@princeton.edu for review.

Finally, on behalf of the executive committee, I welcome your ideas about ways to revamp the gateway course so that it becomes a draw for students from across campus.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Marta TiendaMarta Tienda

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