Dept. 4297, Ross Hall 106
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Welcome to Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Wyoming! This is a very exciting time, as the new academic year is well underway. We welcome all the students, staff, and faculty to learn more about the program's mission, our history, our courses, and our active relationship with the local community.
I am truly honored to serve as the new, and the fourth, UW Director of Latina/o Studies. It is a position that I take very seriously. This year, the University of Wyoming Chicano Studies Program will, hence forth, be known as Latina/o Studies Program. I am looking forward to starting a new chapter by expanding both the name and the mission of our program in recognition of the unity and diversity of U.S. Latina/o populations. Latina/os represent the largest group of citizens in this country, and as a result we are changing to accommodate more course offerings to train a new generation of scholars and professionals. We would like to include in our curriculum the reflections of our unique local experiences, regional characteristics, and national presence. Above all, we want to help students succeed in their University studies and prepare them for scholarship training and professional careers. The education we offer students help to prepare them for leadership positions, work with Latina/o populations, and understand a multicultural and transnational society, and a global economy.
This year, I am very honored to have Dr. Vanessa Fonseca join UW Latina/o Studies Program! Dr. Fonseca is a recent graduate from Arizona State University. She is originally from New Mexico and brings a wealth of knowledge to our program. Her specialty area is in colonial and postcolonial Chicano literature. She is primarily interested in looking at contemporary manifestations of colonial relationships in Chicano literary and cultural production. Her teaching interests include the picaresque novel, Chicano/a autobiography, conquest narratives and Hispano/a literature of New Mexico. Dr. Fonseca was awarded the Antonia I. Castañeda prize for excellence in scholarship.
Next, I would like to welcome Estella Soto, Lecturer, for Latina/o Studies Program. Ms. Soto was born and raised in San Diego, California. Ms. Soto has a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of Southern California and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of Wyoming. As a fiction writer and an educator, her research interests revolve around the stories Chicano people tell time and time again. Ms. Soto believes that "these narratives, used as reference points across generations, shape the identities of individuals within the Chicano culture." Ms. Soto is interested in examining Chicano Folklore in its historical context and its manifestations in contemporary Popular Culture, with particular emphasis on gender and sexuality as they pertain to the archetypes of La Llorona and La Virgen de Guadalupe, el Vaquero and the modern cowboy, and Morrissey's Latino fan base.
Finally, to kick off the new Latina/o Speaker Series, Cheech Marin, Mexican American comedian, actor and writer who gained recognition as part of the comedy act Cheech & Chong during the 1970's, will be gracing us with his presence here at UW.... I am sure you are familiar with him!
Please join us for the Latina/o Studies Program events listed below and have a wonderful academic year!
• Latina/o Speaker Series
Cheech Marin Art Talk on Chicana/o Aesthetics at the UW Art Museum
Friday, September 6th, 2013 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. "Chicanitas" Exhibition Opening
• New Chicano Studies Faculty Presentation
Dr. Vanessa Fonseca—Creating a Learning Environment with our Latina/o Faculty, Students, and Community
Friday, September 13th, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at the Cooper House
• Community Engagements: Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
La radio montañesa-Voz de la gente 93.5 FM KOCA
Family and Community Dance, Featuring Crossroads from Cheyenne, Latino dancing music from rancheras, cumbias, tejano, to Nuevo Mexicano.
Saturday, September 14th, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. at the Ramada Inn
I hope to see you soon.
¡Adelante Vaqueros! Cecilia (CiCi) Aragón, Ph.D.