DAVID K. YOO, VICE PROVOST, UCLA INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN CULTURES
UCLA kicked off its centennial on Alumni Day, May 18, 2019. More than 5,000 people were on campus for an all-day program that included a session on 50 years of ethnic studies at UCLA.
The directors of the ethnic studies centers and I led a roundtable discussion in the Chicano Studies Research Center library in Haines Hall. The room was full and the energy vibrant, as we discussed both the legacies as well as the present and future of our collective and impactful work as organized research units of the University of California.
By any measure, the record of our centers and the Institute of American Cultures is impressive, but what stood out to me that day were the interactions of people who had been touched by our centers over the years. Time and again, people commented on mentoring received and the connections of community on campus and beyond. Those bonds among students, with our staff and faculty members, and the intentional linkages with our respective communities speak to an engaged presence that our centers represent to generations of students.
It is wonderful to see so many of our alums thriving and to realize that our centers played a role in their formation. The centennial celebration and our fiftieth anniversary are powerful reminders how many of our center alums have been and are agents of positive change and social justice.
50 YEARS OF ADVANCING RESEARCH FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
American Indian Studies Center
American Indian Studies Symposium
The American Indian Studies Symposium, held on Thursday, May 30, 2019, highlighted current undergraduate and graduate critical research at UCLA. Thank you to students for their presentations, which demonstrated tremendous dedication to the advancement of American Indian and Indigenous scholarship and research at UCLA. We congratulate each of the students for their academic accomplishments and work! Dr. Mishuana Goeman and Dr. Paul Kroskrity (pictured) were among faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members who attended and supported the event.
Chicano Studies Research Center
“Escuchando la Frontera: Listening to Collections and Communities”
The UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC), in collaboration with the UCLA Music Library and UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive, presents a symposium on June 5 in celebration of the Strachwitz Frontera Collection at UCLA. With over 215,000 songs celebrating North America’s Spanish-language musical heritage, the collection is a joint project of CSRC, the Arhoolie Foundation, and the UCLA Digital Library. Highlights of the symposium include roundtable discussions featuring writers, archivists, and educators discussing the value of the collection, a reception featuring the Steve Loza Group, and Arhoolie Foundation representatives who will discuss the collection and share recordings.