Confessions of a Mexican American Hoarder” or “Prowling the Caucasian Bestiary”: The Existential and Insane Consequences of Collecting Latina/o Artifacts and Stereotypes

William Ner­ic­cio
Eng­lish & Com­par­a­tive Lit­er­a­ture, and Chi­cana & Chi­cano Stud­ies San Diego State University

Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 28, 2013
4:00 pm
Com­mu­ni­ca­tions 120

What hap­pens to the mind of a rel­a­tively sane Mex­i­can Amer­i­can aca­d­e­mic when doused with the deri­sive laugh­ter of an East Coast under­grad­u­ate stu­dent? What mad­ness ensues once that self-same “scholar” uses his aca­d­e­mic super­pow­ers to cat­a­logue Mex­i­can stereo­types in the United States? Mex­tasy! Stu­dents and fac­ulty are in for a MEXSTATIC mul­ti­me­dia pre­sen­ta­tion exam­in­ing dom­i­nant trends in the 21st cen­tury rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Lati­nas and Lati­nos in Amer­i­can pop­u­lar cul­ture. From Hol­ly­wood to Madi­son Avenue, spe­cific and dam­ag­ing visions of Latina/o sub­jec­tiv­ity have infected the synapses of Amer­i­cans, and Mex­i­cans alike. “Eth­nic man­nequins” (such as William Levy, Eva Lon­go­ria, and Sophia Ver­gara) infect con­scious­ness even as they enter­tain. Nor are they divorced from the talk-radio fueled renais­sance on racial­ized hatred. If Lou Dobbs screams hys­ter­i­cally that Mex­i­cans are “dis­eased” and Rush Lim­baugh encour­ages his lis­ten­ers to tell “Mex­i­cans” to go back to “their coun­try,” what are the effects? Research sug­gests that these col­lec­tive efforts have led to a resur­gence of anti-Latino hate and hate crimes at the very moment that the U.S. becomes more demo­graph­i­cally and decid­edly Latino/a. The pre­sen­ta­tion will fea­ture excerpts from Tex[t]-Mex, Eye­giene, the Tex[t]-Mex Gallery­blog and art from Mextasy.

William Ner­ic­cio is Pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish & Com­par­a­tive Lit­er­a­ture and Chi­cana & Chi­cano Stud­ies, and Direc­tor of the Mas­ter of Arts in Lib­eral Arts and Sci­ences pro­gram at San Diego State Uni­ver­sity. He is the author of Tex[t]-Mex: Seduc­tive Hal­lu­ci­na­tions of “Mex­i­cans” in Amer­ica (2007), and edi­tor of The Hurt Busi­ness (2008), and Homer from Sali­nas: John Steinbeck’s Endur­ing Voice for Cal­i­for­nia (2009). Ner­ic­cio blogs at

Pre­sented as part of B/ordering Vio­lence: Bound­aries, Gen­der, Indi­gene­ity in the Amer­i­cas, a John E. Sawyer Sem­i­nar in Com­par­a­tive Cul­tures gen­er­ously funded by the Andrew W. Mel­lon Foun­da­tion and co-sponsored by the Latin Amer­i­can & Caribbean Stud­ies pro­gram, the Jack­son School of Inter­na­tional Stud­ies, the Simp­son Cen­ter for the Human­i­ties, and the Insti­tute for the Study of Eth­nic­ity, Race, & Sex­u­al­ity (WISER).

For more on the B/ordering Vio­lence Sem­i­nar Series, visit


Mangels lecture, “Liberation Mythologies: Quests for Roots, Spirit and Justice in Afro-Puerto Rican, Afro-Dominican, and Mexica Dance and Music”

Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 28
Kane Hall 120

Raquel RiveraWhere does artis­tic prac­tice and spir­i­tual belief inter­sect with grass­roots activism? This ques­tion will be at the heart of Raquel Z. Rivera’s dis­cus­sion on art and spir­i­tu­al­ity, The Lib­er­a­tion Mytholo­gies: Quests for Roots, Spirit and Jus­tice in Afro-Puerto Rican, Afro-Dominican, and Mex­ica Music and Dance.

Dr. Rivera will look at myth-making through the prisms of eclec­tic North Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties. She will exam­ine how groups try to explain the unex­plain­able, from Afro-Puerto Rican bomba dancers in New York to com­mu­ni­ties of New Mexico-based concheros and Mex­ica dancers. Rivera will con­nect the tra­di­tions these groups honor while explor­ing how they build a bet­ter future.

Dr. Raquel Z. Rivera is an author, scholar, and singer-songwriter

Fuentes: “Visions of La Esmelda (Smeltertown): New urbanism, environmental justice, and brownfield redevelopment along the US-Mexico border”

Wednes­day, Jan­u­ary 30
5:30–7:30 pm
Gould 110

Tracy Fuentes, PhD stu­dent in the Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Urban Design and Plan­ning Pro­gram, will present a case study of an urban brown­field site in the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez inter­na­tional met­ro­pol­i­tan region. Fol­low­ing reme­di­a­tion, the most recent chap­ter in the his­tory of La Esmelda (Smelter­town) includes plans to rede­velop the site using New Urban­ism design prin­ci­ples. But as the City of El Paso and the site trustee attempt to “recast the smelter” do the design and plan­ning processes appro­pri­ately address the site his­tory and affected com­mu­ni­ties? Can good design repair the wounded urban fab­ric and improve the qual­ity of life and urban function?

Come learn more about this site’s his­tory and join the con­ver­sa­tion on the role of design in envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice and brown­field rede­vel­op­ment. Food and drinks provided.

Nicole Guidotti-Hernandez: Child-Citizen Subjects: From Dora the Explorer to Dream Activists

Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 7
4 pm
Comm 120

Amer­i­can Stud­ies, Uni­ver­sity of Texas, Austin

The Latino/a child cit­i­zen sub­ject has become the focal point for all sorts of dis­courses about cit­i­zen­ship, be they the fig­ure of the Anchor Baby, Dora the Explorer as a poten­tial ille­gal immi­grant, the Dream Activists of Free­dom Uni­ver­sity, or a newly emerg­ing unpro­tected group, unac­com­pa­nied migrant chil­dren fac­ing depor­ta­tion pro­ceed­ings. In this talk, I demon­strate the ways in which race, immi­gra­tion sta­tus, social mobil­ity, skin color, social class and gen­der deter­mine whether or not a child is in fact deemed wor­thy of cit­i­zen­ship, wor­thy of being saved, and wor­thy of being incor­po­rated into the nation. Larger media trends have made such Latinas/o child-citizen sub­jects increas­ingly vis­i­ble in the last fif­teen years as the U.S.-Mexico bor­der is more mil­i­ta­rized than ever.

Nicole Guidotti– Hernán­dez is Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Amer­i­can Stud­ies and Asso­ciate Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Mex­i­can Amer­i­can Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas. Her book Unspeak­able Vio­lence: Remap­ping U.S. and Mex­i­can National Imag­i­nar­ies was pub­lished by Duke Uni­ver­sity Press in 2011. She is cur­rently work­ing on two new books: ¡Santa Lucia! Con­tem­po­rary Chi­cana and Latina Cul­tural Rein­ter­pre­ta­tions of Saint Icono­gra­phies and Red Dev­ils and Rail­roads: Race, Gen­der and Cap­i­tal­ism in the Transna­tional Nine­teenth Cen­tury Mex­ico Borderlands.

Pre­sented as part of B/ordering Vio­lence: Bound­aries, Gen­der, Indi­gene­ity in the Amer­i­cas, a John E. Sawyer Sem­i­nar in Com­par­a­tive Cul­tures gen­er­ously funded by the Andrew W. Mel­lon Foun­da­tion and co-sponsored by the Latin Amer­i­can & Caribbean Stud­ies pro­gram, the Jack­son School of Inter­na­tional Stud­ies, the Simp­son Cen­ter for the Human­i­ties, and the Insti­tute for the Study of Eth­nic­ity, Race, & Sex­u­al­ity (WISER). For more on the B/ordering Vio­lence Sem­i­nar Series, visit

Wilson: “U.S. Border Patrol: The Rise of a Domestic Police State?”

Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 1
4 pm
Thom­son 317

Mike Wil­son (Tohono O’odham) is a pol­icy direc­tor of the Bor­der Action Net­work. His work cen­ters around pro­vid­ing human­i­tar­ian aid to undoc­u­mented peo­ples who cross through the deserts of south­ern Ari­zona. As a mem­ber of a sov­er­eign Native nation and a mem­ber of the Bor­der Action Net­work, Mike Wilson’s per­spec­tive pro­vides insight into the con­text and impact of U.S. Bor­der Patrol actions on the U.S.-Mexico bor­der and within indige­nous homelands.

Mike Wilson flyer

Aragon & Wilson: “Under Arpaio: a Documentary by Jason Aragon”

Thurs­day, Jan­u­ary 31
3:30 pm
Allen Auditorium

Under Arpaio” shows the grass­roots resis­tance to Mari­copa County, Arizona’s Sher­iff Joe Arpaio, who prides him­self on being the “tough­est sher­iff in Amer­ica.” Arpaio prides him­self on immi­gra­tion raids on migrant and Latino neigh­bor­hoods, human rights vio­la­tions in his jails, and wast­ing hun­dreds of mil­lions of tax­payer dol­lars. “Under Air­paio” fea­tures the grass­roots activists from low-income migrant com­mu­ni­ties, the attor­neys, reporters, elected offi­cials, and indige­nous peo­ple who speak truth to power.

Under Arpaio flyer

Speed: “Indigenous Women Migrants and Human Rights in the Era of Neoliberal Multicriminalism”

Thurs­day, Jan­u­ary 17, 2013
COMM 120
4:00–6:00 pm

Indige­nous women who migrate to the United States suf­fer human rights vio­la­tions at every step: in their homes, where vio­lence and impunity com­pel them to migrate; as they cross the wide expanse of Mex­ico; and once they enter the United States, where they face new vul­ner­a­bil­ity to part­ners or strangers if they are undoc­u­mented and incar­cer­a­tion if they ask for asylum.

This is not what was sup­posed to hap­pen. The mul­ti­cul­tural reforms of the 1990s in var­i­ous Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries gen­er­ated hope and unprece­dented social mobi­liza­tion for indige­nous women seek­ing full access to their human rights. How­ever, the promises of neolib­eral mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism never mate­ri­al­ized. Indige­nous peo­ple suf­fered all the dam­age of ruth­less neolib­eral eco­nom­ics, with­out the demo­c­ra­tic pol­i­tics, rights regimes, and rule of law it was sup­posed to bring with it. In their stead, there are ille­gal economies on a mas­sive scale and increas­ingly author­i­tar­ian states mil­i­ta­riz­ing to com­bat ille­gal­ity, while cor­ruptly par­tic­i­pat­ing in it to reap some prof­its. This talk takes indige­nous women migrants’ oral his­to­ries as a point of depar­ture for ana­lyz­ing the larger struc­tures of power that mark them for
vio­lence and ren­der their human rights all but non-existent in the vio­lent era Speed calls “neolib­eral multicriminalism.”

Shan­non Speed is Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Anthro­pol­ogy and the Direc­tor of Native Amer­i­can and Indige­nous Stud­ies (NAIS) at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas at Austin. Her research and teach­ing inter­ests include indige­nous pol­i­tics, human rights, neolib­er­al­ism, gen­der, fem­i­nist the­ory, and activist research. She has pub­lished five books and edited vol­umes, includ­ing Dis­si­dent Women: Gen­der and Cul­tural Pol­i­tics in Chi­a­pas (2006), Rights in Rebel­lion: Human Rights and Indige­nous Strug­gle in Chi­a­pas (2007), and Human Rights in the Maya Region: Global Politics,Moral Engage­ments, and Cul­tural Con­tentions (2008).

Speed E-flyer

Human Trafficking in an Era of Globalization: 1/11–12, 2013

Human Traf­fick­ing in an Era of Glob­al­iza­tion: Forced Labor, Invol­un­tary Servi­tude, and Cor­po­rate & Civic Responsibility

An inter­na­tional con­fer­ence to exam­ine the root causes of human traf­fick­ing and develop strate­gies to work towards not only pre­vent­ing, but also erad­i­cat­ing the trade.

Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 11, 2013:
Reg­is­tra­tion Opens at 8:30am
Pro­gram 9:00am-5:15pm
Forced Migra­tion & Labor Rights
Inter­na­tional Trade Agree­ments
Human Rights
Keynote & Recep­tion: 5:30–7:30pm

Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 12, 2013
Pro­gram 9:00am-4:15pm
Pub­lic Health
How Sur­vivor Ser­vices Can be Improved
Eth­i­cal Sourc­ing & Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment
Human­iz­ing the Impacts of Human Trafficking

Location:University of Wash­ing­ton Husky Union Build­ing (HUB), North Ballroom

Tick­ets are avail­able for $150 and can be pur­chased at:

Spon­sored by the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton Women’s Center.

1491s at UW: Friday, November 30

The 1491s are com­ing to the UW!

Indian Coun­try Today: “The 1491s are a group of Native Amer­i­cans who got together to do com­edy videos for fun and put them on to see what would hap­pen. The videos, which range from bit­ing cul­tural satire and seri­ous polit­i­cal state­ments to just plain goofi­ness, went viral in Indian coun­try and gained an instant following…The 1491s are some of the fun­ni­est peo­ple in Indian coun­try; they hold a mir­ror up to the cul­ture and cri­tique it with a pointed stick.”

When: Fri­day, Novem­ber 30th, 7-9pm
Where: Sav­ery 260

For more infor­ma­tion on the 1491s check out:

Spon­sored by First Nations@UW, Amer­i­can Indian Stud­ies depart­ment, the ECC (Office of Minor­ity Affairs and Diver­sity), and the ASUW AISC