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LATS Director Rene Rocha Receives Hubbard-Walder Award for Excellence in Teaching

Congratulations to Director of Latina/o/x Studies Rene Rocha on being named a recipient of the 2024 Hubbard-Walder Award for Excellence in Teaching!
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LATS Instructor Lina-Maria Murillo Wins 2023 Catharine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship

Monday, June 26, 2023
Congratulations to Dr. Lina-Maria Murillo (Assistant Professor: Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies and History) for winning the 2023 Catharine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship for her article "Espanta Cigüeñas: Race and Abortion in the US-Mexico Borderlands," published in the Summer 2023 issue of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.
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LATS Faculty Eric Vazquez Wins Oustanding Article Award from Latin American Studies Association

Congratulations to Eric Vazquez on receiving the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Latinx Studies Section (LSS) Outstanding Article Award for his article titled, "'Your Life Is One-Hundred-Percent at Risk': The Caravan of the Mutilated and the Internationalism of the Vulnerable."
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LATS Faculty Jose Fernandez Receives Arts and Humanities Initiative Research Grant

Congratulations to LATS faculty Dr. Jose Fernandez on receiving an Arts and Humanities Initiative (AHI) grant! Dr. Fernandez will be conducting archival research into three major Latinx authors to examine the links between their literary writings and their articles in Spanish-language newspapers.
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Native American Heritage Month 2022

Latina/o/x Studies joins the Latino Native American Cultural Center in celebrating Native American Heritage Month. Visit LNACC's Facebook page or for details on this month's events.
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Enterprise Leadership & Latina/o/x Studies Student Celia Hernandez Wins IdeaStorm Student Innovation Competition

Congratulations to Celia Hernandez, Enterprise Leadership & Latina/o/x Studies student, on her recent win in the JPEC IdeaStorm competition! Hernandez's innovation, "Translate-It-Live," won the grand prize in the Common Good category.
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Latina/o/x Studies Faculty Dr. Jose Fernandez Publishes New Book on Black and Latinx Literatures

Thursday, October 13, 2022
The LATS program congratulates assistant professor Dr. Jose Fernandez on the publication of his new book! Against Marginalization: Convergences in Black and Latinx Literatures can be ordered from Ohio State University Press.
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Celebrating Latinx/a/o Heritage Month 2022

Thursday, September 15, 2022
The Latina/o/x Studies (LATS) Program wishes you a happy Latina/o/x Heritage Month!  From today, September 15, through October 15, UIOWA and the Latino Native American Cultural Center (LNACC) will be holding a variety of fun gatherings, thought-provoking talks, and celebrations of Latina/o/x culture and excellence. Click for details!

LATS Instructor Lina-Maria Murillo Featured in Publications Analyzing Effects of Dobbs Decision

Friday, September 2, 2022
In the wake of the landmark Dobbs decision by the Supreme Court this June, many are asking what the effects will be on maternal and reproductive health care, racial and gender equality, voter motivations and turnout, and more. LATS instructor Dr. Lina-Maria Murillo has contributed her expertise on the issue in two prominent publications.

Latina/o/x Studies Faculty Are Featured Panelists for Ana Mendieta Film & Discussion, "The Nature Inside"

Latina/o/x Studies-affiliated faculty, Dr. Elizabeth Rodriguez Fielder and Dr. Claire Fox, were featured panelists at the April 21, 2022 film screening and discussion, "Ana Mendieta: The Nature Inside."