Monday, February 01, 2010

“Forbidden Language” event at the CSRC

The UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) and the Civil Rights Project / Proyecto Derechos Civiles invite you to a discussion and book signing for:

Forbidden Language: English Learners and Restrictive Language Policies (Teachers College Press), with the editors Dr. Patricia Gándara, Professor of Education and Co-director of The Civil Rights Project, and Megan Hopkins, PhD Candidate in Education.

DATE: Wednesday, February 3, 2010

TIME: 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: UCLA – Moore Hall 3340 (Reading Room)

Lunch will be served; seating is limited! RSVP Preferred:

Forbidden Language examines the effects of restrictive language policies for students and teachers in California, Arizona, and Massachusetts. The book focuses on the actual outcomes for students and teachers in these three states where the policies have been adopted. Dr. Concepción Valadez, Professor of Education, will serve as a mediator and critic.

To learn more about the CSRC, visit its website, Wikipedia page, Facebook or email them at

◙ In today’s Los Angeles Times, Dennis McLellan offers an eloquent obituary for that giant of Chicano/a letters, Luis Leal, who passed away on January 25 at the age of 102. A gravesite service will be held today at 3:00 p.m. at Goleta Cemetary, 44 S. San Antonio Road, Goleta. Plans for a memorial at UC Santa Barbara are pending.

◙ The new issue of Somos Primos is now live online. Edited by Mimi Lozano, Somos Primos is "Dedicated to Hispanic Heritage and Diversity Issues" and is published by the Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research. Check out book news in the new issue.

◙ Don’t forget to check out the latest news and literary offerings on And you can become a writer for LatinoLA, too!

Sarah Cortez and Arte Público Press have put out a call for submissions for a Latino/a fiction anthology of original mystery fiction for the YA reader. This volume, tentatively entitled You Don’t Have A Clue, will feature all types of mystery short stories. There will be stories guaranteed to pull in the reluctant reader and stories to delight the high school student gearing up for admissions tests. A Teacher’s Guide will facilitate classroom use by teachers and library media specialists. For more information and guidelines, visit here.

◙ On February 4, 2010, 7:00 p.m., I will be reading and signing my new short-story collection, Anywhere But L.A. (Bilingual Press), at Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101. Phone: 626-449-5320. I’ve been having a wonderful time making appearances with this new collection. I want to thank everyone who has shown up and participated. More events are planned including at the REDCAT Lounge and Metropolis Books. To keep abreast of events, visit here. More appearances are being planned.

◙ That’s all for this Monday. In the meantime, enjoy the intervening posts from mis compadres y comadres here on La Bloga. And remember: ¡Lea un libro!

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