Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Resistencia--Red Salmon Arts Fundraiser & Events

Please Join Us for a Fundraiser for Red Salmon Arts: Transformations/Transformaciones
6 pm, Saturday, August 2, 2014 

Resistencia Bookstore
4926 E. César Chávez St. Unit C1
Austin, Tejas 78702
A Reading by
Liliana Valenzuela, Author of Codex of Journeys/Bendito Camino
& A Reading by
ire’ne lara silva, Author of Flesh To Bone
Recipient of the 2013 Premio Aztlán
with Fandango Tejas
Suggested Donation: $7 Chalupa Plate (2 Chalupas with All the Fixings + Side of Rice) 
$2 Raspas ∙ $1 Sodas/Waters Also Available
city of austin tca.jpgThis project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Austincid:32E4D2AF-A0A7-4C57-A708-11FCB06CCDCB
 through the Cultural Arts Division believing an investment
 in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.
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7 pm Saturday, 9 August 2014

Red Salmon Arts Presents
The Possibilities of Mud:  A Reading and Book Signing with Poet Joe Jiménez 

Joe Jiménez is the 2012 recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Poetry Prize and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. Jiménez is the author of The Possibilities of Mud (Korima Press, 2014). He lives in San Antonio, Texas. For more information, visit

The Possibilities of Mud roots down in the Texas Gulf. In league with the deer of the arroyos and the heron like the pelican and the dunlin, Jiménez makes stays of the other Gulf animals of the mud-flat world, holds, in a time of grief. The cattle egret is a golden life as much as she is white— each creature: a lesson in how to let the world be enough. For Jiménez, as sanderling is to speaker, crane is to reader. These poems touch the world not to take from it but to know it, to belong to it more fully. There is the long song of grief, and there’s praise, too. At once in mourning and in worship, he’s said his beloved is the larger body of the world, where we hear Mary Oliver, and in his narrative movements, there is Mark Doty. As Jiménez renders the violent end to a long relationship, he makes notations for a praise song, prayers toward how to go on.
New & Recent Titles:
Red Medicine:  Traditional Indigenous Rites of Birthing and Healing by Patrisia Gonzales {University of Arizona Press}
The Right to Stay Home:  How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration by David Bacon {Beacon}
Puro Conjunto edited by Juan Tejada & Avelarado Valdez {UT Press}
Las niñas:  A Collection of Childhood Memories by Sarah Rafael García {Floricanto Press}
Indio Trails by raúlrsalinas {Wings Press}
The Making of a Human Bomb: An Ethnography of Palestinian Resistance  by Nasser Abufarha {Duke Univ. Press}
Austin's Rosewood Neighborhood by Jane H. Rivera and Gilberto C. Rivera {Arcadia Publishing}
Outlaw Woman:  A  Memoir of  War Years, 1960-1975 by Roxanne  Dunbar-Ortiz {University of Oklahoma Press}
A Journey Around our America: A Memoir on Cycling, Immigration, and the Latinozation of the US by Louis G. Mendoza {UT Press}
Brazos, Carry Me by Pablo Miguel Martinez {Korima Press}
The Black Panther Suite: All Power to the People!  music-video performance DVD: music & concept by Fred Ho/ Art by Paul Chan {Big Red Media}
Levante/Get Up (CD) by Krudas Cubensi
Altepee  (CD) Son Jarocho desde Veracruz, Mexico
Lyrical Lessons (CD) by The Cipher
Anne Braden: Southern Patriot (DVD) a film by Anne Lewis & Mimi Pickering

Resistencia Bookstore:
a liberated space for independent thinking, community building, and creative & revolutionary vision
New Location: 4926 East César Chávez St., Unit C1, Austin, Tejas 78702
Please make sure to park in the rear of the lot and
enter through the second door of the lime green house from the front.
All Events are Free Unless Indicated and Open to the Public

Rapoport Center Working Paper Series: Working Paper Series Publishes Two Papers

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Working Paper Series Publishes Two Papers

We are pleased to announce the publication of two new papers via the Rapoport Center Working Paper Series. Details on each can be found below. To read and comment on the papers, please visit the WPS website or hit the links below. Enjoy!
Aziz Rana, “Constitutionalism and the Foundations of the Security State”

Scholars often argue that the culture of American constitutionalism provides an important constraint on aggressive national security practices. This article challenges the conventional account by highlighting instead how modern constitutional reverence emerged in tandem with the national security state, functioning critically to reinforce and legitimate government power rather than simply to place limits on it. This unacknowledged security origin of today’s constitutional climate speaks to a profound ambiguity in the type of public culture ultimately promoted by the Constitution. Scholars are clearly right to note that constitutional loyalty has created political space for arguments more respectful of civil rights and civil liberties, making the very worst excesses of the past less likely. But at the same time, public discussion around protecting the Constitution – and with it a distinctively American way of life – has also served as a key justification for strengthening the government’s security infrastructure over the long run.

In this paper, Rana argues that in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, significant popular skepticism actually existed concerning the basic legitimacy of the Constitution. But against the backdrop of World War I and the Russian Revolution, a combination of corporate, legal, and military elites initiated a concerted campaign to establish constitutional support as the paramount prerequisite of loyal citizenship. Crucially, such elites viewed the entrenchment of constitutional commitment as fundamentally a national security imperative; they called for dramatically and permanently extending the reach of the federal government’s coercive apparatus. In the process, defenders of the Constitution reproduced many of the practices we most associate with extremism and wartime xenophobia: imposed deference and ideological uniformity, appeals to exceptionalism and cultural particularity, militarism, and political repression. Moreover, the problem with such World War I origins for today’s constitutional climate is not simply that of a troubling but distant past. Rather, the foundations developed nearly a century ago continue to intertwine constitutional attachment with the prerogatives of the national security state in ways that often go unnoticed – emphasizing the real difficulties of separating the liberal and illiberal dimensions of American constitutional culture.

Aziz Rana is an Associate Professor of Law at Cornell University Law School. His research interests include American constitutional law and political development, with a particular focus on citizenship, national security, and immigration. He is the author of The Two Faces of American Freedom (Harvard University Press, 2010). His current book project, No Other Gods: Security, Citizenship, and the Victory of Constitutional Patriotism, examines how emerging constitutional veneration in the mid-twentieth century, especially in relation to national security imperatives, helped shape popular politics. Rana was an Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fellow in Law at Yale University. He holds an A.B. from Harvard University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, where his dissertation was awarded the Charles Sumner Prize.
Dorothy Estrada-Tanck, “Human Security and Women’s Human Rights: Reinforcing Protection in the Context of Violence Against Women” 

Considering the human security approach to critical risks and vulnerabilities, this paper explores violence against women as one of the most pervasive and widespread threats worldwide. While there is a general understanding that the human security analysis and the human rights legal framework intersect, so far the ways in which the two concepts can mutually reinforce each other has rarely been assessed. Thus, this paper looks more closely at the UN conception of human security in relation specifically to violence against women. It reflects critically on how a gendered human security would have to be shaped and studies its connection with human rights, covering the UN and regional normative landscapes and reviewing paradigmatic cases by the Inter-American and European Courts of Human Rights as exemplifying some of the potentials of the human security-human rights symbiosis. The concept of violence against women, strongly developed by international human rights law, has seldom been contemplated explicitly in human security concerns of violence. This text then examines the consequences of applying a human security lens to the legal analysis of violence against women and their human rights, and of including the human rights definition of violence against women within the human security sphere. In doing so, it spells out the added value of this dialogue and brings to light the synergies between human security and the human rights of women experiencing structural vulnerability in everyday life.

Dorothy Estrada-Tanck earned her PhD in Law from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She holds an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and a law degree from Escuela Libre de Derecho (Mexico City). Dorothy has worked in the field of human rights in the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Mexico City Commission of Human Rights, and as consultant with UN Women and the Mexican Supreme Court.
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Call for Papers: Disability Studies: Cultural Geographies without Hierarchy

Disability Studies: Cultural Geographies without Hierarchy

The College English Association—Caribbean Chapter, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English, welcomes proposals for presentations (20-minute papers) for our 2015 annual conference which will be held at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez  on 12-13 March 2015. The topic is Disability StudiesWe welcome papers that investigate the cultural, social and political interactions of the humanities (arts, language and literature) and technology, as they relate to the conceptualizing Dis/Ability.

This conference looks at Horizontal Cultural Geography as an objective of Disability Study. Using a broad definition of “Ability,” this scholarly meeting will examine tracts from Literature, Linguistics, the Arts, Philosophy, and other Humanistic disciplines, investigating how writers and artists use aesthetics to construct meaning and conceptualize Dis/Abilities. In doing so, papers may examine the many social and economic, psychological and physiological, political and historical forces that influence, and sometimes constrain, our senses of Dis/Ability.

We welcome 100-word abstracts in all areas of Disability Studies, as individual papers or panels of 2-4 scholars. We offer the following possible topics to promote interdisciplinary perspectives and collaboration:

Independence, Rights, and Citizenship
Normalcy, Ability, and Diversity
Culture, Sports, Arts
Disability in the Global South
Dis/Ability Technologies
Crime, Abuse, Trauma
Politics and Politicking
Disability in diverse media and technology
Pedagogy and Digital Education
Trauma Studies
Institutional Hierarchies and disability
(Ab)Normalizing Literature, Art, and Thought
Forging New Realities Through Activism and Awareness
Mental Illness and Creativity

Please submit an abstract of up to 100 words in the body of an e-mail (not an attachment) by 30 September 2014, to:

All accepted presenters are required to become members of the Caribbean Chapter of the College English Association. Conference registration and lunch is included in the membership fee. For more information, please visit:


We are pleased to invite you and your institution to participate in our OXFORD EDUCATION RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM, which will be held 11, 12 and 13 December at the Rhodes House and at the Oxford Union in Oxford, UK.
 You are invited to present a paper on an aspect of education research, or you may wish to attend as an observer. The Oxford Conference is the 5th Oxford Education Research Symposium.
 Notations for the Oxford 2014 meeting are:
* Papers presented 
will be subsequently peer reviewed by external
readers for inclusion in Symposium books or journal articles.
* Focus on educational excellence emphasizing best practices in
teaching, learning, and training.
* Leading edge studies in accountability and evaluation of
* Latest in the Education Reform Movement.
* Evaluation methods to improve student outcomes.
* School efficiency and accountability through performance
* Improving school quality through effective supervision.
* Scientific evidence for quality teaching.

Major fields included are: Administration and Leadership, Secondary Instruction, Assessment and Evaluation, Early Childhood Education, Language Arts and Literacy Education, Economics of Education, School Governance, Financing Education, Systems, Special Education, and Pedagogy. The listing is not intended to be exhaustive. Please also see our list of suggested topics.
Sincerely yours,

Lydia Allen

The Decline of the Middle Classes Around the World? Segovia, Spain September 28–30, 2014

The Decline of the Middle Classes
Around the World?

Segovia, Spain
September 28–30, 2014

In the wake of the 2008/2009 financial crisis have come increasing concerns that we may be witnessing the decline of the middle classes around the world. The forces underlying this uneasiness, of course, were at work before the crisis, but it seems to have hastened and aggravated their impact. Is the decades-long period of relative middle-class affluence at an end? Or will current difficulties pass as national economies strengthen?

In order to explore these and related issues, the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), the University of Maryland School of Public Policy (UMD), and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) will hold a conference in Segovia, Spain, September 29–30, 2014. An opening reception will take place the evening of September 28

The conference is designed to attract a worldwide audience, including academics and professionals from universities, think tanks, government agencies, nonprofits, and the private sector.
Conference schedule:
Listed below are some highlights from the conference. View the complete agenda here.
Keynote addresses:
Amitai Etzioni, University Professor and Professor of International Affairs; Director, Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., “The social and political consequences of the coming big disruption: The second digital revolution”

Georg Fischer, Director for Analysis, Evaluation, External Relations, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission, "European labour markets in (the) crisis: Is there light at the end of the tunnel?” 

Dimitris Kyriakou, Chief Economist, European Commission's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, “A rude awakening for the middle class: systemic features of the debt crisis in the eurozone and the road(s) ahead”

Antonio López Peláez, Professor, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia; Editor, Comunitania: International Journal of Social Work and Social Science, “Labor, health and middle classes: Do young Spaniards have to jeopardize their health to find a job?”

José Antonio Martínez Alvarez, General Director of Fiscal Studies Institute, Madrid, “Has the recession caused the decline of the middle class in Spain? A comparative study with other European countries”

Kumar Venkatesh, Professor and Chairperson, Centre for Public Policy and Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, “Aspirational middle class, neoliberalism, and democratic politics in India”
The Middle Class: Who are they, where did they go, and why does it matter?
            Moderator: David Johnson, Chief Economist, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
Panel members:
Marco Mira d'Ercole, Head of the Division for Household Statistics and Progress Measurement, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Brian Nolan, Director of Employment, Equity and Growth Programme and Professor of Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, Oxford University
Sagrario Segado Sánchez-Cabezudo, Director, Gregorio Marañon Center, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia; English editor, Comunitania: International Journal of Social Work and Social Sciences
Timothy Smeeding, Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty; Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin

The future of workforce development programs in Latin America (Spanish-language panel)
            Moderator: Ariel Fiszbein, Program Director, Inter-American Dialogue
Panel members:
Angel Melguizo, Senior Economist, Development Center, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Silvia Montoya, Director General for Education Evaluation, Buenos Aires
Carmen Pagés-Serra, Chief of the Labor Markets and Social Security Unit, Inter-American Development Bank
Germán Ríos, Strategy Director, Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina, CAF
Alexandria Valerio, Senior Economist, World Bank

Skills that matter: What skills will be needed in the future (and how should we measure them)?
            Moderator: Ariel Fiszbein, Program Director, Inter-American Dialogue
Panel members:
Arup Banerji, Senior Director for Social Protection and Labor, World Bank
Mark Keese, Head of the Employment Analysis and Policy Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, TBC
Robert Lerman, Professor, Department of Economics, American University; Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
Carmen Pagés-Serra, Chief of the Labor Markets and Social Security Unit, Inter-American Development Bank

Editors’ panel
Chair: Douglas Besharov, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland; Chair, International Activities Committee, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management; Co-Editor, International Policy Exchange Series, Oxford University Press
Panel members:
Kenneth Couch, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Connecticut; Editor-designate, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
Neil Gilbert, Professor, School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley; Chair, Editorial Board,International Journal of Social Welfare
Traute Mayer, Professor of Social Policy, University of Southampton; Co-Editor, Journal of European Social Policy
Timothy Smeeding, Director, Institute for Research on Poverty; Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin; Co-Editor, Poverty and Income Distribution and Income Assistance SIRN        

Additional panels
Panel session topics will include the social and economic condition of the middle class in individual or groups of countries, and the contributing and countering factors to the social and economic condition of the middle class (such as macroeconomic policy, labor market conditions, family structure, work/family issues, demographics, immigration and migration, government cash transfer programs, social welfare, workforce development efforts, unemployment benefits, minimum wage policies, education, health, housing, pensions, disability, and public safety).

There will also be a Spanish-language track of panels.
Opening ceremony, followed by a cocktail reception
City tour of Segovia by bus
Visit to La Granja de San Ildefonso Gardens
Closing gala dinner
English will be the official language of the conference. There will also be a separate, Spanish language track of panels. Abstracts, papers, and presentations are expected to be delivered in English or Spanish.
Program committee:
See the list here.
Hotels and transportation:
More information about Segovia, accommodations, and transportation can be found here.
Conference registration:
Regular registration began on July 16, 2014 and will continue until September 9, 2014. There will also be on-site registration for the conference. Please see the table below for registration costs. Instructions for registering can be found at the APPAM website here.

Regular registration(by September 9)
On-Site registration
Student Members of APPAM
APPAM Members
All Others

For questions about abstracts (submitted to APPAM) and registration, please contact Jocelyn Mason of APPAM here.

For all other questions, please contact customer service here

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014



English Language Development with Content Expertise in an Area Common to K-12 Schools 

OAA Position Number: 15-16 TED-ENGLANGDEV-TT 

THE UNIVERSITY: California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) is known for award-winning programs, expert instruction, a diverse student body of over 14,000 students, and a choice of more than 100 career-focused fields of study. The University has campuses in Hayward, Contra Costa County, Online, and in Oakland, California. Our 600 faculty offer bachelor's degrees in 42 fields, minors in 62 fields, master’s degrees in 36 fields, and 1 doctoral degree program. 

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Teacher Education offers Multiple Subject Credentials and Single Subject Credentials in Art, English, History/Social Studies, Mathematics (All areas including advanced), Music, Physical Education, Science (General and Integrated) and LOTE. The Department offers a Masters of Science (MS) degree in Education with four options: Curriculum, Educational Technology Leadership, Reading Instruction, and Early Childhood Education. The mission of the Department is to prepare teachers who are committed to improving school practices for California’s diverse student populations and who can model such practices in their own classrooms. 

DUTIES OF THE POSITION: Teach courses in the Multiple Subject (elementary) and Single Subject (secondary) credential programs with an emphasis in English Language (EL) Development along with content expertise in at least one the following: science or STEM related fields; social studies; cross-cultural studies; educational technology; or languages other than English (LOTE) methods courses; and teach courses in the Research Sequence of the Department’s Master’s of Science (MS) in Education. Also, desirable would be the ability to teach courses in Educational Technology and Foundations courses. Assume roles and responsibilities as a member of the Department of Teacher Education. In addition to teaching, all faculty have advising responsibilities, assist the department with administrative and/or committee work, and are expected to assume campus-wide committee responsibilities. Teaching assignments at California State University, East Bay including courses at the Hayward, Concord and Online campuses, and may also include teaching responsibilities at School District partnership sites. 

RANK AND SALARY: This position is open at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank. Hiring classification and salary are dependent upon educational preparation and experience. Subject to budgetary authorization. 

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: Fall quarter, 2015 

QUALIFICATIONS: Doctorate in Education or related field, with a clear emphasis in English Language Development in combination with expertise in one of the following content areas: science or STEM related field; social studies, cross-cultural studies, educational technology; or languages other than English (LOTE). Also desirable: bilingual, and expertise in evaluation and assessment. We require at least three years experience in teaching K-12 students; at least one year must be in a public school setting. Expertise in the area of K-12 teaching methods as well as understanding of appropriate standards and their applications is desired. Must have demonstrated ability to teach, advise, and mentor students from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, with a strong commitment to social justice, 
educational equity, and access that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate a record of scholarly activity. This University is fully committed to the rights of students, staff and faculty with disabilities in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. For more information about the University’s program supporting the rights of our students with disabilities see: 

How to Apply: Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2014. Position open until filled. Please submit a letter of application, which addresses the qualifications noted in the position announcement; a complete and current vita; graduate transcripts; copies of major publications; and three letters of 
Recommendation to: Dr. Michele Korb, Chair, TED Search Committee at 

Please limit total submission to 2 MB. 

NOTE: California State University, East Bay hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All offers of employment are contingent upon presentation of documents demonstrating the appointee's identity and eligibility to work, in accordance with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. If you are considered as a finalist for the position, you may be subject to a background check. 

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, CSUEB does not discriminate on the basis of any protected categories: age, ancestry, citizenship, color, disability, gender, immigration status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. The University is committed to the principles of diversity in employment and to creating a stimulating learning environment for its diverse student body. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Concurso Fotográfico LASA2015 / Precariedades, exclusiones, emergencias

Concurso Fotográfico LASA2015 / Precariedades, exclusiones, emergencias

July 16, 2014 at 5:35pm
Concurso Fotográfico
LASA2015 / Precariedades, exclusiones, emergencias

La Asociación de Estudios Latinoamericanos- LASA les invita a enviar fotos que reflejen los conflictos sociales, culturales y educativos, así como la precarización de la vida en el siglo 21 en  América Latina. En particular, estamos interesados en imágenes que traduzcan al idioma visual los problemas sociales y laborales que afectan a los latinoamericanos, incluyendo exclusiones de clase, género,  identidad sexual, edad, y raza. También les animamos a enviar fotos que representen diversas formas de respuesta que surgen a partir de esos procesos políticos, económicos y culturales, por ejemplo las recientes protestas en Brasil, las manifestaciones estudiantiles contra la privatización de la educación pública, los movimientos sociales en contra de la crisis ambiental y de sus efectos en comunidades locales, etc.

La fotografía seleccionada será expuesta en el catálogo y App del Congreso "LASA2015 Precariedades, Exclusiones, Emergencias” y además en publicidad y afiches de LASA2015. El nombre de el/la fotógrafo/a seleccionado/a aparecerá junto a la imagen en el catálogo del programa y afiche.

  • Las fotografías presentadas deberán ser originales de autoría del participante y deberán tener los permisos correspondientes para utilizar la foto en el concurso.
  • Solo se admitirán fotografías  en formato digital  ya sean en color o en blanco y negro   
  • Cada participante podrá enviar un máximo de 3 fotografías. 
  • Las fotografías deberán tener una resolución de 300dpi, y  tener  al menos  tamaño de 21 cm.
Podrán participar fotógrafos aficionados o profesionales que sean mayores de 18 años.

Las fotografías deberán ser enviadas antes del 1 de diciembre del 2014  a Paloma Diaz (
Las fotografías deberán adjuntar la siguiente información (si  se envía más de una imagen, se debe incluir  información separada para cada imagen):
  • En la sección "Asunto" del correo electrónico escribir: Concurso Fotográfico LASA y su  nombre.
En el mensaje adjuntar lo siguiente:
  • Nombre y apellido del participante
  • Número de teléfono
  • Correo electrónico
  • Lugar y fecha de dónde fue tomada la fotografía
  • Breve reseña de la fotografía
El/la fotógrafo/a debe declarar que es el/la único/a titular de los derechos de propiedad intelectual y autoría sobre las fotografías presentadas y que otorga el permiso para publicar la imagen en el catálogo.

Para mayor informacion contactar a la Coordinadora de Redes Sociales de LASA Paloma Díaz-Lobos (University of Texas/Austin)