UW-Green Bay wins second Latino grant: The Culture of Fusion

Associate Prof. Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz of Humanistic Studies shares word of a sizeable grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council to help fund “The Culture of Fusion” project organized by UW-Green Bay. The $10,000 award will support activities during the first half of calendar year 2016, including:

  • A concert and lecture on Latin Jazz with Chilean saxophonist Aníbal Rojas and UWGB faculty members Adam Gaines and Clif Ganyard
  • A talk and performance by Dominican singer/songwriter Roxiny, fusing Latin sensibilities with a global electro/dream pop aesthetic
  • A special screening of the new documentary “Rubble Kings” followed by a Q&A with director Shan Nicholson in which he’ll talk about the ways that the rise of hip-hop defused the street gang anarchy that defined the South Bronx through much of the 1970s
  • A presentation on urban planning, food sustainability and the heterogeneity of Peruvian cuisine (along with a cooking demo and the screening of Finding Gastón) hosted by architect and planner Manuel de Rivero, a founding member of the urban think tank Supersudaca and professor at the Catholic University of Peru.

Saxton-Ruiz says the second-semester events will be a logical extension of this fall’s “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” programming, funded by a separate $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. “Our thought is that after the community has had an opportunity to learn about the historical background of the various Latino groups who have immigrated to the United States, we would now explore personal stories expressed in music… in the culinary arts… and in art.” (Also among the spring programs will be a previously scheduled youth workshop on Latin American and Latino painting and collage art to be led by Cuban artist Eduin Fraga.) “The unifying element,” Saxton-Ruiz says, “is that all of these diverse manifestations of culture have in common the idea of fusion, or how the contact of different groups creates new cultural expressions. It is our hope that the community members will then get inspired to reflect on, create and/or seek out local and regional examples of new cultural forms whether they’re Latino-influenced or not.”

Reminder: Series continues with Peruvian author’s talk on ‘New Latinos’


The campus/community series “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” continues with the screening of another film segment and a talk by Peruvian-born author Marie Arana at 6 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 21) in the Christie Theatre. “The New Latinos” is the topic. Wednesday’s event is the third in this year’s “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” series organized by UW-Green Bay in conjunction with the American Library Association and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

The ‘New Latinos’ will be topic Oct. 21


The campus/community series “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” continues this week with the screening of another film segment and a talk by a Peruvian-born author who will facilitate discussion during a program beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 21) in the Christie Theatre of the University Union. “The New Latinos” is the topic of the guest speaker Marie Arana, a native of Lima, Peru, and the daughter of a Peruvian father and American mother. Her memoir, Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood, was a finalist in various book competitions. The talk is the third in this year’s “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” series organized by UW-Green Bay in conjunction with the American Library Association and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

Latino American series resumes with Thursday visit by Ohio State prof


The series “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” continues this week with the screening of another film segment and a talk by Ohio State University history professor Lilia Fernández, who will facilitate discussion during a program beginning at 6 p.m. this Thursday (Oct. 1) in Theatre Hall 210. Fernández’s research interests include history, immigration, race and ethnic identity formation, urban renewal and gentrification, and women’s history. Her book Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2012), documents the overlapping migrations of the late 1940s. Fernández will talk about her experience and introduce the one-hour “War and Peace” episode of the 2013 PBS documentary Latino Americans, followed by Q&A. Thursday’s free public program is the second in this year’s “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” series organized by UW-Green Bay in conjunction with the American Library Association and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

Sept. 24 event features Chicano scholar’s talk on Latino American history

“Latino American: 500 Years of History, Pride and Prejudice” featuring guest speaker Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez is the program set for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Neville Public Museum in downtown Green Bay. Vaquera-Vásquez, a Chicano writer and professor of Hispanic Southwest Studies at the University of New Mexico, will present his research into US/Mexico border cultures. The program is free and open to the public. It kicks off the Latino Americans 500 Years of History series that UWGB will be hosting in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities grant and the American Library Association.