Friday, May 14, 2010

The Restoration: Chicano Osmosis and Rita Hayworth from VIOLENCE AND THE BODY

I am in the process of restoring files that were massacred when I stepped down as webmaster of, Fall 2009--two are now available again: English 606a: Osmosis, Fracture, and Desire in the Chicana/o Novel (hit the image, opposite) and "When Electrolysis Proxies for the Existential" from Violence and the Body for Indiana University Press (click on lovely Rita, above).

The Chicana/o novel seminar eventually morphed into the xicanosmosis section of Tex[t]-Mex; the Rita piece similarly found its final form in Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America.


Two more restorations, "'Pee-wee Watching" and "Artif[r]acture," are live here.

My First Official Art Show | San Ysidro | theFront | May 2010

Guillermo Nericcio García

more info soon!

It's Coming! Eyegiene | a new rasquache portal from William A. Nericcio and Guillermo Nericcio García

It's coming:

Homeboy Industries Needs Your Help!

Carlos Avila, Chicano film maestro extraordinaire, writes in with this cool appeal:
From: Carlos Avila
Date: Fri, 14 May 2010 12:04:11 EDT
Subject: Homeboy Industries

Dear Friends:

I don't know if you saw today's L.A. Times article about
Father Greg Boyle and HOMEBOY INDUSTRIES... But they are struggling financially to stay afloat (hit the image opposite).

Consider making a small donation to this great organization. On the Homeboy website they have their VIRTUAL CAR WASH fundraising effort... If you're so inclined to make a small donation please do so... Here's the link. You can make a donation and watch
the short video that explains what they do at...

Thanks for considering this... Help the homeboys and


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Rudy Acuña on Arizona's anti-Ethnic Studies Initiative

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights Weighs in on Arizona

Lewis Black Outs Glenn Beck on NAZI Rhetoric!

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Back in Black - Glenn Beck's Nazi Tourette's
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTea Party

gracias to maria carla sanchez, profe-extraordinaire, for sharing this video!

Arnold Weighs in on Arizona

More Luchador Fun!

Italian American / Mexican American Solidarity! Spread the Word! Anthony Tamburri on Arizona

Anthony Tamburri, a dear friend, remarkable scholar, and the head of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute holds forth on the dangers of what passes for "progress" in the state of Arizona; his heady words are a necessary reminder of growing dangers in these days of change:

While one might “rationalize” (NOT condone) certain consequences of the Smith Act of 1940, which, in 1941, ultimately designated citizens of Germany, Italy, and Japan “enemy aliens” in this country (my grandmother being one of them), the more recent bill passed and signed into law yesterday in Arizona is ever so complexing, especially in this global world, in 2010. Indeed, given that this comes on the heels of another Arizona bill of three weeks ago, one might sarcastically muse, what’s in the water out there…

As stated in the LA Times, the bill basically “bans schools from teaching classes designed for students of a particular ethnic group.” Arizona’s State Supt. of Public Instruction, Tom Horne, sees the bill as targeting Chicano and/or Mexican-American studies programs in the Tucson school district.

Why should we care, beyond, of course, the general issues of human decency? Many of us in Italian-American studies, at various levels and to varied degrees, have and continue to campaign for Italian and Italian-American courses to be part of the curricula in the public school districts in which we live, as well as at the college/university level. Such a bill, as the one Arizona Gov. Brewer has signed, would disallow such campaigns. Such a bill, in retrospect, would have disallowed the momentous Italian-American curriculum that was spearheaded in the 1980s by then First Lady Matilda Cuomo (Italian Americans-Looking Back-Moving Forward, published by the New York State Education Department in 1992), as well as the equally impressive New Jersey Italian and Italian American Heritage Commission’s curriculum (K-12) that is currently being used in numerous school districts across the Hudson.

We will have more to say about this in the coming days. Stay tuned to this list-serve, Italics2.0, , and here on YouTube.
Alla riscossa,

Anthony Julian Tamburri, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean

Huge Abrazos to Anthony and his colleagues for the love, for the solidarity!

Here's Tamburri in a recent videocast:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mexicans in Danish Eyes

Flies, tequila, etc. No surprises--excellent new work by talented illustrators; however, in the idea department, perhaps the duo was coasting on stereotypes? Perhaps. You think?

This story, also off of, is more better. Hit the piñata for the scoop.

Arizona, Setting the Trend!

Thanks to Lalo Alacraz and Gustavo Arellano for the headsup on this...

Next up? Women's Studies? Ethnic Studies Erased in Arizona

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sammy Sosa! The NEXT Michael Jackson or Another Chapter in the History of Skin in America


Guanabee and Anyguey are ALL over this...


Startling new developments from the world of skin-adjustment, self-loathing, and re-invention, Sammy Sosa-style. Hit the image opposite for the story.

They Came to Cordura: Cool RITA HAYWORTH Poster Auction at Heritage

Xicanosmosis: A is for Aztecs in Atomic Armour Attacking Anomalous Amphibians

Richard Dominguez, Radical Latino Tech Guru from UCSD in the LA TIMES

thanks the Michael Wyatt Harper for the headsup on the Times' story--as with most posts on this blog, hit the image for the link...

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