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Message from the Director

Dear AISC friends and family,

Wishing you all a great close to the quarter and a wonderful holiday season. We look forward to seeing you at our exciting Winter and Spring events, as we head into our 50th anniversary year!

Please scroll down to register for our film festival on February 1st. We hope to see you there!

We would like to introduce Carlie Domingues as the new Book Review Editor for the AISC Publications unit. Carlie is a first-year MA student at UCLA. Welcome Carlie! We’re happy to have her on board.

Warm regards,
Shannon Speed
Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center


Thank you Dr. Stephanie Gilbert!


As of December 5, Dr. Stephanie Gilbert left UCLA after she completed her Postdoctoral Indigenous Fulbright program at UCLA. Dr. Gilbert was a wonderful addition to AISC while she was here and brought smiles to everyone there. We will miss her!

Dr. Gilbert will return to Australia and continue her work in Indigenous higher education.




Save the Date: Institute of American Cultures Film Festival, February 1, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

UCLA James West Alumni Center
325 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles

In 2019, the UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC) and its four ethnic studies centers — American Indian Studies Center, Asian American Studies Center, Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, and Chicano Studies Research Center — will celebrate five decades of producing ground-breaking knowledge of the changing social and cultural realities in America.

The year-long celebration will open with a film festival featuring thought-provoking and entertaining films made by UCLA alumni that tackle cultural and social justice issues from unique perspectives. Q&A sessions with the films’ writers, directors or producers will follow, and participants can enjoy ethnic food, entertainment, and a chance to mingle with filmmakers.

The feature presentation is the award-winning film “Selena(1997), the true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to create top albums on the Latin music charts.Directed by Gregory Nava ’71, MFA ’76, the film stars singer/actress Jennifer Lopez in her breakout role for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination, as well as Edward James Olmos and Jon Seda. Guest speaker will be award-winning Producer Moctesuma Esparza ’71 and MFA ‘73, named one of the 50 most powerful and influential Latinos by The Imagen Foundation.

Other films to be screened include:

Asian American Studies Center
“Cruisin’ J-Town” (1974) This documentary by Duane Kubo follows the formation of the popular jazz fusion band, Hiroshima, in the late 70s. Includes a lively cross-cultural jam session between the band and the Chicano performing arts group, El Teatro Campesino.
Speaker: Director Duane Kubo
“My Name is Asiroh” (2013) A young girl named Asiroh is bullied in school about her unusual name and wants to change it.
Speaker: Writer/Director Asiroh Cham ’04, MFA ‘12

American Indian Studies Center
“On and Off the Rez with Charlie Hill” (1999) This inspiring and thought-provoking documentary by Sandra Osawa uses humor to challenge racism about Native people in America while profiling renowned American Indian comedian Charlie Hill’s life and rise in comedy. Stars Charlie Hill, Will Rogers, Steve Allen, Dick Gregory, Floyd Westerman and others.
Speaker: Director Sandra Osawa (Makah Tribe) MFA program 1970s

Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies
Bless Their Little Hearts”(1983) Part of the vibrant New Wave of independent African American filmmakers to emerge in the 1970s and 1980s including director Billy Woodberry, Charles Burnett (“Killer of Sheep), Haile Gerima (“Sankofa”) and Julie Dash (“Daughters of the Dust”), this story chronicles the devastating toll that joblessness takes on a married couple and their children.
Speakers: Dominic Taylor and Ellen C. Scott, faculty in the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

Chicano Studies Research Center
“Requiem-29” (1971) Riveting footage of the August 29, 1970, National Chicano Moratorium civil rights and anti-war protest in Los Angeles which attracted 50,000 Chicanos and led to a riot, inhumane treatment by police, and the death of Los Angeles Times journalist Ruben Salazar.
Speaker: Producer Moctesuma Esparza ’71, MFA ’73 Esparza is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, entrepreneur and activist renowned for his contributions to the movie industry and commitment to Latinos. He is regarded as one of the most influential Latinos in the U.S. for the past three decades.
“Chicana” (1979) Considered the first major feminist Chicana documentary, depicting the contributions of women as workers, mothers, activists, educators, leaders, and other roles, despite their generally oppressed status in Latino culture.
Speaker: Director/Writer/Producer Sylvia Morales ’72, MFA ‘79


Ticket registration. For more information, please visit or contact Sophia Fischer,, (310) 825-6515.


AICRJ Call for Editor in Chief

The American Indian Culture and Research Journal is seeking applicants for its Editor-in-Chief position.

Key qualities and qualifications sought include an established record of scholarship in the field; managerial skills to oversee the editorial cycle and meet deadlines; the ability to recruit quality manuscripts; the ability to attract respected experts to the editorial board; the ability to work in a publishing team; and interest in, and capacity for, reimagining the journal in a shifting American Indian Studies and ethnic studies publishing environment. Applicants should have editorial or other experience with organizing and promoting research (e.g., conference or symposium organizing, leadership in research collaboration and dissemination). Applicants should be tenured members of the UCLA faculty and will work collaboratively with the editorial board, the American Indian Studies Center Director, and the AISC Faculty Advisory Committee.

The editor serves for three years. There may be flexibility in the editorship structure (e.g., a co-editorship, or a structure of overlapping incoming/current/outgoing editors).
For more information on the journal and editorial duties, see below and also:
The editorship begins in fall 2019.

TO APPLY: Applications should include a CV and one-page Statement of Purpose, to be sent by January 7 to:

Jamie Chan, Management Services Officer
UCLA American Indian Studies Center
3220 Campbell Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: 310-206-4380

Questions about the position may be addressed to the search committee: Jessica Cattelino, chair (; Pamela Grieman (; Paul Kroskrity (, and Ananda Marin (

TO NOMINATE A COLLEAGUE: If you would like to nominate someone for the editorship, please send the name, email address, and brief description of qualifications to Jamie Chan (see above).

For more information, visit:


IAC 2019–20 Visting Researcher Fellowship Program: Applications Now Opened!

The Institute of American Cultures offers in-residence appointments to support research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicanas/os. We especially encourage applications that advance our understanding of new social and cultural realities occasioned by the dramatic population shifts of recent decades, including greater heterogeneity within ethnic groups and increased interethnic contact.

The 2019–2020 IAC Visiting Research Scholar will receive funding for one or more quarters and may receive up to $35,000 for three quarters (contingent upon rank, experience, and date of completion of their terminal degree). In the event that an award is for less than three quarters or a nine-month appointment, the funds will be prorated in accordance with the actual length of the award. The Visiting Research Scholar must have a home institution. The Visiting Research Scholar funds will be paid through their home institution and will be expected to continue their health insurance through that source. These funds can be used to supplement sabbatical support for the total that does not exceed the candidate’s current institutional salary. Awardees may receive up to $4,000 in research support. The Bunche Center for African American Studies will not have a Visiting Scholar this academic year.

Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and hold a Ph.D. from an accredited college or university (or, in the case of the arts, an appropriate terminal degree) in a relevant field at the time of appointment. UCLA faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students are not eligible to apply.

Applications are available November 1, 2018. Completed applications must be received by 11:59 pm January 10, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified in March.

Application is available online at:


IAC 2019–20 Research Grants: Applications Now Opened!

The Institute of American Cultures (IAC) invites applications for support of research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicanas/os for 2019–2020. The Institute also invites proposals on interethnic relations that will increase collaboration between the Centers and/or between the Centers and other campus units.

Eligibility Requirements:
UCLA faculty, staff, graduate students, and IAC Visiting Scholars.

Funding: The Research Grant Program is on a reimbursement basis only. Funds for the purchase of permanent equipment will be provided only under exceptional circumstances. Conference travel, whether the applicant is presenting or attending, is not reimbursable.

Grant Period: July 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020.

Deadline: Applications are available November 1, 2018 and must be received by 11:59 p.m., March 1, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified in May.
Prior to submission of the application, applicants should briefly discuss their proposal with the Coordinator of the appropriate Center, or in the case of interethnic proposals, with each applicable Center. All grant recipients, where appropriate, must comply with UCLA’s Protection of Human Subjects in Research before receiving funding.

To Apply: Application is available online at:


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