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November 18, 2015

Julie Weise (History) publishes Corazón de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910

Julie Weise’s new book on Mexicanos in the South has just been released by University of North Carolina Press. Julie Weise is an assistant professor in the UO Department of History and a faculty member associated with LAS and CLLAS.

Corazón de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910, by Julie M. Weise (November 2015, University of North Carolina Press) 358 pp., published with support provided by the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas; David J. Weber Series in the New Borderlands History.

When Latino migration to the U.S. South became increasingly visible in the 1990s, observers and advocates grasped for ways to analyze “new” racial dramas in the absence of historical reference points. However, as this book is the first to comprehensively document, Mexicans and Mexican Americans have a long history of migration to the U.S. South. Corazón de Dixie recounts the untold histories of Mexicanos’ migrations to New Orleans, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, and North Carolina as far back as 1910. It follows Mexicanos into the heart of Dixie, where they navigated the Jim Crow system, cultivated community in the cotton fields, purposefully appealed for help to the Mexican government, shaped the southern conservative imagination in the wake of the civil rights movement, and embraced their own version of suburban living at the turn of the twenty-first century.

Rooted in U.S. and Mexican archival research, oral history interviews, and family photographs, Corazón de Dixie unearths not just the facts of Mexicanos’ long-standing presence in the U.S. South but also their own expectations, strategies, and dreams.weise_corazon_PB-199x300


September 25, 2013

10.24.13 “From Silence to Memory: Archives and Human Rights in Guatemala and Beyond”

“From Silence to Memory: Archives and Human Rights in Guatemala and Beyond”

University of Oregon, October 24, 2013

In 2005, a massive amount of documentation belonging to the former Guatemalan National Police was discovered. Among other types of data, it contained invaluable information on systematic human rights violations during the 36-year civil war that ravaged that country. The National Police Historical Archive (AHPN) has become a central piece in the efforts to find truth, justice, and reconciliation in Guatemala, and its work is attracting world-wide attention from archivists, librarians, scholars, activists, and human rights organizations.

The University of Oregon is proud to announce the publication of the English translation of the report From Silence to Memory. Revelations of the AHPN, originally published in Spanish in 2011, and to present the premiere of a documentary on the AHPN produced by Gabriela Martínez (UO School of Journalism and Communication), that tells the amazing story of this archive. A stellar line-up of speakers will highlight the importance of the work conducted by the AHPN and will reflect on the connections between the preservation of archives, the construction of collective memories, and the fostering of a culture of human rights in Guatemala and elsewhere.


3:00-4:00 p.m. Knight Library Browsing Room

“‘From Silence to Memory’: Revelations of the Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional.”

Chair: Stephanie Wood (University of Oregon)


Jean Franco (Columbia University)

Gustavo Meoño (National Police Historical Archive, Guatemala)

Kent Norsworthy (University of Texas, Austin)

4:00-5:00 p.m., Knight Library Browsing Room

Philip H. Knight Dean of Libraries Distinguished Lecture

“The Role of Archives in Strengthening Democracy and Promoting Human Rights.”

Trudy Peterson, consulting archivist and former Acting Archivist of the United States.

5:00-6:00 p.m., Reception in Knight Library Browsing Room

6:00-7:30 p.m., 221 Allen Hall

Presentation of the documentary Keep Your Eyes On Guatemala by Gabriela Martínez (Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon)

Introductory remarks by Peter Laufer, James Wallace Chair in Journalism

Screening of documentary

Q&A with film director and other guests.

These events are sponsored by the University of Oregon Libraries, the Network Startup Resource Center, the Latin American Studies Program, the School of Journalism and Communication, and the Oregon Humanities Center