USLDH lanza conjunto de datos sobre mujeres

HOUSTON, TX- El Centro de Humanidades Digitales Latinas de los Estados Unidos (USLDH, por sus siglas en inglés) de la Universidad de Houston anuncia el lanzamiento de un vasto Conjunto de datos sobre autoras que publicaron en revistas y periódicos latinos de los Estados Unidos. Desde 1996, académicos y estudiantes de posgrado del programa Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage (Programa de recuperación del legado escrito hispano de de los Estados Unidos), también conocido como Recovery, han trabajado en la indizacación de periódicos a nivel de artículo para producir metadatos en inglés y español que faciliten a los investigadores la ardua labor de encontrar estos materiales. El resultado se refleja en varios conjuntos de datos que hablan de la diversidad de la vida cultural, política e intelectual de las comunidades atinas en los Estados Unidos. De las 288 publicaciones periódicas indizadas, este extenso conjunto de datos muestra la actividad de …

USLDH Releases Dataset on Women Writers

HOUSTON, TX–The University of Houston’s US Latino Digital Humanities Center (USLDH) announces the release of a comprehensive dataset on over 900 women authors. This dataset documents articles published by women in Hispanic periodicals. Since 1996 Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage (Recovery) scholars and graduate students have worked on indexing newspapers at an article level to produce metadata in English and Spanish to facilitate discoverability for researchers. The output is reflected in several datasets that speak of the diversity of the cultural, political and intellectual life of the Hispanic/Latina/Latino/Latinx community in the United States. This dataset, created from 288 indexed periodicals, demonstrates the activity of Hispanic women writers, including poetry, short stories, essays, serialized fiction, literary notices, speeches, travel writing, interviews and more. Among the writers included are feminists Clotilde Betances and Hortensia Elizondo, activists like Jovita Idar, anarchists such as Blanca de Moncaleano, and poets such as Elvira Yañez de …

Debut Collection Spotlighting Hispanic and Indigenous Peoples in the Southwest Wins Award

HOUSTON, TX—Oscar Mancinas’s evocative collection, To Live and Die in El Valle, has been awarded the 2021 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association. The thirteen thought-provoking stories highlight the struggles of Hispanic and indigenous people in Arizona whose lives are impacted by migration, systemic racism and settler colonialism. The Border Regional Library Association (BRLA) was founded in 1966 to promote library service and librarianship in the El Paso/Las Cruces/Ciudad Juárez metroplex. More than 100 library professionals from Trans-Pecos Texas, Southern New Mexico and Northern Chihuahua are members of the organization. The group created the Southwest Book Award in 1971 to recognize books about the region. Vividly depicting working-class communities, Oscar Mancinas creates characters whose lives are shaped by circumstances beyond their control, including migration and discrimination. His characters frequently struggle with a sense of belonging, and their stories eloquently illuminate Hispanic and indigenous experiences in the Southwest. …

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Amplify Your Library with Women Centric Writings   Chola Salvation by Estella Gonzalez In the title story of this collection, Isabela is minding her family’s restaurant, drinking her dad’s beer, when Frida Kahlo and the Virgen de Guadalupe walk in. Even though they’re dressed like cholas, the girl immediately recognizes Frida’s uni-brow and La Virgen’s crown. They want to give her advice about the quinceañera her parents are forcing on her. In fact, their lecture (don’t get pregnant, go to school, be proud of your indigenous roots) helps Isabela to escape her parents’ physical and sexual abuse. But can she really run away from the self-hatred they’ve created? These inter-related stories, mostly set in East Los Angeles, uncover the lives of a conflicted Mexican-American community. In “Sábado Gigante,” Bernardo drinks himself into a stupor every Saturday night. “Aquí no es mi tierra,” he cries, as he tries to ease the sorrow of a …

USLDH lanza conjunto de datos editoriales

HOUSTON, TX- El Centro de Humanidades Digitales Latinas en los Estados Unidos (USLDH, por sus siglas en inglés) de la Universidad de Houston anuncia el lanzamiento de un vasto Conjunto de datos editoriales originalmente publicados en revistas y periódicos hispanos de la historia de los Estados Unidos. Desde 1996, los académicos y estudiantes de posgrado del programa Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage (Recuperando la herencia literaria hispana de los Estados Unidos), también conocido como Recovery, han trabajado en la indexación de periódicos a nivel de artículo para producir metadatos en inglés y español que faciliten a los investigadores la ardua labor de encontrar estos materiales. El resultado se refleja en varios conjuntos de datos que hablan de la diversidad de la vida cultural, política e intelectual de las comunidades hispanas y latinas en los Estados Unidos. De las 288 publicaciones periódicas indexadas, este extenso conjunto de datos incluye editoriales …

USLDH Releases Dataset on Editorials

HOUSTON, TX–The University of Houston’s US Latino Digital Humanities (USLDH) Center announces the release of a comprehensive dataset on Editorials published in Hispanic periodicals. Since 1996 Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage (Recovery) scholars and graduate students have worked on indexing newspapers at an article level to produce metadata in English and Spanish to facilitate discoverability for researchers. The output is reflected in several datasets that speak of the diversity of the cultural, political and intellectual life of the Hispanic/Latina/Latino/Latinx community in the United States. Out of 288 indexed periodicals, this rich dataset includes editorials and letters to the editor. This dataset demonstrates the breadth of topics represented in Spanish-language periodicals published in the United States between 1808 and 1960; some of the topics include politics, women’s rights, intellectual life and social conditions, among others. The dataset is hosted on the Cougar ROAR’s (Research Open Access Repositories) Dataverse Repository, a …

Children’s Book Awards Support Latino Kids and Authors

HOUSTON, TX—Generations of Hispanic children in US schools had to do without books reflecting their culture and heritage. In 2019, according to the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, only 225 of the 4,029 children’s books published were written by Latinos; only 235 were about Latinos. To fill that gap, Arte Público Press is accepting children’s book manuscripts to be considered for two awards: the Salinas de Alba Award for Latino Children’s Literature and The Reyes-Olivas Award for Best First Book of Latino Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Both seek to stimulate the work begun by Arte Público Press and its imprint, Piñata Books, which is dedicated to the publication of children’s and young adult literature that authentically and realistically portrays themes, characters and customs unique to US Hispanic culture. In addition to the publication of the book and royalties from sales, the winning authors will receive a $5,000 prize. Submissions for …

New Children’s Book Award Created to Support First-Time Latino Authors

HOUSTON, TX—Long-time Arte Público Press supporters Dr. Augustina “Tina” Reyes and Dr. Michael Olivas, both retired University of Houston professors, have donated the funding to create an endowment in support of a new book award to inspire first-time Latino authors of books for children or teens. Dr. Olivas chaired the press’ advisory board for a decade and published two scholarly books with Arte Público, and Dr. Reyes has worked to introduce immigrant and migrant children to Arte Público’s books. “We feel our love and dedication to UH are aligned with the goals of the Press, and we hope our gift will not only recognize budding authors but will provide longstanding financial support.” The couple donated $80,000 to create an endowment to support the award, and they intend to raise an additional $45,000 to ensure a $5,000 prize can be given annually to debut authors using endowment interest. “We call upon …

News release: Gabriela Baeza Ventura elected to MLA’s Digital Humanities Forum

Gabriela Baeza Ventura was elected to serve on the Modern Language Association (MLA) Transdisciplinary Connections Digital Humanities Forum Executive Committee for 2022-2027. As part of this forum, Baeza Ventura will help to represent areas of scholarly and professional interests for MLA members. MLA Forums “promote scholarly and professional activities within their areas of concern. The executive committees of the forums arrange sessions at the MLA Annual Convention, make nominations for executive committee elections and for the election of the forums’ representatives in the MLA Delegate Assembly, and provide information of interest to their members through association periodicals or mailings to forum members. Forums advise appropriate MLA committees on research and pedagogical needs in their fields of interest and may propose to the Executive Council projects that the association might wish to undertake” (“Policies for Forums and Allied Organizations”). Baeza Ventura brings a unique perspective to the forum based on her …

2021-22 REACH Students

The Research for Aspiring Coogs in the Humanities (REACH) Program at the University of Houston is a collaborative effort supported by the Cougar Initiative to Engage and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards (OURMA). REACH will provide a year-long introductory research experience for students in humanities disciplines by connecting a dozen students to existing undergraduate research projects at the University of Houston.  Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage (Recovery) and its US Latino Digital Humanities Center (USLDH) are among the collaborators in this program and are host to three undergraduate students. These students are gaining research and archival skills in a variety of forms, including: Scanning archival documents Curating exhibits Database research Primary document research Asset management  Data management (with spreadsheets) Metadata creation Metadata translation Familiarity with Library of Congress Subject Headings Digital archives (Omeka) Digital humanities tools and theory Archival theory Academic conference presentations Academic conference posters Public …