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Policy and research
It is with great pride that DULCCES participated in an important and timely community dialogue to create Agenda Latina. This work revealed that when schools fail our children, these failed students may become the "working poor" for most of their lives. They or their family members will likely have less access to the healthcare system, which may be unaffordable to them because they have to make a choice between health and food. Each issue, whether it is political engagement, immigration, or education, when coupled with other equally important issues, paints a portrait of the real, lived experiences of our community as we struggle to have our part of the American dream. It is our hope that Agenda Latina is a vehicle that advances our collective American Dream. For more information on this research please click here.
Crimmigration Lecture Series 2016
With the support of a generous grant from DULCCES, additional funds from the Rocky Mountain Collective on Race, Place, and Law, and the support of the Center for Multicultural Excellence, Professors García Hernández and Lasch are organizing a four-part Crimmigration Law Lecture Series that will take place in the spring and fall of 2016.
On March 3, 2016, the Crimmigration Series kicked off with the Crimmigration and Race lecture. Kevin Johnson, Dean, University of California, Davis School of Law lead a lecture followed by a lecture by José Padilla, petitioner in Padilla v. Kentucky with remarks by Christopher N. Lasch, Associate Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and Yolanda Yolanda Vázquez, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati. The event ended with a workshop by Yolanda Vázquez, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, and Linus Chan, Visiting Associate Clinical Professor, University of Minnesota. Moderated by Dean Johnson.
On April 19, 2016 the Crimmigration Series continued with Crimmigration Detention. The event began with a lecture by Jennifer Chacón, Professor, University of California, Irvine School of Law, followed by a workshop by Mariela Olivares, Associate Professor Howard University School of Law. Moderated by Professor Chacón. The workshop accounted for 1.0 CLE credit.
The next series will continue with The Interdisciplinary Study of Crimmigration which will take place on October 14, 2016!
DULCCES Open House
"Trail of Hope and Terror: The Movie" Film Screening
World Premiere Documentary Screening
Made by Scholar / Student, Father & Son Team
Please join the University of Denver's Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship (DULCCES) for the film screening and discussion on a documentary created by scholar/activist Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre together with his son, University of Denver film student Vincent De La Torre.
The production, Trails of Hope and Terror: The Movie, focuses on the topic of immigration, and is based on the scholar's book by the same name, Trails of Hope and Terror (c) 2009 Orbis Books, now in its second printing. De La Torre notes, "When a nation builds roads into another country to extract its raw materials and cheap labor, we shouldn't be surprised when people take those same roads following everything that has been stolen from them."
The documentary took three years to produce, in which the team traveled to the U.S. Border five times to walk the desert and interview humanitarian groups, social workers, legal professionals, the undocumented, and anti-immigration protesters.
Vincent De La Torre, who directed, filmed and edited this project stated, "We have captured the horrors occurring on the border in order to raise public awareness about this important issue."
The world premiere screening was held November 4, 2014 at 7pm in Davis Auditorium (Sturm Hall). For more details, please see the attached flyer or visit the website at http://www.trailsofhopeandterrorthemovie.com .
Dr. Debora Ortega, Professor and Director, University of Denver Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship (DULCCES)
Email: email@example.com; Cell: (785) 764-2426
Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, Professor of Social Ethics and Latino/a Studies
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Cell: (303) 519-4594
Letters from Heaven/Cartas Del Cielo Reading and Book Signing
Author - Professor Lydia Gil
Quigg Newton Site, The Bridge Project
Celeste is heartbroken when her grandmother dies, and nothing can make her feel better. But everything changes when a letter mysteriously comes in the mail from Grandma! I know you miss me as much as I miss you. Don't be sad. Where there is love, there is no sadness. As letters continue to arrive from the beyond, each with a recipe of a favorite food she used to prepare, Celeste follows her grandmother's advice and consoles herself by learning how to cook the dishes.
With Grandma gone, so is her social security check. Celeste's mom needs to get a second job to make ends meet, and Celeste has to quit her favorite activity, dance lessons. At school, Amanda the bully gloats over the fact that Celeste won't participate in the upcoming recital. And her friends think that she's gone crazy; dead people can t send letters!
When a final letter arrives, Celeste realizes that all the recipes combined make an entire meal: café con leche, guava and cheese croissants, congrí, plantain chips, ropa vieja and flan. Can she really make a Cuban feast to celebrate her cherished grandmother's life?
A tender story of family and friendship, Letters from Heaven / Cartas del cielo celebrates Latino traditions, especially those of the Spanish Caribbean. This entertaining novel is written in ten brief chapters for children ages 8-12 and includes six traditional Cuban recipes with easy-to-follow instructions.