Monday, January 23, 2006
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
UC Irvine School of Social Sciences, SSPA 2112

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at or 949 824 7180.


8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

9: 00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Session I: Hidden Connections: New Mexico and Colonial Migration - Moderator: Leo Chávez

Daniel J. Schroeter, Teller Family Chair in Jewish History, University of California, Irvine "The Sephardi Post-1492 Diaspora"

Stanley M. Hordes, Adjunct Professor, Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico. "The Sephardic Legacy in New Mexico: A History of the Crypto-Jews."

Carlos Vélez-Iban, Professor of Anthropology; Motorola Presidential Professor, and Chair, of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Arizona State University; Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside. "A Personal History of a Jewish Connection: Mexican Anti-Semitism and Semitism in Arizona and Sonora."

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Session II: Boyle Heights and Los Angeles, 1930-1950 Connections - Moderator: Vicki Ruiz

George Sánchez, Professor of History, American Studies and Ethnicity University of Southern California. "Race, Relationships, and Roosevelt High: Latino-Jewish Interaction through Schooling in Boyle Heights"

Kenneth C. Burt, Political Director, California Federation of Teachers and Carey McWilliams Fellow, UC Berkeley. "Garment Workers as Bridge Builders: Immigrant Radicalism and the Shared Search for Economic and Social Justice."

Shana Bernstein, Assistant Professor of History, Southwestern University, Texas. "Collaborating against Conservatism: Jewish-Mexican American Civil Rights Coalitions in Cold War Los Angeles" Steve Sass, President of the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California. "The Breed Street Shul Project and the Transformation of Boyle Heights."

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Session III: Contemporary Connections: Politics, Education, Immigration - Moderator: Jacobo Sefamí, Spanish and Portuguese, UC Irvine

Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). "Latinos and Jews: Political Allies or Rivals?"

Dina Siegel Vann, Director of the Latino and Latin American Institute/ American Jewish Committee. "The Experience of Latinos and Jews Sharing a Transnational Agenda."

Louis DeSipio, Chicano/Latino Studies and Political Science, UC Irvine. "Latino Issue Agendas in 2004 and the Foundation of Inter-Group Alliances."

Steve Windmeuller, Ph.D. Director of the School of Jewish Communal Service, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles campus. "The Mariachi-Klezmer Connection: Latino-Jewish Relations in Los Angeles, A Case Presentation."

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