GLOBAL CASA/LACASA AND LACASA CHICAGO
LACASA stands for the Latin American/Latin@ Cultural Activities and Studies Arena; Global CASA extends to the larger world beyond. LACASA Chicago brings it all home.
THEN AND NOW:
Beginning as LACASA CHICAGO in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program of the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998, with Marc Zimmerman as director, LACASA CHICAGO attempted to help build a critical understanding of Chicago’s Latino infrastructure in relation to Latin America and U.S. Latino communities through a series of publications, exhibits, conferences and research projects. The program moved with Zimmerman to the Dept. of Modern & Classical Studies of the University of Houston, developing Global CASA & LACASA Books, and launching several volumes, including a major series on Latin American & Latin@ Globalization and Cultural Studies (LAGCS), as well as Marc Zimmerman’s eight-volume series, Pre-Post and Post Positions (PPP). Now, on its return to Chicago, Global CASA/LACASA is still affiliated as a not-for-profit, but unfunded program of the University of Houston. However, in its rebirth as LACASA CHICAGO, it has brought over and helps distribute some of the Houston-produced books most relevant to its new project.
The project that became Global CASA and LACASA Books now reclaims its original rubric as LACASA CHICAGO as we seek to help publish, promote and/or distribute key publications on U.S. and Midwest but above all Chicago Latin@ Studies, as well as works on Central American Studies and other themes. LACASA CHICAGO publishes significant work in its chosen areas of specialization; we also consider listing and helping distribute other relevant books published elsewhere; we often recommend and/or place manuscripts with other, larger or more appropriate publishers.
Significant dimensions of LACASA’s Chicago Latino Arts (CLAS) project are: 1) this website; 2) publications mainly in the areas of Chicago Latino Art and Literature–especially a) Interviews of and about Latino pioneer artists (to be house shortly at the Smithsonian Institution); b) the José Gamaliel González Chicago Latino Art Photo Collection (GCol for short). For a critique of the website, see http://”A New LACASA Website Will Bring New Insights on Chicago Latino Art.” 2016-10-26 05:29:44 www.elbeisman.com/article.php?action=magazine&view=2016-10. For a description of GCOL and other recent CLAS achievements , see Guillermo Simbolov, “Intersections Exhibition: An Event to Remember.” 2016-12-02 10:37:5 http://www.elbeisman.com/article.php?action=read&id=1274.
Board of Directors of CLAS
About the Director, Marc Zimmerman
Zimmerman’s books include Lucien Goldmann: El estructuralismo genético y la creación cultural (1985); Literature and Politics in the Central American Revolutions (with John Beverley-1990); U.S. Latino Literature (1992); Literature and Resistance in Guatemala (1995); and his eight-volume series, Pre-post and Post-Positions (2005-2008) culminating with America Latina en el nuevo [des]orden mundial (2009). Among his many co-edited volumes are The Central American Quartet (1980-1998), Processes of Caribbean Unity (1982) and, for LACASA, the nine-volume series, on Latin American and Latin@ Cultural Studies and Globalization (see Publications). He is currently developing his work on U.S. & Midwest Latino Studies with the U. of Illinois Press and LACASA, starting with Bringing Aztlán to Mexican Chicago (2010) and Defending their own in the Cold: The Cultural Turns of U.S. Puerto Ricans (2011) and a new project, LACASA’s Chicago Latino Artists Series. Zimmerman has also published two collections of short stories, Stores of Winter (Global CASA 2006) and Martín and Marvin (2016); he is working on additional collections of stories and memoirs, including ones on border themes, Chicago Latino life, and Latin American encounters. Since 2011, he has served as coordinator of LACASA’s Chicago Latin@ Artists Series, even as he has working on collections of fictionalized memoirs, including ones on border themes, Chicago Latino life, and Latin American encounters. His ongoing work, especially on Chicago Latin@ themes, appears monthly in the Chicago online journal El Beisman (see http://www.elbeisman.com/busqueda.php?q=zimmerman).
Contact: Tel. 281-513-9475; firstname.lastname@example.org
For an old but still useful online version of Marc Zimmerman’s CV, see http://docplayer.es/1274648-Curriculum-vitae-marc-j-zimmerman.html