***Note that we have updated the length of this event to 2 hours (as opposed to 1.5 hours) so that we can engage in a robust discussion of the film.***
Join the Center for Folklore Studies for our special monthly (virtual) lunch/Ethnographic Film Series screening of Linda and The Mockingbirds + Discussion with Eugene Rodriguez, Founder and Executive Director of Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy!
Linda and the Mockingbirds (2020) is a musical travelogue that chronicles a journey to Mexico taken by the young students of Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds), a Bay Area cultural arts academy, with Linda Ronstadt and Jackson Browne. Beautifully blending the story of the trip to Ronstadt's Grandfather's hometown with poignant interviews, the film celebrates the music and culture of Mexico while offering a passionate and personal story about identity, immigration and belonging.
Eugene Rodriguez, Founder and Director of Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy is a Grammy-nominated producer, US Artist Fellow, and holds a Master's Degree in Music. He has produced over 30 musical albums and has collaborated with David Hidalgo, Los Lobos, Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, The Chieftains, Linda Ronstadt, Flaco Jimenez, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and numerous Mexican folk artists. His documentary productions have enjoyed broadcasts on PBS.
Dr. Elena Foulis, Senior Lecturer, Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Foulis is a student-centered educator with over 15 years of experience in higher education. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Spanish and Latin American Literature and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. Her research and teaching interests include U.S. Latina/o literature, and Digital Oral History. She currently teaches undergraduate courses in service-learning and Spanish for Heritage Speakers at OSU. Her articles explore Latin@ voices through oral history, oral history as participatory pedagogy in service-learning classrooms, identity and place through linguistic landscape and ethnography as a useful tool in advanced heritage language writing courses. Foulis is an engaged scholar and is committed to reaching non-academic and academic audiences through her writing, presentations and public humanities projects. She is also coordinator for the Spanish for Heritage Language program. Dr. Foulis is working on a digital oral history project about Latin@s in Ohio, which is being archived at the Center for Folklore Studies' internet collection.
Sophia Enriquez, PhD Candidate, Ethnomusicology, School of Music. Sophia's dissertation explores the interactions of Latin-American and Appalachian folk music traditions as well as Latinx identity and migration in the Appalachian region/U.S. South more broadly. Her work makes connections across Appalachian studies, U.S. Latinx studies, critical race studies, migration studies and ethnomusicology. Sophia holds a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Folklore and a graduate minor in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. More information on her work is available at sophiaenriquez.com.
Linda and the Mockingbirds and Los Cenzontles in the press:
- Road Tripping through Mexico with Linda and the Mockingbirds by Verenice Velazquez, Program Participant, Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy
- American Routes Shortcuts: Los Cenzontles by Nick Spitzer, Folklorist and Radio Producer
- Eugene Rodriguez's interview with AltLatino Podcast
- Dr. Elena Foulis' interview with Eugene Rodriguez for the OhioHabla! podcast
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Note: We will stream the video via Zoom as well as provide a link to the film on Vimeo via Zoom chat if you prefer to watch it directly.
If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Cassie Patterson at Patterson.email@example.com. Requests made two weeks before the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.
This event is co-sponsored the OSU Department of Geography, the OSU Center for Latin American Studies, OSU Ethnomusicology in the School of Music, and Los Cenzontles.