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Ericka K. Verba <email@example.com>
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY DOMINGUEZ HILLS
I am currently researching the biography of Chilean artist and musician, Violeta Parra (1917-1967). My broader research interests are: women's history, feminism, and popular culture.
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|List Affiliations:||Former List Editor for H-LatAm
|Interests:||Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
University of California at Los Angeles, CA
Ph.D. Latin American History, UCLA, 1999
Dissertation: "Catholic Feminism and Acción Social Femenina [Women's Social Action]: The Early Years of the Liga de Damas Chilenas, 1912-1924."
M.A. Latin American History, UCLA, 1989
B.A. with honors in Latin American Studies, Brown University, 1982
Honors thesis topic: "The Popular Roots of Violeta Parra's Autobiografía en Décimas"
Angels of Peace and Harmony of the Social Question: The Origins of Catholic Feminism in Chile (Edwin Mellen Press, 2003).
Cancionero/Songbook: Tribute Concert to Violeta Parra. Wrote notes and translated lyrics into English, to accompany CD of live performance. Los Angeles: Desalambrar Music, 1997.
"The Círculo de Lectura de Señoras [Ladies' Reading Circle] and the Club de Señoras [Ladies' Club] of Santiago, Chile: Middle- and Upper-class Feminist Conversations (1915-1920)." Journal of Women's History, Volume 7, Number 3 (Fall, 1995).
"Las Hojas Sueltas: Nineteenth-Century Chilean Popular Poetry as a Source for the Historian. Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, Volume 11 (1993).
Escuchen Nuestras Voces/Hear Our Voices. Collected, compiled and wrote notes for book/cassette of songs by Salvadoran refugees living in Mesa Grande, Honduras. Los Angeles: Sabiá, 1984.
"Chilean Artist Violeta Parra's Legacy in Words and Images." 1st Annual Latin American Studies Celebration of women Lecture, University of Louisville, Louisville (March 2005).
“Competing ‘Feminisms’: The Liga de Damas Católicas Chilenas versus the Círculo de Lectura de Señoras (Santiago, Chile, 1910-1920).” 2002 Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies Conference, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles (November, 2002).
“’Vamos a la fuente’: Using Primary Documents as Teaching Tools for Latin American History.” Presenter, From Isolation to Interaction: A Dialogue on Teaching Latin American Studies, California State University, Los Angeles (November, 2001).
"The Liga de Damas Chilenas [League of Chilean Ladies]: Angels of Peace and Harmony of the Social Question." Presenter, Latin American Studies Association XX International Congress, Guadalajara, Mexico (April, 1997).
"La mujer [Woman] and El Pueblo [The People]: Class Borders of Early Chilean Feminism, 1910-1920." Presenter, 10th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1996.
"Samba, Soccer and Santana: Border Dances in Latin American Popular Culture." Lecturer, Summer Institute for Educators: US/Latin American Intersections, International Studies Program, UCLA, Los Angeles, 1995.
"La mujer del pueblo en la nueva historiografía chilena." Presenter, First Multidisciplinary Congress in Women's Studies, Universidad de Santiago, Santiago, 1992.
"Las mujeres del pueblo de Santiago, 1891-1925: Imagen y realidad." Presenter, Conference on Gender, Class and Politics in Chilean History, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, 1992.
"The Círculo de Lectura de Señoras [Ladies' Reading Circle] and the Club de Señoras [Ladies' Club] of Santiago, Chile: Feminist Awakenings, 1915-1920." Presenter, Western Association of Women Historians Conference XXIII, San Marino, CA, 1992.
"Latin American Nueva Canción." Presenter, Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies Conference, California State University, Los Angeles, 1984.
"Violeta Parra: Life and Music of a Chilean Folk Singer and Composer." Presenter, Second International Conference on Women in Music, University of Southern California, 1982.
HONORS AND GRANTS
Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, 1993-1994 and 1988-1990
Social Science Research Council, Dissertation Fellowship for Area Studies, 1991-1992
Fulbright Full Grant – Institute of International Education, 1991-1992
Member of the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies Board of Governors, 2002-2004
Center for the Study of Women Graduate Student Travel Grant, UCLA, 1996
Mabel Wilson Richards Scholarship, UCLA, 1995-1996
Research Small Grant, Latin American Center, UCLA, 1993-1994
Dissertation Fellowship, History Department, UCLA, 1992-1993
ADDITIONAL TEACHING AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Occidental College, CA, History Department, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Taught courses in the History Department and the Core Program. Fall semester, 2001 to spring, 2004.
Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA, Social Science Department, Associate Faculty
Taught courses on Latin American History, U.S. History, History of Mexico, and Mexican-American/Chicano History. Fall semester, 1997, to spring, 2004.
Emeritus College, Santa Monica, CA, Part-time Faculty
Taught a bilingual class for seniors that explores the richness and diversity of Latin American culture, with a special emphasis on the various styles of folk music from the region. Fall semester, 1998, to summer, 2004.
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, History Department, Visiting Lecturer
Taught Latin American History survey courses, as well as seminars on Latin American Popular Culture and U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. Spring quarter, 1999, to summer, 2004.
California State University at Los Angeles, Department of History, Part-time Lecturer
Taught Colonial Latin America. Winter quarter, 2002.
California State University at Northridge, Chicano Studies Department, Part-time Faculty
Taught Mexican American/Chicano Choral Practicum. Fall semester, 1998, through fall semester, 2000.
Universidad de Santiago, Santiago, Chile, History Department, Instructor
Co-taught a seminar on "Comparative Methodologies in Women's History." Spring semester, 1992.
History Project in California, Los Angeles, CA, Research Assistant
In charge of curriculum development for Latin American component of high school project of California State Department of Education. June, 1990.
RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Musical Consultant, Feature Film They Came at Night (1998)
Researched and provided music for film directed by Lindy Laub on an illegal immigrant and torture victim from El Salvador and her relationship with her case worker in Los Angeles. 1997.
Director and Performer, Tribute Concert to Violeta Parra, Los Angeles, CA
Selected and arranged repertoire and directed ensemble of 14 musicians, translated her poetry and wrote program notes; secured an Artist in the Community Grant from the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. Presented concert to a sold-out audience at Barnsdall Gallery Theater, and in a reprise performance at the California Plaza, with over 2000 persons in attendance. March 23 and August 17, 1996.
Artistic Director and Performer, Desborde, Latin American music group, Los Angeles, CA
Performed at festivals, universities, and community centers throughout California. 1989 to 1999.
Recipient of Artist in the Community Grant, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, 1995-1996
President and Performer, Sabiá, Inc., Latin American music group, Los Angeles, CA
Directed non-profit educational organization dedicated to Latin American music. Performed at international festivals, universities, and schools throughout the United States and Canada; toured Central America in 1983, playing in Salvadoran refugee camps in Honduras under the auspices of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees; released three recordings; received financial support from the California Arts Council, the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, and the Capp Foundation and Liberty Hill Foundation. 1976 to 1989.