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Organizational realignment announced 

As the University prepares to meet the challenges and changes presented by the creation of the University System of Ohio, we are looking more intensively at ways to optimize the administrative structures and resources of the campus. 

After consultation with the executive vice president, the chief financial officer and the provost, and with consideration of the long-term strategic objectives of the University, we have decided that Continuing and Extended Education and Institutional Research will report to the provost and vice president for academic affairs, effective spring semester.

This change will allow a more seamless alignment of functions and services to better serve the educational and informational needs of our on- and off-campus students and University communities.

Mexican banditry is focus of first talk in series

The Artists and Scholars in Residence Series begins its 2007-08 season Sept. 17 with a talk by Dr. Amy Robinson, romance and classical studies. She will discuss "True Stories of Mexican Banditry: The Case of Chucho el Roto" at 12:30 p.m. in 201A Bowen- Thompson Student Union.

The series is sponsored by the campus Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS) and showcases the research of faculty affiliated with the institute.

What is the allure of banditry in Mexico and how does it change over time? How does a common criminal become known as a generous Robin Hood?

Robinson will address these questions in her talk, which will focus on the factual and fictional identities of Jesús Arriaga, aka "Chucho el Roto," a thief from Mexico City during the 1880s. Chucho was publicly lauded as a generous bandit who stole from the rich to give to the poor, and his celebrity was used as a tool for reflecting on social conditions for ordinary Mexicans under the authoritarian rule of Porfirio Díaz. While numerous studies make reference to Chucho's case to debate the symbolic importance of banditry in Mexico, Robinson's investigation traces Chucho's cultural footprints through a series of literary texts as well as documentation of his crimes. By situating Chucho's identity in distinct historical and literary contexts, we can better understand how banditry has been used over time to mediate deep-rooted concerns about cultural belonging and political legitimacy that have characterized modern Mexico.

Robinson’s research and teaching focus on 19th- and 20th-century Spanish-American literature and the Mexican Revolution, especially the representations of bandits and outlaws, as well as cultural studies, subaltern studies and cultural history.  She has published intheColorado Review of Hispanic Studies and contributed to the anthology Leading Ladies: Mujeres en la Literatura Hispana y en las Artes.  Currently a fellow at ICS, she is at work on a book-length study of representations of Mexican banditry and this figure's relationship to politics and citizenship.

Support for the series has come from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

September 10, 2007