“Why Does Ethnic Studies Matter for Western History?”
Saturday, October 12, 2pm
Community Matters Stage, Tucson Meet Yourself Festival
Let’s think and talk together about today’s fraught political issues in their historical contexts. This event will bring together prominent scholars to address the relevance of Ethnic Studies for understanding the history of the western United States, and the United States overall. There will be an opportunity to connect past and present in small group discussions.
Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Public History Initiative, UCLA. Dr. Hernandez’ research interests are in twentieth-century U.S. history with a concentration upon race, migration, and police and prison systems in the American West and U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Her book, MIGRA! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol (University of California Press, 2010) is the comprehensive study of U.S. immigration law enforcement.
Evelyn Hu-deHart, Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University. A wide-ranging scholar, Dr. Hu-DeHart has published studies on the Yaqui Indians of Mexico and Arizona, Chinese immigration to the United States, Caribbean and Latin America, women and minorities in higher education, and the politics of multiculturalism. She speaks several languages (including English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and her native Chinese, both Mandarin and Cantonese) and has published works in English, Spanish, Mayan and Chinese.
Patricia Nelson Limerick, Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado and Professor of History; MacArthur Fellow (2000-2005). Dr. Limerick has served as president of several professional organizations, advised documentary and film projects, and done two tours as a Pulitzer Nonfiction jurist, as well as chairing the 2011 Pulitzer jury in History. She regularly engages the public on the op-ed pages of local and national newspapers, and in the summer of 2005 she served as a guest columnist for The New York Times.
Quintard Taylor, Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History, University of Washington. Dr. Taylor has more than thirty years of teaching experience in African American history and specifically African Americans in the American West. He has also authored two books, edited two anthologies and written over fifty articles on western African American history, 20th Century African American history, African and Afro-Brazilian history. His current projects include a 20th Century history of the African American West for the University of Arizona Press.
Part of the “Showdown on the Border: Civic Discourse in Uncivil Times.” This event is organized by the University of Arizona history department and has been made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council. For more information, check out http://showdownontheborder.wordpress.com/