CHICANA/O STUDIES IN THE AGE OF 'ALTERNATIVE FACTS:' TAKING BACK THE NARRATIVE
Monday, April 10, 2017, 5-7pm, 314 Royce Hall
Please join the faculty of the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies to hear your questions and discuss ideas about the role of our department (research, teaching, and service) in this current political climate, where we are witnessing immigrant sweeps, and hearing discussions about mass deportation, building walls, ending DACA, renegotiating trade with Mexico, and negative stereotypes of Mexican immigrants, which echoes a much older discourse that dates back to the Mexican American War of 1846-48.
We want to provide a forum for your questions and ideas about the current situation, its impact upon Los Angeles and its implications for the work of our Department. What is the purpose of research and scholarship right now? What is the role of art and creative writing right now? What policies are needed right now? How can students and faculty realize the potential of our department to shine the light of knowledge in (fiat lux!) these uncertain times?
We welcome thoughtful and engaging questions from you. This is a difficult period and while much of what is coming down from DC is fluid and unknown, it is clear that our communities are under attack. Together, we can begin to dialogue, make sense of the current situation, and plan for our future.
Hope to you see you on Monday, April 10th.
Best, Eric Avila
Chair and Professor, César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies Professor, History and Urban Planning UCLA
7349 Bunche Hall
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095