UNC professor to discuss Chicano Movement at CSU–Pueblo

The Chicano Movement in Colorado and the ongoing struggle with racism and suppression of bilingualism in the education system will be the topic of presentations at Colorado State University-Pueblo by University of Northern Colorado Professor of International Relations Dr. Priscilla Falcon on Nov. 2.

Chicano History 101 taught by Fawn-Amber Montoya, coordinator of Chicano Studies, will host Falcon for lectures on Friday, Nov. 2 at 10 – 11 a.m. in the First-Year Student Center on the second floor of the University Library and again from 2 – 3 p.m. in the Occhiato University Center Aspen Leaf. This is part of a series of discussions/lectures that covers the social, historical, and cultural experience of Chicanos in the United States.

Falcon’s interview for the documentary, La Raza de Colorado – Movimiento addresses the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s and the death of her husband, Ricardo Falcon. She speaks of his life as an activist in the Chicano Movement, particularly his passion for the education of Chicanos.
Falcon and Patricia J. Campbell have co-written an important essay, “The Politics of Language and the Mexican American: The English Only Movement and Bilingual Education” included in George W. Shepherd’s and David Penna’s book, Racism and the Underclass. In 2003, Dr. Falcon also wrote about the importance of Chicanas in the struggle of equality in Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies “Only Strong Women Stayed: Women Workers and the National Floral Workers Strike, 1968-1969.” Of these Chicanas, Falcon writes:

One of the first floral-workers' strikes in which the organizers and the majority of the workers were Chicanas and Mexicanas, the strike quickly became a rallying point for the Denver-based Chicano Crusade for Justice, and the United Mexican American Students (UMAS) and Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) activists at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The story of this strike, which has yet to be fully told within the historical context of Chicanas' struggle for justice, is part of a work in progress.

To ensure adequate space in the lecture, reservations are encouraged to fawnambermontoya@colostate-pueblo.edu. For more information, individuals also may contact Montoya at (719)549-2464.

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