Arizona professor to discuss her state’s political climate regarding immigration legislation


Arizona professor to discuss her state’s political climate regarding immigration legislation

PUEBLO – A professor of Mexican-American studies at the University of Arizona will discuss Arizona’s political climate relative to legislation surrounding immigration at 6 p.m. on April 12 in the Life Science Auditorium.

In the past year, Arizona has passed two pieces of legislation that are considered to be controversial; SB 1070, targeting individuals that are reasonably suspicious immigrants and HB 2281 challenging the teaching of Mexican American schools in the Tucson Unified School district.

Lydia Otero is an associate professor at the University of Arizona in the Department of Mexican American Studies. She is the 2010-2011 chair of the Organization of American Historians’ Committee on the Status of African American, Latino/a, Asian American, and Native American (ALANA) Historians and ALANA Histories. Otero currently directs her department's Public History Program, Nuestras Tierras, Nuestras Culturas, Nuestras Historias.

She recently published her first book, La Calle about the impact of re-urbanization in Tucson, Ariz., in the 1960s. Otero’s scholarship includes Chicana/o, ethnic, cultural studies, urban history, city planning; and cultural and feminist geography.

For more information, contact Chicano Studies Coordinator Fawn-Amber Montoya at 549-2620 or fawnamber.montoya@colostate-pueblo.edu

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