2015-2016 Weekly Convocations
The weekly convocation series is a shared campus experience that brings students, faculty, and staff together for one hour for a lecture or presentation from specialists in a variety of fields. The goal of the convocation series is to stimulate thought and conversation on a wide range of subjects. Convocations are open to the public and free of charge.
Convocation: Leo Chavez
Scholar and author presents an anthropological view of immigration, offering an analysis of myths vs. facts.
Leo Chavez presents an anthropological view of immigration, offering an analysis of myths vs. facts, as well as representations and misrepresentations of Latinos in the media. A professor of anthropology at the University of California Irvine, Chavez’s research examines various issues related to transnational migration, including immigrant families and households, labor market participation, motivations for migration, the use of medical services, and media constructions of "immigrant" and "nation."
His books include Shadowed Lives: Undocumented Immigrants in American Society, which provides an ethnographic account of Mexican and Central American undocumented immigrants in San Diego County, California. Covering Immigration: Popular Images and the Politics of the Nation examines representations of immigrants in the media and popular discourse in the United States through the lens of magazine covers and their related articles. His newest book is The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens and the Nation, which examines issues of anti-Latino discourse, struggles over the meaning of citizenship, and the role of media spectacles in society in relation to the politics of reproduction, organ transplants, the Minuteman Project, and immigrant marches and protests. The title of his presentation is "Latinos and Immigration Reform."
Sponsored by College Relations. Contact: Kerry Raadt, College Relations, x4308