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Sept. 27: Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Humanities Center Lecture Series To Present "Constructing Latinos as a Threat to the Nation"

Contact: Shilo Raube / 412-268-6094 / sraube@andrew.cmu.edu

Media Advisory:
Carnegie Mellon Humanities Center Lecture Series
To Present "Constructing Latinos as a Threat to the Nation"


Event: The first lecture of Carnegie Mellon's 2010-11 Humanities Center Lecture Series on "Identities in Conflict: The Recognition of Migrants" will feature Leo Chavez, professor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. Chavez's talk, "Constructing Latinos as a Threat to the Nation," will examine how the media and public discourse construct Mexican and other Latin American immigrants and their U.S.-born children as a threat to the United States.

Chavez researches 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." He has written several books that tell the accounts of Mexican and Central American immigrants. His latest book, "The Latino Threat," examines issues of anti-Latino discourse, struggles over the meaning of citizenship and the role of media spectacles in relations to the politics of reproduction, organ transplants, the Minutemen Project and immigrant marches and protests.

The lecture is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's Humanities Center and Latino Graduate Student Association.

When: 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Where: Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100), Carnegie Mellon University

For more information, visit http://www.hss.cmu.edu/humanitiescenter.

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