I’ve just received several e-mails with some very sad news: Professor Guillermo Hernández died in Mexico City yesterday. He was serving as the program director/instructor for UCLA’s travel study program based in Puebla.
Prof. Hernández was the past director of the Chicano Studies Research Center, and one of the longest serving in the center's 37 year history (1992-2003). The current director, Prof. Chon Noriega, notes that he “was a good friend, a thoughtful and compassionate colleague, and someone with whom one could always argue the fine points of Chicano studies, Mexican music, and survival strategies in the academy.” Prof. Gary Keller (ASU/Bilingual Press) offered this: “Guillermo’s book on Chicano satire was a unique contribution to scholarship and his work on corridos and popular songs, including with Los Tigres del Norte was grounbreaking. All of us in Chicano studies will miss him and those of us who interacted with him for decades feel the loss of his presence profoundly.” And Dr. Raymund Paredes (Higher Education Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board) said this of Prof. Hernández: “He was a true intellectual and dedicated scholar.” I hope to have more information later. -- DAO