Friday, November 12, 2010

2010 Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship

Gustavo Arellano in Denver - Ready to Take On Tom Tancredo
How Fair Is That?

November 14 - 16

¡Social Satire, Social Justice y el Chiste!

Gustavo Arellano is the newly appointed managing editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, a contributing editor of the Los Angeles Times op/ed pages, author of Orange County: A Personal History and radio host on KPFK-FM 90.7 in Southern California. He is the author of ¡Ask a Mexican!, a nationally syndicated column in which he answers any and all questions about American’s spiciest and largest minority, as well as a book by the same name, published by Scribner Press. His column is a 2006 and 2008 Association of Alternative Weeklies award winner and enjoys a circulation of over 2 million in 39 newspapers across the United States, appearing locally in Westword. He is also the recipient of the Los Angeles Press Club’s 2007 President’s Award and an Impacto Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition. Arellano is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants, one of whom was illegal.

All events are FREE and open to the public! For more info, call 303-556-3124.

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November 14-16, 2010

Sunday, November 14
La Bienvenida – Welcome Reception
5:30 – 8 p.m. Hosted by:
Su Teatro @ the Denver Civic Theatre
721 Santa Fe Drive – Denver Please RSVP for this event online by Nov 5.
Monday, November 15 Keynote Address and Luncheon
10 a.m. – 11:15 p.m. Keynote Address
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Student Luncheon St. Cajetan’s – Auraria Campus
Tuesday, November 16 ¡Social Satire, Social Justice y el Chiste! Colloquium
1 – 2 p.m.
Panel of experts: Gustavo Arellano, 2010 Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professor, Metro State; Arturo J. Aldama, Ph.D., Chair, Dept. of Ethnic Studies, CU-Boulder; Jennifer Alvarez Dickinson, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, St. Edwards University; Adriana P. Nieto, Ph.D., moderator, Assistant Professor Chicano/a Studies, Metro State.

¡Ask a Mexican! Q&A with Gustavo Arellano
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Do you have questions? Gustavo Arellano has answers. Don’t miss this live version of Arellano’s provocative ¡Ask a Mexican! column.

Hosted by:
Fresh City Life at the Denver Public Library
B2 Conference Center – 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy.
Tuesday, November 16 Closing Reception
4:30 – 6 p.m. Cimarron Café – Tivoli Student Union – Auraria Campus

The Castro Professorship

The Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship was initiated in 1997 to foster multiculturalism, diversity and academic excellence at Metropolitan State College of Denver. The professorship brings renowned Latina and Latino scholars, artists and leaders of distinction to Metro State to conduct classes, seminars, performances and lectures for students, faculty and the larger Denver community.

For information please contact Mercedes Salazar at 303-556-3124 or

And a Debate - Featuring Colorado's Favorite Know-Nothing, Tom Tancredo.

Hey but that's not all. In what is sure to be a knock-down, bloody fight to the bloody finish, Tom Tancredo and Gustavo Arellano debate the topic of - yep, you guessed it - illegal immigration.

Patricia Calhoun of Westword helped to organize this promising event, which is also sponsored by Westword, The Department of Chicano Studies at Metropolitan State College-Denver, the Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship and Su Teatro. Calhoun says that she's been anticipating this for years and now that Gustavo will be in town and Tancredo has some free time (in case you hadn't heard, he lost his bid to become Colorado's next governor even though he promised to "Stop illegal immigration cold") it finally will happen.

As quoted in Westword, the two combatants appropriately rattled their sabers:

"I've never seen a public-policy problem that could ever be solved unless you talk about it," Tancredo says. "and you can't talk about it if you're usually yelling about it."

"I look forward to debating one of the great Know Nothings of our time," Arellano adds, "and just hope that the audience will allow us to make asses of ourselves without any interruptions."

The debate is set for Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30 at Su Teatro. Check out the Westword website for details and information on tickets.

All events are free and open to the public, although there will be limited seating at some of the events and RSVPs are required. A donation of $10 is suggested for the Arellano-Tancredo debate.


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