Guest Speaker Session (Shared Interest)

Guest Speaker Sessions

Contextualizing the Anti-Immigrant Discourse in Presidential Politics

Wednesday, May 31
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
LACC, Room 411

The recent U.S. presidential election cycle has focused on Mexican immigration, often in negative ways. However, the false narrative of threats posed by Mexicans and other Latinos is not new in public discourse and the media. Portraying Latinos as a threat to the nation is problematic because its hyperbolic nature obscures more balanced characterizations, making consensus on immigration reform much more difficult.

Leo Chavez

Professor Chavez received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and is currently a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. In addition to scores of academic articles, he is the author of Shadowed Lives: Undocumented Immigrants in American Society (1st edition 1992; 3rd Edition, Wadsworth/Cengage Learning 2013), Covering Immigration: Popular Images and the Politics of the Nation (University of California Press 2001), and The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation (Stanford University Press, 1st edition 2008; 2nd edition 2013). Chavez received the Margaret Mead Award in 1993, the Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists’ Book Award for The Latino Threat in 2009, and the Society for the Anthropology of North America’s award for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America in 2009.

Profesor Chávez recibió su Ph.D. de la Universidad de Stanford y actualmente es profesor en el Departamento de Antropología de la Universidad de California, Irvine. Él es el autor de Shadowed Lives: Undocumented Immigrants in American Society (tercera edición, Wadsworth/Cengage Learning 2013), Covering Immigration: Popular Images and the Politics of the Nation (University of California Press 2001), and The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation (Stanford University Press, 2ª edición 2013). Chávez recibió el Premio Margaret Mead en 1993, la Asociación de Latina y el premio para el premio para el mejor libro del año ortorgado por la Asociación de Latina y Latino Antropólogos para La Amenaza Latino en 2009, y la Sociedad para la Antropología de la concesión de América del Norte para el Logro Distinguido en el estudio crítico de América del Norte en 2009.

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