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The Center for Mexican American Studies 40th Anniversary Spring 2013 Speaker Series

Emilio Zamora

“The More Things Change the More They Remain the Same, Mexicans in Texas since the Second War”


Emilio Zamora, Ph.D.

Professor of History,
University of Texas

On the surface, public pronouncements that stress significant social advances in the Mexican community of Texas and countervailing views that point to the persistence of inequality seem contradictory, but they are not.  They represent the two sides of a trend.  Upward mobility (measured in terms of improved occupational and educational standings) has meant that some Mexicans have typically moved into the bottom segments of higher social classes while others have remained concentrated in the bottom rungs of the social ladder.  This has resulted in inequality within the community and between the community and the larger society.

Emma Perez phot by Ernie

“Writing Chicanas into History: The Decolonial Turn”


Emma Perez, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of Ethnic Studies,
University of Colorado Boulder

I became a Chicana historian to unravel differences arising from the injustices of poverty, racism and gender inequities. I entered a discipline that allowed me to excavate unheard voices from the past, particularly the silenced voices of Chicanas.  As I studied the history of the United States, I realized it is a history circumscribed by an imagination steeped in unchallenged notions. In the America of the 21st century, we are still battling 19thcentury racialized and gendered stereotypes that emerged from the colonial wars against Mexicans and the indigenous.  My question is, have we contested the past to revise it in a manner that tells more of women’s stories?  In other words, have we decolonized history to honor Chicana voices?  I hope to address these questions as I follow the trajectory of Chicana history from the 1970s to the present.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
M.D. Anderson Library, Rockwell Pavilion
10 a.m.-Noon

For more information, contact:
Room 323 Agnes Arnold Hall