“The U.S. War with Mexico in History and Memory” with Ernesto Chávez | October 29, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015 | 4:30pm

CRES Talks presents "The U.S. War with Mexico in History and Memory" with Ernesto Chávez, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of  Texas, El Paso


This lecture will explore the role of the U. S. -Mexico war in history and memory paying particular attention to its outcomes and the way that writers, activists, artists, and politicians have depicted,deployed, and performed the conflict. Given the continued rise of the Latino/a population in the United States and the reaction to this demographic, the history and memory of the war continues to be important in the life of nation. 

Ernesto Chávez, (Associate Professor, University of  Texas, El Paso, Department of History) received his Ph.D. in U.S. history from UCLA in 1994.  His specialization is Chicano/a-Latino/a Studies with an emphasis on the construction of identity, culture and community.  He has published two books, ¡Mi Raza Primero! (My People First!): Nationalism, Identity, and Insurgency in the Chicano Movement in Los Angeles, 1966-1978 (University of California Press, 2002) and The U.S. War with Mexico: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2007).  He is currently working on a critical biography of Mexican-born actor Ramón Novarro.  An article on this subject appeared in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of the History of Sexuality.  A past member the National Council of the American Studies Association, he currently serves on the Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies editorial board, the National Council of the Western Hisstory Association, and as the Ford Diversity Fellowship’s regional liaison for Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas.  During the 2014-2015 academic year he was the UCLA Institute of American Cultures-Chicano Studies Research Center Visiting Researcher. He is the recipient of the American Historical Association’s 2014 Equity Award, given to individuals who have  “demonstrated an exceptional record in the recruitment and retention of students and new faculty from racial and ethnic groups under-represented within the historical professions.” 

Image Credit: Arturo Urista, Welcome to Aztlán (1987). UC Santa Barbara Library California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives-Self Help Graphic Collection. 

This venue is physically accessible and has a gender-neutral restroom. Please contact the CSRPC at 773.702.8063 with any questions or accommodation requests.