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“Gustavo’s Awesome Lecture Series!” Begins Jan. 27

Cal State Fullerton’s Chicana and Chicano Studies Department is presenting “Gustavo’s Awesome Lecture Series!” Jan. 27-June 23. Gustavo Arellano, lecturer of Chicana and Chicano studies, created the series and will, as part of the program, conduct interviews of Mexican American authors and artists who have contributed to Orange County’s Latino history. The free lectures will be presented at the Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., unless otherwise noted below.

Gustavo Arellano lectures before a class of students.Caption: Gustavo Arellano, lecturer of Chicana and Chicano studies, is the creator of the lecture series, “Gustavo’s Awesome Lecture Series” at the Fullerton Public Library. Photo by Karen TapiaDownload Photo

Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m., Fullerton Hunt Branch Library, 201 S. Basque Ave. The series starts with a partial reading of “The ‘Mexican’ OC,” a 2006 play created by Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble that dramatizes some of the key moments about Mexicans in Orange County history. Afterward, Melissa Hidalgo, CSUF lecturer of Chicano and Chicano studies, will discuss the play with some of the cast members.

Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m. — Jaime Hernandez, one-half of the brotherly duo behind the “Love and Rockets” graphic-comic series, will be interviewed by Arellano. Afterward, Hernandez will sign copies of his new book, “The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death.”

March 24, 6:30 p.m. — CSUF alumnus and artist Emigdio Vasquez will talk about his career as a Chicano muralist in Orange County.

April 28, 6:30 p.m. — William Nericcio, professor of English at San Diego State University and author of “Tex(t)-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the ‘Mexican’ in America” and the blog by the same name, will focus on deconstructing Mexican stereotypes.

May 11, 6:30 p.m. — Taco trucks will be the topic discussed. Arellano's Cal State Fullerton students will present their oral histories on Latino restaurateurs in Orange County. In addition, designer food trucks will be at the library, selling their goods.

June 23, 6:30 p.m. — The lecture series closes with a screening of “Born in East LA.”

CSUF Chicana and Chicano Studies Department, 657-278-4815
Fullerton Public Library, 714-738-6333

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