Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Plática with Alfredo Santos

The Curriculum of the Community and How Small Newspapers Disturb the Status Quo

Wed, September 30, 2009 | Texas Union, Chicano Culture Room, 4.206

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The idea that there might exist a "curriculum of the community" is not as far fetched as many think.  This is especially true in South Texas.  It is not an accident that some communities produce doctors and lawyers while others produce farm workers and sheep shearers.  Alfredo R. Santos c/s will share his insights into how the curriculum of the community functions and how Chicano activist newspapers have served to disturb the lesson plans of those who wish to control Mexican Americans on a daily basis.  He will also share his insights on what it takes to be a successful community activist.

Alfredo R. Santos is originally from Uvalde, Texas and was an active member of MAYO (Mexican American Youth Organization) in the 1960s.  A high school dropout and former migrant farm worker, Santos graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in economics.  Later he earned a Masters degree in Education.  As the editor in chief of La Voz Newspapers, for the past 20 years he oversees the operation of a small chain of community based newspapers.  The author of two books, his latest publication was released last month; The 2009 Austin Hispanic Almanac.

Sponsored by: Center for Mexican American Studies, College of Liberal Arts

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