Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

CMAS PláticArte

Thu, April 9, 2009 | Texas Union, Chicano Culture Room (4.206)

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Ken Gonzales-Day will discuss his recent book, Lynching in the West: 1850-1935 (Duke, 2006) which began as an effort to expand the historical record in one of these states, and in doing so, discovered that contrary to the vast majority of published texts and histories on California, that frontier justice and vigilantism were not always a racially neutral set of practices.

The lecture considers how eighteenth and nineteenth century theories of race, nationality and ethnicity, may have contributed to this history. From the vigilance committee to the anti-lynching movement, lynching touched nearly every community in the United States, and continues to serve as a catalyst for thinking about race, ethnicity, and national identity today. Gonzales-Day will locate this material within a larger discussion of his artistic practice.

Sponsored by: The Center for Mexican American Studies, College of Liberal Arts; the Permanent Seminar in Latin American Art and the Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts

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