Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

New Faculty Lecture Series

In 2008, CMAS began to host two lecture series directed at faculty from The University of Texas at Austin. These lecture series honor two individuals who have historically contributed to Mexican American Studies at UT Austin. Furthermore, the Jovita González Memorial Lecture in the Arts and Humanities and the George I. Sánchez Memorial Lecture in the Social Sciences and Education are presented by faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers in Latino Studies who are new to the UT Austin community. These two lecture series honor faculty while encouraging the further development of their research and mobility through the faculty ranks.

Jovita González (1904–1983) was a leading Mexican American folklorist, historian, creative writer, and teacher from Roma, Texas. At a time few people of Mexican descent even attended college, González earned a masters degree in history from UT Austin in 1930. Her thesis, “Social Life in Cameron, Starr, and Zapata Counties,” is still a valuable model of social analysis and an important early contribution to Mexican American letters. She served as president of the Texas Folklore Society from 1930–1932, and taught countless Corpus Christi schoolchildren after moving there in 1939.

George I. Sánchez (1906–1972) was a noted Mexican American sociologist of education, civil rights advocate, and longtime UT Austin professor from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He obtained his masters degree in educational psychology and Spanish in 1931 from UT Austin, and his Ed.D. degree from UC Berkeley in 1934. His 1940 study of the deplorable living conditions of nuevomexicanos, Forgetten People: A Study of New Mexicans, powerfully demonstrated how engaged research could combat systemic racial discrimination.

Please contact Luis Guevara at (512-475-6769 or for more information about the lecture series sponsored by CMAS.

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