April 2009 Archives

MEChA 40th Anniversary - RSVP by April 30th!


Attention: Former MEChistas and members of the Chican@/Latin@ community at Stanford

This year commemorates the 40th anniversary of the founding of MEChA in 1969. In addition, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Agenda for Action Coalition takeover of the President's office, and the 15th anniversary of the hunger strike that lead to the establishment of the CSRE department. 

In honor of these important milestones, MEChA de Stanford is planning a one day conference to bring together past and current MEChistas and members of the Stanford Comunidad to celebrate the history of MEChA and plan for the future. 

Events will include a reception with words from Cecilia Burciaga and Jose Padilla, a panel featuring early Stanford MEChistas, a second panel of the '94 hunger strikers, a dinner and keynote address by Professor Renato Rosaldo, and a commemorative play written and performed by students about the history of Latinos at Stanford. We hope that you will be able to attend this event. In addition, please forward this email to anyone you think might be interested in attending. RSVP by Thursday to stanfordmecha@gmail.com, and feel free to contact us with any questions.

We hope to see you on Saturday!


MEChA de Stanford 

40th Anniversary

May 2, 2009
Stanford University

MEChA de Stanford is celebrating 40 years of service, activism, and community. This year also marks the 15th Anniversary of the Hunger Strike of 1994 that led to the establishment of ethnic studies at Stanford University. We invite current Stanford students and alum to partake in a commemorative event that hopes to bring us together and inspire the future leaders of the Latino community at Stanford. 

May 2, 2009


11:00a -12:30p: Reception at Wallenberg Auditorium

1:15p - 2:30p: Founding MEChA Panel at Cubberly Auditorium

3:00p - 4:30p: Hunger Strike: 15th Anniversary Panel - Cubberly Auditorium

5:00p - 7:00p: Dinner and Keynote Speaker, Renato Rosaldo at Cantor Arts Center

8:00p - 10:00p: "Memories from the Outside" - Commemorative Play at Kresge Auditorium

Prof. Renato Rosaldo, Keynote

Renato Rosaldo
Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology

Renato Rosaldo, a Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences, is one of 
the world's leading anthropologists. He has done field research among the Ilongots of northern Luzon, Philippines, and he is the author of Ilongot Headhunting: 1883-1974: A Study in Society and History (1980). He is also the author of Culture and Truth: The Remaking of Social Analysis (1989). He is also the editor of Creativity/Anthropology (with Smadar Lavie and Kirin Narayan) (1993), Anthropology of Globlization (with Jon Inda) (2001), and Cultural Citizenship in Island Southeast Asia: National and Beloning in the Hinterlands (2003), among other books. He has been conducting research on cultural citizenship in San Jose, California since 1989, and contributed the introduction and an article to Latino Cultural Citizens: Claiming Identity, Space, and Rights (1997). He is also a poet. Professor Rosaldo has serves as President of the American Ethnological Society, Director of the Stanford Center for Chicano Research, and Chair of the Department of Anthropology. He has left Stanford and now teaches at NYU.

Source: http://www.stanford.edu/group/howiwrite/Bios/renatorosaldo/index.html

It would be an honor to have you and your family attend this important event for the Chicano/Latino community at Stanford.

Please RSVP by Thursday, April 30, 2009 at stanfordmecha@gmail.com

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