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Latino activist Nolan Cabrera to speak Oct. 11 on ‘State of Arizona versus ethnic studies program’

October 6, 2011
Nolan L. Cabrera

Nolan L. Cabrera

Scholar and activist Nolan L. Cabrera will visit NIU Tuesday, Oct. 11, to speak as part of the events for Latino Heritage Month.

NIU’s Latino Resource Center, the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies and the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy will host Cabrera from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Cavan Auditorium of Gabel Hall.

Cabrera will deliver a talk to NIU faculty, staff and students about the state of ethnic studies in Tucson, Ariz.

He will provide his firsthand account of the struggle to maintain Tucson Unified School District’s highly effective Mexican-American Studies program within a political climate in Arizona that equates the teaching of ethnic studies with treason.

Cabrera is an assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of Arizona (UA). In the Center for the Study of Higher Education at UA, he researches the impact the New Start Summer Program has on low-income, first-generation and racial minority college students.

Prior to coming to UA, Cabrera graduated from UCLA, where he worked on Sylvia Hurtado’s NIH-funded project regarding diversifying the sciences. His dissertation, “Invisible Racism: Male Hegemonic Whiteness in Higher Education,” critically analyzed white, male undergraduates racial ideologies.

Cabrera’s primary research interests include race and racism in higher education, whiteness formation, diversity and affirmative action. Prior to his graduate studies, Cabrera was the director of a Boys & Girls Club in the San Francisco Bay area of California.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Latino Resource Center at (815) 753-1986.