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"The Sleeping Giant vs. the Politics of Fear: Arizona's Hispanic Society in the Twenty-First Century" (lecture)

Date: February 14, 2012

Times: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location:   Special Collections

Contact: VerĂ³nica Reyes-Escudero


Professor Thomas E. Sheridan, from the UA School of Anthropology, delivers the second of three talks in the AZ Centennial Lecture Series being held in conjunction with Special Collections' yearlong exhibition “Becoming Arizona: The Valentine State.” Sheridan’s lecture, “The Sleeping Giant vs. the Politics of Fear: Arizona's Hispanic Society in the 21st Century,” will be held Feb. 14, 2012, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Special Collections. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a reception, book sale and book signing.

In “The Sleeping Giant vs. the Politics of Fear” Sheridan observes that between 2000 and 2010, the Hispanic proportion of Arizona’s population expanded from 25 to 32 percent. This expansion makes Hispanics the fastest-growing sector of the state’s population. Hispanics, as Sheridan posits, are Arizona's sleeping giant; if they organize in proportion to their numbers, they will transform Arizona’s political culture and better position the state to take advantage of the global economy.

Professor Sheridan has conducted ethnographic fieldwork and ethnohistorical research in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico since 1971. The author or co-editor of twelve books and monographs, Sheridan’s work includes Los Tucsonenses: The Mexican Community of Tucson, 1854-1941 (University of Arizona Press 1986); Where the Dove Calls: The Political Ecology of a Peasant Corporate Community in Northwestern Mexico (UA Press 1988); Arizona: A History (UA Press 1995); and Landscapes of Fraud: Mission Tumacácori, the Baca Float, and the Betrayal of the O’odham (UA Press 2006), which won the Past Presidents’ Gold Award from the Association of Borderlands Studies. 

Special Collections yearlong exhibition, "Becoming Arizona: The Valentine State," celebrates 100 years of Arizona's statehood, which it attained on Feb. 14, 1912, by recreating the colorful story of Arizona’s path to becoming a state. The AZ Centennial Lecture Series, being held in conjunction with the exhibit, explores the literary traditions, political landscape and the legacies of Arizona women. The third and final talk in the AZ Centennial Lecture Series will be held on March 28, 2012 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. when author and historian Jan Cleere presents “Legacies of the Past: Historic Women of Arizona.”

All lectures are located in Special Collections, 1510 E. University Blvd.
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