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Sept. 16, 2004

Photos (from top): David Roediger, the Kendrick C. Babcock Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; George Sanchez, director of the Program in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California

Visiting Scholars To Speak On Race In America Sept. 22-24

Two of the foremost scholars on race in America will give free, public lectures and discussions next week at the University of Iowa.

David Roediger, the Kendrick C. Babcock Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will speak on, "The Dilemmas of Popular Front Anti-Racism: Looking at Frank Sinatra's 'The House I Live In'," at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in Room 302, Schaeffer Hall (Commons). Discussion and refreshments will follow the lecture.

George Sanchez, director of the Program in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, will speak on "Race and Immigration in Changing Communities: The Case of Boyle Heights," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in Room 140, Schaeffer Hall. He will also speak on "Disposable People, Expendable Neighborhoods: Repatriation, Internment, and Urban Redevelopment in East Los Angeles," at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in Room 704, Jefferson Building.

Sanchez studies historical and contemporary topics of race, gender, ethnicity, labor, and immigration. He is the author of "Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900 - 1945," (Oxford University Press, 1993.) Currently he is working on two projects: a book on the impact of contemporary Mexican migration on the culture and politics of Los Angeles at the end of the 20th century, and a historical study of the ethnic interaction of Mexican-Americans, Japanese-Americans and Jews in the Boyle Heights area of East Los Angeles.

His visit is sponsored by the departments of American studies and of history in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program, and the Office of the Provost.

Roediger will consider what it means to be White in American, how race is "made" and how it should be defined and redefined. The Director for the Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society at the University of Illinois, Roediger is the author or editor of seven books on the history of race in America. His forthcoming book is "Colored White: Transcending the Racial Past."

Roediger's awards include the Carlton C. Qualey Memorial Award for his article "Inbetween Peoples," co-authored with James Barrett, awarded in 1999. The award is given by the Immigration and Ethnic History Society for the best article in the Journal of American Ethnic History. He also won the 1992 Merle Curti Prize, awarded to the best book of social history, given by the Organization of American Historians. His lecture is sponsored by the history department in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in the Roediger program, please contact the history department in advance at 319-335-2299. If you require an accommodation to participate in the Sanchez programs, please contact the UI American Studies Department in advance at 319-335-0320.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu.