Join the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Center for Regional Studies for two events, March 22 and 23, focused on Mexican Americans and their historical settlement in the U.S.

The first event, a lecture by Robert Con Davis-Undiano, titled “How Mexican Americans Created a Home for Themselves and a Better Future for America,” on Thursday, March 22, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Willard Room located at the Zimmerman Library with a reception following.

The second event, Davis-Undiano will direct a publication workshop on scholarship and creative writing in regional topics and Mexican American studies titled “Publishing in Mexican American Studies and Regional Topics,” on Friday, March 23, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the Honors College, room 22.

At these events, Davis-Undiano clarifies and bridges critical gaps in cultural history, important artifacts from the past and present, connecting the casta (caste) paintings of eighteenth-century Mexico to modern-day artists including John Valadez, Alma López and Luis A. Jiménez Jr.

He also examines such community celebrations as Day of the Dead, Cinco de Mayo and lowrider car culture as examples of mestizo influence on mainstream American culture. Woven throughout is the search for meaning and understanding of mestizo identity.

Davis-Undiano is the editor of the Chicana and Chicano Visions of the Americas Series at the University of Oklahoma Press. He is a Neustadt Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma and Executive Director of World Literature Today who is known internationally for his bilingual scholarship in the areas of Chicano Studies, American Studies and literary criticism.

For more information, contact Anna Nogar at