James Diego Vigil, Chicano High Schoolers in a Changing Los Angeles ♥
Wednesday, Feb 23, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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James Diego Vigil
Chicano High Schoolers in a Changing Los Angeles
A virtual presentation of the Reimagining the Latinx Experience in America book talk series
Professor Vigil’s ethnographic approach in unwrapping Mexican American high school students’ academic achievement is broad and detailed. He provides a broad canvas within which the reader can examine the connections between level of acculturation (i.e., cultural origins and ethnic identity), class status and educational performances. He compiles rich data from two contrasting high schools (and, later, another) over several decades (1974, 1988, 2007, 2019)—almost 50 years from the Vietnam War to the current COVID-19 pandemic—illustrating how a balanced multicultural learning experience makes for a positive difference in school performance.
Gilberto Conchas, The Wayne K. and Anita Woolfolk Hoy Endowed Professorship of Education at The Pennsylvania State University, will serve as commentator.
James Diego Vigil is a Professor of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has held various teaching and administrative positions. As an urban anthropologist focusing on Mexican Americans, he has conducted research on ethnohistory, education, culture change and acculturation and adolescent and youth issues, especially street gangs. This work has resulted in publications including: From Indians to Chicanos: The Dynamics of Mexican American Culture (third edition, 2012), Personas Mexicanas: Chicano Highschoolers in a Changing Los Angeles (1997), Barrio Gangs (1988), A Rainbow of Gangs: Street Cultures in the Mega-City (2002), The Projects: Gang and Non-Gang Families in East Los Angeles (2007), which examine family life in a housing project, and Gang Redux: A Balanced Anti-Gang Strategy (2010).
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST
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The Reimagining the Latinx Experience in America book talk series is hosted by The Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Opportunity, and Mobility initiative. This series will address the realities––past and present––of Latinx people in the U.S., and consider how the future may look different, including better access to justice, resources, and opportunities. The Future of Latinos Initiative is excited to spotlight these scholars and engage with their important new work.
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