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UCR Lecture to Focus on Immigration

UCR Lecture to Focus on Immigration

Publication of Armando Navarro’s new book about the U.S. immigration experience will be celebrated at Dec. 11 lecture and book-signing.

(December 3, 2008)

Armando Navarro

Armando Navarro

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The immigration crisis is inextricably linked to the globalization of capital and the U.S. economy’s dependence on cheap labor, says Armando Navarro, professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, Riverside.

Navarro will discuss research that led to publication of his most recent book, “The Immigration Crisis: Nativism, Armed Vigilantism, and the Rise of a Countervailing Movement,” on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in Humanities 1500. He also will be available to sign copies of the book, which was published this month by AltaMira Press.

“This is by far the most comprehensive work on the political history of this continent and this country’s immigrant experience, and the various ethnic and racial groups that have become part of this nation of immigrants,” Navarro says. “This book in meticulous manner posits the argument that immigration reform in itself is not the answer. The answer lies in the systematic change in this country’s economy.”

Members of the committee hosting the lecture and book-signing are: Estella Acuña, director of UCR Chicana/o Student Programs; Luz Maria and Antonio Ayala, founders/directors of TODEC (Training Occupational Development Educating Communities); Victoria Baca, member of the Moreno Valley school board; Bill Cortes, member of the Corona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Yolanda and Gilberto Esquivel of Hispanos Unidos of Moreno Valley; Carlos Juarez, Inland Empire Latino Lawyers board member; Enrique Lopez, Chicano studies lecturer at UCR; Felix Martel, member of the National Alliance for Human Rights (NAHR); Bill Medina and John Medina, Zacatecas Restaurant owners; Jose Medina, member of the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees; Daniel Morales, NAHR member; James Sandoval, UCR vice chancellor of student affairs; Francisco Sola of the Riverside Voter Registration Project; and Raul Wilson, founder of Mexican Political Association.

For more information or to reserve a copy of the book, contact Maria Anna Gonzales at (951) 743-7173.

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