Contact: Nancy George, (214) 768-7674
or Ellen Sterner, (214) 768-7650
ngeorge@smu.edu

Sept. 21, 2004

"SLACKERS AND HIPSTERS" -- WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MEXICAN-AMERICAN YOUTH?

Author and anthropologist José Limón, an expert on Mexican-American culture, literature, and U.S.-Mexico relations, will lecture and answer questions at SMU regarding Mexican-American issues:

  • How do third- and fourth-generation Mexican-Americans incorporate recent Mexican immigrants, especially youth, into American society?
  • Have fourth- and fifth-generation Mexican-American youth become postmodern hipsters and slackers, resting on the accomplishments of the past?
  • How can Mexican-Americans in the Lower Rio Grande Valley come to terms with the illicit drug traffic plaguing that area?

Who:
José Limón is director of the Center for Mexican-American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and professor of English and anthropology.

What:
Lecture: “Neither Friends, Nor Strangers: Mexicans and Anglos in the Literary Making of Texas,” sponsored by the Department of English, Clements Center for Southwest Studies, and Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon.

When:
Thursday, September 23, reception 6 p.m., followed by 6:30 lecture.

Where:
DeGolyer Library, 6404 Hilltop Ave., SMU

Class:
Limón will lead a discussion in the English Department’s “Chicano Literature” class -- Friday, September 24, 10 a.m., Room 116, Dallas Hall, 3225 University, SMU.

To arrange a one-on-one interview with Limón, call Nancy George at 214-768-7674.

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