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March 5, 2003


DALLAS (SMU) -- Leo Chavez, a leading scholar of Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans in the United States, will give the 2003 George and Mary Foster Distinguished Lecture in Cultural Anthropology sponsored by SMU's Department of Anthropology at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be in room 131 of the Dedman Life Sciences Building, 6501 Airline Road. Parking is available in the Airline parking garage directly across from the building.

Chavez, a professor of anthropology at the University of California-Irvine, will speak on "Cultural Beliefs and Cancer Risk Factors: The Perceptions of Hispanic and Anglo Women and Physicians."

Chavez has published widely on various aspects of the immigrant experience, including problems of access to health services and the effects of immigration policy on immigrants. His first book, Shadowed Lives: Undocumented Immigrants in American Society, focuses on the lives of undocumented workers in southern California. His latest book, Covering Immigration: Popular Images and the Politics of the Nation, analyzes how popular magazine covers reflect changing attitudes toward immigration since 1965.

The Foster Distinguished Lecture series honors the contributions of anthropologists George McClelland Foster and Mary LeCron Foster, both associated for many years with the University of California-Berkeley. They have been instrumental in the development of anthropology in the U.S. and abroad. George Foster received an honorary degree from SMU in 1990. An anonymous gift to the university created the lecture series.