Latino scholar Carlos Munoz to discuss diversity and social justice in April 19 talk


Latino scholar Carlos Munoz to discuss diversity and social justice in April 19 talk

Noted Latino scholar Dr. Carlos Munoz Jr., a professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, will discuss “Diversity and the Struggle for Social Justice” in a talk from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in the auditorium of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center at the University of St. Thomas.

The talk, which will include an opportunity for questions and answers, is free and open to the public. Co-sponsors of the program are the University Lectures Committee, Center for Faculty Development and Multicultural Student Services.

Dr. Carlos Munoz Jr.

A book-signing and reception will be held prior to the lecture, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m., in the foyer of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center.

In his talk, Munoz will discuss multiculturalism and will encourage students to acknowledge diverse perspectives. He has been involved in the civil and human rights, social justice and peace movements since his days as a student in the 1960s.

Munoz is the founding chair of the nation’s first Chicano studies department, which was established in 1968 at California State University, and is the founding chair of the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies. He is an expert on ethnic and racial politics, multiculturalism, immigration and affirmative action.

Munoz, who has spoken at major universities throughout the country, last year was honored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education for “educating others and inspiring them in the pursuit of their goals.” He also has been honored for his work by the American Political Science Association and the University of Michigan, which presented him its Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez and Rosa Parks Award.

Munoz is one of 28 civil rights activists honored in a traveling national exhibit, “The Long Walk to Freedom.”

He is the author of Youth, Identity, Power: The Chicano Movement. Now in its 12th printing, the book received the Gustavus Myers Book Award and was a resource for a PBS television series. He is working on several new books, including Diversity and the Challenge for a Multiracial Democracy in America and The Latino Experience in Major League Baseball.

Munoz has appeared on all major broadcast and cable television networks; his newspaper columns are distributed nationally by Knight-Ridder.

He was born in the “segundo barrio” in El Paso and raised in the barrios of east Los Angeles. He received his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from California State University and his doctorate in government from Claremont Graduate School. He is professor emeritus in the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

More information about Munoz is available here. For more information about his visit to St. Thomas, call the Multicultural Student Services office, (651) 962-6460.