Dr. Guadalupe San Miguel Jr., award-winning historian and author on Mexican-American and educational history, will present a public lecture on his book "Contested Policy: The Rise and Fall of Federal Bilingual Education in the United States, 1960-2001," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 in the Student Union Theater.
San Miguel, considered one of the foremost authorities on Mexican-American educational history, is a professor from the University of Houston.
"His discussion on his recent work is noteworthy because it will highlight an important civil rights struggle that occurred in the United States from the 1960s to the present," Department of History and Philosophy Lecturer Trinidad Gonzales said.
The book provides a brief sketch of the origins, evolution and consequences of federal bilingual education policy from 1960 to 2001. It also describes and explains the role played by the contending groups of supporters and opponents in its development.
His other works include, "Let All of Them Take Heed: Mexican-Americans and the Campaign for Educational Equality in Texas, 1910-1981," "Brown, Not White: School Integration and the Chicano Movement" and "Tejano Proud: Tex-Mex Music in the Twentieth Century."
San Miguel's presentation at UTPA is sponsored by the Rondel Davidson Lecture Series in conjunction with the Department of History and Philosophy.
For more information on the lecture, contact Gonzales at 956/381-3561.