Dr. ROBERTO CANTÚ
PROFESSOR OF CHICANO STUDIES AND ENGLISH
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES
Wife’s name: Elvira Cantú
Children: Victoria Guadalupe Cantú (age 14), Isabel Cantú (age 13), Roberto Cantú (age 10)
Office: King Hall B-3023
Telephone: (323) 343-2195 (with voice-mail)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or, email@example.com
European, Latin American, U.S., and Mexican American literatures
History of Europe and Mesoamerica to Modern Mexico
History of Mexico-U.S. Relations
History of Spanish explorations and trade in Asia and
Spanish Colonies in the Americas, 15th-19th Centuries.
Café California, Interview with Chris Franco
on Religious Diversity
I. ACADEMIC DEGREES
1982 Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Los Angeles. Title of dissertation: "La invención de América: historia y filosofía de la historia en la obra de Edmundo O'Gorman." Pp. ix + 394. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Aníbal Sánchez-Reulet.
1970 M.A. in Spanish
San Diego State University
1968 B.A. in Spanish
San Diego State College
II. EMPLOYMENT AND ADMINISTRATIVE ASSIGNMENTS
1994-Present: Professor of Chicano Studies and English,
California State University, Los Angeles
Fall, Winter, Spring 2001-2002 Visiting Professor, Dept. of Chicano and Chicana
Studies. University of California, Santa Barbara.
Fall 1997 Visiting Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University of California, Irvine
Fall 1994 Professor of English (joint appointment in Chicano Studies)
California State University, Los Angeles
Fall 1990 Visiting Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Irvine.
1988 Professor of Chicano Studies,
California State University, Los Angeles
1976 Joined the Chicano Studies faculty as Assistant Professor with an appointment as Acting Chair of the Department of Chicano Studies, California State University, Los Angeles
III. AWARDS AND GRANTS
2010 President’s Distinguished Professor Award, Cal State L.A.
2008 Big Read Certificate of Achievement awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts for Outstanding Contribution to Education.
2007-2008 The Barry Munitz Research Award (English Dept.), for research during this academic year (Spring 2008).
1996 Chosen to represent CSLA at the Commission on Learning Resources and Instructional Technology Institute during its state-wide summer session "Putting Learning First: Taking Advantage of New Technologies," held at CSU Pomona on June 17-19, 1996.
1995 $1,800 by Auxiliary Services, Cal State L.A., to pay honoraria of CSU faculty participants in a state-wide conference I organized under the title "Books by CSU Faculty: Ethnic Studies, Gender, Literary Theory, and Multiculturalism," held at Cal State L.A. on May 19, 1995.
1991 Outstanding Professor Award, 1990-1991. California State University, Los Angeles
1990 The Rainbow Festival Award University of California, Irvine
1984 Awarded a University Projects Fund grant (CSULA) to organize the Junípero Serra International Conference held at Cal State L.A. on 12 December 1984. Four Spanish historians, and four Mexican and U.S. historians, participated in this conference; I organized it so that it would be held both at Tijuana’s Centro de Cultura, and at Cal State L.A. The international conference was co-sponsored by the Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana (Spain).
1982 A $20,000 grant by the Rockefeller Foundation (received jointly with Dr. Louis Negrete); this grant resulted in an international conference (planned and organized by Roberto Cantú) entitled "Tecnología y cultura en la frontera de México y los Estados Unidos," held at La Jolla, California on December 9-12, 1983. A total of 98 guests from Mexico (faculty, researchers, students) participated, with the grant covering all of their expenses. Approximately 300 U.S. faculty (including panelists) attended the conference.
1981 $2,000 grant awarded by the Bicentennial Committee (CSULA) for the Chicano History and Culture Week held on November 16-20, 1981, which I planned and organized to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the founding of the City of Los Angeles.
1981 Selected by Cal State L.A. to attend a summer workshop on "Modern Literary and Critical Perspectives," given at Stanford University on July 27-August 7, 1981. Repeated in the summer of 1982.
1975 Distinguished Alumni Award
San Diego State University
1968 Award of Distinction in Class of 1968, San Diego State College
1994 Publication of my translation from English to Spanish of José Antonio Villarreal's novel Pocho (New York: Anchor Books, 1994), pp. 11-265.
1994 Translation of Baja California Governor Esteban Cantú's speech of 1919, published in The Last Golden Spike Ceremony: the San Diego and Arizona Railway Anniversary, 75 Years (San Diego, 1994).
A. Published books and book in preparation:
2018 Border Folk Balladeers: Critical Perspectives on Américo Paredes (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, forthcoming).
2016 Equestrian Rebels: Mariano Azuela and the Novel of the Mexican Revolution. UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016. Pp. xxxiv + 347.
2015 The Reptant Eagle: Essays on Carlos Fuentes and the Art of the Novel, edited with an introduction by Roberto Cantú. UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015. Pp. vii + 330.
2014 The Willow and the Spiral: Essays on Octavio Paz and the Poetic Imagination, edited with an introduction by Roberto Cantú. UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. Pp. xxxii + 266.
2013 An Insatiable Dialectic: Essays on Critique, Modernity, and Humanism, edited with an introduction by Roberto Cantú. UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. Pp. viii + 230.
2011 Tradition and Innovation in Mesoamerican Cultural History: A Homage to Tatiana A. Proskouriakoff, edited with an introduction by Roberto Cantú, co-edited with Aaron Sonnenschein (Munich: Lincom, 2011).Pp. 204.
- Book Chapters, Articles, Book Introductions, Reviews, and English Translations of Poetry and essays in Spanish:
2017 My translation from Spanish to English of the essay: "The X On The Brow: Reflections on Mexico (1952), by Alfonso Reyes," Chapter 18 in book Mexican Philosophy in the 20th Century: Essential Readings. edited by Carlos Alberto Sánchez and Robert Eli Sánchez (Oxford University Press, 2017): 233-244.
2014-2016 Book reviews published in World Literature Today:
1. Robert Con Davis, Mestizos Come Home! Making and Claiming Mexican American Identity
1. Alfredo Vea, The Mexican Flyboy
2. Rudolfo Anaya ,Poems From the Rio Grande
3. Sagrado by Spencer R. Herrera
4. Rudolfo Anaya's The Old Man's Love Story
2014 "Apocalypse as an Ideological Construct: The Storyteller's Art in Bless Me, Ultima." Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol. 362. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. New York: Gale, 2014. 51-69. Reprinted with permission, source: Rudolfo Anaya: Focus on Criticism. Ed. César A. González-T. (La Jolla: Lalo Press, 1990): 13-63.
2013 Peer-reviewed article “Human Rights and Spain’s Golden Age Theatre: National History, Empire, and Global Trade in Tirso de Molina’s El Burlador de Sevilla,” Journal of East-West Thought, Vol. 3, No. 4 (December 2013): 95-114.
2013 Peer-reviewed article “La guerra entre México y los Estados Unidos en la novela El fistol del diablo, de Manuel Payno,” Literatura Mexicana (México: Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas, UNAM), Vol. XIV, No. 1, 23-43. For a full version of this article (pdf), visit:
2013 Peer-reviewed article “Leer para abrir los ojos: el conocimiento y la imaginación en la narrativa de Carlos Fuentes,” Ventana Abierta, No. 33 (Otoño 2012): 30-34. This article was solicited for publication and reprinted in an expanded version in the literary journal Revista HIspanoamericana de Literatura (Maracaibo, Venezuela), 27 July 2013.
2013 Peer-reviewed article “Ideograms of the East and the West: Octavio Paz, Blanco, and the Traditions of Modern Poetry,” Journal of East-West Thought, Vol. 3, No. 1 (March 2013): 63-78. For a full version of this article, visit:
2012 Book chapter “Literary Tradition and Narrative Singularity in José AntonioVillarreal’s Novel Pocho (1959),” in Chican@s y Mexican@s Norteñ@s: Bi-Borderlands Dialogues on Literary and Cultural Production, ed. Graciela Silva-Rodríguez and Manuel de Jesús Hernández-G. (México: Editorial Neón, 2012): 212-237.
2011 My “Foreword” to book titled Latino Los Angeles in Film and Fiction: The Cultural Production of Social Anxiety, by Ignacio López-Calvo. Arizona: The University of Arizona Press. Pp. xi-xvii.
2010 Article titled “Octavio Paz and India: Blanco, Modernity, and the Poetics of Simultaneism,” in One World Periphery Reads the Other: Knowing the "Oriental" in the Americas and in the Iberian Peninsula, ed. Ignacio López-Calvo. United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. Pp. 56-81.
2010 Book review of Lightning Gods and Feathered Serpents: The Public Sculpture of El Tajín, by Rex Koontz (Austin: UTP, 2009). In The Bulletin of Latin American Research (Liverpool, UK). Pp. 33-34.
2009 Article titled “Love is Elemental: Legacies of Self-Destruction in ‘Why Women Burn,’ by Helena María Viramontes,” in Camino Real: Estudios de las Hispanidades Norteamericanas, ed. Francisco Lomelí and Luis Leal (Spain, 2009): 79-95.
2008 Headnote on the narrative of Helena María Viramontes, in The Thomson Anthology of American Fiction, ed. Henry Hart.
2007 Article “Octavio Paz and Blanco: Ancient Civilizations, Modernity, and the Poetics of Simultaneism,” Cien Años de Lealtad: Essays in Honor of Luis Leal (México: Bellas Artes, 2007), pp. 965-979.
2007 Article titled “Points of Convergence: Ancient China, Modernity, and Translation in the Poetry and Essays of Octavio Paz, 1956-1996,” in Alternative Orientalisms in Latin America and Beyond, ed. Ignacio López-Calvo. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007. Pp. 2-28.
2005 Article titled “Images of War and Combat in Alfredo Véa’s Narrative Trilogy, 1993-1999,” in Violence and Transgression in World Ethnic Literatures, ed. Karin Ikas (Germany: University of Wurzburg, 2005), pp. 151-174.
2005 Introduction to a book of essays on Mexican novelists Mariano Azuela and José Rubén Romero, edited by Alvaro Ochoa Serrano (Mexico: El Colegio de Michoacán, 2005), pp. 11-18.
2004 Article on Alfredo Véa (Chicano novelist), published in Latino and Latina Writers, 2 vols, ed. Alan West-Durán (New York: Scribner and Sons, 2004), I: 511-525.
2004 Prologue to a book of poetry titled “Poética del delirio: o, Ezra Pound y El ultimo monolito de la noche,” by Mexican poet Estela Alicia López Lomas (Mexico: Consejo Nacional Para la Cultura y las Artes, 2004), pp. 5-15.
2003 Book review of Rewriting North American Borders in Chicano and Chicana Narrative, by German literary critic Monika Kaup (Peter Lang, 2001),published in Modern Language Quarterly, Vol. 64, No. 4 (December 2003): 508- 513.
2003 Article titled “Narración y afiliación en Gods Go Begging, novela de Alfredo Véa,” published in literary journal Nerter, 5-6 (Spring-Summer 2003): 14-18. This journal is published in the Canary Islands, Spain.
2003 Article on the life and novels by Chicano writer Rudolfo A. Anaya, published in the volume American Novelists Since World War II, Seventh Series, of the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Wanda H. Giles and James R. Giles (eds.), Vol. 278: 11-20.
2003 Article titled “Music That Makes You Wonder: Mestizaje and Nationalism in Mitote, fandango y mariacheros, by Alvaro Ochoa Serrano,” published in Musical Cultures of Latin America, ed. Steve Loza, (UCLA, 2003), pp. 23-33.
2002 Prologue to a book of poetry by Mexican poet Estela Alicia López Lomas titled El fuego tras el espejo (Mexico: Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura, 2002). This book was awarded Mexico’s national poetry prize for the year 2000.
2002 Review of J. Douglas Canfield’s Mavericks on the Border: The Early Southwest in Historical Fiction and Film (The University Press of Kentucky, 2002), published in Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, 5 (2002): 268-271.
2001 Article titled “Diásporas mexicanas en la novela chicana, 1959-1996,” in Y nos volvemos a encontrar, ed. Alvaro Ochoa Serrano (México: El Colegio de Michoacán, 2001), pp. 35-52.
2001 Article titled “Borders of the Self in Alfredo Véa’s The Silver Cloud Café,” in Studies in 20th Century Literature, Volume 25, Number 1 (Winter 2001), 210-245.
2000 Article titled “Hybrid Resolutions: Liberal Democracy and Ethnic Identity in Montserrat Fontes’s Dreams of the Centaur,” published in Arizona Journal of Hispanic Studies, 4 (2000): 141-158.
1999 Published article, titled “Understanding Federico García Lorca’s Bodas de sangre/Blood Wedding: From Dramatic Text to Theatrical Performance,” in A Guideto Understanding the Playwright, His Time and His Greatest Play (Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, 1999). This article appeared as the lead article in an instructional guide printed under the auspices of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts (Los Angeles) and a grant from Edison International. This instructional guide was distributed in L.A. high schools and given to audiences attending BFA’s production of Lorca’s play between September-October 1999.
1999 Three articles on Chicana/o novelists Montserrat Fontes, Joe Rodríguez, and Alfredo Véa, published in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Chicano Authors, ed. Francisco Lomelí and Carl Shirley. 1999.
1998 Article titled “Frumioso feminismo fronterizo en Alicia en la cárcel de las maravillas, “ reprinted in the literary journal Aquilón (Mexicali, Baja California).
1997 Article on Mexican poet Estela Alicia López Lomas, entitled "Frumioso feminismo fronterizo en Alicia en la cárcel de las maravillas," appeared in the literary journal Fragmentario (Michoacán, México).
1997 "Frontiers of Despair: Allegory and Worldly Vision in The Silver Cloud Café," in The Image of the Frontier in Literature, the Media, and Society, ed. Will Wright and Steven Kaplan (Colorado: Univesity of Southern Colorado, 1997), 266-274.
1997 "Constructs of Chicano Identity: Cinematic Representations of Race and Ethnicity in Bound by Honor," in California Sociologist, Vols. 17-18 (1994-1995), 149-163.
1997 "Without Points or Punctures: An Interview with Montserrat Fontes," in (untitled) (East Los Angeles literary and arts journal), Vol. IV, No.s 1--2 (1997), 7-15.
1997 "Don Juan on a Bust: Levels of Interpretation in Tirso de Molina's El Burlador de Sevilla," in Revista Literaria Iberoamericana, Vol. I, No. 2 (1996), 17-36. This article was also accepted for publication by the literary journal Gestos: Journal of Hispanic Theater, based on comments by an anonymous reader who considered this article to be one of the best in current Tirso de Molina studies.
1997 "Eat Fear and Shower in the Dust: An Interview with Joe Rodríguez," in (untitled) ( East Los Angeles literary and arts journal), Vol. IV, No.s 1-2 (1997), pp. 22-28.
1995 My textual "Response" to the inaugural paper read by Mexican historian Luis González was published in the volume Tradición e identidad en la cultura mexicana, ed. Alvaro Ochoa Serrano (Zamora: Colegio de Michoacán, 1995), pp. 24-31.
1995 My introduction "Remote Ancestors as Moderns: Los Enemigos and the limits of Utopia," was published in the program of the Cal State L.A. theatrical performance of Sergio Magaña's play. The program with introduction was distributed to audiences on February 24-26, and on March 2-5.
1994 Introduction to my translation from English to Spanish of José Antonio Villarrreal's novel Pocho (New York: Anchor Books, 1994), pp. 1-10.
1994 Article entitled "Utopías a la deriva: Pueblo en vilo y la crítica de la modernidad," was published in Pueblo en vilo, la fuerza de la costumbre: Homenaje a Luis González y González, ed. Alvaro Ochoa Serrano (Zamora: El Colegio de Michoacán, 1994), pp. 115-124.
1994 Article on Chicana writer Ana Castillo, published in Masterpieces of Latino Literature, ed. Frank N. Magill (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1994), pp. 323-326.
1994 Article on Chicano muralist George Yepes, "Coatlicue for Voyeurs," published in (untitled), Vol. II (Winter-Spring 1994), No. 2, 4-10.
1993 "Introduction" to literary and art journal (untitled), Winter 1993 issue.
1993 Article "The Nostos of the Alienated Brother in Voice-Haunted Journey," published in Alchemy: A Literary Journal of Chicano/Latino Arts, Vol. I (Winter 1993), 3-8.
1992 Published book review of Ramón Gutiérrez, When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1848 (Stanford University Press, 1991), in Southwest Book Review (Winter 1992).
1991 Two articles, one on Arturo Islas and the second on Eliud Martínez (Chicano novelists), published in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 122, ed. Francisco Lomelí and C. Shirley (Detroit: Gale Research, 1991), 146-154, 170-176.
1990 Article entitled "Apocalypse as an Ideological Construct: The Storyteller's Art in Bless Me, Ultima," in Rudolfo A. Anaya: Focus on Criticism, ed. César A. González (La Jolla: Lalo Press, 1990), pp. 13-63.
1990 Article entitled "The Surname, the Corpus, and the Body in Rudolfo A. Anaya's Narrative Trilogy," in Rudolfo A. Anaya: Focus on Criticism, ed. César A. González (La Jolla: Lalo Press, 1990), pp. 274-317.
1985 Article on Jose Antonio Villarreal, in Chicano Literature: A Reference Guide, eds. Julio A. Martinez and Francisco Lomelí (Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1985), pp. 420-432.
1985 "De nuevo al arte de Juan Rulfo: Pedro Páramo reestructura(n)do," in Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos (Spain), Nos. 421-423 (julio-septiembre de 1985), 305-354.
1985 "Monologo a tres voces," La Opinión (September 29, 1985), Cultural Section "La Comunidad," pp. 10-11. Review of Más allá de las máscaras, novel by Lucía Guerra.
1983 "El relato como articulacion infinita: 'Macario' y el arte de Juan Rulfo," La Palabra (Revista de Literatura Chicana), Vols. 4-5 (primavera/otoño 1982-1983), Nos. 1-2, 107-126.
1983 "El liberalismo mexicano en las Cortes de Cádiz," Los Ensayistas (University of Georgia), Nos. 14-15 (marzo de 1983), 31-58.
1982 "Fragmentos de un sistema discursivo: Juan Rulfo y la literatura me xicana de 1945 a 1965," Hipótesis, Vol. III (julio de 1982), Nos. 14-15, 267-286. Reprinted article originally published in Escolios, Vol. IV, Nos. 1-2, 81-98.
1982 "Nota preliminar: de Samuel Ramos a Emilio Uranga," Campo Libre, Vol. I (Summer 1981), No. 2, 230-255.
1981 "Chicano Authors: Inquiry by Interview," Campo Libre, Vol. I (Winter 1981), No. 1, 121-133. This book review was reprinted in the cultural section of La Opinión, June 21, 1981.
1980 "Arte y sistema de Juan Rulfo en 'El hombre'", in Requiem for the "Boom"--Premature?, eds. R.S. Minc and M.R. Frankenthaler (New Jersey: Montclair State College, 1980), pp. 31-50.
1980 "Entre el silencio y la palabra: una entrevista con Jesús Urzagasti" (Bolivian writer), Escolios, Vol. III (mayo-noviembre de 1978), Nos. 1-2, 88-96.
1980 "Hay plesha lichans tu di flac" (book review), Escolios, Vol. III (mayo-noviembre de 1978), Nos. 1-2, 111-114.
1979 "Nota preliminar," La raza cósmica, José Vasconcelos, trans. Didier T. Jaen (Los Angeles: Centro de Publicaciones, 1979), pp. v-vi.
1979 "Degradación y regeneración en Bless Me, Ultima: el chicano y la vida nueva," The Identification and Analysis of Chicano Literature, ed. Francisco Jiménez (New York: Bilingual Press, 1979), pp. 374-388. Reprint of article published in the literary journal Caribe (Hawaii), 1976.
1978 "Edmundo O'Gorman y La invención de América," Escandalar, Vol. I (January-March 1978), No. 1, 70-71. Book review.
1976 "Degradación y regeneración en Bless Me, Ultima: el chicano y la vida nueva," Caribe (University of Hawaii), Vol. I (Spring 1976), No. 1, 113-126.
1974 "The Crisis of Christianity in Chicano Literature," Audio Cassette #BC 2042 (Los Angeles: Pacific Tape Library).
1974 "Estructura y sentido de lo onirico en Bless Me, Ultima," Mester, Vol. V (noviembre de 1974), No.1, 27-41.
1974 "Macho!: A Chicano Novel," La Gente (UCLA), Vol. IV, No. 5 (April 1974), 18. Book review.
1974 "Rubén Darío y Canto errante," Antología comentada del modernismo, eds. F. Porrata and J. Santana (Sacramento: Explicación de Textos Literarios, 1974), pp. 346-350.
1974 "Aproximaciones al realismo socialista de Pablo Neruda," Mester, Vol. IV (abril de 1974), No. 2,103-113.
1974 "Convergencias, divergencias, incidencias," Mester, Vol. IV, No. 2 (abril de 1974), 142-143. Book review.
1973 "Hacia una interpretación de Las piedras del cielo de Neruda," Mester, Vol. III, No. 2 (abril de 1973), 14-23.
1973 "Bless Me, Ultima," Mester, Vol. IV (noviembre de 1973), No. 1, 66-68. Book review.
1973 "Mi tío Atahualpa," Mester, Vol. III, No. 2 (abril de 1973), 57-59. Book review.
1972 "El simbolismo de la caída en Ancorajes [Alfonso Reyes]," Mester, Vol. III (abril de 1972), No. 1, 35-42.
2017 Conference on Alfonso Reyes
Cal State L.A., April 14-15
2015 Conference on Mariano Azuela
and the Novel of the Mexican Revolution
Cal State L.A., May 15-16
2011 Conference on Modernity, Critique, and Humanism
Cal State L.A., February 12-13
Golden Eagle Ballroom
2009 Conference on Mesoamerica,
Theatre, University-Student Union
VI. PRODUCER OF A PLAY, ORGANIZER OF CONFERENCES AND MODERATOR OF SYMPOSIA
2018 Conference on Chicano History, Historiography, and the Historical Novel. To be held at Cal State L.A. on April 6-7, 2018. For more information, visit: http://chicanohistoryatcalstatela.blogspot.com/
2017 Conference on Alfonso Reyes: His Poetry, Essays, and Literary Theory, held at Cal State L.A. on April 14-15, 2017. For more information, visit: http://alfonsoreyesatcalstatela.blogspot.com/
2016 Conference on Américo Paredes: Border Narratives and the Folklore of Greater Mexico, held at Cal State L.A. on May 6-7, 2016. For more information, visit: http://americoatcalstatela.blogspot.com/
2015 Conference on Mariano Azuela and the Novel of the Mexican Revolution, held at Cal State L.A. on May 15-16, 2015. For more information, visit: http://marianoazuelaatcalstatela.blogspot.com/
2014 Conference on Rudolfo Anaya: Tradition, Modernity, and the Literatures of the U.S. Southwest, held at Cal State L.A. on May 2-3, 2014. For more information, visit: http://rudyanayaatcalstatela.blogspot.com/
2013 Conference on Global Modernities, held at Cal State L.A. on May 3-4, 2016. For more information, visit: http://eastwestconferenceatcalstatela.blogspot.com/
2012 Conference on Carlos Fuentes: Ancient Mexico, Modernity, and the Literary Avant-Garde," to take place at Cal State L.A. on May 7-8, 2012. For more information, visit:
2011 Conference on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Her Work, Colonial Mexico, and Spain's Golden Age," heldat Cal State L.A. on May 13-14. For more information, visit:
2011 Conference on Modernity, Critique, and Humanism," held at Cal State L.A. on February 12-13. For the full conference program, see: http://conferencemodernitycritiquehumanism.blogspot.com/
2010 Conference on Octavio Paz: A Plurality of Pasts and Futures,” held at Cal State L.A. on May 9-10. For more information, visit: http://www.conferenceonoctaviopaz.blogspot.com/
2009 Conference on Mesoamerica: Continuity and Change in Mesoamerican History, from the Pre-Classic to the Colonial Era: An Homage to Tatiana A. Proskouriakoff,” held at Cal State L.A. on May 15-16, 2009. For more information, visit: http://www.calstatela2009conferenceonmesoamerica.blogspot.com/
2008 County of L.A./Cal State L.A.’s Big Read 2008: I organized and coordinated 5 stage readings of Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima as part of the Big Read, two at Cal State L.A. (April 10 & 12), two at the Bilingual Foundation for the Arts (June 14-15), and one in Dallas, Texas (June 28) where our University cast (14 students and 5 professional actors) was invited to close the City’s Big Read activities. I secured from the author licenses for these events, produced a Big Read T-shirt and poster with art by George Yepes, with proceeds donated to our campus University Library.
1999 As director of the Teatro Universitario en Español (Department of Modern Languages, Cal State L.A.) during the AY 1998-1999, I taught the course Spanish 451: Hispanic Play Production, and was responsible for all aspects of theatrical production of Federico García Lorca’s Bodas de sangre/Blood Wedding, such as: fundraising; coordination of all Teatro activities; the typing and layout of the play’s program; the design of t-shirts and posters; a television presentation announcing the play that aired for two-weeks prior to the opening performance (April 8) on TV channels 22, 34, and 52; the grading of student actors, etc. According to Dr. Joseph Chrzanowski, Chair of the Department of Modern Languages, Bodas de sangre was the best play Teatro had ever produced on campus. Along with 29 Cal State L.A. students, we had 4 professional actors in the play, thus giving our students the rare opportunity to perform with experienced actors. The five performances took place on April 8-11, 1999; all were sold-out performances.
1997 I organized a faculty workshop for Cal State L.A.'s Center for Effective Teaching on the use of technology in the university classroom (January 10, 1997).
1997 I organized the symposium (2 panels) "A View From the Tijuana Bridge: The Art of Arthur Miller and Immigration to the United States, 1945-2000," for the Cal State L.A. Teatro Universitario en Español, February 28, 1997.
1997 I organized and hosted the Cal State L.A. Festival of Literary Journals, held at Cal Stte L.A. on March 8, 1997.
1995 I organized a statewide conference entitled "Books by CSU Faculty: Ethnic Studies, Gender, Literary Theory, and Multiculturalism," held at Cal State L.A. on May 19, 1995. Close to 25 CSU faculty participated, representing departments of Asian American Studies, Chicano Studies, Native American Studies, Pan African Studies, and Women’s Studies.
1994 I organized a two-day conference on Chicano/Latino writers at the College of the Siskiyous (Mt. Shasta, California), on May 13-14, 1994. I organized a similar conference in this same college in the summer 1993.
1992 Organizer and project director of the Stanford University 1992 Program for Faculty Renewal's Seminar entitled Teaching and Learning in the CSU Ethnic Studies Classroom, held at Stanford University on June 19-21, 1992. A total of 35 CSU Ethnic Studies faculty attended this three-day seminar.
1991 Organizer of two speaking engagements during the National Women's History Month Celebration (March 1991, CSULA); I organized the visits of two Chicana speakers: Ana Castillo and Helena María Viramontes.
1991 Organizer of two events for the Cinco de Mayo festivities at CSULA, namely: the visit of a Chicano novelist, Dr. Eliud Martínez, who will be speaking on his novel Voice-Haunted Journey (1990), and his work-in-progress; second, a student panel (four presenters, one moderator) on the narrative of Eliud Martínez, focusing on the blending of history and fiction in his novel.
1990 Organizer and moderator of a panel on Pocho (novel by Jose Antonio Villarreal) during the First Annual Summer Writing Institute, held at Cal State L.A. on June 16-17, 1990.
1990 Organizer of two panels on Chicana feminist literature for the American Literature Association (San Diego, California, May 31-June 2, 1990); moderator of the panel entitled "Crossing Boundaries: Male Readings of Chicana Feminist Texts," held on June 1, 1990.
1990 Organizer and moderator of a panel entitled "Traditional and Historical Change in the Narrative of Rudolfo A. Anaya," (March 29) for the 18th National Association for Chicano Studies Conference held at Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 28-31, 1990. At this session the presentations focused on the recent publication of the book Rudolfo A. Anaya: Focus on Criticism, edited by Cesar Gonzalez (Lalo Press, 1990).
1990 Organizer of visit by Ana Castillo to CSULA on March 6 as part of the International Women's Week, sponsored by the Departments of Chicano Studies and History. Ana Castillo read from Sapogonia, her recently published novel.
1989 Organizer of the Stanford University workshop "Critical Theory and Ideology in Current Chicano Studies Scholarship," held at Laguna Beach, California, on November 7-9, 1990 The workshop consisted of seven sessions led by distinguished Chicano studies scholars; a total of twenty Chicano faculty from California, Colorado, and New Mexico attended this workshop. Organization included selection of workshop site, correspondence and screening of applicants, hotel and meal arrangements, and preparation of final report to Stanford University. This workshop was funded on a cost-sharing basis by the Program for Faculty Renewal of Stanford University.
1989 Organizer of the Chicano Studies Distinguished Lecture Summer Series, bringing to CSULA Rudolfo A. Anaya, whose lecture was entitled "Aztlán: A Homeland Without Boundaries" (August 22), and Ana Castillo, who read from her published poetry and narrative (August 15).
1989 Organizer of the Chicano Studies Distinguished Lecture Spring Series, bringing to CSULA distinguished Chicano scholars such as Drs Richard Griswold del Castillo (Historian), Richard Garcia (Historian), Enrique Lamadrid (Folklorist), and Mexican faculty from the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, who lectured on the role of women in the urban development of Tijuana, Baja California, from the beginning of the century to the present.
1986 Invited by Stanford University to organize a workshop on minority issues, which resulted in the workshop "Chicano Studies: Theories and Methods," held at Pasadena, California, on December 12-14, 1986. A total of six sessions and three lectures formed part of this weekend workshop, with an attendance of twenty-six faculty from California and Arizona. Organization included selection of site, correspondence and screening of applicants, lodging and meal arrangements, and preparation of final report to Stanford University. This workshop was funded on a cost-sharing basis by the Program for Faculty Renewal (under the direction of Dr. David Halliburton) of Stanford University.
1985 Organizer of the Second International Student Conference, held at Cal State L.A. during the 5 de mayo festivities. A total of sixteen students from the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California were our guests during the duration of the conference, participating in panel discussions with Cal State L.A. students.
1984 Project director and organizer of the Junipero Serra International Conference held at Cal State L.A. on December 12, 1984. Participants included four historians from Spain, four from Mexico, and four from the U.S. The conference was co-sponsored by the Instituto de Cooperacion Iberoamericana (Madrid, Spain), and was first taken to Tijuana, where it took place at its Cultural Center (CECUT) on December 11.
1984 Organizer of the International Student conference held at Cal State L.A. on May 20-22. A total of twenty-five students from the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, the Universidad Iberoamericana, and the CETYS (Tijuana) were our guests during the duration of the conference, participating in several panel discussions with Cal State L.A. students (Channel 34 covered the highlights of the student conference during its evening news).
1984 Organizer and moderator of a panel on the narrative of Jose Antonio Villarreal, held at Cal State L.A. on February 27, 1984. The panelists were Drs. Juan Bruce-Novoa, Luis Leal, Francisco Lomeli, and Margarita Nieto.
1983 Organizer of the Rockefeller International Conference "Technology and Culture in the Mexico-United States Border," funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and held at La Jolla, California, on October 9-12, 1983. A total of ninety-eight faculty, researchers, and students from major Mexican institutions participated in this conference--with all expenses paid through the grant--with approximately three hundred faculty and students from the U.S. present also at this conference.
1981 Project director and coordinator of Chicano History and Culture Week, held at Cal State L.A. on November 16-20, 1981, commemorating the Bicentennial of the City of Los Angeles.A total of twelve Mexican scholars were invited to participate in the conference's sessions, alternating with Chicano faculty from the CSU and UC systems. Our Mexican guests were provided with travel, hotel, and meals during the duration of the conference.
1981 In above conference, I organized and moderated a session on Chicano Literary History, held on November 19.
1981 Conference coordinator of the Chicano Culture and History Week, held at Cal State L.A. on May 4-8, 1981. This was the initial week-long commemoration of the Bicentennial of the City of Los Angeles, sponsored by the Department of Chicano Studies.
1981 Moderator of a session on Latin American literature, held at the II Congreso de la Asociacion del Pensamiento Hispanico, April 4,1981, at the University of Georgia at Athens.
1981 Moderator of a panel discussion on the narrative of Rudolfo A. Anaya, held at Cal State L.A. on February 10. Mr. Anaya was the host speaker.
1981 Producer of a video tape (54 minutes) on above panel, held earlier (same day) with different panelists. The video tape has been added to the Chicano collection of the J.F. Kennedy Library, CSULA.
1980 Member of the Planning Committee of the conference entitled "Chicano Studies: Agenda for the 80's," sponsored by the Consejo de Estudios Chicanos and the Department of Chicano Studies at Cal State Long Beach. The conference was held on November 21-22, 1980 at the Long Beach campus.
1979 Organizer and moderator of a round table discussion on Zoot Suit, a play by Luis Valdez, Chicano playwright. This round table discussion was videotaped on June (CSULA) and is now part of the J.F. Kennedy Library's archives.
1979 Co-organizer (with Mr. Morris Polan, Director of the Library, CSULA) of a colloquium on Zoot Suit, held after the play's performance in the Acquarium Theatre (Hollywood) on May 1979.
1979 Project director and organizer of a state-wide conference on Chicano Studies, co-sponsored by the Department of Chicano Studies (CSULA) and the Consejo de Estudios Chicanos (a state-wide Chairs' association of which I was the founder). This conference was held at Cal State L.A. on April 6-7, 1979, and it consisted of sixteen workshops on various fields related to Chicano Studies. The conference organization dealt as well with all matters related to hotel and luncheon facilities, selection and introduction of speakers, and publicity and press releases.
1979 Obtained funds to bring Alberto Dallal to Cal State L.A. where he lectured on "Modern Mexican Dance: A Comprehensive View," on May 2, 1979. Mr. Dallal is one of Mexico's leading young novelists, being also a playwright, dance critic, and general editor of publications at the Colegio de Mexico.
1978 Organizer of lectures for the Mexican American community, given by Chicano Studies faculty in the East Los Angeles Public Library (conference room), on December 12-14.
1978 Organizer and moderator of a symposium entitled "El sentido actual de la Revolucion Mexicana," sponsored by the Department of Chicano Studies (CSULA) on November 20, 1978. One of the guest speakers was Dr. Enrique Krauze (representing el Colegio de Mexico), one of Mexico's leading historians.
1976 Organizer of lectures given by four CSULA Chicano faculty at a conference sponsored by the Calexico campus of the San Diego State University, on November 20, 1976.
VII. EDITORIAL PUBLICATIONS [all issues edited by Roberto Cantú]
1985 Campo Libre (Journal of Chicano Studies), Vol. II (1984), Nos. 1-2. Special issue I edited on the theme “Technology and Culture in the Mexico-United States Border.”
1982 Campo Libre, Vol. I (Summer 1981), No. 2.
1981 Escolios, Vol. IV (mayo-noviembre de 1979), Nos. 1-2.
1981 Campo Libre, Vol. I (Winter 1981), No. 1.
1980 Escolios, Vol. III (mayo-noviembre de 1978), Nos. 1-2.
1979 La raza cósmica, trans. Didier T. Jaen (CSULA: Centro de Publicaciones, 1979), pp. xxxvi-108. Reprinted by the John Hopkins University Press, 2001.
1978 Escolios, Vol. II (mayo-noviembre de 1977), Nos.1-2.
1977 Escolios, Vol. I (noviembre de 1976), No. 3.
1976 Piel menos mía, Octavio Armand (Escolios, numero extraordinario, Vol. I, No. 2.)
1976 Escolios, Vol. I (mayo de 1976), No. 1.
1975 Mester (UCLA), Vol. V (abril de 1975), No. 2.
1974 Mester, Vol. V (noviembre de 1974), No. 1.
1974 Mester, Vol. IV (abril de 1974), No. 2.
1973 Mester, Vol. IV (noviembre de 1973), No. 1.
1973 Mester, Vol. III (abril de 1973), No. 2.
1972 Mester, Vol. III (abril de 1972), No. 1.
VIII. EDITORIAL ASSIGNMENTS AND MEMBERSHIPS
1. Member of the Editorial Board of the Mexican scholarly journal Relaciones (Colegio de Michoacán), 1996-Present. This journal appears four times a year.
2. General Editor of the Centro de Publicaciones, and founder of two journals: Escolios: Revista de Literatura, and Campo Libre: Journal of Chicano Studies. Department of Chicano Studies, Cal State L.A., 1976-1984.
3. Member of the Editorial Board of Escandalar (New York), journal of literature and criticism, 1980-1983.
X. LECTURES AND PAPERS PRESENTED
2008 Paper titled “Literary Tradition and Narrative Singularity in José Antonio Villarreal’s Novel Pocho (1959),” presented at the Highlands University of New Mexico on April 3, 2008.
2008 I organized, moderated and spoke in a panel discussion on Rudolfo Anaya’s novel Bless Me, Ultima. The symposium was held at the end of the stage readings on June 15 at the Bilingual Foundation for the Arts. Other presenters in this panel were Dr. Lynn Fauth (Oxnard Community College), and Ricardo López (Chicano screen writer).
2008 I gave the closing lecture at Cal State L.A. for the Big Read cultural activities of the County of Los Angeles on April 17, titled “Narrative Cycles in Rudolfo Anaya’s Novels, from Bless Me, Ultima (1972) to The Curse of the ChucaCabra (2006).”
2008 I was the keynote speaker for the National Foundation for the Arts, The County of
Los Angeles and Cal State L.A. and gave its kick-off Big Read Lecture at the East Los Angeles Public Library on March 15. My lecture was titled “La Santa Tierra: Land, History, and the Sacred in Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo A. Anaya.”
2006 Paper titled “Points of Convergence: Ancient China, Modernity, and Translation in the Poetry and Essays of Octavio Paz, 1956-1996,” read in absentia in the conference “Orientalism in Latin American Literature,” Texas, April 21-22.
2005 Presented book and read my introduction to the book El ultimo monolito de la noche, by Mexican poet Estela Alicia López Lomas, at Tijuana’s Centro Cultural (CECUT), on March 19.
2003 Read a paper titled “Images of War and Combat in Alfredo Véa’s Narrative Trilogy, 1993-1996” in the international conference “Violence and Transgression in World Minority Literatures,” held at UC Santa Barbara, March 24, 2003.
2002 Presented the book and read my introduction to Estela Alicia López Lomas’s El fuego tras el espejo (Tijuana: Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura, 2002), pp. 9-13.
2001 Presented a paper titled ”Transnational Boundaries in Gods Go Begging, a novel by Alfredo Véa,” in a conference sponsored by the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies in Tucson, Arizona, on March 7-9, 2001.
2000 Presented book edited by Professors Alfredo Morales and Jeanine Gaucher-Morales on Mexican poet and novelist Miguel N. Lira, on April 10, 2000, at Cal State L.A.
1999 Presented a paper, “Mestizaje, Nationalism, and the Mexican Mariachi in the Work of Alvaro Ochoa Serrano,” in the opening session of the international conference Musical Cultures of Latin America: Global Effects, Past and Future,” held at UCLA on May 28-30, 1999.
1999 Presented a paper titled "Asian Tropisms in the Narratives of Chicana/Mexican Writers," in the symposium resonances and Dissonances: Asian and Asian American Languages, Arts, and Literatures in the Global Context, held at Cal State L.A. on October 16, 1998.
1999 I spoke on the topic “Mexican Diasporas in the Chicano Novel, 1959-1996,” at the international conference Taking Charge of Economic Change: Exploring the Common Struggles of the Peoples of the Americas, held at Cal State L.A. on May 21, 1999.
1998 I presented a paper titled "Memory and History as Models of Excavation in the Ethnic Novel" at the international conference Aesthetics and Difference, sponsored by UC Riverside's Center for Ideas and Society, and held on October 22-24, 1998.
1998 I was an invited scholar of the Archivo General de la Nación (Mexico City), where I read a paper titled "La idea de la frontera en la narrativa chicana," on March 5, 1998.
1998 I presented a paper titled "A Rhetoric of Fire as Feminist Critique in Why Women Burn by Helena María Viramontes," at the XI International Conference of the Asociación de Literatura Femenina Hispánica, held in Tempe, Arizona, on September 17-19, 1998. I moderated the session "Borderlands: Chicanas, Latinas and Feminism" at this same conference.
1997 Presented a paper, "Allegories of a Darkening World: Gothic Film and the Conspiratorial Text in Rudolfo Anaya's Rio Grande Fall," read in absentia at the 22nd Annual Colloquium on Modern Literature and Film, at West Virginia University on October 16-18, 1997.
1997 Presented a paper, "Multiple Ancestries in Chicano Film and Literature," at the UC Riverside Tenth Annual Tomás Rivera Conference, April 25, 1997.
1997 Presented a paper, "Frontiers of Despair: Allegory and Worldly Vision in The Silver Cloud Café," at the conference The Image of the Frontier in Literature, the Media, and Society, to be held at the University of Southern Colorado on March 13-15, 1997.
1997 Presented a paper, "Constructs of Chicano Identity: Cinematic Representations of Race and Ethnicity in Bound by Honor," at the Hispanic Teater Conference The Visual Construction of National, Social and Ethnic Identities in Theater and Other Visual Arts," to be held at UC Irvine on February 20-22, 1997.
1996 Invited to speak to faculty and students on the the topic relative to the organization and distribution of the planned literary journal Hermes of the Department of Modern Languages, California State University, Bakersfield, on May 23, 1996.
1996 Presented a paper entitled "Don Juan on a Bust: Levels of Interpretation in Tirso de Molina's Burlador de Sevilla," in the February 1996 Cal State L.A. symposium on El Burlador de Sevilla, a drama by Tirso de Molina, a Spanish Golden Age playwright.
1995 Paper "Frumioso feminismo fronterizo en Alicia en la cárcel de las maravillas" read during the book presentation of poetry by Mexican author Estela Alicia López Lomas, at El Día bookstore in Tijuana, Mexico, on November 24, 1995.
1995 Delivered a paper entitled "Trans-Historical Dreams in Alma Luz Villanueva's The Ultraviolet Sky," at Oxnard College, on April 27, 1995.
1995 Presented a paper entitled "Remote Ancestors as Moderns: Los Enemigos and the Limits of Utopia," in the Cal State L.A. symposium "Theatre and Culture in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica," on February 24, 1995.
1994 Invited to speak on the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), at Cal State L.A., November 3, 1994, at the University-Student Union.
1994 Read a paper entitled "Critical Contexts for a Reading of Tomás Rivera's ...y no se lo tragó la tierra," at the 7th Annual Tomás Rivera Conference, held at the University of California, Riverside, on April 22, 1994.
1994 Read a paper entitled "Alvaro Ochoa Serrano y su concierto de tres mundos: mitote, fandango y mariachis," at the El Colegio de Michoacán, on May 27, 1994. My travel and related expenses were all paid by the Colegio.
1994 Read a paper entitled "Rescoldos de Viejos Hogares: Hérón Pérez Martínez y la paremiología mexicana," at the El Colegio de Michoacán on May 26, 1994.
1991 Gave two lectures at CSULA during its "National Women's History Month Celebration,' one on March 5 ("Caught Between Extremes: Multiple Readings in Ana Castillo's The Mixquiahuala Letters"), the second on March 7 ("Comedy as Cultural Criticism in Mary Helen Ponce's Taking Control").
1990 "The Fictions of Identity: Ethnicity, Modernism, and the Chicano Novel," paper read at the World Issues Forum, Metropolitan State College at Denver, April 19, 1990. I participated as a guest speaker under the auspices of the Department of Modern Languages.
1990 "Approaches to the Chicano Homeland: A Commentary," at the 18th National Association for Chicano Studies, Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 29, 1990.
1990 "The Narrative Art of Eliud Martinez in Voice- Haunted Journey," paper read at the University of California, Riverside on May 2, 1990 during the public presentation of Eliud Martinez's novel.
1990 Invited speaker to introduce Rudolfo A. Anaya on the occasion of the book-signing of Rudolfo A. Anaya: Focus on Criticism, ed. by Cesar A. Gonzalez (La Jolla: Lalo Press, 1990), at San Diego Mesa College, March 22, 1990.
1989 "Theory and Ideology in Chicano Literary Criticism, 1974-1982," lecture given at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, on April 6, 1989; I was a guest speaker invited under the auspices of the English Department, Modern Languages, and the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute.
1988 "La nueva poesia chicana: Gary Soto y Lorna Dee Cervantes," lecture given at the PublicLibrary of the Mujeres Unidas por el Desarrollo Fronterizo, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, on September 21, 1988.
1986 "Criticism and the Chicano Novel: Theories and Methods," paper presented at the Stanford workshop on Chicano Studies: Theories and Methods, held on December 12-14, 1986, at the Holiday Inn in Pasadena, California.
1986 "Aportaciones de Octavio Paz al pensamiento feminista latinoamericano," paper read at the Second Annual Colloquium on Mexican Literature held at the University of California, Santa Barbara, on April 11, 1986.
1986 "Del lecho a la tribuna: hacia un feminismo latinoamericano en Más allá de las máscaras, novela de Lucía Guerra," paper read (April 10) at the International Symposium on Latin American Literature: Modern Discourses of Emancipation, held at San Diego State University on April 10-11, 1986.
1986 Two lectures, one on Chicano Studies and another on Chicano literature given at the Winter Institute of the Metropolitan State College at Denver, held at Cancun, Mexico, on January 2-5, 1986; I was a guest speaker invited under the auspices of the institute.
1985 "Entre el mito y la parodia: la historia de Mexico en la literatura chicana," paper read at the University of Arizona, Tucson, on December 5, 1985, under the auspices of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
1985 "Theory and Practice of the Chicano Novel in Rudolfo A. Anaya's Narrative Trilogy (1972-1979)," paper read (November 23) at the First Midwest Symposium on la Cultura Chicana: Twenty-five Years of the Chicano Novel, held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on November 22-23, 1985.
1985 "Mito e historia en la narrativa de Rudolfo A. Anaya," paper read (November 8) at the Simposio sobre literatura mesoamericana y chicana, held in honor of Dr. Luis Leal in Monterrey, Nuevo León (Mexico), on November 6-9, 1985.
1985 "The Rhetoric of History in Famous All Over Town, a novel by Danny Santiago," (announced in the conference program as "La historia como invención en la narrativa chicana actual"), paper read at the conference Language and Culture: East Meets West, held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa on March 13-16, 1985.
1985 "Entre el mito y la parodia: la historiografia liberal de Mexico en la narrativa chicana," paper read at the conference XX Century Mexico: Imagesof Transformation, held at the University of California at Riverside on April 18-21, 1985, in memory of Tomás Rivera.
1984 "The Narrative of Julieta Campos, Jorge Ibargüengoitia, and René Avilés Fabila," intervention in a round table discussion on Mexican literature during the First Annual Colloquium on Mexican Literature held at the University of California, Santa Barbara, on
November 29, 1984.
1984 "Knowledge and Power in Post-Revolutionary Mexico," Faculty Colloquium Series, CSULA, May 22, 1984. This lecture was delivered in response to an invitation by the Cal State L.A. Faculty Colloquium Committee (1983-1984).
1984 "Latinismo contra sajonismo en las Memorias de José Vasconcelos," paper read at the conference Latinidad y su sentido en América Latina, sponsored by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and the Instituto Francés de la América Latina, held at the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso (Mexico City) on May 7-11, 1984.
1984 Participated in a symposium entitled "Literatura en la frontera norte," sponsored by Bellas Artes (Mexico City) on May 10, 1984, and held at the Centro Cultural Guadalupe Posada; participants included Mexican and Chicano writers and critics.
1983 "Teoria de la cultura chicana en la obra de Américo Paredes," paper read on November 7, 1983, at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México during the Bicentennial Commemoration of Simón Bolívar's birth.
1983 "El chicano y sus Confesiones: la autobiografia como encubrimiento del ser," lecture given at Yale University under the auspices of the Department of Spanish and the local MEChA student association (January 7, 1983).
1981 Keynote speaker at closure of conference sponsored by the Fourth Annual Southwest Pacific Regional Conference on Ethnic and Minority Studies, held at Cal State Bakersfield on November 20-21, 1981. The title of the lecture was "Impressions on the XIX Century Californian Southwest."
1981 "Problemas para una historia de la literaturaa chicana," paper read at the Coloquio sobre las nuevas tendencias en la literatura mexicana y chicana, held at the University of California at Irvine on May 5, 1981. This paper is a revised and enlarged version of a paper originally read at the Universidad de Sinaloa (Culiacán, Mexico) on June 19, 1980.
1981 "El liberalismo mexicano en las Cortes de Cádiz," paper read at the II Congreso de la Asociación del Pensamiento Hispánico held at the University of Georgia at Athens during its theme-setting session of April 3, 1981. In this session, the main speaker was the Spanish philosopher José Luis Abellán, and my paper was a response to his presentation. The presentation at this session was later published in a special issue of Los Ensayistas (University of Georgia at Athens).
1980 "Problemas para una historia de la literatura chicana," paper read at the Universidad de Sinaloa en Culiacán during its first international conference entitled "Primer simposium sobre las causas y los efectos de la migracion en Mexico y los Estados Unidos," held on June 16-20, 1980.
1980 "Arte y sistema de Juan Rulfo en 'El hombre'", paper read at the Third Conference on Latin American literature sponsored by Montclair State College (New Jersey) on March 14, 1980. This paper was later published in the proceedings of the conference.
1979 "Octavio Paz y el Grupo Filosófico Hiperión: variaciones sobre la ontología del mexicano," paper read on May 29, 1979, at the XIX Congress of the Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, held at Pittsburgh, Pa., from May 27 to June 1, 1979.
1979 Participant in a round table discussion/workshop on Hispanic publications, sponsored by the National Chicano Research Network (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), held at UCLA on March 1-2, 1979.
1978 "Truth and History in Bless Me, Ultima: Reflections on the Essence of a Collective Destiny," lecture given at the 5 de mayo festivities held at San Jose State University.
1977 "Chicano Literature: Art and/or Politics,” lecture given in a workshop on Chicano literature, sponsored by the VII Annual Convention of the Popular Cultures Association, April 27-30, 1977, Baltimore, Maryland.
1977 "Los chicanos ante su espejo: una visión retrospectiva a traves de su literatura," lecture given at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (Tijuana), on March 4, 1977.
1976 "El proceso ideológico de la novela chicana," paper read at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (Mexicali), on November 9, 1976.
1976 "El género autobiográfico en la narrativa chicana," lecture given at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (Mexicali), on November 10, 1976.
1976 "Towards a Structural Analysis of Chicano Autobiography," lecture given at California State College, Bakersfield, on October 27, 1976.
1976 "Ideological Convergence in the Contemporary Chicano Novel," lecture given at San Diego City College on November 24, 1976.
1976 "Octavio Paz and his Structuralist Approach to Mexican History in The Other Mexico: The Critique of the Pyramid," lecture given at Rio Hondo College on July 22, 1976.
1976 "Samuel Ramos, Forerunner of Hiperión, Mexican Philosophical Circle," lecture given at Rio Hondo College on July 29, 1976.
1975 "La novela chicana y su proceso ideológico,” paper read at the Modern Language Association Commission on Minority Groups, in San Francisco, California, on December 27, 1975. Solicited for publication by the editors of Chasqui and The Bilingual Review.
1975 "Pocho: estructura narrativa y sentido integral," paper read in the symposium "CriticalApproaches to Chicano Literature," sponsored by the Modern Languages Association in San Francisco, California, on December 29, 1975.
1975 "Estilo y mundovisión en las novelas autobiográficas de Oscar Z. Acosta," paper read at the University of California at Irvine on March 13, 1975.
1974 "Degradación y regeneración en Bless Me, Ultima: el chicano y la vida nueva," paper read in the symposium "Tres calas en la literatura chicana," sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) in Denver, Colorado, on November 29, 1974. This paper was published in Caribe (University of Hawaii) in 1976.
1973 "Apuntes para un estudio de la novela chicana," paper read at the First Festival de Flor y Canto, sponsored by the Centro Chicano of the University of Southern California, on December 22, 1973.
With Mayor Antonio Villaraigoza and my friend and colleague
Dr. Louis R. Negrete, at the Latino Book and Family Festival,
Cal State L.A., October 9-10, 2010.
XI. COURSES TAUGHT AT CAL STATE L.A.
Chicano Studies 509—Seminar on Interdisciplinary Studies
Chicano Studies 505--Seminar on Chicano Literature
Chicano Studies 467--Modern Mexico and the Chicano People
Chicano Studies 444--History of the Southwest
Chicano Studies 440--Development of the Spanish Language in Southwestern United States
Chicano Studies 403—Colonial to Modern Chicano/a Literature
Chicano Studies 400--Pre-Columbian Literature of Mexico
Chicano Studies 327—Ethnicity and Emotions in U.S. Film
Chicano Studies 312-Mediterranean and Pre-Columbian Myths in Latin American Literature
Chicano Studies 311--Chicano Cultural History
Chicano Studies 201--Mexican Literature in Translation
Chicano Studies 200--Spanish for Chicanos
Chicano Studies 111B--Introduction to Chicano Culture
Chicano Studies 111--Introduction to Chicano Studies*
Chicano Studies 110--Pre-Cortesian Cultures of Mexico
Chicano Studies 101--Bilingualism, Biculturalism and the Chicano.
English 541-Seminar in Critical Approaches to Latin American Literature
English 510—Seminar on Caribbean Narratives of Exile and Revolution (Fall 2007)
English 510—Seminar on Octavio Paz (Spring 2006)
English 497—Latin American Literature in Translation
English 492---The Latin American Literary Avant-Garde (Winter 2007)
English 492---Exploration and Conquest Narratives in the Americas
English 484—The Continental Novel: From Cervantes to Balzac
English 476—Ethnic Literature of the United States
English 442---Contemporary Literary Criticism (from Structuralism to Deconstruction and Feminism, including Postcolonialism).
English 441—Major Critics (from Plato to New Criticism).
English 377—Literary Explorations of Justice and Racism
English 250—Understanding Literature
Spanish 451: Hispanic Play Production (Winter 1999)
Spanish 413 (Dept. of Foreign Languages): Spanish-American Literature II (literature from 1888 to modern times), Fall 1977.