The University of Arizona

Centennial Lecture Spotlights Arizona's Hispanic Community

By Gabrielle Sykes-Casavant, UA Libraries, | February 13, 2012

UA anthropology professor Thomas E. Sheridan will present his lecture, "The Sleeping Giant vs. the Politics of Fear," at Special Collections on Feb. 14, the day of Arizona's centennial year.

UA anthropologist Thomas E. Sheridan has conducted ethnographic fieldwork and ethnohistorical research in the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico since 1971. He has authored and co-edited one dozen books and monographs including the Betrayal of the O'odham, which won the Past Presidents' Gold Award from the Association of Borderlands Studies.
UA anthropologist Thomas E. Sheridan has conducted ethnographic fieldwork and ethnohistorical research in the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico since 1971. He has authored and co-edited one dozen books and monographs including the Betrayal of the O'odham, which won the Past Presidents' Gold Award from the Association of Borderlands Studies.

The growth and political strength and potential of Arizona's Hispanic population is the topic of a forthcoming lecture held in conjunction with statewide centennial celebration events. 

UA anthropology professor Thomas E. Sheridan will deliver the second of three talks in the AZ Centennial Lecture Series being held in conjunction with Special Collections' yearlong exhibition "Becoming Arizona: The Valentine State."

Sheridan's lecture, "The Sleeping Giant vs. the Politics of Fear: Arizona's Hispanic Society in the 21st Century," will be held Feb. 14 from 7-8:30 p.m. in Special Collections.

Juan Manuel Calderón Jaimes, Mexican consul in Tucson, will speak in advance of Sheridan's lecture, which is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception, book sale and book signing. 

In "The Sleeping Giant vs. the Politics of Fear," Sheridan observes that between 2000-10, the Hispanic proportion of Arizona's population expanded from 25 to 32 percent, making Hispanics the fastest-growing population in the state. 

Sheridan, of the UA's School of Anthropology, suggests Hispanics are Arizona's sleeping giant; if they organize in proportion to their numbers, they will transform Arizona's political culture and better position the state to take advantage of the global economy.

Special Collections' yearlong exhibition, "Becoming Arizona: The Valentine State," celebrates 100 years of Arizona's statehood, which it attained on Feb. 14, 1912, by recreating the story of Arizona's path to becoming a state.

The AZ Centennial Lecture Series, being held in conjunction with the exhibit, explores the literary traditions, political landscape and the legacies of Arizona women.

The third and final talk in the series will be held March 28 from 7-8:30 p.m. when author and historian Jan Cleere presents "Legacies of the Past: Historic Women of Arizona."

Contacts

Verónica Reyes-Escudero

UA Special Collections

520-307-2774

reyesv@u.library.arizona.edu


Gabrielle Sykes-Casavant

UA Libraries

520-307-0877

sykes-casavantg@u.library.arizona.edu