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Graduate Student Speaker Series - Alan Alanis, PhD Student in History of Ideas

Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Erik Jonsson Academic Center (JO), JO 4.122
800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas 75080-3021

Please mark your calendars for this Graduate Student Speaker Series event.

On Thursday, December 1st at 12 p.m. we welcome Alan Alanís.

The title of his presentation is: El Nuevo Mestizaje/The New Mestizaje.

Alan Alanís, scholar, writer, speaker, is a doctoral candidate in Humanities with concentration in History of Ideas. He has a passion for promoting education, philosophy, humanities, arts, and critical thinking. He has experience as a Teaching Assistant and Lecturer with proven success in instructing undergraduate courses to small and large groups of students. He also has experience as a speaker and presenter at numerous national and international professional conferences and workshops. Alan cultivates positive leadership and student learning environments. His personal mission is to learn, teach, inspire, and motivate people; everywhere, all the time.

When it comes the concept of mestizaje, both as a general concept and as it has been articulated specifically by José Vasconcelos; some recent scholars totally reject the concept and others partially agree with it an in all cases the issue of eugenics as articulated by Vasconcelos is rejected. With this in mind, the purpose of my dissertation is to rearticulate the concept of mestizaje as an ideal of diversity, equality, solidarity, decoloniality and post coloniality which inspires Mexican, Mexican American and Latin American culture; drawing from José Vasconcelos (1882-1959) and Gloria Anzaldúa (1942-2004) and to de-racialize the concept to understand it as a cultural phenomenon instead of a racial-biological-eugenic mixture.

Alan will be introduced by one of his dissertation supervisors, Dr. Charles Hatfield.  Dr. Matt Brown is also supervising his dissertation and will join remotely.

This hybrid event will take place in-person in JO 4.122 and on Teams.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Event Type

Campus & Community, Lectures & Workshops

Target Audience

Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, General Public


Arts & Culture, Research

Arts, Humanities, and Technology
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Kelly Erb
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