Perales Conference

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Friday, January 13, 2012 - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, 2nd Floor of M.D. Anderson Library

In Defense of My People: Alonso S. Perales and the Development of Mexican-American Public Intellectuals

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Highlighting the recent acquisition of the Alonso S. Perales Collection by the University of Houston's M.D. Anderson Library, courtesy of the Perales Family and the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, scholars will present their research on this trailblazing public intellectual at a day-long conference on Friday, January 13, 2012.

Coming from prestigious institutions around the country and abroad, scholars will shed light on Perales' activism and defense of Latinos, including the chronology and history of Mexican American and Latino civil rights movements, the impact of religion on Latinos, the concept of "race," and individual versus community action to bring about social and political change.

About the Exhibition:

The previously unavailable items in this collection shed light on Alonso S. Perales' leadership, ideas and writings. His legacy can now be studied from historical, ethical, religious, legal and humanistic perspectives. On view will be:

  •     Letters and correspondence with key political figures
  •     Manuscripts
  •     Personal documents
  •     Memorabilia, including photographs


For conference information, call 713-743-2078

For logistical information, call 713-743-3128