From Amnesty to Anchor Babies

immigration Discourse Over the Last 50 Years

Distinguished Speaker: Dr. Leo Chavez



The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at the University of Texas at Arlington is pleased to invite you to its 2016 Distinguished Lecture. Dr. Leo Chavez, Professor of Anthropology, UC Irvine will deliver a talk titled From Amnesty to Anchor Babies: Immigration Discourse Over the Last 50 Years.

A public reception will follow. Please join us and spread the word among your colleagues about this great event. This event closes our 2015-2016 CMAS Speaker Series "Justice, Representation, and Empowerment".

About the Speaker

Professor Chavez received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and is currently a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. Professor Chavez’s research examines various issues related to transnational migration, including immigrant families and households, labor market participation, motivations for migration, the use of medical services, and media constructions of “immigrant” and “nation.” In addition to scores of academic articles, he is the author of Shadowed Lives: Undocumented Immigrants in American Society (1st edition 1992; 3rd Edition, Wadsworth/Cengage Learning 2013), Covering Immigration: Popular Images and the Politics of the Nation (University of California Press 2001), and The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation (Stanford University Press, 1st edition 2008; 2nd edition 2013). Chavez received the Margaret Mead Award in 1993, the Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists’ Book Award for The Latino Threat in 2009, and the Society for the Anthropology of North America’s award for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America in 2009. Professor Chavez enjoys giving public presentations and engaging in dialogues with students and community members alike.

Event Info


Wednesday Apr 13, 2016
7:00 PM


Parlor Room
Central Library 6th Floor
702 Planetarium Pl
Arlington TX 76019

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