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'Ask a Mexican' columnist featured in 2009 Distinguished Lecture series

News Release — 16 March 2009


Media contact: Herb Booth, (817) 272-7075,

ARLINGTON - Gustavo Arellano, an award-winning journalist and columnist, brings his picante sense of humor to The University of Texas at Arlington at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Carlisle Suite in the E. H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St.

Arellano is appearing as part of the 2009 Distinguished Lecture series organized by UT Arlington's Center for Mexican American Studies. The lecture is free. All are welcome.

Arellano is best known for his column "¡Ask a Mexican!" Originally written for the alternative publication OC Weekly in Orange County, Calif., the column is now syndicated nationally. The column has a weekly circulation of 1.8 million in 28 U.S. newspapers.

Arellano has been a frequent guest on liberal and conservative talk shows where he discusses local and national issues. His often tongue-in-cheek, satirical approach to race and ethnic relations in America has earned him several awards, including the 2006 Association of Alternative Weeklies award for Best Column and Los Angeles Press Club's 2007 President's Award.

His book, ¡Ask a Mexican!, was published on Cinco de Mayo 2007. He has been the subject of news coverage in the Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press, San Antonio Express-News and Mexico City's El Universal newspaper.


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