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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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A History Of Chicano Scholarship And Chicano Studies
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Linda Fregoso
José Limón
Oct 2, 1980

A history of Chicano scholarship and Chicano Studies

Interview with Dr. José Limón, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the UT-Autin, former director of the Mexican American Center, and chair of local organizing committee for the Texas NACS (National Association of Chicano Studies) about the history of Chicano scholarly work. Limon first explains that Chicano Studies has its origins in the Chicano Student movement. At UT and other schools throughout Texas, Chicano students organized, developed and demanded Chicano Studies programs. Limon says that even before such programs existed, there were scholars like Carlos Castañeda who were working on Chicano issues and developing Chicano archives.

Before the development of Chicano Studies programs, few universities offered courses on Chicanos or even employed Chicano professors. Once the universities started developing these programs there was a real need for Chicano scholars, and Limon discusses some of the problems facing these early programs. He also talks about the difficulties minority professors encountered when they sought tenure. He explains that minority professors often give a lot of time to their community, students and university, and consequently, their output suffers. Limon then discusses several organizations that offer fellowships for young professors to take time off to devote to writing and research.

Limon then talks about the current state of Chicano scholarship. NACS provides a forum for Chicano scholars to present their work in progress and network with others. Limon concludes with a brief description of the upcoming conference in Texas and at UC-Riverside.


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