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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Program 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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Gloria Contreras

Gloria Contreras is a Professor of Education and Curriculum Development in the Department of Education at the University of North Texas. Before becoming the Assistant Vice President and Director of Multicultural Affairs at the University of North Texas, she was the first Chicana to become an associate professor in the Department of Education at the University of Texas at Austin.

She became a host for in The Mexican American Experience because “it seemed important” at the time. She has completed research projects in Vietnam, South Korea, Ciudad Juarez, and Austin, Texas. She grew up in El Paso, Texas and credits her interest in the world outside the United States to her ability to participate in the life of another country being a mere bus-ride away while growing up.

Armando Gutierrez

Armando Gutierrez was an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Texas at Austin. His book, Ethnic Identity and the Develeopment of Political Militance in a Chicano community, developed from his work in South Texas labor politics. He has numerous publications on labor, identity and culture in Texas.

Rosa Linda Fregoso

Prior to joining the faculty in Critical Studies, professor Rosa-Linda Fregoso, whose research interests are in theories of representation, human rights, transnational feminism, cultural studies and media was Chair of Latin American and Latino Studies at UC Santa Cruz. She has also held faculty appointments at UC Davis, where she was director of Women and Gender Studies, and at UC Santa Barbara in the departments of Communications and Chicano Studies. At USC, Fregoso holds appointments in the School of Cinematic Arts and the department of American Studies and Ethnicity.

She is the author of four books: meXicana Encounters: The Making of Social Identities on the Borderlands (University of California Press, 2003); The Devil Never Sleeps and Other Films by Lourdes Portillo (University of Texas Press, 2001); The Bronze Screen: Chicana and Chicano Film Culture (1993); and Miradas de Mujer (with Norma Iglesias; COLEF and UC Berkeley, 1999). She is currently working on a book on Feminicides in the Americas (co-edited with Cynthia Bejerano and under contract with Duke University Press).

Before coming to academia, Fregoso worked as a radio and television journalist. Between 1979-1982, she produced and hosted The Mexican American Experience for the Longhorn Radio Network (an NPR affiliate). The weekly radio program aired nationally on public and commercial radio stations. From 1977-79, she produced and hosted Telecorpus, a daily talkshow that aired on KORO-TV.

Fregoso holds a Ph.D. in the Language, Society & Culture Program (Communication & Literature) from UC San Diego; and a B.J. from the University of Texas, Austin.

Alejandro Saenz

Alejandro Saenz was the host for The Mexican American Experience while being an ethnic studies major at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, he moved to San Antonio and started his own business.

John Wheat

John Wheat is the Archives Translator for the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.


Center for Mexican American Studies | Department of History | The Benson Latin American Collection