U of U to Revive Frederick W. Reynolds Lecture

56th Lecture to Feature Latina/o History and Contemporary Issues

September 2, 2006 — On September 26, Continuing Education at the University of Utah will continue its celebration of “100 years of changing minds” with the rebirth of the popular Frederick W. Reynolds Lecture. Established in 1936, the Reynolds Lecture was originally developed for members of the faculty to present important, timely subjects to audiences of their peers and the public. This year’s lecture will continue on this theme, tracing the roots of contemporary issues within the Latino/a community in the southwestern U.S. back to the clash of indigenous tribes and Europeans.


University of Utah faculty and staff, as well as community members, are invited to join Dr. Theresa Martinez, Assistant Vice President for Academic Outreach and Associate Professor of Sociology, as she presents “From Maya to MEChistA: Ancient Roots of Contemporary Issues Among Latinas/os”. From the ancient Maya to their cousins the Mexica, to the contemporary pachuco and cholo, this discussion will explore the common threads of conquest and exploitation that have influenced the Latino/a experience in the southwestern U.S., and will provide a historical overview of indigenous tribal communities in pre-conquest Meso-America.


Professor Theresa Martinez completed her Ph.D. in Sociology in 1990 and is currently Associate Professor of Sociology and Assistant Vice President for Academic Outreach at the University of Utah. Her teaching and research deal with issues of racial and ethnic relations, deviant behavior, race, class and gender, juvenile delinquency and popular culture. Professor Martinez has won several teaching awards including the Distinguished University Teaching Award, the College Superior Teaching Award and the Presidential Teaching Scholar Award. In addition, Professor Martinez has won the YWCA Leadership Award for Education and the national Delta Gamma Foundation Faculty Award.


Professor Martinez currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Zions Bank as well as the Salt Lake Legal Defenders. She has provided diversity training for the Utah State Bar, the Salt Lake Police Department, the Utah Annual Judicial Conference, the Salt Lake County Drug Court and the Salt Lake Legal Defenders. Currently, she is the Diversity Trainer for Juvenile Probation within the Administrative Office of the Courts.


This year’s event will take place on Tuesday, September 26 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Dumke Auditorium at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. A reception will begin at 7:00 pm, and the lecture will commence at 8:00 pm. For more information, contact April Cordova at (801) 581-7973 or acordova@aoce.utah.edu.


Academic Outreach and Continuing Education enriches the lives of people of all ages in the greater community and beyond by providing extraordinary learning opportunities from the University of Utah. The division encompasses nine programs: Academic Non-Credit, Lifelong Learning, Exam/Test Preparation, Professional Education, Technology Education, Youth Education, Distance Education, the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning and the English Language Institute.

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