LALO ALCARAZ is the creator of the syndicated daily comic strip, La Cucaracha, seen locally in the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers nationwide. Lalo is also a consulting producer and writer at Fox Television’s upcoming Seth MacFarlane executive produced animated show, Bordertown, which debuts in January 2016. He also just announced he is a Consultant for Pixar, and is on the team that is creating Coco, their animated movie around the Day of the Dead holiday in Mexico. A prolific political cartoonist, Lalo is winner of five Southern California Press Awards for Best Editorial Cartoon; produced editorial cartoons for The LA Weekly from 1992-2010; and creates nationally syndicated editorial cartoons in English and Spanish. He drew the Sonia Sotomayor themed “Lil’ Judge Lopez” cartoon that appeared in 60 Minutes, CBS News, and Univision, and hangs in Justice Sotomayor’s U.S. Supreme Court chambers. Lalo’s books include the New York Times bestseller A Most Imperfect Union, a U.S. history book with Ilan Stavans (2014); Latino USA: A Cartoon History, 15th Anniversary Edition (2013); Migra Mouse: Political Cartoons on Immigration (2005); and La Cucaracha (2004). He is also Jefe in Chief of the satirical website, Pocho.com, and co-host of KPFK Radio’s satirical talk show, “The Pocho Hour of Power.” Lalo recently taught illustration at Otis College of Fine Art and Design. He is a graduate of San Diego State University (BA in Art) and the University of California, Berkeley (Master’s in Architecture).
A PUBLIC LECTURE BY RUSSELL CONTRERAS
RUSSELL CONTRERAS, a reporter for the Associated Press in New Mexico, will speak on how Latinos are represented in the U.S. media. He covers immigration, minority affairs, and the American Southwest, and serves as President of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity. Contreras was selected as one of the "50 Top Latino Voices to Follow on Twitter," per the Huff Post's Latino Voices in 2012. He worked previously at the Boston Globe and the Albuquerque Journal, and teaches composition at the University of New Mexico-Valencia. Contreras's talk will tackle the polarities of public discourse, ranging from rejection/exclusion to valorization/inclusion and criminal/outsider to consumer/citizen.
A PUBLIC LECTURE BY MARISOL LEBRÓN
The talk will focus on how underground rap became an object of intense public scrutiny and police intervention during the mid-1990s as a result of its association with public housing and the presumed violent drug trade that existed there. Public concern over underground music eventually crescendoed with a series of police raids in record stores around the San Juan metropolitan area that resulted in the confiscation of hundreds of mixtapes on the grounds that underground rap was not only obscene but incited young people to promiscuity, violence, and drug use. Using the raids as a point of departure, I’m interested in how the policing of underground music, practitioners, and fans indexed a range of anxieties about drugs, violence, public space, race, and Puerto Rican identity that resulted in the intense surveillance and policing of sectors of young people who looked like raperos, and in turn looked like they might have resided in public housing or been involved with the drug trade.
MARISOL LEBRÓN is the 2015-2017 LSGS Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research centers on racial formation, spatial inequality, violence, and social activism in Latina/o and Puerto Rican communities.