September 12, 2018
This week I cede this space to Dr. D. Robert DeChaine, an alumnus and distinguished member of our faculty. Dr. DeChaine passed away shortly before the start of the semester, but words of wisdom from his master’s thesis in Communication Studies completed under the direction of Dr. David Olsen should serve as our guiding message for 2018-19. Thank you, Rob.
My hunch is that through discovery and celebration of our cultural differences we may ultimately find a way to live together. Indeed, the most significant argument I can hope to have made in this study is that human communication, be it linguistic and/or musical, can only help to move us beyond ignorance and fear if we actively and responsibly engage one another. If there is any space wherein we may better understand one another as human beings, resplendent in our similarities and in our differences, let us nurture it in dialog.
D. Robert DeChaine
50th Anniversary: Chicana(o) & Latina(o) Studies
The kick-off for the Chicana(o) Latina(o) Studies’ 50th anniversary commemoration was a huge success for the department, the College of Natural and Social Sciences, and the University. The morning lecture included civil rights icon, Dolores Huerta, Chicana punk artist, Alice Bag, musical group, Trio La Victoria, Councilmember José Huizar, and Commissioner Richelle Huizar. The standing-room-only event in the Golden Eagle Ballrooms was also live streamed in the Union Theatre for additional participants. The media coverage was positive and vast including print (The Atlantic, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Boyle Heights Beat, LA Taco), radio (KPCC), and television (KABC 7, KTLA, Telemundo, Univision). Students and faculty alike were inspired by Ms. Huerta’s powerful speech that was part storytelling, part historical, and part advocacy—all without notes. After Alice Bag sang two songs, one titled Dolores Huerta Street, Councilmember Huizar announced that a corner in Boyle Heights will be named Dolores Huerta Plaza. We invite you to continue the celebration by attending one of the other 50th CLS Anniversary events.