Gustavus Myers Award


CONTACT: Margie Yu,

Public Affairs Assistant

(323) 343-3047


Los Angeles, California -- December 11, 1996 -- On Human
Rights Day, Tuesday, December 10, Diamond Bar resident Francisco
E. Balderrama
, professor of Chicano Studies and History at
Cal State L.A., was presented an award by the Gustavus Myers
Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America
co-authoring a book with Raymond Rodríguez on the subject
of human rights in North America, Decade of Betrayal: Mexican
Repatriation in the 1930's
. The award is given annually to
the best scholarship on the subject of intolerance in North America
and is named for Gustavus Myers, author of the History of Bigotry
in the United States

Francisco Balderrama earned his M.A. in 1972 and his Ph.D. in
1978 from UCLA. He began teaching at Cal State L.A. in 1984 and
has served as chair of the Chicano Studies Department from 1984
to 1993. A Chicano historian with special interest in the American
West and California, his research is on the Mexican community
during the early 20th century with particular attention to relations
with Mexico. Balderrama has received several research grants and
professional awards, including the Senior Fulbright Lectureship
in American Immigration at the University of Rome.

Balderrama has also consulted for the Ford Foundation, Western
Association of Colleges and Universities, Fund for the Improvement
of Post Secondary Education, and the Educational Testing Service.
He has recently completed a term as managing editor of Ethnohistory,
the journal of the Ethnohistory Association. Other leading journals
have published his professional reviews.

The Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North
America is sponsored by B'nai B'rith, Fellowship of Reconciliation,
NAACP, National
Conference of Christian and Jews, National Interreligious Commission
on Civil Rights, National Organization of Women, and the National
Urban League.

Yehudi Webster, professor of Sociology at Cal State L.A., also
received this prestigious award in December 1993 for his book,
The Racialization of America.

For more information, call the Chicano Studies Department at
Cal State L.A., (323) 343-2190.

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