Day fo the Dead experts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/30/97

Contact: Margie Yu,
Public Affairs Assistant
(323) 343-3047

EXPERTS ON DIA DE LOS MUERTOS AT CAL STATE L.A.

Los Angeles, CA -- October 30, 1997 -- Dia de los Muertos, the traditional Mexican day of the dead, will take place on Thursday, October 30, at the University-Student Union, Second Floor, from 6 to 10 p.m. In addition to the campus celebration, Cal State L.A. has faculty experts available to speak to the media about the cultural festivity. The names of the professors are listed below. Dia de los Muertos, as practiced in the United States, has been known to reflect the merger of ancient pre-Hispanic beliefs about life and death with Spanish Catholic influences, which introduced All Saints Day and All Souls Day after the Spanish Conquest.

For more information, please call the Cal State L.A. Public Affairs Office at (323) 343-3050.


Raquel Ackerman
Associate Professor of Anthropology; Ph.D., University of Cambridge-King's College
Contact: (323) 343-2444
Dr. Ackerman is a specialist in linguistics and South America.

Jon L. Olson
Professor of Anthropology; Ph.D., Michigan State University
Contact: (323) 343-2440
Dr. Olson is an expert on Mexico, economic anthropology and medical anthropology.

Elliot Oring
Professor of Anthropology; Ph.D., Indiana University
Contact: (323) 343-2443
Dr. Oring's expertise is in the fields of folklore and theory.

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