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Two Latino MacArthur Fellows
Visit Cal State L.A.

Los Angeles -- On October 21, California State University, Los Angeles invited two MacArthur Fellows to speak on campus as part of the Third Annual Latino/Latina MacArthur Fellows Reunion in Los Angeles.

The Department of Chicano Studies hosted the visit of Ramón A. Gutiérrez who spoke to students, staff and faculty on the theme of Mexican and Chicano cultural history in the context of present-day race relations in the United States. Gutiérrez is the author of the award-winning book When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846 (Stanford University Press, 1991). A 1983 MacArthur Fellow, his scholarly interests include the Spanish Borderlands, Andean Republics, and Latino/Hispanic peoples of the United States. Gutiérrez is a cultural historian, the founder and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, and associate chancellor at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, California.

The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance hosted the visit of 1996 MacArthur Fellow John Jesurun who spoke to beginning acting students about his work. Jesurun is a theater director, writer and designer who combines elements of film, literature and television into unique performance pieces filled with imagination, humor and aesthetic challenges. Since 1985, he has written and directed 20 plays, and has directed his work in Italian, German and Spanish. His current video project, Land of the Living, will be completed this year. His new play, Snow, will premiere at the New City Theater in Seattle in 2000. He is currently collaborating with composer Mikel Rouse on an opera entitled The End of Cinematics.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is dedicated to helping groups and individuals foster lasting improvement in the human condition. The MacArthur Fellow Program provides unrestricted fellowships to exceptionally talented and promising men and women who have shown evidence of originality, dedication to creative pursuits, and capacity for self-direction. The fellows are commonly referred to as "geniuses" and are recognized for a broad range of endeavors and achievements as educators, writers, actors, community activists, and visual performance artists. Since 1981, the Foundation has awarded 562 fellowships; 18 of these fellowships have been awarded to Latinos.

This year's event sponsors included Los Angeles Times, USC, La Opiñion and Univision.

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