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, 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 Dr. Ackerman is a specialist in linguistics and South America.
Jon L. Olson Professor of Anthropology; Ph.D., Michigan State University Dr. Olson is an expert on Mexico, economic anthropology and medical anthropology.
Elliot Oring Professor of Anthropology; Ph.D., Indiana University Dr. Oring's expertise is in the fields of folklore and theory.