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March Symposium Focuses on 'Decolonizing Knowledge'

Feb. 14, 2014


Cal State Fullerton's Chicano and Chicana Studies Student Alliance hosts its third annual research symposium, "Decolonizing Knowledge: Culture, Society and Institutions." The daylong program is free and open to the public.


Saturday, March 1
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Cal State Fullerton, Titan Student Union Portola Pavilion and Titan Theatre
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831


8:30 a.m. — Registration
9 – 10 a.m. — Breakfast/poetry slam featuring poet Matt Sedillo
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Student research presentations
1 – 2 p.m. — Lunch with live music
2 – 3 p.m. — Panel discussion on "Deconstructing the Myth of a Post-Racial Society"
3 – 5 p.m. — Student research presentations


"This is an excellent opportunity for students to present their research in preparation for presentations that they will be making at the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Conference in April," said Alexandro Gradilla, chair and associate professor of Chicana and Chicano studies. "This symposium also highlights the intellectual tradition and orientation of ethnic studies in general by showcasing that students who come from communities such as Anaheim, Santa Ana, Lynwood, Huntington Park, Pomona or Fontana also are creators of knowledge. They are our very own 'organic intellectuals'. Lastly, our students value the opportunity to work closely with our faculty in a context outside of the classroom."

"Academic research gives us a small glimpse into the Chicano/Latino community in very specific areas of study," explained Christina Acosta, a member of the Chicano and Chicana Studies Student Alliance, about the incorporation of the arts into the symposium. "The arts tell us about the lived experiences of a community and why studying/empowering the community as a whole is vital. There are things that can only be expressed creatively, and the artists we have invited are very thrilled to share their work.

"I feel like it is very important to display the talent, creativity and academic ambition that the people in our local community possess. This research symposium will be the beginning of an effort by our student organization to empower Chicano/Latino students to take hold of their education and be proud of the rich community that is a part of them."

More Info:

Call 657-278-3839 or email

Media Contacts:

Alexandro Gradilla, 657-278-4210  
Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852

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