ITHACA, NY—An expert on the Chicano/a Movement of the 1970s will discuss the fragile and shifting ground that exists under the feet of student movements in a talk at Ithaca College. Gustavo Licón will present “Fractured Unity and Student Movements” on Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall. His talk is free and open to the public.
Licón is an assistant professor of Latino/a studies in Ithaca College’s Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (CSCRE). He notes that it is easy to assume that participants in student movements of the past lived in simpler times, when singular identities and issues galvanized the masses to fight for justice. The reality, he says, is that communities dealt with as many internal contradictions then as now, with activists socially constructing and negotiating a fragile common ground.
Licón is currently doing research and writing on how student activists’ sense of identity, ideology and activism has evolved from the late 1960s through the 1990s.
His talk is sponsored by the CSCRE Discussion Series. For more information, visit www.ithaca.edu/cscre.