Friday, October 25 at 3:30pm
Join us to hear Renato Rosaldo, author of The Chasers (Duke, $19.95).
In the Tucson High School class of 1959, a group of twelve Mexican-American friends became known as the Chasers. Among them was acclaimed anthropologist Renato Rosaldo, who brings their stories to life through recollections, yearbook photographs, and personal interviews with the Chasers conducted after their fiftieth high school reunion. In their custom gray jackets emblazoned with pink champagne glasses, these students grappled with the preconceptions of their teachers and fellow students, loss and reacquisition of the Spanish language, and other facets of life familiar to Mexican-Americans living on the borderlands from past to present. Merging anthropological observations with personal history, this intimate prose poetry collection insightfully reflects upon the progress of the last sixty years and reveals how far we still have yet to go.
Renato Rosaldo is one of the world's leading anthropologists. He is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at New York University and was previously a Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences at Stanford University. Rosaldo is the author of several books and four volumes of poetry, including The Day of Shelly's Death: The Poetry and Ethnography of Grief (Duke, $23.95).