Modern America Workshop - “The King of Adobe: Reies López Tijerina and His Worlds"
“The King of Adobe: Reies López Tijerina
and His Worlds"
Lorena Oropeza, University of California-Davis
A pre-circulated paper will be available approximately one-week prior to the workshop. To receive a copy of the paper and to attend, email Jaime Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org. A light lunch will be provided.
Lorena Oropeza studies people who during the 1960s raised hell because they wanted to stop a war, or fight racial injustice, or overthrown patriarchy. She was attracted to history as a field, because like those 1960s activists, she believes in the subversive potential of history to interrogate received wisdom. An associate professor of history at the University of California at Davis, she is the author of ¡Raza Sí! ¡Guerra No!: Chicano Protest and Patriotism during the Viet Nam War Era. Her second monograph, The King of Adobe: Reis Lopez Tijerina, Lost Prophet of the Chicano Movement about a Chicano movement leader who rewrote our understanding of the American West, is scheduled for release this fall. She is also board president of Los Cenzontles (really easy to pronounce if you speak Nahuatl), an arts and cultural academy in San Pablo, CA, promoting Mexican roots music. Finally, she is the recipient of the 2017 American Historical Association Equity prize for her efforts to make our field a more inclusive and diverse place.