U.S. Higher Education News for September 14, 2015

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Barragan, James. “’Ask a Mexican’ Columnist to Keynote UT’s Hispanic Month.” Austin American-Statesman [TX] 14 Sep. 2015: B, 1.

Gustavo Arellano, the writer behind the nationally syndicated column “Ask a Mexican” and the book “Tacos USA,” which discusses how Mexican food penetrated American culture, will give the keynote speech Tuesday for the University of Texas’ first campus-wide Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Arellano, a consulting producer on the TV show “Bordertown,” which will premiere on Fox in 2016, will speak on the importance of ethnic studies in higher education.

Before the event, he answered a few questions from the American-Statesman:

JB: What are you going to be chatting about during the keynote event?

GA: Victoria (DeFrancesco Soto, a professor at the center and its community outreach director) wanted me to talk about the importance of ethnic studies in general, but specifically whatever you want to call it, Chicano, Latino – no…

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