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Get Ready to ¡Ask A Mexican! at Metro State

Gustavo Arellano named Richard T. Castro 2010 Distinguished Visiting Professor

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: October 29, 2010

(Denver, Colo.) —  Continuing a 13-year history of bringing renowned Latino and Latina scholars, artists and community leaders to Metropolitan State College of Denver, this year’s Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship is nationally syndicated columnist and cultural comedian Gustavo Arellano.

This year’s professorship, Nov. 14-16, is packed with plenty of spice and it’s not just from the food. Arellano tackles social change topics with a light-hearted absurdity and hilarity that few people can achieve, using anecdotes about racism in America and solutions to public policy issues. The series of events are sure to be both informative and entertaining.

“Politics in America has become so polarizing that constructive social dialogue has almost shut down at times,” says Adriana Nieto, assistant professor of Chicana/o studies and Castro planning committee co-chair. “There is lot to be learned from Arellano and his message, as he isn’t afraid to call it as he sees it, in a quick-witted way that cuts to the core of the issue and celebrates the uniqueness of people.”

Arellano is the newly appointed managing editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, Calif., a contributing editor of the Los Angeles Times op/ed pages, author of “Orange County: A Personal History” and radio host on KPFK-FM 90.7 in Southern California. He is the author of ¡Ask a Mexican!, an award-winning and nationally syndicated column with a circulation of 2 million in 39 newspapers across the United States, appearing locally in the Westword newspaper.

Free community events open to the public include:

Sun., Nov. 14 from 5:30 – 8 p.m.
        La Bienvenida– Welcome Reception
        Su Teatro at the Denver Civic Theater
        721 Santa Fe Dr. – Denver

Mon., Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
        Keynote Address and Student Luncheon
        St. Cajetan’s – Auraria Campus
Tue., Nov. 16 from 1 – 6:30 p.m.
        Public Forums

¡Social Satire, Social Justice y el Chiste! Colloquium           
Panel Discussion: 1 – 2 p.m.
Gustavo Arellano, 2010 Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professor, Metro State
Arturo J. Aldama, Ph.D., Chair, Dept. of Ethnic Studies, CU-Boulder
Jennifer Alvarez Dickinson, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, St. Edwards University
Adriana P. Nieto, Ph.D., moderator, Assistant Professor Chicano/a Studies, Metro State
Denver Public Library – B2 Conference Center
10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.
¡Ask a Mexican! Live
Q & A Discussion with Gustavo Arellano: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
This is live version of Arellano’s provocative ¡Ask a Mexican! column.
Denver Public Library – B2 Conference Center
10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.
Closing Reception 
Coffee Talk with Gustavo Arellano 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Cimarron Café – Tivoli Student Union – Auraria Campus

All events are FREE and open to the public. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Mercedes Salazar at 303-556-3124, or visit


About the Castro Distinguished Professorship

The Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship was initiated in 1997 to foster multiculturalism, diversity and academic excellence at Metropolitan State College of Denver. The professorship brings renowned Latina and Latino scholars, artists and leaders of distinction to Metro State to conduct classes, seminars, performances and lectures for students, faculty and the larger Denver community.

About Auraria Higher Education Center

The Auraria Higher Education Center is located on a 151.5-acre campus in downtown Denver and serves three distinct academic institutions: the Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver, and the University of Colorado Denver, representing a combined population of more than 41,000 students.