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Best-Selling Author Gustavo Arellano To Speak On April 5

Published: April 1, 2011

Nationally best-selling author and syndicated columnist Gustavo Arellano will discuss “Unearthing Forgotten and Untold History” on Tuesday, April 5, in an evening presentation at CSULB.

Sponsored by the CSULB History Department, the lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Karl Anatol Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Described as “the spiciest voice of the Mexican-American community,” Arellano will talk about how he has undertaken investigative reporting and historical research to bring some of Orange County’s forgotten history to the forefront of current national debate regarding civil rights in the United States, expanding on insights from his book Orange County: A Personal History.

“I invited Arellano to CSULB because I wanted to educate and inspire our diverse student population through interacting with and learning from an accomplished author, activist and educator who grew up just a few miles from our campus,” said Michelle Stonis, CSULB history lecturer and organizer of the event.

Arellano is a staff writer with the OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County. He also writes “¡Ask a Mexican!,” a nationally syndicated column with a circulation of more than two million in 36 markets. Also a contributing editor to the op-ed page of the Los Angeles Times, he has appeared on “Today,” “Nightline,” NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” and “The Colbert Report.”

Gustavo Arellano
Gustavo Arellano

“I thoroughly enjoy the way in which Gustavo Arellano uses sardonic humor and historical inquiry to highlight the forgotten and ignored historical accounts surrounding racism in Orange County,” she added. “As a locale known to most for providing the world with a talking mouse and reality television stars, Arellano’s work shows the ways in which local history in Southern California has both influenced and mirrored national cultural, political and social trends.”

Arellano has received the President’s Award from the Los Angeles Press Club, an Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and a 2008 Latino Spirit Award from the California State legislature for his “exceptional vision, creativity and work ethic.”

For more information on the Arellano lecture, contact Stonis.

–Rick Gloady