USC professor to speak Tuesday on population removal

Author: Arts and Letters


George Sanchez, associate professor of history, American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California, will present a lecture titled “Disposable People, Expendable Neighborhoods: Repatriation, Internment and other Population Removals” at 4:30p.m. Tuesday (March 21) in Room 208 of McKenna Hall at the University of Notre Dame.

Sponsored by Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, Department of History and Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, as well as Indiana University South Bend, the talk is free and open to the public.

In his presentation, Sanchez will link three critical examples of forced movement of people – the repatriation of Mexican Americans in the 1930s, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and the forced removal of urban residents to make way for public housing and freeway construction – from the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles over a 15-year time span.

A past president of the American Studies Association, Sanchez’s work addresses historical and contemporary topics of race, gender, ethnicity, labor and immigration. His publications include “Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945,” which in 1994 received the Robert G. Athearn Award from the Western History Association, the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award from the Immigration History Society, and the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association Book Award.

Contact: _Marc Rodriguez, Institute for Latino Studies, 574-631-2761,

Originally published by Julie Hail Flory at on March 20, 2006.