Past Events

  • December 14, 2015, Come to listen and get to know the work of our students in MAS 240.  The department presents "Cultivating Relationships, Sharing Knowledge, Confronting Institutional Racism: A MAS Community Plática. Information flyer for event
  • October 14, 2015, The department will be co-hosting an exceptional opportunity to meet and engage with this author for a literary conversation. 

 Event information for Vaquez

Danza Mexica Movement History in California
by Professor Jennie Luna


On May 3rd, 2012 MAS held a Brown Bag Lecture given by Professor Jennie Luna on Danza Mexica Movement History in California. Students and faculty came together to discuss Professor Luna's work. We had a great turn out.

Danza Mexica Movement History brown bag lecture flyer




Mexican American Studies 3rd Annual Symposium
"Chicana and Chicano Studies @ 40: Maintaining the Pathway to Higher Education through Scholarship, Critical Thought, Activism and Commitment"

On Saturday April 28, 2012 our department held our 3rd Annual MAS Symposium featuring Dr. Rudy Acuña, Emeritus Professor CSUN, NACCS Scholar, Activist and Author and Dr. Rhonda Rios-Kravitz, Dean of the Learning Resources Center at Sacramento City College, Activist, Librarian, Scholar. 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York/ New York Times I love My Librarian Award Winner (one of ten).

Photographs of the event below:

MAS Symposium flyer

Dr Acuna

Dr Rios Kravitz

Students with Dr Acuna 1

Students with Dr Acuna 1

MAS Symposium dinner



San Jose State University AB540 2012 Symposium
Saturday, April 21, 2012

This symposium provided information to students, parents, and administrators on AB540, AB130, and AB131, admissions advising, alternative financial aid opportunities. In addition, AB540 students shared their experiences during and after the University. 

MAS Spring Welcome

On February 1, 2012, the Mexican American Studies department at SJSU held a Spring Welcome for current students and interested students. Students had the chance to sign up for a community list serve and enter a raffle. We had a great turn out and students got to meet our faculty and staff.

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MAS Spring Welcome flyer

Students with Professor Tabera

Students in the hallway

MAS Welcome Hallway with students

MAS Welcome Hallway with students

MAS Welcome Hallway raffle prizes

Cat on table

 list serve sign up




Alma Lopez, "Our lady of Controversy: Alma Lopez's 'Irreverent apparition'"

On October 13, 2011, SJSU had the privilege of hosting Chicana feminist activist artist Alma Lopez. Lopez discussed the book Our Lady of Controversy: Alma Lopez's "Irreverent Apparition," which Lopez co-edited with Dr. Alicia Gaspar de Alba, which was published by University of Texas Press. Through her work, her activism, and her popular website, Lopez upholds her position as one of the most visible and cutting-edge Chicana Feminist activist artists.

Born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa and raised in East Los Angeles, Alma Lopez got her MFA from the University of California, Irvine in 1995. She has taught as a Visiting Artist in departments of Chicana/o Studies and LGBTQ Studies at UC Riverside, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, and Loyola Marymount University. Her Work has been exhibited in museums and community organizations nationally, as well as in Mexico City; Ciudad Juarez; Naples, Italy and Cork County, Ireland.

Alma Lopez

Alma Lopez with Students

Graduate students with Alma Lopez