Eugene M. Labovitz and Gail A. Perez Lecture Series

The Labovitz-Perez Lecture Series honors Eugene Labovitz, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, and Gail Perez, PhD, Professor of English and Ethnic Studies; faculty co-founders of the Ethnic Studies program and guiding spirits of the United Front Multicultural Center at the University of San Diego.

This annual lecture honors Dr. Labovitz's and Dr. Perez's contributions by bringing renowned scholars to the USD campus who as practitioners, theorists, and social action researchers, contribute to the field of Ethnic Studies. Each year a scholar/activist presents their work to and educates our students and the campus community on the importance of teaching and research on Ethnic Studies in higher education.

Previous Labovitz-Perez Lectures

17th Annual Labovitz-Perez Lecture - 2019

Talking for Justice: The Life of Maria Moreno

Filmmaker Laurie Coyle, Albertina Padilla and Lisa Alama 
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16th Annual Labovitz-Perez Lecture - 2018

This, too, is for the mostless

Jason Magaboo Perez 
Professor, Cal State San Bernardino 
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15th Annual Labovitz-Perez Lecture - 2017

Decolonizing Methodologies and Indigenous Insights

Linda Tuhiwai Smith 
Professor, The University of Waikato
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14th Annual Labovitz-Perez Lecture - 2016

Who Will Build The Ark? The Anthropocene and the Challenges of the 21st Century

Mike Davis
American writer, political activist, urban theorist, and historian.

13th Annual Labovitz-Perez Lecture - 2015

Intersectionality, Community, and the Mission of Ethnic Studies

Leisy Abrego, Sharon Elise, Molly Talcott, and Myla Vicenti Carpio
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12th Annual Labovitz-Perez Lecture - 2014

The Essential Role of Community Engagement in Ethnic Studies Pedagogy

Glenn K. Omatsu
Educator and co-editor of "Asian Americans: The Movement and the Moment,"
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11th Annual Labovitz Lecture - 2013

Environmental Justice and the State of Exception

Devon Peña
Professor, Author, and founder and president of The Acequia Institute.
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10th Annual Labovitz Lecture - 2012

Medical Apartheid
Harriet Washington
Medical writer, editor and author

9th Annual Labovitz Lecture - 2011

Building Sustainability: Economics for the 7th Generation

Winona LaDuke
Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) activist, environmentalist and writer
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8th Annual Labovitz Lecture - 2010

The Activism of Inside Out: Inner Dialogue in Music, Poetry, and Film

Vejea Jennings
Writer, Poet, Activist, Teacher
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7th Annual Labovitz Lecture - 2009

Who should be Ashamed when it comes to Undocumented Immigrants

Maria Elena Durazo
Executive Secretary - Treasurer
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
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6th Annual Labovitz Lecture - 2008

Ethnic Studies and the Gospel of Self-Efficacy

Dr. May C. Fu
Postdoctoral Fellow
National Center for Institutional Diversity
University of Michigan
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5th Annual Labovitz Lecture - 2007

Human Rights, Social Action, and the Path to Peace

Dr. Andrea Smith
Native American Studies
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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