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Heeeeeere’s Johnny!

  Twenty years ago today–on May 13, 1994–Johnny Carson appeared on television for the last time in his life. Johnny Carson was the biggest star on all of television. In our era of hundreds of channels and on-demand viewing, it … Continue reading

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It’s time for Dodgers’ baseball!

Well, sort of. Even though most teams don’t get going until a week from now, the Dodgers’ 2014 baseball season gets underway in just a few hours. The boys in blue go head-to-head against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a pair … Continue reading

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Latino SF @ USF (3-18-14)

I’ll be visiting the University of San Francisco this Tuesday to share a from my book, Latinos at the Golden Gate. If you’re interested in learning more about the history of Latinos in the city, I hope to see you … Continue reading

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Latino SF @ SF State (3-19-14)

I’ll be giving a book talk at San Francisco State University this week! Details are on the below digital flier. If you want to learn more about the history of Latinos in San Francisco, then come on by!

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“Serving the DREAM”

Pomona College will be hosting an event on DACA (“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”) this Friday, March 7 @ 10AM. Two representatives from USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal department responsible for the program) will be discussing this … Continue reading

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Boycott Response

I am proud to lend my name to this letter, a response to the response of our college’s president to the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israeli academic institutions. While I feel very passionate about academic freedom and the principles … Continue reading

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My “book tour”

I’ll be in the Bay Area this week to talk about my book, Latinos at the Golden Gate. It’s the first of four trips I’m making to the city to share my work and sign some books for those who … Continue reading

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My 2013 Year in Review

Here’s the problem with my Facebook “2013 Year in Review”: When you spend most of your time on Facebook being a sarcastic idiot, your milestones are the jokes your friends liked the most. . . and your wife’s and kids’ … Continue reading

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Silence

And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we … Continue reading

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Friday Five: Ray Charles

It’s hard to say anything about Ray Charles that hasn’t been said by countless others, countless times, and in countless venues.  For that matter, there’s no shortage of stories related to his life and music, whether online, in books and … Continue reading

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