Gustavus Myers Award


CONTACT: Margie Yu,
Public Affairs Assistant
(323) 343-3047


Los Angeles, California -- December 11, 1996 -- On Human Rights Day, Tuesday, December 10, Diamond Bar resident Francisco E. Balderrama, professor of Chicano Studies and History at Cal State L.A., was presented an award by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America for co-authoring a book with Raymond Rodríguez on the subject of human rights in North America, Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930's. The award is given annually to the best scholarship on the subject of intolerance in North America and is named for Gustavus Myers, author of the History of Bigotry in the United States.

Francisco Balderrama earned his M.A. in 1972 and his Ph.D. in 1978 from UCLA. He began teaching at Cal State L.A. in 1984 and has served as chair of the Chicano Studies Department from 1984 to 1993. A Chicano historian with special interest in the American West and California, his research is on the Mexican community during the early 20th century with particular attention to relations with Mexico. Balderrama has received several research grants and professional awards, including the Senior Fulbright Lectureship in American Immigration at the University of Rome.

Balderrama has also consulted for the Ford Foundation, Western Association of Colleges and Universities, Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education, and the Educational Testing Service. He has recently completed a term as managing editor of Ethnohistory, the journal of the Ethnohistory Association. Other leading journals have published his professional reviews.

The Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America is sponsored by B'nai B'rith, Fellowship of Reconciliation, NAACP, National Conference of Christian and Jews, National Interreligious Commission on Civil Rights, National Organization of Women, and the National Urban League.

Yehudi Webster, professor of Sociology at Cal State L.A., also received this prestigious award in December 1993 for his book, The Racialization of America.

For more information, call the Chicano Studies Department at Cal State L.A., (323) 343-2190.

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