The Southwest Region of North America – A Political Ecology of Cultures and Hegemonies, by Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez

Bazy Tankersley Southwest Laureate Inaugural Lecture

Friday, April 8, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. AZ time

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The Center Sud-Ouest invites you to the first Bazy Tankersley Southwest Laureate Lecturegiven by Dr. Carlos Velez-Ibanez. This free online event is co-sponsored by the Department of Latin American Studiesthe Center for Mexican American Studiesthe School of Anthropologyand SBS Mexico Initiatives at the University of Arizona.

The southwestern region of North America is an intricate weaving of people, places and cultures. Trade and the struggle for control of the economy, land and waters of the region have deeply marked its historical geography from the pre-Hispanic period to the present day. In this lecture, Dr. Vélez-Ibáñez will offer an in-depth analysis of these processes, drawing on insights from his nearly 50-year career in cultural anthropology and as a native of the Mexican-American border regions.

Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez obtained a doctorate. in anthropology from UCSD in 1975. His intellectual interests are broadly comparative and applied, and he is the author of 12 books and several articles and book chapters. Much of his research has been translated into Spanish. He has held professorships in anthropology at UCLA and the University of Arizona, where in 1982 he founded the Office of Applied Research in Anthropology. He was also Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at UC Riverside, where he founded the Ernest Galarza Center for Applied Research. In 2011, Vélez-Ibáñez founded the Arizona State University School of Cross-Border Studies, where he holds the titles of Regents’ Professor and Motorola Presidential Professor of Neighborhood Revitalization. His honors include, among others, the award from the Society of Applied Anthropology Bronislaw Malinowski Award; the American Anthropological Association Franz Boas Award for his exemplary contributions to anthropology; the Solon T. Kimball Award of Public and Applied Anthropology; and the SANA Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Critical Study of North America. In 2016, Vélez-Ibáñez was inducted into the Mexican Academy of Sciences.

You can check out this excerpt from a longer conversation between the Southwest Center and Dr. Vélez-Ibáñez about the nature of the southwestern region of North America: