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March 15, 2011

Luis Fraga to present 2011 Samuel E. Kelly Lecture April 7

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Luis Fraga has been selected to deliver the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversitys 2011 Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Jones Playhouse. The lecture is free and open to the public; a reception will be held beforehand, at 5:30 p.m.

Luis Fraga

Luis Fraga

Fraga is the associate vice provost for faculty advancement, Russell F. Stark university professor, director of the Diversity Research Institute and professor of political science. His lecture, Change and Continuity: Latinos in the Future of America, will address the implications of the growing presence of Latinos to national identity, ethnic/racial relations, partisanship and transnational relations. A full description of the lecture topic can be found online.

Fragas research and teaching interests are in Latino politics, the politics of race and ethnicity, immigration politics, education politics, and voting rights policy. He has authored and co-authored numerous books including Latino Lives in America: Making It Home (Temple 2010); American Government: Principles in Practice (Holt McDougal 2010); Multiethnic Moments: The Politics of Urban Education Reform (Temple 2006); and Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation, and What We Can Do About It (Brookings 2005). He has also published over 40 articles in journals and edited volumes including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, and Perspectives On Politics.

Fraga is a co-principal investigator of the 2006 Latino National Survey. He is a vice president of the American Political Science Association and a former president of the Western Political Science Association. He is also president of the board of OneAmerica, vice president of the board of New Futures, and member of the board of the Public Education Network. Over his career he has received more than 15 awards for his mentoring and advising. His latest co-authored book, Latinos in the New Millennium: An Almanac of Opinion, Behavior, and Policy Preferences, is under contract with Cambridge University Press.

This is the seventh Samuel Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture. Inaugurated in 2005, this annual lecture is named in honor of the late Samuel Kelly, UWs first vice president for the Office of Minority Affairs (1970), and dedicated to acknowledging the work of distinguished faculty by spotlighting nationally recognized research focusing on diversity and social justice.

Past lecturers include Richard Ladner (Department of Computer Science and Engineering/Electrical Engineering/Linguistics, 2010), Biren (Ratnesh) Nagda (School of Social Work, 2009), Joy Williamson (College of Education, 2008), Karina Walters (School of Social Work, 2007), Devon G. Pena (Department of Anthropology/American Ethnic Studies, 2006), and Quintard Taylor (Department of History, 2005). In 2010, University of Washington Press published Kellys autobiography, which was co-written by Taylor (read a UW Today story about that book).

To register, please contact cpromad@uw.edu or call 206-685-9594 by April 5.