March 29, 2006

Author Nicolas Vaca to speak on conflict between Latinos and African Americans

Sacramento State’s Serna Center will present a lecture by Nicolas C. Vaca, whose new book brings to light what has been called a growing tension between Latinos and African Americans, two groups usually thought to be aligned on political issues, on Thursday, April 6 at 1:30 p.m. in the University Union Hinde Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Vaca’s book, The Presumed Alliance: The Unspoken Conflict Between Latinos and Blacks and What it Means for America, examines the often conflicting interests over resources and political power between Latinos and African Americans in light of the dramatic growth of the Latino population—now the largest minority group in the country—and how the groups can explore a mutually agreed-upon agenda. A Bay Area attorney, Vaca is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School, and has been a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and UC Davis. A book signing follows Vaca’s lecture. A reception for Vaca will held from 1 to 1:30 p.m. in the University Union Lobby Suite.

The Serna Center at Sacramento State sponsors studies and conferences along with social and cultural programs that focus on Latinos living in the Sacramento region. The Serna Center is named after the late Mayor of Sacramento and Sacramento State government professor Joe Serna, and his wife, the late University administrator and ethnic studies professor Isabel Hernandez Serna.

For more information about the lecture, call the Serna Center at (916) 278-4512. For media assistance, call the Sacramento State public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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