Stephen J. Pitti
Lecture and Book Signing

The Devil in Silicon Valley: Northern California, Race, and Mexican Americans

The Devil in Silicon Valley: Northern California, Race, and Mexican Americans

About the Author:

Stephen J. Pitti was raised in Sacramento, California and received his PhD from Stanford University. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Latino Studies, Ethnic Studies, Western History, 20th-century immigration, civil rights, and related subjects at Yale Univeristy. He also directs the Latina/o History Project, which explores ethnic Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cuban, and other Latino histories in the United States. Dr. Pitti is currently working on two books: The World of Ceasar Chavez and Leaving California: Race from the Golden State.

About the Book:

Far more than any other label of the moment, the devil of racism has long been Silicon Valley's defining force, and Stephen Pitti argues that ethnic Mexicans -- rather than computer programmers -- should take center stage in contemporary discussions of the "new West." The Devil in Silicon Valley follows California race relations from the Franciscan missions to the Gold Rush, from the New Almaden mine standoff to the Apple janitorial strike. As the first sustained account of Northern California's Mexican American history, it challenges conventional thinking and tells a fascinating story. This book is counter-history at its best.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005
Reception: 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
University Union, Orchard Suite (2nd Floor) 
Light refreshments will be served.
Lecture and Book Signing: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
University Union, Hinde Auditorium