The Mexico Center at UTSA

Previous Presenters for the Mellon Program

Adan Hernández

Westside San Antonio-based artist and teacher

Selected exhibitions:

  • “Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge,” San Antonio Museum of Art, curated by Cheech Marín
  • Permanent Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
  • National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.
  • “The Other Mexico,” International traveling exhibition
  • “Pintores de Aztlán,” Casa Encendida, Madríd, organized by Cheech Marín

Kelly Lytle Hernández

Professor of History, African American Studies, and Urban Planning
Thomas E. Lifka Chair of History
James D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow
UCLA College of Social Sciences

Selected Publications:

Shannon Gleeson

Associate professor of Labor Relations, Law, & History
Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Selected publications:

Sesshu Foster

East L.A.-based novelist, poet, and teacher, with past residences at the University of Iowa, California Institute of the Arts, California State University, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Alexander Aviña

Associate professor of Latin American History
School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at the University of Arizona


Erika Pani

Centro de Estudios Históricos at El Colegio de México

Selected publications:


Natalia Molina

Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity
University of Southern California

Selected Publications:

George J. Sánchez

Director for the Center for Democracy and Diversity
Professor of History and American Studies & Ethnicity
University of Southern California

Selected Publications:

  • Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945, Oxford University Press, 1993
  • Beyond Alliances: The Jewish Role in Reshaping the Racial Landscape of Southern California, Editor, Purdue University Press, 2012
  • “Shape Shifting in the Transpacific Borderlands: Expressions of Japanese Chicano Culture and Identity,” Coauthored with María José Placencia in Shape Shifters: Journeys Across Terrains of Race and Identity, University of Nebraska Press, 2020

Graciela Sánchez

Director for the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center
San Antonio, Tejas

Selected events and exhibitions:

  • Paseo por el Westside (hosted annually)
  • Día de los Muertos (hosted annually)
  • El Mercado de Paz (hosted annually)
  • “Maíz: En el umbral de la agonia,” 2011
  • “Re/Defining Lesbians: Power/Transition,” 1995
  • “The AIDS Series,” 1988

Elsa Flores Almaraz

Film producer, director, multimedia artist, and member of Los Four

Selected work:

  • Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire (2019), co-director and executive producer
  • California Dreamscape, mural, w/ Carlos Almaraz

Vicki Ruíz

Distinguished professor emerita of History and Chicano/Latino Studies
School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine
Distinguished professor emerita of History and Chicano/Latino Studies in the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine

Selected publications:

  • Latina Legacies: Identity, Biography, and Community, co-edited with Virginia Sánchez Korrol, Oxford University Press, 2005
  • From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America, Oxford University Press, 1998; Tenth Anniversary Edition, 2008
  • Cannery Women, Cannery Lives: Mexican Women, Unionization, and the California Food Processing Industry, 1930-1950, University of New Mexico Press, 1987

Richard Purcell

Director for The Literary and Cultural Studies Program
Associate professor of English
Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University

Selected publications:

Judith F. Baca

Artistic director of the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)
Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana & Chicano Studies
University of California, Los Angeles

Selected works:

  • The Dr. Martin Luther King Monument for the City of San Diego, 2005
  • Central American Resource Center (CARECEN): “Migration of the Golden People,” 2003
  • “Mi Abuelita,” 1970

Laurie Coyle

San Fransisco-based documentary producer, director, and writer

Selected work:

  • OROZCO: Man of Fire, American Masters, 2007
  • The Fight in the Fields, César Chávez and the Farmworkers’ Struggle, PBS
  • The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight it, PBS
  • Ralph Ellison: An American Journey, American Masters
  • Women at Farah: An Unfinished Story, co-authored with Gail Hershatter and Emily Honig for Prestiss-Hall, Women and Power in American History Series, 1979