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EAC history instructor invited to speak at the Roosevelt Reading Festival

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EAC history instructor invited to speak at the Roosevelt Reading Festival

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College instructor, Dr. Patrick Lukens, has been invited to read from his book, “A Quiet Victory for Latino Rights: FDR and the Controversy over ‘Whiteness,’” during the 12th Annual Roosevelt Reading Festival at the Presidential Library of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in Hyde Park, New York, on June 20, 2015.

In concurrent sessions taking place throughout the day, fourteen authors of recently published works that draw upon the Roosevelt Library archives, or focus on the Roosevelt era, will present author talks followed by question-and-answer sessions and book signings. The readings will be simulcast on CSPAN on the day of the event.

“In 1935 a federal court judge handed down a ruling that could have been disastrous for Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and all Latinos in the United States. However, in an unprecedented move, the Roosevelt administration wielded the power of ‘administrative law’ to neutralize the decision and thereby dealt a severe blow to the nativist movement. ‘A Quiet Victory for Latino Rights’ recounts this important but little-known story,” says Dr. Lukens, who says he feels honored to have been chosen to read at the event.

In a review f Lukens’ book, Ignacio M. Garcia, professor of Western American History at Brigham Young University, said, “No one yet has provided this kind of insight on the process that occurred before Mexicans were finally considered white by every agency of the government.”

After a busy summer, Lukens will return to the classrooms at EAC to offer U.S. History, The Development of Europe, U.S. National Politics, and World Politics. He will also be teaching a new class this fall, HIS 220, History of Mexico. This three-credit class, section #0629, will be offered on Wednesday evenings, from 6-8:40, in Academic Programs building, classroom #276.

To register, contact the EAC Records and Registration Office at (928) 428-8270 or register online at