Center for the Study of the Peoples of the Americas

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Center for the Study of the Peoples of the Americas

Mission

The Center for the Study of the Peoples of the Americas (CESPA) is devoted to the principle that education is the basis for solutions to societal tensions. To this end a primary concern of the Center is the issues stemming from the lived experiences of our students. The purpose of (CESPA) is to promote interest in and knowledge of peoples descendent of Latin American communities, whether of Latino/a, Asian, European, African or indigenous origins, within the US and south of the border through service learning, student and faculty research. CESPA also promotes faculty and public intellectual workshops, symposia, conferences, and lectures. Multimedia forums are utilized to distribute Center programs and research.

The peoples of the Americas have their roots in African, European, Asian, and indigenous cultures. The Center for the Study of the Peoples of the Americas (CESPA), is committed to a deeper understanding of the creation and movements across borders, and the development of border cultures, identities and economies. A primary concern is the lived experiences of our students. The California State University system has among the largest concentration of students of Mexican and Central American extraction of any four-year university system in the country, as well as substantial populations of Asian American and African American students.

To this end CESPA will bring together a group of scholars, researchers, and creative artists from a wide range of disciplines to more effectively provide accessible information to all students and communities about the experiences and the cultures of the more than 50 million Americans of Latin-American extraction and the more than 600 million people living to the south of the United States.

 

Upcoming Events:

Remembering Quinten and Resisting Violence

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Quinten Memorial

On March 9th, 2018, Quinten Thomas, who was a CSUN student, died while incarcerated at Twin Towers under the supervision of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Join the CSUN community to remember Quinten and imagine a different world where our communities are not vulnerable to such violence and premature death.

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Fall 2018 Bi-Annual Men of Color Enquiry & Student Poster Session

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:30pm

William A Young

Please join us for the Fall 2018 Bi-Annual Men of Color Enquiry & Student Poster Session. The theme for this semester's event is Supporting Men of Color through Collective Consciousness with special guest, acclaimed American actor, William A. Young. Read more

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