Lifelong environmental-justice advocate and leader in the resilient agriculture movement, Devon G. Peña, has been named this year’s Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professor.
Peña is a professor of American ethnic studies, anthropology and environmental studies at the University of Washington in Seattle and the author of “Mexican Americans and the Environment: Tierra y Vida” and the edited volume “Chicano Culture, Ecology, Politics: Subversive Kin” (Society, Environment and Place). He will headline various community events, Oct. 23-24. The theme of his professorship is Sacred Water y Tierra Sagrada.
Founded in 1997 to foster multiculturalism, diversity and academic excellence at the University, the professorship honors civil rights activist and MSU Denver alum and instructor Richard T. Castro, who served five terms in Colorado’s House of Representatives. The professorship brings renowned Latina and Latino scholars, artists and leaders to MSU Denver to conduct classes, seminars, performances and lectures for students, faculty and the larger Denver community.
Peña, who is the founding editor of The Environmental and Food Justice blog and a contributing author for the website New. Clear. Vision., is the secretary of the Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association in Colorado.
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