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'iAsk a Mexican!' columnist Gustavo Arellano to speak on March 26

Monday, March 18, 2013

Gustavo Arellano, the alt-weekly newspaper editor, author, and college professor who is best known for his nationally syndicated "¡Ask a Mexican!" column, will visit Claremont Graduate University (CGU) on Tuesday, March 26 for a conversation on topics ranging from education to immigration reform to food.

Gustavo Arellano poster for Claremont Graduate University eventThe discussion, titled "Living the Legacy of Cesar Chavez: A conversation on the topics facing Latinos today," is sponsored by CGU's Latino Graduate Student Association and the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management. It begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Administrative Campus Center, 101 S. Mills Ave. A cocktail hour is slated from 6 - 7:15 p.m.. The events are free and open to the public. Advance registration is required at

Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. He is also a lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at California State University, Fullerton.

His “¡Ask a Mexican!” is a nationally syndicated column in which he answers any and all questions about America’s largest minority. The column has a weekly circulation of over 2 million in 39 newspapers across the United States, won the 2006 and 2008 Association of Alternative Weeklies award for Best Column, and was published in book form by Scribner Press in May 2007.

Arellano is a lifelong resident of Orange County and is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants, one whom was undocumented.

Arellano will be joined in conversation by Jason Barquero, director of career development for the Drucker School.


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