Marc Simon Rodriguez is Professor of history at Portland State University and Editor of the Pacific Historical Review. Before joining the faculty of Portland State University, Rodriguez taught at Princeton University, the University of Notre Dame, and Indiana University South Bend. His first book, The Tejano Diaspora: Mexican Americanism and Ethnic Politics in Texas and Wisconsin (2011), won the National Association of Chicano and Chicana Studies' Texas Nonfiction Book Award. He is also the editor of Repositioning North American Migration History: New Directions in Modern Continental Migration, Citizenship, and Community (2004) and a co-editor, with Anthony Grafton, of Migration in History: Human Migration in Comparative Perspective (2007). His newest book is Rethinking the Chicano Movement (2014) which is a synthetic history of the Chicano Movement for Latinx Civil Rights.
This lecture explores the interplay between protest movements, gentrification, and issues of community control through the lens of the Public Art Movement in Chicago and California with particular focus on the claiming of space by Latinos (Chicanos and Puerto Ricans) in urban areas and the relationships they built across racial and ethnic lines as they participated in the diverse public art movement in their cities. This talk also considers the various ways that public art may be protected through zoning and environmental law.