Contemplating Chicano Park and a New Pedagogic Imaginary
An ACMHE webinar with Alberto López Pulido
Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego
Originally broadcast Tuesday, May 17th, 2:00-3:00pm ET
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This presentation underscores the importance of contemplative practices for students of color at a private Roman Catholic University in San Diego, California. This presentation describes the significance of having students encounter and engage the largest collection of outdoor murals in the country known as Chicano Park located in the community of Logan Heights in San Diego, California. The mural art represented in the park embodies the deep and rich history of resistance and identity tied to the community, and serves as a basis for knowledge and contemplative reflection for students of color, enabling them to explore and affirm their identities through autoethnographic reflections evoked by the art and its teaching and message.
We promote an ethnic studies paradigm that highlights an epistemological perspective that frames contemplative practices as both: 1) situated; and 2) trans-generational. Through this work, a new Pedagogic Imaginary is put forth that embraces cultural diversity and social justice for all students, but in particular, students of color and first-generation students.
About the Presenter
Alberto López Pulido grew up along la frontera of San Diego-Tijuana where he learned a great deal about culture and tradition in a bicultural, bilingual and binational world. His greatest influences in life have been his mother and grandfather who taught him the deep values of holistic education through their modeling and consejos of becoming gente educada and believing in the value of amor al prójimo. Alberto is a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Mexican American Graduate Studies Program that was established by Professor Julian Samora. Alberto has numerous publications in the area of Chicano Religions, Higher Education, and Border Studies.
His first book was a revisionist history of Los Hermanos Penitentes of New Mexico entitled: The Sacred World of the Penitentes and speaks of their values and legacy as a living sacred community in the history of the American Southwest. His second book entitled: Moving Beyond Borders is an edited volume that examines the intellectual life of Julian Samora and his impact on Chicano Studies. It speaks to the history of Chicano Studies in higher education and to the strategies and challenges of an intellectual pioneer and first Chicano Sociologist in the nation. Alberto is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker with his directorial debut of Everything Comes From the Streets – A History of Lowriding in San Diego California and the borderlands. Everything Comes From the Streets was awarded First place at the Barrio Film Festival and a distinguished Remi Award at WorldFest: Houston International Film Festival. The documentary also premiered at Cine+Mas Film Festival in San Francisco, CineFestival, San Antonio; Watsonville Film Festival; and Ethnografilm International Film Festival, Paris, France. It secured two television Broadcasts: KPBS, San Diego, and KQED “Truly California” Series–San Francisco.
Alberto has come to recognize the inherent value of contemplative practices within an ethnic studies pedagogy that empower the stories and lives of students of color in higher education along with the knowledge and truths that arise from the community from where these students come from. He continues to present and publish on this critical topic. Alberto’s work has been featured in Laura Rendón’s work on Sentipensante scholarship and pedagogy. Alberto is currently working on a book and related articles that examine the evolution of community knowledge and expressions as a form of preservation and resistance in the history of Chicano Park in the historic barrio of Logan Heights. He is founding chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego.