Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jose Galvez will present a lecture and photo exhibit titled “Hispanic in the U.S.: History, Culture and Image,” Tuesday, Sept. 15, in the Memorial Student Center’s Shawkey Room.
Galvez’ appearance at Marshall is in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and the Latino culture, and is sponsored by Herd Information Technology; Office of Intercultural Affairs; the Department of Modern Languages, Latin American Studies Minor and the College of Liberal Arts.
The event begins at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. Marshall students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to attend.
For more than 40 years, Galvez has used black-and-white film to create a powerful and unparalleled historical record of the Latino experience in America. His work captures the beauty of daily life. While capturing the struggles and triumphs of Latinos in the U.S., Galvez also tells his own story of being a child in the barrios of Mexico, moving to the United States, and how he became the world-renowned photographer he is today.
“Mr. Jose Galvez is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and presenter of images and stories about the significant social and cultural presence in the U.S. of Spanish-speaking people who have various origins and ethnic backgrounds,” said Dr. Cristina Burgueno, a professor of Spanish and Latin American Cultures in the Department of Modern Languages. “His new and engaging visual perspective brings to the wider student body a social and cultural environment free of prejudices as well as an acknowledgment of the growing number of Latino students on campus.”
Galvez was the first Mexican-American photographer on the staff of the Los Angeles Times. In 1984, he was on a team of reporters and photographers that won a Pulitzer Prize for a series on Latino life in southern California: the first Chicanos to win the Prize. He left the Times in 1992 after winning many other awards for his photographs.
“The Intercultural Affairs office is excited to partner with Dr. Cristina Burgueno, her department and others on campus to bring Mr. Jose Galvez to Marshall in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Maurice Cooley, associate vice president for intercultural affairs. “Mr. Galvez’s photography and his own personal story give an interesting and honest account of daily life as a Latino-American. This event is a great opportunity for students, staff and the community to learn more about Hispanic culture while celebrating it as well.”