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Stanford Professor to Speak on Latina/o Voting Rights, the Power of History at CSU Bakersfield

Historian and Professor Emeritus Dr. Albert Camarillo of Stanford University will speak on “Latina/o Voting Rights and the Power of History: The Case of Kern County” at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in the Dezember Reading Room of the Walter W. Stiern Library.

Dr. Camarillo will speak on his role as an expert witness in support of the plaintiffs in the recent precedent-setting U.S. District Court Case, Luna v. Kern County Board of Supervisors. He will also provide historical and contemporary perspectives of why this federal Voting Rights Act case is so important for the growing Latina/o population in Kern County and the state of California.

“We are pleased to have a scholar as distinguished as Dr. Camarillo speak on our campus,” said Dr. Alicia Rodriguez, history professor and Social Science Program Coordinator. “He is past president of the Organization of American Historians, the largest academic professional society dedicated to the study and teaching of American history. His presentation will not only address Kern County’s past, but what the verdict in the Luna case means for its future, as well.”

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is $6 in campus lots.

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