Contemplating the Monumental Murals: Chicano Park as a Site of Disjunctures, Meaning, Reconciliation, and Resistance
Alberto López Pulido, University of San Diego
Overview: Join Alberto López Pulido, Professor and founding chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego (USD) and lead for the Logan Heights Documentation Project as well as the Turning Wheels Project, on a path towards making sense and reconciling the critical separation between who we claim to be in relation to who others claim we are. Participants will collectively enter the sacred space of Chicano Park and encounter its eighty-eight monumental murals as contemplative sites for acknowledging disjunctures in our own lives and utilize contemplative practices to acquire meaning and reconciliation. We will evoke the practices and pedagogy of recall, reflect and occupy. In addition, we will define and introduce the concepts of situated contemplation and trans-generational knowledge as unique pedagogies and practices for working effectively with people of color: our students, colleagues, local communities, and ourselves. *Please note: There is a limit to the number of people who can attend this pre-conference workshop. Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additionally, this pre-conference will begin with a walk, so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to be mobile during the pre-conference. This pre-conference is wheelchair accessible.