ASU Professor to Lecture on ¡Ask a Mexican! Columnist Gustavo Arellano

Spanish Professor Manuel Hernandez of Arizona State University will give a lecture on journalist and joker, Gustavo Arellano, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, September 16, at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

The pressure is on for Hernandez, because the subject of his lecture, "The Humorist Gustavo Arellano's Work and the Human Condition," will be in the audience, listening to his work being discussed.

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"When I heard there was going to be a lecture on my work, I did what any good Mexican would do: demanded I be allowed to sneak into the party for free," Arellano says in the event's press release of his appearance.

This event marks the beginning of the 2013 fall season of ASU's "Project Humanities." The program is in its sixth year. It serves to encourage the study of humanities and represent their significance in higher education.

Arellano is a syndicated journalist and author of the column ¡Ask a Mexican! It started in 2004 as a joke, but his wit and storytelling abilities developed the column into a very popular, award-winning regular feature in OC Weekly, which he edits.

The lauded journalist addresses issues such as race, stereotypes, immigration, and religion, all through his own sardonic lens. He has three published books: ¡Ask a Mexican! (2007), Orange County: A Personal History (2010), and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America (2012).

After the lecture, Arellano will speak and sign copies of his three books.

The event is free and open to the public. It will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 16, in room 128 of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

For more information on ASU's Project Humanities, visit

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