University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Celestino Fernández

Celestino Fernández served as professor of sociology at the University of Arizona for thirty-nine years until his retirement (July 2015). He has also served in several administrative positions at the University of Arizona, including the University's first Vice President for Undergraduate Education and Vice President for Academic Outreach and International Affairs, and as the founding Executive Vice President and Provost of Arizona International College. Professor Fernández also served as a university-wide faculty fellow. He taught courses and conducted research on various topics and issues pertaining to culture (including happiness and Mexican music), immigration, ethnic diversity, and education. Professor Fernández has published approximately fifty articles and book chapters on these topics; he has composed about as many "corridos" and served on an equal number of accreditation teams throughout the world.

Professor Fernández received both his MA and PhD in sociology from Stanford University. During the years 2000-2001, he served as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at the University of Phoenix. Professor Fernández has received wide recognition for his work. For example, he was honored by the American Association for Higher Education for his "Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education" and by the governor of Arizona for his commitment to "quality and excellence." He also received the "Distinguished Alumni Award" from his undergraduate alma mater, Sonoma State University. Professor Fernández has been the subject of three songs and two book chapters. In 2007, Professor Fernández was named University Distinguished Outreach Professor in recognition of his "exceptional service to the community, state, and nation."

Scheduled events:
Celestino Fernández
Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert: La vida no vale nada Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert addresses the tragic results of government policies on immigration. The book’s central question is why are migrants dying on our border? The authors constitute a multidisciplinary group reflecting on the issues of death, migration, and policy.

University of Arizona Press, Booth #241 (Seats 1)
Sun, Mar 12, 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Author: Celestino Fernández
Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert
Authors reflect on immigration and how it is studied, address the tragic results of government immigration policies, and remember the thousands of migrants who have lost their lives crossing the desert.

Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent (Seats 100, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Signing Area - Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Celestino Fernández, Anna Ochoa O'Leary, Robin Reineke, Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith
Moderator: Maribel Alvarez

Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert: La vida no vale nada
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
University of Arizona Press
October 2016
ISBN 9780816532520
Paperback, 320 pages
$24.95, INSTOCK
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Proceedings of a conference held in March 2008.

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

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Stocker Foundation
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Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
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William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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