March 2022

Lydia R. Otero

Being born and raised in Tucson with deep family roots on both sides of the Arizona-Sonora border inspired Lydia R. Otero's interest in regional history. In 2011, Otero received their first book award from the Border Regional Library Association for "La Calle: Spatial Conflicts and Urban Renewal in a Southwest City," and in 2019, Arizona’s César E. Chávez Holiday Coalition awarded Otero the Dolores Huerta Legacy Award for their activism and scholarship focusing on bringing awareness to Mexican American and Arizona history. Their most recent book, "In the Shadows of the Freeway: Growing up Brown & Queer" was released in 2019. The author has a Ph.D. in History and was a tenured professor in the Department of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona.

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Scheduled events:
It Takes a Pueblo
Arizona authors Alberto Álvaro Ríos and Lydia R. Otero will discuss their newest books, both of which explore the power of place and community along the border. How much is lost when families are dislocated altogether? Living where we do, these are things for all of us to think about.

Nuestras Raíces Stage (Seats 1000)
Sun, Mar 7, 2021, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Panelists: Lydia Otero, Alberto Álvaro Ríos
Moderator: Mari Herreras
Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation

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