POSTPONED: The Inspiring Legacy of Lionel Cantú: Graduate Student Symposium

June 30, 2019


Please join us to celebrate the life and scholarship of Lionel Cantú (1965 – 2002), Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz. Professor Cantú's scholarship bridged and advanced Latino sociology, immigration studies, transnational/cross-border studies, gender and sexuality studies, and the study of gay men and masculinity. This event will honor Dr. Cantú and present the research of graduate student recipients of the Lionel Cantú Memorial Award.

This free, public event is being sponsored and co-created by the Research Center for the Americas and the Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center. Co-sponsors of this event include the Division of Social Sciences, the Sociology Department, and the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  

This event was postponed until fall 2020. Please check back then for an updated schedule. 

About the Speakers


afourtit_lorraine-headshot.jpgLorraine Affourtit

Lorraine Affourtit is a Ph.D. Candidate in Visual Studies at UC Santa Cruz. She researches the visual culture of social justice movements in the global South with a special focus on Latin America and Mexico. Lorraine will be defending her dissertation, Visualizing Decolonial Democracy in the Oaxaca Commune, this Spring. Her research has been supported by a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad Fellowship, a Visiting Fellowship at the Center for U.S.–Mexican Studies at UC San Diego, and Graduate Research Fellowship from the UC Santa Barbara Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy. She has recently published articles in the Journal of Labor and Society and Third Text.

aaron-aruck-headshot.jpgAaron Aruck

Aaron Aruck is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at UC Santa Cruz. He spent last year conducting archival research (and eating amazing food) in Mexico City. His dissertation project explores how sexual and medical policing at the U.S.-Mexico border contributed to the formation of sexual categories in both countries and influenced migration experiences for those moving across that border from roughly 1920 through the post-World War II period. Prior to graduate school, Aaron worked at an LGBT legal non-profit in San Francisco.

vazquez_headshot.jpgAndrea Del Carmen Vazquez

Andrea Del Carmen Vazquez is a PhD student in Education and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at UC Santa Cruz. As a Black Latina and native of South Central Los Angeles, Andrea’s dissertation is informed by her lived experiences in her neighborhood coupled with the complexities that arise from being a member of a migrant, mixed-status, and multiracial family. Andrea’s research sits at the intersection of race, gender, liberal statehood and schooling. Currently, Andrea is working on an ethnography that outlines the contours of the liberal state to explore how progressive notions of social justice, and liberal multiculturalism within schools, perpetuate anti-blackness in an agricultural and migrant community in California.



Julian Rodriguez (presenting poster)

Julian Rodriguez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Sociology Department at UC Santa Cruz. His
research lies in the areas of gender and sexuality, media, wellbeing and community, and
qualitative research methods. Drawing from theory and methods in sociology, media studies,
and cultural studies, his dissertation examines LGBTQ representation on YouTube.
The project illustrates how YouTube selectively commodifies the experiences of gender and sexual minorities and how LGBTQ video creators create meaningful communities despite the platform’s practices.