Special Collections at the University Libraries maintains collections of rare books and unique archival materials that make possible in-depth research on selected topics. The scope and diversity of Special Collections make it an important resource for the international academic community. Established in 1958 to house materials on Arizona, the Southwest, and the U.S./Mexico borderlands, Special Collections now includes rare books, manuscript collections, photographs and other materials in a wide variety of subject areas.
The growth and political strength and potential of Arizona's Hispanic population is the topic of a forthcoming lecture held in conjunction with statewide centennial celebration events.
UA anthropology professor Thomas E. Sheridan will deliver the second of three talks in the AZ Centennial Lecture Series being held in conjunction with Special Collections' yearlong exhibition "Becoming Arizona: The Valentine State."
Sheridan's lecture, "The Sleeping Giant vs. the Politics of Fear: Arizona's Hispanic Society in the 21st Century," will be held Feb. 14 from 7-8:30 p.m. in Special Collections.
Juan Manuel Calderón Jaimes, Mexican consul in Tucson, will speak in advance of Sheridan's lecture, which is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception, book sale and book signing.
In "The Sleeping Giant vs. the Politics of Fear," Sheridan observes that between 2000-10, the Hispanic proportion of Arizona's population expanded from 25 to 32 percent, making Hispanics the fastest-growing population in the state.
Sheridan, of the UA's School of Anthropology, suggests Hispanics are Arizona's sleeping giant; if they organize in proportion to their numbers, they will transform Arizona's political culture and better position the state to take advantage of the global economy.
Special Collections' yearlong exhibition, "Becoming Arizona: The Valentine State," celebrates 100 years of Arizona's statehood, which it attained on Feb. 14, 1912, by recreating the story of Arizona's path to becoming a state.
The AZ Centennial Lecture Series, being held in conjunction with the exhibit, explores the literary traditions, political landscape and the legacies of Arizona women.
The third and final talk in the series will be held March 28 from 7-8:30 p.m. when author and historian Jan Cleere presents "Legacies of the Past: Historic Women of Arizona."