Mestizos Come Home! is a book intended to make Latinos proud of what they have accomplished in the U.S. and to explain to mainstream America what Latinos have been trying to achieve. The book looks at six areas in which Latinos have impacted American culture since the 1960s and tries to break past the “amnesia” that has blocked full recognition of “mestizo” (indigenous and mixed race) contributions to culture and society in the U.S. and across Latin America. This book is trying to foster a new awareness of the U.S. as intrinsically part of the history of the Americas and help to create a new era of appreciation for the Latino community.
About the Author:
Robert Con Davis-Undiano
Born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1948, Robert Con Davis-Undiano is a third-generation Mexican American. He attended Cal-State University, East Bay, and the University of California, Davis, where he graduated in 1979 with a Ph.D. He is Executive Director of the World Literature Today organization at the University of Oklahoma, holds the Neustadt Chair in Comparative Literature, and is Presidential Professor of English. At the University of Oklahoma, he has received the Rufus G. Hall Faculty Achievement Award, the Kenneth E. Crook Annual Faculty Award, the Sullivant Award for Perceptivity, and many student-generated awards—including Faculty of the Year—for his work with Latino students. Part of the leadership of the OU College of Liberal Studies and the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), he also directs OU’s Latinx Studies program. He has published many books and essays, including The Paternal Romance: Reading God-the-Father in Early Western Culture (1993). Davis-Undiano serves on numerous national editorial and advisory boards and is general editor of the Chicano & Chicana Visions of the Américas book series at the University of Oklahoma Press. He currently hosts Current Conversations, a radio and television interview program sponsored by OU, that is broadcast throughout Oklahoma.