Jan. 13, 2012 -- University of Houston Law Center Professor Michael A. Olivas will participate in a conference today and appears in a video exhibit about a major figure in Mexican-American history. “In Defense of My People: Alonso S. Perales and the Development of Mexican-American Public Intellectuals” begins at 9 a.m. in the University’s M.D. Anderson Library. Perales (1898-1960) was a civil rights lawyer and diplomat primarily concerned with Mexican-American civil rights. As such he participated in various civil rights organizations and was one of the founders of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in 1929. Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law and
director of the Law Center’s Institute of Higher Education Law & Governance, will edit a book on Perales based on the academic work presented at the conference. The exhibit runs until March 1 at M.D. Anderson Library. Click here to watch Olivas’ video exhibit.