Please meet Dr. Jorge Moraga from the Interdisciplinary Studies department.
What is your field of study?
American studies, with specializations in Latina/o history, comparative race and ethnicity, popular culture, and sociology of sport.
What is your favorite class to teach?
I love teaching Chicana/o history and Latina/o studies. I am excited to develop new courses to offer CSUB students, particularly through the lens of Chicana feminisms, critical race theory, critical sport studies, and global social justice.
What are you excited about this semester?
On a teaching level, I’m excited that my students and I start most classes by reciting In Lak’ech, a poem resurrected by Luis Valdez, founder of El Teatro Campesino and Professor Domingo Martinez Paredes. It’s rooted in Mayan epistemology. I attended the fourth annual Xixanx Institute for Teaching and Organizing last October, where I learned how educators can adopt Indigenous Epistemology into their curriculum.
On a scholarly level, I’m excited to be presenting at the 2018 Young Scholars Symposium sponsored by the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. I’ll be presenting an essay titled “On Great Brown Hopes: Mapping the Rise and Cultural Politics of Latino Sport In/Visibilities in the 1980s”.
What was the last book you read?
I finally got a chance to read The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy by Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber (2016). Highly recommended!
What was your worst subject in school?
Math, mostly because my 6th grade pre-algebra teacher didn’t have enough patience for my learning needs. By the time I got to Geometry in high school, I had tapped out. I’d rather just listen to Mathematics instead.
If you had to make a documentary, what would the subject be?
Archiving the amazing and creative ways that CSU-students, since the 1960s to the present, have organized and advocated for quality public education. As someone who worked with Students for Quality Education while finishing my CSUN undergraduate education, I’m a strong believer in student-led social movements and collective resistance for social justice and “the people’s university.”
What do you do for fun and relaxation?
I like to run and go boxing. I’m not good enough to get in the ring yet, but it makes for amazing cardio. I also enjoy going on hikes and random adventures with my wife and having playtime with our two cats.
Do you have any advice or thoughts for our students?
What did you do over the winter break?
The winter break was jam packed with family time and hanging out with friends. I’m looking forward to summer break for those same reasons.
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