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NMSU alum to discuss Latino rights book on C-SPAN 2

WHO: NMSU alumnus Patrick Lukens, author

WHAT: Roosevelt Reading Festival discussion of “A Quiet Victory for Latino Rights”

WHEN: Saturday, June 20 at 9 a.m. (11 a.m. EDT)

WHERE: Hyde Park, New York (Broadcast on C-SPAN 2)

A New Mexico State University alumnus will be among a number of authors discussing books live on C-SPAN 2 at the annual Roosevelt Reading Festival on Saturday, June 20.

Patrick Lukens, who earned a master’s degree in history at NMSU and teaches political science and history at Eastern Arizona College, will be talking about his book, “A Quiet Victory for Latino Rights,” at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York. His talk is scheduled to air at 9 a.m.

Lukens’ book recounts a little-known court ruling that could have had devastating effects on all Latinos in the United States but for the actions of President Roosevelt. The book details a 1935 court decision attempting to apply the Immigration Act of 1924 to Mexican immigrants. The Roosevelt administration neutralized the court ruling by using its authority to have all Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans classified as “white.”