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May 17, 1999


Jonathan Fox, associate professor of Latin American and Latino studies, recently returned from a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, during which he was presented with an honorary staff by the council of elders of the town of San Miguel Tlacotepec. The presentation, akin to being presented with the "key to the city," was in recognition of Fox's work with the Oaxacan Indigenous Binational Front, a civic group that supports immigrant rights, indigenous rights, and community development.

The organization represents residents of more than 200 villages and towns in Mexico, as well as residents of the San Joaquin Valley and Baja California. Fox has worked with the group for more than a year, helping members secure grants from Oxfam and the MacArthur Foundation. During his visit to the region, which was covered by the leading newspaper in Oaxaca, Fox met with community leaders and state representatives as part of his ongoing research on Mexican rural development policy.

[Photo of Irwin Scholars] An exhibition of works by recipients of the 1998-99 William Hyde and Susan Benteen Irwin Scholarships takes place through June 5 in the Porter College's Sesnon Art Gallery. Pictured here are recipients of the $2,500 scholarships, who turned out exhilarated and well-dressed for the show's opening reception on May 10. (Back row, l-r): K. Joey Shepp, Richard Cochinos, Cinque Schatz, Blair Randall, Barbara Garber, and Josh Weinberg. (Front row, l-r): Elsu Martin, Michelle Cowan, Jessie Curtaz, Cally Martin, Sara Abou-El-Haj, Tim Gorter, and Clay West. Not pictured: Chris Larson and Courtney Utt. Photo: Barbara McKenna

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