Thursday, June 2, 2011
Law & Society "Author Meets Reader" panel on Tierra Y Libertad: Land, Liberty and Latino Housing by Steven W. Bender
As I posted earlier in the day, I am headed down to the Law & Society annual meeting in San Francisco later this week. On Saturday at 2:30, I am participating on an "Author Meets Reader" panel on the wonderful book Tierra Y Libertad: Land, Liberty and Latino Housing by Steven W. Bender. Other panelists include Rose Villazor (Hofstra), Ernesto Hernandez (Chapman), Tom Romero (Denver), and Marcia Zug (South Carolina). Here are my comments. Download Tierra y libertad2
The panel discussion of Tierra y Libertad proved to be lively, thoughtful, and offered glowing reviews of Professor Bender’s book. Professor Marcia Zug chaired the panel, with Professor Ernesto Hernandez, Professor Tom Romero, and Professor Rose Villazor all offering different insights and perspectives on the book. The readers praised the ambition, importance of the topic, and engaging character of the book. Professor Zug asked each panelist to relate a personal story to the topic of the book.
In discussing the book, I analyzed Tierra y Libertad from an immigration and Latina/o civil rights perspectives. Villazor evaluated the book through a immigration law and property law lens. Romero analyzed evaluating the book's importance as legal history as well as the importance of this kind of racial history. Hernandez lauded the book’s engaging and entertaining methodology, with history, personal narratives, and law interwoven and presented in a compelling fashion that truly gripped the reader. The author, Steve Bender, responded to the praises with graciousness while also offering his thoughts on why he approached the book in the way that he did and outlining future avenues for scholarly research.