OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

OSU Faculty Member Gives Talk on Cesar Chavez

04/17/2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University faculty member Joseph Orosco will sign his new book and give a talk as part of Cesar Chavez Tribute Month on Tuesday, April 28, on campus. The event begins at 5 p.m. in Memorial Union 208.

Orosco’s talk, “Cesar Chavez on Democracy in the United States.” will examine Cesar Chavez’s thoughts on the idea of democracy.

Orosco’s book, “Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence,” was recently published by University of New Mexico Press. Chavez has long been heralded for his personal practice of nonviolent resistance in struggles against social, racial, and labor injustices. According to Orosco, the works of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. have overshadowed Chavez’s contributions to the theory of nonviolence.

One of Orosco’s goals, he says, is to elevate the status of Chavez as an original thinker, providing an analysis of what Chavez called “the common sense of nonviolence.”

Orosco is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at OSU. His primary area of interest is in social and political philosophy, particularly democratic theory and the ethics of globalization.

The event is free and open to the public.