Online only—Pablo Gonzalez: An Other Campus: Memory and Reenvisioning of the UC Berkeley Campus through Augmented Reality

This event will be presented as a Zoom webinar.

Every day, campus tours walk visitors across the UC Berkeley campus. Tour leaders recount important historical moments and highlight monuments, yet the official tour constructs a narrative of the campus that leaves out thousands of stories erased or hidden from casual visitors. When thinking about memory and monuments from an ethnic studies perspective, what does it mean to reenvision the campus from the perspective of social movements like the Third World Liberation Front of 1969 and 1999 or generations of students of color? This presentation by UC Berkeley continuing lecturer Dr. Pablo Gonzalez focuses on an ongoing project to reenvision the history of the campus through the use of augmented reality. It asks what an Other campus tour would look like and how this tour could usher in an important dialogue over race, memory, and monuments.

Gonzalez is a continuing lecturer in Chicanx and Latinx studies and Ethnic studies. He is the recipient of the 2022 Distinguished Teaching Award at UC Berkeley. He has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in Chicano studies from UC Berkeley. His areas of expertise include transnational social movements, the production of criminality and illegality, and decolonial ethnographic methodologies. Dr. Gonzalez is also the director of the Ethnic Studies Changemaker project, which trains and helps produce ethnic studies–based podcasts and augmented reality work.