Lessons from an Activist Intellectual

Over the years, I have written a number of articles as an activist intellectual and organizer.   A number of colleagues, former students, friends and family members had proposed that I compile the articles and publish them as a means of sharing the lessons learned from making the connections between teaching, research, and organizing for social change.  It is in that spirit that I have published a book, Lessons from an Activist Intellectual.  Although the publishing date is not until August 16th, there are various options to pre-ordering the book: 

1.  Pre-order by sending $25 to:  Jose Z. Calderon, Pitzer College, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

2.  Order through Amazon, cost of $32.95 at: http://www.amazon.com/Lessons-Activist-Intellectual-Teaching-Organizing/dp/0761865888

3.  Order through Barnes and Noble at $26.39: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lessons-from-an-activist-intellectual-jose-zapata-calderon/1121871729?ean=9780761865889[p

4.  Order through Rowman & Littlefield at:


Description of book:
Lessons from an Activist Intellectual provides examples of how an academician can combine the roles of teacher, researcher, and activist with a community-based critical pedagogy for democracy and empowerment. This book discusses the interconnections made between José Calderón’s pedagogy and his history as an immigrant, student, social movement leader, researcher, professor, and community organizer. At the same time, it provides examples of an interactive, intercultural, and interdisciplinary pedagogy that involves both students andcommunity participants as both teachers and learners in social change projects. This style of pedagogy has a particular salience for historically excluded individuals from diverse racial, class, gender, and sexual orientation backgrounds,  for whom the educational experience can be both an alienating and empowering experience.  
Jose Zapata Calderon
Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies



2 thoughts on “Lessons from an Activist Intellectual

  1. Rosanne Larson

    I recently reconnected with a former college professor Robert Dillingham. He invited you too speak to our class one day in the early 1980’s. After class you and I had a conversation in a break room. So pleased to see you went on to get your PhD and are now teaching. Blessings ☺

    1. Jose Calderon Post author

      Forgive me for taking so long to respond. I am just now getting back to developing this blog site. I have good memories of Robert Dillingham and all his support for our community efforts in Greeley when he was at UNC. It would be so good to reconnect with him again. Thank you for remembering. I continue to carry out a combination of research, teaching, and organizing — and will be including some of my recent work on the blog. I do hope that we can keep in touch.


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