Davis-Undiano Recognized for Contributions to Oklahoma Hispanic Culture
December 7, 2017
On December 3, Robert Con Davis-Undiano, executive director of World Literature Today and a professor of English at the University of Oklahoma, was presented the Most Outstanding Literature Artist award from the Hispanic Arts Council of Oklahoma, a press release from World Literature Today stated.
“I am so pleased with what Oklahoma Latinos and Latinas are accomplishing, and want to frame and promote their achievements in every way that I can,” said Davis-Undiano.
Davis-Undiano’s recent book, Mestizos Come Home! Making and Claiming Mexican American Identity (University of Oklahoma Press), won the 2017 International Latino Book Award and has been described as “a must-read for those who wish to understand the future of the United States,” by renowned American historian Neil Foley.
In a story by OU Daily, the author said, “My dad was a Mexican, and whenever I can support my community, and actually do some good for Mexican-Americans, I feel great.”
In addition to directing the newly inaugurated Latinx Studies program at University of Oklahoma, Davis-Undiano has served as the executive director for World Literature Today since 1999. He holds a Presidential Professorship and the endowed Neustadt Professor Chair at the University of Oklahoma.
The Hispanic Arts Council of Oklahoma is an organization formed mainly by Oklahomans of Latin American descent. The organization’s mission extends to all Oklahoma residents interested in learning about and celebrating Hispanic-American culture, values, and traditions.
More information about Mestizos Come Home! can be found online at World Literature Today.
Photo credit: R.C. Davis-Undiano