A speech by a gang expert and a performance by Ballet Folklorico De Las Americas will highlight Chicano Awareness at the University of Utah throughout May. Most events are free to the public.

James Diego Vigil will discuss barrio gangs and substance abuse during a lecture that will be presented three times. The associate professor of anthropology at the University of Southern California will lecture at noon Friday, May 17, in the University Union Building east ballroom; Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Centro Civico Mexicano, 155 S. 600 West; and at 12:30 p.m. that day at Salt Lake Community College's common area.Vigil has written three books on neighborhood gangs and adolescent Chicano culture, including "Barrio Gangs: Street Life and Identity in Southern California."

The Ballet Folklorico De Las Americas will perform in the Union Ballroom Friday, May 31, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Other activities will be held throughout the month. The activities are sponsored by the Chicano Student Association, the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs, Ethnic Studies, the Salt Lake Community College, Associated Students of the University of Utah and Centro Civico Mexicano.