Latinx Identities and Civil Rights

A Glasscock Center Three-Year Seminar (2015-18)

Seminar Director:
Dr. Felipe Hinojosa
| Associate Professor, Department of History, Texas A&M University
fhinojosa@tamu.edu
Dr. Monica Neshyba |Clinical Assistant Professor, Teaching, Learning and Culture (TLAC), Texas A&M University
neshyba@tamu.edu

The Latina/o Identities and Civil Rights Three-Year Seminar will commemorate 50 years of civil rights activism and the identities that emanated out of those cultural and political struggles. There are four main themes that will be covered as part of the seminar topic: labor, immigration, gender and sexuality, and race and poverty. The seminar will address these topics as a way to better understand both historic and contemporary movements for civil rights in the U.S.

The Latino demographic boom of the last twenty years makes this seminar topic particularly relevant to contemporary scholarship in the humanities. Latinos now make up 17 percent of the total U.S. population and are slated to surpass Anglos by 2050. The demographic shift that the country—and especially Texas—are experiencing demands that scholars pay attention to the issues and politics that most directly affect this population.

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of two important events: the United Farm Worker boycott in central California and the passing of the Hart-Cellar Immigration Act of 1965. The following years, 2017 and 2018, mark the 50-year anniversaries of the Bilingual Education Act (1967) and the Poor People’s Campaign (1968). Both events fundamentally altered Mexican American and Puerto Rican politics and brought them into the national consciousness in ways not seen before.


Academic Year 2016-2017

October 7, 2016
Latina/o Identities and Civil Rights Lecture
“From Taming a ‘Wild Tongue’ to Building a Bilingual University”
Dr. Francisco J. Guajardo | Associate Professor at the University of Texas-Pan American

February 20, 2017
Latina/o Identities and Civil Rights Lecture
“The Borderline and the Color Line: The Strange Career of William Ellis from Texas Slave to Mexican Millionaire.”
Dr. Karl Jacoby | Columbia University
For more information, please contact Dr. Monica Neshyba or Dr. Evan Haefeli.

February 21, 2017
Latina/o Identities and Civil Rights Lecture
“History Beyond the Book: The Perils and Possibilities of Digital History”
Dr. Karl Jacoby | Columbia University
For more information, please contact Dr. Monica Neshyba or Dr. Evan Haefeli.


Academic Year 2015-2016

October 14, 2015
Latina/o Identities and Civil Rights Seminar Meeting
Meeting with author Miriam Pawel.

October 14, 2015
Lecture
“Cesar Chavez: The Man, The Myth, and The Legacy”
Miriam Pawel
| Author

November 4, 2015
“Remembering World War II: Houston’s Latino Veterans”
Dr. Jesus Jesse Esparza
| Professor of History, Texas Southern University

December 2, 2015
Latina/o Identities and Civil Rights Seminar Meeting
For more information, please contact Dr. Monica Neshyba or Dr. Felipe Hinojosa.

February 23, 2016
“Mestizaje and Colorblind Ideology: From Bolívar to Zea and Latin@ Identity Issues in the U.S.”
Rocio Alvarez | Department of Philosophy, Texas A&M University
For more information, please contact Dr. Felipe Hinojosa or Dr. Monica Neshyba.

March 9, 2016
Planning Meeting

March 23, 2016
Lecture
“Liberating Stories: Border Disruptions and Creative Resistance”
Dr. Michelle Téllez | Professor of Ethnic Studies and Sociology, Northern Arizona University

March 24, 2016
Lecture
“Belonging, Balancing, Being: Women of Color in the Academy”
Dr. Michelle Téllez | Professor of Ethnic Studies and Sociology, Northern Arizona University

April 21, 2016
“Latina/o Registered Nurses: Television Images, Educational Experiences, and Hospital Work”
Frank Ortega |Department of Sociology, Texas A&M University
For more information, please contact Dr. Felipe Hinojosa or Dr. Monica Neshyba.