Latina/o Identities and Civil Rights

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

Seminar Director:
Felipe Hinojosa |Assistant Professor, Department of History, Texas A&M University
fhinojosa@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.

Spring 2017 Activities

Monday, 20 February 2017, 4-5 p.m.
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
Location: 2500 Memorial Student Center
Event Flyer
For more information, please contact Dr. Monica Neshyba or Dr. Evan Haefeli.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 11:30-1 p.m.
Latina/o Identities and Civil Rights Lecture
“History Beyond the Book: The Perils and Possibilities of Digital History”
Dr. Karl Jacoby | Columbia University
Location: 311 Glasscock Building
Event Flyer
For more information, please contact Dr. Monica Neshyba or Dr. Evan Haefeli.

Fall 2016 Activities

Friday, 7 October 2016, 11-12:30 p.m.
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
Location: 311 Glasscock Building

Spring 2016 Activities

Tuesday, 23 February 2016, 12-1:30 p.m.
“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
Location: 311 Glasscock Building
For more information, please contact Dr. Felipe Hinojosa or Dr. Monica Neshyba.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Planning Meeting
Location: 308 Glasscock Building

Wednesday, 23 March 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Lecture: “Liberating Stories: Border Disruptions and Creative Resistance” 
Dr. Michelle Téllez | Professor of Ethnic Studies and Sociology, Northern Arizona University
Location: 601 Rudder Tower
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Thursday, 24 March 2016, 12-2 p.m.
Lecture: “Belonging, Balancing, Being: Women of Color in the Academy” 
Dr. Michelle Téllez | Professor of Ethnic Studies and Sociology, Northern Arizona University
Location: 311 Glasscock Building
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Thursday, 21 April 2016, 12-1:30 p.m.
“Latina/o Registered Nurses: Television Images, Educational Experiences, and Hospital Work”
Frank Ortega |Department of Sociology, Texas A&M University
Location: 311 Glasscock Building
For more information, please contact Dr. Felipe Hinojosa or Dr. Monica Neshyba.

Fall 2015 Activities

Wednesday, 14 October 2015, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Latina/o Identities and Civil Rights Seminar Meeting
Meeting with author Miriam Pawel.
Location: 311 Glasscock Building

Wednesday, 14 October 2015, 5:30-7 p.m.
“Cesar Chavez: The Man, The Myth, and The Legacy”
Miriam Pawel
| Author
Location: 401 Rudder Tower
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Wednesday, 4 November 2015, 12-1:30 p.m.
“Remembering World War II: Houston’s Latino Veterans”
Dr. Jesus Jesse Esparza
| Professor of History, Texas Southern University
Location: 311 Glasscock Building

Wednesday, 2 December 2015, 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Latina/o Identities and Civil Rights Seminar Meeting
Location: 311 Glasscock Building
For more information, please contact Dr. Monica Neshyba or Dr. Felipe Hinojosa.