Latina/o/x Cultural Citizenships & Popular Belonging (Sawyer Seminar Symposium)

After having addressed issues surrounding formal citizenship and national belonging in the previous semester, this one-day symposium -- part of our yearlong Mellon Foundation-funded Sawyer Seminar on “Imagining Latinidades: Articulations of National Belonging” -- will bring subject area experts to discuss modalities of popular belonging (television, sports, music, literature, and more) in Latina/o/x contexts in the U.S.

Speakers include the following: Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at The Ohio State University. His research and creative activity address Latina/o/x fiction and popular culture. Adrian Burgos is Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and specializes in U.S. Latino history, sport history, urban history, and African American history. Ed Morales is a journalist and Lecturer in the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. As a journalist, he has investigated police brutality, street gangs, grassroots activists, and the Latino arts and music scene; as a scholar, his Latinx: The New Force in American Politics and Culture is critically acclaimed look at Latina/o/x peoples in historical, political, and cultural perspective.

This event will be held at the Iowa City Public Library. See our Sawyer Seminar website at for more information (including a more precise schedule) and to sign-up for our newsletter.

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