Imagining the Latina/o/x Midwest

January 31, 2020; Iowa City Public Library

In this one-day symposium — part of our yearlong Mellon Foundation-funded Sawyer Seminar on “Imagining Latinidades: Articulations of National Belonging” — three speakers will examine the potentials and pitfalls of imagining Latinidades in the Midwestern U.S. Building off the past success of the Latina/o Midwest Symposium, this kickoff event for the spring semester will draw attention to the ways in which Latina/o/x space and identity might be imagined and practiced outside of traditionally recognized Latina/o/x enclaves.

Speakers include the following: Theresa Delgadillo is Professor in Comparative Studies and Program Director of Latina/o Studies at The Ohio State University. Her scholarship is devoted to exploration of spirituality and religion, African Diaspora and Latinidad, and Latino/as in the Midwest, interrogating the intersections among gender, sexuality, race, and nation. Lilia Fernandez is the Henry Rutgers Term Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and the Department of History at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is a twentieth-century U.S. historian, with a focus on Latinos/as in Chicago, panethnic relations, and class politics. Sujey Vega is Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Her research explores the everyday lived experiences of Latina/os in the U.S. By looking to moments of belonging, she traces the way Latina/os make their own notion of home in the U.S. 

This event will be held at the Iowa City Public Library and is scheduled to run from 9:00am-4:30pm. The Iowa City Public Library is conveniently located in downtown Iowa City, with nearby parking and bus stops. Please visit the ICPL’s site for more information about how to get there.