Latina/o/x Citizenship and National Belonging

November 8, 2019; Iowa City Public Library

For this one-day symposium — part of our yearlong Mellon Foundation-funded Sawyer Seminar on “Imagining Latinidades: Articulations of National Belonging” — three speakers will address the ways Latina/o/x communities are integrated into and respond to dominant U.S. political and cultural social practices. Speakers will provide a strong historical foundation, attend to political processes, and draw out some of the less formal ways in which citizenship is imagined and practiced in Latina/o/x contexts. Each speaker will deliver a plenary address, which will be followed by Q&A.

9:00-9:30 Coffee and pastries
9:30-9:45 Welcoming remarks
9:45-11:00 Suzanne Oboler
  “Disposable Strangers: Tracing Mexican American Citizenship and Latinx Belonging Into the 21st Century”
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:30 Julie Avril Minich
12:30-1:45 Lunch on your own
1:45-3:00 Jillian Báez



Roundtable Discussion with Báez, Minich, and Oboler

The leadership team of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar, “Imagining Latinidades: Articulations of National Belonging,” as part of the University of Iowa, joins efforts to “proactively protect the health and safety of its community” that finds itself in Iowa City as well as visiting. In light of COVID-19 developments, our March 27th symposium is canceled. We are currently working on rescheduling the free screening of the film “Ruben Blades Is Not My Name” as well as our closing conference originally scheduled for April 30th-May 2nd. We appreciate your support and encourage you to continue following us online. We’ll be in touch soon. ¡Pa’lante!