Latina/o/x Cultural Citizenships & Popular Belonging

March 27, 2020; Iowa City Public Library

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 University Distinguished Professor, Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor of English, University Distinguished Scholar, and Alumni Distinguished Teacher at the Ohio State University. His research and creative activity addresses Latina/o/x fiction and popular culture. Adrian Burgos is Professor of History at the University of Illinois, specializing in US Latino history, sport history, and urban history. He is editor-at-large of La Vida Baseball, a multiplatform digital brand in partnership with the Baseball Hall of Fame that produces daily content on Latinos and baseball through a cultural lifestyle perspective. 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 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.