New lecture series to examine race in the Americas


“Race in the Americas,” the University of Notre Dame’s first lecture series designed to address the African-American and Latino experiences in the Americas, will begin at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 (Monday) in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies.p. Martha Menchaca, professor of anthropology at the University of Texas, will deliver the series’ first lecture, titled “Recovering History, Constructing Race: The Indian, Black and White Roots of Mexican-Americans.” Featuring a multi-racial and multi-regional approach, the presentation will address the legacy of racial discrimination against Mexican-Americans dating back to the Spanish conquest.p. The series will continue throughout the spring semester with five more presentations featuring nationally and internationally known scholars, who will examine the interwoven African and Latino diasporas and related issues, including race, ethnicity, gender, human rights, border issues, health and media representations. All remaining lectures will take place at 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Hesburgh Center auditorium, as follows:p. ? Jan. 28?James Jackson, Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and director of the African and African-American Studies Center at the University of Michigan, “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health”p. ? Feb. 11?Jose Saldivar, professor of English and ethnic studies at the University of California, “Border Fillers”p. ? Feb. 25?Frances Aparicio, professor and director of the Latin-American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, “Racializing the Puerto Rican Day Parade: Media Representations of U.S. Puerto Ricans in the Public Space”p. ? March 31?Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and president of Policy Link (a national non-profit research and advocacy organization) and former senior vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation, “Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America”p. ? April 7?Faye Harrison, Lindsay Young Professor and former associate head of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, “Building Anti-Racist Alliances for Human Rights: Women of Color Organizing on Global Terrain in the U.S. South”p. The lecture series is co-sponsored by Notre Dame’s African and African-American Studies Program and its Institute for Latino Studies, with support from the Gender Studies Program, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Mendoza College of Business, offices of the vice-president for student affairs and the provost, and the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Engineering and Science. All lectures will be preceded by a reception and are free and open to the public.p. p. Contact: Yolanda Lizardi-Marino, director of academic affairs, Institute for Latino Studies, 574-631-0940,

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