Wednesday, October 7, 7 PM Expanding the Narrative: The Struggle for Latino Studies and American Higher Education
Juán González brings to the KJCC the struggle for Latino Studies, the history of the field, and the lessons for the political present in the university and beyond.
With Virginia Sánchez Korrol (professor emerita and former chair of the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College, City University of New York); and Carlos Muñoz, Jr. (professor emeritus, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley. and founding chair of theNational Association of Chicano and Chicana Studies (NACCS)). Organized and moderated by Juan González, Fall 2015 Andrés Bello Chair in Latin American Cultures and Civilizations, Columnist for The Daily News, co-host of Democracy Now!
Virginia Sánchez Korrol is Professor Emerita at Brooklyn College, CUNY. Her publications include “From Colonia to Community: The History of Puerto Ricans in New York City,” and the acclaimed three volume “Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia,” co-edited with Vicki Ruiz. Sanchez Korrol’s historical novel, “Feminist and Abolitionist: The Story of Emilia Casanova,“appeared in 2012. A children’s story, “A Surprise for Teresita,” is in press. She is completing “Two Wings of a Bird,” about Puerto Rican women patriots in N.Y. during the 1880s. Sánchez Korrol consults on museum and media projects such as the six part PBS series, “Latino Americanos,” and “Rebel: Loreta Velázquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War.” In 2012,she became the first Latina scholar to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Inter-University Program on Latino Research.
Dr. Carlos Muñoz, Jr. is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Ethnic Studies & Adjunct Faculty in the Latin American Studies Center at the University of California, Berkeley. He is Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Scholar and the Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professor. After 47 years of teaching in higher education, he has gained international prominence as political scientist, historian, and public intellectual. He was the founding chair of the first Chicano Studies department in the nation in 1968 at the California State University at Los Angeles and the founding chair of the National Association of Chicana & Chicano Studies (NACCS). He is a pioneer in the creation of undergraduate and graduate curricula in the disciplines of Chicano/Latino & Ethnic Studies and the author of numerous pioneering works on the Mexican American political experience and on African American and Latino political coalitions. His book,** Youth, Identity, Power: The Chicano Movement** won the Gustavus Myers Book Award for “outstanding scholarship in the study of human rights in the Untied States” and has become a classic study of the Chicano Movement. The book was a major resource for the 1996 PBS television series** Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement.** He is currently at work on his autobiography entitled Victory Is In The Struggle.