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The Newberry Seminar in Borderlands and Latino/a Studies

Antonio García Cubas. Atlas Pintoresco e Historico.

Antonio García Cubas. Atlas Pintoresco e Historico de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos. 1885. Ayer 655 .59 G2 1885.

Seminar sessions are held on Fridays from 3 to 5 pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.


This seminar provides a forum for works in progress that explore topics in Borderlands and Latino/a studies. Papers examine the interplay of Latino people, communities, and culture in the United States; transnational and comparative “borderlands” studies; civil rights and social movements; and other related topics. Click here to view the Borderlands and Latino/a Studies 2018-2019 schedule flyer.


The seminar’s co-sponsors are Indiana University’s Latino Studies Program, Northwestern University’s Program in Latina and Latino Studies, The Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, the Center for Latino Research at DePaul University, and the Katz Center for Mexican Studies at the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago Latin American and Latino Studies Program. Xóchitl Bada, University of Illinois at Chicago; Angela S. Garcia, University of Chicago, and Adam Goodman, University of Illinois at Chicago, are the coordinators for the 2018-2019 seminar. To attend, please read our Registration Information.


The Borderlands and Latino/a Studies 2018-2019 Call for Proposals is now CLOSED. Proposals for 2019-2020 will be accepted beginning March 1, 2019. To submit a proposal, please visit our webform and upload a one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief CV. Applications will not be accepted via email or in hard copy.


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Seminar Schedule 2018-2019

Friday, September 14, 2018
C. J. Alvarez: The Desert Section of the Rio Grande River Border / Annette Rodriguez: U.S. Bounty Lands: Seizing an Hispanic Homeland
Friday, October 26, 2018
Pedro Regalado: From Familia to Market: The Puerto Rican Merchants Association (PRMA) and Latinx Entrepreneurship in Postwar Brooklyn and the South Bronx / Carlos F. Parra: The only medium conscientiously communicating with the Spanish-speaking community on its own terms KMEX Channel 34 and the L.A. Latino Community (1962-1986)
Friday, November 9, 2018
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Sean Harvey: ‘A Kind of Internal Lobby for the Mexican Border Industrialization Program’: Binational Industrial Parks, the AFL-CIO, and the Demise of the Commission for Border Development and Friendship, 1966-1972
Friday, December 7, 2018
Chantel Rodriguez: Challenging the Labor Contract: Mexican Guest Workers, US Good Neighbors, and the Fight to Expand Health Rights during the Railroad Bracero Program of World War II / Romeo Guzman: “My Dear Sir Mr. President”: Repatriates, Home, and U.S. Citizenship
Friday, February 8, 2019
John Arroyo: Where Commerce Meets Culture:;Immigrant Space and Suburban Retail in the New Latino South / Arlene Sanchez-Walsh: La Economia De Dios: Suburban Religion, Latinos/as and Growth of the Prosperity Gospel
Friday, March 8, 2019
S. Deborah Kang: Pathways to Citizenship: Undocumented European Immigrants in the United States, 1906-1986 / Beth Lew-Williams: Paper Lives of Chinese Migrants and the History of the Undocumented in America
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Enrique Davila, University of Chicago / Gema Kloppe-Santamaria, Loyola University Chicago / Michael Martinez-Raguso, Colby College / Katherine Massoth, University of Louisville / Julia O’Hara, Xavier University / Kristin Pitt, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee