Humanities in Class: Webinar Series

Understanding Latinidades: Negotiating Region, Race, and Politics in the United States

Sarah McNamara (Assistant Professor, Department of History, Texas A&M University)

March 28, 2023

What do you imagine when you think of latinidad? Do common terms such as Hispanic, Latina/o, Latinx, Chicana/o, Chicanx, and more have the same meaning or are they distinct? How does latinidad differ across the United States and what does this show us about immigration, migration, and the shape of politics in the nation? This seminar answers these questions by examining the experience and history of latinidad between Florida and California, Texas and New York, as well as New Mexico and Illinois to illustrate how region and place have powerful influences on how someone understands themselves as well as their relationship to the US state. We will examine women and men, immigrants and migrants, exiles and asylum seekers, working class laborers and members of the middle and upper class as we explore both the fault lines and unifying experiences that lead to a relational understanding of self.

History / American History / Latinx / Racial Identity / Cultural Identity / Social History / United States Politics /