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Endorsed by the OAH Committee on the Status of ALANA Historians and ALANA Histories, IEHS, and the Western History Association

Friday, March 31, 2023, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Ethnicity; Latino/a; Urban and Suburban

Abstract

The panel brings together leading University of Southern California scholars to discuss how even in one place, Los Angeles, Latinx identity can vary by zip code. Natalia Molina’s A Place at the Nayarit, George J. Sánchez’s Boyle Heights, and Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo’s South Central Dreams are recent books that mobilize Latinx pasts in three different neighborhoods as ways to understand the Latinx future. This dynamic exchange highlights local authors and converses about the challenges of writing about Los Angeles complex histories and culture. Attendees will gain insights into how three University of Southern California professors draw on specific places and groups of people to rethink democracy, community, political power.

Session Participants

Chair: Juan De Lara, University of Southern California
Juan D. De Lara is the Director of the Latinx and Latin American Studies Center and an Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and. He is the author of Inland Shift: Race, Space, and Capital in Southern California (2018).

Panelist: Pierrette Hondageneu-Sotelo
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo is the Florence Everline Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California. She is author of Gendered Transitions (1994), Domestica (2001/2007), God’s Heart Has No Borders (2008), and Paradise Transplanted (2014) and the editor of several others.

Panelist: Natalia Molina, University of Southern California
Natalia Molina is Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and is a 2020 MacArthur Fellow. She is the author of the award-winning books How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts and Fit to Be Citizens? Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879–1939 (2006) and coeditor of Relational Formations of Race: Theory, Method, and Practice (2019).

Panelist: George Joseph Sanchez, University of Southern California
George J. Sánchez is the author of the award-winning book Becoming Mexican American (1993) and is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and History at the University of Southern California. He is the 2020–2021 President of the Organization for American Historians.