Sat, Nov 12 | 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium
230 S Columbus Dr | Chicago, IL | 60603
As the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, Latinos' power at the ballot box and shaping public discourse has been rising for the last several election cycles. Certainly the 2016 presidential race proves that. Cristina Beltrán argues in The Trouble With Unity: Latino Politics and the Creation of Identity, however, that Latinos do not act as a simple or unified bloc. A New York University professor and regular contributor on media outlets such as MSNBC, Beltrán will discuss the crucial role of Latino voters in local and national politics.
Cristina Beltrán is a political theorist and Associate Professor and Director of Latino Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University researching Latino and U.S. ethnic/racial politics, and feminist and queer theory. She is author of The Trouble with Unity: Latino Politics and the Creation of Identity, a critique of civic Latinidad and the Latino electoral and protest politics that work to erase diversity and debate in favor of images of commonality, and a forthcoming book of essays titled Uncertain Identities: Aesthetics, Affect, and the Shifting Politics of Race.
Amalia Pallares is Professor and Director of Latin American and Latino Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She teaches courses on social movements, immigrant activism, Latino politics, race and ethnicity in the Americas, and qualitative research methodologies. Her books include Family Activism: Immigrant Struggles and the Politics of Non-Citizenship, Marcha: Latino Chicago and the Immigrant Rights Movement, and From Peasant Struggles to Indian Activism: the Ecuadorian Andes in the Twentieth Century.