The colloquium series features speakers from our unit and universities across the United States to lecture on their latest research dealing with Latina/o issues. It is designed to promote intellectual engagement and foster community among faculty and students interested in Latina/o Studies at Illinois.

October 25, 2023 Gabriela G. Corona Valencia Countering Eugenic Archival Violence: Restorying the Life of Concepcion Ruiz

October 11, 2023 Camila Gavin-Bravo "It was the Freest Country in the Hemisphere": Transnational Feminisms and the Chile Solidarity Movement 

November 9, 2022 Joshua Redwine Vomiting Up Brown: Queer Regurgitative Rebellions and Repairs

October 26, 2022 Vicente Carrillo Brown Regions, White Galleries: rafa esparza’s “de la Calle”

November 3, 2021 Jack Caraves Trans Gestures: Regulation, Embodiment, and Care Work in Trans Latinx Lives

October 13, 2021 Mauricio Ramirez Visualizing Memories of Space and Belonging: U.S. Central American Art of San Francisco’s Mission District

April 21, 2021 Janett Barragán Miranda The Struggle for Food Assistance in the Mexican-Origin Community

November 4, 2020 Elizabeth Velasquez Estrada Intersectional Justice Denied: Dominant Masculinity, Racialization, and Violence in El Salvador's Post-Accords Peacemaking

October 14, 2020 Yessica Garcia Hernandez “No es Pirujeria, No es Pirujeria, Para Nada!” Jenni's Sonic Identities and the Surrogation of Latina Deviance

September 30, 2020 An Evening with Elizabeth Acevedo

February 21, 2020 Xavier Ramirez & Dr. Mirelsie Velazquez, “Genealogies of Empowerment and the Makings of Home”: A Dialogue with LLS Alums 

October 30, 2019 Maria Lopez-Garcia, Assembling Laboring Bodies: Migrant Domestic Work and the Aesthetics of Precarity

October 9, 2019 Maria Eugenia Cotera & Maylei Blackwell, Chicanas Movidas: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era

September 25, 2019 Eddie Bonilla, Chicana/o Communists and the Fights for Chicano Studies and MEChA During the 1970s and 1980s

April 3, 2019 Rebecca Schreiber, The Undocumented Everyday: Migrant Lives and the Politics of Visibility

October 17, 2018 Yuridia Ramirez, Re-rooting Indigeneity: And Uprising, a Saint Day Festival, and Transborder Ecology

March 1, 2018 Licia Fiol-Matta, Voice in the Archive: Listening to the Counterintuitive

November 15, 2017 Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval, We Offer Our Lives as a Moral Protest: High-Risk Activism, Spectacular Speech, and the 1994 UC Santa Barbara Hunger Strike

October 18, 2017 Nancy Raquel Mirabal, An Unthinkable History: Afro-Cuban Revolutionary Politics in New York, 1886-1957

September 27, 2017 Angelica Camacho, Pelican Bay California Prisoner Hunger Strikes, Family Uprisings, and Learning to Listen

October 12, 2016 Jose A. de la Garza Valenzuela, High-Risk Citizenship: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Criminal Exposure, and Queer Belonging in Michael Nava's The Death of Friends

September 26, 2016 Nando Sigona, The "Refugee Crisis" and the Production of "Illegality" in the EU

September 21, 2016 Sarah Margarita Quesada, Testing the Limits: Approaches to Reading West African Heritage Tourism in Latina Fiction

November 4, 2015 Natalie Lira, Allies, Resisters, and Runaways: Locating Agency and Defiance in Mexican-Origin Patient's Reactions to Eugenic Sterilization in California, 1920-1950

October 7, 2015 David Luis Glisch-Sanchez, Racial Utterances: Microaggressions, Algorithms of Pain, and Queer Latin@s

September 30, 2015 Marla Ramirez, Transgenerational Illegality: The Mexican Repatriation Program & Banishment of U.S. Citizens

November 12, 2014 David Luis Glisch-Sanchez, Algorithms of Pain: Towards an Understanding of TLGBQ Latin@ Narratives of Harm

November 5, 2014 Ana Soltero Lopez, Examining the Role of “Illegality” on the Socialization Practices and Identity Sense-Making among Undocumented Latina/o Students

October 1, 2014 Claudia Sandoval, Conjuring Immigrant Racial Threat: Using Citizenship Status to Shape Black-Latino Relations in US Politics

March 5, 2014 Jesus Ramirez-Valles, Tal Como Somos (Just as we are): Film Screening and Discussion

February 12, 2014 Lorena Garcia,Playin’ it Safe: Reframing the Sexual Lives of Latina Youth

November 13, 2013 Karen Jaime, Queer Poetry in Loisaida: Nuyorican History, Miguelito Piñero, and an Emerging Aesthetic

October 2, 2013 Arely Zimmerman, Racialized Legality and the Politics of Liminal Citizenship among Central Americans in the United States