The Latino Studies Program invites you to join us for our final event of our Latino Heritage Celebration.
Presentation Title: Was the City Black and White? A History of Latinos in Mid-Century Chicago
The nation’s third largest city has been known for its rich European immigrant heritage as well as its legacy of African American cultural production and political participation. Yet Latinos have been largely invisible in this black and white narrative.
Historians know little about who made up this population, their experiences, and what impact they had on the city, its geography, and social order. Drawing from her book, Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago, Professor Fernandez will speak on the presence of Latinos in mid-20th century Chicago, the dynamics they witnessed, the social change they championed, and the way they came to understand their place in the black and white metropolis.
Lilia Fernández is associate professor in the Department of History at the Ohio State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University, a master’s degree in educational policy studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an master’s degree and Ph.D. in ethnic studies from the University of California, San Diego. She is affiliated with the Latino/a Studies Program, the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, and the Comparative Studies Department at the Ohio State University.