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POSTPONED: What Is Latinx? Closing Reception, Reading and Talk

This is a past event.

Thursday, March 19 at 5:00pm

GC - Graham University Center, R324
11200 SW 8th ST 33199, Graham University Center, Miami, Florida 33199

This event has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision has been made out of an abundance of caution with the health and well-being of our guests and community in mind. We hope to have a new date soon.

5 p.m.: Closing Reception
5:30: Closing Reading and Questions, Ana Menéndez
6:30: Latinidad in Journalism, Carlos Aydan, Telemundo

6:20: Latinx: What's in a Name? A talk/discussion with Ed Morales
Ed Morales, Columbia University
Co-sponsored by the Cuban Research Institute

Latinx is a label that is being used in the US and around the world to designate people of Latin American descent. This talk will explore how it came to be, how it represents a significant expansion of inclusivity, and why some people object to it. The talk will draw heavily from my book Latinx: The New Force in American Politics and Culture, which explores the hybrid, “in-between” space of Latinx in America’s race debate, extending that paradigm to new debates about gender identity. It will attempt to argue for the crucial importance of a Latinidad that foregrounds Afro-, indigenous, women, and queer people marginalized by Latin American “mestizaje” ideologies, as well as preserve national identities that can be swallowed up by monolithic labeling.

Latinx es una etiqueta que se está usando en los Estados Unidos y alrededor del mundo para designar a las personas de ascendencia latinoamericana. Esta charla explorará cómo sucedió esto, cómo esto representa una importante expansión de la inclusividad y por qué algunas personas objetan en su contra. La charla recurrirá mucho a mi libro “Latinx: la nueva fuerza en la política y la cultura americana”, el cual explora el espacio híbrido e “intermedio” de los latinxs en el debate racial en los Estados Unidos, extendiendo dicho paradigma hasta nuevos debates sobre la identidad de género. Intentará plantear la crucial importancia de una latinidad que destaca a las personas de ascendencia africana, indígena, mujeres y homosexuales marginadas por las ideologías latinoamericanas del “mestizaje”, así como preservar identidades nacionales que pueden ser absorbidas por etiquetas monolíticas.

Ed Morales is an author and journalist who has written for The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Jacobin, and the Guardian. He was staff writer at The Village Voice and columnist at Newsday. He is the author of Latinx: The New Force in Politics and Culture (Verso Books 2018), Fantasy Island: Colonialism, Exploitation, and the Betrayal of Puerto Rico (Bold Type Press, 2019) and Living in Spanglish (St. Martins 2002). Morales co-wrote and directed Whose Barrio? (2009) an award-winning documentary about the gentrification of East Harlem. The film was inspired by "Spanish Harlem on His Mind," an essay published in The Best of the City Section of the New York Times (NYU Press 2005). Morales is a lecturer at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.