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The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the U.S., Book Talk and Signing

Miriam Jiménez Román and Juan Flores will discuss and sign their new book, The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library & Archive
144 Haines Hall

The Afro-Latin@ Reader focuses attention on a large, vibrant, yet oddly invisible community in the United States: people of African descent from Latin America and the Caribbean. The presence of Afro-Latin@s in the United States (and throughout the Americas) belies the notion that Blacks and Latin@s are two distinct categories or cultures. Afro-Latin@s are uniquely situated to bridge the widening social divide between Latin@s and African Americans; at the same time, their experiences reveal pervasive racism among Latin@s and ethnocentrism among African Americans.

Offering insight into Afro-Latin@ life and new ways to understand culture, ethnicity, nation, identiy, and antiracist politics, The Afro-Latin@ Reader presents a kaleidoscopic view of Black Latin@s in the United States. The book addresses history, music, gender, class, and media represenations in more than sixty selections including scholarly essays, memoirs, newspaper and magazine articles, poetry, short stories and interviews.

About the Editors:

Miriam Jiménez Román is a visiting scholar in the Africana Studies Program at New York University and Executive Director of afrolatin@ forum, a research and resource center focusing on Black Latin@s in the United States.

Juan Flores is Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. His most recent works include The Diaspora Strikes Back: Caribeño Tales of Learning and Turning, From Bomba To Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity, and the English translation of Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá’s book Cortijo’s Wake, also published by Duke University Press.


Reception and book signing following lecture


Cost : Free and open to the public.

Download file: AfroLatino_Reader_Flyer-ob-hps.pdf

Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, Asian American Studies Center, Chicano Studies Research Center, Bunche Center for African American Studies, LAI Cuba and the Caribbean Working Group

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