Ed Morales Lecture

Thursday, September 19, 2019
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
Kimball Hall Seelos Theater
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Lecture - Speaker
Karen Todd
CIS/ Latin American, LatinX & Caribbean Studies

In this talk, Ed Morales briefly will discuss the origin of the term, the impact of labels on the identity of U.S. Latinx, and how the focus of his book Latinx: The New Force in American Politics and Culture (Verso, 2018) is Latinx racial identity, as derived from mixed-cultural identities in Spain and Latin America. This event will also delve into the implications of that legacy on how we impact the discussion on race and difference in the U.S. today.
Morales will also discuss the impact of Latinx identity on media and politics and look toward the future. Connections will be drawn to the current situation in Puerto Rico by tying into the racial dynamics of Puerto Rico’s colonial relationship with the U.S., as well as the way politics is playing out in Puerto Rico now.
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), 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). His book Fantasy Island: Colonialism, Exploitation, and the Betrayal of Puerto Rico will be published by Bold Type Press in September 2019. Morales is a lecturer at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
CO-SPONSORS: Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies; Political Science Department; Spanish Department; Africana Studies; English Department; Office of Multicultural Education; Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies; Montserrat Self Cluster 

Categories: Latin American and Latino Studies,Political Science,Spanish,Africana Studies,English,Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies,Montserrat,Office of Multicultural Education

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