History Professor Shares Story of Mexicans in Chicago
The history of Mexicans on the country's largest Catholic diocese, in one of the country's biggest cities, is the fascinating story told by Deborah Kanter, history professor at Albion College. Kanter's talk is part of the College's Latino/a Heritage Month celebration and takes place Friday, October 12, at 1 p.m. in the College's Bobbitt Visual Arts Center, at the corner of Hannah and East Cass Streets.
Kanter traces the history of Mexican Catholicism in Chicago, from a barely discernible presence in 1940 to the present day, when 40% of the diocese is of Mexican descent and Spanish is studied by all seminarians. Focusing on the Slavic-founded neighborhood of Pilsen, Kanter traces the change and impact of Mexicans on the church and the community.