In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, Albion College's History Department and the Office of Intercultural Affairs present guest speaker Delia Fernández on Tuesday, October 3, at 7 p.m. in Bobbitt Visual Arts Center. Her talk, “A Community within a Community: Latino Placemaking in Grand Rapids, 1946-1971,” explores how Latina/os make space for themselves in conservative landscapes. She investigates Latino labor migration, community formation, and activism in West Michigan.
Fernandez graduated from Grand Valley State University, and earned her doctorate from The Ohio State University. She is a professor of Latina/o history at Michigan State University whose work centers on how Latina/os used panethnic identity to garner more political, social, and economic rights in the twentieth century. Her interests also include the intersections of race, ethnicity, and sexuality in American history. She is particularly interested in immigration, migration, labor, social movements, and women’s history.
This event is free and the public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Albion College History Department professor Deborah Kanter .