Latino and Puerto Rican Studies Program


LA 500 NEH and ALA Grant Activities



VelazquezEpisode 4: “The New Latinos” Screening and Discussion
Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m. Reception; 6 p.m. Screening; 7 p.m. Discussion
Location: Torp Theatre, Davidson Hall 

Guest Scholar: Dr. Mark Overmyer-Velazquez, UCONN, Associate Professor of History, University of Connecticut Director, El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies. Prof. Overmyer-Velazquez teaches on economic and political imperialism, human rights, migration, cultural nationalism, political membership, gender relations, race and racism, identity formation, religion, labor, immigration law, and the arts.  

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MoraEpisode 5: Prejudice and Pride, Screening and Discussion
Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m. Reception; 6 p.m. Screening; 7 p.m. Discussion
Location: Connecticut Room, Memorial Hall  

Guest Scholar: Anthony Mora, Ph.D, University of Mich-Ann Arbor and Steve Pitti, Yale Historian, is coming back! Professor Mora's principal research interests focus on the historical construction of race, gender, and sexuality in the U.S. His book Border Dilemmas explores the ways that racial and national ideologies influenced the meaning of Mexican identity along the nineteenth-century U.S./Mexico border. His current research explores the relationship between African Americans and Mexican Americans in the early-twentieth-century Midwest.

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Episode 6: Peril and Promise, Screening and Discussion
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m. Reception; 6 p.m. Screening; 7 p.m. Discussion
Location: Connecticut Room, Memorial Hall

Guest Scholar: Dr. Erendìra Rueda, Sociology professor at Vassar College. Rueda teaches in the Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) and American Studies Multidisciplinary Programs. She received her B.A. in sociology from the University of California at San Diego and her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a UC ACCORD Fellow and a Spencer Foundation Fellow.  Her primary areas of research and teaching are the sociology of education, immigration, and childhoods.

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episode 1Episode 1: Foreigners in Their Own Land. Screening and Discussion: September 30, 2015, Torp Theatre @ 5:30 p.m. with guest scholar Stephen Pitti, Ph.D. Dr. Stephen Pitti is a Professor of History & American Studies at Yale University. He also directs the Ethnicity, Race & Migration program at Yale University. His fields of interest include: U.S. History of Mexican Americans; the U.S West; 19th & 20th century immigration; US-Mexico border; and Labor history. For detailed episode descriptions please visit:





episode 2Episode 2: Empire of Dreams. Screening and Discussion: October 8, 2015, Torp Theatre @ 5:30 p.m. with guest scholar Maria Montoya, Ph.D. Dr. Maria Montoya received her PhD in History from Yale University and is an Associate Professor of History at New York University. She has written on the conflict of land in the American West, conditions of work for women historians, and the re-making of modern New Mexico, among other topics. Her areas of interest include: the American West, Labor History, Gender, and Latina/o History. For detailed episode descriptions please visit:





guayasaminGuayasamín Mural Exhibit Opening, September 21, 2015, CCSU Library 2nd Floor, @ 3 p.m. with guest speakers Mr. Raúl Erazo, Consul General of Ecuador, New Haven, CT and CCSU Art Professor Rachel Siporin and Mike Alewitz.

Public Lecture October 14, 2015, Davidson 206 @ 9:30 a.m., with Juan G. Ramos, Assistant Professor of Spanish at the College of the Holy Cross. Dr. Ramos is a native of Ecuador. His latest research project focuses on modernismo in the Andes, particularly in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. His lecture will focus on the question of mestizaje.


artArt Exhibit Display, October 22, 2015, from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. in the Social Science Hall outdoor courtyard. CCSU students have created 20 panels that are each 4 feet by 8 feet. Each panel uses mixed media and contains approximately 40 items related to the social construction of Latina Identity. Each panel is thematic and addresses a different topic such as food and culture, political activism, la familia, music, religiosity, overcoming stereotypes, etc. To see previews of exhibits please visit the Latina Identity Art Exhibit Event posting on