Friday, March 27, 2020
Iowa City Public Library
123 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

After having addressed issues surrounding formal citizenship and national belonging in the previous semester, this one-day symposium -- part of our yearlong Mellon Foundation-funded Sawyer Seminar on “Imagining Latinidades: Articulations of National Belonging” -- will bring subject area experts to discuss modalities of popular belonging (television, sports, music, literature, and more) in Latina/o/x contexts in the U.S.

Speakers include the following: Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at The Ohio State University. His research and creative activity address Latina/o/x fiction and popular culture. Adrian Burgos is Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and specializes in U.S. Latino history, sport history, urban history, and African American history. Ed Morales is a journalist and Lecturer in the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. As a journalist, he has investigated police brutality, street gangs, grassroots activists, and the Latino arts and music scene; as a scholar, his Latinx: The New Force in American Politics and Culture is critically acclaimed look at Latina/o/x peoples in historical, political, and cultural perspective.

This event will be held at the Iowa City Public Library. See our Sawyer Seminar website at for more information (including a more precise schedule) and to sign-up for our newsletter.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Darrel Wanzer Serrano in advance at 319-335-0743 or