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LASP Seminar: Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom, by Mireya Loza

Monday, March 18, 2019 at 12:15pm to 1:10pm

Uris Hall, 153 109 Tower Road

This talk by Mireya Loza interrogates the private lives of migrant men who participated in the Bracero Program (1942–1964), a binational agreement between the United States and Mexico that allowed hundreds of thousands of Mexican workers to enter this country on temporary work permits. While this program and the issue of temporary workers has long been politicized on both sides of the border, Dr. Loza will argue that the prevailing romanticized image of braceros as a family-oriented, productive, legal workforce has obscured the real, diverse experiences of the workers themselves. Focusing on underexplored aspects of workers’ lives--such as their transnational union-organizing efforts, the sexual economies of both hetero and queer workers, and the ethno-racial boundaries among Mexican indigenous braceros—this research reveals how these men defied perceived political, sexual, and racial norms.

Mireya Loza is an assistant professor in Food Studies at New York University. She received her doctorate in American Studies at Brown University. Her areas of research include Latinx Studies, Social Movements, Food Systems, and Labor History. Her book, Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual and Political Freedom (UNC Press), examines the Bracero Program and how guest workers negotiated the intricacies of indigeneity, intimacy, and transnational organizing.  Her book recently won the 2017 Theodore Saloutos Book Prize awarded by the Immigration and Ethnic History Society. In addition, her scholarship was recognized with a Smithsonian Secretary’s Research Prize. Dr. Loza worked with the NMAH on the Bracero History Project, which produced the Bracero History Archive and the traveling exhibition Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964. Her research has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the Mexico-North Research Network, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.     Mireya Loza is an assistant professor in Food Studies at New York University. She received her doctorate in American Studies at Brown University. Her areas of research include Latinx Studies, Social Movements, Food Systems, and Labor History. Her book, Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual and Political Freedom (UNC Press), examines the Bracero Program and how guest workers negotiated the intricacies of indigeneity, intimacy, and transnational organizing.  Her book recently won the 2017 Theodore Saloutos Book Prize awarded by the Immigration and Ethnic History Society. In addition, her scholarship was recognized with a Smithsonian Secretary’s Research Prize. Dr. Loza worked with the NMAH on the Bracero History Project, which produced the Bracero History Archive and the traveling exhibition Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964. Her research has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the Mexico-North Research Network, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Event Type

Lecture

Departments

Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Latino Studies Program, Global Learning, Latin American Studies Program (LASP), Global Cornell

Contact E-Mail

lasp@cornell.edu

Speaker

Mireya Loza

Disability Access Information

Building and room are wheelchair accessible

Open To

Free and Open to Public

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