LATINX: The New Force in American Politics and Culture

Latinx is the gender-neutral term that includes 58 million Americans, a sizable part of the country’s working class, both foreign and native-born. Their political empowerment is altering the balance of forces in a growing number of states. And yet Latinx barely figure in America’s ongoing conversation about race and ethnicity. Remarkably, the U.S. Census does not even have a racial category for “Latino.” Ed Morales explains how Latinx political identities are tied to a long Latin American history of mestizaje -- “mixedness” or “hybridity” -- and that this border thinking is both a key to understanding bilingual, bicultural Latin cultures and politics and a challenge to America’s infamously black -- white racial regime.

Speaker: Ed Morales, Lecturer, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University and Author, The Latin Beat: Rhythms and Roots of Latin Music From Bossa Nova to Salsa and Beyond (Da Capo Press, 2003)

The Joseph G. Astman Cultural Events are presented in loving memory of Dr. Joseph G. Astman, founder of the Hofstra Cultural Center. Dr. Astman was a humanist, cultural comparatist, and international scholar.


Co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, as part of Civil Rights Day, and by Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS).


Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Time: 4:30-5:45 p.m.

Location: Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Free and open to the public


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Wednesday, February 27, 2019





Cultural Center Theater - Leo A. Guthart
Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


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