Narratives of Immigration: Latino/a Lives
Aired: April 24, 2011
As the 2010 U.S. census makes clear, New Jersey’s population is becoming increasingly diverse. One of the most significant changes is the growing number of Latino/as in our state, which now make up approximately 17% of New Jersey’s residents. Although the census puts those of Hispanic descent into a single category, in reality, Latino/as in New Jersey include people from countries as distinct as Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Central and South American nations, all of whom have vastly different reasons for migrating. In this episode of Humanities Connection Dr. Ben Sifuentes-Jauregui, chair of the American Studies department at Rutgers University, and Dr. Yolanda Martinez-San Miguel, Department of Latino, Hispanic and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers, talk about the Latino/a experience in New Jersey, the subject of the Teacher Institute seminar “Narratives of Immigration: Latino/a Lives.” Literature and film become a means by which New Jersey educators can connect with their Latino/a students and understand critical issues in the formation of their identities in the U.S.
To Learn More Visit:
- Dr. Ben Sifuentes-Jauregui’s homepage in the Department of American Studies at Rutgers University. Click here for more information on Dr. Sifuentes-Jauregui’s first book, Transvestism, Masculinity and Latin American Literature: Genders Share Flesh.
- Dr. Yolanda Martinez-San Miguel’s homepage with links to her research interests, including her publications, such as From Lack to Excess: Minor Readings of Latin American Colonial Discourse.
- NJCH Teacher Institute which is offering Dr. Sifuentes-Jauregui’s seminar “Narratives of Immigration: Latino/a Lives” this summer, along with three other seminars. Applications are currently being accepted.