Latino Studies Blog

Posted on March 2nd, 2022 by Prabakaran Jayaraman
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Join us for Latino Studies talk on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 6-7 PM ET via Zoom.

Dr. Simon J. Bronner, Dean of the College of General Studies and Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will be giving a virtual talk, “On the question of a US border culture and Latinx ethnic identity,” on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 6:00-7:00 PM ET, via Zoom.

For Dean Bronner, the borderlands are a challenge to American regional theory. More specifically for Latino Studies, he wants to generate a discussion of how the perception of Borderlands culture of the Southwest as defining Latino/a identity in the United States has affected the identity of other Latinx groups in different parts of the country, including the Midwest, and needs adjustment to reflect a diversity within that identity. He hopes students attending his presentation will feel free to share their own experiences in this discussion.

Dean Bronner has also held distinguished professorships at Penn State University, University of California at Davis, and Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has also taught at Harvard University, Leiden University in the Netherlands, and Osaka University in Japan. He is the author or editor of over 40 books and 300 articles on folklore and folklife studies, American social and cultural history, and ethnic and religious studies. His recent award-winning books include The Practice of Folklore, The Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife Studies, and Americanness: Inquiries into the Thought and Culture of the Unites States. He is the recipient of the lifetime scholarly achievement award from the American Folklore Society and numerous awards for teaching and program development from the American Studies Association, American Folklore Society, Penn State University, and the Northeast Association of Graduate Schools. He is working now on a cultural history of strength for the University Press of Mississippi which brought him to Texas to conduct research and provide research for this talk on regional and ethnic identity.

The Latino Studies Program has a visible presence in the State of Indiana by promoting the culture, history, and presence of the Latino population. The program​ and the Luis Alberto Ambroggio Center of Latino Studies supported “The Gerardo-Piña Rosales’ International Short-Story Contest” in 2021, the Latino Studies Virtual Series beginning in April 2022 with Dean Simon’s Bronner Conference, “On the question of a US border culture and Latinx ethnic identity” to take place in April 12, 2022, 6:00-7:00 PM,​, the 2022 International Literary Seminar ​(a collaboration with the Indiana Delegation of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language), and the International Book Fair to take place in summer 20​23.