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History Matters: How When They Came Affected Immigrants’ Incorporation And Life Chances In Holyoke

History Matters: How When They Came Affected Immigrants’ Incorporation and Life Chances in Holyoke

Wednesday June 14, 2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free and open to the public.

In this overview of immigration from Europe and Canada, and migration from Puerto Rico to Holyoke, Smith College Prof. Ginetta Candelario will present on how the shifting economic, political and socio-cultural landscape that newcomers to Holyoke had to navigate upon arrival have structured their opportunities and life chances, from the City’s founding in the mid-19th Century to the present moment.

In addition to being an associate professor of sociology, Ginetta Candelario is a faculty affiliate of the Latin American and Latina/o Studies Program, the Study of Women and Gender Program, the Community Engagement and Social Change Concentration, and she also serves on the advisory group for the Gloria Steinem & Wilma Mankiller School for Organizers at Smith College. She has directed the LALS Program several times, most recently from 2011 to 2014, and is the founding vice president of the National Latin@ Studies Association (LSA). She is a founding executive committee member of the New England Consortium for Latina/o Studies (NECLS), she was appointed by the American Sociological Association to its Committee on Professional Ethics for 2017–19, and she has served as the Gender Section co-chair, the Latina/o Studies Program track chair, and the Latino Studies Section co-chair for the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

Candelario’s research interests include Dominican history and society, with a focus on national identity formation and women’s history; Blackness in the Americas; Latin American, Caribbean and Latina feminisms; Latina/o communities (particularly Cuban, Dominican and Puerto Rican); U.S. beauty culture; and museum studies. She has been a Fulbright Scholar in the Dominican Republic twice, in 2003 and 2016.

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