Join us Virtually! Borders & Belonging features Lilia Fernandez, "Latino/a Student Activism and the Remaking of College Campuses in 1970s America"


 Humanities Center     May 5 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM HG 1030

In an abundance of caution and to ensure social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak, this event has been cancelled.

Join us for a talk by Professor Lilia Fernandez.

Scholars have made clear that the era of “sixties” social protest did not end in the 1960s. On the contrary, people of color, especially those in community organizations, labor unions, and on college campuses, continued fighting for equity, inclusion, and democratic representation in many of the nation’s institutions. This presentation focuses on the militant activism of Latino/a students on college campuses in 1970s Chicago, where they demanded greater access to the university, more Latino/a faculty, and more diverse and representative course offerings.  Along with other students at public and private universities across the country, their efforts radically transformed higher education by expanding the curriculum, diversifying the student body, and remaking admissions policies to make education available to more people than ever before.

Co-Sponsored by Co-sponsored by Chican@ and Latin@ Studies, History, Latinx Resource Center, DREAM Center, Literary Journalism, Latin American Studies Center, and Illuminations

Chicano Student Protest


Lilia Fernandez is the Henry Rutgers Term Chair in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and the Department of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. She is a scholar of 20th century Latino/a urban and immigration history and the author of Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2012). Her current projects include a book on the history of Latino panethnic politics in Chicago and several articles, including one on Latinos, police abuse, and the criminal justice system. Fernandez is also the founder and director of "The Latino New Jersey History Project," a public humanities student research initiative that has collected nearly three dozen oral histories with Latino residents and community leaders in the Garden State.
Lilia Fernandez