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Beets, Blood, Letters: The Chualar Crash and Mexican Women's Critique of Labor and Expectation

Please join the Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies for:

"Beets, Blood, Letters: The Chualar Crash and Mexican Women's Critique of Labor and Expectation"
A talk given by Ford Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Salvador Zárate

Wednesday, May 22nd
Humanities Gateway 1010 | 4 - 5:30 pm


Abstract: This talk examines a set of letters by relatives of Mexican braceros killed in a crash with a Southern Pacific Railroad train carrying beets out of the Salinas Valley. Using family and community oral histories, experimental ethnography, and correspondences, this talk argues that Mexican women's transnational reproductive and affective labor was central to the  decades-long program but also a site of critique of its modalities of ecological-human commodification.

Free and open to the public