On July 17-19, 2014, Chicago will host the largest international gathering of scholars whose research focuses on US Latinas/os. More significantly, the conference will conclude with the launching of the first Latina/o studies association.
The conference will be held at the Chicago Palmer Hilton, and will bring together for the first time on a large scale scholars, teachers, and students who study the history, politics, and culture of the many Latina/o communities in the United States.
US Latinas/os comprise 17% of the US population, and are now the largest minority group in the United States. They make up more than 20% of the state population in California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Florida, and Colorado. This gathering will focus on the history, culture, and politics of the many national-origin groups that comprise the many Latina/o communities in the United States.
“We know so much about the history and culture of Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, or Cubans, for example, but we know so little about the similarities and differences between these various communities,” said Raúl Coronado, one of the conference organizers.
The conference’s ultimate goal is to establish the first Latina/o studies association whose purpose will be to promote research and effect policy change related to US Latinas/os.