Lecture, Online Video     Series: Experience Oregon

Grounded in This Place: A Deep History of Latino Activism in Oregon

The deep history of Latinos in Oregon begins in the early nineteenth century, when the current southern state line was actually the northern border of Mexico, and continues through today, as new immigrants arrive and Latino Oregonians of many generations continue to shape the state. During the twentieth century, Latino Oregonians engaged in labor activism that resulted in founding significant, ongoing organizations—such as PCUN—that continue to provide leadership in the state today. This program will explore that long history of labor organizing within national, and international, context and will consider the ongoing political impact of that work today.

Event Type: Lecture, Online VideoAudience(s): Teachers, Researchers

Lynn Stephen is Philip H. Knight Chair and Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, a Professor of Anthropology, and a participating faculty member in Ethnic Studies, Latin American Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. She founded the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) and served as director for 9 years (2007-2016). She served as President Elect and President of the 12,000 member Latin American Studies Association from 2017-2019. Her scholarly work centers on the impact of globalization, migration, nationalism, and the politics of culture on Indigenous communities in the Americas, and engages the history of Latino communities spread across multiple borders through her concept of transborder communities and migrations. She has a strong commitment to collaborative research projects that produce findings accessible to the wider public and her work includes films such as Sad Happiness: Cinthya’s Transborder Journey and websites (see http://faceofoaxaca.uoregon.edu/introduction/) as well as scholarly publications. Her current collaborative research explores the structural opportunities and challenges that facilitate and impede Indigenous women’s access to gendered justice in Guatemala and the United States. Stephen has authored or edited 12 books, three special journal issues, and over 80 scholarly articles, including in the Oregon Historical Quarterly.

Lynn Stephen

Dr. Mario Sifuentez is an Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Merced, and is currently the director of the Humanities Center at UC Merced. He received his BA, as well as his MA, from the University of Oregon in Ethnic Studies and History. He completed his Ph.D. at Brown University in American Studies with a focus on immigration and labor. His book Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest (Rutgers University Press, 2016) analyzes the factors that brought ethnic Mexican immigrants to the Pacific Northwest and the ways in which immigrants responded to the labor conditions by demanding both labor rights and citizenship rights. It was named a CHOICE “Outstanding Academic Title.” He is currently at work on his second project on water, food, and farmworkers in the California’s Central Valley.

Mario Sifuentez

Experience Oregon Series

Please join us for free public lectures and discussions that dive deeper into significant themes from the vast history introduced in Experience Oregon. Through these talks, academic and community scholars will offer audiences new ways of understanding the people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon. All programs will be recorded and made available on ohs.org and on our YouTube channel.