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Latin@s en Nueva York: Exiles & Citizens—Revolutionaries, Reformers & Writers, 1823-1940

In this talk, Professor Hernandez interprets texts from Puerto Rican educator and sociologist Eugenio María de Hostos as well as the Cuban poet and scholar José Martí.

Beyond Cardboard Conquistadores and Missionaries: The First Europeans in the New World

Andrés Reséndez expands the traditional conception of America's colonial past and paints a richer, more historically accurate picture of the Europeans who settled in the New World.

Conceptualizing Latino/a History

In this panel discussion, Pablo Mitchell, Virginia Sánchez Korrol, and Andrés Reséndez deliberate on ways to incorporate Latino/a histories into Anglo American history, often portrayed as distinct narratives.

Karl Jacoby: The Contest for the Continent

In this 35 minute talk, historian Karl Jacoby complicates the story of the history of North America by presenting the history of the Plains Indians through the perspective of multiple revolutions in the late eighteen century.

Peter H. Wood: Blacks in the Civil War through the Eyes of Winslow Homer

In this fifty minute talk, Peter H. Wood does an in depth analysis of the little-known early Winslow Homer painting, Before Andersonville, which depicts an African-American woman foregrounding Union soldiers who are being marched off to the infamous Georgia prison during the Civil War.

The Strange Career of Porgy and Bess: Race, Culture and America’s Most Famous Opera

Andrea Ades Vasquez interviews Ellen Noonan about her forthcoming book The Strange Career of Porgy and Bess (University of North Carolina Press, fall 2012) and the current Broadway revival of the show.

Racial Segregation and Education in Brooklyn

Craig Steven Wilder, professor of history at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, speaks to New York City teachers about the influence of school districting on the racial segregation of Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Ellis Island: Place and Paradigm

Historian Vincent DiGirolamo discusses the historiography of early 20th-century immigration through Ellis Island.

David Ruggles, Radical Black Abolitionist, and the Reform Tradition in Antebellum America

Historian Graham Hodges discusses the life of David Ruggles, a radical black abolitionist living and working in New York City during the 1830s.

What If Poor Mothers Ran the World? Rethinking the War on Poverty

Historian Annelise Orleck (Dartmouth College) tells the incredible story of a gutsy band of former cotton-pickers and hotel maids who led the welfare reform movement in Las Vegas and around the nation.

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