CANCELED - Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America

Lecture Series

October 12, 2018

12:30PM - 1:30PM

International House welcomes Juan González, award-winning journalist and co-host of Democracy Now! for a conversation about his book, Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America, and the major waves of immigration from Latin America to the United States. Harvest of Empire incisively reveals the forces behind immigration that continue to play out today.


About the book:

A sweeping history of the Latino experience in the United States—thoroughly revised and updated.

The first new edition in ten years of this important study of Latinos in U.S. history, Harvest of Empire spans five centuries-from the first New World colonies to the first decade of the new millennium. Latinos are now the largest minority group in the United States, and their impact on American popular culture-from food to entertainment to literature-is greater than ever. Featuring family portraits of real-life immigrant Latino pioneers, as well as accounts of the events and conditions that compelled them to leave their homelands, Harvest of Empire is a required reading for anyone wishing to understand the history and legacy of this increasingly influential group.


About the Author:

Juan D. González is an award-winning broadcast journalist and investigative reporter. A two-time winner of the George Polk Award, he is co-host of Democracy Now!, author of "Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America," and a founder of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He spent 29 years as a columnist for the New York Daily News. Before beginning his career in journalism, González spent several years as a Latino community and civil rights activist, helping to found and lead two national organizations, the Young Lords Party during the late 1960s, and the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights during the late 1970s.


About the Moderator:

Sylvia Puente is the Executive Director of the Latino Policy Forum, the only public policy and advocacy organization in the Chicago metropolitan area working to improve educational outcomes for children, make housing accessible and affordable, promote just immigration reform, and build the influence and leadership of the Latino community. She has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S.” by Hispanic Business magazine. Puente began her master’s degree studies at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and received her M.A. from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Free and open to the public. RSVP is required. Space is limited. Register here

Presented by the International House Global Voices Program, the Latinx Student Association (LSA) of SSA, the Office of the Dean of Students of SSA, the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, the Center for Latin American Studies, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the Graduate Council, and the Latino Policy Forum.