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OLAC 2016:


Frontiers, immigration, bilingualism and contact zones

Case Western Reserve University

October 21 and 22



Keynote Speaker:

John Flores, Climo Junior Professor. Department of History, 

Case Western Reserve University


“European Immigrants Then, Latin American Immigrants Now:

Reconceptualizing Mexican and Latin American Immigration to

the United States”.


Thwing Ballroom (Room 229)

Friday October 21, 2016. 5.30 pm



The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Office of the Deputy Provost, the Alianza Latina/Latin Alliance group at Case Western Reserve University, and the Office for Multicultural Affairs are pleased to host the 15th Ohio Latin Americanist Conference for the year 2016. Many Latin Americanists and Latina/o Studies scholars, educators, and students from institutions of higher education are participating in this annual meeting on the status of Latin American and Latina/o Studies.





   Frontiers, immigration, bilingualism and contact zones




Recently, we have witnesses in the United States of America, a new round of discussions, debates and vitriolic condemnation of topics like immigration, security, walls, racial discrimination and the renewed but urgent need to look for a more equalitarian country. In this context, where a consensus is hardly attainable, academics struggle to find an answer to the multiple questions that these issues arise. Is it the TPP the new free market agreement that will replace NAFTA? How geopolitical strategies modify or conflict with cultural trends? Are we heading to a new Cold War era? What has to do the new Cuba-US climate in all this? Are the Latin American progressive governments condemned to an end? 


We are pleased to announce that for this occasion we will count with John Flores as Key Note Speaker. John Flores is Climo Junior Professor in the Department of History at Case Western Reserve University and was the first professor hired through the Social Justice Institute Initiative. He specializes in Mexican American history, and his research interests include modern Mexico; the history of immigration and citizenship in the United States; multinational political and labor movements; and ethnic, racial, and national identity formation. His forthcoming book at University of Illinois Press, The Mexican Revolution in Chicago: Immigration Politics from the Early Twentieth Century to the Cold War, traces the ideologies and activities of Mexican immigrant organizations back to their regional origins in Mexico, revealing how the political climate in specific locales in Mexico shaped immigrant political actions in the United States during the first half of the twentieth century. Professor Flores teaches courses on Latina/os, immigration, labor, and racial and ethnic relations.


Poetry Reading:


Aurea María Sotomayor Miletti


University of Pittsburgh


Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. Tinkham Veale University Center


Saturday October 22, 2016. 11.15 am



We are proud as well to announce that we will count with Puerto Rican poet Aurea María Sotomayor Miletti, who will give a commented reading of her own poetry. Aurea M. Sotomayor is a well-known poet and also a professor at University of Pittsburgh. She has published, among other titles, Sitios de la memoriaLa gula de la tintaRizomaDiseño del alaCuerpo nuestro and Artes poéticasPart of her scholarship are titles like Hilo de Aracne. Literatura puertorriqueña hoy, and José María Lima: Poetry and Poetics







For more information and questions, please contact the Co-Organizers of OLAC 2016: olac@case.edu

Dr. Damaris Puñales–Alpízar (dxp204@case.edu) and Dr. Cristián Gómez Olivares (cgg19@case.edu). Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Case Western Reserve University. Cleveland, Ohio. 44106.


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