Join The Seattle Public Library to hear Professor Laura E. Gómez discuss her book “Inventing Latinos” on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The virtual event is the Library’s second A. Scott Bullitt lecture of 2021. It is free and open to the public but registration is required. Gómez is professor of law, sociology and Chicana/Chicano studies at UCLA.

In “Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism” (The New Press), Gómez makes the timely and groundbreaking argument that all Americans must grapple with Latinos' dynamic racial identity because it impacts everything we think we know about race in America.

“We’re thrilled to host Professor Gómez as part of our ongoing Bullitt Lecture in American History,” said Stesha Brandon, Programs Manager at The Seattle Public Library. “Her work examines how the creation of the Latino identity still impacts the ideas of race in America today, and invites us to consider what we can learn from history as we look toward the future.”

Publishers Weekly calls the book an “incisive survey of Latino history” that “packs a knockout punch." “Inventing Latinos” was also named one of NPR’s best books of 2020.

Latinos have long influenced everything from electoral politics to popular culture‚ yet many people instinctively regard them as recent immigrants rather than a longstanding racial group.

In reframing the often-confused and misrepresented discourse around Latino identity, Gómez provides essential context for today's most pressing political and public debates and shares a brilliant framework to engage cultural conversations‚ elections‚ current events and more.

Gómez is also the author of “Manifest Destinies,” “Mapping Race” and “Misconceiving Mothers.”

About the A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History

The A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History is made possible by a generous gift from the late Priscilla Bullitt Collins in honor of her father, A. Scott Bullitt. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis and media sponsor The Seattle Times, and is presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co.

This program will recorded, captioned and posted for 30 days on The Seattle Public Library’s YouTube page after the event.



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