Annual Conference Reception

Event Start Date: March 23, 2023 5:00 PM
Event End Date: March 23, 2023 7:00 PM


71st Annual Conference
Keynote & Reception
Thursday, March 23 | 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Anti-racist Education in Latin America: Perspectives on State and Grassroots Projects

Location: LACC Reading Room, Smathers Library


5:00 - 6:00 pm

  • Race, Education, and Empire: The Historical Case of Puerto Rico, 1898-1940
    Dr. Solsiree del Moral, historian, Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar 2023, University of Florida, Professor of American Studies, Amherst College

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Solsiree del Moral is a historian of modern Latin America and the Caribbean, with a focus on Puerto Rico, the circum-Caribbean, and U.S. Colonialism. In 2013 she published her first book, Negotiating Empire: The Cultural Politics of Schools in Puerto Rico (University of Wisconsin Press). She focused on the ways in which Puerto Rican teachers – a group that changed dramatically from 1900 to 1950 – tried to fulfill teaching philosophies informed by local history and politics, given the constraints of the aggressive Americanization campaign waged by the US colonial government and its American and Puerto Rican representatives on the island. Her second book, “Street Children, Crime and Punishment,” is a history of the criminalization and incarceration of Puerto Rico’s urban street children – a heterogeneous group including the homeless children who worked and slept in the streets as well as the housed poor and working-class children who earned wages in public spaces – in the first half of the twentieth century.