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Untold Histories: Transnational Voices of Central Americans

Beginning in the 1980s, large waves of Central Americans have been migrating to the United States. Facing legal, political, economic, and social barriers, the immigrant community has focused largely on survival, while Central Americans in the isthmus adapt to massive out-migration. The details of these experiences have mainly gone untold, but in this speaker series, a new generation of U.S.-based Central American scholars will share poignant research on their own communities’ struggles and achievements across borders.

All sessions will take place in the UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library Presentation Room .  Admission is free, and no reservations are required.

Parking is available for $10 in structure three; enter off Hilgard at Westholme Ave. Click here to view UCLA Parking Map.

Sponsored by
UCLA Library Center for Oral History Research
John B. Jackson Oral History Faculty Curator Grant
César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
Latin American Institute


Legal Violence: Contextualizing Daily Life of Central Americans in the Isthmus and the U.S.
Thursday, February 2
1-3 p.m.

Cecilia Menjívar, Arizona State University
Leisy Abrego, UCLA

Transnational Solidarities: Central American Mobilization in the Isthmus and Beyond
Thursday, March 8
4-6 p.m.

Alicia Estrada, California State University, Northridge
Hector Perla Jr., University of California, Santa Cruz
Suyapa Portillo, California State University, Northridge

Establishing Roots and Navigating New Terrains: Central Americans in the U.S.
Wednesday, April 11
4-6 p.m.

Ester Hernández, California State University, Los Angeles
Steven Osuna, University of California, Santa Barbara
Arely Zimmerman, University of Southern California

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