Natalia Molina Talk Tomorrow


Tomorrow, September 20th, at noon, Dr. Natalia Molina, Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities, and Professor of History, at the University of California, San Diego, will give a talk based on her recent book, How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts, which examines Mexican immigration–from 1924 when immigration acts drastically reduced immigration to the U.S. to 1965 when many quotas were abolished–to understand how broad themes of race and citizenship are constructed. These years shaped the emergence of what Professor Molina describes as an immigration regime that defined the racial categories that continue to influence perceptions in the U.S. about Mexican Americans, race, and ethnicity. Through the use of a relational lens her work demonstrates that racial scripts are easily adopted and adapted to apply to different racial groups.

Dr. Molina’s talk, which will be in GWB 2.206, is part of the MALS lecture series and is free and open to the public.

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