Where History and Autobiography Meet: Gathering Life Stories of Latinas in the Midwest
Delgadillo will discuss her recently published book Latina Lives in Milwaukee (University of Illinois Press, 2015), which examines women’s everyday leadership experiences in religion, education, business, politics, and family, including women’s struggles with exclusion based on ethnicity, race, gender, and sexual orientation. This new research examines Latina/o life in one Midwestern city over the past 100 years through the life stories of Latinas from three different generations, multiple occupations, and varied ethnic backgrounds including Mexican, Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, and Salvadoran American women.
Theresa Delgadillo earned her Ph.D. from UCLA in 2000. She is the author of Spiritual Mestizaje: Religion, Gender, Race, and Nation in Contemporary Chicana Narrative (Duke 2011). She has also published research that examines questions of gender, race/ethnicity, religion, spirituality, immigration, and sexuality in literature, film, and photography in numerous journals and anthologies.