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Latinx: The Future Is Now

Portrait of Nicole Guidotti-Hernández

Nicole Guidotti-HernĂ¡ndez

A Look at The Importance of Terminologies

by Zita Petrahai ’18

Expert in Latino/a identities Nicole Guidotti-Hernández will visit Dickinson to discuss the importance of terminologies in a lecture, “Latinx: The Future Is Now,” on Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Stern Center, Great Room, 208 W. Louther St.

Guidotti-Hernández explains the way language has evolved from using terms like “Mexican-American,” “Puerto Rican,” “Chicano” and “Nuyorican” to “Latina/o” and now “Latinx.” She also highlights resistance to the change in language, indicating the potential and political necessity of the term Latinx.

Guidotti-Hernández is associate professor of American studies and Mexican American and Latina/o studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is author of Unspeakable Violence: Remapping U.S. and Mexican National Imaginaries, which won the 2011-2012 MLA Prize in Chicana/o and Latina/o Literature. Her research focuses on borderlands history after 1846, transnational feminist methodologies, Latinx studies and popular culture and immigration.

The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of English; American studies; Latin American, Latino & Caribbean studies; and the Women’s & Gender Resource Center. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Spring 2018 semester theme, Citizen/Refugee.

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Published April 6, 2018