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San Francisco Stories: History of Latino San Francisco

EVT 480
Oct 20
7:30 pm
Geology Corner , 320
Status: No Registration Required
The San Francisco Stories series continues with a spotlight on one of the city’s most vital populations. Situated on land once belonging to the Spanish Empire and Mexico, San Francisco became a polyglot boomtown during the California gold rush when fortune-seekers poured in from all points of the compass—including Chile, Peru, and other parts of Latin America. Over many generations, the city’s varied Spanish-speaking populations forged a hybrid and ever-evolving pan-Latina/o identity through interactions based on religion, neighborhood geography, business, media, and political activism. Tomás Summers Sandoval will trace the history of latinidad, or pan-Latin American identity, that emerged in San Francisco and explore it as a way to illuminate larger histories of empire, migration, and changing categories of race and ethnicity. Today, San Francisco artists, activists, and politicians like Guillermo Gómez-Peña, David Campos, and Causa Justa, and the gallery and artist collective Galería de la Raza highlight the turmoil of San Francisco’s Mission District as Spanish-speaking residents continue to be displaced through aggressive gentrification. How are today’s battles tied to past struggles and efforts at Latina/o community-building? How has latinidad changed over San Francisco’s history? Join us as Tomás Summers Sandoval sheds light on this integral part of the Bay Area’s past and present.

Tomás Summers Sandoval, Associate Professor of History and Chicana/o Latina/o Studies, Pomona College

Tomás Summers Sandoval’s research focuses on the history of Chicanos/Latinos with an emphasis on California. He is the author of Latinos at the Golden Gate, the first book-length history of Latinos in San Francisco. Sandoval received a PhD from UC Berkeley, and has taught at California State University, Monterey Bay.
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