César Chavéz Lecture to Explore ‘How Latinos Remade the Suburbs’

September 1, 2023 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

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The Chicagolandia Oral History Project documents the lives, work and culture of Latinx suburban communities around Chicago while exploring the impact of those communities on the changing nature of Chicago and its suburbs.

Antonio Ramirez, director of the Chicagolandia Oral History Project and an associate professor of Latino history at Elgin Community College, will talk about the project on Sept. 13 at this year’s César Chavéz Intercultural Lecture at Elmhurst University.

In addition to teaching at Elgin Community College, Ramirez is co-director of its new Center for Civic Engagement. He also has worked as a historical consultant for the National Park Service, a journalist, a bilingual high school teacher and an educator of agricultural migrant workers. He also has served as director of outreach and leadership development at a transnational migrant rights legal center in central Mexico, and as an organizer of low-wage workers in Chicago.

The César Chavéz Intercultural Lecture begins at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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