Juliet Hooker - “Hybrid Traditions: Race in U. S. African-American and Latin American Political Thought”

Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm

The growing visibility of Latinos in U. S. society has led to increasingly frequent comparisons between Latin American and U. S. ideas about race, where Latin America is said to have a more flexible approach to questions of racial identity that the United States would do well to emulate. Yet what ideas about race do Latinos bring with them from Latin America? How do these compare with the views of race formulated by U. S. thinkers? Have the United States and Latin America really developed two distinct and divergent approaches to race? This book project tackles these questions by comparing the accounts of race formulated by U. S. African-American and Latin American political thinkers. It analyzes the ideas of prominent 19th and 20th century thinkers who were roughly contemporaries, such as the Argentinean pensador Domingo Faustino Sarmiento and the ex-slave, abolitionist leader, and African-American thinker Frederick Douglass, the pairing on which this talk will focus.


Introduction by Jennifer Hochschild

Free and open to the public.  Please feel free to bring a lunch.

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