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Armour Seminar: Myrna Garcia

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About this event

Join us for a talk by Dr. Myrna García from Northwestern University.

This week's session features Dr. Myrna García from Northwestern University. She will present the talk Son Fronteras Politics: Contending with INS Terror in Chicago, which explores the formation of the Chicago chapter of the Center for Autonomous Social Action (CASA), one of the most important immigrant rights organizations to emerge from the Chicano Movement. CASA-Chicago youth in the 1970s conceptualized a “sin fronteras” as a transnational imagining that brought ethnic Mexicans (and other Latinxs) together, regardless of birthplace, generation, or citizenship status.

Dr. Myrna García is an Associate Professor of Instruction at Northwestern University. She earned a doctorate in ethnic studies from the University of California, San Diego. Her research draws upon oral histories, archival research, and ethnographic methods to document Latinx immigration activism in Chicago during the 1970s. Grounded in questions of positionality, epistemology, and healing, Professor García teaches courses on social movements, knowledge production, and Latinx Chicago history. Moreover, Dr. García is passionate about teaching, meaningful community engagement, and collaborative projects to amplify Latinx Chicago histories and experiences.

Please join us in Ward Hall on the lower level. If unable to attend in person, register to attend virtually.


This session is part of our celebration of Latinx Heritage Month and work done by Latinx staff and collaborators at the Field.

Some seminars are recorded and available to view online after the event.

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The A. Watson Armour III Seminar Series is a weekly seminar highlighting the research of science professionals across a broad spectrum of scientific interests, disciplines, and lived experiences. This series connects the Field Museum’s research, collections, conservation, and associated community with professionals at the forefront of life, geophysical, and social sciences. Lectures are open to the public and regularly highlight or complement research conducted by Field Museum staff and affiliates.

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Anti-harassment statement

The Armour Seminar Committee and the Field Museum are strongly invested in the creation and maintenance of safe and inclusive spaces. To this end, we explicitly refuse to condone harassment, discrimination, or inappropriate behavior. We encourage that proposals for speakers take into account these expectations. Speakers with a known history of, or ongoing investigations of, harassment, discrimination, or other inappropriate behaviors will not be considered. We reserve the right to cancel talks if we learn of such events after an invitation is made.