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Theorizing Race in the Americas: Douglass, Sarmiento, Du Bois, and Vasconcelos | Book Discussion w/ Prof. Juliet Hooker

When: Friday, April 29, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Central

Where: Crowe Hall, 1-132, 1860 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: No Cost | Copies of the book will be provided to participants upon registration.

Contact: Silvia Toledo  

Group: The Latina and Latino Studies Program

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


Theorizing Race in the Americas analyzes the accounts of race formulated by four key thinkers from the Americas: the former slave, abolitionist leader, and thinker, Frederick Douglass; the Argentinean statesman and pensador Domingo F. Sarmiento; the towering black intellectual W. E. B. Du Bois; and the Mexican philosopher José Vasconcelos. Latin American thinkers are generally viewed as having formulated more flexible and complex notions of racial identity than those that emerged in the United States. This has led to the claim that, because of their growing demographic presence, Latinos are dismantling or challenging US ideas about race, particularly the tendency to think in binary terms (black-white) and overlook the existence of mixture. At the same time, African American thinkers such as Douglass and Du Bois are viewed as having been solely preoccupied with domestic problems of racial equality for African Americans in the United States. This book disproves both of these claims by showing how US and Latin American thinkers, in both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, looked to political models in the "other" America to advance racial projects in their own countries. 

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