The Latino Midwest will examine the history, education, literature, art, and politics of Latinos in the Midwest in light of the demographic changes experienced by states in this region with growing Latino populations. A central concern of this Symposium is the role of international migration in shaping Latino Midwestern communities.
Confirmed keynote speakers include José E. Limón (Director, Institute of Latino Studies, Julian Samora Chair in Latino Studies, and Notre Dame Professor of American Literature, University of Notre Dame) and Vicki Ruiz (Dean of Humanities and Professor of History, UC Irvine). The University Lecture Committee is hosting our third major speaker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dominican writer, Junot Díaz. Hancher is hosting our fourth confirmed participant, the singer-songwriter Lila Downs who will close the symposium with a concert.
Soy un escritor, académico, y performancero puertorriqueño. He publicado: Uñas pintadas de azul (2009), Queer Ricans (2009) y Abolición del pato (2013).
Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes (also known as Lola von Miramar) is a Puerto Rican writer, performer, and scholar. He received his AB from Harvard (1991) & PhD from Columbia (1999). He teaches at the Univ. of Michigan, where he specializes in LGBT Latina/o studies. He is author of Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2009), & of two books of short stories: Uñas pintadas de azul/Blue Fingernails (Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, Arizona, 2009) and Abolición del pato (Terranova Editores, 2013). He co-edited a special issue of CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies on Puerto Rican Queer Sexualities (2007). He performs as Lola von Miramar since 2010, when he first appeared in the Feast of Fun's "Cooking With Drag Queens: How to Make Tostones" video.