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Sites of Memory, Spaces of Dispute: Missions and Monuments in the United States

May 13, 2021 @ 12:00 pm 1:30 pm PDT

The Research Center for the Americas is proud to host “Memory Studies in the Americas,” a thematic series exploring how markers or symbols of memory are imagined and disputed. Listen to presentations on the San Gabriel mission in Tovaangar (known as Los Angeles today) by Dr. Catherine Ramírez (Professor, Latin American and Latino Studies) and Confederate monuments in Virginia by Dr. Kate Jones (Associate Professor, History), as they weave the personal with the scholarly to explore the contested terrain of memory in the United States. The Q&A will be facilitated by Dr. Rebecca Hernandez, Director of the American Indian Resource Center at UC Santa Cruz. Closed captioning and an ASL interpreter will be provided. This event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored with the Institute for Social Transformation and The Humanities Institute.

Dr. Catherine S. Ramírez

Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and  is a scholar of migration, citizenship, race, and gender; Mexican American history; Latinx  literature and visual culture; comparative ethnic studies; and speculative fiction. She is the  author of Assimilation: An Alternative History (2020) and The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory (2009) and she is a co-editor of Precarity and Belonging: Labor, Migration, and Noncitizenship (forthcoming in 2021). She has also written for the New York Times, The Atlantic, and Public Books.

Dr. Catherine Jones

Associate professor of History at University of California, Santa Cruz. She completed her PhD in History at the Johns Hopkins University in 2007. Her first book, Intimate Reconstructions: Children in Postemancipation Virginia, was published with the University of Virginia Press in 2015. It won the Grace Abbott Book Prize from the Society for the History of Children and Youth in 2016. She is currently at work on a book about the history of child incarceration in the post-Civil War era. She has published articles in the Journal of Southern HistoryJ19, and the Journal of the Civil War Era.


May 13, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


Research Center for the Americas