Join Us for the First Installment of the "Blackness Across Borders" Event Series.

Event Description
Dr. Lázaro Lima will speak to how Black and Brown knowledge projects find expression, constraints, and possibilities within the academy.

Dr. Joan Flores-Villalobos will then facilitate a discussion with Dr. Lima about Black and Brown intersections in his latest book Being Brown: Sonia Sotomayor and the Latino Question (UC Press, 2019).

The event will close with a Q&A. 

You can purchase Dr. Lima's book here:




Lázaro Lima (Ph.D., Maryland) is a Professor of Latino Studies in the Department of Africana, Puerto Rican, and Latino Studies at Hunter College, CUNY. A scholar and documentary filmmaker, his work centers on the political, historical, juridical, educational, and cultural industries that enable Latino democratic legibility and participation to emerge in civil society.

Lima's books include Being Brown: Sonia Sotomayor and the Latino Question (U of California Press, 2019), Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing, with Felice Picano (U of Wisconsin Press,  2011), and The Latino Body: Crisis Identities in American Literary and Cultural Memory ​(NYU Press, 2007). He is the executive producer and co-writer of two documentary films, Las Mujeres: Latina Lives, American Dreams (Deronda Productions, 2016), and Rubí: A DACA Dreamer in Trump’s America (Deronda Productions, 2019/2020). His films have been showcased at the Smithsonian Museum of American History's Warner Brothers Theater, PBS, the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, Fem Flicks, and other venues. 


Joan Flores-Villalobos earned her Ph.D. from New York University in African Diaspora History. Formerly an Assistant Professor of History at Ohio State University, Flores-Villalobos joined the USC Department of History in Autumn 2020. She specializes in the history of gender, race, and migration. Her current book project, The Silver Women: Intimacy and Migration in the Panama Canal, explores the labor migration of West Indian women during the Panama Canal construction, from 1904 to 1914, and the diasporic affective and economic linkages they created during this period. Her work has been supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, the American Historical Association, and the American Association of University Women.


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Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, Latinx and Latin American Studies Center, Africana Research Cluster, and Hemispheric Americas: Race, Power, and Space Research Cluster. 


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