Urban Studies Annual Lecture to Focus on How Latino Immigrants Revitalized American Cities

A.K. Sandoval-Strausz, author of Barrio America, will speak on campus on February 27.

Barrio America book coverThe Urban Studies Annual Lecture will take place on Thursday, February 27 when A.K. Sandoval-Strausz, Ph.D., of Penn State University will present research from his book Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City. The program will begin at 4:30 p.m. in room 5B of Kelly Commons. 

Sandoval-Strausz will present the compelling history of how Latino immigrants revitalized the nation’s cities after decades of disinvestment and white flight. Focusing on two barrios – Chicago’s Little Village and Dallas’s Oak Cliff – Sandoval-Strausz provides oral histories and statistics showing how mass Latino migrations transformed cities, making them dynamic, stable and safe.

Sandoval-Stausz is a New York native and an associate professor of history and director of the Latina/o/x Studies Program at Penn State. He is a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar and a distinguished lecturer of the Organization of American Historians. 

The program is free and open to the general public, including all Manhattan College students, faculty and staff. 

It is co-sponsored by the Urban Studies program, History department, Fuerza Latina, Campus Ministry and Social Action, Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies minor, Peace and Justice Studies program, Political Science department, O’Malley School of Business, Sociology department and the department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

For more information, contact Adam Arenson, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Manhattan College, at adam.arenson@manhattan.edu or (718) 862-7317.

–by Paula Espitia '20

By MC Staff