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Tomas Summers Sandoval at University of San Francisco: March 18

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One more chance to catch Tomas Summers Sandoval in the Bay Area… March 18 at the University of San Francisco.

Lecture/presentation by Tomás F. Summers Sandoval Jr., associate professor of Chicana/o-Latina/o studies and history at Pomona College. Dr. Sandoval will present on his recent book Latinos at the Golden Gate: Creating Community and Identity in San Francisco. This event is sponsored by USF’s Graduate Program in Urban Affairs, based in the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. Light snacks provided.

Tuesday March 18, 2014, 7-9pm
Masonic Building  (Corner of Turk and Masonic), Room 228 

About the book: Born in an explosive boom and built through distinct economic networks, San Francisco has a cosmopolitan character that often masks the challenges migrants faced to create community in the city by the bay. Latin American migrants have been part of the city’s story since its beginning. Charting the development of a hybrid Latino identity forged through struggle–latinidad–from the Gold Rush through the civil rights era, Tomás F. Summers Sandoval Jr. chronicles the rise of San Francisco’s diverse community of Latin American migrants. 

This latinidad, Summers Sandoval shows, was formed and made visible on college campuses and in churches, neighborhoods, movements for change, youth groups, protests, the Spanish-language press, and business districts. Using diverse archival sources, Summers Sandoval gives readers a panoramic perspective on the transformation of a multinational, multigenerational population into a visible, cohesive, and diverse community that today is a major force for social and political activism and cultural production in California and beyond.

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