Exhibit-related Program

Braceros on the Boundaries: Activism, Race, Masculinity, and the Legacies of the Bracero Program

February 25th, 2014 at 7:00pm

Braceros on the Boundaries:  Activism, Race, Masculinity, and the Legacies of the Bracero Program

The Museum is pleased to welcome Dr. Mireya Loza, assistant professor in the Department of Latina/o Studies and History at the University of Illinois, who will present the program “Braceros on the Boundaries: Activism, Race, Masculinity, and the Legacies of the Bracero Program.” This enlightening talk will explore the impact of the bracero program, a controversial Mexican guest worker initiative of the 1940s.

The program will be held in the Museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom on Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, the program is being held in conjunction with the Museum’s current exhibit ¡Fiesta! A Celebration of Mexican Popular Arts.

The program will explore the bracero program, its impact on the history of this region, and its lasting legacy today. Millions of Mexican workers crossed the border to work in more than half of the states in U.S., including Illinois.

Dr. Loza earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown University. Her dissertation, of the same title as this program, is based on her work with the National Museum of American History’s Bracero History Project.

For more information about this program, please contact the Education Department via email at education@mchistory.org or by telephone 309-827-0428. Free parking will be available at the Lincoln Parking Deck located one block south of the Museum on Front Street.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Illinois General Assembly, and support from COUNTRY Financial.