Open to the Public | Light refreshments will be served
Soon after the first Mexican guest workers started arriving to the US through the Bracero Program, they challenged policy restrictions that prohibited them from organizing unions. As one of the first organizations created to represent these men, “La Alianza de Braceros,” sought to improve the conditions of braceros in both the US and Mexico.
This talk explores Alianza’s transnational strategies and the organization’s relationship with the prominent labor activist, Ernesto Galarza. Galarza worked with Alianza to incorporate guest workers into his American unionizing efforts. However, after he grew frustrated with the Mexican government’s repressive treatment of Alianza, he changed his tactics from unionizing braceros to working to end the Bracero Program itself. The subsequent demise of Alianza solidified the growing divide between Mexican and American labor in US agricultural fields.
Mireya Loza is an Assistant Professor of Food Studies in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. Her areas of research include Latinx History, Social Movements, Labor History and Food Studies. Her book, Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual and Political Freedom (UNC Press), examines the Bracero Program and how guest workers negotiated the intricacies of indigeneity, intimacy, and transnational organizing.
On Tuesday, May 28th, the second floor of Bobst Library will be closed for renovation. Please use the elevators to access floors 3-10. There will be no stair or elevator access to the 2nd floor.
A New Center for Special Collections
Over the next two years, floors 2 and 3 of Bobst Library will be renovated to create a new center for Special Collections. The new space will include a Special Collections reading room, classrooms, and galleries. A redefined North Reading Room for students and researchers will double as event space. Renovation work on floor 3 will take place in 2019-2020.
The fall semester is about to kick off, which means the Libraries will be offering our Graduate Student workshops! Come learn everything you need to know, from how to organize your bibliographies to how to track down those tricky citations to how to be a more effective research assistant (and much more). For the complete listing of these sessions, and to sign up, see our Graduate Student Services calendar.
And make sure to take advantage of the Libraries’ many wonderful offerings, such as our subject specialists and our Ask a Librarian reference service. We’re happy to help!
We have been working hard over the past few years to expand and improve our services and spaces to fit your needs, and we hope you’ll help us keep improving.
We look forward to seeing you, and wish you the best of luck this semester!