Professor Jorge Chinea, director of the Wayne State University Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, joins the podcast to talk with host Darrell Dawsey about the 50th anniversary of the center, its ever-growing impact on the city’s Latino communities and why Hispanic Heritage Month should matter to us all.
Jorge L. Chinea specializes in colonial Latin American history and has researched the themes of immigration, settlement, and colonial exploitation of the Hispanic Caribbean. His book, Race and Labor in the Hispanic Caribbean: The West Indian Worker Experience in Puerto Rico, 1800-1850 (2005), received a Wayne State University’s Board of Governors Faculty Recognition Award in 2006. A revised, augmented Spanish-language edition of the book was released in 2014 by the School of Hispanic-American Studies in Seville, Spain, the Office of the Official Historian of Puerto Rico and Wayne State University.
He has researched or lectured in Guyana, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Spain and Austria. He has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Society for Irish Latin American Studies and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. He is a former resident scholar of the U.S. Library of Congress (Winter 2000) and former contributing editor for the Handbook of Latin American Studies (2002-2008).
From 2010-12 he served on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Humanities Council and sits on the Advisory Board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. Currently, he is Professor and Director of the Center for Latino & Latin American Studies at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (USA).
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Check out Jorge Chinea in these selected media clips:
• CBS Detroit: Mayor: Trump's executive order does not apply to Detroit detroit.cbslocal.com/2017/01/27/mayor-trumps-executive-order-does-not-apply-to-detroit/
• Royal Oak Tribune: The end of DACA program for undocumented youth: 'I even have trouble sleeping' www.dailytribune.com/news/the-end-of-daca-program-for-undocumented-youth-i-even/article_342fbdb1-dc52-5eaf-90b1-2de88cf269c1.html
• The Guardian: Puerto Ricans living in Detroit: A view to two crises highlights 'powerlessness' www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/11/puerto-rico-detroit-bankruptcy-debt-crisis
• Radio Francia International: Comienza la Batalla de Detroit es.rfi.fr/economia/20131023-comienza-la-batalla-de-detroit
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