Sites of Memory, Spaces of Dispute: Missions and Monuments in the United States, Thursday, May 13th, 12noon - 1:30pm, Virtual Event

March 05, 2021


Our final event in our “Memory Studies in the Americas” thematic series explores how markers or symbols of memory are imagined and disputed. Listen to presentations on the San Gabriel mission in Tovaangar (known as Los Angeles today) by Dr. Catherine Ramírez (Professor, Latin American and Latino Studies) and Confederate monuments in Virginia by Dr. Kate Jones (Associate Professor, History), as they weave the personal with the scholarly to explore the contested terrain of memory in the United States. Dr. Rebecca Hernandez, Director of the American Indian Resource Center at UC Santa Cruz, will be the event’s discussant. Closed captioning and an ASL interpreter will be provided. This event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored with the Institute for Social Transformation and The Humanities Institute

Dr. Catherine S. Ramírez, Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies
Dr. Ramírez is a scholar of migration, citizenship, race, and gender, Mexican American history, Latinx literature and visual culture, comparative ethnic studies, and speculative fiction. She is the  author of Assimilation: An Alternative History (2020) and The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory (2009) and she is a co-editor of Precarity and Belonging: Labor, Migration, and Noncitizenship (forthcoming, 2021). She has also written for the New York Times, The Atlantic, and Public Books.
jones-headshot-photo-copy.jpg Dr. Catherine Jones, Associate professor of History
Dr. Jones earned her Ph.D. in History at the Johns Hopkins University in 2007. Her first book, Intimate Reconstructions: Children in Postemancipation Virginia (University of Virginia Press, 2015) won the Grace Abbott Book Prize from the Society for the History of Children and Youth in 2016. She is currently at work on a book about the history of child incarceration in the post-Civil War era. She has published articles in the Journal of Southern History, J19, and the Journal of the Civil War Era.
Dr. Rebecca Hernandez, Director of the American Indian Resource Center
Dr. Hernandez's work is focused on the retention of Native students and developing programs that promote a better understanding of American Indian cultures and lifeways at the university. She has worked in higher education for the past 15 years. Her academic expertise is in American Studies with a concentration in Native American Studies. She serves as Vice President on the board of the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and as a commissioner on Santa Cruz County Latino Affairs Commission.