September 29, 2015

#LongJourney Home: The story of Latino migration into Central Illinois

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Magaly Avila in Arcola

Claire Everett

Magaly Avila in Arcola

Join us for Illinois Humanities’ second installment of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History series, “The Long Journey Home.”

This panel discussion will trace the past, present, and future of Latino migration in central Illinois by highlighting oral histories and contemporary investigative reporting on migrant worker camps. longjourneypic

On Tuesday, September 29th from 7-9pm at the Spurlock Museum in Urbana, Miguel Keberlein Gutiérrez, an advocate for immigrant and workers’ rights, and Angela Wiley,  professor of family studies, will lead a discussion about these issues that will be moderated by Brant Houston (Knight Chair for Investigative Reporting).

Together they will focus on the transformation of immigrants from seasonal workers in the fields and factories in Illinois to permanent members of the community with businesses and jobs – and the resulting change in demographics and culture in both immigrant and non-immigrant communities.

In addition to the discussion, the event will highlight oral histories with photographs and as well as the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting’s work on migrant worker camps.

Follow our live coverage on Twitter beginning at 7 p.m. using #longjourney.