Ithaca College to Host Talk on Latina Immigrant Domestic Workers

ITHACA, NY — The Ithaca College Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (CSCRE) will continue the celebration of its 10th anniversary on Wednesday, Feb. 23, with a presentation titled “Domésticas Demanding Dignity: Latina Immigrant Workers and the Racial Politics of Domestic Service.” The free public talk by Verónica Martínez-Matsuda will be held at 7 p.m. in Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall.

Martínez-Matsuda studies the intersections between labor and citizenship, particularly immigrants’ social movements and cross-border organizing efforts for improved living and working conditions. Her current research examines the role of the Migratory Labor Camp Program, established and managed by the U.S. Government during the late 1930s and early 1940s, in the lives of migrant farm worker families.

Currently a visiting professor in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, Martínez-Matsuda has held fellowship positions at Bryn Mawr College, Rhodes College and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. She holds a Ph.D. in Borderlands/U.S. History from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation was awarded the Barnes F. Lathrop Prize for Best Dissertation in the Department of History and named a runner up for the Labor History Best Dissertation Prize by the journal “Labor History.”

The presentation is part of the annual discussion series hosted by the CSCRE. Titled “Centering the Margins,” the series this year is offering a retrospect on the center’s activities over the past decade as well as a look ahead to its future.

For more information, visit /cscre/discussionseries/.

Originally published in IC News: Ithaca College to Host Talk on Latina Immigrant Domestic Workers.

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