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Book Talk: Barrio America
December 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm CST
United Fort Worth: Join us in welcoming A. K. Sandoval-Strausz, Director of the Latina/o Studies Program at Penn State University and author of Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City.
Dr. Sandoval-Strausz is a leader in the emerging field of U.S. Latinx urban history. In his new book, he challenges the idea that the so-called “Creative Class” was most responsible for reviving the city, arguing instead that it was actually Latino newcomers who most dramatically transformed entire city neighborhoods. Sandoval-Strausz argues that although urban barrios are regularly portrayed as decaying districts plagued by crime and disorder, in reality, areas with growing immigrant populations have become some of the most dynamic, stable, and safe neighborhoods in their cities. At a time when Latin American migrants are being demonized and scapegoated, we should remember their indispensable role in solving one of the greatest crises of the twentieth century.