The long history of Latino presence in the Midwest and the changing demographics of our region will be among the topics discussed on the October 5 WorldCanvass program, The Latino Midwest. WorldCanvass is produced by International Programs and hosted by Joan Kjaer.
WorldCanvass: The Latino Midwest is occurring in conjunction with a major symposium of the same name to be held October 11–13 on the UI campus, the Obermann–International Programs Humanities Symposium. Our guests will discuss the history, education, literature, art, and politics of Latinos in the Midwest, with a particular focus on demographic changes and the role international migration has played in shaping Latino Midwestern communities.
We’ll also discuss Latino involvement in Iowa’s agricultural life and, of course, that great connector of cultures—food! Latinos who’ve moved to the Midwest have brought ingredients, recipes, and food culture from their home regions to a part of the country that may once have thought them strange and exotic. A restaurateur from Solon will share his experience in introducing Latino cuisine to a small, Midwestern town.
A special highlight of the program will be an appearance by guitarist and singer Eugenio SolÃs, formerly of SolÃs and SolÃs, and currently a member of the mariachi ensemble De Colores. Music has never been contained by borders and nationalities and those who love Latin music won’t want to miss this performance.