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Annual Lecture

The capstone of the Delaware Humanities year, every October we bring a notable scholar or artist to Delaware for the Joseph P. del Tufo Annual Lecture.  Past speakers include Professor N. D. B. Connolly, Professor Jane E. Calvert, Professor Mark D. Jordan, and actress Cicely Tyson. The 2017 lecturer, Professor Vicki Ruiz of UC-Irvine, will join us on Thursday, October 5, 2017.  The Annual Lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

On Thursday, October 5, 2017 Dr. Vicki Ruiz of University of California, Irvine will join Delaware Humanities for the Joseph P. del Tufo Annual Lecture on Nuestra América: Latino History as U.S. History. Event details will be available soon.

Nuestra América: Latino History as U.S. History

Why does Latino history matter? Contrary to media depictions of Latinos as people who arrived day before yesterday, there exists a rich layering of nationalities and generations. Whether carving out a community in St. Augustine in 1565 to reflecting on colonialism and liberty during the 1890s to fighting for civil rights through the courts of the 1940s, Spanish-speaking peoples made history within and beyond national borders. Bringing out larger themes, debates, and sources, this presentation focuses on three historical moments pivotal to re-imagining an American narrative with Latinos as meaningful actors—1848 (the U.S.-Mexican War), 1898 (the Filipino-Cuban-Spanish-American War), and 1948 (the Latino G.I. Generation).

About Dr. Ruiz

An award-winning scholar at the University of California, Irvine, Vicki Ruiz is the author, editor, or coeditor of several books, including From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America (1998); with Ellen Carol DuBois, Unequal Sisters: An Inclusive Reader in U.S. Women’s History (4th edition, 2008); and, with Virginia Sanchez Korrol, Latinas in the U.S.: A Historical Encyclopedia (2006). A past president of the OAH, the American Historical Association, the American Studies Association, the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, and the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, she is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Society of American Historians as well as a recipient of the National Humanities Medal for pioneering the history of twentieth-century Latinas. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.  (Source/Photo:  OAH Website)


About Dr. Joseph P. del Tufo

The Annual Lecture memorializes and honors Dr. Joseph P. del Tufo, an admired member of the Delaware Humanities Council. In 1979, Dr. del Tufo was named the first recipient of the Delaware Humanities Award. After his death that same year, the award was renamed in his honor to recognize academic accomplishment and commitment to providing accessible humanities programs for public enrichment.