The Legacy of Dominicanidad: A Symposium on the Work of Lorgia García Peña


Thursday, January 30, 2020, 9:15am to 5:30pm


Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street

This symposium will highlight the wide-ranging impact of Lorgia García-Peña's scholarship, particularly her acclaimed 2016 book, The Borders of Dominicanidad: Race, Nation, and Archives of Contradiction. Distinguished speakers will reflect on the significance of her work for multiple fields, including Latinx Studies, Black Studies, and Women and Gender Studies, as well as for the theme of this year's Charles Warren Center fellowship, The Past, Present, and Future of Ethnic Studies. This event will be live-streamed at

9:15 Welcome

9:30-11:40 Ethnic Studies and Lorgia García Peña's Scholarship

George Lipsitz (UCSB)

Lourdes Torres (De Paul, and editor of Latino Studies)

Laura Briggs (UMASS Amherst)

Chris Rodelo (Harvard, graduate student)

11:40-12:50 Lunch

1:00-2:40 Dominicanidad's Diasporic Reverberations

Elizabeth Manley (Xavier)

Silvio Torres-Saillant (Syracuse)

Ginetta Candelario (Smith)

2:40-2:55 Break

3:00-5:10 What we are fighting for: Lorgia García Peña's Scholarly Legacy

Ramona Hernández (CUNY)

Robin D. G. Kelley (UCLA)

Cornel West (Harvard)

Keish Kim (Harvard, graduate student)

5:10-5:30 Closing remarks

Ju Yon Kim (Harvard)

Genevieve Clutario (Wellesley)


Presented by the Warren Center for Studies in American History, with support from:

The Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights

The Committee on Degrees in History and Literature

The Mahindra Humanities Center

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

The Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

The Afro Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center


Duke University Press is offering open access to The Borders of Dominicanidad until Feburary 6, 2020:


For 30% off print copies, use coupon code (E19GRCIA) during checkout at