Miller Center

Colloquium - Latino Conservatives: Right Wing Aesthetics and Representative Claims

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Cristina Beltran
February 28, 2014
12:30PM - 2:00PM (EST)

Cristina Beltran
Cristina Beltran

CRISTINA BELTRAN is associate professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University, and author of The Trouble with Unity: Latino Politics and the Creation of Identity. Her research centers on the intersection of Latino politics and political theory. Her current project (provisionally titled Latino Conservatives: Racial Shame, Racial Success, and the Politics of Transformation) is an exploration of how Latino conservative thought is shaped not only by ideology but through a potent combination of emotion, expression, and aesthetics. Beltran's work has appeared in Political Theory, Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Political Research Quarterly, and various edited volumes.

Lunch will be served. RSVP required by noon on Wednesday, February 26 to

This event is being co-sponsored by the Politics Department's Political Theory Colloquium.

This event is part of…

Polarization in Historical Perspective: There is a growing sense today that the American political system is inadequate to the task of addressing the major challenges facing the nation, both foreign and domestic. A growing ideological gap between the political parties – partisan polarization, abetted by the rise of highly ideological interest groups and a balkanized mass media – is routinely cited as a primary cause of the nation’s ills.

Yet, despite considerable interest in the causes and consequences of partisan polarization, we know very little about how these developments relate to previous episodes of partisan rancor in American history; how they resonate beyond the Washington beltway; and how they are likely to affect important constituencies, such as Hispanic voters, who are likely to have a profound influence on future party alignments.

This themed colloquia series, organized by the Miller Center's SIDNEY MILKIS, will probe these questions and shed important light on the difficult yet indispensible connection between partisanship and American democracy.

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