The annual Schomburg-Moreno lecture, begun by the Latin American Studies Program at Mount Holyoke College in 1995, features a distinguished speaker in Latin American, Caribbean, or Latino(a) Studies. The series is named in honor of two Latin Americans whose lives developed at the intersections of all three communities and whose contributions to these communities, and to the larger U.S. society, are far too often ignored.

Arthur Alfonso Schomburg came to the U.S. from Puerto Rico in 1891 and is best known as the curator of the New York Public Library, a founder of the American Negro Academy in 1911, and founder of the Harlem-based Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Luisa Moreno was born in Guatemala and emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico in 1928. A life-long labor organizer and activist, she was co-founder of the Congress of Spanish-Speaking Peoples in New Mexico in 1938 and later served as vice-president of the California CIO and the cannery workers' union.

Past Lectures

November 9, 2000
Felix M. Padilla
Visiting Professor of American Studies
Yale University
Founder of  Libros, Encouraging Cultural Literacy: Cultural Literacy For Children: Implications For Educators, Parents, College Students, and Other Mento

March 29, 1999
Stuart B. Schwartz
George Burton Adams Professor of History
Yale University
Hispanic Doubts and American Dreams: The Roots of Toleration in Early Modern Latin America

March 2, 1998
Sonia Alvarez, Associate Professor of Politics
University of California at Santa Cruz
Advocating Feminism: The Latin American Feminist NGO 'Boom'

February 20, 1997
Jonathan Fox, Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies
University of California at Santa Cruz
How Does Civil Society Thicken? Lessons from Rural Mexico

April 4, 1996
Arturo Madrid, Norine R. and T. Frank Murchison Distinguished Professor of the Humanities
Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
Juntos y Revueltos: The U.S. Latino Population at the End of the Twentieth Century

April 10, 1995
Edna Acosta-Belén
Distinguished Service Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Women's Studies
University at Albany, SUNY
Revisiting the Concept of Nuestra América in Latino(a) and Latin American Studies