Dr. Justin García presenting at the ALARI First Continental Conference on Afro-Latin American Studies at Harvard University.

Dr. Justin García, associate professor of anthropology at Millersville University, recently delivered a presentation at the ALARI First Continental Conference on Afro-Latin American Studies at Harvard University. The conference was sponsored by the Afro-Latin American Research Institute (ALARI), which is part of Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. The conference, December 11-13, featured more than 200 social sciences and humanities academics from the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. A total of 48 panel sessions took place during the three-day trilingual conference, with some panels conducted in English, some in Spanish, and some in Portuguese. The title of García’s presentation was “Who, and What, is ‘Latino’ Anymore?; Teaching Latino/a Studies in an Age of Afro-Latinidad, Intersectionality and Anti-Essentialism.”

“It was a great honor to be selected to present at the ALARI Afro-Latin American Studies Conference,” remarked García. “I was able to network with various scholars who research Afro-Latino experiences and identities – including some scholars whose works I have assigned as readings in my own courses. This was a very exciting and important conference, because afro-latinidad [Afro-Latino identities, experiences and consciousness] has been a relatively neglected topic within both Latino Studies and broader discourses of racial and ethnic studies. Delivering a presentation at Harvard is an unforgettable experience for me, given the history, prestige and intellectual legacy of that campus.”

Dr. Justin García, associate professor of anthropology.

In addition to teaching cultural, physical/biological and linguistic anthropology classes, García also often teaches courses for Millersville’s Latino Studies and African American Studies minors. He has created a new 300-level course titled “Afro-Latino Cultural Experiences” that was officially approved by the University earlier this month and will be offered during the Fall 2020 semester.

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