Latinx History Faculty Working Group Featuring Dr. Matthew Garcia
May 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT
On May 10, 4-5:30pm EST, Matthew J. Garcia, Professor of History and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies at Dartmouth College, will join interested readers to discuss his book, From the Jaws of Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement. Irvin Ibarguen, Assistant Professor of History at NYU, will moderate the conversation.
About Matthew J. Garcia
If you have read any of Matthew J. Garcia's books or articles, or heard him speak on the radio or in a lecture, you know that he is obsessed with two things: where our food comes from and how the people involved in its production were treated. His fascination with this topic comes from his family’s experience in food production over three generations and for more than one hundred years in California.
In his investigations he's found that California farms have done much more than cultivate and deliver food. They also produced social inequalities and physical landscapes that we live with today. Seeing these multiple “harvests” has been the primary goal of his work, even and especially when the land on which these fruits and vegetables have been produced has given way to a non-agricultural existence. As his more recent work demonstrates, he is equally fascinated by the movements of hope that grow out of inequality, exploitation and moments of conflict in rural California. At root, his work seeks to understand who we are as a society by knowing how we feed ourselves.
He received his Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School in 1997. Since completing his studies, Dr. Garcia taught at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the University of Oregon, Brown University, and served as Director of the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. Currently, he is Professor of Latin American, Latino, & Carribean Studies, and History at Dartmouth College.