LATINX HISTORIES @ UM
This website is the home-base for a project that seeks to explore the practices and politics of historical meaning-making by actively engaging with the process of “making history.” Our task is to excavate the history of the Latinx community at the University of Michigan, piecing together the story through background reading, archival research, and oral history. Based on this work (documented in students’ blogposts), students have created a collection of “historias” to honor the university’s 200th anniversary and to ensure that Latina/os are a part of that history.
In and through this work, we have learned about the history of Latina/os in Michigan, the Midwest, and the world, about Latina/o Civil rights movements in the 20th century (and their connection to struggles today), and about the experiences of Latinx students in higher education. We have also learned about how histories are constructed from memory and documents and how we can deconstruct and reconstruct history to better reflect the multiple threads of complex political events and experiences. In other words, we have learned how to make history through the collection and presentation of remnants of the past (stories, letters, photos, newspaper clippings), and about how that “making” is always a political and dialogic act.