“Central America, the United States, and the Long Labor Struggles Shaping Migration Today” ~ The Bernard Kleiman Lecture
Saturday, July 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
Lara Putnam, Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh
“What drives Central Americans thousands of miles to seek asylum at the US border? How can tracing the entangled past that connects El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala to the United States help us understand the dilemmas and pressures of the present? And what does the long history of labor struggle across these varied nations teach us about the possibilities—and challenges—of solidarity?”
Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2013-present
Department Chair, 2014-present
UCIS Research Professor, 2012-present
Associate Professor, 2006-2012
Assistant Professor, 2003-2006
Researcher and tenure-stream professor, Centro de Investigaciones Históricas de América Central and Posgrado en Historia, Universidad de Costa Rica, 2000-2003.
Professor Putnam has published three books and co-edited two others:
Radical Moves: Caribbean Migrants and the Politics of Race in the Jazz Age. Chapel Hill:
University of North Carolina Press, 2013. [Given special mention in the 2013-2014 Elsa Goveia
Book Prize competition by the Association of Caribbean Historians.]
The Company They Kept: Migrants and the Politics of Gender in Caribbean Costa Rica, 1870-
1960. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.
Género, poder y migración en el Caribe Costarricense, 1870-1960. San José, Costa Rica:
INAMU, 2014. (Translation of The Company They Kept.)
Caribbean Military Encounters: A Multidisciplinary Anthology from the Humanities. Shalini
Puri and Lara Putnam, eds. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
Honor, Status, and Law in Modern Latin America. Sueann Caulfield, Sarah Chambers, and Lara
Putnam, eds. Durham: Duke University Press, 2005.
The Kleiman Lecture provides a forum for informed discourse on labor issues. Previous speakers included International Presidents, United Steelworkers, Lynne Williams and Leo Gerard; and the Associate Director of the Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights, Barbara Briggs; and Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, who has served as general secretary of the National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel and Allied Workers of the Mexican Republic.