What Is Latinx?

At FIU, we have canceled or postponed all on- and off-campus events scheduled through the spring semester due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please note, we have postponed the What is Latinx? events for March 12 through March 20. The decision has been made out of an abundance of caution with the health and well-being of our guests and community in mind. We hope to have new dates soon.

FIU ha cancelado o pospuesto todos eventos en el campus y fuera del campus planeados para el semestre de primavera por la pandemia de coronavirus. Hemos pospuesto los eventos de “What is Latinx?” en el 12 de Marzo hasta el 20 de Marzo. Se ha tomado esta decisión por abundancia de cuidado para la salud y bienestar de nuestros huéspedes y la comunidad. Esperamos tener nuevas fechas pronto.

The What Is Latinx? event series that seeks to bring together scholars, writers, artists, and activists from a variety of disciplinary and artistic positions to work through the sociocultural, political and linguistic issues swirling around and through contemporary constructions of Latinidad.

The program is designed to engage and inform, but also to ask questions, to inquire deeper; to inspire curiosity. To not take for granted. It is designed for us, for FIU. For our community. Miami. Sweetwater. Westchester. Little Haiti. Hialeah. Pembroke Pines. Homestead. Miami Beach. It is not only for humanists, but also for scientists, and social scientists, for students, for faculty and friends and family. It is an exploration and celebration of Latinidad at FIU, in Miami, and beyond.


Community as campus: Redefining educational ‘problems’ and reimagining radical possibilities
Jonathan Rosa, Stanford University
March 10, 11 a.m., ZEB 150

Latinx Languages and Identities Beyond Borders
Jonathan Rosa, Stanford University
March 10, 5 p.m., GC 118

What is Brazilian? A conversation on Brazilian language and identity in Miami and beyond
Marcus Avelar, Florida International University
Ivian Burochowski, Florida International University

Latinidad in Literature and Publishing: Representation and Identification
Richard Blanco, Florida International University
Reyna Grande, Author

Spanish, Spanglish and “mock” Spanglish in contemporary literary production
Almeida Jacqueline Toribio, University of Texas, Austin


We are deeply grateful to our co-sponsors and partners, especially to Ana Menéndez and the Humanities Edge Program and Senior Associate Dean of CASE Laura Dinehart and the School of Education and Human Development. We are also grateful to Jorge Duany and the Cuban Research Institute, Ana Luszczynska and the Department of English, and Frank Mora and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center. Thanks to Ellen Thompson and the Linguistics Program for including the Annual Barbara Gordon Lecture in Linguistics during this event. Thanks, too, to the CASE Dean's Office, Jo Adkins, Senior Associate Dean Heather Russell and CHUE Program Director Tempestt Morgan. We are especially grateful to Stephany Alvarez-Ventura for her tireless work bringing this event together.