From Latinx in Hollywood

to US TV Abroad

Guest Speaker: Clara E. Rodriguez
Fordham University – New York

From Latinx in Hollywood to US TV Abroad - Speaker Podcast


Media is ubiquitous in our lives. Americans spend more time watching television shows than any other single activity except sleep. But American TV programming is also available and highly popular for many audiences all over the world. In this scholarly, but accessible and entertaining discussion, Dr. Clara Rodríguez will talk about the long but hidden history of LatinoX in movies—beginning with Latin Lovers from the early silent moves to today’s US TV programming. The talk will focus on how the idealized broadcast images of US TV influence the views that millennials have of the US life style, and the views of people in other countries who then come to the United States. She also analyzes how ideas of race/ethnicity, class and gender are altered when these global viewers come to the US.

About the Speaker

Dr. Clara E. Rodríguez is a Professor of Sociology at Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center. She is the author of numerous books, including America, As Seen on TV: How Television Shapes Immigrant Expectations Around the Globe (New York University Press, 2018), Heroes, Lovers and Others (Washington, D. C.: Oxford University Press, 2008; Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004), Changing Race: Latinos, The Census and the History of Ethnicity in the United States (New York University Press, 2000), among others. She is the recipient of numerous research and teaching awards, including the American Sociological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in the Field of Latina/o Studies, her university’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Social Sciences, a Centennial Historian of the City of New York, and was designated a “Distinguished Lecturer” by the Organization of American Historians. She has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia University, MIT, and Yale University, as well as Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, and a Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. She has written over 60 articles on Latinos in the United States and served as a consultant to a number of television shows and documentaries, most recently, “Dora, the Explorer” and “Sesame Street.” She was selected as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics in the nation” by Hispanic Business in 2007.

Event Info


Thursday, April 18th
6:30 - 9:00pm


6th floor ‐ Parlor Room
Central Library
The University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington TX 76019

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