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This is the story of New Haven, shaped by migrants from Italy, Ukraine, Poland, Ireland, Russia, and Black workers from the southern United States. So many women migrants have a shared experience of encountering racism, economic oppression, and sexism and yet have summoned cognitive and social strategies to build futures for their families. New Haven family physician and anthropologist Jessica P. Cerdeña will discuss the ways Latin American migrant mothers have persevered amid trauma, legal violence, political hostility and more during, “Pressing Onward: The Imperative Resilience of Latina Migrant Mothers,” at the New Haven Museum on Thursday, March 14, 2024. at 6 p.m. Snow date March 21). This free NH250 event will also stream on FB Live.
Cerdeña notes that while the decision to migrate from Latin America is fraught with danger, destabilization and isolation, for many, the advantages of life in the U.S. outweigh the struggle. Based on her book of the same title, Cerdeña’s lecture will focus on the stories of mothers who migrated from Latin America to New Haven and overcame trauma and ongoing adversity to build futures for their children. These migrant mothers enact what Cerdeña calls “ imperative resilience,” engaging cognitive and social strategies to resist racial, economic, and gender-based oppression to seguir adelante, or press onward. It is a story that will likely resonate with many women who themselves—or whose ancestors—immigrated to the U.S.
This event is part of NH250, an ongoing series of programming developed by New Haven Museum to complement “America 250.” Culminating with the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the series will highlight inclusive, local, and lesser-known stories, connecting past and present.
Date & Time
Thu, Mar 14, 2024 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM