Professor Suyapa Portillo of Pitzer College will speak about her book: A Story of Gender, Race, and Labor on the North Coast of Honduras.  Portillo is Associate Professor of Chicano/a-Latino/a Transnational Studies.  She is a specialist in Gender and labor history in the Americas; Central American immigrants and migration, Honduras and Hondurans in the US, Central American transnational social movements, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender human rights in Central America.  

Among her recent publications:


“Honduras: Refounding the Nation, Building a New Kind of Social Movement,” in Richard Stahler-Sholk, Harry E. Vanden, and Marc Becker, eds., Rethinking Latin American Social Movements: Radical Action from Below. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

“Why are children leaving Honduras?,” Counterpunch, June 27, 2014. With Gerardo Torres Zelaya.

Professor Portillo’s op-ed on the Honduran elections ran with various titles in newspapers across the country, including the Chicago Tribune, Anchorage Daily News and Sun-Sentinel. November 2013.

“Ser Libre (To be free) is better: Honduras on the brink of change,” Counterpunch, September 13, 2013.

“‘Outing’ Honduras: A Human Rights Catastrophe in the Making,” North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) Report on the Americas, vol.45, no.3 (October 2012).

“The Los Angeles May Day ‘Queer Contingent’ and the Politics of Inclusion,” Huffington Post, May 5, 2012.

“Honduran Immigrants,” Ronald H. Bayor, ed., Multicultural America: An Encyclopedia of the Newest Americans. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2011.

“The Coup that Awoke a People’s Resistance,” North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) Report on the Americas (March/April, 2010).

Wednesday, September 29th


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