Latino History in Montana

Latinos have a more than two-centuries-old history in Montana. Yet few know about the history, culture, or economic contribution to the state. From the fur trade to the sugar beet, from our Flathead cherries to construction, Latinos have had a long, if invisible, vibrant culture that continues to this day. Who are Latinos in our state? Where are they coming from? How are they shaping Montana demographics? How are border policies impacting the communities? Learn about the history and future of this community and how it is changing our state.

Bridget Kevane presents the history of this community and discusses the critical role that current border policies are having on the community and immigration.

Presenter Bio

Bridget Kevane is a professor of Latin American and Latino Studies Program as well as the director of Liberal Studies at Montana State University. Her research focuses on Latino/a studies, specifically the literature, culture and history of Latino/a communities in the United States. In addition to numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, she has written four books, including her most recent, The Dynamics of Jewish Latino Relationships: Hope and Caution (Palgrave).


Bridget Kevane
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