Boom Conversation: Latin American Religion in Southern California

Details for the October 2017 Boom brown bag


This conversation is part of a Boom California brown bag lunch series, sponsored by the Pollak Library.

With response from Alexandro Gradilla, Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies.
The conversation will be moderated by Boom Editor, Jason Sexton.

Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served.

  • Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: PLN 130

Southern California is known as a religious hotbed, the birthplace and home to many different religious groups and movements that say as much about people who come here as much as they do about the place. But what is the influence of Latin American religion on Southern California religion?

Jennifer Hughes, Associate Professor of History (UC Riverside)

Jennifer Hughes will share her current research and teaching focusing on Latin American and Latino religions, religion and art (especially religious images), the role of religion in colonialism and decolonization, Christianity in the Southern Hemisphere, and immigrant religions.

Professor Hughes' first book, Biography of a Mexican Crucifix: Lived Religion and Local Faith from the Conquest to the Present (Oxford University Press), is a history of popular devotion to artistic images of the suffering Christ in Mexico. She is working on two new projects: first, treating the impact of mass death by epidemic disease on the shape of New World Christianity; second, exploring Latino religious practice in metro Los Angeles/Southern California.


The event is open to any and all who wish to attend so please feel free to bring your lunch and join the

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Published by University of California Press, Boom is a peer-review publication dedicated to inspiring lively conversations about the vital social and cultural issues of our time in California and beyond. It aims to be the place where the most serious discussions are happening about the world in California and California in the world.

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Location & Floor Map

This program is being held on October 24, 2017, in room PLN-130 located in the First Floor North of Pollak Library.