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Guest Speaker

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Guest Speaker: Claudia A. Portillo

Place: Cal State Los Angeles

Course: CLS 4035 The Central American Experience in the U.S.

Date: February 13, 2020

Title: Currents in Motion: Labor and Social Movements of El Salvador (1930s - 1960s)

Focuses on the modernization of El Salvador (1930s - 1960s) and its struggles to achieve political stability, national unity, and economic growth, paying special attention to questions of gender, class, and the exclusion of indigeneity. The course covers the events that led to a wave of 1960s emigrants to the US. 


The second part is interactive and an exercise on building narratives. Students are encouraged to connect their own ancestors to Central America’s history by researching family history and/or country of origin using genealogy research tools.

Send your inquiries to Claudia A. Portillo at

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