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Mary Beltrán Book Launch
February 10, 2022 @ 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm CST
RTF Associate Professor Mary Beltrán will give a talk based on her new book, Latino TV: A History, followed by a light reception outside in the DMC plaza.
The first book-length study of Latina/o narratives and storytelling in U.S. English-language television, Latino TV: A History explores key moments of Chicana/o and Latina/o representation and authorship since the 1950s. Drawing on archival research, interviews with dozens of media professionals who worked on or performed in these series, textual analysis of episodes and promotional materials, and analysis of news media coverage, Mary Beltrán examines the construction of Latina/os and Latinidad in television. Her study moves from children’s TV Westerns of the 1950s, Chicana/o and Puerto Rican activist-led public affairs series of the late 1960s and 1970s, and sitcoms that span half a century (many of which bombed), to Latina- and Latino-led series of the 2000s and 2010s on broadcast, cable and streaming outlets, including George Lopez, Ugly Betty, One Day at a Time, and Vida. Through exploration of Latina/o images, narratives and storytelling on prime-time, Mary Beltrán sheds light on Latina and Latino struggles for inclusion in the television industry and for cultural citizenship in the country writ large.
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