The State of Hispanic America

Nov 11, 2021, 5:00 pm6:30 pm
via Zoom
  • Office of Population Research
  • Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
  • Center for Migration and Development
  • Program in Latin American Studies
  • Program in Latino Studies
Event Description

Part three of the State of the Nation colloquium series presented by the Princeton Office of Population Research.

Hispanics in the United States are a highly heterogeneous population encompassing long established citizens, newly arrived immigrants and people boasting a multiplicity of national ancestries. As a whole, they comprise 18.5 percent of the U.S. population. Like African Americans, they are over-represented among those who have died from COVID-19 infections. According to data from the Center for Disease control, 21.3 percent of such deaths are among Hispanics. Of special concern are an estimated ten million unauthorized immigrants, many of whom are employed in essential occupations but lack minimal health protections or means of social incorporation. The State of Hispanic Americans gives voice to prominent intellectuals as they assess the challenges facing the largest minority group in the United States.

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  • Noreen Goldman, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Demography and Public Affairs
  • Douglas S. Massey, the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs
  • Dan-el Padilla Peralta, associate professor of classics
  • Ali Valenzuela, lecturer in American studies, Latino studies and politics


  • Patricia Fernández-Kelly, professor of sociology; acting director, Program in American Studies


  • Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, acclaimed filmmaker and immigration advocate. He is the author of Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen and co-producer of Heidi Schreck’s acclaimed Broadway play What the Constitution Means to Me, and wrote, produced and directed Documented, an autobiographical documentary and an Emmy-nominated television special White People.