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Award-winning writer and historian Dr. Natalia Molina will discuss race, immigration and citizenship for this year’s Guilbeau Lecture Series event at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The virtual lecture will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30. It is free and open to the public.

Molina is a distinguished professor in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.

Molina was named a 2020 MacArthur Foundation Fellow.

She is the author of “How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts.” It won the Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship from the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University.

She also wrote “Fit to Be Citizens?: Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1940.” The book won the Norris & Carol Hundley Award from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association.

Molina co-edited “Relational Formations of Race: Theory, Method and Practice,” a collection of essays. Her op-eds and analysis have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

UL Lafayette’s Department of History, Geography and Philosophy hosts the Guilbeau Lecture Series. It is funded by the Guilbeau Charitable Trust, which honors the memories of history graduate student Jamie Guilbeau and his mother, Thelma Guilbeau. The Guilbeaus created the trust through an endowment managed by the UL Lafayette Foundation.

The virtual lecture can be accessed via Zoom.

Photo caption: Writer and historian Dr. Natalia Molina is a distinguished professor in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Photo credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation