Kelly Lytle Hernández's 'Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands'

Hosted by the Center for Brooklyn History in partnership with The Action Lab and Make the Road New York
Cover of Pulitzer Prize Board member Kelly Lytle Hernández's "Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands," published on May 10. (W. W. Norton & Company)

In May and June the Center for Brooklyn History opens its doors for limited, live public programs! Before renovations to our ground floor begin, join us in the building for one or more of these live programs and whet your appetite for CBH’s grand reopening later this year.

In her new book, Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands, Pulitzer Prize Board member and MacArthur “Genius” Kelly Lytle Hernández upends entrenched ideas about the Mexican Revolution, putting front and center the role of the magonistas, the motley band of migrant workers, journalists, miners, and others who organized thousands of Mexican workers and American dissidents to their cause. Revolting against Mexico’s abuse as a “laboratory of American imperialism,” these rebels evaded an international manhunt and were among the first to pose revolution as the only solution for Mexico’s dispossessed. Lytle Hernández examines this long overlooked narrative, and brings to light the price we have paid for ignoring and misrepresenting Latino history. Join us for this live event at CBH moderated by Natalia Aristizabal Bentacur, Deputy Director at Make the Road New York.

This program is offered in partnership with The Action Lab and Make the Road New York.

Kelly Lytle Hernández holds the Thomas E. Lifka Endowed Chair in History and directs the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. A 2019 MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient, she is the author of the award-winning books Migra! and City of Inmates. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Natalia Aristizabal Betancur came to the United States when she was twelve from Medellin, Colombia. Natalia is a Deputy Director at Make the Road NY and an early career instructor at the Leadership Center of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College and the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. She has almost two decades of experience organizing immigrants, working-class and Trans Gender Non-Conforming and queer community members. Additionally, she has led the Arts & Media programming, developed political education curriculum, and served as a board member of United We Dream. Most recently Natalia was the Director for Immigrant Justice at our sister organization, the Center for Popular Democracy. Natalia holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and Media Communication Studies from Queens College City University of New York.

Please Note:

For all indoor Center for Brooklyn History and BPL Presents programs, guests must provide proof of vaccination and wear masks while onsite at all times. In-person capacity is limited and will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis.

We are not able to accept negative Covid test results (PCR or rapid antigen tests). In addition, we ask that you conduct a self-assessment before arriving and again onsite to ensure that you are not feeling unwell and have not experienced any symptoms attributable to COVID-19, nor had contact with a person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 within the last 10 days. Please also keep a physical distance of six feet from those who are not within your own household whenever possible and remember to wash your hands/use hand sanitizer frequently.

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The free event will be held from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm on Tuesday, May 10 at the Center for Brooklyn History's landmark headquarters in the Brooklyn Heights district. Designed by George B. Post, the building has been home to the Center's precedessors (including the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Long Island Historical Society) for nearly 140 years:

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Attendees must register in advance. Up to two additional guests are permitted per registration.

Please note COVID strictures delineated above.