CMAS Plática: Inés Casillas
Sounds of Surveillance: U.S. Spanish-language Radio Patrols La Migra
Thursday, April 14, 2011
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Chicano Culture Room (UNB 4.206),
Texas Union, The University of Texas at Austin
Both the number of U.S. Spanish-language radio stations and the budget for U.S.-Mexico border enforcement have undergone unprecedented growth since the 1980s. While trade magazines credit booming Latino population numbers for radio’s growth, Professor Dolores Inés Casillas (UC Santa Barbara) argues that the immigration climate has transformed the character of Spanish-language programming. U.S. Spanish-language radio serves as an acoustic ally for Latino listeners – particularly for its most legally vulnerable immigrant listeners – as they “navigate” the U.S. during moments of political discrimination.