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Invisible Immigrants: a Colloquium on the Shared History of Spain and the United States

  • Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain 2801 16th Street Northwest Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States (map)

Luis Argeo and Professor James D. Fernández explore the history of Spanish immigration to the US through the presentation of their project Invisible Immigrants - Spaniards In The US (1868-1945).

Invisible Immigrants - Spaniards in the US (1868-1945) is a WHITE STONE RIDGE project by James D. Fernández and Luis Argeo exploring the legacy of Spanish immigration to the US. The project is an archive of private images, struggles and lives of Spanish immigrants that aims to give visibility to their stories. James Fernández and Luis Argeo, joined by Spanish journalist and writer Guillermo Fesser, will talk about the project and discuss the history of Spanish immigration in the US.

Argeo and Fernández co-direct the archival project “Ni frailes ni conquistadores: Spaniards in the United States”, and together have produced not only the book Invisible Immigrants: Spaniards in the US (1868-1945), but also three documentary films exploring the legacy of Spain’s working-class immigrants in the US. They are currently preparing a major exhibition on this phenomenon that will open in 2020 at Madrid’s Centro Cultural Conde Duque in Madrid, and then travel in both Spain and the United States.

Luis Argeo is a travel writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker from Asturias, Spain. Among his documentaries are AsturianUS, and Corsino, by Cole Kivlin.

James D. Fernández is Professor of Spanish literature and culture at New York University, and author of Brevísima relación de la construcción de España y otros ensayos transatlánticos (Madrid: Polifemo, 2013).

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How to get there: The best way to arrive is by public transportation. The closest Metro station is Columbia Heights (Green and Yellow line). Limited metered and two-hour zoned parking is available in the surrounding neighborhoods. Public parking garage is available at DC USA Shopping Mall (Columbia Heights Metro Station).