Past Event

The Long Journey Home: The story of Latino migration into Central Illinois

Kids Play on TraintracksJoin us for the second installment of our Latino Americans: 500 Years of History series, “The Long Journey Home.” This panel discussion will trace the past, present, and future of Latino migration in central Illinois by highlighting oral histories and contemporary investigative reporting on migrant worker camps.

On Tuesday, September 29th from 7-9pm at the Spurlock Museum in Urbana, Miguel Keberlein Gutiérrez, an advocate for immigrant and workers’ rights, and Angela Wiley, an associate professor of family studies, will lead a discussion about these issues that will be moderated by Brant Houston (Knight Chair for Investigative Reporting).

Together they will focus on the transformation from seasonal workers in the fields and factories in Illinois to permanent members of the community with businesses and jobs – and the resulting change in demographics and culture in both immigrant and non-immigrant communities. In addition to the discussion, the event will highlight oral histories with photographs and as well as the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting’s work on migrant worker camps.

RSVP here.


Brant Houston – Professor and Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign


Miguel Keberlein Gutiérrez – Director, Immigrants and Workers’ Rights Practice Group at LAF
Angela Wiley – University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign Associate Professor of Applied Family Studies

This Illinois Humanities program is supported, in part, by a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). This second installment of a six-part series about the past, present, and future of Latinos in the United States is presented in partnership with the Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign, the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, and Illinois Public Media.

This facility is wheelchair accessible. If you require any other arrangements to fully participate, please let us know – email or call (312) 422-5580 at least 72 hours prior to the event.