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Latino History in Utah with Professor Armando Solorzano

Renee Bright

Armando Solorzano, a professor at the University of Utah, says the time has come for Latino-American Utahns to reclaim their history and regain a sense of belonging to this state.

The arrival of the Mormon settlers to Utah is a well-known and oft recounted story. But what about the legends, the mythology and the history of the Indigenous people who were here before the pioneers arrived? After all, the Utah territory was a part of Mexico. Solorzano says there’s even reason to believe that what is now Utah was once home to the Aztec people whose empire laid the groundwork for so much of Mexican culture. Solorzano joins us to talk about the history of Mexican Americans in Utah, what it means to be an immigrant and the search for identity for Latinos in Utah.


  • Armando Solorzano | Associate Professor of Ethnic and Family and Consumer Studies at the University of Utah and Author of We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe / Recuerdo, Celebración, y Esperanza - Latinos in Utah | University of Utah Press | Amazon

Airdate: Friday, May 26, 2023 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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