Dr. Lorena Chambers: The Chicanas Changing History Project

As we continue our celebration of Women’s History Month, researcher and historian Dr. Lorena Chambers, joins me to talk about the role of history in shaping our future. Listen in as she talks about chance moments, acknowledges those who helped pave the way in her career’s trajectory, and shares what led her to become a historian.  Notably, Dr. Chambers also talks about her current work:  the Chicanas Changing History Project.  This initiative documents how, over the last 50 years, Chicana historians have transformed the way we do and understand history, as well as who is included in U.S. history. Through oral histories, data collection, exhibitions, and public programs, this project honors these contributions.  Originally from California, Dr. Chambers is a post-doctoral research fellow in History and American Culture at the University of Michigan.

Highlights from our conversation:

  • What’s in a name?
  • Being the first
  • A life-changing moment
  • Generational expectations 
  • Others holding you accountable
  • The 100 mark
  • The Chicanas Changing History Project
  • Lasting legacies
  • Shaping US history
  • Strategies for college success


Dr. Lorena Chambers
Chicanas Changing History

Dr. Lorena Chambers

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