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12th Annual Latino Issues Conference: Meeting at the Intersection of Market, Politics, and Other Cultural Practices

Thursday, April 27, 2006

BGSU, Ballroom 202B


9:00 – 9:08AM Opening Remarks:  Taylor Balderas, Councilwoman for Toledo District 3

I.          Session: Between Grassroots Politics, Film and Dominican Food

9:10 – 10:20AM

Moderator: Josh Evans, BGSU

Student Perspective: 

 Dr. Marc Becker, Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri. "Indigenous

 Movement in Ecuador.”

Gerardo Cummings, BGSU. “The Importation of Third World Talent to      Hollywood:  A Look at the Entertainment Industry from a Latin American Perspective.”

Dominican Food (Grad. Students)


II.         Session: Between Traveling, Migration, and Cuban Food

10:30 – 11:45AM

Moderator: Dr. Rolando Andrade, BGSU

Student Perspective: 

Dr. José Buscaglia:, Buffalo University, N.Y.  “Catch Me if You Can: The Story of the First Puerto Rican to Lay Claim to the World.”

Dr. Azfar Hussain, BGSU.  “The Political Economy of Migration: the Case of Puerto Ricans and Cubans in the U.S.”

Cuban Food (Grad. Students)



Lunch (Cuban, Dominican, Argentinean cuisine)  Ballroom 202-A

Buffet for only $10 bursarable by calling 419-372-2642.

Music: Latin Jazz  

  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Arlene Dávila, New York University. “Latinos, Inc.: Marketing and the Making of a People.”

  • Presentation by the Human Relations Commission, Dr.Miguel Ornelas Human Relations Award


III.        Session: Between Black Skins, Science and Argentinean Food

1:45 – 2:50PM

Moderator: Dr. Amy Robinson, BGSU

Student Perspective:

Dr. Jesse Hingson, Georgja College and State University. “Making the Invisible Visible: Studies on Africans in México and Argentina.”

Diorka Hernández, Xerox Corporation, Nashville. “The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers: Creating Communities among Latinos in the Technical Field.”

Argentinean Food (Grad. Students)


IV.                   Session: Between Gender, Race, and Hope

3:00 – 4:15PM

Moderator: Dr. Susana Peña

Student Perspective:

Tatiana de la Tierra, Buffalo University, NY. “Paint Me a Dangerous Mujer: A Creative Reading.”

Dr. Luis González, Indiana University. “Abolition (May 13) in Brazilian Social Memory."

  Carlos Adams, BGSU. “Machismo and Geographies of Hope.”


Closing Remarks





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