Latino/Hispanic Policy Issues Highlighted In Lecture Series

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To increase awareness of Latino/Hispanic policy issues and to showcase the research carried out by Latino professors at Texas A&M, the university will present “Latinx Policy Issues in the 21st Century Lecture Series.”

The Carlos Cantu Hispanic Education and Opportunity Endowment Fund, the vice-president and associate provost for diversity, and the Department of Sociology are hosting this year-long lecture series led by Texas A&M Professors Kenneth J. Meier and Pat Rubio-Goldsmith, who will host two outside Latinx professors and highlight six Texas A&M professors.

Carlos Cantu, before his passing, endowed this fund to assist in the production of scholarly research that provides practical solutions to the Latino dropout problem.  The project currently extends beyond education to study equity issues in health care, criminal justice, income, and other policy areas that affect equal education. The Carlos H. Cantu Hispanic Education and Opportunity Endowment is led by Meier, the distinguished Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M and the director of the Project for Equity, Representation, and Governance.

With the diversification of communities, within and outside of academia, organizers say they hope to bring awareness of Latino issues and their consequences to a wider audience, and in addition, spotlight Texas A&M Latino professors undertaking this research along with their research agendas.

The lectures for the fall will be at 5 pm in Rudder Tower room 301 with a reception to follow. The lecture schedule is as follows:


Oct. 4 — Dr. Pat Rubio-Goldsmith, “An Illustration of Structural Violence: Children’s Education and Mexican Parent’s Immigration Status”

Oct. 25 — Dr. Felipe Hinojosa, “Latino/a Religious Politics since the 1960s”


Dec.1 — Dr. Carlos Blanton, “The Role of Education in the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, 1930-1960”


Feb. 1, 2017 — Dr. Marta Tienda, “Public Education and The Social Contract in an Age of Diversity and Division”


March 2, 2017 — Dr. Shannon Van Zandt, “Social Vulnerability and Disaster Recovery in the Colonias of the Lower Rio Grande Valley”


April 13, 2017 — Dr. Luis Ponjuan “Latino Males in Education”


May 4, 2017 — Dr. Maria Irene Moyna, “Hey, baby! ¿Qué pasó?: Performing Bilingual Identities in Tejano Music.”

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