‘Latino Images’ theme of BGSU Latino Issues Conference tomorrow

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Latino images will be explored tomorrow (Oct. 27) at Bowling Green State University during the 17th annual Latino Issues Conference. Comprising discussion sessions, a keynote speaker and a Mexican and Puerto Rican-themed luncheon, the conference will provide a daylong look at the lives of Latinos in America.

The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in 202B Lenhart Grand Ballroom in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union and is free. There is a $10 charge for the 11:30 a.m. luncheon in 202A Union, which will also feature Latin music and a salsa performance.

Human rights activist Enrique Morones, founder of Border Angels, will speak at the luncheon. Border Angels is devoted to saving the lives of people attempting to cross into the United States in the dangerous terrain surrounding San Diego. Morones has appeared on national and international television. 

From 8:30-9:30 a.m., admissions, financial aid and Latino Student Union representatives will provide visiting high school students information about the University. The day’s sessions are led by Drs. John Ortiz, ethnic studies, in a panel discussion on the struggles of Latinos today; Alberto González, communication, on how traditions reinforce cultural connections and positive images; Jorge Chavez, sociology, on education, crime and immigration; and Rubén Viramontez Anguiano, family and consumer sciences, on Midwestern Latino education.

The conference is organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. For more information, call Manuel Pomales at 419-372-6867.

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(Posted October 26, 2010 )