The Latin American and Latino Studies Program and the Organization of Latin American Students will co-sponsor this year Wake Forest’s first-ever Latino Awareness Week from March 19th through March 22nd, with special events designed to spread knowledge as to the challenges and problems faced by the Latino community worldwide held each day throughout the week. The events will feature a series of visiting scholars and experts on the subject matter of discussion as well as presentations from among the university’s own faculty and student body.
The week’s events will commence on March 19th with a presentation by Wake Forest’s own, Dr. Luis Roniger, Reynolds Professor of Latin American Studies, and by Mr. David Inczauskis, a current undergraduate student at Wake Forest. Mr. Inczauskis worked closely with Dr. Roniger last summer and Dr. Claudia Gonzalez of the University of Salamanca, thanks in part to a grant from the university’s Richter Scholarship, to prepare a paper on the influence of non-governmental organization’s in Guatemala. The duo will discuss two of the most important challenges faced by Latin America today in a lecture titled “The Challenge of Poverty and Education in Latin America,” to be delivered in DeTamble Auditorium of Tribble Hall from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. .
A lecture on “The Immigrant Education Experience” will follow Dr. Roniger’s and Mr. Inczauskis’ presentation the next day, March 2oth. Members of El Cambio, a grassroots North Carolina organization, will join the Wake community for a discussion on the search of undocumented students for higher education opportunities. The event will take place in Room 162 of Greene Hall from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Award-winning documentary film maker, Mr. Daniel DeVivo, will then deliver remarks concerning his experiences with immigration and in the making of his newest film, “Crossing Arizona” on March 21st from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. in the Auditorium of Z. Smith Reynolds Library.
The week’s events will conclude on March 22nd with a presentation by Mr. Paul Dix and Ms. Pam Fitzpatrick titled “Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy.” Mr. Dix, a professional freelance photographer, and Ms. Fitzgerald, a professional community organizer, will discuss their experiences in Nicaragua during the 1970s and 80s and the deep implications of the United States’ policy decisions on the country’s violent revolution.The event will begin at 7:00 P.M. It will take place in DeTamble Auditorium of Tribble Hall.
Admissions to all of the week’s events are free and open to the general public.
The week’s events are sponsored also by following university departments and offices, in addition to the Latin American and Latino Studies Program and the Organization of Latin American Students: the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Dean of the College, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Department of Political Science, and the Department of American Ethnic Studies.
Inquiries related to Latino Awareness Week and its events should be directed to the Latin American and Latino Studies Program’s Director, Dr. Peter Siavelis.
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