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2005.03.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

OLLAS to Host Second Cumbre of the Great Plains April 22-24

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) will host the Second Cumbre of the Great Plains – Re-Visioning Latino America: New Perspectives on Migration, Transnationalism and Integration – April 22 through 24.  "Cumbre" is the Spanish word for "summit."  The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Hilton Omaha.

This conference will draw together local, national and transnational scholars, activists, policy makers and other informed individuals working on issues situated at the intersection of contemporary Latino and Latin American studies and realities.

"It is hoped the dynamic exchange of ideas and information about the current state of scholarship, policy and action will generate new forms of academic and sociopolitical engagement," said Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, assistant director of OLLAS and conference co-organizer.

Conference panels will cover a variety of topics, including:

Free trade, labor and migration;

The impact of hemispheric integration;

Latino culture, language and identity;

Civic engagement, political representation and mobilization;

Latino education issues;

The Latino health crisis;

Transnational communities and new destinations; and

Immigration and regional integration policies.

The conference also will feature keynote addresses and presentations by Alejandro Portes from Princeton University, Raúl Delgado Wise from the University of Zacatecas (Mexico) and Carlos Gonzalez-Gutierrez from the Instituto de Mexicanos en el Exterior, along with representatives from the National Council of La Raza, Human Rights Watch, and other national and international institutions.

In conjunction with the conference, national artist David Bacon's photo exhibit  "Beyond Borders" will be on display at El Museo Latino.  "The exhibit is a testimony to the transnational strategies for survival that immigrant workers and their families must carve in order to support their families in today's global economy," said Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and associate professor of sociology at UNO.  "We plan to loan the exhibit to UNO and other state galleries that wish to host it."

Selected conference papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies.

This conference is made possible through the support of the U.S. Department of Education and local sponsors First National Bank of Omaha, Security National Bank and the Mammel Foundation.

Conference updates will be posted on the Web at http://avalon.unomaha.edu/ollas/.

For more information, contact Lucy Garza, OLLAS project coordinator, at (402) 554-3835 or lgarza@mail.unomaha.edu.

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