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2009.10.07 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

OLLAS to Hold Panel Discussion on Immigration Oct. 15

Omaha - The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will hold another event in its ongoing Charla Series on Thursday, Oct. 15, with a four-person panel discussion of “Latin America and Immigration in the Obama Era.” Charla is the Spanish term for conversation or chat.

"Today, the Americas are more connected than ever before. What happens in countries such as Venezuela, Colombia or Bolivia has repercussions in the U.S and vice versa,” said Maria Arbelaez, a UNO professor in the Department of History and OLLAS faculty member. “We hope to engage the audience in a discussion about a whole host of interesting questions, including Obama's policy toward Latin America."

UNO faculty members Arbelaez, Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Claudia García and Lourdes Gouveia will lead the discussion, which is free and open to the campus community and the public. The event takes place in the U monhon Room in the Milo Bail Student Center beginning at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Lucy Garza Westbrook at lgarza@mail.unomaha.edu or (402) 554-3835. OLLAS in online at www.unomaha.edu/ollas .

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