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2010.03.31 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

OLLAS to Host Fourth Annual Latino/Latin American Cumbre Summit

Omaha - The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host Cumbre 2010, the fourth annual Latino/Latin American Summit of the Great Plains Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15 in Omaha.

“Human Mobility: The Promise of Development and Political Engagement” is this year’s theme, featuring an impressive array of international, national and local presenters and participants, special and participatory sessions and a leadership capacity-building workshop. The summit’s main language is English but there will be simultaneous interpretation in bilingual sessions.

The event, hosted in conjunction with the International Network of Migration and Development, will be held at the Embassy Suites hotel in Omaha’s historic Old Market.

The summit will also feature a musical recital by a Mexican, Latin American and Nebraskan ensemble at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St.

The two-day event is free and open to the public, with the exception of the luncheon keynotes. Everyone is required to register by Friday, May 7 and luncheon keynote tables or individual tickets must be purchased in advance as space is limited. Visit www.unomaha.edu/ollas or call (402) 554-3835 to register and learn more.

On Friday, May 14, Angelo I. Amador will speak on “Immigration Reform: Why should all employers be concerned and involved?” Amador is director of immigration policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is a former staffer at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF).

On Saturday, May 15, attendees will hear from Roberto Suro on “Reimagining Migration Policies, North and South.” Suro is founder and former director of the Pew Hispanic Center. Formerly a reporter with The New York Times and The Washington Post, Suro now serves as director of the Specialized Journalist Program at the University of Southern California.

The evening keynote on Friday, May 15 will be presented by Alejandro Portes of Princeton University. Portes’s presentation is titled “Divergent Loyalties? Transnational Organizations in the Political Incorporation of Latino Immigrants in the United States.”

A special session with Rubén Rumbaut of the University of California-Irvine. Rumbaut’s talk is titled “Pigments of Our Imagination: On the Racialization of 'Latino' Identities and the U.S. Census.” Zebulon Miletsky from UNO’s Department of Black Studies will offer comments and lead a public discussion.

Cumbre 2010 provides a forum for diverse, international and local publics to engage in critical dialogues that speak to this year’s theme,” said Lourdes Gouveia, OLLAS director. “Our main objectives are to share knowledge and increase our collective capacity to inform policy and effect change.”

To visit the OLLAS Web site, go to www.unomaha.edu/ollas. The Cumbre specific Web site is www.unomaha.edu/ollas/cumbre.php.
The Cumbre's progam is also online at www.unomaha.edu/ollas/program.php.

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