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2010.05.10> For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

Local, National, International Presenters Set to Take Part in Cumbre 2010

Omaha - Organizers of Cumbre 2010, the fourth annual Latino/Latin American Summit of the Great Plains, have a slate of high profile presenters set to attend the two-day event that takes place Friday and Saturday, May 14 and 15.

In addition to the previously announced presentations of Angelo I. Amador (director of immigration policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce), Roberto Suro (founder and former director of the Pew Hispanic Center) and Princeton University’s Alejandro Portes (who is internationally recognized for his research on immigrants and immigrant children), Cumbre organizers expect several prominent, locally known officials to take part. A partial list:

• Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle;

• State Senator Brenda Council;

• Andrea Skolkin, CEO of One World Community Health Centers;

• State Senator Brad Ashford;

• Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray; and

• Geitner Simmons, Omaha World-Herald editorial page editor.

“Human Mobility: The Promise of Development and Political Engagement” is this year’s theme. The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) serves as the host of Cumbre 2010. The summit is held in conjunction with the International Network of Migration and Development, and takes place at the Embassy Suites hotel in Omaha’s historic Old Market.

A range of experts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s various colleges and departments – from Political Science to Public Administration to the Service-Learning Academy – will also be interacting and presenting with scholars from other local, national and international institutions. The following is a partial list of international presenters and panelists:

• Senator Dora Aguirre Hidalgo, a member of Ecuador’s assembly and representative to the European, Asian and Australia and Oceania parliamentary spheres;

• Ronaldo Munck, head of Civic and Global Engagement at Dublin City University in Ireland and visiting professor of sociology at the University of Liverpool;

• Raúl Delgado Wise, president of the International Network on Migration and Development and the head of the Doctoral Program in Development Studies at the Autonomous University of Zacatecas (UAZ, Mexico);

• Chizuru Ushida, scholar from Princeton University and Nanzan University, Japan;

• Alvaro Caballeros, director of the Guatemalan non-governmental Mesa Nacional para las Migraciones (National Table for Migration); and

• Rodolfo García Zamora, also from the Autonomous University of Zacatecas and a board member of ―Sin Fronteras, a non-governmental organization.

More specific information on time, place and topic of presentations is available online at Cumbre specific Web site at www.unomaha.edu/ollas/cumbre.php. The Cumbre's program information is also online at www.unomaha.edu/ollas/program.php. To read about the keynote presenters, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/news/releases/2010/03/31_cumbre.php.

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