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2011.01.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

OLLAS Charla Speaker Series Welcomes Rogelio Saenz Jan. 13

Omaha - The Spring 2011 OLLAS Charla speaker series, cosponsored by the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), kicks off at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13 in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons (Room 132) at UNO.

Rogelio Saenz will present “Latinos in 2010 and the Future of the U.S.”

Saenz is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University. He is also a fellow of the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire.

Saenz was recently selected as the new dean of the College of Public Policies at the University of Texas-San Antonio.

He has written extensively on topics related to demography, immigration, Latinos, ethnicity, race and inequality, including a co-authored article on Nebraska’s immigration and Latino population growth. Saenz is a co-editor of Latinas/os in the United States: Changing the Face of America.

“Professor Saenz is an eminent national scholar and great speaker whose visit could not be more timely,” said Lourdes Gouveia of OLLAS (the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies) at UNO. “The need for all of us to better educate ourselves about the Latino population, in all of its complexities, is of great urgency at a time like this, when so much speculation and irresponsible vitriol passes for information. The rigor of disciplines such as Sociology and Latino/Latin American Studies are critical ingredients for us to achieve this educational and public service goal.”

The Jan. 13 event is free and open to the UNO and Omaha communities. For more information, call (402) 554-3835.

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