The Latino Midwest October 11-13, 2012
Co-Directors: Claire Fox, English; Omar Valerio-Jiménez, History, and Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez, Spanish and Portuguese
The Latino Midwest will examine the history, education, literature, art, and politics of Latinos in the Midwest in light of the demographic changes experienced by states in this region with growing Latino populations. A central concern of this Symposium is the role of international migration in shaping Latino Midwestern communities.Confirmed keynote speakers include José E. Limón (Professor of English and American Studies and Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame) and Vicki Ruiz (Dean of Humanities and Professor of History, UC Irvine). The University Lecture Committee is hosting our third major speaker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dominican writer, Junot Díaz. Hancher is presenting our fourth confirmed participant, the singer-songwriter Lila Downs who will close the symposium with a concert at the Englert Theatre at 7:30 pm on October 13th.
About the Speakers
A reading by Junot Díaz, whose work includes the short story collection Drown and the novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which will occur on the second day of the conference, Friday, October 12, which is also the UI’s annual Paul Engle Day.
Vicki Ruiz, Dean of Humanities and Professor of History at University of California-Irvine, will deliver the opening keynote, "Of Poetics and Polictics: The Border Journeys of Luisa Moreno," focusing on the life of Luisa Moreno, a Latina immigrant who became a labor and civil rights activitst in the 1930 and 40s. Ruiz, who has published numerous books and articles on the history of Latinas/os, women, labor, immigration and the American West, will also give a workshop for graduate students and faculty, "Citizen Restaurant: American Imaginaries, American Communities" with focus on racial/ethnic food-scapes as an exploration of belonging and difference in everyday U.S. Society. Her undergraduate talk, “Big Dreams, Rural School: Mexican Americans and Public Education, 1870-1950", will examine several struggles to advance public education, including the landmark California desegregation case, Mendez v. Westminster (1946), in which several Latino families in the Westminster School District of Orange County filed a lawsuit to end the segregation of Mexican American children into separate, unequal, and underfunded “Mexican schools.”
José E. Limón will deliver a keynote address titled "Al Norte Toward Home: Texas, the Mid-west and Mexican-American Critical Regionalism." Limón is the author of a forthcoming book, Américo Paredes: Culture and Critique (University of Texas Press, 2012), about the legendary Tejano writer, performer and scholar, Américo Paredes, who conducted fieldwork and ethnography in Chicago, as well as in the Texas-Mexico border region. Limón will also participate in a graduate student/faculty workshop, “Critical Regionalism: A Conversation with José E. Limón and Cheryl Herr,” to discuss with Herr (English, CLAS) their respective use of the concept of “critical regionalism.” In his undergraduate talk, “The Day the Music Died: Latino Youth, Race, and Rock-n-Roll,” Limón will discuss the cultural memory and musical history surrounding the 1959 airplane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa that claimed the lives of musicians Buddy Holly, the “Big Bopper,” and Ritchie Valens.
Hancher will present the Mexican-American singer-songwriter Lila Downs on the final night of the conference. She performs her own compositions, as well as Mexican traditional and popular music. She has recorded songs in indigenous languages such as Mixted, Zapotec, Maya, and Nahuatl. Noted Latin American author and filmmaker Alberto Fuguet (a Guggenheim fellowship recipient and author of thirteen books), who will come to campus in Fall 2012 under the auspices of an Ida Beam award.
Before and after the Symposium, the Iowa Women’s Archives will have an exhibition highlighting its Mujeres Latinas Project in the North Lobby of the UI Main Library. The exhibit will be the site of an opening reception after Vicki Ruiz’s keynote address, which will highlight the importance of collecting oral histories of Latinas to understand their role in labor, civil rights, and community organizations.
Many of the linked Symposium events are still in the planning phases, but so far, they include a World Canvass program dedicated to the Symposium topic, workshops for area school teachers regarding incorporating Latino studies into K-12 curricula, and readings and visits to area schools by writers and scholars interested in the Latino Midwest. The UI Museum of Art has proposed to mount an online exhibition of the work of Cuban artist and UI alumna, Ana Mendieta, and to dedicate a year-long arts education program to Latino and Latin American art.
14th Iowa Latino Conference
"Strengthening and Valuing Latino/a Communities in Iowa"
October 12 & 13, 2012
Iowa City, Iowa
Friday, October 12, 2012
Youth Leadership Development Summit
Keynote: José E. Limón- Notre Dame Professor of American Literature
2nd floor Ballroom- Iowa Memorial Union
Latino Institute for Professional Development: Honoring Language, Culture, & Community
Keynote: Ana Celia Zentella- Professor, Univesity of California- San Diego
Iowa Memorial Union
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Free Family Event
Iowa City Public Library
Englert Theatre- 7:30 pm, Lilia Downs- The concert is part of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies' The Latino Midwest symposium.
The Iowa Latino Conference is sponsored by the University of Iowa School of Social Work and the UI Center for Diversity & Enrichment in partnership with the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Humanities Symposium on The Latino Midwest, October 11-13, 2012.
For more information, please contact:
Kate Kemp, Program Administrator
or visit the 2012 Iowa Latino Conference
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24% Growth from 2009 to 2010
Hispanic College Enrollment Spikes,
Narrowing Gaps with Other Groups
Driven by a single-year surge of 24% in Hispanic enrollment, the number of 18- to 24-year-olds attending college in the United States hit an all-time high of 12.2 million in October 2010, according to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of newly available Census Bureau data. From 2009 to 2010, the number of Hispanic young adults enrolled in college grew by 349,000, compared with an increase of 88,000 young blacks and 43,000 young Asian Americans and a decrease of 320,000 young non-Hispanic whites.
As a result of these shifts, young Hispanics for the first time outnumbered young blacks on campus, even though young black college enrollment has also grown steadily for decades and it, too, has surged in recent years. In 2010, 38% of all 18- to 24-year-old blacks were enrolled in college, up from 13% in 1967 and 32% in 2008.
The Hispanic enrollment increase has been even more dramatic than the black enrollment increase because it has been spurred by a mixture of population growth and educational strides. High levels of immigration and high birth rates have made Hispanics the nation's biggest minority group, comprising 16% of the U.S. population as of 2010. In 1972, just 5% of the nation's 18- to 24-year-olds were Hispanic. By 20 that share rose to 19%.
However, population growth accounts for only a share of the 24% young Hispanic college enrollment spike from 2009 to 2010. During that same period, the total population of 18- to 24-year-old Hispanics grew by 7%.
Rising educational attainment is an important driver of these enrollment trends, over the long term as well as in recent years. The rate of young Hispanics enrolled in college rose from 13% in 1972 to 27% in 2009 to 32% in 2010.
Young Hispanics are disproportionately enrolled in two-year colleges. They comprised 22% of two-year students but only 12% of four-year students.
Young Hispanics continue to lag other groups in completion of four-year college degrees. In 2010 32% of 25- to 29-year-olds had attained a bachelor's degree, in comparison to 13% of Hispanics of the same age.
These findings are based on an analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau's School Enrollment Supplement of the October 2010 Current Population Survey (CPS), supplemented by historical time series based on the CPS. The CPS is the standard source for national rates of college enrollment and has collected college enrollment information in a consistent manner since 1947.
The report, "Hispanic College Enrollment Spikes, Narrowing Gaps with Other Groups," authored by Senior Research Associate Richard Fry, is available at the Pew Hispanic Center's website, www.pewhispanic.org.
The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, is a nonpartisan, non-advocacy research organization based in Washington, D.C. and is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.
On May 26, the Census released what an official at the bureau described as "the latest, most up to date data on the Hispanic population in the United States."
For more information:
Hispanic Population, Rising Faster Than Anticipated, A 'Huge Weapon' For Obama
Census Brief PDF: CensusHispanics
UI Charles A. Hale Memorial Lecture May 5 examines Mexican police news
The second University of Iowa Charles A. Hale Memorial Lecture will be presented by Pablo Piccato at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the International Programs' Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. His talk is titled "Nota Roja: Justice in the Golden Age of Mexican Police News." This event is free and open to the public.
The talk will examine crime and police newspapers and magazines in Mexico between the 1930s and 1960s, when the roles of reporters as detectives and criminals as public figures shaped social views of justice and the truth behind crime.
Piccato is a professor of history and the director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University in New York City.
Charles A. Hale taught Latin American history at the UI from 1966 to 1998. His research focused on Mexican liberalism in the 19th and 20th centuries. He was a deeply admired presence on the UI campus and a crucial supporter of Latin American studies.
This event is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program, International Programs and the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
For more information, contact Heidi Vekemans at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-335-3862.
The Latino Council Graduation reception is coming soon!!
Thursday, May 12,2011
4:00 - 5:30
South Room, Iowa Memorial Union
Please RSVP at the following link by Wednesday, May 4: