Symposium focuses on Latino issues in America

A symposium designed to highlight important developments and achievements of Latinos in America and to address challenges facing that community is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in McDonnell and Jadwin halls.

The event, titled "Voz Latina: A Symposium on Latinos in America," will feature talks on a range of issues facing the Latino community as well as faculty-led seminars, panel discussions and graduate student presentations. The speakers will include:

• Carlos Barba, president of CaribeVision, a Spanish-language television broadcaster, and a former executive with the Telemundo and Univision television networks.

• Marta Tienda, Princeton's Maurice P. During Professor in Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, whose work focuses on immigration, population diversification, poverty, education and political participation.

• Carlos Vargas-Ramos, a public policy researcher with Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños at Hunter College of the City University of New York and an adjunct assistant professor of political science at Columbia University.

• Alexandra Vazquez, an assistant professor of English and the Center for African American Studies at Princeton whose research interests include Latino studies and Latino American literature and criticism.

• Raul Yzaguirre, executive director of the Center for Community Development and Civil Rights at Arizona State University and former president of the National Council of La Raza, the Latino advocacy organization.

Lectures and panel discussions will be held in A01 and A02 McDonnell. Seminars and student presentations will take place in several classrooms on the A floor of Jadwin.

The event is sponsored by the Graduate School's Office of Academic Affairs and Diversity and the Latino Graduate Student Association in honor of Latino Heritage Month. The event is open to the public, but anyone interested in attending must register online.