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Cherise Smith, Ph.D, Director JES A232A, Mailcode D7200, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-1784

Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights

Wed, March 26, 2008

Programs will focus on issues related to the African American and Latino experience in today's society such as educational inequality, health care disparities, and the disproportionate representation in the criminal justice system. Furthermore, programs will examine the interaction between African Americans and Latinos and how these issues are manifested in those relationships.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Morning Session (10am - 12noon)
History Panel: Eastwoods Room 2.102: Panelist will discuss the history of African American and Latino representation in literature and pedagogy.

• Dr. Harry Pachon, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.
• Dr. Nestor Rodriquez, Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department and Co-Director for the Center for Immigration Research at the University of Houston.
• Juan Sanchez, Professor in the Department of Art at Hunter College.
• Dr. James Diego Vigil, Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine.

Afternoon Session (2-4pm)
Literature Panel: Eastwoods Room 2.102: Panelist will discuss the current African American and Latino representation in literature and pedagogy.

• Dr. Michael Soto, Associate Professor of English at Trinity University
• Dr. Caroline Levander, Professor of English and Director of Humanities Center at Rice University
• Dr. Hiram Perez, Assistant Professor of English at William Paterson University
• Dr. Teresa McKenna, Associate Professor of English and former Director of American Ethnic Studies at USC.

Evening Session (7-10pm)
Play: Jessen Auditorium (Batts Hall): Platanos and Collard Greens is a thought-provoking romantic comedy that tactfully addresses stereotypes, prejudices and urban myths that exist between African Americans and Latinos, within the context of Hip-Hop, humor, and satire. The play impels the audience to evaluate pervasive stereotypes.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Education Town hall meeting: a discussion of the state of the educational system for African American and Latino Students

Friday, March 28, 2008

Brown bag luncheon: Ofari Earl Hutchinson, author of Rising Latino Numbers, Rising Black Fears. The brown bag discussion will focus on the politics of race and immigration.

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