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The 2012 Lozano Long Conference on Central Americans & Latino/America

Posted: December 2, 2011

Eva Longoria at the 2012 Lozano Long Conference on Central Americans and Latino/America

Actress, activist and philanthropist Eva Longoria will be the keynote speaker at the 2012 Lozano Long Conference "Central Americans and the Latino/a Landscape: New Configurations of Latino/a America" at The University of Texas at Austin.

The 2012 Lozano Long Conference

This conference, “Central Americans and the Latino/a Landscape:
New Configurations of Latino/a America” is a collaboration of the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and the Center for Mexican American Studies, and runs from Thursday, Feb. 23 through Saturday Feb. 25, with keynote on Saturday, Feb. 25 in the afternoon.  Professor Arturo Arias, faculty member of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, is co-organizing this conference with Professor John Gonzales of the English Department. The Coordinating Committee includes Professor Héctor Domínguez-Ruvalcaba, another faculty member of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

The conference brings about a dialogue of the locations and experiences framing the practices of the wide spectrum of Latino/a communities. Focusing on U.S. Central American populations whose role has been critical in the reconfiguration of Latino/a studies in the first decade of the twenty-first century, this scholarly conversation and cultural interchange is of paramount importance, considering the continuous growth, visibility, and significance of Central Americans in the U.S. and Latino/a landscape. The purpose of this conference is to suggest that Latina/o America needs to be understood as a geographically displaced phenomenon with complex connections of commodities, people and cultural production.

Participation of Eva Longoria

Longoria will address some of the principal challenges in this changing Latino landscape. She is founder of Eva's Heroes and the national spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cáncer. Longoria is also executive producer and host for the National Council of La Raza ALMA Awards and executive producer of the documentary "The Harvest," which focuses on the 500,000 child migrant farm workers in the United States.

Longoria is a board member of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the nation's leading Latino legal civil rights organization, and works closely with the United Farm Workers and the Dolores Huerta Foundation. She was named "Philanthropist of the Year" by the Hollywood Reporter, honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Variety's 2011 Power of Women luncheon and selected by President Barack Obama for the National Museum of the American Latino Commission.

In 2009, Longoria enrolled in a master's program in Chicano studies and political science and is completing course work in preparation of a thesis on Latina education.

For information on the 2012 Lozano Long Conference at UT Austin, see

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