Eva Longoria To Serve as Keynote Speaker for 2012 Lozano Long Conference

Nov. 17, 2011

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria

What: Actor, 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.

When: Conference runs from Thursday, Feb. 23 through Saturday Feb. 25, with keynote on Saturday, Feb. 25 (time will be announced closer to date).

Where: Conference location and schedule will be posted at Lozano Long Conference.

Background: Sponsored by the university's Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies in collaboration with the Center for Mexican American Studies, the conference will explore the changing character of the Latino population in the United States in economic, political and cultural realms.

The conference will also focus on the implications of these changes for the complex relations between Latinos and the people of Latin America, as well as for U.S. foreign policy in the hemisphere. Longoria will address some of the principal challenges in this changing Latino landscape.

Longoria is founder of Eva's Heroes and the national spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cáncer. She 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.

She joins past keynote speakers including Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil; Ricardo Lagos, former president of Chile; Boaventura de Sousa Santos, director of the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra and founder of the World Social Forum at Porto Alegre, Brazil; Natasha Trethewey, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; and Evelyne Trouillot, Haitian novelist.

For more information, contact: Michelle Bryant, College of Liberal Arts, 512 232 4730;  Paloma S Diaz, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, College of Liberal Arts, 512-232-2415.

7 Comments to "Eva Longoria To Serve as Keynote Speaker for 2012 Lozano Long Conference"

1.  Nimrod Christ Nimrod, Ph.D. said on Nov. 17, 2011

Eva Longoria ¡Tales mujeres hermosas! May God continue to bless you, Eva Longoria. and this great mission of LOVE! ¡Dios es AMOR!

2.  Elisa Paez said on Nov. 17, 2011

Very proud of you Ms. Longoria! I was born and raised in Alice Texas and am elated that someone from close to home is successful in her endeavors. You truly are an exceptional role model for the young girls back home. May God continue to shower you with blessings as you continue to pay it forward.

3.  Gisela Girard said on Nov. 17, 2011

Eva Longoria is the most broad-based actress, philanthropist, humanitarian, advocate of our contemporary times. I am proud to serve on the board of her non-profit Eva's Heroes and appreciative that she uses her visibility to be a voice for our Hispanic community.

4.  Michael G said on Nov. 18, 2011

Is it free to the public? is there going to be a meet and greet??

5.  Paloma Diaz said on Nov. 18, 2011

This is event is free and open to the public. However we will have registration system in place by early February. Follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/utllilas or search the LLILAS website for updated info in a few more weeks)

6.  Paloma Diaz said on Nov. 18, 2011

Please contact me for questions regarding the event (which will be free and open to the public)
Paloma Diaz

7.  Fox,Xiong said on Nov. 20, 2011

I am Chinese,allow me to show my blessings and gratitude on behalf of my country,which has nothing to do with this event.Anyway,you are beloved in my country!