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SU Celebrates 13th Annual Latino Symposium

Published on October 26, 2007

October 26, 2007 

SELINSGROVE, ( Pa. ) – Latin American scholar Aviva Chomsky will kick off the 13th Annual Latino Symposium at Susquehanna University on Nov. 1-2 with a keynote address titled “Crossings/Travesías: Immigrant Rights as Human Rights.”

Chomsky is a professor of history and coordinator of the Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies Program at Salem State College in Massachusetts. She traces her scholarly interests back to the 1970s when she spent a year working for the United Farm Workers. The experience sparked her interest in such topics as migrant workers, immigration, labor history, multinationals and social change. She is the author of “They Take Our Jobs! And Twenty Other Myths about Immigration.”

The symposium will explore the exile and immigration experiences of Spanish speakers who have crossed many borders to enter the United States. It also will honor Susquehanna students and alumni who have transcended linguistic, cultural and geographic boundaries to create bonds of support with Latinos in this region and beyond.

The address, which begins at 4:30 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium of Seibert Hall, is free and open to the public. A roundtable discussion will follow featuring Associate Professor of Political Science Michele DeMary, Associate Professor of Sociology David Ramsaran, Cecilia Green, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, and immigration attorney Christine Sabas.

Activities on Nov. 2 will include Latin dance workshops and commemoration of the 10th anniversary of SU CASA (Susquehanna University Central American Service Adventure). Led by Chaplain Mark Wm. Radecke, SU CASA is a two-week service-learning trip to Nicaragua and Costa Rica each winter.

The symposium will close with a gala dance for the campus community sponsored by the student organization HOLA (Hispanic Organization for Latino Awareness). The dance will feature music by New York-based Cuban Charanga orchestra YeraSon.

Contact: Victoria Kidd
570-372-4119

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