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Past Themes 2005-06

Latin American Mosaic: Nations & Cultures

This theme showcased the rich cultural tapestry that is Latin America and examined how the Latin American heritage has been incorporated into the American experience. Topics of discussion ranged from affirmative action and illegal immigration to Mexican politics and bilingual education.

Guest speakers included Richard Rodriquez, author of the university's 2005-2006 common reading, "Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez"; Carlos Imaz, professor of sociology at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Jaime Escalante, Teachers Hall of Fame inductee and subject of the acclaimed motion picture "Stand and Deliver; Jose Piñera, Chile's former minister of labor and social security; Raul Yzaguirre, former president of the National Council of La Raza; and former U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson, co-author of the Immigration Control and Reform Act of 1986.

Latin American music, dance and spirituality were celebrated through the Artist Series presentation of Masters of the Caribbean, the annual Alice Pope Shade Lecture titled "An Evening with Guillermo Cuéllar, Donna Peña and Friends," and Susquehanna University's 11th Annual Latino Symposium, titled "Our Caribbean Neighbors/Nuestros Vecinos Caribenos."

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