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U.S. Latin@s and Latin American Integration: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century

Please join us and be part of ground breaking discussion with academics in the field of Latino and Latin American Politics, intellectuals, state representatives and NGOs from Latin America and the United States to discuss the role of Latinos in the processes of Latin American Integration.

Friday, June 27, 2008
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
LA County Federation of Labor
2130 James M. Wood Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90006

Catered Reception: 12:30-1:00pm  

Welcome: 1:00-1:10pm
Opening Keynote: Bolivian Ambassador, Gustavo Guzman (1:10pm-125pm)
Panel 1: Indigenous Perspectives on Latin American Integration 
  Moderator: Gaspar Rivera
  •       Policarpo Chaj, Executive Director of Maya Vision (U.S./Guatemala)
  •     Tomas Alarcon, Indigenous Lawyer and Author (Peru)
  •     Odilia Romero, Frente Indigena de Oaxaca Binacional (U.S./Mexico)
  •     Roberto Lopez, Centro Sin Fronteras (Chicago)
Panel 2: Labor, Immigrant, and Youth Perspectives on Latin American Integration
Moderator: Leisy Abrego 
  •        Victor Narro, Project Director of UCLA Labor Center
  •        Alex Sanchez, Executive Director of Homies Unidos
  •        Angelica Rios, Northwestern University
  •      Ernie Zavaleta, Union of Salvadoran University Students
Panel 3: U.S. Latinos and Latin American Integration: Intellectual and Strategic Challenges
Moderator: Hector Perla, (UCSC)
  •       Professor William Robinson (University of California, Santa Barbara)
  •       Professor Raymond Rocco (University of California, Los Angeles)
  •     Ambassador Guzman
  •     Senator, Gloria Romero
  •     Edur Velasco Arregui (Mexico)
Closing Keynote –Miguel Tinker Salas (6:30pm –6:55pm)


Cost : Free and open to the public


Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics, UCLA Raza Graduate Student Association

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