Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Lozano Long 2012 Conference Audio & Video

The 2012 Lozano Long Conference: A LLILAS-CMAS Collaboration — Central Americans and the Latino/a Landscape: New Configurations of Latina/o America, February 22-25, 2012

2012 Lozano Long Conference Keynote Address by Eva Longoria, Actor, Activist, and Philanthropist

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Eva Longoria spoke about identity, the role of Latinos in the United States, as well as how to work together as a community. Longoria is enrolled in a master's program in Chicano studies and political science and is completing coursework in preparation for a thesis on Latina education. 

Interview and Performance by Chingo Bling, rapper and entrepreneur

Friday, February 24, 2012

Chingo Bling spoke about growing up in Texas, his musical inspirations, and his involvement in hot button issues like immigration. He also performed a few of his songs following the interview. 

Conference Highlights

Keynote speaker: Norma Torres, Assemblymember, California State Assembly

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Norma Torres spoke about her personal experiences that led her to be involved in politics. She also spoke about the Guatemalan community within the broader Latino identity. 

Featured speaker: Cecilia Menjivar, Cowden Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Arizona State University

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Power of the Law: Central Americans’ Legality in Everyday Life

Professor Menjivar talked about the background, legal context, and effects of anti-immigration laws such as those passed by Arizona and Alabama.

Featured speaker: Claudia Milian Professor of African and African American Studies, Duke University

Friday, February 24, 2012

U.S. Central Americans and the Latino/a Economy of Brownness

Professor Milian spoke about her upcoming monograph titled, Latin America: Black Brown Passages in the coloring of Latino Studies and focuses on Central Americans as new Latino subjects.

Featured speaker: Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Professor of Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz

Friday, February 24, 2012

Historicizing the Invisible Central American

Kirsten spoke about the responsibility to include Central American Studies within Latino Studies. Her talk focused on the "invisibility" of Central Americans in the U.S. in both the literal and metaphorical sense. 

Featured speaker: Father Alejandro Solalinde, Catholic priest and immigrant rights activist

Thursday February, 23, 2012

El migroma humano: El significado de la migración

Father Solalinde spoke about the migrants he works with at Pastoral de Movilidad Humana Pacifica Sur del Episcopado Mexicano and Hermanos en el Camino, care centers for immigrants in southwest Mexico.

Featured speaker: Domingo Hernández Ixcoy, Maya activist and Director of Asociacion Maya Uk’ux’b’e

Thursday February, 23, 2012

Migración y los efectos en la cultura del Pueblo Maya

Domingo Hernandez discussed the effects that migration waves have had in the identity of the Maya communities in Guatemala.

Featured speaker: Hector Tobar, Journalist, Los Angeles Times

Thursday February, 23, 2012

Latino Identity, a U.S. City, and the American Novel

Hector spoke about his own story growing up as child of Guatemalan, working-class immigrants in Los Angeles. He also spoke about writing about the Central American experience in The Tattooed Soldier.

Opening Ceremony

Wednesday February 22, 2012

Welcome remarks by Domino Perez, Director of CMAS; Charles Hale, Director of LLILAS and Benson Latin American Collection, Richard Flores, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts  and Conference Organizers, Arturo Arias and John Moran Gonzalez. Ceremony included the presentation of a plaque to Professor Norma Chinchilla for contributions to Central American Studies and a poetry reading by Maya Chinchilla, poet, performer, video artist, and scholar.

Roundtable featuring

Saturday, February 25, 2012

John Moran Gonzalez, Associate Professor of English, University of Texas at Austin; Arturo Arias, Professor of Latin American literature, University of Texas at Austin; Cecilia Menjivar, Professor of Sociology, Arizona State University;  Father Alejandro Solalinde, Catholic priest and immigrant rights activist; Domingo Hernandez Ixcoy, Director of Asociacion Maya Uk'ux'b'e; Kirsten Silva Gruez,  Professor of Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz; Claudia Milan, Professor of African and African American Studies, Duke University

The roundtable panelists reflected on the conference takeaways and next steps. They also took questions from the audience as one of the closing events of the conference. 

Related audio and video

The following interview was conducted by T-Kay Sangwand (Human Rights Archivist, Benson Latin American Collection) at UT Austin:

Interview with Chingo Bling by Andrea Zarate

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