Hispanic/Latino Symposium: Perspectivas, Oct. 7 & 8

Join us in the Global Commons Media Room 103 for our inaugural two-day series of faculty, staff and student presentations on issues related to the Hispanic/Latino community at Elon and beyond.

Join us in thd Global Commons Media Room 103 for our inaugural two-day series of faculty, staff and student presentations on issues related to the Hispanic/Latino community at Elon and beyond. Come to one, two or all!

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Latin@s in the U.S.: Myths and realities
5-5:30 p.m.

Led by Vanessa Bravo, assistant professor in Communications and researcher on Latin@ issues.

What is true is and what is false about what you hear in the media about Latinos in the United States? Come and join professor Bravo in a conversation based on facts, not myths.

Latin@s & LGBTQIA
5:30-6 p.m.

Led by Matthew Antonio Bosh, Director of the Gender & LGBTQIA Center (Moseley 211)

Don’t know what all the letters stand for? How many Latino LGBTQIA role models can you name? Ever have a question you wanted to ask an LGBTQIA person but were afraid to? Now’s your chance! Learn quick language terms to show you’re an ally, learn about important Latino LGBTQIA role models, and ask any question you want in our “anonymous Q&A lightning round!”

What’s the difference between Hispanic, Latino and Spanish?
6-7 p.m.

Led by the Diversity Emerging Education Program (DEEP)

These terms are often used interchangeably to describe people, but is there a difference? The answer might surprise you! Join us for an interactive discussion about these terms and what informs our perceptions about Hispanic, Latino, and Spanish identities.

7-8 p.m. 

Thursday, Oct. 8

Understanding Cuba: Beyond the Headlines
5-5:30 p.m.

Led by Michael Matthews, O’Briant Developing Professor and Associate Professor of History

The recent decision by the Obama administration to reopen diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years, aside from being praised by supporters and panned by critics, has been met with a great deal of confusion. Many people wonder why the U.S. has held such a hardline stance against the small island nation off its southeast coast. This presentation covers the events that led to this peculiar—and perplexing—diplomatic relationship.   

Hablas Español? Alumni Wisdom Session
5:30-6 p.m.

Featuring Keren Rivas ’04, assistant director of alumni communications at Elon University, and Mackenzie Mann ’14, farmworker community educator. Moderated by Dr. Michael Matthews, Elon’s O’Briant Developing Professor and Associate Professor of History.

Alumni answer questions and share insights on how their Hispanic heritage or solid knowledge of Hispanic/Latino cultures has impacted their careers.

Global Intercountry Adoption and Child Abduction in Guatemala
6-6:30 p.m.

Led by Carmen Mónico, Assistant Professor of Human Service Studies

Carmen Mónico will present selected findings from her research documenting the global history of adoption and the experience of Guatemalan mothers whose children were stolen for the purposes of intercountry adoption using qualitative, constructivist and feminist approaches.

Sociology and Religious Studies third-year student
6:30-7 p.m.

Led by student Daniela Sostaita ’17

Transcending the Hyphen: The Growth of Latinx Protestantism in the United States
As Latinx migrants are submerged into a foreign American culture, they face the choice of assimilation or self-preservation, in which religion plays a major role. This presentation will explore how Protestantism allows Latinx migrants to maintain their ethnic culture and transfer a sense of ethnic identity onto their children, while at the same time, aiding in their acculturation to the United States.

Growing up Latino in the U.S.
7-7:30 p.m.

Led by the Latin American Student Organization (LASO)

Latino-American students answer questions and share insights on what it has been like to grow up in the United States while learning about and maintaining the Hispanic/Latino heritage and culture of their families.

7:30-8 p.m. 

Tuesday, Oct. 20

Deliberative Dialogue: “Immigration in America:  How can we fix a system in crisis?”
4-6 p.m., McKinnon D & E

All students, faculty and staff are invited to join your friends and colleagues for a Deliberative Dialogue. The topic of the dialogue is “Immigration in America: How can we fix a system in crisis?” Participants will be asked to read an issue guide, consider three options presented in the guide, and share their own perspectives about how best to approach this important national topic. A framing document will be distributed prior to the dialogue for participants to review in preparation for the conversation. In the meantime, we ask that you save the date, and plan on joining your fellow Elon community members for this important and timely dialogue!  To RSVP, click here.