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César E. Chávez Undergraduate Research Symposium

March 6-7, 2014

Keynote Address: Solimar Otero, Ph.D.
Lousiana State University

"Borderlands and Crossroads:
Transnational Connections in Afrolatina/o Spiritualities"
Thursday, March 6
Oak Room, IMY 5pm-7pm

Dr. Otero will explore the discursive similarities found in storytelling practices and reflecive ethnographic writing by women and secual minorities in shared Latina/o and African diasporic religious contexts, particularly in Cuba, through the disciplinary lens of folklore.

Undergraduate Symposium-
Panels and Posters

Date: Friday, March 7
Location: Oak Room, IMU 9am-5pm

This symposium honors the legacy of César E. Chávez, the civil rights leader who fought for the rights and dignity of Latina/o workers, immigrants, and families.
We encourage undergraduate interdisciplinary research in Latino Studies and invite the general public to engage in conversations about Latina/o lived experiences.

Breakfast 8:15-8:45am

Welcome 8:45-9:00am

Panel 1: Latino/a Activist Movements (9:00-10:15am)
Jose Lopez Medrano “Political Expressions of Latino in the Punk Scene”
Sean Ettinger “The War is Here: An Examination of the Mexican American Anti-Vietnam War Movement”
Rachel Colegrave “Chicano Muralism: A Social Movement”
Discussant: Bernard Fraga

Panel 2: Visual Media and (Re)presenting Latino/a Communities (10:30-12:00)
Alanna Dawley “Gender and Sexuality in Latino Music”
Tyler Hinojosa “‘I am Latino’: Representing Latino Culture in the U.S.”
Devin Warner “Latino Representation in Sitcoms”
Discussant: Javier Ramirez

Lunch 12:15-1:30

Panel 3: Education of the Dreamers: Educational Policy and “Latino/a” Lives (1:45-3:45pm)
Ingrid Arreola “DREAMERs: A Graphic Novel”
Erika Nieves “Indigenous Youth in the U.S.”
Mariah Pol “Misconceptions of Puerto Ricans and Its Roots in American Social Studies Textbooks”
Ireri Perez. Stigma and Latin@ Identity in Institutional Space
Cassie Calderon & Bridget Dodson. Bilingual Education
Discussant: Bradley Levinson

Panel 4: Poster Session & Review (4:00-5:00pm)
Samantha Lozano “A DREAM Gone Bad: The Effect of Indiana Laws on Undocumented Youth in College”
Ashleigh Lehr “Americanization of Puerto Rico: An In-depth Analysis”
Tyler Hinojosa “ ‘I AM Latino’” Visual Presentation

Sponsored by: Indiana University Graduate School, College Office for Undergraduate Education, Department of Folklore & Ethnomusicology, Department of History, Center for Research on Race & Ethnicity in Society, African American & African Diaspora Studies, La Casa (Latino Cultural Center), Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

For more information, please email LATS at