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March 27, 2006

Annual Birmingham-Southern College symposium explores Latin American issues through student research

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, associate professor of Anthropology at Ohio State University, will deliver the keynote address at the 14th Annual Latin American Studies Symposium April 7-8 at Birmingham-Southern College.

Cohen will address a luncheon Friday, April 7, at 11:50 a.m. in the college's Norton Campus Center Bruno Great Hall on the topic “Where Do They Go?, A Day Without a Mexican, A Perspective from South of the Border.” The discussion will be based upon his latest book “The Culture of Migration in Southern Mexico” and his new research funded by “National Geographic” on the cultural significance and nutritional value of chapulines (grasshoppers) in Mexico.

On Saturday, April 8, Isabel Rubio, director of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, will address a noon luncheon in the Norton Campus Center Bruno Great Hall. She will address the advocacy work of HICA and talk about issues surrounding the Latino migrant influx into Alabama.

All other symposium sessions, which will cover from a Latin American perspective such issues as culture, politics, literature, religious beliefs, education, ecology, gender and health, will take place in the Harbert Building, first floor Stephens Conference Center, Rooms A, B and the Auditorium. The sessions will be conducted both in English and Spanish.

“This is now one of the largest and most comprehensive undergraduate Latin American Studies symposiums in the country,” said Dr. Vince Gawronski, BSC assistant professor of political science and director of this year's event. “It now attracts many top-notch students, and the quality of their papers and presentations rival those presented at professional academic conferences. The students take this opportunity very seriously, and we try to create an environment conducive to the lively exchange of ideas.”

The interdisciplinary two-day conference will showcase original research by undergraduate students from more than 30 colleges and universities across the Southeast.

The symposium was established at Birmingham-Southern in 1992 to increase awareness of Latin America, foster undergraduate research in the area, and help students and faculty interested in Latin America to establish contacts with colleagues in other disciplines. This year's symposium is partially supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI Grant and the student association Friends of Latin America.

All symposium sessions are free and open to the public. Reservations are required for both luncheons at a cost of $20 each. To register for the luncheons, or for other event details, contact Gawronski at 226-4836.

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