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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Hispanic-Latino Experience
Offered In May
phone (715) 836-4741
fax (715) 836-2900

MAILED: May 3, 1999

EAU CLAIRE — From May 3 through May 8, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will celebrate The Hispanic-Latino Experience. During the week, events will be held to celebrate and educate people about the Hispanic-Latino culture.
The Hispanic-Latino Pride Week, will kick off with an informational booth from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3 in the East Lobby of Davies Center.
A celebration of Hispanic and Latino Cultures, Festival de Culturas Unidas (Festival of United Cultures) will run from 7 to 9 p.m. May 4 in the Towers TV Lounge. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to Mariachi music, eat food, play games, make arts and crafts, and break piņatas. The "Festival de Culturas Unidas" is free.
From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 5, "English Only Laws" will be the topic of discussion in the Alumni Room of Davies Center. Several students will be available to discuss the controversial issue.
The two-day Latin America Conference will begin with registration at 7 p.m. May 6 in Davies Center, with an opening address by Dr. Brett Greider, of the UW-Eau Claire philosophy and religious studies department, slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. Greider's presentation is titled "Indigenous Revitalization in Latin American in Light of the Pan-Mayan Movement in Guatemala."
The Conference, designed to provide a forum for exchanging ideas about history, culture, politics and economics of Latin America, will continue beginning at 8:30 a.m. May 7 with refreshments in the Skylight Lounge of Davies Center.
From 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., concurrent sessions, presented by faculty, students and community members, will be held to discuss a variety of topics. Sessions include: "Study Abroad in Costa Rica"; "Economic and Political Conditions in Venezuela"; "Honduras: A Country Under Reconstruction"; "The Impact of Hurricane Mitch in Nicaragua"; "Frida Kahlo: Knowing the Life of Illness Through Art"; "Political Violence in Columbia"; "Farmer to Farmer, People to People: Ten Years of Working for Peace and Friendship in Central America"; "Alternative Development Strategies: The Case of the NICA Fund in Nicaragua"; "Mexico: The Situation in Chiapas"; "Brazil"; "Cuba"; and "Trade Policies in a Small Developing Country: The Case of Nicaragua."
At noon, a traditional Latin American Lunch will be served in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. The meal will feature black bean soup, pan de maiz, chicken kabob, cheese enchiladas, tropical and tossed salads, Nicaraguan rice, refried red beans and apple flan.
At 1:30 p.m., Dr. Bradford Barham, of the UW-Madison department of agricultural and applied economics, will give the keynote address. His presentation is titled "Rainforests, Peasant Households, and the Future of Conservation and Development Initiatives in the Amazon."
Fees for the Conference are $10 for the general public for instruction and refreshments, $19 for the general public for instruction, refreshments and lunch, $5 for full-time students for instruction and refreshments, or $14 for full-time students for instruction, refreshments and lunch.
Pre-registration is highly encouraged and can be done through the office of Arts and Sciences Continuing Education, (715) 836-2031. Registrations also will be taken at the door on a space available basis.
For more information on the Conference, contact La Vone Sneen at the office of Arts and Sciences Continuing Education or by e-mail at
The Hispanic-Latino Experience will conclude with a dance from 8 p.m. to midnight May 8 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The dance will feature the music of Grupo La Latino — Salsa, Merengue, Cumbias and Latin jazz. Dance lessons will be provided from 7 to 8 p.m. There is a $2 cover charge to participate in the event.
The Hispanic-Latino Student Association, American Ethnic Coordinating Office, the Center for International Education, and MOSAIC sponsor the Hispanic-Latino Experience.

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: May 6, 1999