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Annual Midwest Latin American Studies
Conference Set for April 18-19 

MAILED: April 9, 2002

         EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is hosting the 2002 Midwest Conference on Latin American Studies Thursday, April 18, in Davies Center and Friday, April 19, at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center, Eau Claire.
         An annual event since the 1980s, the regional conference provides a forum for specialists and other individuals to share their work and exchange views about Latin America. Dr. Eva Santos-Phillips, assistant professor of foreign languages, and Dr. Obika Gray, professor of political science, acted as co-coordinators of this year's event.
         This year's emphasis will be on the reciprocal ties between Latin America and the United States. Conferees hailing from the Midwest and as far away as Honduras will discuss this association with regard to politics and economic globalization, as well as sexual, gender and religious identities.
         The conference will open Thursday with a lecture and piano recital from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Dulany Inn of Davies Center. The lecture/recital is titled "Piano Music in Brazil from the Late 19th to Mid-20th Century" and features Dr. Alexandre Dossin, assistant professor of music at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
         The program will be followed by a reception with Latin American appetizers and a cash bar.
         After a registration and check-in from 8:30 to 9 a.m., Friday's events at the Ramada Inn will begin with concurrent paper presentations from 9 to 11:45 a.m.
         The lunch and keynote address will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. Greg Medina-Rivera, assistant dean of the UW-Madison College of Letters and Sciences, will give a speech titled "The Census 2002 - The Facts, the Figures, the Fyction: The Cultural, Ethnic and Racial Contextual Reality of the Hispanic/Latino Respondents: No More Dancing with the Chihuahua."
         More concurrent paper presentations will be given from 1:30 to 4:15 p.m., and will be followed by closing statements and evaluation.
         The following presentations will be given:

         Cost is $35 for the general public and professionals for all Thursday and Friday events, lunch and refreshments; $7 for the general public and professionals for Thursday evening only; $7 for full-time students with valid I.D. for Thursday and Friday events and refreshments (lunch not included); and $12 for lunch only.
         Registration deadline is Saturday, April 13. A $5 late fee will be charged to community members and professionals who register after April 13.
         The conference is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension, UW-Eau Claire departments of foreign languages and history, Center for International Education, American Ethnic Coordinating Office, College of Arts and Sciences and UW-Milwaukee's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
         For more information, contact La Vone Sneen, Continuing Education, at (715) 836-5179 or

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Updated: April 9, 2002