Panel discussion: 43 disappeared students and the Arizona ban on Mexican American studies

Thursday, March 10

Time: 6 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.

Location: Science Center Auditorium SC 114

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The rise of the Latina/o population has been interpreted in U.S. academic and national discourses as a threat and a promise. The threat: They are coming in droves to take over the country, drain social services, threaten the physical integrity of U.S. citizens, take away American jobs, change the culture or take over the government. The promise: These same folks provide cheap pools of labor for U.S. business; their hard work ethic builds the economy; they perform menial and domestic jobs that Americans are not willing to do; and they might change the way we understand notions such as race and gender. Who are these folks, really? How should we think of their identities? How do they negotiate their identities? What are some contemporary social political struggles Latinas/os and Latin Americans face, and how are they responding to their conditions? This panel will focus on two contemporary local and global issues: the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa—a town in the state of Iguala in Mexico—and the recent ban on Mexican American studies in Arizona. This panel will be a follow-up to the screening of the Latino Americans Episode 2. Hosted by Ernesto Velasquez, assistant professor of philosophy, University of Dayton. Other scholars to be announced.

Contact Information:

Name:  Katy Kelly
Phone:  937-229-4274