Archive for June, 2013

A Thousand Thanks

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Because of your support, the Inaugural High School Student Symposium on Latina, Latino, and Latin American Studies was a success.

Thank you to all the students who shared with us their time, research, presentations, and insight into the value of Latin@ and Latin American Studies at the high school level.

Thank you to Professor Alishia Galvez, Director of the Institute of Mexican Studies. Professor Galvez unflinchingly supported the idea of this symposium from the very beginning.

Thank you to Dr. Frank Sanchez, CUNY’s Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, for providing a welcoming atmosphere for participants, attendees and volunteers.

ISLAS was staffed by amazing volunteers. Jonathan Hill, Adjunct Professor of Latin American History at Lehman College, along with Lehman undergraduate students Shabel Castro and Melissa Garcia, as well as Marina Garcia-Vasquez, served as amazing moderators. Brian Basik Lewis and Guesnerth Josue Perea were truly remarkable in their trouble-shooting on the day of the symposium, liaising with the Lehman facilities personnel and providing technical support.

What better way to conclude an academic symposium than with an Afro Brazilian dance workshop? Thanks to the Program of Latino and Latin American Studies at Queens College, Mestre Irenio Ginga da Bahia led participants, volunteers, and the public through a heart-pumping and spirit-lifting session of samba.

Our partner organizations were wonderful. Tertulia Resolana, NYCoRE, Mex and the City, the Afro Latin@ Forum, and the Latino and Latin American Studies Program at Queens College believed in the need of this symposium, and their support was essential in bringing ISLAS to fruition.

Again, a thousand thanks.





Program for ISLAS Available – Panel Themes, Times, & Locations

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

The program for ISLAS (The Inaugural High School Student Symposium on Latina, Latino, and Latin American Studies) is available here:

Program for Islas[1]

 We are looking forward to a great day of dialogue and intersections at Lehman College on Friday, June 21st. MusicBldg1

See you there!

Monday, June 10th, 2013

2 more weeksThe Inaugural High School Student Symposium on Latina, Latino, and Latin American Studies (ISLAS) is less than two weeks away! We are expecting 30 students from the five boroughs of New York City to gather at Lehman College next Friday, June 21st, to share their research on topics ranging from U.S. immigration policy to the relationship between multinational corporations and natural resources in Latin America.

Symposium organizers again want to thank the students and teachers who have been hard at work in preparation for the day’s events. We understand the many demands on high schools at the end of the school year, from testing to graduation.  We honor your commitment to pushing yourselves and your students to do more, to dig deeper, and to participate in the intellectual and civic life of the city beyond the classroom walls. We are extremely excited to hear the presentations and conversations generated by the student work.

We are finalizing the panel groups this week and will post that information here by this Friday.

*Please note: all final papers should be in by this Friday, June 14th. We also ask that students using powerpoint or other multimedia email us those files in advance of the symposium.


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