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Loyola hosts panel on Latino political influence

March 25, 2011

Latino influence on modern United States politics will be the topic of discussion at a Loyola University New Orleans forum featuring prominent political science experts from across the country, all of whom are Loyola alumni. A complimentary wine and cheese reception, sponsored by the Loyola Alumni Association, will follow the event.

"Latino - America: How Latinos Influence Contemporary U.S. Politics” takes place Wednesday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, located in Loyola’s Monroe Hall. The forum is free and open to the public.

Event speakers include Gary Segura ’85, Ph.D., professor of American politics and chair of Chicano/a studies at Stanford University; Jason Casellas ’99, Ph.D., assistant professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin; and Betina Cutaia Wilkinson ’04, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science at Wake Forest University.

Loyola political science professor Sean Cain, Ph.D. will moderate.

“This forum brings back to Loyola three Latino Loyola alumni and scholars, whose areas of study are among the most significant to understand the contemporary U.S. political environment," said Uriel Quesada, Ph.D., director of Loyola's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. "They are going to address issues such as political representation, ethnic attitudes, and the emerging Latino influence in shaping the political landscape across the nation. They have achieved great success and embody the Loyola commitment to human-excellence and action-oriented education.”

“Latino – America” is sponsored by Loyola’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences. The event has been organized in collaboration with the Department of Political Science located in the College of Social Sciences.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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