Monthly Archives: April 2007

Spanish-Language Press Faces Challenges Amidst Unprecedented Growth

(New America Media)–EFE/La Raza, Apr 18, 2007
The Spanish-language press will face great challenges this year as a result of the explosion in competition within the Spanish language journalism market, according to an EFE report in Spanish-language newspaper La Raza. This was the sentiment expressed on the closing night of the annual conference held by the National Association of Hispanic Publications, which represents close to 200 Hispanic print outlets in the United States. While mainstream outlets have seen a decline in readership in the last several years, the Spanish-language press has experienced unprecedented growth. According to the report, publishers of Spanish-language publications face many of the same challenges as other outlets – adapting to new technologies and to the changes among their readerships. One of its most important tasks, according to the report, is informing the Hispanic community in areas where it is now experiencing many challenges, namely healthcare, education and immigration.
Link to article here.

MySpace Targets Hispanic Market

(— Wed, 25 Apr 2007 3:01 PM PDT
Never one to be caught behind a trend, online social networking site MySpace is looking to increase its penetration into the U.S. Hispanic audience with the launch Wednesday of its MySpace en Español Beta version.
Not that it needs much help in that area, though.
According to March’s Nielsen Netratings, 43 percent of all U.S.-based Hispanic Internet users visited MySpace, and the site is among the country’s top five most-visited sites by the Hispanic Web population. And MySpace figures quote that more than 6 million members have indicated their origin as either Latino(a) and/or Hispanic in the United States alone.
Read more here.

April 30: CMAS screens immigrant rights documentary

The Center for Mexican-American Studies (CMAS) hosts a screening and discussion of the documentary “Undocumented” at 7 p.m. in the Art Building, Room 1.102. The evening includes reflection and dialogue with filmmaker Jesse Salmeron and local immigrant rights leaders and organizations.
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April 27-28: Latin American Demography: Past, Present, and Future

Contributions of the UT Population Research Center Alumni (1968-2006)
Thompson Conference Center, 9:00 a.m.-5:45 p.m.

The UT graduates (1968-2006) who will participate in the conference include leading academics at universities in Latin America and the United States, a high-level government official, a partner in a consulting firm, and program officers from a foundation and the United Nations. The conference program will consist of sessions in which research findings are presented and discussed as well as roundtables set up to address emerging areas of research, methodological skills needed for these tasks, and the changing institutional environment in which research and policy interact.
Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, Population Research Center, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The full program is available at For more information, contact the LLILAS Brazil Center at 512/471-8418 or

Seeking students for New Politics Forum

The New Politics Forum at the University of Texas at Austin is seeking up to 50 students to attend the summer 2007 Campaign BootCamp seminar. The event will be held June 1-2, in on the grounds of the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas. Or visit our website for more information.

April 23: A Discussion about the History, Music and Cultural Survival of the Garifuna

Andy Palacio and Aurelio Martínez, Garifuna Artists, Belize and Honduras
“How Does One Assign Value to Culture?”
A Discussion about the History, Music and Cultural Survival of the Garifuna
Human Rights Happy Hour
Monday, April 23, 4:00-5:30pm
Eidman Jury Room, 2.310
The University of Texas School of Law

Garifuna artists Andy Palacio and Aurelio Martínez will present a talk entitled, “How Does One Assign Value to Culture?” The discussion, which will explore history, music and cultural survival of the Garifuna, will also feature a special acoustic performance by these two renowned musicians. Palacio is not only the most popular musician in Belize, he is also a serious music and cultural archivist with a deep commitment to preserving his unique Garifuna culture. Long a leading proponent of Garifuna popular music and a tireless advocate for the maintenance of the Garifuna language and traditions, in December 2004 he was appointed Cultural Ambassador and Deputy Administrator of the National Institute of Culture and History. Martínez is one of the most extraordinary and passionate Garifuna artists of his generation and, for the past four years, he has served as a City Councilman in Honduras’ third largest city, La Ceiba, in the department of Atlantida. Among his accomplishments, was the creation of the Ethnic Municipal Services Department, which is staffed by Garifunas, to assist the Garifuna communities of Corozal, Sambo Creek and La Ceiba. Read more about Garifuna culture > .
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided!

More information about Martínez, Palacio and other speakers in the Human Rights Happy Hour series can be found online:

April 23: Lecture addresses racist entertainment

“When ‘Fun’ Isn’t Funny: Racist Entertainment, from Ghetto Parties to American Indian Mascots,”
a lecture by D. Anthony Tyeeme Clark from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, begins at 7 p.m. in the Thompson Conference Center auditorium, Room 1.110. During his lecture, Clark shows how popular culture shapes the ongoing colonization of Indian peoples starting in childhood and how adults refashion, disseminate and reinforce it through experience and hearsay in day-to-day conversation and in mass media communications.