Feb. 7-9: ILASSA 28th Annual Student Conference on Latin America

The ILASSA 28 Student Conference on Latin America is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.
The Institute of Latin American Studies Student Association (ILASSA) will host its 28th annual conference at The University of Texas February 7-9, 2008. This is the oldest student-run academic conference on Latin America in the United States, and it will include 23 panels with nearly 100 speakers. Undergraduate and graduate students from Texas and the U.S., as well as Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Japan, will present their research on a wide range of critical topics, including immigration, human rights, social movements, indigenous rights, and social policy.
ucas Benitez, a farmworker and award-winning human rights activist from the Florida-based Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), will deliver the conference’s opening address at the Thompson Conference Center on UT campus at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 7. For more information of the CIW, visit http://www.ciw-online.org/.
The closing speaker, Dr. Carlos Gaviria, will speak at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 9 also at the Thompson Conference Center. Dr. Gaviria is a Colombian lawyer, academic, and former magistrate. He was a co-author of Colombia’s 1991 constitution and a presidential candidate in 2006.
For the full program, visit http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/llilas/conferences/ilassa_08/index/ . For more information, contact Sean Sellers at (239) 503-0535 or .

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