Monthly Archives: March 2012

Juan González Discusses Race & the American Media on April 2

Author/investigative journalist Juan González will be talking about his groundbreaking book News for All the People. González is a columnist for the New York Daily News and a co-host of Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. He is the author of four books, including Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America.

Monday, April 2
12 Noon to 1 p.m.
CMB, Studio 4D

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

School of Journalism
Carnegie Foundation
Center for Mexican American Studies
College of Liberal Arts
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
LBJ School of Public Policy
Department of Radio-Television-Film
College of Communication Latino Media Studies Program

Application deadline for 2012 Hispanic Scholarship Consortium Scholarship Extended to April 13

The Hispanic Scholarship Consortium seeks highly motivated individuals who have a vision for their future. We help our scholars meet their goals and we are committed to their personal, professional and academic development to apply for the 2012 HSC Scholarship Program. The program goes beyond traditional services and empowers students through scholarship, leadership, and mentorship.

ALL applicants must meet the following qualifications:
• Be a graduating high school senior (Class of 2012) or current college/university student planning on attending an accredited college/university on a full-time basis throughout the 2012-2013 academic year*;
• Hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale;
• Demonstrate financial need, leadership aptitude, and community service;
• Reside or attend college/university for at least one year in Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Lee, Travis, or Williamson Counties in Central Texas; and
• Be of Hispanic origin. This includes students of mixed heritages with one Hispanic parent.

*HSC will consider funding applicants attending college under Texas Senate Bill 1528.

Go to the online application.

Photography Exhibit & Discussion on April 5

Intersections in Photography No. 6. Picturing Crisis: Engaging the Viewer
Has the proliferation of images of violence and suffering desensitized or overwhelmed us? Do we consume images of suffering with mere intrigue, or with empathy? Three innovative photographers who work across different visual platforms addressing issues of violation and human rights discuss their work and their strategies to engage the viewer in a conversation about crises of our times.

Thursday, April 5, 2012
7 p.m.
Joynes Reading Room (Carothers Building, Room 007)
2501 Whitis Avenue, UT Austin campus

Stephen Ferry has received numerous awards for his photography, most recently the first memorial Tim Heatherington Award from Human Rights Watch for his project Violontology, a Manual of the Colombia Conflict. Ferry has created a critical historical record about human rights in Colombia over the last decade. He uses innovative approaches to disseminate the work not only to a global audience but also within the community he documents.

Scott Dalton is an award-winning photographer who made the transition to filmmaking with his documentary about paramilitary violence in Colombia—La Sierra, broadcast on PBS Independent Lens. Dalton has exhibited work at the Houston Center for Photography. He is photographing in medium format for his current project about Ciudad Juarez, “So Close, So Far,” which won the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography grant in 2011. He is an alumnus of the UT photojournalism program.

Mimi Chakarova is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker whose searing investigative multi-platform documentary project, The Price of Sex, breaks new ground exploring the horrors of sex trafficking and the struggles of women rebuilding their lives in the aftermath. Chakarova’s film is currently debuting at international film festivals. She teaches photography in the Journalism School at the University of California, Berkeley.

This event is free and open to the public. The Joynes Reading Room is accessible through the east (courtyard) side of the Carothers building at 2501 Whitis Avenue on the UT Austin campus. Paid public parking is available in the garage at the corner of San Antonio Street and 25th Street, about two blocks away.

Call 512-471-5692 or e-mail for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities: RISE Conference March 26-30, 2012

RISE ( a local non-profit that hosts an annual week long “un-conference” from March 26-30th that includes over 200 sessions on everything and anything that has to do with entrepreneurship. We also have evening events, like our opening kick-off with keynote speaker Robert Rodriguez, fast pitch competitions, receptions with awesome keynote speakers, plus more. These evening events need volunteers and UT students would really benefit from this opportunity. Not only would they be giving back to the Austin entrepreneurship community, but it’s a great opportunity to network and meet/talk with some amazing local entrepreneurs. Volunteers also get a free shirt and a wristband to attend our Awards Bash on Friday where local Austin/San Marcos band Groupo Fantasma will be performing.
Volunteer time slots are mostly in the evenings from around 4:30 – 9 and volunteers can sign up for different shifts within that time gap. We also have a couple of openings for volunteers during the day on Thursday.
Here is the link to the RISE website for more information on RISE:
Opening Kick Off Set-Up: 4:30-6pm
Check-in and Registration: 6-9pm
Expo/Food/Keynote/Panel: 6-9pm
Fast Pitch Set-Up: 4:30 – 6pm
Check-in and Registration: 5:30 – 9pm
Women’s Day/Panel Set-Up: 7:30-11:30am
Women’s Panel: 11am-2pm
Women’s Day Sessions: 1:30-5:30pm
Social Venture Fast Pitch Set-up: 4:30-6pm Check-in and Registration: 5:30 – 9pm
Awards Bash Set-Up: 4-6pm
Check-in/Registration/Awards: 5:30-9pm


Felicia Pena
Volunteer Coordinator, RISE Austin
PO Box 684927 Austin, TX 78768

Note: A big thanks to Association of Latinos in Communication for sharing this information!