Monthly Archives: April 2012

Robert Rodriguez Discusses Future of Latino Images in Film and Media on May 2

Robert Rodriguez Talk

“The Future of Latino Images in Film and Media”

Director-producer-screenwriter-musician Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Spy Kids, Machete) joins Professor Charles Ramírez Berg (Radio-Television-Film) to discuss Rodriguez’s vision for the future of Latino images in film and media, and how Rodriguez plans to make this vision a reality with his new Latino-themed cable channel, EL REY, which begins broadcasting in 2013.

Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Time: 5 to 6:30 PM
Place: Burdine 106

/>Sponsored by the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Department of Radio-Television-Film.

“‘What is Your Color or Race? The Politics of Ethnic Census Categories in Latin America”

LLILAS presents

Victor Armony
Spring 2012 Canada–U.S.
Fulbright Visiting Chair in Policy Studies

Wed, April 25, 2012
12:00 PM
Hackett Room, SRH 1.313

The University of Texas at Austin

The basic challenges faced by public institutions in recognizing and accommodating the identities of minority (or subaltern majority) groups are now common to most countries in the Americas. Cultural and ethnic diversity has become an important aspect of policy-making and public debate; complex issues such as immigration and naturalization reform, the application of anti-discrimination norms, the implementation and assessment of affirmative action, curriculum guidelines for education, language use and bilingualism, religious freedom and secularism, etc. require facing the question of “who are we and who are them?” This talk will focus on the ways in which several countries in Latin America seek to identify the ethnic “Other” through a very particular institutional process, the construction of census categories. To what extent does naming the “Other” in official discourse become a controversial political and legal issue?

Victor Armony, Spring 2012 Canada–U.S. Fulbright Visiting Chair in Policy Studies, is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Observatory of the Americas at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). He is the former editor in chief of the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (2004-2011). His interests include Latin America, immigration, diversity, inequality, and Latinos in Canada. His publications include “The Challenge of Naming the Other in Latin America” (Identity Politics in the Public Realm: Bringing Institutions Back, University of British Columbia Press, 2011) and a forthcoming volume on cultural diversity, inequality, and democracy in Latin American (co-edited with Stéphanie Rousseau). He currently holds a 3-year grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to study the Latin American population in Canada.

For more information, contact Paloma Diaz,

Volunteer Opportunity: 13th International Symposium on Online Journalism

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is in search of a few student volunteers to assist with the 13th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), an annual global conference that brings more than 200 media executives, journalists and scholars from the United States and around the world to the University of Texas at Austin on April 20-21. The conference is now open for registration.
ISOJ is unlike any other conference because it offers a unique blend of academic research and perspectives from online journalism industry leaders.

The opening keynote speaker will be Richard Gingras, head of news products for Google. Gingras, a former television journalist and founder and chief executive officer of, has more than 30 years experience in the development of online services, software, and new media.

Other keynote speakers include: Jim Moroney III, publisher and chief executive officer of The Dallas Morning News, a daily newspaper at the forefront of seeking new ways to continue providing public service journalism; Raju Narisetti, the managing editor of the Wall Street Journal Digital Network and a former managing editor of The Washington Post; and Bob Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet and the Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise at the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering.

Benefits: Volunteers will have the $30 registration fee waived. All volunteers get a t-shirt to wear during the event, plus breakfast, lunch and snacks. It’s a great networking opportunity, both for journalism/comm students, but also Latino Media Studies students, because journalists will be attending from Portugal, Span, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, El Salvador, etc. Four research panels will be offered during the event, so the event also provides great exposure to academic research.

Interested? Contact Clare Boyle. (
Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
1 University Station, A1000
School of Journalism
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712
Phone: 512-471-1391
Fax: 512-232-7685

Commitment: The event is 8:30 am – 5:45pm on both days, but we would ask volunteers (if able and not hungover) to arrive at 7:30am to help with prep, set up, posting signs, registering guests (they’ve all already registered online, but passing out nametags). We don’t require volunteers be working the whole time. Whatever they can do (so long as it’s a few hours) we’re happy. Other tasks mights include ushering guests into the auditorium, passing around mics during Q&A sessions, and generally being on hand for those crisis moments.