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Austin Ad Fed event this Friday: Digital Conference on the Latino Market

Austin Ad Fed event this Friday: Digital Conference on the Latino Market

State of Mind: Understanding the Latino Experience
A digital conference on the Latino Market

Friday, May 3, 2013
Conference: 1:00 – 5:00pm
El After Party: 5:00 – 7:00pm
Location: Blanton Museum of Art

Join us in the Hispanic Marketing Symposium, a half day digital conference that will provide marketing, advertising, business and nonprofit professionals ideas and strategies that will help create more meaningful connections with today’s Latino. Keynote speakers are:

Chiqui Cartagena
Author of Latino Boom II: Catch the Biggest Demographic Wave Since the Baby Boom and VP of Corporate Marketing for Univision Communications, Inc. in New York City.
Keynote: Meet Hispanic Millennials

Lonnie Limon
President of iNSPIRE!
Keynote: The Latino State of Mind – Technology, Race and Music
Lonnie Limon, a 16 year advertising veteran, is President of iNSPIRE! in Dallas, Texas. With a varied background in brand leadership, media, promotions and event marketing, Limon is constantly looking for opportunities to bring his teams together in a collaborative learning environment.

Opening the Blinds: Talking race, sex and class at UT Austin by Juan Portillo


Opening The Blinds: Talking race, sex and class at UT Austin: by Juan Portillo

What: Academic Panel Presentation
When: Tuesday, October 30
Time: 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Where: BUR 214

While college is sold to everyone as the key to a better life, it can often be a violent experience for students who do not fit neatly in our imagined community. The interactions between students of color, female students, and low SES students with their peers, professors, TAs, and UT staff are filled with messages that question their right to be here. This is because the UT community negotiates their integration into a campus that has been shaped by whiteness, heteropatriarchy, and middle-class values. The recent bleach-bombings of students of color in West Campus, the race-themed Greek parties, and the Fisher versus Texas case are all examples of resistance to the presence of students who do not fit the imagined white, male-centered and middle-class college campus.

As a response to these recent developments, the Sociology Department at The University of Texas at Austin invites you to a panel presentation and discussion to promote an understanding of issues of race, sex/gender and class at UT Austin. Through an interdisciplinary and intersectional lens, the presenters will provide much needed perspectives to contextualize the eruption of racial, gender and class violence on campus. Come participate in the conversation and help us answer: What can we learn from the experiences of students of color, female students, and working class students on campus? Why do we experience microaggressions along the lines of race, gender and class? What can scholars and members of the UT community do to transform the campus racial, gender and class climate?


  • Marleen Villanueva, Spanish Senior, member of La Colectiva Femenil
  • Marianna Anaya, Mexican American Studies and Radio, Television and Film Junior, member of La Colectiva Femenil
  • Juan Portillo, PhD Student in Sociology
  • Ganiva Reyes, PhD Student in Cultural Studies in Education
  • Rocio Villalobos, MA, Cultural Studies in Education, UT Alum and Program Coordinator for the Multicultural Engagement Center

Moderator: Dr. Christine Williams, Chair of Sociology

The event is free and open to the public.”

-UT Sociology Department

Unspeakable Violence: the LLILAS Faculty Book Talk

Next Wednesday, October 17, you can join the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies for a faculty book talk about “Unspeakable Violence: Remapping U.S. and Mexican National Imaginaries.”

According to LLILAS, “Unspeakable Violence addresses the epistemic and physical violence inflicted on racialized and gendered subjects in the U.S.–Mexico borderlands from the mid-nineteenth century through the early twentieth. Arguing that this violence was fundamental to U.S., Mexican, and Chicana/o nationalisms, Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández examines the lynching of a Mexican woman in California in 1851, the Camp Grant Indian Massacre of 1871, the racism evident in the work of the anthropologist Jovita González, and the attempted genocide, between 1876 and 1907, of the Yaqui Indians in the Arizona–Sonora borderlands. Guidotti-Hernández shows that these events have been told and retold in ways that have produced particular versions of nationhood and effaced other issues. Scrutinizing stories of victimization and resistance, and celebratory narratives of mestizaje and hybridity in Chicana/o, Latina/o, and borderlands studies, she contends that by not acknowledging the racialized violence perpetrated by Mexicans, Chicanas/os, and indigenous peoples, as well as Anglos, narratives of mestizaje and resistance inadvertently privilege certain brown bodies over others. Unspeakable Violence calls for a new, transnational feminist approach to violence, gender, sexuality, race, and citizenship in the borderlands.”

The event will be on October 17 at 12:15 pm.

It will be in the Hackett Room, SRH 1.313.

You can RSVP and see more information on the Facebook event page.

“Latino Filmmaking” event scheduled for October 11

Join us for a screening and discussion with emerging Latino filmmakers:

Thursday, October 11

6:30 PM

BMC  1.202

Free and Open to the Public.


Sponsors: Latino Media Studies Program, Department of Radio-Television-FilmCenter for Mexican American Studies and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at The University of Texas at Austin

Upcoming events!

We are co-sponsoring some great events on campus and we welcome you to come check them out!

“Friend or Foe? The Role of the News Media in the Tucson Ethnic Studies Battle”
When: Noon on September 17
Where: Texas Union Chicano Culture Room (UNB 4.206)
Free and open to the public.

“Sexing the Borderlands: From the Midwest Corridor and Beyond”
When: 2:00 pm October 12 and 9:00 am-5:00 pm October 13
Where: Harry Ransom Prothro Theatre (October 12) and Texas Union Santa Rita Suite (UNB 3.502) (October 13)

We hope to see you there!

Latino Filmmaking Event

We are excited to announce our event, Latino Filmmaking, on Thursday, October 11!

The event will be in the Belo Center for New Media in BMC 1.202 from 6:30-8:30 pm. We will have guest speakers that will introduce their work and talk about the state of Latino filmmaking.

Our speakers include Miguel Alvarez, Sergio Carvajal, Maru Buendia-Senties and Alex Avila.

The event will be co-moderated by Dr. Joseph D. Straubhaar, Amon G. Carter Centennial Professor in Communication (Department of Radio-Televison-Film) and Jean Anne Lauer of Cine Las Americas.

The event is sponsored by the Latino Media Studies program and the Radio-Televison-Film department in the College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin.

We hope to see you there!

You can RSVP and see more details about the event on the Facebook event page.


Check us out at CommUnity 2012!

If you are attending CommUnity 2012, you should stop by and say hi.

From 6:30-8:00 p.m. on August 28, the Latino Media Studies program interns will be running a booth at CommUnity. CommUnity is the welcoming program for College of Communication students that precedes the Gone to Texas rally celebration. Various student organizations, academic advisors and career advisors will be in attendance to welcome new students. The event will also feature free food, music, games, UT prizes and a dance-off.

For the fist time, The Latino Media Studies will run a booth at the event that will feature informational pamphlets and the smiling faces of our new interns, who will be able to answer questions. New students and current students at the event are encouraged to come by and learn more about the program.

CommUnity will be on Tuesday, August 28 in the Texas Union Ballroom (UNB 3.202) from 6:30-8:00 p.m. After the event, the new Communication students will walk together to the UT Tower to enjoy the Gone to Texas rally.

We hope you stop by our booth, say hello and find out more about our program!

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.