Conference at BGSU looks to the future
The 18th annual Latino Issues Conference at
Bowling Green State University
will explore the future role of Latinos in
the United States. Community
leaders, faculty and students will examine aspects including
education, the law, research, and theatre and film.
The conference, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30
p.m. Oct. 26, 2011 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union,
will feature a keynote address by Vicente Sánchez Ventura,
general consul of Mexico, who directs
the Mexican consulate’s activities for Michigan and northern
Ohio. He will speak at the
12:30 p.m. luncheon in 228 Union. The conference and
attendance at the consul’s talk are free; there is a $12 cost
for the luncheon.
Discussion sessions on the respective topics will be held in 228
and 202B Union.
Beginning the day, at 9:30 a.m.,
Fremont Ross High School Principal José Hernández
will lead a discussion of “Latino Education: Commitments and
At 10:30 a.m., Keila Cosme (former sitting judge for the
Sixth District Court of Appeals) and attorney Lourdes
Toledo will conduct a
discussion of “Latinos and the Law.” Cosme is the first Latina
to serve on any of Ohio’s 12 district courts of appeals.
Santiago is a former member of Toledo
City Council and former prosecutor with the city’s Law
Following lunch, Marilyn Serrano of BGSU’s Latino Student
Union will lead a session on “Latino Research: Issues and
The final session, at 2:30 p.m., will be led by Dr. Thomas
Javier Castillo, an assistant professor of theatre and film,
on “Engaging Hot-Button Issues through the Arts: The Battle for
Chicano Studies in Arizona.”
The conference is sponsored by BGSU’s Office of Multicultural
Affairs, Office of Admissions, Office of Student Affairs and
Latino Student Union.
To make lunch reservations or for more information, call