The UNC Latina/o Studies Program: Past Present and Future
The UNC Latina/o Studies Program is the first and oldest of its kind in the Southeast, initiated in 1999 through courses and a speaker series, then developed into an undergraduate minor that was made official Fall 2004, and subsequently expanded through many other components since then. The Director of the program, along with undergraduate and graduate students associated with it, will present some of its scholarly, pedagogical, curatorial, and creative contributions to our department, the university, the eastern seaboard, and our region in its relation to other parts of the globe. The Director will give a brief history of the program, as it began Fall 1999 with The UNC Latina/o Cultures Speakers Series that has brought to campus over 100 scholars, creative writers, and performers. Next, some of our undergraduate minors will share their exciting research and other creative Latina/o Studies endeavors. Their presentations will be followed by those of our graduate students and postdocs on their cutting-edge research, teaching, and program building.